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PREVIOUS BENGALS COMMUNITY-RELATED EVENTS

Toys for Tots Holiday Collection

December 15, 2008 - The Cincinnati Bengals and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves are pleased to announce the results for our 2008 Toys for Tots collection held at the Bengals-Redskins game on Sunday, December 14. Bengals fans very generously contributed 3,273 new toys (an increase of 1,256 toys over 2007) and $32,035 in cash donations (an increase of $3,135 over 2007). "With more than 35,000 children in the 13 county Tri-State area being supported during this Holiday Season by Toys for Tots, the Bengals toy collection is one of our largest. We are very grateful for all the contributions," said U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Josh Sherman. Special thanks go to Mobile Storage Depot for providing the collection containers and transporting the toys to the warehouse. The Cincinnati Bengals and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves sincerely thank all of our fans for their generosity in supporting this important effort.

Shop with a Bengal

December 10, 2008 - Bengals players Darryl Blackstock, Andrew Whitworth, Rashad Jeanty, Nate Livings, Jeff Rowe and Jordan Palmer helped make Christmas a little merrier this season for a group of 30 children from the The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. Read more...

Debut week

December 9, 2008 - It was Andrew Crummey's first appearance in the community and Anthony Munoz's 5,123rd or so. But the greatest Bengals offensive lineman in history made the newest feel at home. "Great event," Munoz said Tuesday at the ballooned and bejeweled Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium. "I guess I've been with CF more than 20 years. I remember in the early '80s doing track events with corporations at a local junior high." Read more...

St. Louis selected for volunteer award

November 24, 2008 - Long snapper Brad St. Louis has been selected as the Bengals team winner of the President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, which includes a congratulatory letter from President George W. Bush, honors players who contribute to their community by encouraging kids to stay active and healthy. Read more...

Bengals, FreestoreFoodbank Team Up to Feed the Hungry

November 17, 2008 - The Cincinnati Bengals and the FreestoreFoodbank are pleased to announce the results of the annual canned food drive that was held prior to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday, November 16. Bengals fans donated 7,630 pounds of non-perishable and canned goods. In addition, Bengals fans gave $8,020 in cash donations to help feed the hungry in our community. The Cincinnati Bengals sincerely thank all of our fans for their generosity in supporting this effort. The FreestoreFoodbank will be able to provide thousands of meals for disadvantaged people in our community because of the success of this year's Bengals Canned Food Drive.

Bengals support community volunteers

November 14, 2008 - As a part of their commitment to the Greater Cincinnati area, the Bengals and NFL Charities have teamed up to recognize organizations that stand out for their commitment to our community. The Bengals distributed $8,000 to eight area charities in recognition of their work in the Greater Cincinnati area Read more...

Seventh Annual Bengals Blood Drive

October 23, 2008 - The seventh annual Bengals/Hoxworth Community Blood Drive at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday collected a total of 636 blood products and for the fourth straight year it remains the largest blood drive in Greater Cincinnati. Each unit donated can save up to three lives, said Alecia Lipton, community relations manager for Hoxworth Blood Center, in a team press release. "So we are estimating that the drive will save more than 1,900 lives in the tri-state area. We thank the Bengals organization for their continued support." Persons who missed the event in the stadium's East Club Lounge are encouraged to contact Hoxworth at 513-451-0910 for an appointment.

Huddle up


Daniel Coats chips in during Hometown Huddle.

October 8, 2008 - The NFL's annual Hometown Huddle found the Bengals at College Hill Park, but it could have been Eloy, Ariz., Harrisburg, Pa., South Central Los Angeles or Jefferson, Texas. Those are the hometowns scattered about the Bengals roster that have been raised up by their favorite sons who knew the minute they arrived in the big time where head coach Marvin Lewis called home: Cincinnati, Ohio. Wearing Home Depot aprons and donning hard hats emblazoned with their names, the Bengals joined other volunteers blanketing a classic Indian Summer day with paint jobs, planting and mulching, constructing a playground and setting up a basketball court. Read more...

Two-way lift

October 1, 2008 - Frostee Rucker and Brad St. Louis stopped by to support their kicker, Shayne Graham, in another one of his countless community endeavors. This one was putting the finishing touches on a go-kart shaped like a football that Graham's foundation and his team of Ronald McDonald kids are entering in the Red Bull Soapbox Race on Mount Adams. The team's theme, of course, is "Good For Three." But the NFL's most accurate kicker naturally found the day's sweet spot as he watched some of the kids scurry around the big football.

"It means something to us that they care to want to be around us," Graham said. "And that we can actually make a difference and make them feel good. What a great place this is. It's tough enough to be a child and to be sick. What if you had to go through it alone? You have to be with your family and this allows families to be together." Read more...

