During preseason training camp, Suh hosts groups of children as his personal guests for the opportunity to watch the Detroit Lions train for the upcoming football season. Special seating, food, drinks, fun, and a chance to be up-close and personal with players are all on the menu. If you have someone in mind that would love a SUH’s Crew experience, fill out this form here and tell us why.
While Tuesdays (or as the NSFF dubbed them, “SUHsday” ) during football season are considered “off days” where there is no practice, Suh uses this time to get out into the community.
SUHper Stars Game Day Experience
For each home game, the NSFF selects an individual or group for a special game day experience. Recipients can be chosen through one of the NSFF’s partners, like Make-a-Wish, from a story Suh heard while out in the community, or from submissions filtered through his website.
This SUHper Stars program is done in memory of Kaden Schmale, a courageous young man Suh befriended while playing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kaden was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of six and lost his 8 ½ year battle in early 2013. Suh hosted Kaden in his game day suite for the riveting comeback win against the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 regular season opener and had the privilege to of surprising Kaden in his suite after the game.
90 Backpack Program
Each year in late August, Suh identifies 90 students most in need from his target areas to donate a backpack to. These backpacks come chock full of everything from notebooks, folders, paper clips to highlighters to equip the student to start their school year off prepared.
In exchange for the backpacks, students will be asked to sign an UNofficial SUH’s Scholars agreement that encourages students to do their best in school, at home, and amongst friends.
Ndamukong Suh Scholarship
Receiving an education is of the utmost priority in the Suh family. The NSFF has started an endowment to send a student to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a full-ride scholarship to study engineering.
As a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering program, Suh felt the opportunity should be allotted to someone who may not have financial means to provide it for themselves. To qualify for the four-year Ndamukong Suh Scholarship, candidates must apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the intent to study engineering and must be graduating from Grant High School in Portland, Ore., where Suh got his academic and athletic start.
2013 marks the first year the scholarship will be given to a qualified student applicant. This year’s scholarship recipient will be taken on a personal tour of UNL by Suh to show his favorite places around campus to be followed by an evening reception to recognize and present the winner to important members of the university and community on May 18, 2013.
In an effort to teach elementary students positive school habits, the NSFF offers an incentive to attend class to all third and fourth grade students of partnering schools. In order to qualify for the NSFF Attendance Challenge, the student must attend class every day for a month. The students with perfect attendance will be put in a drawing for a SUHperstar game day experience during the 2013 Detroit Lions football season.
The first SUHperstars of the year will come to a home game in October 2013 due to most Michigan K-12 academic years beginning after Labor Day, to be followed with Attendance Challenge winners being hosted at one home game each month during the regular season.
CAMP SUH is a youth football camp hosted by the NSFF each summer which provides both large and small camp size football training. Along with learning the fundamentals of the game, emphasis is also placed on teamwork, leadership, effort, and responsibility. Suh looks forward to spending time with and lending expertise to local children every year.
CAMP SUH 2013 will continue to provide a top-notch, unforgettable experience for all its participants. With preparation to expand to Nebraska and Portland, Ore., this experience includes teaching youth to set long and short term goals for their on-and-off the field successes.
CAMP SUH is being held this year on June 8-9 at Dearborn High School.
For more on CAMP SUH and to register please click here.
CAMPSUH – IMPACT CAMP
Since CAMPSUH’s inception IMPACT CAMP has been held on Detroit’s Eastside in the Osborn area and offers the same experience as CAMPSUH, for those potential football greats that may not be able to otherwise attend due to cost. Potential candidates are selected based on greatest need by the NSFF.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)
Inspired by his Aunt Grace’s battle with breast cancer, a woman that completed her Masters degree in business a month after chemotherapy treatments, Suh and the NSFF look to both honor those affected by breast cancer and to continue to spread awareness in conjunction with the National Football League’s initiatives during the month of October.
The 2013 season will mark the inaugural 90 Women in Pink event in which the NSFF will select 90 women to host at the Detroit Lions October Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Know a strong individual who has been diagnosed, is battling with, or is a survivor of breast cancer? During the month of October, Suh selects nominated individuals to head to Ford Field for a Suh game day experience. To nominate a person that inspires you fill out this form here.
Suh’s Annual Toy Giveaway
The NSFF partners with the Detroit Medical Center each year during the holiday season to bring more smiles to children in metro Detroit. To date, nearly 1,000 toys have been donated by the NSFF.
Last holiday season, Suh along with recording artist T.I., visited patients at the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center to deliver toys as part Radio One Detroit’s Hott Toy Box initiative and “Suh’s in with the New” toy giveaway.
Girls with Goals
Girls With Goals was created by Ngum Suh with the mission to increase young women’s participation in team sports and to promote the necessary steps towards their secondary education. Girls With Goals also seeks to encourage student-athletes to strive for academic success, follow their dreams, set a good example for others and succeed at achieving their goals. Currently, the program is at the high school level at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women.
International Education Center
The International Education Center (IEC) located in his father’s hometown of Bamenda, Cameroon, was founded by the Suh family in 2004. The family had been giving and maintaining the school until the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation officially adopted the school in 2010. The NSFF donates electronic equipment, books, paper, student uniforms and any other items that may be of greatest need annually.
The 119 students in attendance range from Nursery 1 to Primary 6, which is comparable to an elementary school in the United States. The curriculum is focused on development and preparation for secondary school. The cost to send a child to IEC for one academic year is approximately $210 for annual school fees, books, a backpack and a school uniform. If you are interested in contributing to a child’s education, donate here.
In September of 2012 NSFF donated clothing, pencils, erasers, notebooks, glue sticks and many more items to Jamaican schools in need. Every year NSFF grows their philanthropic ventures in Spanish Town, Kingston and other Jamaican cities.