Despite the dreary weather outside in the DMV, the pediatrics floor of the Georgetown University Hospital was made a little brighter today with a visit from Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
The ‘One Man Gang’ was there on behalf of the Redskins Charitable Foundation, the NFL, and the Riley Children’s Foundation, to deliver ‘Super Baskets of Hope’ to critically ill children. This is part of nationwide initiative to deliver a basket of goodies to the kids in most need of a smile.
Altogether, Basket of Hope and the NFL are delivering 7,000 baskets nationwide this week. “Super Baskets of Hope” is the first-ever Super Bowl host city service project that reaches across the nation.
Here were Alexander’s thoughts this afternoon on being the point-man for the Redskins’ efforts:
Alexander was joined by his daughter this afternoon, who handed out bags to the mothers of the children while dad tackled the baskets (figuratively speaking). Even though some of the kids were initially shy of the 6-1, 265-pound linebacker, his soft words and steady smile put the kids at ease.
One little girl even worked up the courage to play a game of catch:
This afternoon’s event was coordinated between the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Carla Sapp, the D.C./Baltimore Regional Coordinator for the Baskets of Hope program. Sapp describes the experience of giving back as “overwhelming,” and was grateful to have the NFL’s support.
“This is giving back at a most-important time for these kids, who have so much else going on,” she explained. “When I first started working with these kids, I thought, ‘Carla, what do you have to complain about?’ They’re so brave about life, and here they are beating us in a game of cards and stuff.
“Just giving the kids a toy for free, along with your love and attention, is really overwhelming to me, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”
Alexander echoed those sentiments with his famous smile, as he rolled the ball back to his new biggest fan. “Look at her smile–there it is!” he said: