Wilson Dances To Help Fight Obesity

Posted by Chris Herting on March 13, 2013 – 7:52 pm


Earlier today, CB Josh Wilson represented the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation by participating in National Health Through Fitness Day in Washington, D.C. as part of Capitol Hill’s campaign to “Get America Moving to Improve Health”.

The program’s goal is to help overcome America’s obesity crisis which falls in line with the Redskins Charitable Foundation’s commitment to health and wellness through the NFL’s Play 60 initiative.

There was much anticipation for Josh’s arrival and the students wasted no time challenging him to a game of Dance Dance Revolution.

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Redskins Charitable Foundation Awards Scholarship

Posted by Matt Terl on May 27, 2011 – 11:04 am

This is Yasmine Arrington, a high school student at Benjamin Banneker High School in D.C., giving the keynote address at the Womanifesting In Action panel discussion this past March.

Yesterday, Arrington received a phone call from Daniel Snyder letting her know that she would be the recpient of this year’s $25,000 Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund college scholarship — and that he would be matching the $5,000 she raised this year through her ScholarCHIPS program (which provides college scholarships to high school seniors with an incarcerated parent).

“It was the right thing to do,” Snyder said, “and it was an opportunity to do what we really should do.”

This is the third year the Foundation has awarded the scholarship (you might remember future bilingual pediatrician Kiana Hardy from last year).

“I think it’s developing to be a staple of our charity activities, and of the charitable foundation,” Snyder said. “And now that you’ve got an opportunity to do more, we’re gonna be doing that.”

The question, Snyder said, is of what else the team and its Charitable Foundation can do. “One of the things we want,” Snyder said, “is we want input from the community out there about what else we should be doing with the charity organization. Obviously we have reading programs, obviously we have mentoring programs, we have field programs, and athletics, and so on. But what else should we do for the community?” Read more »

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Area High Schoolers Learn From Redskins Players

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 9:39 am

More than five hundred high school football players from five area counties gathered at FedExField on Tuesday to learn a few things from current Redskins players. But the lessons weren’t about running precise routes or executing a perfect bull rush; instead, Anthony Armstrong, Phillip Daniels, Santana Moss, and Darrel Young — along with moderator and host Rick “Doc” Walker — were taking the time to explain how important everything else in life can be.

The Redskins Charitable Foundation’s annual 4th & Life Forum (sponsored by Coca-Cola) lets the professional athletes explain exactly what went into their successes — and, often more interestingly, failures — as they made the long, sometimes-random journey to the pros from high school teams just like the ones the audience members are part of.

“I wanna be real frank with you,” Walker told the students, “because I want you to have the opportunity to get here. It’s one in a million. This is not accidental, and you’re gonna hear some stories that drive these points home.”

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A Redskins Cornfield Maze

Posted by Matt Terl on September 14, 2010 – 2:42 pm

What you’re looking at there is the Redskins-themed cornfield maze at Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland — 14 acres of six-plus-foot high cornstalks, grown in the shape of a gigantic Redskins logo. The maze survived a hot and dry summer thanks to a late rain, and is currently slated to open to the public on September 25.

Some more details, all taken from the maze’s official website:

  • “The maze is divided into phases that will accommodate all age groups. Visitors to the maze at Summers Farm Adventure choose the smaller maze for the younger crowd or our super challenging larger maze.”
  • Friday and Saturday nights through October, you can explore the maze by flashlight. I would vanish, never to be seen again.
  • “You might be fortunate enough to stumble onto the correct pathway, conquering the corn in less than 30 minutes. Or you might find yourself a bit directionally challenged and take a couple of hours to make your way through the corn puzzle.” I would fall into the latter category.
  • “Can’t leave your cell phone at home? Well, bring it to the farm, and you’ll have the opportunity to text keywords throughout the maze for clues … and maybe prizes!” Also, it would be a way for me to call for help and possibly not vanish FOREVER.
  • This one is the most fascinating to me: this maze is designed by a company called The MAiZE, which is “the world’s largest cornfield maze company.” It’s just one of things that it never occurred to me might be an actual industry. I mean, it makes perfect sense, I had just never thought of it.

