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Shanahan Works For Down’s Syndrome

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 5, 2012 – 5:16 pm

(AP photo)

Washington Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan teamed up with a former player and a former colleague on Saturday to support local children and adults with Down Syndrome.

For the first time in its existence, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation brought its “Dare to Play” and “Dare to Cheer” football and cheerleading programs to the Washington D.C. area, giving campers a chance to have fun through the game of football.

The event — held at the US Naval Academy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. — was headed by former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffery, according to this article from ESPN980’s Chris Russell.

McCaffery brought out Shanahan, his former coach, and former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick to help participate in the festivities, which included a football game played between the Honey Badgers (coached by Billick) and the Dragons (coached by Shanahan).

“Ed’s always given back to the community,” Shanahan told Russell. “We were together in San Francisco,and I went to Denver, we brought him to Denver. We were actually there (Denver) for a fundraiser for Brian Griese (Judi’s House) and Ed was telling me he was coming out to Baltimore, and they were going to have a big get together for Down Syndrome. I told him I wasn’t too far away, I’m a 45 minute, hour drive. He asked me if I could come out there and talk to the team, I said I’d be more than happy to. It’s a great cause. I’m happy to do it.”

Shanahan said he’s “very fortunate to be in the position” to help organizations like the GDSF.

“What I’m doing is representing the Washington Redskins,” Shanahan said. “If I can  go to an event, help raise some money or go to a hospital, and put a smile on a kids face, you feel fortunate, just because you are the head coach, you are in a position to help people, and I enjoy doing it.”

Also participating in the camp were Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.

Here’s a video from Saturday’s wonderful event, via CSNWashington.com:


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4 Responses to “Shanahan Works For Down’s Syndrome”

  1. By Robert W on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Mike, What a great organization. I am a father with a daughter who has Down’s, and being a life long Skins fan I am really proud of the Burgandy and Gold. Hail!

  2. By clayton on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    the redskins better step it up in 2012, they are at the bottom again in nfc east but can turn it around with rg3 and shanahan job is on the line as every redskins coach is. they have to get better pass rush from defense. they might add a better defense of end like dwight freeney and a better corner back. d hall plays to soft at times. the offense of line needs a make over bad get some young blood in there. they can win this division but have to be agressive on offense and defense. cant always bullshit around to put team away or blow them out.

  3. By clayton on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    the redskins better step it up in 2012, they are at the bottom again in nfc east but can turn it around with rg3 and shanahan job is on the line as every redskins coach is. they have to get better pass rush from defense. they might add a better defense of end like dwight freeney and a better corner back. d hall plays to soft at times. the offense of line needs a make over bad get some young blood in there. they can win this division but have to be agressive on offense and defense. cant always bullshit around to put team away or blow them out. they should have drafted better offense lineman but shanahan mike have some good lineman for the draft we got. santa moss, pierce g, j morgan, hankerson need to play as if your jobs are on the line which it is! Help RG3 out, let his cofindence build up yall have to shine this year. you cried about getting a playmaker Qb now you have one. Don’t screw it up!!! Shanahan love that u brought another black Qb to maryland now use his skill to the fullest or get run out of DMV!!!! GOOD LUCK and lets win the SUPERBOWL IN 2013 and then some. A true redskins fan Hail To The Redskins#1 4life

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