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Acho sees the bigger picture

Posted by Darren Urban on November 23, 2012 – 9:50 am

Linebacker Sam Acho is a key part of the Cardinals’ defense and one of the young players the team wants to build around going forward. Not only is he talented, but he is smart, always a benefit on the field.

That’s a benefit off the field as well, and the man gives as much of himself to charity as he does to football. Together with his family — his parents, who came here from Nigeria, are American success stories and have worked hard to give back to their native land — Acho is holding a charity auction Monday night to raise money for his family’s Living Hope Ministries. Acho’s family is going to build a needed hospital in Nigeria, and the money raised at the event at the Ritz-Carlton here in Phoenix will be the base to that fund-raising drive.

Here are some of the auction items/events Acho has collected in order to pick up some needed cash at the first “Hope For Life” event:

– WR Larry Fitzgerald takes your child to school and attends the first class of the day with him or her;

– A 30-minute “shopping experience” with S Adrian Wilson at his store, High Point Shoes, in Scottsdale;

– Baking cupcakes with CB Patrick Peterson;

– A one-on-one basketball game with DE Calais Campbell (all 6-foot-8 of him);

– A movie night with RB Beanie Wells;

– Visiting Acho at practice, and then getting field passes before a game;

– Dancing lessons with LB Quentin Groves;

– Bass guitar lessons/jam session with DL Nick Eason;

– Cooking “experience” with LB Stewart Bradley;

– Golfing with QB Kevin Kolb and P Dave Zastudil;

– A Segway tour of South Mountain with the offensive line;

– Bowling with RB William Powell;

– Your kids playing the video soccer game FIFA with T Ricky Lumpkin and LB Colin Parker;

– Pitching with Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz before a game, in addition to four game tickets and the chance to be on the field during batting practice;

– A 30-minute hitting lesson with Minnesota Twins star Justin Morneau at Fischer Sports in Phoenix.

There will be a bunch more silent auction items as well (I think Acho got tired of texting me all the possibilities. It was quite the list.) If you are interested, visit livinghopeministries.us for more information, call  602-710-4281 or e-mail events@ybarracommunityengagement.com. Click here for a brochure about the night.


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11 Responses to “Acho sees the bigger picture”

  1. By DontTakeLoses on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Good stuff, Bravo Acho and all the Cards.

  2. By cardsalltheway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’d go with:

    Dancing lessons with LB Quentin Groves, Cooking “experience” with LB Stewart Bradley, and Bowling with RB William Powell

    …since they’ve been among the most under utilized players on the Cardinals in 2012. Nate Potter would’ve been on the list but…

  3. By Buck on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    cardsalltheway – Your life must be built around finding something negative in every situation or statement. Pretty miserable.

  4. By D on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think Kolb will have a 5 game tryout to keep his job starting at the Jets.
    Say he goes 2-3 (beating the Jets on the road and Lions at home) that should
    put the Cards at 7-9 for the season. (assuming they can beat the Rams this Sunday).
    That I believe that would save Kolb and keep him as the starter for next year. Then, the GM and HC better go heavy in the draft on the Oline. Beanie is also playing the rest of the season for the front office to know about his future. With he and Williams missing games, I don’t see how they don’t add another RB this offseason.

  5. By john the draft guy on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    That is an amazing raffle.

    Playing Basketball against Campbell; Well, with his injury, you might have a chance:)

    Larry going to my kids school would really be awesome.

    I’d take any of them

  6. By D on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Free agent TE’s this offseason (assuming Heap won’t be back)

    Fred Davis (WAS)
    Heather Miller (PIT)
    Jared Cook (Ten)
    Delanie Walker (SF)
    Dustin Keller (NYJ)

  7. By georgiebird on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,
    As messed up as the Cardinals can be on the field, one thing seems to be true- the Cards draft the best character guys in the league- usually no trouble with bad publicity for the team- unless for maybe Ernest Dye or Luis Sharpe in retirement.

  8. By SteveG on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Not only do we have some truly exciting young talent, we are also seeing a generation of players developing into all round citizens with an eye for actions that transcend sport and reach deep into our community.

    I know they are not the first generation to do so, but it is deeply rewarding to see these young men developing in front of our eyes…Makes the tough times a little less irksome and the good times (yes, yes they ARE coming) so very very sweet.

    Mr. Acho was an exciting pick a few years ago and he has in no way disappointed. Bravo to he and is team mates.

  9. By chriswesl on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    great of acho to be so giving, as well as the rest of the Cardinals!!

  10. By Eazy E on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad a lot of teammates participating and helping a good man like acho out.

  11. By Eazy E on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Dang, some really good TEs will hopefully be available and we better sign at least one.

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