Monk, Green Start Charitable Tour

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Byline: David Elfin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

They have spent a good portion of their adult life working, playing and praying together.

And now, with their enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame just a few months away, Washington Redskins legends Art Monk and Darrell Green have joined once more to raise money and awareness for their respective foundations.

The timing for the former superstars couldn't be better. With their names in headlines and faces on television once more - kicking off a summer journey that will end with those faces immortalized in the gridiron shrine in Canton, Ohio - Monk and Green saw an opportunity to use their rekindled fame to help those less fortunate.

"When the dust settled [after the Feb. 2 election], we started to think, 'This is the perfect time to benefit our organizations. Why not do it together?' " the 50-year-old Monk said at a joint press event yesterday at Redskin Park. "We're more than just athletes and teammates. We're also great friends."

Indeed, their wives sat next to each other yesterday in the auditorium at the Ashburn, Va., complex. Teammates for 11 years together during the Redskins' glory days, Monk and Green also belong to the same church. And they're the first Redskins players elected to Canton since John Riggins in 1992.

Monk and Green have formed the Hilarion Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Northern Virginia that will administer funds to the individuals' signature charities. Monk's Good Samaritan Foundation works with high school students in impoverished neighborhoods in the District, and Green's Youth Life Foundation operates learning centers for younger students in the District, Landover and Richmond.

They hope to raise $5 million over the next two years, kicked off with their "Route 281: Road to Canton" tour of appearances. …