One of the most dominating forces at running back carried a fitting nickname “Beastmode” into endzones for the Seattle Seahawks 9 seasons. Then, Marshawn Lynch made a shocking announcement via Twitter…he was retiring from the NFL. After seeing his personality on display from previous Super Bowl interviews to the hilarious Skittles streak it was a slight moment of hesitation wondering if he was REALLY leaving football? He did just rush for over 1,000 yards consistently four years straight but his last year was rough with a few injuries. It set in as teammates like Russell Wilson started sending their best wishes that he was in fact leaving the gridiron but Lynch would take this “retirement” opportunity to give back to the youth in a huge way.
After making the announcement that he was retiring shortly after showing his brilliant mind by happily living off his endorsement deals and none of his salary. Lynch took a trip to Haiti using that money in a way that would change many lives and even generations to come. Joining him were Seahawks linebacker Cliff Avril as well as NFL players Stephen Tulloch and Godser Cherilus.
“We’re going to build an elementary school. The reason for an elementary school—my (Cliff Avril) foundation is geared towards juvenile diabetes, and I feel like education is a big part of understanding how to beat it or how to cope. Just knowing what to eat and what not to eat. Everybody in my family (in Haiti) pretty much had diabetes, and it was all due to the diet they had there. That’s one of the main reasons we’re doing the school. We’ll do a garden at the school to teach healthy eating and healthy living, and also we’re doing a health clinic as well. We’ll partner up with some doctors out there to do a health clinic. Then we’ll finish off with a football camp on Saturday. In Haiti, they don’t really gravitate towards American football, they mostly play soccer. So just give local kids a look at what some Haitian guys are doing in America.” (via Seahawks.com)
The group of players are also helping to create a mobile medical clinic as well as a football camp. As many times as we see that image of NFL players in the club popping bottles or on the news getting in trouble it’s important to share these moments just as often, if not more.
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One way @cliffavril is helping to improve children’s lives in Haiti is building an elementary school. “My foundation is geared toward juvenile diabetes, and I feel education is a big part of understanding how to beat it or how to cope. We’ll do a garden at the school to teach healthy eating and healthy living.” #AvrilHaiti2016 #12s4Good 📷: @manishgosalia
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The children of La Chanm welcome @cliffavril and friends. The school there in the background houses just over 400 students. There’s another smaller building that houses 120 preschoolers. The group broke ground on a new school building for this community. #RemovingOneObstacleInTheirLearningProcess #CAFF #AvrilHaiti2016 Cred: @tia827 and @jocpr #AvrilHaiti2016 🇭🇹 #Lunionsuite #Haiti #Ayiti #Volunteer #avrilhaiti2016