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{ Washington Redskins Defensive Back offers a refreshing take on giving back to the community and the importance of supporting the youth. }
Author: Jasmine Allen/NFLPA Communications Posted: 2/14/2013

NFL players have been blessed with undeniable talent and an of abundance resources. Amongst them you will find men from a multitude of diverse backgrounds that have true passion for providing service not only to their team but to the community. 

Jordan Pugh of the Washington Redskins is one of the outstanding professional athletes that embrace this passion. The Redskins defensive back created Jordan Pugh Enterprises with a vision towards helping a suburban demographic that may be overlooked by some.

“The biggest reason why I wanted to do this is to show that people who come from nicer neighborhoods still have needs and struggles just like everyone else,” Pugh said. “I’m shedding light on the idea that you don’t have to be in rough areas of the city in order for someone to have an impact on your life.”

Jordan Pugh Enterprises was founded on core initiatives that support Pugh’s passion for helping people and his determination to use his success to make a positive impact on others. One of the organization’s main initiatives is The Jordan Pugh – Pushing Upward Going Higher™ Award and Scholarship. The outstanding award is given to a senior football player that embodies vision, purpose and passion at Plano West High School in Plano, Texas.

Each year, Pugh works closely with the high school coaching staff in search of a well deserving player that stands out on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Pugh presented the 2nd annual prestigious award to defensive tackle Jordan Hall.

“Jordan is someone that never quits,” Pugh said. “He has been faced with a lot of adversity in his life and consistently shows passion for himself and his teammates. He knew his purpose and was able to perform under any circumstance, so it made the decision a no brainer.”

In addition to the award and scholarship, Pugh stays active in the community as a mentor and role model. He understands the importance of having a support system and the impact a strong male influence can have toward building a successful future.  Having been in the league for three years and obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Pugh offers a wide perspective in mentoring the youth on achieving their dreams in any given environment. 

With future plans to expand Jordan Pugh Enterprises outside of athletics, Pugh continues to push the envelope by developing new ways to grow and expand the reach of his message to youth all over the country.

“People are my passion, impact is my purpose and the vision of success drives my performance,” Pugh said. “That’s how I take my perspective on to the field and off the field in everyday life mentoring kids, providing opportunities for them in a variety of different avenues.”

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