See what your favorite NFL players have been up to in the off season.
Cliff Avril, Michael Bennet and Marshawn Lynch
Seattle Seahawks defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and new Oakland Raiders player Marshawn lynch took a trip to Haiti to build schools, homes and host a camp for at risk youth, according to Seattle Seahawks Wire. After Hurricane Mathew in 2016, Avril pledged to build a home in Haiti for every sack. This season, that was 11.5.
Avril is Haitian-American, and Lynch knew he wanted to build a school one day, so he encouraged him to use his Cliff Avril Family Foundation to get the job done, Avril told The Seattle Times.
The Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship
Several NFL players headed to Las Vegas last month for this charitable arm wrestling competition. According to the website, 30 active and retired players competed in either a heavyweight or lightweight competition and part of the prize money will be donated to a charity of the player’s choice.
While it was for a good cause, the participants might be fined for their involvement.
According to ESPN, the NFL prohibits promotional appearances at casinos and gambling related establishments. Some of the players in attendance were Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King and running back Marshawn Lynch.
The competition will air on CBS May 27.
Former USC offensive tackle Zach Banner partnered with Trojan Outreach and Uprising yoga to host Trojan Zen, a yoga event that brought a little peace to the kids in Los Angeles’ After-School All-Stars and Skid Row’s School On Wheels, which give back to underserved communities, according to Cronkite News.
Banner was recently drafted to the Indianapolis Colts, but while he was in college he was the recipient of the USC Community Service Football Award.
Yoga became a part of Banner’s pre-draft routine, and helped him clear his mind and drop 40 pounds.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick donated 100 custom suits to the organization 100 Suits. Kaepernick contributed to their mission of reducing recidivism and working toward economic freedom for New York City men and women, according to their website.
The exchange happened outside of a parole office in Queens, New York.
It’s not everyday your ice cream man is a Super Bowl champion. Free Agent Victor Cruz surprised the kids at his hometown Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic with free ice cream. Cruz has continually given back to his community throughout his career.