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Redskins Enjoy 3rd Annual ‘Ride 2 Provide’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 10:21 am

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The forecast called for rain, but it was nothing but sun and smiles at Lorenzo Alexander’s “Ride 2 Provide” charity bike ride on Saturday.  Alexander and Kedric Golston hosted the event for the third year, and were joined by teammates Ryan Kerrigan, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Rob Myers, as well as former Redskin Chris Wilson and the Hogettes.

And yes, Paulsen is shown wearing a light purple tutu.  No, I don’t know why–but I will find out.

The event raises money for wounded veterans recovering from their injuries, as well as Alexander’s ACES foundation.  Alexander was excited with the biker turnout, but really enjoyed the support of his teammates for his biggest annual event:

“It’s pretty cool to have your teammates out here supporting you,” Alexander said with a grin.  “A lot of guys have chosen to get involved and help me out, and it shows what type of men they are and what they’re all about.  The local media have created a great bond over the years, and those guys have come out to support me as well.

“It goes beyond football and the Redskins on a day-to-day basis,” he added.  “We’re about relationships and building a better community.”

Watch video recapping the day, below: Read more »

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Orakpo Meets A Kid Tougher Than He Is

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 16, 2012 – 1:50 pm

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Benching 31 repetitions at 225 pounds requires great physical strength and intensity.  Getting held by offensive linemen while trying to make a play requires great mental strength and patience.  Starting 47 games over the first three years of a career requires endurance and perseverance.

But beating cancer by the age of 8 requires a level of toughness that Orakpo can’t relate to.  At least until he met Zane Mosby, a young man who was recently declared cancer free in his fight with leukemia.

Mosby, along with his parents Janet and William, met his favorite Redskins player at Ben’s Chili Bowl in D.C., and the CSN Washington camera crews were there to catch the encounter: Read more »

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Redskins Hoops Action: Just The Dunks

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 6, 2012 – 11:33 am

Last Friday was the celebrity charity basketball game that pitted the Redskins against their geographical Baltimore Ravens rivals.  What amazed most about the game is how much raw athleticism the players had to perform ably in two sports.

I wouldn’t bet on them in a high-stakes ping pong tournament, but there was a comfort level on the court that led to good-natured showboating and high-flying slam dunks.

The pictures from the event were posted on Golden Era Entertainment’s Facebook page mid-week, but with jersey-mania, it was worth waiting until Friday.

Enjoy the high-flying Redskins action as we recap all of the Redskins dunks: Read more »

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Redskins Building Foundations For Future

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 23, 2012 – 1:09 pm

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This has been the offseason of giving back for players, as three prominent Redskins have started nonprofit organizations in order to give back to the communities they represent.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh has focused his efforts on mentoring and educating underserved children at Yorkshire Elementary in Manassas, Va.  “A GRAN Foundation” is a McIntosh family effort, and his recent charity dinner at The Palms was said to be a rousing success.

Another foundation that’s already off the ground since the season ended, is receiver Anthony Armstrong’s “Lucky 13 Foundation.”  Armstrong has overcome long odds to reach his deserved spot in the NFL, and his organization focuses on the issues that have become near and dear to him.

The foundation is seeking donations and building programs that will benefit children with Down syndrome, single-parent families, childhood obesity, and kidney ailments. Here’s the rundown:

  • Educate youth on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community
  • Assist in the fight against childhood obesity and increase awareness for kidney disease research
  • Increase the awareness and the many amazing values of those diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Armstrong lost his father as a child to kidney failure. His little sister has Down syndrome. And not surprisingly, the character of his organization is an extension of his vibrant personality.

His landmark program is a “Kids of Character” group that honors children age 5-18 that demonstrate good character in the community.  The requirements for completion will focus on eight important areas: academics, community, leadership, career development, health and fitness, financial literacy, family strengthening, spiritual strengthening.

Or basically, “everything.” Read more »

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Stadium Seats Find New Homes

Posted by Ross Leonhart on July 22, 2011 – 2:41 pm

Redskins intern Ross Leonhart braved the sweltering heat to cover pick-up day for the FedExField seats sold for the benefit of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

It was a great scene at the stadium today, as football fans came from all over the world to get their pieces of history from FedExField.

