Charles Leno Jr. has an instant impact on and off the pitch in his first season with Washington
The Washington football team found their new left tackle in Charles Leno Jr., and he served both of his quarterbacks well in the first three weeks of the regular season. Leno does more than just keep Taylor Heinicke standing in Washington, he also makes a point of supporting the community.
The former Chicago Bear is known for his charitable contributions to the community. In January, the NFLPA even awarded him the Week 16 Community MVP Award for his project “Leno Claus”. Although he’s wearing a different uniform this year and playing in a new city, supporting his community is always something Leno holds in high regard.
“Yeah, it’s something that I’m very passionate about, something that I love to do,” Leno told CBS Sports. “When I first came into the league, I was told to always pay next.”
Leno is also the co-founder of the organization “Beyond the Entertainer”, which is dedicated to showing children that being an athlete is about more than performance on the court. As Leno explained, there is so much that goes into the entertainment business.
“The purpose of our organization is that I’m from Oakland, Calif.,” Leno said. “I know being out there, a lot of black and brown kids, we feel like the only way out of the situation and the environments we find ourselves in is through fun. Whether it’s being an athlete. , being a musician – whatever type of entertainment is, that’s what they see the most. But we want to shed some light on that part “beyond the artist.” For example, for myself , me being an athlete, there are so many things that make up an athlete. You can be in public relations, athletic training, coaching, general manager, financial advice, agent – there is so many things that make an athlete. So if you want to be a part of it, you can still have that access to the athlete or the entertainment aspect. You know the chances of you doing it professionally honestly are very slim, but there are always opportunities to be around and if you are really passionate about it, stay involved. ”
Leno also organizes events at local schools. Most recently, he showed up at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC to talk to kids and donate board games for National Family Game Night.
“It was a fun event,” Leno said. “I went to a local college here in the DC area and the day we went was National Family Game Night, and me, my wife and our organization bought about 200 board games: Monopoly, Trouble, Hangman , Candy Land, and we gave We just wanted to have fun, but then we understood, “I know you’re in school, but it’s National Game Night. Go out and have fun with your family because family is important. “I really enjoy family and having fun with your family and having these different types of play nights is something that I really enjoy.”
Leno plans to host several more outings in the future, such as a Halloween event and a game night party that is still ongoing. While he only played three games for Washington, Leno certainly made an impact on the city.
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