Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Jeff Schrier | Mlive.com

It’s no secret that the state of Michigan is hurting money-wise. Budget cuts, under-employment and layoffs have been a nasty thing for the last handful of years. Everybody has felt it in one way or another. It’s stories like this that give people hope of a better time.

Lamarr Woodley, a stud linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers graduated from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan in 2003. This year, Saginaw Public Schools (SPS) was forced to institute a play-for-play mandate for their district’s athletic programs due to budget cuts. Families of high school students were required to pay $75 a year for their student to participate in athletics. Woodley’s foundation has stepped up to make sure that families won’t have to pay a dime for their kids to play sports.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is donating $60,000 to the Saginaw Public Schools athletic department to cover the pay-to-participate expenses for athletes in the school district for the 2012-13 school year.

Roughly eight hundred kids from Saginaw High, Saginaw Arthur Hill and Saginaw public middle schools will now be able to participate in athletics without their family having to come up with the $75 fee.

Woodley’s uncle and business advisor Malcom Staples discussed Woodley’s desire to contribute.

“LaMarr started a foundation a few weeks ago, and one of the programs is called ‘Think Big, Dream Big, Live Big. The focus is to help the underserved, the underprivileged … to do something positive and have a large impact. When LaMarr was playing sports, if his family had to pay $75, they probably could have done it, but it would not have been a simple thing. It would be a hardship for a lot of people, even if they could come up with the money.”

This wouldn’t be Woodley’s first time giving back to Saginaw. MLive.com reports that he has provided food, school supplies, sweatshirts, haircuts and free football camps for Saginaw students. The guy is a superstar, or as SPS athletic director Jeffrey Goodwire called him, “a true Saginawian”.

Woodley gets it and because of it, it’ll be sunny in Saginaw for hundreds of young Saginawians and their families in 2012-13.


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