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Mark Ingram Foundation launched to help children with parents in jail

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Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram is using his time “off” during the lockout to launch a foundation with a cause that is close to his heart. The Heisman winner wants to help kids that have parents in jail.

“The foundation is something that’s real important to me,” Ingram told WWLTV.com last week at its launch.  “It’s something I’m living, something I’m going through, something my sisters and I have experienced off and on throughout our lives.”

Ingram’s father, former Giants receiver Mark Ingram Sr., was sentenced to 92 months in prison on bank-fraud and money-laundering charges. The idea of the foundation will be to provide stability and lessons for kids who lose one or both of their parents to jail.

“There are so many negative statistics that come along with children or youth [who] have a parent or two parents that are incarcerated,” Ingram told Bradley Handwerger.  “I just want to let them know that although you have a parent who is gone or he or she is incarcerated, you can still be whatever you want to be, do whatever you want to do. You just have to put your mind to it.”

His first activity was an outing with 100 kids Sunday at the Audobon Zoo in New Orleans.  It’s great to see Ingram is wasting no time getting involved with his new community.  (Which just so happens to be my favorite city.)

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13 Responses to “Mark Ingram Foundation launched to help children with parents in jail”
  1. CKL says: Jul 4, 2011 1:34 PM

    That’s awesome for Ingram to do. Kudos to him. How the kids grow up in a healthy way while in that situation is THE #1 priority IMO.

  2. Deb says: Jul 4, 2011 2:25 PM

    Children aren’t responsible for the screwups of their parents, but much of the time they wind up paying for them anyway. This is a wonderful cause for Mark, and he’s a great role model for the message.

  3. drgfri says: Jul 4, 2011 3:15 PM

    I also hear Marc Sanchez wants to personally help teens with parents in jail (or just away for the weekend)

  4. 504in860 says: Jul 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Future offensive rookie of the year.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 4, 2011 4:07 PM

    This is very commendable for Mr. Ingram. I’m sure the children of Travis Henry will appreciate the cause. Kudos to Mark!

  6. backindasaddle says: Jul 4, 2011 4:15 PM

    I give credit to kids who turn out to be good people even though they had dirt bag parents showing them the wrong thing at every turn.

  7. j0esixpack says: Jul 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    Deb said it best – this is a group of kids who often are cared for by overwhelmed grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brothers and sisters or family friends when their parents are in jail or addressing addictions or other issues.

    The caregivers are usually overwhelmed and few celebrities want to associate with such an issue

    It’s the kids who pay – and nice to see they’re not forgotten and getting a little bit of help

  8. nyjalleffingday says: Jul 4, 2011 4:35 PM

    @drgfri

    That would be “Mark,” genius. How you got past elementary school is beyond me.

  9. redgreen3b1 says: Jul 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    hobartbaker u r an idiot. How did u get anything about drugs out of this article?

  10. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 4, 2011 11:26 PM

    Wow, this is a completely awesome & original idea. Ingram just became a serious candidate for the Walter Payton award.

  11. pokedoke206 says: Jul 5, 2011 2:20 AM

    If you don’t like this story somethings wrong with you

  12. imongo says: Jul 5, 2011 8:19 AM

    Mark Ingram is a Saint…in more ways than one. I hope his dad is ashamed of himself. Pro football player to innmate at Rikers. Good luck Jr.

  13. Spencer says: Jul 5, 2011 9:51 AM

    It’s always good to see players using their influence to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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