Amobi Okoye Returns to Native Nigeria with a Group of Other NFL Players; Leinert and Bryant in the News

A group of NFL players have embarked on a community-building trip to Nigeria. Matt Leinert is teeing up his first charity golf tournament, and Steeler Fernando Bryant returned home to host an MSA event.

Amobi Okoye Foundation

Nigeria Trip: Houston Texans DT Amobi Okoye is taking a community-building trip to his native Nigeria this month, along with Texans LB Xavier Adibi, Chicago Bears players Tommie Harris, Israel Idonije and Adewale, New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. The group left March 20, and will return March 29.

In Houston, Brooke Bentley wrote that InVictus91 Sports Marketing group and the Amobi Okoye Foundation are sponsoring a second mission to the country entitled, “Athletes in the Diaspora: Community Interventions.”

Okoye: “This program is dear to my heart. We have five parts of this program, which include scholarship programs and health care programs. We are starting in Nigeria, but we are planning to expand to different countries.” Okoye added, “The program is getting bigger and bigger. When I meet athletes, a lot them say that they want to go back to Africa, and our program is one way they can do that and give back” (Brooke Bentley,, 2/17).

Matt Leinert: Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart is hosting the first annual Celebrity Golf Classic in the Phoenix area on April 18. The event will raise money for the Matt Leinart Foundation and their tournament charity partner, Banner Children’s Hospital (Arizona Republic, 3/17).

Fernando Bryant: Pittsburgh Steelers CB Fernando Bryant hosted a Miracles for MSA charity event March 20. Bryant’s 25 Sports Foundation sponsored the Nashville event (Murfreesboro Post, 3/17).