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River Creek Blog: The Robert Royal Foundation

River Creek resident Rob Royal had a career as a tight end in the NFL. He attended LSU, and upon graduation the Washington Redskins drafted him in the fifth round in 2002. He later played for the Buffalo Bills and then concluded his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2011.

He started a foundation 11 years ago dedicated to dealing with childhood obesity. According to the foundation's website, the group helps fight obesity “by promoting education, fitness and overall health in schools and communities.”

Royal says that Type 2 Diabetes afflicts a number of the young in New Orleans. As a nationwide nonprofit, the foundation implements its objective in creative ways.

Royal mentioned that sometimes his orgainzation will have kids play games that include a workout: P.H.I.T. – physical, health, innovative and training.

Royal's foundation has hosted projects in his home town of New Orleans and has been committed to empowering the youth of New Orleans in how to deal with social and cultural issues within their community. He says, “It’s been tough, but hopefully they will do well.”

Let’s go UP

INOVA Hospital in Lansdowne will show the movie “UP” on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. on the south lawn of the hospital. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a number of activities including games and crafts, food trucks, photo booth, a treasure hunt for a chance to win Nationals baseball tickets and more. The program highlights the major expansion underway at the Loudoun Hospital.

Remembering the Past

Engineer General William Gibbs McNeil along with contractor James Roach developed Clapham’s Double Lock in 1850 near the junction of the Potomac River and Goose Creek. The Historic American Engineering Record described it as “the most important structure on the Goose Creek and Little River navigation, a 20-mile river improvement project chartered in 1832 and dissolved in 1857. The concept was to facilitate access to the C & O Canal. The project consisted of nine locks, four canal sections and four dams. Stone remnants can be seen along Goose Creek, all that remains of the ‘double locks.'”

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