Community program

DJ Reader launches community program with local high school

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle DJ Reader and his foundation, A Son Never Forgets Foundation (ASNFF), will partner with Shroder High School to open the “Resource Room for Readers”. The Reader Resource Room will provide students with essential needs and information that will support student success. ASNFF will provide the shelving, initial ordering and inventory organization, and develop sustainable communication and distribution plans for the school’s resource team so they can successfully operate the resource room. It is DJ’s hope that this resource room can be opened up in other schools, including schools in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina.

ASNFF is committed to providing additional support to the more than 700 students at Shroder High School through a back-to-school campaign organized before the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Students will receive the back-to-school essentials needed to return to school ready and equipped for a successful school year. The student will also be able to pre-register for dental, vision and health exams.

To support these efforts, DJ Reader is hosting its inaugural bowling event. Held at the Main Event in West Chester, fans are invited to support and attend the event on Monday, November 7 from 7-10 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets here: https://www.givesignup.org/TicketEvent/ASONNEVERFORGETSFNDBOWLINGEVENT

Reader was brought to work in the community through the encouragement of his father, David, who died in 2014 following a long battle with kidney disease. Reader started the A Son Never Forgets Foundation to promote health and wellness by providing information, services, resources and activities to impact and support sustainable communities.

“I understand the kind of impact a single individual can have in the lives of members of a community,” Reader said. “I want to leverage my platform to honor my father and help my adopted hometown of Cincinnati achieve affordable housing and other health and wellness initiatives.”

Reader is currently in his seventh season in the NFL. Raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, he played high school baseball and football before playing at Clemson University. After graduating in three years, he was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Recognized as one of the top defensive tackles in the league, he was also honored for his community service and philanthropic efforts. In 2019, he won the Spirit of the Bull Award for his impact on and off the field by the Texans, nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, and won the Ed Block Courage Award, among others.

For more information about Reader and the A Son Never Forgets Foundation, please visit www.asonneverforgets.org. The A Son Never Forgets Foundation, a tax-sponsored charitable athlete program, a division of United Charitable, officially offers 501c(3) nonprofit status to its event sponsors, participants in events and organization donors.