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Williams, several teammates donate to the community

Linebacker D.J. Williams visited By the Hand Club's Cabrini-Green location in Chicago on Monday, September 29 to deliver a large donation of clothing that benefitted 16 high school and college-aged students.

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D.J. Williams

Through his "Home Team Closet" initiative, Williams and several of his teammates—including cornerback Tim Jennings and wide receiver Brandon Marshall—donated clothing, shoes, hats and jackets from their personal wardrobes that will help these young men during the school year and as they prepare for the next steps in their educations.

Williams offered fashion advice and helped the students select items to add to their wardrobes. He also gave each of the boys a shirt that he designed through his Dyme Lyfe clothing line. The group had a great time and spent the evening shopping, visiting, and eating Chicago-style pizza, which was generously provided by Giordano's.

This was the first event of this kind that Williams has hosted in Chicago. In the future he hopes to get even more if his teammates involved, and envisions one day having a "Home Team Closet" donation box in every NFL locker room.

By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul. The organization began in 2001 with 16 children from Cabrini-Green. In 2014, By The Hand will serve nearly 1,000 children from Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Austin and Englewood. Their goal is to add other locations and serve nearly 2,000 children by the year 2018, helping the lowest-performing children from each neighborhood succeed in school and life.

For more information, please visit [http://bythehand.org/](

Linebacker D.J. Williams visited By the Hand Club's Cabrini-Green location in Chicago on Monday, September 29 to deliver a large donation of clothing that benefitted 16 high school and college-aged students.

Through his "Home Team Closet" initiative, Williams and several of his teammates—including cornerback Tim Jennings and wide receiver Brandon Marshall—donated clothing, shoes, hats and jackets from their personal wardrobes that will help these young men during the school year and as they prepare for the next steps in their educations.

Williams offered fashion advice and helped the students select items to add to their wardrobes. He also gave each of the boys a shirt that he designed through his Dyme Lyfe clothing line. The group had a great time and spent the evening shopping, visiting, and eating Chicago-style pizza, which was generously provided by Giordano's.

This was the first event of this kind that Williams has hosted in Chicago. In the future he hopes to get even more if his teammates involved, and envisions one day having a "Home Team Closet" donation box in every NFL locker room.

By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul. The organization began in 2001 with 16 children from Cabrini-Green. In 2014, By The Hand will serve nearly 1,000 children from Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Austin and Englewood. Their goal is to add other locations and serve nearly 2,000 children by the year 2018, helping the lowest-performing children from each neighborhood succeed in school and life.

For more information, please visit http://bythehand.org/.).

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