In October, the military organization TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) came to Redskins Park for a special event for a few lucky families. They were given tours of the facilities, and then were special guests for the following home game at FedEx Field. They were honored at that game during halftime. The reason these families were honored is a reminder for us all to keep things in perspective.
Each of the families who were brought to Redskins Park and subsequently honored had a loved one who was lost during their service in the military. TAPS selected families that had a special connection to the Redskins. Their loved one, their hero who had died, had a love for the team.
Having grown up in a military family, meeting these families was a very special opportunity for Robert Griffin III. Diana Hosford, the organization’s Sr. Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, who was there with the families said she felt the connection that Robert had with them.
“He has a special way of connecting with TAPS children. I heard him say to them, and he repeated to me that he had friends who lost parents and he understood what they were going through. It was very special for these children to meet a sports hero like Robert and have him understand them and make them feel special. It made them feel like they had a connection.“.
Members of the families were visibly moved when they met and spoke with Robert. After this event, it became clear to Robert, that TAPS was an organization that Robert Griffin III Foundation would love to partner with to help even more families in the future.