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D.C. Sports Stars Team Up to Help Deserving Kids in Time for the Holidays

Redskins’ Jonathan Allen and D.C. United’s Russell Canouse collect sports equipment for Beacon House


Sara Fisher - 773-368-5220
Beth Heller - 312-953-5879

December 18, 2017- WASHINGTON D.C. -- Jonathan Allen, Defensive End for the Washington Redskins and Russell Canouse, Midfielder for D.C. United, are teaming up to give back to local deserving kids this holiday season. Allen and Canouse are partnering with KRa for Play ( ) on a sports equipment drive to benefit Beacon House, which provides afterschool education and youth development programs in Northeast Washington, DC.

To that end Allen and Canouse will be at The NZone, hosted by Slam City Management, on December 18 from 3-4:30PM collecting new or used sports equipment for the deserving kids at Beacon House. Address : 14550 Lee Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151.

Participants who bring equipment to The NZone will have the opportunity for a photo opportunity with either Allen or Canouse, and will receive free bottle of KRa Organic Sports Drink.

Allen, an Ashburn native and first-round NFL draft pick for his hometown Washington Redskins, is excited to be able to give back to his hometown. Seeing the value of working with local community partners and businesses, Jonathan Allen is partnering with local organic sports drink KRa, ( ), on its “KRa for Play" initiative to ensure all kids have access to sports activities, proper equipment and a meaningful holiday.

“I am thrilled to be in a position to help local kids obtain equipment they need, especially during the holiday season,” says Allen. “I’ve received so much support from my hometown over the years and during my rookie NFL season, I’m just so happy to be able to give back.”

Says Canouse, "I have enjoyed my playing time in the D.C. area and I am excited to get involved in the local community, especially with kids who really deserve equal access to sports and proper equipment."

Allen and Canouse will be delivering the donated sports equipment along with KRa and Bethesda-based Leveling the Playing Field, which gives underprivileged children access to youth sports, to the kids at Beacon House the evening of December 19 (closed to public) with a meet-and-greet and drinks from KRa. To help, please visit: .

"We are so grateful for the sports equipment donation from Jonathan Allen, Russell Canouse and KRa,” says Kevin Hinton, Beacon House’s CEO and Executive Director. “We are proud to offer a high-quality Athletics program to children and families in Northeast Washington, DC. We strive to help our student-athletes develop positive attitudes about learning, cultivate a sense of themselves as capable individuals with promising futures, and make them feel connected to a community that values education and wellness."


WHAT: D.C. area sports stars Jonathan Allen and Russell Canouse host sports equipment drive at virginia sport complex The NZone to donate to Beacon House. Bring new or used sports equipment to benefit kids at Beacon House for a photo opp and a bottle of KRa.

WHERE: The NZone, 14550 Lee Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151

WHEN: Monday, December 18 from 3-4:30PM

CONTACT: Beth Heller, 312-953-5879 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sara Fisher, 773-368-5220, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About KRa

Founded in Chicago in 2015, KRa Drinks for Athletes Inc. offers an organic option for hydration and electrolyte replacement after exercise and athletic activity. KRa is dedicated to giving back to community, the KRa for Play giveback supports athletic programs benefiting disadvantaged youth.KRa Co-Founders include CEO Sarah Hardgrove-Koleno, Chief Marketing Officer Annie Hesser and Chief Operating Officer Dan Trainor. KRa can be purchased at and hundreds of retailers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. For more details and to purchase, please visit: .

About Beacon House

Founded in 1991, Beacon House’s mission is to provide children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, life expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Beacon House’s programs focus on closing the education achievement gap - and thus improving the economic trajectories - of children in Ward 5 for whom generational poverty is most persistent. For more information, please visit

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