WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Clinton McDonald has been named this week’s NFLPA Community MVP for his tremendous efforts in giving back to the city’s youth.
Keeping with the mission of his foundation, McDonald Association Collective Collaboration Light Into Darkness (MACCLID), the seven-year veteran strives to make every year better than the last with acts of service in both his local community and hometown in Central Arkansas. McDonald’s weeks are often filled with altruistic events, including working with the Ronald McDonald House, volunteering at local football camps and participating in the NFL’s Play 60 initiative.
To kick-start his most recent charitable week, the defensive tackle gave a local elementary school the chance to experience an NFL game in person during the Buccaneers Nov. 13 win over the Chicago Bears. The students and staff of Dickenson Elementary had worked hard raising money for their school with “box tops,” so McDonald decided to help give them the experience of a lifetime.
In addition to hosting the students at the game, McDonald, along with fellow Buccaneer and Week 3 NFLPA Community MVP Kevin Pamphile, spent time with them at the NFL Youth Education Town (YET) Center. The two Buccaneers spoke to the children about their feelings on various current events and community issues.
The next morning, McDonald served as principal for the day at Pizzo Elementary in Tampa. He was again joined by Pamphile as well as teammate Andrew DePaola, who served as assistant principals. The players, in conjunction with Athletes for Charity and Ford Motor Company, helped spread the word on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by handing out STEM-themed books to nearly 800 students.
“Being selected as the NFLPA Community MVP is not only an honor but also a blessing,” McDonald said. “I was taught at a young age that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I feel that giving back is not only important but it is also my duty to do so. Overall, this week has been amazing and to receive this award is humbling.”
On behalf of our sponsors Delta Private Jets and American Family Insurance, the NFLPA will make an in-kind donation to McDonald and his foundation for being named the Week 10 Community MVP. Visit our website to read more and see photos from McDonald’s outreach work.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one active NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community.
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