Flint’s Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, has made the most of the NFL lockout thus far. It seems the Flint Southwestern graduate has started a foundation to serve children of incarcerated parents. Ingram, whose father has served a great deal of time behind bars, talked about how his experience with his father shaped his life.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is using this locked out offseason to make a real difference for kids. The first round draft pick isn’t out riding bulls for publicity or other foolish events, he is instead using the time to start the Mark Ingram Foundation dedicated to helping children with parents in jail.
“The foundation is something that’s real important to me,” said Ingram. ”It’s something I’m living, something I’m going through, something my sisters and I have experienced off and on throughout our lives.
“There are so many negative statistics that come along with children or youth [who] have a parent or two parents that are incarcerated. I just want to let them know that although you have a parent who is gone or he or she is incarcerated, you can still be whatever you want to be, do whatever you want to do. You just have to put your mind to it.”