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Team Behind the Team: Liz Polumbus

12.03.2013 / Blog Posts WOW Interview Series

WOW is getting to know the Team behind the Team and next up is Redskins OT #74 Tyler Polumbus' other half, Liz!

A love of skiing brought Liz from Massachusetts out West to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she met Tyler as a freshman. The two have been married for five years and now have two children, Noah, two and a half, and Lydia, who is one. Liz sat down with WOW to talk about Tyler's foundation, staying fit, her trip to Africa and much more!

Any gameday rituals or a favorite gameday memory?
On game days I'm at the stadium a couple hours early to watch warms ups. I get nervous for the game and just being in the stadium somehow helps calm my nerves.  Last season we welcomed our daughter in the middle of the season so I didn't attend many games, but I made it to the win over the Cowboys to take the NFC East Championship.  It was the best stadium experience I've had at FedexField with every fan's excitement the entire game.  A great memory for all the fans who were there!

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What’s your average gameday like? 
Our family and friends have flown in from Colorado and Massachusetts to attend the home games with me.  We don't usually tailgate before but I've really enjoyed crashing Will Montgomery's family tail gate and catching up with the other wives on our walk into the stadium.  I used to travel to some of the away games but that all changed once we had our kids!

Tell us about your foundation, Tyler’s Kids Outreach.
TKO started as a way to take advantage of the platform that the NFL has provided. We wanted to make sure that when Tyler's career was over we had given back to the community in a way that we never could have without the NFL. We partnered with Dreams for Kids to host a free football camp over the summer at Redskins Park for physically and developmentally disabled kids.

This football season we've been able to provide tickets to kids who have once stayed at Fairfax Inova Children's Hospital to home games and host watch parties at the hospital for every away game. We flew an amazing child fighting thyroid cancer to DC from Denver to give her a special weekend highlighted by a win over the Bears.  Another special girl won a trip from Denver to DC to see the Skins win a thriller against the Chargers for her inspiring community improvement essay. We've had a lot of fun meeting all of these wonderful kids and their families this year.

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The biggest reward to both Tyler and I has been seeing the transformation that occurs within the kids from the first time we meet them to our continued relationships now.  We have loved watching these kids grow and mature as they've gotten older and overcoming their own challenges in life.

What do you like to do to keep in shape and stay healthy? 
Our family loves walking our English Mastiff Lakota at the dog park or on the trails that are alongside the Potomac River.  I've always enjoyed these walks with our dogs over the years and it's given me a chance to explore the beauty of the state we're living in. There are so many beautiful trails in the DMV area and if you haven't already, you should check one out with your family.  It's a great way to encourage your kids to be active and lead by example!

What's one thing that might surprise people about you?
I'm not much of a risk taker but I find the reward is usually worth it. A few summers ago, I traveled to Uganda with a group of women to visit Musana Children's Home and assist the teachers there to implement a new teaching technique.  I loved every minute in Africa except when we went white water rafting on the Nile River.  Our raft kept flipping and needless to say I don't think I'll be rafting a second time.  Uganda was a life changing trip for me and I'm so blessed that my husband encouraged me to take that trip.  I'm hoping that we can make a trip back together in the near future.

Maybe not surprising, but Tyler continues to beat me at every competitive game we play.  Mini golf, bowling, pool.  I try so hard to beat him and don't want him to just let me win.  I finally beat him at the basketball challenge in an arcade a few years ago in front of his former college teammates. I won't give him a rematch!

What’s the best advice you have ever received?
To follow Jesus.

A huge thank you to Liz for sitting down with WOW!

For more information on TKO, visit tkoprogram.org and like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TylersKidsOutreach.

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