According to ESPN, Avril’s parents came to America from Haiti in the 1980s. His football pal, Cliff Avril, who also assisted Lynch on the trip, is of Haitian descent as well.
“It’s awesome to have their support, it’s awesome to be in a situation where guys are willing to take that step with you,” Avril told the Seahawks’ web site. “Marshawn wants to help actually build the school out there. There’s a lot of good guys in the NFL … It’s cool to have these guys’ support.”
Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus also partook in the effort.
They all came together to host a mobile medical clinic, according to the Washington Post, and even held a football camp.
However, Lynch’s trip to Haiti was nothing out of the ordinary. He recently rode camels in Egypt and hung out with former president Bill Clinton to talk about ways they can bring improvements in his hometown community, Oakland.
Lynch, who has been retired for a little more than two months, turns 30 Friday.