After the jump, a coupon that gets you into the maze at a discounted rate AND ensures that proceeds from your visit will go to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. (Really, the Charitable Foundation should be sponsoring a “Rocky McIntosh visits the maze” Day. It seems like something he’d love. Until that day actually gets organized, though, the coupon will have to do.) Read more »

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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.” Read more »

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Essay Contest Winner Teaches London Fletcher The Thriller Dance

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2010 – 4:35 pm

When Redskins linebacker London Fletcher agreed to visit the school of the winner of the Hip, Happy, and Healthy Essay Contest — sponsored by the Washington Post and benefiting the Children’s Inn at NIH — he probably expected to answer a few questions, sign a few autographs, slap a few hands, say a few words. But eventual winner Isabelle Kramer had other ideas.

Kramer, a seventh-grader at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, wrote her essay on the dangers of anorexia among her peers. And by peers, Kramer meant “the people she’s been dancing with for half her life.” Kramer has been a ballet dancer for eight years and is currently with the Washington School of Ballet, so when she found out that the she had won and that Fletcher would be visiting WES, she had one idea in mind:

“I thought it would be funny to put him in ballet shoes,” she told me.

Ultimately, that plan didn’t come to fruition, but Kramer had a backup plan. “The WES middle school girls,” she said, “we had a free day one day and decided to do Thriller together. We learned it from one of our teachers, and we decided that it would be good today so we could include more of the students.”

The WES middle school girls, she said, had learned the dance in “ten or twenty minutes, at most,” which seemed to set the bar pretty high for Fletcher.

He was given about two minutes of onstage practice, which led up to this performance:
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Redskins Charitable Foundation Awards Scholarship To Future Bilingual Pediatrician

Posted by Matt Terl on June 2, 2010 – 4:56 pm

You would think Kiana Hardy would’ve been excited to tell her mother the news: she had been named the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, $5,000 per year for up to five years of school. After all, her mother had taken out an enormous loan to help realize Hardy’s collegiate dreams, and the scholarship would go a long way toward ameliorating that expense.

Instead, Hardy was worried. She was crying tears of joy, sitting in her car on the side of the road just after hanging up with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who had called to notify her of the award. And she found herself focusing on one thing: Read more »

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Gary Clark And Ken Harvey Shoot Baskets To Fight Brain Tumors

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2010 – 1:25 pm

When Justin Friedlander, a thirteen year-old Redskins fan from Maryland, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he decided to do something to raise money for brain tumor research. The “something” he chose was shooting baskets. Quite a lot of them, in fact: 63,000, one for every person diagnosed with a primary brain tumor every year in the United States.

Since 63,000 baskets is a lot even for the most determined person, Justin made a request. “I plan on asking friends, family, athletes, rock stars, politicians and even the president to shoot a basket with me.” he said, according to his website. “If you can shoot a basket, come shoot with me.”

Last Tuesday, Redskins greats Gary Clark and Ken Harvey took him up on the offer, as did University of Maryland basketball standout (and 2010 ACC Player of the Year) Greivis Vasquez.
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Mike Sellers Discusses Edwin Williams's Weight

Posted by Matt Terl on May 4, 2010 – 4:24 pm

The Associated Press has done an excellent job covering the meat of what Mike Sellers and Edwin Williams told area high school students at yesterday’s ATLAS and ATHENA training session. AP reporter Joseph White was on the scene, and he’s got the two players explaining the value of hard work, the danger of steroids, and the importance of eating right.

The only thing White missed, really, were the fat jokes.
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Mike Shanahan Also Speaks About Free Agency And Offseason Conditioning

Posted by Matt Terl on March 11, 2010 – 8:07 pm


Owner Daniel M. Snyder wasn’t the only one who spoke before this evening’s Charitable Foundation Annual Dinner. Following a brief introduction from general manager Bruce Allen, head coach Mike Shanahan also gave a few minutes to the assembled media. The coach sharing some thoughts on free agency, the imminent start of offseason conditioning, and a few of the more popular rumors surrounding the team.

Of note, Shanahan:

  • Acknowledged that RB Larry Johnson was in town for a visit but said that he hadn’t had a chance to sit down with him yet
  • Claimed to be “a big fan” of Carlos Rogers, whom he expects in town for offseason conditioning
  • Said that Jason Campbell was in the facility and talking to some coaches today; he also joked about not liking Jason as much as he likes Carlos
  • Reiterated that they’re following a plan, and if a meeting doesn’t work out, “it doesn’t work out for a reason”
  • Made it very, very clear that he both wants and expects pretty substantial attendance at the team’s offseason program.

And here are some of the quotes:
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