CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will join three other head coaches later this summer on a USO tour to meet and greet servicemembers in Southwest Asia.
Also on the tour will be coaches Brad Childress (Minnesota Vikings), John Fox (Carolina Panthers) and Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles).
The NFL and USO have organized overseas morale-building visits for more than 40 years. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send a group of players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia.
Lewis has organized numerous Bengals involvements with military personnel. Just this week, the team has helped promote the Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team, and early in his Bengals tenure, Lewis traveled with several Bengals players to visit wounded soldiers at major hospitals in Washington, D.C.
"Our military personnel make significant sacrifices on a daily basis to protect and ensure our freedom," Lewis said. "This USO trip is one small step that I can take to say 'thank you.' I don't know that you'd call it a 'sacrifice' on my part, because I am very much looking forward to the experience, but I hope my presence can be helpful in letting our troops know how much they are appreciated back home."