As a child, Shawne was the victim of two house fires and was left homeless as a result of these incidents. Thus, he has worked tirelessly in an effort to give back to his community and assist children and families in need whenever he can. Shawne founded the Lights On Foundation early in his NFL career. The organization fights homelessness in his hometown of Washington, D.C, Southern California and numerous other communities across the country and hosts multiple annual events to benefit the cause.
One such event is Shawne’s annual coat drive, which is now going on its 11th year. Shawne has since collected over 20,000 garments through this event, which were donated to members of the Maryland and Washington D.C. communities. Shawne feels strongly that no man, woman or child should be without a coat during the harsh East Coast winter months. Lights On Foundation has also held an annual charity bowling event with friends, celebrities and members of the community participating in raising money for the Foundation. The event has always been extremely successful and has helped to provide food, clothing, and shelter to children and families in need.
Year after year Shawne has provided his high school with equipment and uniforms and even helped to build a weight room for the student athletes. Shawne feels that having the opportunity to give back and inspire people in his neighborhoods has provided some of the most rewarding and defining life moments off the field.
Shawne has taken a special interest in contributing to the Salvation Army, Standing Up For Kids Feeding America, PETA, The Boys and Girls Club, Huntington's Disease, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation and more.
Lights On Foundation has partnerships with major corporations such as Burlington Coat Factory, NASCAR, Sea World , Sprint, Powerade, Nike, Verve, Upper Deck, Nickelodeon and many more. Shawne hopes to utilize these and other relationships to help strengthen the reach and influence of his philanthropic endeavors and is committed to giving back proceeds from Lights Out Brand on an ongoing basis.
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Notable Television Appearances:
ESPN First Take, NFL Network Total Access (Guest Host), Fox Best Damn Sports Show (Guest Host), MTV Exposed, HBO Entourage, Cartoon Network's Destroy Build Destroy along with Antonio Gates
Notable Charitable Contributions:
Light On Bowl, Hands On New Orleans, Coat Drive in Maryland