Throughout the past year, scores of current and former local athletes and coaches have taken active roles in the fight against COVID-19 and for social justice. These are just a few of their stories.
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Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Brad Jackson and Kyle Richardson
Three Super Bowl XXXV champions are part of the Baltimore chapter of the NFL Alumni Association, with former Ravens punter Kyle Richardson serving as the president, former fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo as the vice president and former linebacker Brad Jackson as the treasurer.
After the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Baltimore chapter donated money to ABC Park in southwest Baltimore ($5,000), Food For Thought Baltimore County ($1,500), No Kid Hungry Maryland ($1,500) and the COVID-19 NFL Alumni Relief Fund ($1,500).
Former Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary encouraged the chapter to get involved with the effort to maintain ABC Park, which is being led by Derwin Hannah. The chapter also donated a van to help transport kids to the park.
Hannah is “somebody that everybody should know about. He’s doing great work. He’s a guy that just cares about the community,” Richardson said in November. “… He’s a guy that just works his butt off every day and then is out there fighting the good fight to give these kids a safe place.”
Photo Credit: Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens
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