Miami's Emmanuel Ogbah Named Week 6 NFLPA Community MVP
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Emmanuel Ogbah has been selected as the Week 6 NFLPA Community MVP for delivering more than 40 flower bouquets and spending time with patients at a Miami-area hospital in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“It’s an honor to be named NFLPA Community MVP and all that it stands for,” Ogbah said. “Impacting, changing and growing my community has always been a goal of mine. I’m thankful I am able to use my platform to assist others.”
On October 10, the Miami Dolphins defensive lineman made a special visit to HCA Florida Northwest Hospital in Margate, Florida. During his time there, Ogbah went door to door, delivering flowers and spreading joy and hope to the women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. After spending dedicated time with each patient, Ogbah took a detour to visit with other patients, including newborns and those recovering from surgery.
Through his Rise Above Foundation, the eighth-year veteran has touched lives across a variety of charitable causes. Since its 2018 launch, Ogbah has impacted more than 5,000 at-risk youth and contributed more than $250,000 in Miami, his former team cities of Cleveland and Kansas City, and his home state of Texas through in-kind and monetary support.
In September, Ogbah, along with Dolphins teammate Raekwon Davis, distributed backpacks filled with school supplies during an outreach event at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade Northwest. Previously, he’s held holiday toy drives, provided Thanksgiving meals and donated new furniture following a fire for those at this same club.
This past summer saw Ogbah host his fourth annual free youth football camp in Richmond, Texas. There, he shared the importance of hard work -- a value that was ingrained in him by his father, who drove four hours round trip to work every day to help make a living for his family after they emigrated from Nigeria to the United States when Ogbah was nine years old. He closed out this year’s camp by donating $50,000 to the academic and athletic programs at his alma mater of George Bush High School.
In honor of Ogbah being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA is making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice. In turn, Ogbah will take part in a virtual or in-person visit to a school or children’s hospital. Along with the other 2023-24 Community MVPs, he will also become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
Now in its 10th season, the Community MVP campaign is part of the NFLPA’s continued efforts to support the year-round, civic outreach and engagement of its player members. Please visit the NFLPA Community MVP website to learn more about the program.
2023-24 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 1: Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Week 2: Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: Justin Hardee, New York Jets
Week 4. Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions
Week 5: Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers
Week 6: Emmanuel Ogbah, Miami Dolphins
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