Newly acquired Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is making a mark in his new home with good works geared toward supporting military service personnel.

Jackson has long been a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides aid to military members who have suffered injuries, wounds and illnesses in the service of their country since September 11, 2001. Two years ago, Jackson donated $50,000 to the charity.

“The Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization and this is something that I feel very grateful and blessed to be able to do,” Jackson told Yahoo News.

“The people in the military put their lives on the line for us every day. I think it’s important to recognize the great service they provide for this country, especially at this time of year,” he said.

Last year, Jackson attended a charity softball game at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Md., which pitted the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team against players from the National Football League.

This year, Jackson will host the second annual Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics charity softball classic game, scheduled for June 7 at 7 p.m.

In addition to Jackson, NFL players Josh Morgan, DeAngelo Hall, El Biggers, Brandon Merriweather, Brian Mitchell, JerMichael Finley, Tyrod Taylor, Steve Smith, Niles Paul, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Hden, Josh Cribbs and Bruce Campbell are all scheduled to appear.

In addition to the Wounded Warrior Project, the event will raise money for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Connected Warrior Foundation and the Disabled Sports USA organizations.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer