Prince Amukamara is coming off a New York Giants rookie season where he experienced many highs and lows. The corner back out of Nebraska was at his lowest point when he suffered a broken foot during the first week of the team’s mini-camp for rookies. This occurred shortly after he had been selected by the team in the first round of the draft. His foot injury sidelined him for the first 10 games and caused the team to be cautious upon his return.
“Going into my rookie season I definitely had high expectations out of myself, and I know this organization did too so to have a set back from those goals, I’m just glad to be able to have another opportunity this year to fulfill them,” said Amukamara.
One of the highs for Amukamara consisted of his first interception during his initial NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 11. Another high point occurred throughout the Giants playoff run, ending in the classic battle of Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady, where Manning won that matchup 21-17, leading to a Super Bowl victory.
Amukamara, entering his second year as a pro, understands the highs and lows he may experience as an athlete are minor compared to the hardship some communities face every day around the world. This is the main reason why he has devoted time and energy to communities, particularly youth in need.
Since being drafted by the Giants a year ago, Amukamara has donated $10,000 worth of football equipment to Lincoln High School in Nebraska. The former Husker found Lincoln after learning their players were having trouble paying for cleats and practice gear.
He also is passionate about helping to support children in Africa where his parents were raised. Amukamra learned of a need for educational resources in this area and used his position to access Super Bowl tickets as a fundraising opportunity for the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) to purchase books for underprivileged communities in Africa.
“I just want to give youth if not the same opportunity or just a great opportunity to be successful in life, and just to know that somebody cares about them is always great to have that feeling as a kid,” said Amukamara about why he enjoys giving back.
It is admirable to learn of Amukamra’s willingness to support communities and individuals. He recognizes his privileged position and ability to help others both on and off the field. The “Prince” believes he has a responsibility to give back to those less fortunate.
“I was always raised up being told to whom much is given, much is required and that’s a bible verse. Just knowing that since I’ve been given so many things over the years, that it’s my responsibility to help others,” said Amukamara.
By Billy Bonneau