Twin brothers and starting NFL defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty are taking their efforts off the field to support a cause close to their hearts. Jason, who led all NFL cornerbacks in tackles this past season with the Tennessee Titans, and Devin, who played in the Super Bowl with his current team the New England Patriots in 2011, decided to use their platform as successful professional football players for something very personal. After seeing several family members battle Sickle Cell, the McCourty twins aim to raise funds and awareness for research and support for this debilitating disease.

Devin and Jason’s father carried the Sickle Cell trait and were tested at a young age to see if they carried the trait. Luckily, the brothers do not carry the trait, but they still support their family members and all others affected by the disease.

The two former Rutgers football standouts are teaming up with Embrace Kids Foundation, a New Jersey based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children with Sickle Cell and other crippling diseases, for their 4th Annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey on Saturday June 18th.

The McCourty brothers’ activity in their community goes beyond Tackle Sickle Cell 5k. Both brothers are player reps for the NFLPA and have hosted multiple blood drives and fundraising events in their home state of New Jersey, as well as, their two respective NFL teams’ cities, Boston and Nashville. They are constantly motivated by their aunt’s battle with Sickle Cell.

Growing up we were very close to our aunt Winifred and she battles with the disease daily going through many trials and tribulations. Her passion to keep fighting through everything that comes her way has driven us to try to make a difference and draw awareness to the terrible disease.

Jason McCourty

The goal of Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk and all the McCourty brothers’ efforts is to educate the public, increase blood donors and raise funds and awareness for the fight against Sickle Cell. For more information on the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign please visit www.TackleSickleCell.org.

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