In an era where there is way too much focused on the criminal acts and selfish demonstrations by professional athletes, comes a story about Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Woodley has donated $60,000 to his old high school district to cover the cost of what would have been a "pay for play" fee for students who wanted to participate in middle school or high school athletics. At the high school level, due to budget cuts, students in the Saginaw Public School District would have had to pay $75 per player until Woodley stepped in and covered the costs.
The move should help to improve the number of kids who will take part in athletics in the district, including Woodley's alma mater, Saginaw High School.
“If you know him, you know he’s not doing it to see his name in the paper,” Saginaw High athletics director Dan Szatkowski told mlive.com. “He’s beyond that. What a great message this sends to the kids, to the families, to the other people in the city and even the state.
“It’s a tough time, but here’s a professional player who gets it. This is a big deal.”
Indeed. Bravo for Woodley for passing on his blessings to young athletes, many of whom are no doubt in less fortunate situations.
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