Washington Redskins linebackers London Fletcher and Lorenzo Alexander are among the 87 current and former NFL players whose charitable organizations received grants from NFL Charities, the league’s charitable foundation, the NFL announced Tuesday.
NFL charities handed out a total of $1 million to players’ groups as part of its annual player foundation grant initiative. The money was donated in varying amounts up to $50,000 per charity.
“We are proud to support current and former player foundations and applaud all players’ efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities board of directors, said in a news release.
Alexander and Fletcher were the only Redskins to receive support for their charities this year. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner and Steve Young were among the other past and present players whose foundations received grants.
Alexander’s ACES Foundation focuses on youth and with an emphasis on promoting “self -accountability, taking pride in our community, striving for educational excellence while promoting healthy mind and body through sports,” according to the organization’s web site.
Fletcher’s charity, London’s Bridge also works with youth, with a focus on “addressing the inequities facing underprivileged and underrepresented children” through “mentoring and charitable contributions,” according to its web site.