Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 1, 2009
Pro-Football players from across the country are teaming up with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) in an effort to support the "Touchdown Shutdown" program - an initiative to raise funds for programming that serves underprivileged youth. As part of the "Touchdown Shutdown" program, each athlete will donate to ASAS for every tackle or sack or interception they make during the upcoming season to impact underprivileged youth. Participating players include Shaun Phillips (San Diego Chargers), Calvin Pace (NY Jets), Darrelle Revis (NY Jets), DeMeco Ryans (Houston Texans), Thomas Howard (Oakland Raiders), Jonathan Babineaux (Atlanta Falcons), and more.
This is the third year of this "Touchdown Shutdown" program, which aims to raise awareness and funding for programs. Players make personal pledges to donate based on their performance during the regular season, and the charity is seeking national and local corporate sponsors to match player donations.
"We are excited to announce that a great group of professional athletes have joined the program. Their efforts will directly benefit thousands of children in need nationwide" stated, Ben Paul, President and CEO of ASAS. "We look forward to recruiting more players and corporate partners to help generate the funds needed to provide quality after-school programs for today's youth."
ASAS is a comprehensive after school program founded in 1992 by California State Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, providing a safe and educational place for underserved, middle school children to go after school. Through donated funds, ASAS provides engaging activities to over 72,000 kids annually. The programs are designed to improve the participants' lives by incorporating academic support, enrichment, and health & physical fitness.
"Three years ago I started the program in San Diego, and it has now grown to thirteen cities. I'm thrilled that so many players in the league have stepped up," explained Shaun Phillips, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. "It's important to me that we provide inner-city children with a safe place to go to after school, where they can spend time on homework, enrichment and sports."
Many of the athletes grew up under circumstances similar to what inner-city youth face today. They are passionate about helping to positively influence these children and help provide experiences that they might not otherwise be exposed to. Most players plan on visiting program sites in their communities to work directly with these children.
"It's great to know that through the 'Touchdown Shutdown' I can reach kids and positively impact their lives," Calvin Pace, linebacker for the New York Jets, shared. "Programs like ASAS are important to keep youth safe and help them achieve their goals and dreams."
After-School All-Stars serves youth annually through after-school and summer programs in 13 cities across the United States. The organization provides comprehensive after school programs that are fun for kids and also keep them safe and help them succeed in school and life. For more information on the "Touchdown Shutdown" program, including a full list of participating athletes, please visit http://www.tdshutdown.org.
About After-School All-Stars and Touchdown Shutdown
Founded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs that equip children with the skills and experiences needed to become productive members of the 21st century workforce. Every day, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization's mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. 72,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 13 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose and South Florida. This NFL season, After-School All-Stars is proud to partner with seventeen NFL players in the Touchdown Shutdown program where defensive players make a donation every time they make a sack, tackle or interception. For more information, visit http://www.as-as.org.