On June 18, Allen will host his second annual charity golf tournament called Night Ops II to raise money for his foundation, Homes for Wounded Warriors. The tournament, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., consists of nine holes of day golf and nine holes of night golf. This includes battlefield themed competitions for prizes, and United States Marine Drill Sergeants are stationed at every tee box giving orders to the “recruits.”
“It’s a crazy tournament,” Allen said in a recent phone interview.
Allen is proud of his foundation and the work they have done in a short time. Homes for Wounded Warriors work with soldiers injured in service to help make their lives easier when they return home.
Allen said the purpose of the foundation is to help re-model and design homes to accommodate soldiers who need help from injuries or the loss of limbs. He said so far they have done one house in Minnesota and two more in Arizona, and they work in conjunction with local VA hospitals.
“We’ll go wherever we can to help,” Allen said.
Along with working on his foundation, Allen is also staying in shape for the upcoming 2011 season. He is working out in Arizona, which is his offseason home, and he trains by doing kickboxing, MMA workouts and mountain biking.
Allen, 29, plans to maintain his place as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. In 2010, he had 11 sacks, which was the fifth time in the past six seasons, including four years in a row, that he’s finished with double digits in sacks. He has 83 sacks for his career, and his goal this season is to get 100.
“I’m always trying to get better,” Allen said. “I’m constantly working on areas where I need to improve.”
Allen knows the Vikings need work after last year’s 6-10 finish, and he hopes that rookie quarterback Christian Ponder can be a difference maker as the replacement for the retired Brett Favre. The Vikings selected Ponder at No. 12 overall in the NFL Draft, and Allen said he trusts personnel director Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier to make the right decision to get Minnesota back in playoff contention.
“What he brings to the table remains to be seen, but I trust Rick and coach Frazier to do what’s right,” Allen said of Ponder. “They want to win now and never liked the rebuilding thing. I trust them not to put us in a bad situation.”
Allen knows the Vikings will also be aggressive in free agency and look to improve on defense. In 2010, Minnesota was No. 8 in total defense, including No. 9 against the run and No. 10 against the pass.
“We want to be No. 1 across the board,” Allen said.
Allen is confident the season will start on time despite all the problems with the labor negotiations. In the meantime, he will continue to stay in shape in the offseason and also do some good to help wounded soldiers.
For more on Homes for Wounded Warriors you can visit Allen’s website at jaredallen69inc.com. For more information on the golf tournament, including participation and sponsorships, contact Dylan Vicha at firstname.lastname@example.org.