During the 2018-19 school year, ABC and Cincinnati Public Schools developed the AAA (Athletic and Academic Accountability) Pathway program, a comprehensive student athlete development program designed to provide CPS athletes the supports needed to achieve success in both their academics and athletics. Ever since AAA Pathway was created, the Cincinnati Bengals have been a tremendous supporter of the program.
A few weeks ago, representatives from the Bengals approached ABC to ask how they could support student athletes during remote learning and the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation resulted in 10 Bengals players spending a morning packing $6,000 worth of school supplies in education kits for 350 CPS students
Each education pack included a scientific calculator, protractor, compass, notebook, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, a water bottle, and a note signed by the Bengals player who packed the bag. Athletic directors from Taft, Aiken, and Shroder High Schools picked up the bags from Paul Brown Stadium to distribute to their student athletes.
Bengals players got in on the school supply donation as well. Jessie Bates, Vonn Bell, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Jordan Evans, John Ross, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Drew Sample, Mason Schreck, and Alex Erickson took the time to assemble the bags for the students.
“We are so grateful to the Bengals and players for supporting student athletes during these difficult times,” said Brian Leshner, ABC Executive Director. “Having the right learning tools, such as a scientific calculator, is imperative to academic success.”
ABC is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Cincinnati Bengals, who have already donated over $130,000 and countless service hours to AAA Pathway.
Thanks to the Bengals for creating this great video of the players packing the bags!