Dante Absher, a former Park View High School football player, was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame over the weekend. And to celebrate, he donated over $5,000 worth of football equipment to the school.
Absher, Class of 2012, set several school records, then continued his football career at Glenville College and now plays wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
In the month prior to his induction, he raised funds from a local non-profit organization, Hearts of Empowerment, to purchase new equipment for future Park View football players. Together they purchased over $5,000 worth of equipment and presented it on the day of his induction.
Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, a Stone Bridge High School alumnus, also contributed to the effort by providing additional cleats.
“Having the opportunity to give back to my high school football team means the world to me,” Absher said. “Football has changed my life, so being on a platform to do so, I can’t pass up the opportunity to give back because it gives kids hope that it’s possible to pull through.”
Hearts of Empowerment, based in Arlington, is a nonprofit organization that provides project planning services to charities through the power of collaboration. Over the past four years, the nonprofit has raised over $300,000, partnered with over 30 different organizations, and engaged over 200 volunteers.