Friday, December 09, 2016

TOP STORY >> NFL star asks help with events

The charitable foundation of Jacksonville-native and NFL defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is seeking sponsors for its annual springtime events in Jacksonville—a family festival and a youth football and cheerleading camp.

McDonald established the McDonald and Associates Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness nonprofit group soon after winning the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks. He now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We are seeking sponsorships and donations for the third annual Family and Friends Fun Day and fifth annual Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football and Cheer Camp for ages 7-17 on April 7-8, 2017, in Jacksonville,” said Dominique McGrudder, the foundation’s vice president.

Current NFL and college players, trainers and coaches teach young people at the camp football skills in a safe environment that aims to develop discipline, character and personal growth with emphasis on goal setting, hard work, sportsmanship and commitment in order to achieve success.

“Clinton is passionate about hosting these events in his home state of Arkansas. The camp serves as inspiration for the kids and parents that attend the events,” McGrudder said.

McDonald’s mother, Bonnie McDonald’s, explained how the camp was named. “Clinton and Cleyton, his older brother, were growing up, that was scripture I gave them because they were always so competitive with each other. It took it from being just a competition, and one beating the other one, to the two of them helping to improve each other,” she said.

Donations and sponsorships are needed to keep the events inexpensive. “Assist underprivileged youth in reaching their potential athletically, academically and through all facets of life. Educate parents on the recruiting process, academic requirements and deadlines for potential college-bound athletes,” the announcement said.

For more information or to make a pledge, call McGrudder at 501-773-091, visit and