Donald Penn, professional football player, held his annual football camp Sunday, July 18th, at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey. Approximately 200 children participated in the free camp. Donald Penn is a proud alumnus of St. Bernard High School and currently plays for The Oakland Raiders. Also participating in the event were current and former NFL players, including fellow Raiders’ teammates Sean Smith, Neiko Thorpe, Dexter McDonald, and Menelik Watson. Daniel Munyer of the Kansas City Chiefs, Datone Jones of the Green Packers, and Ben Gottschalk of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined Penn in participating in the event.
The Donald Penn Foundation, also known as Penn Pals, was established in 2009 by Donald Penn and his wife Dominique with the goal to help inner city youth and low-income youth in Tampa and Los Angeles make positive life changing decisions. The foundation also provides education incentives to students throughout the school year, scholarship opportunities, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance.
Donald believes strongly in giving back to the community. The camp is a free, annual event put on for youth in the local area. Donald Penn said, “It’s always important to give back and remember where you came from. Los Angeles is where I came from and a lot of my dreams were formed and started here at St. Bernard High School. For that I am and will always be thankful. If I can be a positive role model to one kid who attends my camp, I consider it a success. This is what it is all about, giving back something positive for the kids.” St Bernard’s first home game of the season is September 2nd against Mary Star of the Sea. Come support the Vikings.
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