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NFL: Sam Acho and Group of Professional Athletes to Bring Healthy Food Options to West Chicago

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NFL: Sam Acho and Group of Professional Athletes to Bring Healthy Food Options to West Chicago

2020-07-08 17:04:36


-MLB release posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Images: Athletes and the NFL help turn a liquor store into a grocery store. (Image Source: NFL)

Acho, Professional Athletes and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Join Chicago Leaders in a Food Desert

(Chicago, IL) - On Tuesday, a group of professional athletes – including the NFL’s Sam Acho and other members of the NFL family – joined several Chicago leaders and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in demolishing a liquor store in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago.

The neighborhood, which has 17 liquor stores but only two grocery stores in a half-mile radius, is considered a food desert.

Acho and several current and former Chicago pro athletes set out to change that by raising $500,000 to buy the liquor store and convert it into a grocery store, which will be operated in partnership with By The Hand (BTH) – a non-profit adjacent to the event site. BTH's vision is to help children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods to have an abundant life. 

Following multiple listening circles with BTH youth, police officers and athletes, the group swung some sledgehammers and shopped at a pop up market simulated for the event.

"The cool thing about having Roger here, having the Mayor here, having the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department here and having over 12 athletes from all the different Chicago sports teams and other athletes who are just from Chicago who are on different teams in the NFL, MLB etc. is that people care," Acho said. "It’s a time for people to show up. I think our world has changed. So for us to be able to come together and say we’re going to lead that change, it means something."


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