While preparing for his first NFL training camp, rookie first-round pick Brandon Graham will take some time this Saturday to help out some young, prospective football players in Los Angeles, CA.
As part of the Touchdown V. Shutdown program, Graham will speak with some After-School All-Stars children and then will help out with a mini-combine for the kids. His commitment to the Touchdown V. Shutdown program will continue into the regular season as Graham has pledged to donate $1,000 per sack to the program that provides year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school program to children.
The event will takes place at Loyola Marymount University, where the 50 underprivileged rising 9th graders will listen to Graham talk about what it took for him to reach his goals and then will participate in drills like the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and 3-cone drill. After growing up in Detroit, MI, Graham went on to the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.
After-School All-Stars was founded by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. During the summer, children attend CampUs® summer programs on college campuses designed to respond to America's drop-out crisis by preparing children for high school, college, and beyond. The organization's mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. To find out more, visit www.tdshutdown.org.
As for Graham, he, along with the rest of the rookies and selected veterans, is scheduled to report to training camp at Lehigh University on July 26. He is one of three of the Eagles' 13 draft picks (Riley Cooper and Nate Allen) who remains unsigned.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:12 p.m., July 7