​Sometimes we tend to give people praise and honor because of their celebrity, but we forget the people who are on the grassroots level making sure the community stays strong and healthy. Marcus Washington is a man who should receive accolades for the things he does in Northwest Pasadena. 

Marcus is a coach with the Pasadena Panthers and he has his own non-profit called Gametime Athletic & Academics, where he not only teaches kids skills in football, but life. His goal is to prepare kids for college while having a good time.

This former standout at San Jose State University is giving his Back in Dena Father's Day comedy show which will be hosted by Pasadena native and comedian Mike P. There will be several comedians as well as Allison Crawford, who will be singing. DJ Beez will be on the turntables and there will be food for all. It's a way for men to kickoff their father's Day weekend. this event is a fundraiser and the proceed will go to Gametime, Marcus's non-profit.

Marcus does this to help the kids all year around. A couple of weeks ago Marcus Robinson and Chad Brown had a football camp at the Rose Bowl and they spent time with the kids for a couple of hours for one day. People shared that on Facebook like they were part of this community. But being from a place doesn't make you a part of that community and although football camps are nice, the kids in this community need more. Marcus is here every day. He does a football camp every time he's out there with the kids. 

So as we celebrate father's this week, let us not forget the surrogate fathers in our community who do so much with little help. Marcus helps children in this city because he is a man about the community. He is a man of substance and he is a man who is proud to be from Pasadena and he wants to keep producing prideful men who will in return give back. 

Come out on Saturday, June 17th and support a good cause. For the people always ask how they can be part of the positive things going on, this is a chance for you. Your donation will help a kid in our community. It may not be your child, but it may help with leading a child to greatness.


Marcus Washington: About the Community at Gametime and Beyond  

​Posted June 16, 2017
By Dennis Haywood