CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and the city proclaimed Thursday,February 10, 2011 as “Chinedum Ndukwe Day”.
The Bengals safety was honored during a ceremony at CityHall.
City council member Wendell Young presented Chinedum with thehonor in front of several of his family, friends, and NdukweFoundation board members.
“It’s an honor, a humbling experience for them tothink enough for the work that my foundations done in the city ofCincinnati. To give me a day that will forever be here, long afterall of us are gone,” said Ndukwe.
The Columbus, Ohio native created his wellness foundation a fewyears back as a way to give back to the youth of the communitythrough wellness camps, youth leagues, and after school programs.As he reflected on what inspired him to give back to the city, hedescribed how it all started when an aunt of an old high schoolfriend asked him to come speak to her students at Bond HillElementary. She had asked several times throughout his busy rookieyear and Ndukwe finally got a chance after the season.
“The 20 minutes I spent with those kids felt like 30seconds. In my eyes I was just some rookie in the NFL trying toearn my stripes here in Cincinnati. But to them I was a hero.That’s when I knew 20 minutes wouldn’t be enough forme, he added.
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