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Amukamara donates equipment to Nebraska high school

New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara celebrates his team's win in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game at the end of the game in Indianapolis Indiana Reuters

When Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara was growing up, he wore the same pair of football cleats for three seasons. He wanted to make sure no one else had to go through that at Lincoln High School.

“Playing Pop Warner football, my coaches would have to buy my cleats,” Amukamara told Steven Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star.

So remembering that, the former Nebraska star donated $10,000 worth of cleats and athletic gear to the high school near his alma mater.

Amukamara worked with former Husker Blake Lawrence to find a high school team that needed the help, and they settled on Lincoln High since they had a number of players struggling to afford new equipment.

“A lot of these kids don’t have much,” Lincoln coach Mark Macke said. “We’re always trying to find shoes for kids to wear. Or sometimes we just have to find the means to go out and get them. We don’t want a kid not to come out for football because he doesn’t have shoes.”

Amukamara met Lincoln officials when he spoke at an assembly this past spring, and realized he wanted to help.

“I just wanted to help motivate any way I can,” he said. “I’m sure a gesture like this could really help the players not only on the field, but in the classroom — just to show that somebody cares, that somebody here in the community is behind them.”

He’s far from the only player making such donations. But at a time when the players finding trouble are dominating the headlines, it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of good happening as well.

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5 Responses to “Amukamara donates equipment to Nebraska high school”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 19, 2012 12:21 PM

    Nice gesture.
    I wore the same pair of cleats throughout all four years my high school days. Not because I couldn’t afford them, I just hate breaking in new shoes.

  2. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Jul 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    giving back is giving back but when you seek out a group you think has the “most needs” and you have no affiliation with them, well that speaks more volumes about a man’s character.
    he remembers where he came from and does something about it.
    we should all be paying close attention and follow the example.

  3. pappert says: Jul 19, 2012 1:29 PM

    proof you have to go through struggle to truely understand it.. its a good thing to do and if it wasnt so hard just to survive then id like to give back to the community also

  4. amgdds says: Jul 19, 2012 1:29 PM

    Real nice of him, but how about making the kids earn it by getting good grades or doing community service.

  5. east96st says: Jul 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    “Real nice of him, but how about making the kids earn it by getting good grades or doing community service.”

    Because he wanted to give a gift, not set up an incentive program. Nothing wrong with incentive programs in general, but sometimes you just want to give a gift with no strings attached. For some of these kids, it will be the first time in their lives they ever got anything without someone demanding something back.

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