Rams turnout to raise money for foodbank
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Thirty St. Louis Rams Players turned out for an event that raises money for the St. Louis Area Foodbank and sportsmanship programs run by the St. Louis Sports Commission.
Taste of the NFL – St. Louis featured auction items and food from some of the area`s most popular restaurants. The Monday night event was held inside the St. Louis Area Foodbank warehouse in Bridgeton.
Honorary chairs were Rams GM Les Snead and his wife Kara. The GM told the audience that in football no one likes losing, but this was a chance to win in real life. The Rams have helped raise more than $800,000 through the event since it launched in 2003. Apparently some of the players had an out if they didn`t want to attend.
“Some guys that were injured in the game didn`t have to go tonight,” said Les Snead. “Some of them said, no I want to go.”
“That`s what we love about this team,” said Kara Snead. “We love their character.”
Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold was among the players signing autographs throughout the night.
“Some people get tired of this but we don`t,” said Saffold. “This is fun.”
Fellow lineman Jake Long said he enjoyed the chance to meet with fans.
“It`s cool and just being able to mingle with people and sign autographs and take pictures with them,” said Long.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank sorts and distributes 30 million pounds of food to area food banks and shelters each year. The St. Louis Sports Commission has touched the lives of some 10,000 children through sportsmanship programs for parents and coaches.