Cincinnati is located in fat playoff picturebut that hasn’t stopped a handful of Bengals players from spending their free time helping out the community in November when the holiday season kicked off.
The Sam Hubbard Foundation prepares and distributes Thanksgiving dinners to residents of the Cincinnati area.
Hubbard and the Sam Hubbard Foundation teamed up with Plate of Passion prepare holiday meals and serve them out at two different locations in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The dishes contained fresh turkey side dishes. The side dishes were prepared by Executive Chef Kim Wilbon, Hubbard’s personal chef and owner of The Passion Plate. These include mashed potatoes, green beans, toppings, cranberry sauce, and other holiday essentials.
Josh Tupow, Zach Carter, Cam Semple and Jeff Gunter, as well as Hubbard’s family and friends, joined the Bengals captain for the day to lend a helping hand.
“It’s important for me and my teammates to take the initiative and show the communities that give us so much that we really care,” Hubbard said. “It gives us a sense of ownership and responsibility for our city – we want to leave it better than we found it.”
The first stop that day was at Grandview Elementary School in the Bellevue Independent School District. 60 families received ready-made meals, as well as mini-football souvenirs.
The Sam Hubbard Foundation also arranged a backpack drive donate 650 backpacks and school supplies to each Bellevue Independent School student before the start of the school year in August.
Hubbard and company ended the day by handing out about 40 more meals and memorabilia at the Lighthouse Sheakley Youth Center.
The center offers shelter to young people (aged 18 to 24) who are interested in moving from homelessness to safe and stable housing. Each young adult works with a case manager who helps the young adult develop and implement the case plan.
The Cincinnati native took the time to take pictures and sign autographs for fans at both locations.
Sam Hubbard Foundation Thanksgiving 2022
Photo: Madison Borland/We The Creators
DJ Reader launches “Reader Resource Room”‘ With local high school
Reeder launches “Reader Resource Room” as part of his Son Never Forgets Foundation (ASNFF) with Schroeder High School in Cincinnati.
The new initiative will provide students with basic needs and information that will help them succeed. ASNFF will provide resources such as shelving, as well as initial ordering and inventory organization, and develop communication and distribution plans for the school to effectively manage the resource room.
ASNFF has committed to providing additional support by arranging a return to school through the 2023-2024 school year. Students will be provided with learning materials to set them up for a successful year. They will also be able to pre-register for dental, vision and health checkups.
Reader’s goal is to open a resource room at other schools, including in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina.
The defensive tackle hosted the first main event bowling event at the West Chest on November 7 to fund the Reader Resource Room. The event raised over $10,000 for the new ASNFF program.
A number of Bengals players showed their support by taking part in the event. During the night, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Purewal declared November 7 “DJ Reading Day” for his contribution to the community.
To learn more about Reader and the Son Never Forgets Foundation, go to here.
Ted Karras creates the “Regal Hat”‘ in favor of the village Merichi
Karras was original design sports hat most prominently in the media in the locker room. This makes much more sense than the latest fashion.
Offensive linemen created “qingxi hat‘ with the goal that 100% of sales proceeds go directly to The Village of Merici. They provide services, coaching and independent housing for adults with disabilities.
“I wanted to give a fun gift to my new teammates when I moved to Cincinnati” Karras said. “The Cincy Hat has taken on a life of its own and I hope to create a source of income for the Village of Merici, a non-profit residential community for adults with disabilities. Village holds a special place in my heart. Please support him with a purchase. !”
To learn more about the cause or purchase the hat, go to here.
Jamarr Chase surprises families with turkeys at Local Kroger
On Monday, Chase hosted a surprise turkey giveaway at Kroger in Oakley as part of his partnership with the company. The first 200 families received a free turkey.
“I love and support the city of Cincinnati and I want to give back to the community.” Chase said. “That’s the thing about Thanksgiving, making sure everyone has a good lunch, full at the end of the day – I love to eat, so why not thank the community for a good reason.”
Chase also signed autographs and posed for pictures with the families who received the turkeys.
Bengals and Campbell’s team up to give local high school students Campbell’s Chunky Soup
In partnership with Campbell’s, team members and the Who Dey mascot visited DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati to bring soup to students before the Thanksgiving holiday.
They were sent home with bags full of Campbell’s Chunky products and Bengals souvenirs.
Clay Johnston, Cal Adomitis, Allan George, Keander Jones and Domenic Davis were among the players who visited each class, took pictures with students and staff, and signed autographs throughout the day.
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