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NFL Stars Bowl For Kids

 

NFL Labor talks are in full force this week in Washington. There is speculation that "progress has been made," and the lockout could stop as early as this week. Last night, however, NFL'ers had a different kind of "strike" on their minds.

"I am happy to bowl and it feels good to support my fellow Prince George's County native, said Minnesota Vikings safety Madieu Williams. 

When asked about the lockout, Williams replied: "I hope that it will end soon. I know a lot of guys are looking forward to going back to work and being around the game and our teammates.

Lucky Strike Bowling Alley, in Chinatown, was packed for the "First Annual Bowling with Bodden fundraiser"  to benefit the Leigh Bodden Foundation, which gives outstanding student-athletes college scholarships.

NFL athletes including New England Patriots Leigh Bodden, Darius Butler, Kyle Arrington, Arizona Cardinals, Calais Campbell, Minnesota Vikings and former University of Maryland stand-out, Madieu Williams and many others came out to show their support and raise money for kids.

"I grew up in Greenbelt. I want to be a mentor, an inspiration, and a good role model for these kids to succeed. Not everyone will be a professional athlete, but I try to push kids to go to college and experience life on their own. Kids must continue their education and be positive to become successful," said founder and Defensive back for the New England Patriots, Leigh Bodden.

Guests mixed and mingled with some of their favorite NFL athletes while bidding on raffle items and bowling to raise money. Some of the raffle items included: $1,000 gift card to McCormick and Schmick‚Äôs, NFL Players Association swag, Bowling pin autographed by all of the participants, Tickets to DC United and a Redskins game.

The Leigh Bodden Foundation creates and supports programs that mentor, guide, inspire, and prepare young people for success by empowering them to transform their dreams into real possibilities. 

"My number one goal is for them to believe in themselves. Kids are told too often that they can't do something. Everybody told me I couldn't do it, but I've been in the NFL nine years. I created the Leigh Bodden Foundation to instill confidence in each teen so they know they can achieve success with a lot of hard work and determination," Bodden said.

 

Visit www.leighboddenfoundation.org for additional information.