We talk a lot about what pro athletes are not doing for their communities, however, I had the opportunity to witness a NFL star giving back to his neighborhood! Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle, Russell Okung, left the gridiron for a day to impact his hometown community by sponsoring the 2nd Annual Okung 76 Fun Day on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at George Bush High School. The Okung 76 Fun Day results from the Russell Okung UP Foundation, Okung’s charity with a mission to reach out to children of single parent homes to offer hope through activities and information on the importance of a good education and social responsibility. Being that I grew up in a single parent household I can definitely appreciate a foundation like this.
The day was dedicated to empower the community, youth and to celebrate education, achievement and community engagement. Throughout the camp, youth learned and develop the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, leadership skills on and off the field, team skills and sportsmanship. Also a lot of food, music, fun and games! I thought about getting on the rock climbing one, but...LOL!
Okung attended George Bush High School in Fort Bend County where he played offensive tackle and was named first-team all-Greater Houston, first-team all-district, and later listed as the 33rd best offensive tackle prospect of the class of 2006. After a strong tenure at Oklahoma State, he was the sixth overall pick in 2010 NFL draft. Today he is a leading force on the field, known for his outstanding pass protection and dominating run blocking for the Seattle Seahawks.
I had an opportunity to do a one-on-one interview with Okung. That interview is coming soon and more photos! Big ups to Okung for giving back. Follow him on Twitter @BDR76