Today’s Maple Heights, Ohio, Press includes a story about Je’Rod Cherry’s desire to part with his prized his Super Bowl Ring in order to raise funds for needy children. He made that decision during Momentum East, the annual Grace Brethren national youth conference. To read the complete story, click here.
In the photo at right, Je’Rod Cherry holds a photo of the 2002 Super Bowl ring her earned while playing for the New England Patriots.
An e-mail today from Samua Cherry says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than $51,000 had been raised, up from $3,500 before a Tuesday press conference in which the couple told their story. That press conference was covered by media in the Boston area, where Je’Rod played with the New England Patriots. “We are in the process of trying to get some national media to pick up the story, so please pray about that!” she says.
As a keepsake, Je’Rod Cherry’s first Super Bowl ring signifies the peak of his career as a safety with the New England Patriots.
But the ring could also help build orphanages in Cambodia and Thailand, provide 100,000 meals for children in Third World countries and benefit children in inner-city America.
Cherry, who has called Macedonia home since retiring from the National Football League three years ago, said he was inspired to use the most precious of his three championship rings to benefit a charity at a Christian youth conference earlier this year.
Cherry is offering up the ring in a raffle hosted by www.celebretiesforcharity.org. The drawing is Nov. 27.
Cherry, who with his wife, Samua, are members of Macedonia’s Grace Brethren Church, said he hadn’t planned to attend the conference, but because the youth group at his church needed an additional man to accompany them, he offered to help.
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