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Ndamukong Suh Making A Difference Off The Field

October 08 2012 | no comments

He has a dominating presence on the football field.  Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh also takes charge when meeting third grade students during a recent visit to Henderson Academy on Detroit’s west side.

Suh used the visit to launch his “90 Backpack Program” to support education in Detroit.

His sister, Ngum, helps run the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation.

The students all pledged to become Suh scholars and follow rules his parents instilled in him.

“They’re foreigners,” he told us. “They came to the states working hard and we understood as kids, we could do anything we wanted to do as long as we listened and understood the simple things in life that a lot of people take for granted.”

Suh urged the students to encourage and not discourage their classmates and others around them.

Suh went over the list of 10 golden “rules” with the students–displaying a patience opposing NFL quarterbacks could never appreciate.

Eventually—the students lined up to receive their backpacks.

Thanks to support from Nike they weren’t just any backpacks.

Suh told us, “I wanted to make sure it was definitely a high end backpack that they can see themselves working toward and that not a lot of kids necessarily have.”

The students were delighted to see all that was inside the backpacks.  So was teacher Deborah Manciel, “They had calculators, they had journals, they had spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, um, everything you would need to be prepared and ready to learn.”

How did Suh select Henderson Academy? “We took a good circling around the city of Detroit to pick a good school that we felt was growing and getting the kids better and getting them to where they need to be as students.”

The visit ended with a big “Thank you, Mr Suh” from the students and a big smile from Ndamulong Suh.

Click here to go to the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation website.

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