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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