A spirited brainstorming session over some noodles, vegetables and rice.
That's how Breno Giacomini and Gary Barnidge - a couple of ambitious NFL players intent on making a difference beyond the field - and their buddy Ahmed Awadallah came up with their mission to take American football all over the world.
"We kind of just sat down at P.F. Chang's and started talking about what was going to be our next thing to help out the community," Giacomini recalled of that game-changing dinner in Kentucky in 2011. "We didn't know sitting at that table that it was going to get this big. Not even close."
The impassioned idea developed into American Football Without Barriers, a nonprofit organization that educates disadvantaged children in the United States and overseas about the sport.
Next stop: Egypt.
Giacomini, an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, and Barnidge, a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, are taking the field in the Middle East this week for AFWB's latest international trip after holding camps in China, Brazil and Turkey the previous three years. >> Read more...