By Emily Myers
Special to Stlouisrams.com
While not on the field making tackles,
Recently, Gerald spent his Tuesday afternoon volunteering with fellow players
Gerald also recently attended Roosevelt High School’s Homecoming Pep Rally with teammates
As part of an ongoing commitment, Gerald is involved in the defensive line’s Sack Homelessness program, where each defensive lineman, defensive line coach Mike Waufle and assistant head coach Dave McGinnis make a $1,000 contribution to St. Patrick Center for each sack recorded by the Rams. This offseason Gerald and some of his teammates participated in a paintball fundraiser also benefitting the St. Patrick Center. All proceeds from the event went to the St. Patrick Center back to school initiative which helped adopt families in need to prepare them for the 2013 school year.
Also in the offseason, Gerald and his fellow rookies took part in the Rams 5th Annual Playground Build at Washington Elementary School. The event allowed him to interact with the beneficiaries of the project, and provided him with the starting point for his later community engagement and charitable efforts that he continues to build upon.
“Gerald’s immediate involvement in the community has been great,” said Molly Higgins, Rams’ vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs. “He’s part of one of our most charitable groups of guys – the defensive line – so I’m confident his charitable spirit and interests will only continue to grow as will his fan base as the St. Louis community really embraces their athletes who are committed to the community.”
About the Rams Community Player of the Week
Each week during the 2013 season, the St. Louis Rams will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off the field. Each honored Rams Community Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Official Steak House of the St. Louis Rams.