It’s no secret that many schools across the country are facing budget shortfalls. In Michigan, Saginaw Public Schools would have been forced to make students pay $75 to play sports before Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, a Saginaw High School graduate, donated $60,000 to cover those fees. While Woodley and the NFL have been pretty quiet about this, the school’s athletic director, Dan Szatowski, had this to say:
“If you know him, you know he’s not doing it to see his name in the paper,” Szatkowski said. “He’s beyond that. What a great message this sends to the kids, to the families, to the other people in the city and even the state. It’s a tough time, but here’s a professional player who gets it. This is a big deal. He’s providing the means for kids to participate. What’s the price you can put on that? What price do you put on an experience? LaMarr Woodley is providing for that experience.”
At a time when many NFL players spent their offseason battling DUI charges and domestic disputes, this is news that the NFL should definitely get behind. This is pretty awesome.