The San Diego Chargers are less than two weeks away from reporting for training camp.
Many of the players take the time leading up to training camp to relax or head home to spend to with their families. Chargers linebacker Jerry Attaochu made a very special trip home to Washington, D.C.
Attaochu organized a blood drive in his hometown of D.C. on Tuesday to help children and adults with sickle cell disease. His sister Glory suffers from sickle cell disease and is currently hospitalized undergoing a transfusion.
“She would have been here but she had a crisis,” says Attaochu. “So, with as many blood transfusions she had, I feel like it’s my duty, using my platform, to get people out.”
Attaochu started the Glory’s Hope Sickle Cell Foundation to help raise awareness. Sickle cell disease affects approximately one out of 365 Blacks or African Americans across the United States.
Attaochu is expected to return to San Diego ahead of Chargers training camp.
In 2015 season he finished sixth in total tackles for the Bolts, and was ranked second in quarterback hits, sacks, and tackles for loss. The San Diego Chargers are set to report for training camp on July 29th.