Okoye going back to Nigeria

Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is returning to his native Nigeria this offseason for another community-building mission. The 21-year-old's Amobi Okoye Foundation and InVictus91 program will be sponsoring an "Athletes in the Diaspora: Community Interventions (ADCI)" trip from March 13-22, according to Yolande Lezine of blackathletes.net.

Lezine reports that Okoye will be joined by Texans linebacker Xavier Adibi as well as Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, Bears defensive linemen Adewale Ogunleye, Israel Idonije and Tommie Harris and Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Okoye planned and sponsored a similar trip last year, traveling to Nigeria with Umenyiora, Ogunleye and Idonije. At the heart of the mission was a scholarship program called Changing Africa Through Education (C.A.T.E.), which the players established to finance 20 scholarships at 10 Nigerian universities. The players also distributed HIV testing kits to clinics, built water wells in villages and provided apparel and equipment to a popular youth soccer team.

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