Two more media outlets — the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Sportsnet.ca (Ontario, Canada) — have picked up stories about Je’Rod Cherry’s desire to part with his prized his Super Bowl Ring in order to raise funds for needy children. Je’Rod and his wife, Samua, made the decision during Momentum East, the annual Grace Brethren national youth conference, to sell the ring he earned as part of the 2002 Super Bowl winning New England Patriots.
To date, more than $61,000 has been raised with nearly two months before the November 27 raffle deadline. To learn more about the raffle, click here. To read more about Je’Rod’s story, click here.
Portions of the stories are below.
NFL Insider: Cherry’s donation rings clear ex-defensive back’s heart and soul
Former New England Patriots safety Je’Rod Cherry cherishes the first Super Bowl ring of three he earned with the team. That’s why he’s giving it away to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
NFLFormer Patriots defensive back JeRod Cherry is giving up his first Super Bowl ring to help endangered children in Asia and Africa.Cherry, who now resides in Macedonia, is raffling off his ring from Super Bowl XXXVI after the 2001 season to benefit and create awareness for Asia’s Hope, which builds orphanages for kids rescued from slave trafficking in Asia and Africa.
Cherry dedicated to the cause after attending a church conference in Dayton in August. At the conference, he was moved by a photograph of a child literally dying in a street as a vulture watched in the background.
To read the complete story in the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer, click here.
Great cause has Je’Rod Cherry on top
Je’Rod Cherry’s Super Bowl XXXVI ring holds a special place in his heart for what it signifies. Teamwork. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.
It is one of his most treasured possessions, which is exactly why he’s giving it away.
While many retired players have been forced to auction their Super Bowl rings to make ends meet, Cherry is putting his to a different use.
He plans to raffle it off for charities dedicated primarily to children, particularly those kids exploited and traded as slaves in parts of Africa and Asia.
“This ring has a lot of sentimental value to me, obviously,” said Cherry, a financial analyst splitting his time between Boston and Ohio. “I just felt that if I was going to involve myself in something like this, I’d have to be sacrificial.
To read the complete story on sportsnet.ca Ontario, click here.