Oakland Raiders Defensive Back Nnamdi Asomugha Nominated for Prestigious National Community Service Award
The Oakland Raiders have nominated defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. Fans can "get in the game" and help Asomugha win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website (www.allstarshelpingkids.org) and via text message beginning in August and running through November 15th.
Asomugha joins other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm, and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.
Asomugha works closely with the East Oakland Youth Development Center, providing supplies and hosting activities for students. He is also the Advisory Board Chair of OWIN (Orphans and Widows in Need Foundation), which is devoted to improving the situations of Nigerian families, and was invited to the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative University to promote his endeavors.To learn more about his service, visit his profile on www.allstarshelpingkids.org.
In addition to honoring philanthropic athletes, All Stars Helping Kids and the Jefferson Awards are encouraging fans to "get in the game" by:
- Voting for them online or via text message. To vote for Asomugha text STAR2 to 55333 (sponsored by AT&T and facilitated by Txtstation).
- Telling their friends to vote
- Following his lead and volunteering in their community
- Nominating a local hero for a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service.
All Stars Helping Kids was founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott in 1989 with the goal of promoting a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged kids in low-income communities. All Stars achieves this mission by pooling the resources of athletes, corporations and individuals to support high-performing academic and physical enrichment programs.
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities.
For more information about the award contact Sarah Bennett at (650) 363-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.