Posted by Trina Edwards - email
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco is giving back to the community in a big way, and some fans are joining him.
Ocho Cinco is kicking off his "Ocho Cinco Tour of Giving" on Thursday morning at the Freestore Foodbank's Cincinnati COOKS! facility. A charter bus will then take Ocho Cinco and 10 of his "Soldiers For Giving" on a four-day tour of charity organizations in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Orlando.
The group will serve and prepare food, meet and greet volunteers and interact with various underprivileged adults and children living in or affiliated with each respective charity organization.
Winners who bought a "soldiers" T-shirt from Ocho Cinco's Facebook and Twitter pages were automatically entered to win. A random drawing was held to select the 10 winners.
"Giving them a chance to help me of course follow me on Twitter allows it to put a smile on people's faces," said Ocho Cinco. "It's a cool thing. See I'm normal."
"I think it's important for everyone to see if a superstar or professional still has a heart to give to people also to kids," said Erica Barkley, who is going on the tour. "They'll have a big smile and a big impact on them also."
The tour bus has 12 bunk beds and a private TV for each one. They'll ride around 900 miles in 4 days, arriving in Atlanta late Thursday night. On Friday, they'll visit young patients at the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital before driving to Orlando and spend Saturday volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank. To end the trip, Ocho Cinco is taking all the winners to Disney World.
Everyone will fly back to Cincinnati from Miami.