By Mary Beard
Special to Stlouisrams.com
The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week is defensive end
In his second year in the NFL, Mason Brodine is valued member of the Rams squad. He’s also a valued member of the St. Louis community, where he regularly donates his time to help others in need. No matter the cause, Mason is there to lend a hand.
Most recently, Mason spent the afternoon with more than 100 kids from afterschool programs for the annual Hometown Huddle. A league-wide program in partnership with United Way, the goal of Hometown Huddle is to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle to youth. Mason helped give the kids a full Rams game day experience coaching them through drills and signing autographs.
This May, Mason volunteered at the inaugural Rams PLAY 60 Field Day. The event at Rams Park rewarded 450 St. Louis area students who participated in the PLAY 60 Challenge and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 programs throughout the school year for a day of fitness challenges and fun activities. Mason was on hand to teach the importance of an active lifestyle and help the kids run drills.
Mason continued his outreach efforts this summer. During St. Louis’ Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Mason was on hand to meet with participants and hand out flowers to survivors at the finish line. Mason also took part in the Rams 5th Annual Playground Build at Washington Elementary School with his teammates and the Rams front office.
In June he participated in the first ever D-Line Champion Community Paintball Tournament at Gateway Paintball. Mason and 14 of his teammates played in a round robin tournament, each leading a team. Funds raised provided local families with items needed for a successful school year such as clothes, school supplies and computers. The event was an extension of the defensive linemen’s Sack Homelessness, a program where each defensive lineman, Coach Waufle and Coach McGinnis make a financial contribution to St. Patrick Center for every sack by the Rams.
Earlier this season, Mason attended the Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server Dinner. During the event he competed with his teammates as he collected tip donations by signing autographs and taking photos with guests. By the end of the evening, Mason had helped the Rams to raise enough money to fund 56 wishes for local children facing life-threatening diseases.
“Mason has been a tremendous addition to the Rams and our efforts in the community,” said Molly Higgins, Rams’ vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs. “He’s always more than willing to help out with a wide range of activities from working with Special Olympics to assisting with our PLAY 60 efforts. He’s an exceptional representative of the organization and we’re proud that he’s a St. Louis Ram.”
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.