Palmer helps orphaned animals

September 23, 2008 - Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson have teamed with Iams Home 4 the Holidays to spread the word about orphaned animals. The two will battle it out both on the field -- September 28 at Paul Brown Stadium, and December 21 at Cleveland Browns Stadium -- and off the field during the entire football season.

The "Cats" (Bengals) vs. "Dawgs" (Browns) initiative will benefit each player's chosen animal shelter. Palmer has chosen the SPCA Cincinnati and Anderson has chosen the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

For each completed pass on the field during the season, Iams will donate 10 pounds of pet food to the player's designated shelter. Also, each pet adoption from these shelters will be recorded for an off-field statistic. At the end of the season, the total amount of food donated and the number of pets adopted from each shelter will be tallied to declare a winner. Help Palmer win the "Cats vs. Dogs" Challenge by adopting a pet from the SPCA Cincinnati today!

Whitworth is Mystery Reader

September 23, 2008 - Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals' massive left guard whose reputation has grown almost as much the last two games, had just finished reading aloud "The Recess Queen" to 90 second-graders at Loveland Primary School when he was told former Bengal Shaun Smith, "The Rehash King," had read to the same group a few years ago. Whitworth knows Smith talks barrels of trash, so when it was suggested Whitworth now had a topic to use Sunday in his scrum against the Browns defensive lineman, Whitworth smiled and said, "We can talk about who read to the class better." Read more...

Boys & Girls Clubs host NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick

September 16, 2008 - Young pro football fans at the area Boys & Girls Clubs had the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati hosted an NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition.

"The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy," shared Katie Blackburn of the Cincinnati Bengals and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Board of Trustees. Lawra Baumann, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs, added: "The Boys & Girls Clubs aim to constantly affirm the capabilities and potential of each Club Member and provide recognition and encouragement for their accomplishments. This event aims to do just that."

The top finishers from each of eight age groups at the Local competition will advance to a city wide competition. Jordan Palmer, Andrew Whitworth, Corey Mays, and Nate Livings from the Cincinnati Bengals and employees from Ethicon Endo-Surgery assisted in the day's events.

Learning is Cool

September 3, 2008 - Marvin Lewis and a quartet of his players launched the "Learning is Cool" partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund and CPS are teaming up in a program designed to encourage the 22,600 students K through eighth grade. If the students make the A honor roll in two quarters this year they will be invited to an academic achievement party at Paul Brown Stadium next spring. Click here for more information.

Graham teams up with Ronald McDonald House

August 15, 2008 - Shayne Graham has announced a newly formed partnership between the Shayne Graham Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati. Graham has named Ronald McDonald House a beneficiary of his Foundation and is serving as a designated spokesperson for Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House. "I am especially moved by the care and support that Ronald McDonald House provides for families traveling to Cincinnati seeking medical attention for their critically ill children," Graham said. "I am pleased to name Ronald McDonald House a beneficiary of the Shayne Graham Foundation. I look forward to speaking publicly on behalf of all the families who call Ronald McDonald House their home away from home." Read more...

Bengals big hit with youth in Jamaica

July 24, 2008 - It is well-know that the citizens of Jamaica enjoy and are thoroughly talented in the sport of "futbol;" Spanish term for soccer. Year-round, the remote island is targeted as a top tourist vacation location. Well, The Rudi Johnson Foundation enlisted Rudi Johnson, T. J. Houshmanzadah and Eric Henderson of the Bengals to devote a portion of their offseason leisure time to teaching the youth of Jamaica the American sport of football. The trio tagged team with a number of foundations, respective interns, volunteers, and the parents of players to host two sport camps throughout Jamaica. The event is highly anticipated and this year marks the fifth year of its continuance. Read more...

Lockland fields grant

July 9, 2008 - Another Cincinnati high school literally took the field when Lockland High School received a $200,000 grant from the Bengals and the NFL for a synthetic field that is going to be ready for the 2008 season. Lockland joins Oak Hills and Withrow with new fields that have been recently funded in large part by the Bengals/NFL grant. "This marks the third new field we have been involved in the last four years and reinforces our commitment to youth football in the greater Cincinnati community," said Bengals executive vice president Katie BlackburnRead more...

Dreams without borders

July 9, 2008 - Last month Chinedum Ndukwe zipped into his luggage blood pressure machines, tools for diabetics, and medications to take along on his first anxious trip as an adult to his parents' homeland of Nigeria. By the time he picked off the nearly two empty bags a week later at the carousel in the middle of the heartland in Columbus, he had breathed new life into Nnenna and Stephen Ndukwe's dreams of making their country a better place to live. Read more...

