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Asomugha given public service award

Posted on: June 22, 2010 10:51 pm
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The San Francisco Chronicle had a nice story today about Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha and his drive to participate in charitable endeavors and, you know, help people.

"Since a young age, I have always wanted to help," Asomugha told staff writer Vittorio Tafur. "Family and friends did it, and it rubbed off on me. It was infectious."

The reason for the article: Asomugha, along with Charlotte Bobcats Tyrus Thomas, has been given the Jefferson Award, known as the “Nobel Prize for public service.” This is the first year a “professional athletes” category has been included, and Asomugha seems like a good choice.

As Tafur wrote:

In 2007, the Cal product founded the Asomugha College Tour for Scholars, an annual college tour and mentoring program that provided high-achieving high school students of color with the opportunity to visit college campuses across the country. This March, he took 16 kids to Washington D.C.

Asomugha also serves as the chairman of his family's foundation, Orphans and Widows in Need, which provides food, shelter, medicine, vocational and literacy training, and scholarships to widows and orphans in Nigeria.


We’re at a point in the offseason where so much of the talk focuses on contract disputes and a potential lockout for 2011, so it’s nice to hear about somebody doing something good for somebody else.


--Josh Katzowitz

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