This morning at the stadium, hundreds of area volunteers joined Redskins players Donte Stallworth, Jabar Gaffney, Josh Wilson, Willie Smith, and Oshiomogho Atogwe to prepare meals for local families in need.
The players jumped right in line with the other volunteers to organize the food, an experience that meant as much to the players as the fans.
“Oh man, it’s really great to be able to give back to the community,” said Smith. ”These fans, I mean, they care so much about the team on Sunday, so to be able to come back and give back to them around the holidays is just great. To come out and interact with them and just show that we’re human like they are, that’s what counts.”
Two weeks ago, Stallworth was cut loose by the organization and went back to his home in Miami. One of the first things he planned to do, was work with his close friend, the Miami Heat’s Alonzo Mourning to organize a Thanksgiving event in Miami.
Two weeks later, he’s much happier to be here.
“I thought I’d be at home in Miami for the holidays,” he said with a smile. ”Either way, I knew I’d be giving back to the community. It’s something that I always try to do and I’m glad that it’s here. It’s fun to be here with the guys, having fun, but also giving back at the same time.”
Stallworth understands that only a few hours of a player’s time on their off day can make all the difference in a fan’s life. He enjoys using his platform as an athlete to reach the people.
“We know it means a lot,” he said. ”The good thing about Redskins fans is that they’re always behind us and they always support us. I think that we’ll come out and have a better week of practice this week, and play better than we did last week.”
But all of that will have to wait until tomorrow.
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