Corey Liuget didn’t have to hold his third-annual Shop with a Charger event on Monday.
Less than two weeks removed from surgery, he arrived confined to a wheelchair after injuring his right leg in Week 11.
But, being the true pro that he is, Liuget wouldn’t miss the event for the world.
“I didn’t want to miss this,” Liuget said. “I was a little worried and hesitant today coming here and wheeling myself around the store. It made me feel like it was worth it to get out of my house and come to this. It’s because of the expression on the kids’ faces. I see myself and my situation as a kid growing up.”
The Bolts defensive tackle treated 25 kids and teens from the American Heart Association to dinner and an unforgettable night of shopping. Even some of his teammates joined in, including Isaac Rochell, Justin Jones, Patrick Afriyie, T.Y. McGill and Anthony Lanier.
Working with the American Heart Association is a cause that’s very close to Liuget, as his son, Corey Jr. was born with a heart defect. Corey Jr. is now healthy, but Liuget knows other families may not be as fortunate. Monday’s event was his way of spreading cheer to those who may need it, especially during this time of the year.
“It really puts a smile on my face because these kids (may not come from a lot),” Liuget explained. “One kid was just like, ‘Me and my sister, we need to go get pants and socks.’ And I’m like ‘You don’t want any toys?’ ‘No.’ So sometimes for some kids, it’s not about toys, it’s about the little things, and that’s what all I cared about too; having a roof over my head. These kids, they’ve got it. He understands it and he’s determined (to make it better).”