Athletes are more than just players on a field, often times they serve as role models who kids aspire to be like, which is why it’s so great to see them getting involved and giving back to their community.
The story of La’Shaun Armstrong is a heartbreaking one; as he is the only surviving member of his family after his mother intentionally drove her car into the Hudson River and drowned herself and three of her children. But NFL superstars Ray Lewis (linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens) and Reggie Howard (of the Carolina Panthers) are helping to turn this nightmare into something positive.
“We are human and to hear that story… as soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘I need to find him,’” Lewis told The Post. “Nobody is supposed to walk through life alone with that, especially being 10 years old.”
The players invited La’Shaun to the United Athletes Foundation Charity Weekend, which was a three-day event that featured a Father and Son Bowling Tournament— Lewis partnered with La’Shaun— and a Black Tie Gala where Lewis and Howard helped raise $20,000 to further La’Shaun’s development.
“This is a hard situation and he is forever changed,” Lewis explained. “We are not going to let him do it alone, we are going to be here for him for ever.
The two NFL players plan to develop the money into ways to help La’Shaun through counseling, therapy, and education.
“We actually want to bring him in and make him an honorary member,” Howard stated. He also managed to take La’Shaun shopping before the weekend events began.“We want to provide him with mentors, tutoring, establish a scholarship. It’s all about being there for him, so he has someone he can reach out to.”
This is a touchdown!