Former Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch may have left the NFL, but he didn’t actually hang up his cleats. The Oakland native is on his way to Egypt for the 4th annual American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) camp to teach US-style football to the country’s youth.
AFWB will be teaming up with the Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) as part of its mission to globalize the sport and reach underprivileged youth. The initiative’s past visits were to Turkey, Brazil, and China; so now they’re touching down in the motherland where another game of football is already popular, promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches discipline, and is less detrimental to one’s mental faculties. Marshawn Lynch will be in the company of other footballers like DeAngelo Williams, Barkevious Mingo, Jordan Cameron, and the two founders of AFWB Breno Giacomini and Gary Barnidge.
This is AFWB first trip to Africa
and hopefully the last and a continuation of the work Marshawn Lynch already does at home in Oakland. On a trip to Turkey last year, Lynch said, “I hold a camp at home, like I said, with about 850 kids and it’s been growing. This is an opportunity for me to come out and spread my brand as well. I’m here, like I said, to spread football across the world and at the same time help people in need.”