Twin brothers and NFL defensive backs, Jason & Devin McCourty are continuing their partnership with Embrace Kids Foundation on a campaign against sickle cell disease. The campaign, entitled “Tackle Sickle Cell” aims to educate the public, increase blood donors and raise money and awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, The McCourty twins will be hosting the 3rd Annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. This event is the major fundraising component of the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. The Run/Walk is for all ages and will be followed by a celebration including music, food, and fun at the park. Jason and Devin McCourty will be joined on this day by fellow members of the NFL & Rutgers football community.
Embrace Kids Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, assists families whose children have sickle cell. Their goal is to address and support spiritual, emotional and financial issues of the kids and their families. All programs and services are free to families and include emergency financial assistance, individualized tutoring, counseling, and inspirational events and holiday parties.
The proceeds from the Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk will be used exclusively to provide college scholarships, emergency financial assistance and educational programming/seminars to families whose children have sickle cell. To register and/or donate for the 5K Run/Walk please visit www.TackleSickleCell.org/Events.
Jason and Devin McCourty were football standouts at Rutgers University before moving onto the NFL where they are both currently starting defensive backs. Devin is a safety and team captain for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots while Jason is a cornerback team captain for the Tennessee Titans. The twins were both recently recognized for their work on and off the field as they were both named “Walter Payton Man of the Year” by their respective NFL teams. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us and we’re thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin.
For more information, visit TackleSickleCell.org which contains facts and statistics on sickle cell disease as well as info on how the public can get involved.
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