Brian Westbrook sends kids back to school with Backpacks filled with supplies, encouragement

Pro Bowl Running Back partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington to supply over 150 backpacks filled with school supplies for local less fortunate children.

August 20, 2010: Brian Westbrook today announced that he partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington DC to provide 150 local less fortunate children with backpacks filled with school supplies. The gift was been made possible through Westbrook’s philanthropic arm, “Brian’s Blessings.”

“I’ve always admired the longstanding relationship BGCGW has had with the community and am so honored to partner with them to bring backpacks and school supplies to over 150 children this year,” Westbrook says, “It’s very humbling for me to participate in things like this. My hope is that this encourages the kids to learn and feel like they can be anything they want to be.”

Brian’s Blessings was established to help local, less fortunate children foster a sense of high self worth by providing them with the tools they need to learn, play and achieve their dreams. The goal is to raise awareness of the needs of the underprivileged and to address those needs. In addition to providing tangibles such as food, educational material and toys at the holidays, Brian’s Blessings also strives to provide the empowerment and inspiration these children need to become successful young people.

In a letter read to the children, Westbrook encouraged kids to work hard and believe in themselves saying, “My hope for you this school year and throughout life is that each of you will strive to do your very best every single day. Remember to help others and treat them the way you want to be treated. But most of all, I want you to believe in yourself. I believe in you and I know that if you put your mind to it, you can be anything you want to be in life!”

Westbrook is currently on the West Coast training with the San Francisco 49ers. His parents, Ron and Zelda Westbrook, were on hand to distribute the backpacks and school supplies.

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