• Posted on: May 5, 2011

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Oakland Raider, Nnamdi Asomugha sponsors College Tour for Oakland youth

Thanks to Oakland Raider and EOYDC friend Nnamdi Asomugha, four students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) will venture out of state for the first time on their own, private HBCU (Historically Black College/University) tour.

Under the watchful eye of Raider Cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha and Executive Director, Jackson, the students took in the rich history of Atlanta’s signature historically black colleges. Traveling by plane from May 17-20, both high school juniors and seniors will toured the campuses of Spelman University, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta Universities. In addition, they sampled other historically relevant landmarks such as the Underground Railroad, the MLK Jr. Center for Non Violence and the landmark MLK Jr. home. Moreover the students had the opportunity to experience the Atlanta culture and partake of its many restaurants, churches and community treasures.

Nnamdi’s friendship with the center began in 2005 when he was first asked to speak to a group of 100 youth during the summer cultural enrichment program. He has returned to speak each year often joined by his Raider teammates. Each player emphasized the importance of education and a hard work ethic on and off the field. They underscored the value of a positive attitude and a healthy diet full of nutritious foods.

In 2006, Nnamdi took a group of five EOYDC boys fly fishing. He shared this experience, his first fishing experience with the young men who continue to reflect on their trip with Nnamdi as the singular, most important experience of their lives. During the 2006 holidays, Nnamdi hosted 8 high school academicians ( who had good grades or had recently shown tremendous improvement) at the Raider Facility with tennis shoes, running suits etc. to encourage their hard work in school.

EOYDC Executive Director, Regina Jackson states, “Nnamdi Asomugha is a rare individual. He is a living legacy of what it is to be an excellent role model. Like it or not, our participants are inspired by athletes and fortunately Nnamdi is one who is serious about building his reputation with character, excellence and passion .We are lucky to have him as our friend.”

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