Jordan Matthews offering free combine to young athletes, help to homeless families this Saturday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Jordan Matthews may be playing for the Philadelphia Eagles now but he hasn't forgotten the folks back home.

This year, the former Madison Academy standout established Matthews Mission to "give back to the communities that have shaped him as an athlete, teammate, friend and citizen."

The mission has four areas of focus: Feed the hungry, Educate the children, Empower the family and Donate to those in need.

On Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m., Matthews is sponsoring a non-contact seven-on-seven flag football challenge to benefit New Futures Family Lodge.

The lodge allows homeless families to stay together while receiving education and support.

It is the only shelter in the area in which an older boy can stay with his mother or a single father can remain with his daughter.

Matthews and his staff will lead the challenge. A number of other NFL players have committed to attend.

A free combine for girls and boys in 6th-8th grades is also scheduled.

While the challenge teams are set, registration is still open for the combine.

Both events will take place at Madison Academy, 325 Slaughter Road in Madison.

Participants are asked to bring a t-shirt and shorts and football cleats or athletic shoes.

Visit to register.

If you'd like to help the children and families at New Futures, the non-profit is in need of the following items:

  • Diapers - newborn to size 5
  • Baby boy clothing and accessories
  • Infant car seat
  • Bassinet
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Lap or desktop computers
  • Soccer balls, basketballs, footballs and jump ropes
  • Playground set (sturdy)
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Sheets - full and queen
  • Bunk beds (twin over full/queen)

More information may be found here.


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