Ravens safety Nakamura raises $60,000 for Japan relief

We’ve spent a lot of time reporting on Dez Bryant’s lawsuits and the wild story behind Aqib Talib’s arrest.

That makes passing along this story about Ravens safety Hakuri Nakamura all the more enjoyable.

A few weeks back, we mentioned that Nakamura was planning a charity event to raise money for the Japan relief effort.   The event went off in Aberdeen, Maryland on Saturday and was a huge hit.

Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun writes that roughly 3,000 fans turned out to get autographs from Ravens players and donate money.  More than $60,000 was raised.

“This just shows how much people truly care,” Nakamura said.  “It’s not about football players looking to give autographs. This is for something that’s very special. We’re trying to make an impact on a society ‘that’s in grave danger of nuclear issues and with lasting effects of a tsunami. This is what we’re here for. And the fact that these people are here to support that is awesome.”

It’s a terrific that Nakamura organized the event and even better that the Baltimore area supported the effort so much.

The American Red Cross and Peace Winds Japan are both great charities for anyone looking to contribute.

16 responses to “Ravens safety Nakamura raises $60,000 for Japan relief

  1. If Dez had showed up and donated 1 of his 9 watches, he could have doubled that 60K.

    GOOD FOR NAKAMURA.

    The world and the NFL needs more people like him.

  2. Lots of credit due to Haruki but Ed Reed, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Chris Carr, Quidry Ismail, and Brandon McKinney deserve some credit to. Taking time out of their schedules to come back to Baltimore and help out a teammate for free, isnt something that you hear many players doing. Let alone rather big name guys like Reed, Rice and Flacco.

  3. My mother went to this, to get Joe Flacco’s autograph and hopefully Ray Rice’s or Ed Reeds.

    My father is the former head of a charity ( FAPI) that provides medical services to the Philippines ( his home country) and they were hoping to get the autographs for a charity auction in June.

    Ray and Joe left just as my mother was reaching the head of the line. She was devsastated, though she did get Nakamura, Qadry’s and I believe Lamar Divens autograph. One of the Ravens gave her the Ravens number, so maybe we can get the Flacco bobblehead autographed through them.

    They found it funny when my mother mentioned the Colts owed my father money when they left town and never paid….

  4. It would have sounded better if they said that Nakamura raised 5 million Japanese yen. Few among us would know that is a measly 60 grand.

  5. Kudos pft for posting a couple of POSITIVE articles about players. It goes to show that the majority of players are decent, responsible people. For every worthless dips**t like Bryant or Talib there are at least ten good guys like Mesko and Nakamura. IMO its alot nicer to read about the good(majority) guys than the idiot scumbags.

  6. Forgot to mention Bradie James, another one of classy, positive players. My mom also died of cancer at a young age, and because of him TWENTY women will have a chance at life and being with their families. Nice job, Bradie.

  7. Great for Nakamura-san!
    I live in Tokyo and am visiting the US now and am very surprised to see how little news coverage the recovery in Japan is getting. Most outlets must have determined the story has exceeded it’s shelf life which is unfortunate. There are millions whose lives have been permanently altered. The fight is very far from over. If you are a charitable person I would urge you to consider donating to this relief effort as it is going to take years to recover from the worst natural disaster in the history of the world (in fiscal terms).

  8. tokyolionsfan says: Apr 3, 2011 4:56 AM

    Great for Nakamura-san!
    I live in Tokyo and am visiting the US now and am very surprised to see how little news coverage the recovery in Japan is getting. Most outlets must have determined the story has exceeded it’s shelf life which is unfortunate.
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    Their people probably aren’t whining…they are busy trying to rebuild their lives. The less whining people do after something happens to them, the less time they spend on the news, at least here.

    I too am glad to see the good dudes of the NFL get more play.

  9. qj1984 says: Apr 2, 2011 10:34 PM

    Lots of credit due to Haruki but Ed Reed, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Chris Carr, Quidry Ismail, and Brandon McKinney deserve some credit to. Taking time out of their schedules to come back to Baltimore and help out a teammate for free, isnt something that you hear many players doing. Let alone rather big name guys like Reed, Rice and Flacco.
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    I totally agree. People like downtalking the Ravens for some reason (when Ed Reed’s brother lost his life for example) but this proves that the Ravens have some quality men on their team like every other team.

  10. 3,000 fans coming out in foul weather to an open air minor league stadium to contribute to Nakamura’s fund is worthy of recognition, as well.

    As to the poster who thought that $600,000 should have been raised, that would have been $200 apiece — a little steep price for 30 seconds at the podium with NFL players.

  11. Do not give money to the American Red Cross. When asked to disclose how much of the over $250m they collected for Katrina they said, “….that’s our business. People gave to the charity, not the event”. They are not a trustworthy charity.

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