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The Washington Redskins Stay Active In The Community During The Offseason


Beginning in late April, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Dale Jr. Foundation for a Library READesign at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus in Northeast Washington, D.C.

The project, which was announced during the 56th Annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon, was a partnership between the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Dale Jr. Foundation to showcase the Foundations' shared focus around education.

LaSalle-Backus was selected due to their achievements in the 2017 – 2018 Redskins Read Program.

The $100,000 Library READesign transformed the school's library into a literary and technology hub that will help the students focus on their academics. Redskins Owner Dan Snyder along with Redskins players Jeremy Sprinkle, Samaje Perine, Nick Sundberg, Arie Kouandjio, Josh Doctson and Anthony Lanier II along with Redskins Cheerleaders were in attendance.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation also held the second-annual Redskins FITT End of Year Celebration on May 11, to recognize participating students from DC, Loudoun County and Fairfax County Public Schools on their achievements in the Redskins FITT Program. Doctson, Lanier II and Tony Bergstrom were present for this event.

Redskins FITT [Frequency, Intensity, Time & Type], is a youth health and wellness initiative designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and assist middle school students in the development of a personalized two-week fitness plan. The program operates in 40 middle schools across the DMV.

Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen also recently participated in the 15th annual Red Tee Golf Tournament in Leesburg, Va. The tournament benefits the American Red Cross to help raise funds to respond to disasters. The tournament also supports the men and women of the military and their families. Funds raised are transformed into services delivered every day in our community, according to the Red Cross’ website.

This past Monday, Ryan Kerrigan hosted the 13th Annual Leukemia Golf Classic at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., raising a total of $560,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over 50 current and former Redskins players and coaches came out in support of the event.

"Just seeing how big of an impact this event has financially on leukemia research is really awesome and they see it year in and year out at the Leukemia Ball, the efforts being made and the progress being made in blood cancer research," Kerrigan said. "So knowing this event raises a lot of that money is really exciting."

Each Leukemia Golf Classic features a patient hero, whose story serves as an inspiration and as the direct meaning behind the tournament: to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

This year, two children were chosen – Jack and Karter – and each got the opportunity to meet Kerrigan and share some of their stories next to their parents.

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis has also been hosting his Vernon Davis Read85 Tour, where he will visit and donate new books at six different schools around the Washington, D.C., area, for students from low-income families to inspire and encourage young leaders to read. 

Friday the Charitable Foundation will also be out in the community, kicking off the Rookie Community Club at Junior Achievement Finance Park, which sits in the shadow of FedExField. The entire rookie class, both draft picks and free agents, will partner with students from Hyattsville Middle School through a simulation on budgeting, learning about the intricacies of financial management, and how to create their own budget.

In Fredericksburg, Md., the winners of the Draft Day Dash 5K School Challenge, the Fredericksburg Christian Upper School, will also be celebrating their victory with Defensive End Anthony Lanier II and alumnus Rock Cartwright through a school assembly and chalk talk. As the winners of the school challenge, the school received a $10,000 grant to grow health and wellness initiatives offered to students.

For the second year, WRCF hosted the Redskins FITT End of Year Celebration to recognize students from DC Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools on their achievements in the Redskins FITT Program.

Tonight, Joe Gibbs' Youth For Tomorrow will hold the 29th Annual Burgundy & Gold Banquet in McLean, Va.

Youth For Tomorrow was founded by Gibbs with a vision to provide area teenage boys and girls who were experiencing traumatic circumstances with their families, many times abuse and neglect, a place to call home.

This Saturday, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation & Yellow Ribbons United will host the first United in Play event for 100 military and civilian children.

United in Play was established to bring together children from military and civilian communities and utilize sports to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for military children and their unique sacrifices.

On Monday, May 21, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Redskins Alumni Association will host the fourth annual Redskins Charity Golf Classic at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.

Support from this year's tournament will be used to launch more than 25 new Loads of Love (LOL) Laundry Center sites. The LOL program, launched during the 2017 – 2018 school year, installs washers and dryers in schools serving students who lack access to clean clothes.

On May 21, the inaugural LOL online grant application will be open to schools and non-profit organizations across the Redskins market area, expanding LOL to a minimum of 25 new sites in the 2018 – 2019 school year.

More information about the program can be found here.

In total, events from the past 30 days will have raised two million dollars.

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