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Ray Lewis to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for clean water projects

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Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has already lined up a TV gig to keep him busy in retirement, but that’s not the only thing that the two-time Super Bowl champ will be doing now that he’s hung up his cleats.

Lewis will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania next month as part of an effort to raise money and awareness for clean water projects in East Africa. Lewis opened up a website to help spread the word of his efforts and solicit donations with contributions on either front giving the donor a chance to win an autographed helmet.

“In one month, I will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money and awareness for clean water projects in East Africa. I am so FIRED UP for this adventure, but until then, I need your help to bring clean water wells to thousands of children and families. Show your support by following my TackleKili journey, spreading the word, and donating to TackleKili,” Lewis wrote.

Many people have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, which rises 19,341 feet above sea level. Lewis will likely be the first to attempt the squirrel dance upon completion of the trek, assuming he’s got enough oxygen in his lungs to generate the necessary gyrations to pull it off.

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33 Responses to “Ray Lewis to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for clean water projects”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: May 24, 2013 12:37 PM

    Carrying Lewis on the football field is one thing, but who’s he going to get to pad his climbing stats?

  2. mobuccsfan says: May 24, 2013 12:40 PM

    Would be funny to see him do his squirrel dance once getting to the top…just don’t slip. That’s a long way down.

    On a more serious note–great cause and good to see people trying to help other people. If everyone did a little–no matter how little–to help others at every opportunity given, the world would indeed be a better place.

  3. lgbarn says: May 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    Can’t knock him for bringing attention to a worthy cause.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: May 24, 2013 12:42 PM

    “Many people have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, Lewis will likely be the first to attempt the squirrel dance upon completion of the trek.”

    Nice work Alper, that was good.

  5. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 24, 2013 12:42 PM

    Well that’s nice!
    Hope he keeps his suit clean!!

  6. deucedropper says: May 24, 2013 12:51 PM

    I already voted Lewis for the Ravens’ Mt. Rushmore. Might as well put him on Kilimanjaro, too.

  7. ballreaper says: May 24, 2013 1:20 PM

    Good for him , nothing beats Athletes who after they retire sets out to do good on this little space we call planet earth.

  8. pilonflats says: May 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    good stuff

  9. spellingcops says: May 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    He’s doing it out of guilt. He knows what happened that night…

  10. flash1283 says: May 24, 2013 3:09 PM

    He’s going to retrieve the white suit.

  11. 2ringraven says: May 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    I think crownofthehelmet is a closet Ravens fan. He never misses a post about the World Champs.

  12. 69finfan says: May 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    When he gets to the top and crys his tears will freeze. Then what?

  13. edisbetterthantroy says: May 24, 2013 3:21 PM

    To all the critics and trolls who hate on an act of charity:

    How much philanthropy do you particiapate in? If you put that negativity and jealousy towards something positive, we just might have a greater mankind.

    But hey, who needs acts of kindness when you have “6 RINGS”?

  14. droyer85 says: May 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    It is a good cause. If the project even saves one life it’ll basically make up for the one… well… like I said, it’s a good cause.

  15. Chris says: May 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    Kilimanjaro? …Just one man, or two?

  16. vicnocal says: May 24, 2013 3:28 PM

    More like Mount Killamanjaro amirite?

  17. bcgreg says: May 24, 2013 3:31 PM

    Ironic that Lewis is climbing a mountain with the words “Kill a man” in it.

  18. rcali says: May 24, 2013 3:44 PM

    Wow, he looks really different in this picture. Is he smoking crack now or something? You would think he would spend some time helping out the police in that unsolved murder case he was “involved” in. I know, I know, thumbs down from those with their heads buried in the sand.

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: May 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    Ray Lewis is one of the finest human beings in sports today. The fact that he faced up to his transgressions like a man, moved on, and then went on to unprecedented success should be an inspiration to us all. There are no victims still crying because they did not get a day in court. The questions have been asked and answered. The matters have all been adjudicated and those who disagree are just angry, jealous, bitter rumor mongers who can only hope to achieve one one-hundredth of what Ray Lewis has accomplished. There are so many others hiding from the truth, paying lawyers to protect them from the reality of their misdeeds. Ray has even counseled some of them. But they will never be half the man he is.

  20. golfongrass311 says: May 24, 2013 4:25 PM

    That’s not Ray Lewis in the picture knuckle head, that the Jamaica bobsled team

  21. moagecu says: May 24, 2013 4:41 PM

    “Hurry an article about Ray Lewis, let me brush off my decade old jokes once again”

    some bitter people in this world

  22. hatesycophants says: May 24, 2013 6:57 PM

    Yeah, folks tend to get “bitter” when someone gets away with butchering two Humans.

  23. scoobies05 says: May 24, 2013 7:10 PM

    “butchering two humans”? my friend you really need to know what you are talking about. the men that died that night instigated the whole incident by attacking ray and his friends. they were killed by rays friends who were defending themselves. this is all public record. now do i beleive ray is a saint? no. but since atlanta have you ever heard his name in the news for any legal issues. no. do i believe they deserved to die? no..but again, they instigated the whole issue. is ray responsible? no.

  24. Joemontanaflacco says: May 24, 2013 8:30 PM

    Scoobie,
    It’s pointless. I’m not even sure these Pennsyltuckians know the difference between Ray Lewis and O.J. You’re trying to reason with people who believe in alligators in the sewers, kidney thieves, and Richard Gere and that gerbil. They have no life but to trash a man who, unlike Steelers’s fans, actually get a goal for himself and achieved it.

  25. darkglobe1 says: May 24, 2013 9:21 PM

    He must feel guilty for throwing his bloody suit in a river and polluting the water.

  26. thesteelers says: May 24, 2013 9:24 PM

    Six rings

  27. lovefootball4life says: May 24, 2013 10:58 PM

    Ray Lewis is doing something for a good cause. A charity. For anyone who criticizes him or his task I ask you to comment when you have done something as meaningful for charity.

  28. scoobies05 says: May 24, 2013 11:57 PM

    i hear ya joe. i just wish folks would learn before they spout off. most of it is just back and forth…but “butchering two humans”? thats just insane. go ravens!

  29. jooceman says: May 25, 2013 2:47 AM

    That’s a nice picture of Demaryius Thomas

  30. slickster35 says: May 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    How many acts of charity does it take to make up for conspiracy to commit murder?

    There aren’t enough mountains in the world.

  31. Joemontanaflacco says: May 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Maybe Flacco gave up using the “r” word too soon. He could have really used it to respond to some of the crackers on this thread. Ray is saving lives. They are wasting theirs.

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: May 25, 2013 10:01 AM

    By the way, I hear Big Ben is scaling Mt. Rapier.

  33. scoobies05 says: May 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    why dont you look up what conspiracy means before you post

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