Holidays like Memorial Day have an extra meaning to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The son of two Army sergeants, Griffin III grew up commonly asking the same question that millions of other American military family members have asked over the past two-plus centuries:
Will my loved ones come home safe to me?
Fortunately, both Jackie and Robert Griffin Jr. did, in fact, come home safe every time, giving their son the inspiration and support to develop into a star athlete at an early age.
So now, the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is taking every opportunity he can to both show his appreciation to this country’s military members, as well as give back to the communities that helped shape him into the person he is today.
Griffin III tells Redskins.com that he is donating his “Special Edition Camouflage Cleat” see above to his alma mater, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School.
“A ton of military families live in that city because it is right next to Fort Hood,” Griffin III said. “I always remember where I came from, so we (Adidas and myself) wanted to gift these to the football program.”
Griffin III also tweeted his news early Monday afternoon:
Griffin III is certainly making a habit out of giving back to his hometown.
In 2013, the Redskins quarterback donated about $80,000 worth of football apparel to the school, giving the team some of the freshest digs in football-crazy Texas.
Then, in February, Griffin III gave the Copperas Cove Independent School District another $100,000 to support the district’s football, basketball and track and field programs.
The donations are just the tip of the iceberg to Griffin III’s philanthropic plans, he told Redskins.com
So, kudos to Griffin III for both his nods to the military and for not forgetting where he came from.-REDSKINS-
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