As the weather warms up and school is winding down, children of all ages are gearing up for summer vacation.
Within the next week or so schools will close its doors for the summer, leaving kids with two-plus months of free time.
Cincinnati Bengals’ safety Chinedum Ndukwe hopes the area youth don’t spend their time eating junk food and playing video games. Instead, Ndukwe has started his very own foundation that stresses the importance of physical and mental wellness of local kids.
The Ndukwe Foundation was founded in 2009 and is dedicated to providing resources to help local communities establish lives enriched with wellness. The mission of Ndukwe’s foundation is “to educate youth on the benefits of healthy eating, staying active and setting goals to achieve optimal wellness.”
Recently, Ndukwe hosted the inaugural Youth Wellness Camp presented by Mercy Health Partners, which was a free event for over 200 local boys and girls. Ndukwe and several of his Cincinnati Bengal teammates hosted the youngsters for a day of fitness and fun, and also gave the kids a chance to participate in physical activities and an interactive health expo on nutrition and wellness.
Ndukwe was a business major at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a double major in Business Management and Psychology. During the past two off seasons, Ndukwe attended the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the NFL Business Management Program.
“I recognize the value of a healthy lifestyle in my everyday life and I am excited to share my passion for enriched living with the youth through the work of the foundation,” Ndukwe said.
The stated goals of the Ndukwe Foundation are to create and support change in nutrition and physical activity within local schools; engage schools, families and communities to promote wellness through healthy eating and active living; and create resources and community partnerships with organizations working toward similar goals.
“Physical fitness and wellness create a strong foundation to cultivate discipline and leadership, and these skills are the basis for a bright future,” Ndukwe said. “The Ndukwe Foundation strives to share these principles with our community and provide positive reinforcement to young people.”
Ndukwe was drafted by Cincinnati in 2007 and has played three seasons at safety for the Bengals. He played in all 16 regular season games and one playoff game last year, starting 13 of those contests. He finished the 2009 campaign with 89 tackles, two sacks and one interception.