Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril’s parents left Haiti for America in the 1980s.
He is currently working with Mission of Hope out of Haiti to get necessary items to those in need after Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of the country. Avril is also partnering with New Hope to build a new home for every sack he records this season.
“It took up a little bit of my time just figuring out who I wanted to work with,” Avril told ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “So many people were calling and hitting me up about working with them, but unfortunately when a disaster like this happens, a lot of these foundations, a lot of people are pocketing money instead of actually helping. So it was really all about finding the right organizations to work with, and once we did, I’m all in.”
Avril went back to the island for the first time since he was 15 this past spring. He helped build schools, clinics and hosted some football camps. None of the schools were damaged by the hurricane.
“My dad wanted me to do some stuff out there before he passed,” Avril said to Kapadia. “I feel like I’ve done a lot of things here in the States. Jacksonville, where I’m from, here, Charlotte. I just felt like I should do something for where it all started, and that was one of the main reasons why I wanted to go back.”