For the second consecutive year, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted the Redskins Charity Golf Classic presented by Coca-Cola at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.
In just a week's time, Redskins rookies have been overwhelmed with learning their playbooks and their new place of residence, adjusting to life in the NFL while trying to re-establish their own. On Monday at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., they received another stop on their whirlwind journey.
For about an hour, the rookie class gathered with Redskins alumni – everyone from Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams to three-time Super Bowl champion Jeff Bostic – continuing a tradition that began last year for the Redskins Charity Golf Classic, hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
Over breakfast, wide receiver Josh Doctson, safety Su'a Cravens and cornerback Kendall Fuller, along with the rest of the team's draft class and several undrafted rookies, met alumni, swapped stories about their experiences and chatted about their golf games. The opportunity to learn about the team's history with those that made it was exactly what President Bruce Allen envisioned for the team's newest members.
"Bringing the rookies here to see this world, it's a great idea," Allen said. "For them to be out there with our current players is a special time."
That the Charitable Foundation raised more than $270,000 from the tournament only made the day sweeter.
Among the more than 20 alumni were Williams, Bostic, three-time Super Bowl winner Joe Jacoby, MVP Mark Moseley, Brig Owens and Ken Harvey. There were a handful of current players and coaches – including head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry – lending their time, too. They all participated in a scramble on the course, where a variety of games and activities – corn hole, bocce ball and visits from the Coco-Cola Polar Bear -- were set up at different holes.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic presented by Coca-Cola at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. on Monday, May 23rd, 2016.
An alum or current player – the notables included Ryan Kerrigan, Will Compton, Vernon Davis and Colt McCoy – led each foursome on the course and then convened back at the clubhouse for a barbecue dinner, where awards, a silent auction and a video presentation took place.
An all-expense paid trip to the Super Bowl of Golf was one of the prizes for the winning team, which was led by former Redskin Clarence Vaughn.
"We've been doing this for 37 years -- we started in 1980," said honorary co-chair Mark Moseley, speaking on behalf of the Redskins Alumni Association's involvement. "We're very pleased to have everybody here. We want to thank the Redskins and the organization for helping put this on every year."
More than doubling the amount raised from last year, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation is primed for another strong year of giving back. Players saw that first hand.
"This is a great opportunity for our players to give back to the community that has supported this organization for decades," Allen said. "For our current players to hang around our alumni is one of our ultimate goals. Most importantly, the young guys will learn from their experiences."