Ugo Amadi is giving back to the community that gave so much to him.
In light of the challenges surrounding the upcoming school year due to COVID-19, Amadi, a former Mt. View Elementary student and Overton High School graduate, wants to make things a little easier for students in his hometown of Antioch, Tennessee.
That’s why he’s partnered with the Metro Schools’ Community Achieves initiative to provide school supplies, backpacks and basic items such as food to 75 students in need.
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Giving back is always a top priority on my list. This summer I'm fortunate enough to give back to my old stomping grounds, that is one of the top defunded schools in @metroschools. I decided to give 75 backpacks to kids with school supplies for the school year. It was a great day for EVERYONE! I want to thank everyone who made this possible, @decompositionbook, @pencilscom, @communitymasks, @metroschools, @mtviewelementarypto, @annakonsmo
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The Seattle Seahawks safety called giving back to his community a “top priority.” In a video with the local NBC affiliate, Amadi said he could relate to the students who came from humble beginnings.
“At one point in time, I was them, looking for inspiration, looking for some type of guidance. Now that I’m at where I’m at today, I’m able to give back. Hopefully I want to give the message to these kids that once they’re in the position that I’m at today, do the same for their generation to come.”
If you think your to small to make a difference, try to sleep in a closed room with a misquoto. If that one bug can make that big of a difference in our lives, how much more of a difference can we make in the lives of others... Wise man words pic.twitter.com/BvXLDgngmn— Ugo Amadi (@UAmadi7_) July 19, 2020
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This is the second time this month Amadi has given back to the Tennessee community. The 23-year-old recently spent a day at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center and passed out meals to the frontline workers.
The Nashville native had a successful career at Oregon before being selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Amadi played 51 games in four years in a Ducks uniform and helped lead Oregon to a Redbox Bowl victory as a senior. He was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive back.
Heading into his second year with Seattle, Amadi is expected to be the team’s starting nickel cornerback. He could also have a key role in returning punts in 2020, taking some of the load off return specialist Tyler Lockett.