Fresh off a Super Bowl win and into retirement, future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis is no doubt keeping himself busy. Not only is he set to take over a sweet job as an NFL analyst next season on ESPN, but now it has been revealed that the former defensive stud is doing something quite noble for a greater cause.
According to Pro Football Talk, Lewis will scale Mount Kilimanjaro in June to help raise money and awareness for clean water in East Africa. Now that’s how every freshly retired athlete should be spending their time in the summer.
He has even launched a website to get other involved, spreading the word and asking for donations to help raise awareness. Hell he’s even auctioning things off, like autographed memorabilia, to help the cause. Good man Ray. The 38-year-old recently wrote:
“In one month, I will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money and awareness for clean water projects in East Africa. I am so FIRED UP for this adventure, but until then, I need your help to bring clean water wells to thousands of children and families. Show your support by following my TackleKili journey, spreading the word, and donating to TackleKili.”
Clean drinking water is the most limited resource in Africa and Ray’s deed will surely help thousands who are in need. Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 19,341 above sea level, so while Lewis has quite the trek to make, it should all be worth it when he reaches the top.
If there is any retired professional athlete who can complete this task, it’s undoubtedly Ray Lewis who as the heart of a lion. Now that’s how you leave the game on top… of a damn mountain.