NFL legend Shawne Merriman is set to host his 12th annual “Lights On Foundation” Coat Drive at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland on Saturday, November 15. The coat drive will take place prior to Maryland’s gridiron match vs Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, and all coats and cold weather items collected will be donated to individuals in need during the harsh winter months.
Merriman’s annual coat drive is the product of a 12 year partnership with the Maryland Athletics Department and University Relations. Over that time the Coat Drive has collected more than 20,000 coats and cold weather items for homeless individuals to utilize during the cold winter months in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. This year Shawne hopes to continue the tradition and give back to the community so everyone can have a warm winter.
Shawne Merriman played eight years in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, earning three Pro Bowl selections and NFL Defensive Player Rookie of the Year honors in 2005. For his contributions to the Chargers franchise from 2005 to 2010 he was honored with selection to the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team.
Having been born in Washington, D.C. and grown up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, these communities mean a lot to the former NFL star, and he sees it as a honor and pleasure to help out those in need year after year.
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