MANAYUNK, PHILADELPHIA – Attention chicken wing aficionados and amateur competitive eaters: SOMO in Manayunk is teaming up with Bill "El Wingador" Simmons and NFL star Jahri Evans for a chicken wing-eating contest next week as a lead up to the 2018 Wing Bowl, which is set for Feb. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Evans led the way with $700,000 collected after playing in 14 of 16 games. His one-year contract with the Packers included $50,000 in per-game roster bonuses, an incentive teams often use on older players.
Evans didn't play football until he got to Frankfort High School in his hometown of Philadelphia and then he missed his entire senior year after breaking his leg. The injury didn't stop him as he turned his attention to academics, eventually earning an academic scholarship to Bloomfield University of Pennsylvania where, as a player, he earned Div-II "Little All-American" honors in his junior and senior years. Jahri was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to play for the team through 2015, winning the Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
Jahri Evans, Superbowl XLIV Champion and Green Bay Packers Right Guard, supports Think AED's mission is to raise awareness to ensure public school systems have the the funds to purchase lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and supplies.
The Jahri Evans Foundation was created to illustrate to student athletes that academic excellence paves the way to athletic excellence through encouragement, determination and hard work. The Jahri Evans Foundation helps students further their education and athletic career by providing scholarships and sponsoring an Annual Free Youth Football and Cheer Camp instructed by NFL players and professional cheerleaders. We have since expanded our community outreach to include all students, military veterans and community groups of all ages. On a mission to affect change the foundation has provided thousands of dollars in charitable donations to health organizations such as The National MS Society and The American Cancer Society. We have built homes for military veterans and provided college scholarships and much needed supplies and equipment to schools, students and community organizations.
Along with motivating all students to achieve academic excellence we also inspire and help our students maintain good health. The Jahri Evans Foundation urges students to get involved in ongoing physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle and lessen the chances and complications of diabetes, heart disease and other health issues that may arise as a result of childhood obesity.
Jahri is currently the spokes person for the "Think AED" campaign launched in September 2016 by The Louis T. Savino, III Foundation and The Philadelphia School District; dedicated to increasing awareness of, and preventing, sudden cardiac death (SCD) in youth. The Jahri Evans Foundation along with The Louis T. Savino, III Foundation is committed to working towards the goal of having every Philadelphia School equipped with a working AED.
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