Tackling Causes Head-On: NFL Players who Do Good
Posted on September 02, 2013 by Ed Speno | 0 comments
Patiently we wait for months. Day by day, watching the sweetness of spring turn into a misty summer's night and then, finally, comes fall. That September night when we're reunited with the one thing so pure and so sweet: Football is back.
The first Sunday of NFL action is upon us and football is top-of-mind for millions of people all over the world. At DoGoodBuyUs, we like football. And we really like people who step up and make the world a better place. So it was only natural for us to start thinking about the NFL players who are stars in the world of Doing Good. We found four big time playmakers who also balled out in social responsibility.
Nnamdi Asomugha - Asomugha Foundation
He may have a funny name but his skills are SERIOUS. Asomugha is a 3-time Pro Bowler and considered by many to be the NFL's top
cornerback. For those who don't know what that means, he's a baller. He started the Asomugha Foundation, a charity that has taken on two distinct calls to action: Orphans and Widows In Need (OWIN) and Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS). OWIN focuses on Nigeria, a place where poverty and abuse is a crippling factor for many families. His two care centers in Nigeria work to bring food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, literacy efforts, and scholarships to widows and orphans who have lost their families. Asomugha's family and foundation bring love to these broken lives.
His 'College Tour for Scholars' program addresses a totally different cause right here in the United States. In urban communities, many at-risk high schoolers face a mountain to climb when thinking about how college could fit into their lives. Financially and socially it can seem like something that just "isn't for them" or their future. But Asomugha's foundation teams up with high school students from the Bay Area of California to help them plan and travel to college tours at schools across the country. For many first-generation college students, pulling them out of their surroundings and getting them on campus is a game plan they simply couldn't pull off without support from this NFL star.
Warrick Dunn - Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn retired in 2009 after an all-star career as an NFL running back that spanned over a decade. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons were better teams simply because he was on them, and, now, single parents struggling to achieve home ownership are also better because of his efforts. Single parents are a group that hits close to home for Dunn, whose mother was murdered by armed robbers when he was 18 years old. She worked two jobs to provide for her six children and dreamed of one day being able to own a home. Today Warrick Dunn Charities rewards single parents who achieve his Mom's dream of home ownership. His program known as 'Homes for the Holidays' helps furnish these new homes, makes down payments for home financing, and eases the overall challenges of owning a home for the first time. Since his rookie year in 1997, he's helped over 100 families succeed with home ownership and has been recognized widely as one of the NFL's charity rock stars.
Drew Brees - Dream Foundation
Some of the best charitable work is done by people who have faced the social causes they fight for directly. As the star quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees faced the horror of Hurricane Katrina up close and personal. His efforts to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery have earned him the nickname "Breesus" and have him described by Sports Illustrated as "an athlete as adored and appreciated as any in an American city today." Brees and his wife, Brittany, started the Dream Foundation, a group that works to rebuild academic and athletic facilities in New Orleans that were all but washed away by Katrina. They restore parks, playgrounds, schools, and provide mentoring programs for the mentally disabled just to name a few. He decided that wasn't enough though. His foundation wanted to tackle quality of life issues for cancer patients and donated one million dollars to renovate an American Cancer Society lodge that provides no-cost accommodations to patients receiving cancer treatments. Drew Bree's won a Super Bowl and rejuvenated the spirits of a major American city wiped out by an epic natural disaster. No big deal...
Ndomenkong Suh - Suh Foundation
Here's another player with a unique name and crazy, freakish skills. Suh is 6 foot 4 and over 300 pounds, but can jump a 35 and a half inch vertical leap. To put it in perspective, that's better than most NBA players
and this dude is a monster in the NFL. Suh was so good in college, that Nike signed him to an endorsement deal before he was ever even drafted in 2010. Another thing Suh did before being drafted was make the largest charitable donation ever by a former player to Nebraska University's Athletic Department and Engineering scholarship fund. The then twenty-three-year-old college grad wrote a check for $2.6 million dollars to his school and instantly became one of the most philanthropic celebrity figures in the country next to folks like Star Wars creator George Lucas and writer Nora Roberts. Known as a rough player on the field, Suh makes up for it with big time generosity off the field.
If we've learned anything, it's that the NFL has it's fair share of DoGooders using their image, resources, and big hearts to make the world a better place. At DoGoodBuyUs we hope to share the stories and products from the world's most amazing organizations so that we all have a chance to make a difference and benefit in the process. We call it the win-win of socially conscious shopping. Can we have our Super Bowl rings now??