Ryan Howard is off crutches and said his rehabilitation from rupturing his left Achilles tendon during the National League Division Series is "progressing and coming along."

Howard wore a walking boot as he limped into the mayor's reception room in City Hall Thursday to announce a $1.2 million donation from his charitable foundation to the Philadelphia School District.

The Ryan Howard Family Foundation donation includes sports uniforms and other gear and $750,000 worth of adidas shoes that will be distributed to 57 high schools and four middle schools in the city.

"It makes it feel a little bit lighter to be able to give," said Howard, who didn't go into detail about his rehab. "I feel good. I'm doing fine. Like I said, it's all about the kids today."

The school district has made more than $600 million in cuts to its budget since last year, including cuts to its athletic programs.