BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Just hours before the big game, current and former members of the Darry Beckwith Foundation joined the FOX 44 morning crew to discuss how football has impacted their lives. The story goes beyond the field and into the classroom, as the foundation’s mission is to help high school students succeed as student-athletes.
Current member Chris Washington, Jr. is a junior at Dutchtown High school. He said he has plans to become a computer scientist.
Alumni of the foundation include P.J. Cannon, 22, who is majoring in occupational safety health and environment at Southeastern University. Jerry Beckwith, 21, who currently works as a warehouse technician with PNC, which provides services through Exxon Mobile. Emmanuel Knighten, 19, is majoring in physical therapy Southern University.
The foundation was started by Darry Beckwith, who played on the LSU National Championship team in 2007.