After the recent renovations at the stadium to remove seats, the Redskins  made around 200 seats available to fans for purchase.  All proceeds go to Redskins Charitable Foundation.

It was a mixed crowd of Redskins fans, New York Giants fans, people who like to provoke their Redskins fan family members, and even people making the trip from Canada.

Virginia resident Angela Crews was on-hand to get the perfect addition to her families “Redskins Basement.”

“This is a perfect opportunity to get a piece of memorabilia that not everyone’s going to get,” Crews said. “And it’s for a good cause.”

The Redskins weren’t the only ones in a charitable mood; fans from all over came for seats that weren’t for them.

Redskin fans James Scanlan and Ed Wyluda drove down almost four hours from New Jersey to get a seat for their dad — the inspiration behind their Burgundy and Gold fanhood. They expect the seats to go in his “Redskins Room,” that is filled with signed helmets, pictures and painted accordingly.

Teacher Stacy Liles battled the heat with her 14-month-old twins, Caelyn and Rowen, to get the seats for her husband who had to work. The seats are going in the basement with all their other Redskins stuff, and the two babies are next generation Skins fans.

Christmas may come early in the Noll house, at least for the Redskins fans in the family.

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Redskins Work In A Pizza Place For Christmas

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 3:46 pm

Waleed Zarou, owner of The Don’s Wood-Fired PIzza in Sterling, Va., had one major concern with letting Redskins players act as servers during his second annual Christmas Eve free pizza dinner: “They take too much space,” he said. “You see how tight it is. I was nervous with them being in the kitchen how the other guys were gonna move. It’s a tight space, [and] you got a 700, 800 degree oven going, man.”

The dinner — supposedly two hours of free pizzas for all, although Zarou was still handing them out when I left half an hour past the scheduled end time –is partially about fellowship, a place for people who don’t have anyone else to come on Christmas Eve, and partially about charity, raising money for a mission in Africa. This is the first year that the players have participated — “I thought these guys would help me to grow it,” Zarou said — and Kedric Golston, Derrick Dockery, Lorenzo Alexander, and Renaldo Wynn seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

“We’re very blessed people,” Golston said. “To be in the NFL — regardless of the record — we’re very blessed, and to be able to give back and help … I mean, you never know.”

Golston is friends with Zarou through his father-in-law, and was acting as the de facto manager of the restaurant-working Redskins. “It was hard to get Derrick from the pizza,” Golston said, explaining how the group divided their labors. “I didn’t wanna fight that battle, so I just left him there. And Lorenzo’s more of a calmer dude, so he just said he’ll get the drinks. Renaldo was actually the last guy to show up, so we was actually already operating when he came, and so he was kinda like the guy in the restaurant that went around talked to everyone.”

Watching Golston and Dockery handing out pizza like old pros — asking a firm “Cheese or pepperoni?” like they’d been doing it forever — was entertaining, but not as entertaining as watching them eat seeming one slice for every one they handed out.
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Redskins Play Guitar Hero For (And With) The Troops

Posted by Matt Terl on November 10, 2009 – 5:20 pm

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, so it was appropriate that a number of Redskins players used their Tuesday off to do something for our troops. Admittedly, it’s a little unexpected that that “doing something” was more accurately described as “playing video games,” but it seemed to make all sides happy, so who am I to complain.

The Pro Vs. G.I. Joe program is a non-profit organization partnered with the USO that uses online gaming and internet videoconferencing to allow deployed soldiers a chance to chat and play video games with professional athletes and — wherever possible — their families back home.

So the players came into the meeting room, where the Pro Vs. G.I. Joe staff had set up the video equipment, and they were joined by local troops from Ft. Myer and the Marine barracks in D.C. and families of some of the deployed troops on the other end of the videoconference.

Greg Zinone founded the program with his wife Addie, a staff sergeant in active Army Reserve Public Affairs. “You know,” he said, “me not being a military person, I had no idea what goes on overseas. She told me that they play video games on their downtime; I know from my days playing football at West Virginia that that’s all we did after practice. We put the two together about two and a half years ago and we’ve going pretty strong ever since.” Read more »

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Friday, October 16: Chris Cooley On E:60

Posted by Matt Terl on October 16, 2009 – 10:52 am

Shaping up to be a busy few days for Redskins on ESPN. Brian Orakpo was on First Take this morning, where he answered questions about the Redskins and the Longhorns. Former Redskin John Riggins has been all over SportsCenter, venting criticism from next to the woodpile in his backyard. And, in much cheerier news, Chris Cooley‘s E:60 segment will be airing this coming Tuesday night, and ESPN was kind enough to send over a quick preview.

