Eagles’ Nakobe Dean aims to empower Philadelphia youth – Metro Philadelphia

Dean, 21, now wants to make it his mission to impact young people in Philadelphia by supporting the Student Health and Oral Health Impact Project.

“My parents have always influenced me and exposed to me how important health and education are,” Dean said. “Many children in underserved communities sometimes lack certain health privileges like oral and eye (care) that hold them back. These things go hand in hand with affecting a child’s academic performance.

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The initiative, which began in 2018, aims to close gaps in care by working with schools to increase access, reduce absenteeism and improve health outcomes for children.

Dean and DOCS Health are partnering with the Philadelphia School District to ensure students at local schools receive fully-reimbursed oral and vision treatment as part of the “Best Year in School Tour,” set to begin Tuesday, 25 october.

The first stop of the cheer rally will be at CCA Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia, with giveaways, raffle prizes and assembly-style conversations with students to sign up for various free health services. offered. Mobile units will travel from school to school to help and ensure that every student, regardless of insurance coverage or financial background, receives the appropriate care needed to succeed in the classroom.

“What I’ve learned so far in Philadelphia is that this city is a blue-collar city that really cherishes athletes who want to be part of the Philadelphia community,” Dean said.

The Student Health and Oral Health Impact Project was previously led by former Eagles safety candidate and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Rodney McLeod.

As a freshman, Dean says this is something he wants to invest his time and effort into as a presenter of this program and that he is now a Philadelphian to help provide the resources to give students the best chance of success.

“I want to encourage young people to be diverse when it comes to the careers they want to pursue,” he said. “Be more than just an athlete.”

In 2021, Dean received the Butkus Award, which recognizes the top linebacker in the nation. He became a college football national champion with the Georgia Bulldogs a year later in their victory over Alabama.

While the rookie is very early in his playing career in the NFL, Dean says he has visions for ideas for future programs that offer youngsters a deeper dive into the mechanical engineering career space.

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