Bengals first round pick to start new charity organization

Bengals first round pick to start new charity organization

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - By: Cameron Stansberry

Bengals defensive back Darqueze Dennard is starting a new charitable organization to help underprivileged students in the Cincinnati Area called "Big Plays for Kids."

The organization is joining hands with City Gospel Mission in an effort to help raise money for these students to get the tutoring and mentoring they need through City Gospel Mission's Whiz Kids program, which helps over 1,100 kids per year.

"I am very excited to partner with City Gospel Mission to help kids in Cincinnati reach their full potential in school," Dennard says. "Whiz Kids is an outstanding program that provides kids with valuable tutoring and mentoring, and I am honored to support them and the great work they do."

The program is designed to where fans will pledge money each time the Bengals force a turnover this upcoming season.

"This pledge campaign is a great way for fans to join me in this support. Now, every time we get a takeaway, it helps the Bengals and all the kids that Whiz Kids serves," said Dennard.

With a pledge of either $10 per turnover or an overall donation of at least $250, fans will guarantee themselves an invitation to the Champions Reception on November 21 at Anderson Pavilion, where they will have the opportunity to meet Darqueze and other teammates while enjoying complimentary food, drinks, and a silent auction filled with team memorabilia.

Over 62,000 has been raised over the past three years to help the city's neediest kids with tutoring supplies, meals, group outings and other program needs through Whiz Kids.

Fans can take part in the mission by contacting Paul Spence at or by phone at 513-345-1048.

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