Chargers' CB Casey Hayward returns home bearing gifts

LA Chargers CB Casey Hayward presents a scholarship for $5,000 to Perry High School Senior KK Smith Friday morning. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

PERRY, GA -- LA Chargers Cornerback Casey Hayward smiled ear to ear Friday morning upon returning to his alma mater. The Perry High School alum not only gave back to his community, he fulfilled a promise.

"We do so much back in this community for this hometown of Perry," Hayward said. "This is not going to be the only year. We're going to continue it each and every year."

Through the Hayward Hands Foundation, the NFL star awarded two $5,000 scholarships to Perry Girls' Basketball players KK Smith and Tatyona Owens for their hard work and dedication in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. This is the first scholarship award from the foundation since Casey's mother Tish Hayward passed from breast cancer in July 2016.

"Before my mom passed she said take care of my girls," Hayward said. "I never knew what she meant until now."

Always active in her community, Tish inspired her family to do the same thing. Her son took note of her mother's lesson and delivered big time Friday morning. Over a 10-year span, the Hayward Hand's Foundation will pledge $50,000 for future scholarships.

"We're going to commit $5,000 for each year for the next nine years as well," Hayward said. "It's good for this community and good to give back in general."

Hayward returns to the Chargers after a breakout season in 2016. The cornerback led the NFL in interceptions (7) while earning his first pro-bowl nod.

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