The go-to line for players volunteering for a good cause, is that they are “giving back to the community.” But because players are from all over the country (and Canada and Australia), not many can say that they’re truly giving back to their own community.
And then there’s DMV native, Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, who helped organize food for today’s “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast,” presented by Ryan Homes.
“For me, growing up in the area, this is an opportunity to give back to my community,” he said with a broad smile. “This is a community where I know the people. I lived where they live.”
“It’s important to to give back to the people that are less fortunate, because at one point in my life, I was one of those people. Now that I’m in a position where people look up to me from a football standpoint, it’s important, and it’s fun to give back.”
Wilson helped to organize the food for delivery this morning, and brought along his wife, his wife’s aunt, and his wife’s grandmother for extra help. Like all things in Wilson’s life, football and community are a family affair.
“Thanksgiving is a time to be with your family and be thankful for a good meal–everybody should enjoy that,” he said. “That’s why I’m doing that. This is definitely more important than a game of football, because these are people in need.”
Wilson is accustomed to performing on the field on Sundays, but it wasn’t that long ago that the DeMatha Catholic High School product was performing in a different function at FedExField on Sundays.
“I’m back to my old stompin’ grounds,” he said, looking around the main level concourse. “I used to work at the concessions stand in the stadium. Now I’m working in front of the concessions stand, but I feel good doing it.”
Wilson worked and volunteered in the concession stands in order to raise money for his high school athletic teams; budgets growing up. Whether it was for track or A.A.U., he’s no rookie to FedExField.
“It’s was fun, man, it was fun,” he said. “I love being able to see the fans faces and interact with them. Having the opportunity to work with them, and take pictures with them, and just be side-by-side with them–that’s what it’s all about.”