Redskins nosetackle Chris Baker, already having a big year with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on a revamped defensive line, is throwing a launch party for his own foundation next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
The Chris Baker 92 Foundation, whose mission is to engage and mentor boys and girls in literacy programs and football camps in the Washington, D.C. area, will host the party from 6-8:30 p.m. at Del Frisco's Grille at 1201 Pennsyvania Ave. NW.
Tickets can bought on his page and guests are encouraged to bring books appropriate for students in grades K-5. All proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
Baker has also extended his foundation's reach near to his hometown in the Greater Hartford, Conn., area, where he's provided free annual youth football camps and also provided guidance and assistance to high school students through mentorship programs with professional athletes and local business executives.
Last year around this time, Baker kicked off his literacy campaign when he visited the Wheatley Education Campus in Washington, D.C., speaking with 98 fourth and fifth graders and giving them motivational tools for success.
That particular group of students teamed up with an education technology company to bring a computer program to the campus.
"It's something they can do here [or] at home," Baker said. "They can take it home to have their parents help them out with their education programs. It's something to help them reach their scores in reading and writing."
Last December Baker also held a book drive at a pizza shop in Ashburn, Va., and will kick off The Chris Baker 92 Foundation Reading Challenge this coming January.