COVINGTON, Ky. – On October 21, Cincinnati Bengals players traded in their cleats for work boots to team up with United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati for this year’s Hometown Huddle.
The annual event brought together volunteers and sponsors from across Cincinnati to the Marge Schott-Unnewehr Club to construct an outdoor playground, build a community learning garden and landscape the entire area.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people who are vulnerable in our community who are going to benefit from this project for many years to come. I feel like my role here today is to say, ‘Thank you!’ on their behalf,” said Brent Seelmeyer, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. “Thank you so much to Coach Lewis at the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and to all our partners at United Way. It really takes a community to come together. One of the things I really love about Cincinnati is we truly are one of the most philanthropic communities you’ll ever find.”
“We have been very blessed to partner with United Way and the NFL and to be able to do these things is just great,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “We are thrilled to be a part of the project with the Boys and Girls Club of Covington. This club was established in 1972 with the mission to be there for young people. Especially those who need them most to have the potential and productiveness to become caring and responsible citizens here.”
This event was just one of many being conducted across the country, part of a 16-year tradition in which both organizations come together for a league-wide day of service designed to elevate the issue of youth health and wellness.
“Thanks to everyone who made today’s project possible. United Way and the Bengals have been working together on Hometown Huddle projects for over 16 years – 11 with Coach Lewis,” said Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati president. “By working with the NFL and its clubs, United Way is creating healthier communities. It’s part of our effort to create community change beyond charity. We’re looking at the big picture in building healthy communities.”
The NFL and United Way have a 40-plus year history of positively impacting communities. The NFL and United Way are also working together on NFL PLAY 60, a program designed to increase the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
“Our kids look up to our biggest players and I can’t tell you how proud I am to see so many of you guys out here representing the team, City of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and showing your unique colors,” Seelmeyer said. “Again, thank you so much.”
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