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Bengals' charitable work a ray of sunshine

Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:20 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2008 4:33 pm

In the midst of another horrible, if not horrifying season, the generosity of the Bengals organization, Marvin Lewis, and several of the players continues to be a ray of sunshine to Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati region.

We all want the Bengals to win. We all feel down when they don't, and I believe the players (most of them) and the coaches (most of them) feel down when they lose week after week. While suffering through another subpar season, the team continues to initiate their own charitable efforts and to support the ongoing efforts of community organizations.

One notable example is the Marvin Lewis Community Foundation, which seeks "to empower, educate and inspired individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region." The focus of MLCF, which was formed in October 2003, is to protect and serve the needs of children.  Marvin Lewis is a well-known community activist and advocate for youth.

Cincinnati kicker Shayne Graham has joined two former Bengals kickers, Jim Breech and Doug Pelfrey, in Kicks for Kids, another organization that helps kids. Graham has his own foundation and also recently has partnered with Ronald McDonald House. Graham supports numerous other charitable organizations, including Cincinnati's Free Store Food Bank.

The team works with youth throughout Cincinnati and Greater Cincinnati by offering numerous football clinics in the region. Among other organizations, the Bengals regularly work with and support Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. Thanks, Mike Brown, for opening your heart and your pocketbook.

I'm sure some of the other Bengals fans out there know of some examples of charitable work done by the team. Feel free to add yours here. And here is a link to the Community Index page on the Bengals' website, which details the activities of the team, complete with photos.

Remember, while losing on the field is difficult for all of us to swallow, the Bengals will always be winners in the hearts of many for all the wonderful work they do in the community.


Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2008 11:42 pm

Bengals' charitable work a ray of sunshine

It's almost like you think there's something more important that football? Like maybe the 0-for-the-season start is not the worst that can happen to a team or a city?

Iggy, you're absolutely right! While I wish this year's record were different, there is a greater, lasting investment a franchise can make in a community. The community service record looks like an absolute winner.

Good to see Carson Palmer's consistent efforts to help youth in Cincinnati and in So. Cal. (and spread the good word about corn hole, too):

While we can argue whether or not sports stars should be role models, it is clear that people of character will make something more of their success than overinflated egos and a bigger wad of bills. The kinds of service to people by Bengal players off the field show a lot of us that these guys are winners. They know what matters most, even when the football thing isn't going so well.

Great post!

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 8:45 pm

Bengals' charitable work a ray of sunshine

Great Post,its good to see people showing the good side of people instead of the bad side all the time.

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