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Lorenzo Alexander And Friends Help Kids Get Ready For School

Posted by Matt Terl on July 20, 2010 – 3:52 pm

With just over a week until training camp starts up, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander spent the day pretty much exactly as you’d expect: hanging out in Target, buying school supplies with a few of his teammates

The reason for the outing was the second annual Big Play Back-To-School Giveaway, hosted by Alexander’s ACES Foundation with support from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Target. Roughly sixty kids from local non-profit organizations were brought to Target, where they were able to shop with a Redskins player for their school supplies.

“I’m a big education guy,” Alexander explained, “and like [in] football you need your shoulder pads and helmet, you definitely need pencils and papers and notebooks to be successful in school. Growing up I saw a lot of kids come to school without that, and it probably hurt them in the long run as far as getting good grades. So I just wanna provide kids with the necessary equipment so they can be good in school.”

Offensive lineman Derrick Dockery sees school supplies as the kind of things that might go overlooked, but that are hugely important to kids. “You want to make sure that the kids have everything they need going into school to make the environment conducive for them to really succeed at learning and really try to maximize their efforts at school.”

Linebacker Chris Wilson agreed about the importance, but put things much more succinctly. “You’ve gotta have the fly school supplies in order to be motivated,” he explained. “When you get good school supplies, you’re gonna get good grades, ’cause you just can’t wait to use this stuff.”

(That said, Wilson was mostly unimpressed by the 2010 designs for the folders and pens and the like. “I’m impressed that Sharpie has a highlighter,” he said. “I didn’t know Sharpie made highlighters. But everything else is just a remix of everything we already had.”

Kedric Golston, meanwhile, found himself slightly in awe of the scope of the supply lists. “I don’t even remember having to go get school supplies like this,” he said. “All we used to have to get was pencils, papers, and folders. We never had to buy the markers or the crayons.” And these kids needed a lot of markers and crayons.)

And even an event like this can be considered a prelude to the team-building that’s going to start in earnest next week. “All the guys on the team, it’s like a brotherhood,” Alexander explained. “These guys here, we hang out together, our families are real close, our wives hang out, so it goes beyond football. After we’re done playing the game, we’ll all still hang out and spend time together. That’s the type of bond that football has provided for us.”

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