While his family is arguing over who will help little Lashaun Armstrong recover from watching his little brothers and sister drown in a car their mom drove into a river, a couple of these shiftless NFL players stepped up to the plate last night.
Ray Lewis and retired baller Reggie Howard came to show their support for little Lashaun last night during a United Athletes Foundation fundraiser which raised $20,000. But Ray isn’t stopping at just a check.
Lewis, a longtime Baltimore Ravens star, reached out to the boy after hearing of the April 12 tragedy.
“This is a hard situation and he is forever changed,” Lewis told The Post. “We are not going to let him do it alone, we are going to be here for him for ever.”
Last Tuesday, LaShaun, his uncle and his grandmother attended another UAF charity event at Chelsea Piers, where Ray taught him how to bowl.
We are human and to hear that story… as soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘I need to find him.’ Nobody is supposed to walk through life alone with that, especially being 10 years old,” Lewis said Tuesday at the Chelsea Piers Bowling Complex where La’Shaun arrived with his grandmother, Datrice Armstrong and great-uncle, Cedric Armstrong to meet the NFL star at a United Athletes Foundation charity event.
Moments after Armstrong met Lewis – an introduction Armstrong described as “awesome” – the hulking linebacker was demonstrating the proper bowling stance to Armstrong. “That’s what I’m talking about!” Lewis, UAF’s vice chairman, shouted when Armstrong rolled the bowling ball down the lane and knocked over a couple pins. “An incredible spirit and he picks it up so quickly.”
“We actually want to bring him in and make him an honorary member,” said Howard, who took an expensive taxi ride from Manhattan to Middletown, N.Y., Wednesday to meet La’Shaun and take him shopping for clothes. “We want to provide him with mentors, tutoring, establish a scholarship. It’s all about being there for him, so he has someone he can reach out to.”
Glad to know this kid will have some better role models in his life… even if Ray Lewis is one of them.