The Washington Redskins, Community Relations Department, reports that 164,789 fans at an average of 10,986/day attended the 2014 training camp. Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation went to several sessions and was welcomed and embraced by the “AWESOME” Washington Redskin management, staff, media and loyal fan base. #HTTR
During the off season, Brandon Matich, Head Football Coach, at East High School, Salt Lake City, extended an invitation for DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins, to facilitate a meeting with his students. Jackson, who maximizes every opportunity to motivate and inspire youth, immediately accepted the invitation with the stipulation that the event incorporate Jackson’s interest in promoting healthy lifestyles, anti-bullying and serving others. We extend or sincere thanks to Coach Matich and East High School this opportunity to showcase our CEO, DeSean Jackson, Team Jackson and The DeSean Jackson Foundation.
Contact Information: Brandon Matich, Head Football Coach, East High School, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 583-1661, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 22, 2014
When DeSean Jackson appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Monday night, he reminded the host — and the audience — how many times the Redskins play the Eagles this season. Just in case anyone had forgotten.
“Oh yeah, twice. Two times, not once, twice,” said the Redskins‘ newest receiver.
Not that DeSean Jackson is eager for those games or anything.
“I’m sure those two games, there’s gonna be something special about those two games, for sure. I gotta definitely go up on that,” he said.
With the NFL schedule being released soon, it’s quite natural to assume one of those two games will be nationally televised.
Jackson’s appearance was wisely set up as he tries to reshape his image after taking a beating just before and after the Eagles released him last month. Gang affiliations, questions about work ethic and his standing among teammates — it added up to quite a negative portrait.
But Jackson, who signed with the Washington Redskins five days after his release, has come across well in interviews, and that was the case again on Hall’s show. Granted, any such show should be a safe haven for a celebrity, but, regardless, it helps spin a different narrative. Jackson also benefits from an audience that showered him with applause. More than anything, though, he has to make sure his teammates view him a certain way. It’s good to win the PR battle in April; it’s better to cement yourself in the locker room by your attitude, your work ethic and performance in the fall. Ultimately, that’s how he’ll be judged. And, no, he did not miss any Redskins workouts to attend the taping of the show. The players are off.
For now, though, this is his chance to reveal himself.
Hall even asked whether Jackson felt there were some things he had to change about himself because of what happened — based on feeling that the Eagles might have had a point.
“I’m an honest person, I’m a realist at the end of the day. I’m human, I’m not perfect,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, I came in the NFL 20 years old, so that was a lot given to me. Coming from where I came from, I had to get along, I had to learn some things, I had to go through what I did to get to where I am now. I’m 27 now. I can definitely say I learned a lot. For sure I’m gonna do some things different, but, as far as, like, overall, being a bad energy in the locker room, none of that stuff ever occurred. I love my teammates.”
Jackson recalled how his release happened.
“It was almost unreal, honestly. My agent called me because I missed the call from [the] head coach, and I’m sitting there like, ‘What’s the reason behind it, what’s going on? Somebody tell me,'” Jackson said.
“Basically, [coach Chip Kelly] told me, ‘I think it’s best for the team and I think it’s best for yourself [to part ways]. We’re gonna let you negotiate with 31 other teams.’ So I’m like, ‘Are you sure?’ I asked him one more time, I asked him what’s the reason, he said that’s what it was. I’m like, let’s get it started, let’s get it going.”
So, yeah, two times.
And Jackson talked about not abandoning his boyhood friends.
“A lot of us all said we wanted to make it, and I was fortunate enough to make it,” he said. “I want to share life with my boys. I want them to come out, have a good time. I want them to live the life I’m living, too.”
Gayle Jackson, mother of All Pro, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson; Cheryl Foster, mother of DeShawn Foster; and, Kim Mallory, mother of Stefan Johnson recently took time off from their off season time with their families to enrich the lives of the youth at 92nd Elementary School, in Watts. Priscilla Currie, Principal, at 92nd Elementary and the entire student population welcomed the NFL Moms who were scheduled to make several visits to local elementary schools to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and promote literacy. Mrs. Jackson took the time to discuss her son’s career in the NFL and recently published book that focuses on bullying.