If all you want to hear regarding the Redskins is wild speculation about the coaching staff and detailed analyses of what has gone wrong in these first five games, this is probably not the segment for you. But if you feel like putting that aside for a few minutes to listen to Cooley talking about his blog, his artwork, and the egotism of painting himself, it looks pretty promising.

Also, speaking of Cooley’s painting, his art show has been moved to November 30, but still promises to be a good experience benefiting a good cause. More information (and a registration form) can be found here.

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Ernie Davis And The Bobby Mitchell Golf Classic; Also, Art Monk Deals With The Same Old Questions In A Different Form

Posted by Matt Terl on July 10, 2009 – 2:30 pm

It shouldn’t have taken me as long to realize as it did; the mental arithmetic isn’t all that complicated. Still, I had been planning to attend today’s press preview of The 19th Annual Bobby Mitchell/TOYOTA Hall of Fame Golf Classic for almost a week before I put it all together.

See the, golf classic (as I’ve exhaustively mentioned) is a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And Redskins great Bobby Mitchell is the founder of the tournament.

Mitchell came to Washington in a 1962 trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Redskins received Mitchell and first-round pick Leroy Jackson; the Browns received standout Syracuse running back Ernie Davis. Davis died of leukemia before he could play a down of football in Cleveland, a story that recently made its way to the movies as The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

“It was the first time I heard the word ‘leukemia,’ was because of Ernie,” Mitchell told me when I asked about the connection. “I’d never heard of it before, and we lost him and he never got a chance to play.

“It was kinda frightening,” he continued, “because I’m looking at him and — to me — Ernie Davis coming out of Syracuse was another Jim Brown. And I had played four years with Jim, so I knew what that meant. And all of a sudden someone’s saying, ‘This kid can’t play. He’s gonna pass.’ “

And I’m saying, ‘Jim Brown can’t die!’

“And that was the effect. So when I got here to Washington, when I was approached by the Leukemia Society to help out, that was one of the things that got me to do something.”

Mitchell was initially polite but somewhat dismissive when I asked about the movie version, shrugging and saying, “I would say fifty percent of it was right on about him.”

Then he stopped and thought for a few seconds. “There will be those who say it’s just another flick, but there will also be people whose families suffer with this [leukemia] who be will happy that there will be a focus coming from it. I think it helps in that sense,” he said, before heading out to the putting tournament.

Redskins great Art Monk — also a Syracuse guy — was a bit more charitable about the movie. “I thought it was great,” he told me. “I thought it was well done. The message to be got out of it, was right on point.” Read more »

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The Bobby Mitchell Golf Classic's Patient Hero Is Not A Redskins Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on July 10, 2009 – 1:57 pm

When Redskins great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell gets talking about the golf classic that bears his name, he’s fairly animated. He talks enthusiastically and demonstratively about how important it is to help, how grateful he is to the sponsors and fellow athletes, and about his golf game.

But when he’s talking about the people it benefits, the kids who are fighting with leukemia, Mitchell becomes less animated; instead, he’s nearly overcome with emotion. During his introductory welcome to the press and sponsors today, he mentioned that he had been honored to attend the graduation of one of his “hero patients” — that is, a guest of honor from a past year’s event. And just mentioning that graduation choked Mitchell up for more than twenty seconds.

“This young boy went through a lot of things when he was younger,” Mitchell told me afterward, “but he hung in there and walked down the aisle with his fellow classmates at his high school graduation. It just blew me away.” He paused again, visibly moved. “I hadn’t been to a graduation in a while — my kids are much older — and to be sitting there with all these kids graduating, experiencing that and knowing that one of our kids was walking there too … it really, really blew me away.”

After a second or two, the more animated, less emotional Mitchell resurfaced and he shook his head. “When you meet these kids, it just blows you away, because they’re all smart, sharp, involved.”

That certainly describes this year’s patient hero, Joey Norris. Read more »

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