NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Twin brothers and NFL defensive backs, Jason & Devin McCourty are hosting a number of events in support of their Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. On Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2016 the twins are hosting a Blood Drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick; later that evening they are hosting a "Casino Night" fundraiser at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the pediatric and young adult sickle cell programs at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. On Saturday, June 18th the 4th Annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For more information on these events visit www.TackleSickleCell.org.
In 2013, the McCourty's partnered with New Jersey based non-profit, Embrace Kids Foundation to launch the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. Over the last three years, they've hosted multiple blood drives and fundraising events in their home state of New Jersey as well as the two cities where the twins play for their respective NFL teams, Boston and Nashville. The McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign aims to educate the public, increase blood donors, and raise money & awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease.
Jason & Devin have had a number of memorable achievements on the field, but recently it's their work off the field and in the community that is gaining them recognition. The twins were both nominated for the 2015 Byron "Whizzer" White Award which recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns.
In addition, they've also received some individual accolades. Devin, a safety for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the second consecutive year and in December he received the 2015 Champion Award from Boston Children's Hospital. Meanwhile Jason, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans has been named a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
"This is very personal as we've have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations," said Jason. "We're thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation and helping more families," added Devin.
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