Former Punahou and Oregon football standout DeForest Buckner who grew up on the Leeward Coast is giving back to his community. Buckner will be donating $10,000 in Nike apparel and gear and $10,000 in cash to assist Waianae High School this year with their programs.
“My family, including my mom, are all graduates of Waianae High School,” said Buckner who first round draft pick for the San Francisco 49’ers this year, “I felt it was really important once I made it to the NFL to give back to my community. I hope this will help many student athletes dream big like I did when I was in high school school. Schools like Waianae sometimes get neglected and I hope this helps them with any athletic shortfalls this year.”
Buckner is using some of his merchandise credits he receives from being a Nike sponsored athlete for the equipment and apparel donation. In addition, Buckner is donating personally $5,000 and applying for another $5,000 from the NFL Matching Grants program for a total of $20,000 in donations.
Buckner was the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was taken at #7 in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49’ers. He was recently named as a opening day starter on the defensive line this season under his former Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly.
Buckner will make his NFL regular season debut on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.