The Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League recently signed Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million contract. Asomugha, a cornerback, was widely considered the best free agent available this year.
While the Eagles will benefit from the skills of this great performer on the football field, the people of Philadelphia, particularly college-bound African Americans, will also be rewarded. The All-Pro defensive back is the founder of Asomugha College Tours for Scholars (ACTS). This foundation provides funds for low-income, inner-city youth to visit the nation’s best colleges and universities. To be eligible, students must have a 3.2 grade point average and be involved in community service and extracurricular activities in school.
For his philanthropic efforts, Asomugha was nominated for the NFL’s Byron ‘Whizzer” White award five times before winning in 2010. The award is given to a player who has shown a strong commitment to outstanding community service.