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Redskins’ LB Brian Orakpo hosts fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo hosted his annual Leukemia Golf Classic Monday with nearly 40 teammates, his head coach and general manager in attendance.

Usually, the Redskins would have convened at team headquarters for another round of offseason conditioning workouts. But coach Mike Shanahan gave his players the day off and told them that their attendance at the tournament would count as a workout day.

This is the third consecutive year that Orakpo has hosted the event, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which supports research to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease & myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“It’s very important to give back to the community and also deal with the Leukemia foundation to raise awareness about it and also raise a lot of money,” Orakpo said. “Coach Shanahan gave us the opportunity to be here as a whole team, and also have some members of the coaching staff. ... It means a lot. It’s about family.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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