The NFL Moms were Awesome, elegant, graceful, compassionate and caring. They are ‘unofficial ambassadors’ of the NFL who give their time and personal resources to build caring communities throughout the league and underserved communities throughout the nation.
Students, Teachers, a Peace Officer, and NFL Moms Share the Joy of Reading
The 186th Street Elementary School students, staff, and parents enjoyed a Reading Pajama Party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday, February 28, 2014 with a reading celebration and a movie. Senior Lead Officer, Ria Garcenila, stopped by to read to the children and join in the literacy celebration.
The students and parents were also happy to have the Western Region of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) return for the third year to promote literacy. Gayle Jackson, the Western Region Coordinator and mother of Philadelphia Eagles star DeSean Jackson, brought her son’s new children’s book entitled, No Bullies in the Huddle written with Dr. William T. Hoston and illustrated by Charlie Neerman. Mrs. Jackson shared that the book deals with bullying awareness and how students can deal with this problem. The National Football League (NFL) moms joining in the reading party were LaTonya Scandrick (Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys), and Kimberly Mallory (Stefan Johnson, Free Agent and USC Great).
Students were able to enjoy a choice of stories read by students, teachers, SLO Officer Ria, and the NFL moms in different rooms with themes to promote a college going culture at the beginning of the event. The students heard fairy tales in the USC Trojans’ Arena, animal stories in the UCLA Bruins’ Den, stories of peace to share an appreciation for diversity in the LMU Lions’ Lair, and story time with Dr. Seuss in the auditorium with the NFL moms. After the students finished listening to the stories, they received a free book to increase their pleasure reading libraries at home and support the academic play of reading 15-20 minutes every evening called by Principal Reed. The play is called Operation R.E.E.D. (Read Every Evening Diligently).
The highlight of the evening was having the children bring their sleeping bags into the auditorium, sit on the floor with their friends, and culminate the Reading Pajama Party with popcorn and watching Disney’s movie Frozen. Hearing the children sing all of the songs in the movie was a pleasant surprise. Since the movie was just released on iTunes on February 25th, it was amazing to discover that the children knew all of the lyrics from the movie soundtrack. The room was filled with excited children and supportive parents. The sight of students and parents enjoying an evening of quality entertainment and family time made the event a great success of Reading Across America.
186th Street Elementary School
2012 California Distinguished School
1581 W. 186th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
”If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” –Colin Powell
Our sincere congratulations to our CEO, DeSean Jackson, on his 2014 Pro Bowl Selection. We are privileged, honored and extremely proud to be part of your team. – The DeSean Jackson Foundation Staff and Team Jackson
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Today, DeSean Jackson, and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates (Michael Vick, Kurt Coleman, Zack Ertz, John Dorenbos and others) will be highlighted on NFL Sunday for their generosity and efforts towards ‘giving back’ to the community. During a recent DeSean Jackson Foundation “Shop With a Jock Event” DeSean and the Eagles provided 50 local children a shopping spree for the holidays.
The 50 youth consisted of youth from a local charity that serves disadvantaged youth, the Philadelphia Youth Service Inc.; the family of Bryan Maenner, a youth who recently died a few days after meeting Mrs. Gayle Jackson; and, Nadin Khoury, a local youth who brought the issue of bullying to a national forum when Barbara Walter’s, of The View, invited both Khoury and his sports hero, DeSean Jackson, of the Philadelphia Eagles to her show to discuss the escalating epidemic of bullying.
The DeSean Jackson Foundation thanks Wal-Mart, DeSean’s teammates and NFL Sunday for their support. Please be sure to watch the segment today as our Eagles represent the ‘City of Brotherly Love’…and Happy Holidays. – Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation.