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NFL star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie coming to Greater Nanticoke Area

NFL star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie coming to Greater Nanticoke Area

Pro Bowler’s presentation to students kicks off annual celebrity basketball game weekend

NANTICOKE — Pro Bowl NFL player Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie likes making a difference on the gridiron, but also in communities around the nation. The Denver Broncos cornerback is coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania later this month for a star-studded weekend to inspire young people to succeed and raise money to help those with muscular dystrophy.

Rodgers-Cromartie will speak to students at Greater Nanticoke Area High School on April 26 at noon, about staying determined to succeed and how to become a leader, offering first-person accounts of his journey to the NFL.

The next day, April 27, he will headline a group of professional athletes arriving in Nanticoke to participate in the third annual Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game, which includes a slam dunk contest and three point shootout.

A 1999 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Lewis has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and the event is his foundation’s primary fundraising effort of the year.

“We are excited to have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie come to our hometown to talk to the students about his success and how to become a leader on and off the field,” Lewis said recently. “Through DRC’s message, we hope the students learn that with leadership, a positive attitude and hardwork they can achieve their dreams.”

The former Arizona Cardinal and Philadelphia Eagles player has a charity of his own, the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Foundation, which helps underprivileged children with education, life skills and promoting good citizenship to become productive adults in the community.

Rodgers-Cromartie is just one of the special guests who will be participating in the basketball event on Saturday, April 27. The others include: former NBA star and GAR grad Bob Sura; Pittstburgh Steelers lineman Steve McLendon; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver; the 5’5” dunking sensation Porter Mayberry; trick shot master Bruce Manley, vertical leap record holder Issac White; ball handling extraordinaire “Pat the Roc” Robinson; Ballup Streetball star Gary Smith, Pittsburgh Steelers FB Will Johnson, and several others. Also participating is some of Nanticoke’s finest basketball alumni, including Paul Guffrovich.

Proceeds support the Good Life Foundation’s mission to help others with muscular dystrophy, from purchasing accessible equipment for those with MD to granting wishes as part of the foundation’s Dream Creator program. The program has granted six wishes, including one last year that allowed two boys with Duchenne MD a private meeting with Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews prior to seeing a game at Lambeau Field.

“Since last year’s Celebrity Game ended, we’ve been working hard to bring 13 professional athletes to this year’s event. We’re anticipating a packed gym and think that this year’s celebrity game will be the best yet,” Lewis said. “We’re so honored to have over a dozen pro athletes and celebrities coming from all across the country to support us in helping families with muscular dystrophy live The Good Life.”

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