Tackling opposing quarterbacks on the field, tackling youth homelessness off it. Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen has partnered with the Sasha Bruce Youthwork charity to battle youth homelessness in the D.C. area.
Per a press release from pledgeit.org, “Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good physical and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.”
Allen, 26, and his wife are cooperating with the foundation in order to create The Jonathan and Hannah Allen Youth Innovation Lab at the Sasha Bruce house, and will pledge donations for every tackle Allen amasses for the Burgundy & Gold during the 2021 season. The donations will go towards upgrading lounge amenities at the Bruce house, purchasing laptops to support formerly homeless youth who are applying to college, and maintaining general upkeep of the location, among other things.
Allen isn’t the only Washington player who takes pride in humanitarian efforts off the field. Offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. recently donated supplies to aid refugees fleeing Afghanistan. Center Chase Roullier has donated autographs, built furniture and given away authentic WFT gear with proceeds benefitting various charities around the area.