Last summer, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley inked a 6-year, $61.5 million dollar extension to remain in the Black and Yellow for years to come. Fortunately for kids in the Saginaw Public School District, Woodley has no problem sharing his wealth.
Per a story from the Saginaw News, Woodley, a Saginaw High graduate, donated $60,000 to cover costs the district was slated to charge students to participate in athletics this year. Here are details:
When the Saginaw Public Schools athletic department budget was cut, the school district opted to charge pay-to-participate fees for its middle school, junior high and high school athletes. For a high school athlete, participation fees were $75 per school year.
“If you know him, you know he’s not doing it to see his name in the paper,” [Saginaw High Athletic Director] Dan 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.”
Great to see a professional athlete of Woodley’s stature make such a selfless act without looking for the spotlight. Also great to see an example of a professional athlete making headlines for something other than a DUI or arrest for numerous other charges.
Hopefully more stories such as this gesture by Woodley get publicity, whether the athletes seek the attention or would rather remain in the background. Tales of positivity are always a welcomed breathe of fresh air.