Local Boys & Girls Club Receives Visit from NFL Star Allen Robinson
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
|As an extension of his Within Reach Foundation’s outreach
programming, Allen Robinson visited the Arlington Community Academy Boys &
Girls Club on Tuesday evening for his Give Back Program. Robinson engaged with
the members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida for over an hour,
encouraging the youth to maintain active and healthy lifestyles while also
speaking on the importance of focusing on education. In honor of their new
commitment to living an active and healthy lifestyle, Robinson and the children
signed Play 60 Pledge Certificates. Play 60 is a major initiative of the NFL
that seeks to get children participating in physical activities for at least 60
minutes every day.
|Robinson signed footballs and photographs for all of the
children at the Give Back Program and personally spoke with each participant.
He also organized a flag football game for the Boys & Girls Club members,
wasting no time in beginning the fulfillment of their Play 60 pledges. It was
as equally excited for Robinson to engage with the children as it was for the
children to have an NFL star visit their Boys & Girls Club.
|“(We’re) just trying to come out here and spend some time,”
Robinson said. “And (we’re) playing flag football and donating some stuff for
the Boys & Girls Club.”
|Capping off the day, Robinson announced that the Within
Reach Foundation has partnered with Academy Sports to provide $5,000 to the
Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida. Robinson, who is currently
sidelined with a season-ending injury, has been a devout supporter of both the
Boys & Girls Club and his own nonprofit charity, Allen Robinson’s Within
Reach Foundation, for his entire professional career. While the injury has been
a frustrating experience for the star wide receiver, it has given him the
opportunity to dedicate even more time toward improving the community.
|“It's tough, you know.” Robinson said of his ACL injury.
“But that's something, really, I can't control. So for me when it comes to
that, from the time I set foot in here in the spring, I gave it my all. Now I'm
just trying to do what I can. (I’m) able to do a little bit more in the
community now, so (I’m) just trying to make my rounds and do what I do.”
|In addition to the Give Back Program on Tuesday, Robinson
was joined by his Jaguars teammates on Monday night for the Allen Robinson’s
Celebrity Surf & Turf fundraising event. Robinson and his teammates served
as waiters for the event, engaging with fans and Foundation supporters at
Jacksonville’s Epping-Forest Yacht Club. The event raised over $100,000 in
support of the Within Reach Foundation’s community outreach programs, which
includes a $20,000 donation by Robinson himself.
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