Allgood bring­ing NFL alumni to Charles Boehm

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor A trip to a base­ball game spurred a 2011 visit to a lo­cal school by a for­mer Su­per Bowl cham­pion that led to a group of NFL alumni play­ing in an up­com­ing char­ity bas­ket­ball game.

It all started last sum­mer at a Tren­ton Thun­der base­ball game when Mar­i­anne Mar­i­ani and some fel­low Eleanor Roo­sevelt El­e­men­tary School PTO mem­bers struck up a con­ver­sa­tion with Lon­nie Allgood, a wide re­ceiver from Syra- cuse drafted in 1976 by the Cincin­nati Ben­gals.

Allgood heard of the PTO’s ef­fort to raise money through a football raf­fle the or­ga­ni­za­tion was hold­ing. So he vol­un­teered the ser­vices of an­other NFL alum in for­mer Steelers line­backer Rian Wal­lace who won a Su­per Bowl with Pitts­burgh in 2006.

Wal­lace took turns quar­ter­back­ing both sides that day on the grounds at ER. Now, he and an en­tire group of for­mer play­ers that in­cludes for­mer Ea­gles wide re­ceiver Reg­gie Brown and for­mer Steelers line­backer Joey Porter are get­ting ready to face off in a char­ity bas­ket­ball game Oct. 27 at Charles Boehm Mid­dle School.

While Allgood didn’t win any Su­per Bowls or make it on to any All-Pro lists in the NFL, he’s proud of the fact that he worked hard enough on the grid­iron to earn an ath­letic schol­ar­ship to Syra­cuse, earn a de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy and be se­lected to play in the NFL.

At an early age, Lon­nie learned how far hard work and ded­i­ca­tion can take you. When his six-year ca­reer with the New Orleans Saints and the Buf­falo Bills ended, Allgood de­cided he wanted to spread that mes­sage to Amer­ica’s youth. For more than a decade now, he’s spent his time di­rect­ing his non-profit community outreach group called “Dreams For Kids.”

Dreams For Kids touts more than 120 cur­rent and for­mer pro­fes­sional ath­letes, all of whom Allgood says are role mod­els for the community. In an ef­fort to raise money for his or­ga­ni­za­tion, Lon­nie lines up teams of his grid­iron war­riors and pits them against lo­cal all-stars. Rev­enues gen­er­ated from the games are evenly split with lo­cal groups, in this case, ER.

Founded a dozen years ago by Allgood, Dreams For Kids teaches chil­dren to stay on the straight and nar­row -- stay away from drugs and al­co­hol, work hard in school, re­spect your par­ents and teach­ers.

Work­ing through Dreams

For­mer NFL re­ceiver Lon­nie Allgood and a group of for­mer pro football play­ers are com­ing to Charles Boehm Mid­dle School Oct. 27 to play in a char­ity bas­ket­ball game that will ben­e­fit Eleanor Roo­sevelt El­e­men­tary School.

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