San Francisco 49ers’ defensive lineman DeForest Buckner is paying it forward two-fold.
Not only is he a new spokesperson for Jack in the Box in its mission to help kids. He also made a generous donation out of his own pocket to an organization dear to his heart.
The Punahou graduate was born and raised in Waianae, and on Thursday, young football fans and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii packed the neighborhood Jack in the Box to greet him.
In addition to the company’s annual donation to the Boys and Girls Club, Buckner also donated uniforms and cleats to the 808 Youth Football Association’s Westside Cyclones.
“Being in the NFL is giving me the stage and the platform to give back, and it was always one of my goals growing up. I mean, one of them was obviously being a professional athlete, but at the same time, being able to be an influence and a role model in my community,” he said. “Being able to have influence on their lives means a lot.”
Having grown up in Waianae, Buckner said it was always difficult to find good equipment, especially cleats.
The Westside Cyclones athletes were very excited about the donation, and say they can’t wait to try on their new gear.