San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith is having a career year, and has a legitimate shot at breaking the all-time NFL single season sack record. Aldon currently sits at 19.5 sack on the season and the record is 22.5 sacks set by Michael Strahan in 2001. In a surprisingly wonderful gesture by Smith, he has announced via the 49ers website that he will donate $5,099.00 for each of his sacks during the regular season to Boys & Girls Clubs. The monies will be split between Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (Willy Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point) and Boys & Girls Clubs of The Peninsula (East Palo Alto Clubhouse).
Aldon Smith explained his gift giving:
“I am excited to be able to give back to my community. Now, in addition to playing to win games, I am playing to raise much needed money for a great organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of millions of young people.”
“We are thrilled to be Aldon Smith’s charity of choice and greatly appreciate his generosity,” said Rob Connolly, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. “Donations like these help support the children and teens in our communities who need us the most – keeping them safe, academically focused, physically and emotionally healthy and equipped with job-readiness skills.”
“We are excited to have Aldon Smith’s support and appreciate his involvement,” said Peter Fortenbaugh, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. “In an area where 50 percent of children drop out of high school, Aldon is helping our youth develop the academic and life skills they need to graduate high school prepared for college or career. His gift allows our children to imagine the possibilities their futures may hold.”
You can bet that there will be TVs on in every one of the San Francisco Boys & Girls Clubs this Sunday rooting for Aldon when the 49ers take on the Patriots.