Gold Star Chili brings taste of Cincinnati

July 1, 2008 - As the Official Chili of the Cincinnati Bengals, Gold Star Chili flew west to bring a taste of Cincinnati to the Carson Palmer Open in Dana Point, Calif. Marc Rulli, local Gold Star Chili franchise-owner (left) helped serve Cheese Coneys to Carson Palmer (right) while he golfed. Gold Star was part of a Cincinnati-themed hole featuring local favorites - chili and cornhole. The event raised money for Hillview Acres Children's Home, a comprehensive 24-hour residential treatment center for some of the most abused and neglected children in Southern California. Children ages six through 18 as well as teen mothers and their young children find refuge at Hillview Acres.

Leon Hall Football Clinic

May 17, 2008 - Bengals cornerback Leon Hall hosted a free football clinic at South Avondale Field for 300 kids. The free clinic provided youth the opportunity to work on their football skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, while building self-esteem both on and off the field. Each participant received a T-shirt and refreshments as well as had the opportunity to meet Leon and some of his teammates. During the clinics, Mercy Hospitals provided free health screenings for all parents. The Leon Hall Football Clinic was sponsored by Mercy Health Partners and vitaminwater.

Ask the kids

May 16, 2008 - Every spring, Marvin Lewis always seems to find them in the most unlikely of places. Like an Easter egg plucked from a tree or a starter yanked from the seventh round, the Bengals head coach always seems to find the kids that bring the best Cincinnati has to offer. And that means bringing out the best in Lewis and his sprawling charitable foundation that has become a Tri-State institution during six brief years. "He didn't just talk, he talked back to me," says New Miami's Christina Haning. "I was following him even before he got to Cincinnati," says Princeton's Jaymon Ballew. "It was crazy ... it ended up like I was just chilling out with him." Read more...

Bengals support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati

May 5, 2008 - Thge Bengals and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati teamed to raise $200,000 at the 12th annual Outback Steakhouse Golf Outing. The proceeds from the event benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was the guest speaker and Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz was at the mic for the live auction. The money Big Brothers Big Sisters receives from the golf outing helps match caring volunteers with at-risk children in our community. The money goes toward making the match, background checks as well as continued support for the families and volunteer for the lifetime of the match. Big Brothers Big Sisters began in Cincinnati more than 100 years ago. History and statistics show children involved with the agency stay in school and away from trouble.

Assist: Henderson


Henderson

April 14, 2008 - When Norwood firefighter and paramedic Jeff Lackmeyer rang the bell for a fundraising effort last week to honor two fallen Colerain Township firefighters, an unsung Bengal answered the call. Eric Henderson has yet to play an NFL snap, but the linebacker got a quick assist at the last minute when he donated two autographed footballs and other Bengals items that helped the Indian Mound Cafe in Norwood raise $3,500 for the funds in memory of Capt. Robin Broxterman and firefighter Brian Schira. Read more...

Graham IDs heroism


Graham

April 9, 2008 - - Shayne Graham, the most accurate kicker of his generation, hit the sweet spot again a few weeks ago when he was trying to think up a birthday present for his dad. In order to brainstorm, he asked Tom Graham to send him the dog tags he wore in Vietnam. But those shiny, tiny love letters to a country turned, instead, into a gift for the Cincinnati community and America when his son created the commemorative Matt Maupin dog tags to honor the Clermont County soldier whose name, rank and serial number have become lasting legacies of the war after Vietnam. Read more...

Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year Award

February 21, 2008 - The Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year Award is presented to the top high school football coach in the Tri-State area. One hundred forty-four area schools may nominate an athlete for this award. The winner is chosen based on his teaching skills, sportsmanship, dedication to players, and commitment to education. The award is handed out at the annual Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes Banquet. The 2007 recipient was Kevin Siple of Indian Hill High School.

Under his guidance, the Braves have seen eight OHSAA playoff appearances, earned five league championships and had two back to back undefeated seasons. Numerous players have earned league, area and state honors - many continuing their football careers at the collegiate level.

Friend for life

January 28, 2008 - Frostee Rucker has a new offseason workout partner. Devon Curling was buried in his No. 92 jersey that first week of 2008, but Rucker is still wearing the boy's 11-year-old heart on his sleeve. Come to think of it, their hearts are what made their differences seem so inconsequential at the end. "Both Devon and Frostee," says Mike Curling, "have hearts the size of Texas." Read more...

Local girl winner at PPK finals

January 15, 2008 - Four million youngsters competed, but only 32 qualified for the 2007 NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals. Hollee Morris, an 11-year-old fifth-grader from O.R. Edgington Elementary School in Englewood, Ohio who represented the Bengals, was the national winner in the 10/11 year-old girls division. Read more...

Bengals recognize groups

January 8, 2008 - The Bengals have recognized 11 charities for their work in Greater Cincinnati by teaming with NFL Charities to distribute $15,000. "As with any large metropolitan area, Greater Cincinnati has many needs," Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said Tuesday in a news release. "Fortunately, we are blessed with many organizations that work tirelessly to meet these needs. We applaud these organizations for the fine work they do, and we want to take this opportunity to recognize them." Read more...