The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Monday, June 1, 2015, hosted the Inaugural Redskins Charity Golf Classic at Army Navy Country Club In Arlington, Va.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Monday hosted its inaugural Redskins Charity Golf Classic at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.*
More than one year ago, 12-year-old Kelsie was diagnosed with a hematological disorder, making it difficult for her to easily travel to and from her friends' houses in Manchester, Md.
So when Kelsie saw a zebra print golf cart headed her way on Monday – driven by Redskins rookie offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, no less – it was the culmination of several months of challenges and treatments that put a big smile on her face.
"It was awesome," Kelsie said shortly after the unveiling of her golf cart, which is complete with her requested zebra steering wheel, fuzzy zebra print seats and "fancy fat tires." "It was more than I imagined it was going to be."
Kelsie was the special guest Monday at the inaugural Redskins Charity Golf Classic, presented by Coca Cola. Her new ride – a gift made possible by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic – fit in perfectly at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., where a large blend of Redskins past and present were on hand to take part in the event.
Redskins President Bruce Allen said the Redskins Charity Golf Classic is the perfect way to "incorporate the current players with the alumni and the community."
"It's a new tradition that's going to be great for our Charitable Foundation," Allen continued. "Once again, blending the two eras together is great."
That feeling wasn't lost on Kelsie and her family, who got the chance to personally meet all of the players past and present on Monday.
Among the more than 20 alums at the outing were Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor and Super Bowl MVPs Mark Rypien (XXVI) and Doug Williams (XXII). Also golfing on Monday were dozens of current Redskins players, Allen and head coach Jay Gruden.
"I'm star struck," Terri, Kelsie's mother, said with a laugh after the golf cart presentation.
She said the whole experience Monday was "overwhelming" for Kelsie and her family.
"I just started crying," Terri said. "I'm just so happy for her. She deserves it."
Frank, Kelsie's father, said it was "mind blowing" that the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic were able to grant his daughter's one wish.
"It's great to put a smile on her face," he said. "She's been through hell and back. And to have that, it just really made her day. She's really excited and really happy."