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Rams Community Player of the Week: Bradley Fletcher

Posted Sep 11, 2012

The St. Louis Rams have witnessed first-hand the impact cornerback Bradley Fletcher can have on the team’s defense. That made it all the more difficult to cope with losing him for the final 12 games of the 2011 season. Yet even as he was working diligently to overcome his own injury and obstacles, Fletcher sought to help others as well.

In 2010, Fletcher was nominated by his teammates to be the Rams’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. It is an honor given to the player who best exemplifies inspiration, sportsmanship and courage. As a recipient of the award, Fletcher had the opportunity to work with the Ed Block Courage Foundation’s network of Courage Houses, specifically Our Little Haven in St. Louis. Our Little Haven cares for children, helping to prevent them from being victims of abuse or assisting with the treatment of those who have been abused or neglected.

Fletcher tackled this responsibility with the same passion as he does a defender in the open field. He and his wife, Jackie, attended Our Little Haven’s annual gala and the two continue to work on behalf of the organization. They volunteer on their own time, and give of themselves to benefit Our Little Haven and the children helped by the agency.

While he lacks the long ears and cottontail, Fletcher did his best Easter Bunny impression earlier this spring when he visited kids at Shriner’s Hospital for Children. With Easter baskets in tow, he delivered the packages and spent time with patients. The effort was in conjunction with Basket of Hope, an organization that offers help and support to newly diagnosed children and their families who are affected by cancer or other serious illnesses. The Rams regularly partner with Basket of Hope during Christmas and Easter to visit kids at Shriner’s Hospital as well as Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

In addition, toward the end of the school year, Fletcher was on hand to present Francis Howell Middle School a banner for being named a Character Fitness Model School by the Rams and CHARACTERplus. The program recognizes schools that have effectively implemented character fitness — combining health, nutrition, character development and physical exercise —throughout the school year in a way that engages students, staff and the school community.

Fletcher also participated in the third annual March of Dimes Golf Tournament. The organization works to ensure the health of all babies, especially those born prematurely. At Boone Valley Golf Club, Fletcher joined other Rams players, coaches and staff to raise over $121,000 for March of Dimes.

This season, he signed on to the Rams’ All-Community Team and is purchasing 20 tickets to every home game.  Remaining passionate about, and involved with Our Little Haven, Fletcher has donated these tickets to the organization. Accompanying the tickets is also a voucher for a free hot dog and soda at the game.

“Bradley always seems to answer the call when asked to help out in the community,” said Molly Higgins, vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs, St. Louis Rams.  “He is a leader, who is a great role model for the younger players as they learn the importance of giving back and being a consummate professional.”

About the Rams Community Player or the Week presented by Ameren Missouri

Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams, along with team sponsor Ameren Missouri, will select a player who has made a positive impact in the greater St. Louis area community, giving of himself off the field. Each honored Rams Community Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Official Steak House of the St. Louis Rams.

 

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