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Ahman Green Among 32 NFL Stars To "Go To School" With Local Children


Imagine sitting in class with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, a five-time AFC All-Star. Picture a chalk talk with quarterbacks Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles, Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings, Joey Harrington of the Detroit Lions, or Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals.

That will be the scene in each NFL city this fall as one lucky student and his or her class will be joined by a player (see complete list below) as part of NFL Take a Player to School presented by JCPenney Afterschool.

Players will visit the schools on Tuesday, October 19 or Tuesday, October 26 and will speak with the students about the importance of education and afterschool programs.

Children ages six through 13, an age group most in need of afterschool programs, will be eligible to win the contest by filling out entry forms available in all JCPenney stores nationwide now through September 20. One winning child will be selected in each of the 32 NFL markets and one non-NFL market to "Take a Player to School." Winners will be announced the week of October 8.

"I am pleased to be part of this effort to encourage students to stay in school and participate in afterschool programs," said McNabb, the NFL's national spokesperson for the program. "There is nothing more important in America than our youth, and we need to give young people every opportunity and inspiration to succeed."

"JCPenney's partnership with the NFL is designed to provide youth with the opportunity to learn from some of our country's top role models," said Vanessa Castagna, President of JCPenney Afterschool and Chairman and CEO of JCPenney stores, catalog and Internet. "This initiative will help promote the importance of education and afterschool programs nationwide."

McNabb is featured in the program's national media campaign which includes three television spots, three radio ads, and two gatefold print advertisements. More information and video of the commercials are available on

In support of the need for afterschool programs throughout the country, NFL Charities this year will award $1.5 million in grants for afterschool education. JCPenney Afterschool has contributed more than $34 million since 1999 to support educational programs, physical fitness initiatives and personal development projects in afterschool centers nationwide.

Following is a list of players participating in NFL Take a Player to School presented by JCPenney Afterschool:

Team, Player

Arizona, QB Josh McCown

Atlanta, RB Warrick Dunn

Baltimore, S Ed Reed

Buffalo, P Brian Moorman

Carolina, DT Brentson Buckner

Chicago, SS Michael Green

Cincinnati, QB Carson Palmer

Cleveland, WR Andre' Davis

Dallas, TE Jason Witten

Denver, QB Jake Plummer

Detroit, QB Joey Harrington

Green Bay, RB Ahman Green

Houston, FB Moran Norris

Indianapolis, DT Montae Reagor

Jacksonville, T Ephraim Salaam

Kansas City, TE Tony Gonzalez

Miami, CB Sam Madison

Minnesota, QB Daunte Culpepper

New England, S Je'Rod Cherry

New Orleans, QB Aaron Brooks

NY Giants, DE Michael Strahan

NY Jets, WR Santana Moss

Oakland, DT Warren Sapp

Philadelphia, QB Donovan McNabb

Pittsburgh, RB Jerome Bettis

San Diego, LB Donnie Edwards

San Francisco, WR Brandon Lloyd

Seattle, RB Shaun Alexander

St. Louis, WR Torry Holt

Tampa Bay, LB Derrick Brooks

Tennessee, CB Samari Rolle

Washington, T Jon Jansen

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