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Giving to others was a lesson imbedded at an early age by his parents, who after moving to the United States from Nigeria always sent back part of their earnings. Asomugha started making regular visits to the East Oakland Youth Development Center, committing almost every Monday afternoon since 2004 to mentoring and tutoring inner-city youth at the center.

In 2007, Nnamdi founded the Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) an annual college tour and mentoring program which provides high-achieving high-school students of color the opportunity to visit college campuses across the country.

He is the chairman of Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN) Foundation, a charity founded by his mother, Lilian, that provides food, shelter, medicine and scholarships to orphans and widows in Nigeria. The organization supports two community centers and plans to expand to other countries in Africa.

Nnamdi has been invited to the Clinton Global Initiative, a public-service effort founded by former President Bill Clinton, to speak about his commitment to education.  Nnamdi was also voted one of 16 players for the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP for his commitment to community service in 2007. As a result of his hard work throughout his community he has been nominated for the NFLPA Byron Whizzer Award every year since 2005. Asomugha is also a finalist for the 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service, which honors volunteerism in America and is considered the “Nobel Prize” for community service.

For more information about Nnamdi’s philanthropic work, visit his website at

In June 2010, Nnamdi teamed up with United Way volunteers to provide 47 Bay Area youths with professional clothing and accessories as well as job interview training.