The Amobi Okoye Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2007 as a means of giving hope to kids, communities, and building unity among the children of the world. Through initiatives such as Kickoff 4 Kids, Tackle Hunger, Books Abroad, and C.A.T.E, the Foundation has supported efforts to improve education, reduce hunger and promoting academics through sports. One aspect of the Kickoff 4 Kids program is College Scholarships with partners such as University of Houston, University of Louisville, and Alabama A&M University. Kickoff 4 Kids Scholarships support low income children from Houston, Louisville, Huntsville (AL), and Nigeria to bring the dream of a college education alive. The Books Abroad program works with Houston ISD and Katy ISD to collect out-of-adoption texts and redistribute them to improve the educational prospects in Africa. As of today, the Foundation has delivered over 500,000 books to some of the poorest schools in Nigeria.
Amobi entered high school at the young age of twelve, where he distinguished himself both athletically and scholastically. He graduated from Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama when he was only fifteen years old. Amobi’s academic prowess was evident to all. He was offered a scholarship to Harvard University, which he turned down in lieu of a football scholarship to the University of Louisville.
Kickoff 4 Kids is the domestic division of the Amobi Okoye Foundation. The Foundations mission is to give hope to kids, communities and build unity among the children around the world. Kickoff 4 Kids is a series of youth centered activities that provide motivation to youth to foster self-esteem, inspiration, and academic scholarship. These series include Play 60, Movies & Motivation, Books Abroad, Tackle Hunger, CARDS PLAY and Collegiate Scholarships.
C.A.T.E. – Changing Africa Through Education is the international division of our Foundation. Its mission is to provide hope to needy children in impoverished communities through education and community-building. Because it is the home of the Okoye family, C.A.T.E. focuses on Nigeria and includes programs that are designed to help families and communities meet immediate needs such as clean water, clothing, medical care and education.
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