By Scott Allen June 16, 2014
Robert Griffin III hosted a football camp on Friday at Anacostia High and everyone, it seemed, was there. In addition to 300 local boys and girls, Wale, MC Hammer, Bow Wow, Jeffrey Wright, John Wall, Jay Gruden and several of Griffin’s Redskins teammates, including DeSean Jackson, attended.
“No, I’m not from Washington, D.C., but Washington D.C. has accepted me as who I am, so that’s why I give back,” Griffin said of his latest community initiative. “That’s what it is. Without the community, you cannot do anything. Many communities have helped me to get to where I’m at, and I want to show them that you have to come out and show your face, be out there, interact with people, and try to give them a piece of you because they deserve it.”
June 13, 2014
Mike Vick, who will suit up for the New York Jets this upcoming football season, spent the weekend back in his native Newport News to host a youth football camp and to also play in a celebrity softball tournament. Both events featured some of the top names in the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, former Eagles and now Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White all came to help out Vick with the camp, which is run through Vick’s foundation.
“This camp means everything,” said Vick, who played a very active role in coaching the players on Saturday afternoon, “I think we’re giving kids the mental ability to go out on the football field and no what it takes to be successful.
Also on hand were Baltimore Ravens and former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Dallas Cowboys defensive back B.W. Webb, and current Tech receiver Willie Byrn.
June 13, 2014
By Joseph Santoliquito
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Someone wanted to win. Amid all the jovial byplay and silliness, all the fun trash talking between each other, someone had his gameface on, and had no problems letting everyone know it.
On Saturday at Neumann University’s Mirenda Center for Sport, DeSean Jackson, now a Washington Redskin, made a triumphant return to the Philadelphia area and dropped 45 points on his pal’s team, LeSean McCoy, during McCoy’s charity basketball game benefiting McCoy’s personal charity, Shades of Greatness, and ALS.
In the end, it was DeSean Jackson’s team that prevailed over McCoy’s, despite a 22-point slam dunk by the denim-short-wearing Connor Barwin, in a 93-91 victory.
Jackson was easily the best player on the court, which included Cleveland Cavalier Dion Waiters, boxing champ Danny Garcia, and rapper Nelly. And while everyone else was playing for fun—Jackson was playing for real. Maybe it was Jackson’s way of telling the fans that packed the gym on Saturday this is what they’ll be missing—or maybe it was just the competitive side of Jackson surfacing, there was no doubt he wore his NFL-I’m-serious gameface.
“I was here for the fans,” said Jackson afterward.
Jackson took time to sign autographs, take selfies with fans and was very cordial to everyone—except the handful of media there covering the event.
The event itself was a raging success.
McCoy was everywhere, wearing an ever-ready smile—and engaging with everyone. He wasn’t just a bystander as many celebrities hosting their own charity events sometimes are.
“This is important to me,” said McCoy, whose grandmother, Maryann Branch, died several years ago of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “I think sometimes where I face adversity, I look back to how she fought and struggled. There’s times that I’m complaining about different things where it’s not as serious as the things she fought, the disease she fought and that helps me get over my adversity sometimes.
“Man, she was special. The weird thing is she didn’t care too much about sports. There were times that I had five, six touchdowns and she’d pat me on the back like, ‘Good job.’ Then, something small, like the next day I go to church and I have a nice suit on and I dressed myself and she’s like, ‘Oh my God!’”
There was one interesting aside from the charity event, which was also attended by Jeremy Maclin. It was interesting how either Maclin or Jackson were anywhere near each other during the early portion of the afternoon, but at halftime during a shoot-around, the two engaged in what appeared to be an animated discussion near midcourt, where Barwin stepped in.
Maclin and Jackson eventually laughed, shook hands, and left the court together exchanging cell numbers.