The NFL certainly knows as Asomugha was the recipient of the Byron "Whizzer" White Award in April of 2010 and when he was nominated for The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award"> after the 2010 season.
Asomugha was named one of three finalists for the 2012 Bart Starr Award and became the ambassador for United Way of the Bay Area. He received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2010. The former Golden Bear has been an invited guest and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009. He is currently the National Ambassador of the NFL and United Way.
The Pro Bowl cornerback was recognized again for his tremendous service to the community when he accapted the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award in Oklahoma on Monday.
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize the positive contributions to humanity by influential and successful athletes who present the proper image and who are positive role models. Because they participate in sports at the highest level, these athletes influence and shape the lives of many others, especially children.
The award is named in memory of the former Oklahoma State basketball coach who was head coach of the U.S. Olympic team in 1964, 1968 and 1972.
Asomugha and his family formed the Asomugha Foundation to have a positive impact on disadvantaged youth in the United States and underprivileged orphans and widows in Africa. The foundation is comprised of two primary programs:
- Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) - an annual college tour and mentoring program that provides high-achieving high school students of color an opportunity to visit college campuses across the country.
- Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN) - it provides aid to a growing population of widows and orphans in Africa and positions them for economic success and independence through education, spiritual guidance and vocational training.
He also distributes backpacks to the incoming freshmen each year at Narbonne High School, where he attended, and outfits the football and basketball teams with shoes.
Asomugha talks in depth about his latest honor in this one-on-one interview with Eagles insider Dave Spadaro.