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Redskins Host 2nd Back To School Shopping Spree
September 16, 2014 02:45 PM | Stephen Czarda


The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Tuesday hosted the second-annual Back To School Shopping Spree at the Macy's in the Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va.

Joining hundreds of eager young students were Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, six Redskins players and WOW Wives.

The six were running backs Alfred Morris and Silas Redd, fullback Darrel Young, tight end Niles Paul, linebacker Trent Murphy and long snapper Nick Sundberg.

Students were paired with a member of the team, where they were taken through different styles of clothing, picking out outfits that they wanted to wear for the upcoming school year.

After selecting their final choices within a set budget, they were walked to the register to checkout their new clothes. Then, they received a brand new backpack courtesy of WRCF and watched a magician perform a series of tricks.

Sherry Gruden, wife of head coach Jay Gruden and a mother of three boys, had the opportunity to assist girls in the clothes buying process for the first time.

"It was fun for me to shop with girls, because I have three boys at home, so that was an experience," she said. "But they were all great with learning how to budget and do those types of things.

"They were all so gracious, appreciative and happy to be here, so that was good."

Paul was in the same boat.

"It was definitely an experience," Paul said shortly after helping one young girl pick out a new dress. "I've got a 10-year old brother and I enjoy taking him out, getting him some clothes, but I know what he likes."

Paul also said that events like this are something he enjoys, because he isn't just making an appearance. He's having the opportunity to touch lives through one-on-one interaction.

"To be able to do this means a lot," he said. "They really care about us, and they're just happy that you we're here and we're from the Redskins.

"It makes your day."

Young was in their shoes not too long ago and could easily recall several first days of school when he would be wearing new outfits.

"Brand new outfit, brand new sneakers no scuffs," he said. "I'd walk on my toes, because I didn't to crease my sneakers, and I got to see everyone I didn't get to see in the summer time."

For Redd Jr., the second annual Back To School Shopping Spree gave him not only a chance to hang out with some of the younger members of Redskins Nation, but to strengthen his parenting skills as well.

He is the father of a young boy.

"Any event where I get to work with kids, it helps me hone my skills as a father," he said. "Interacting with them is helping prep me for when my son gets to this age and I can take him back to school shopping.

"It's an amazing feeling, and anytime I can give back I definitely plan to."

Redd said he was taken back to the days when he was the kid running around looking to grab the clothing he wanted.

"It's fun, because you get to see their sense of style and what type of things they like," he said. "I know at this age I was all over the place.

"It brings back memories running around the department stores with my mom and stuff. I had a great time."

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