Fox Sports is reporting that NFL quarterback Michael Vick and former NFL coach Tony Dungy joined about 35 volunteers from Abe Brown Ministries in a visit to a Tampa, Fla.-area prison Saturday. Vick shared his own experiences with them as well as the lessons he learned from his incarceration. He spoke to a group of about 1,000 current and soon-to-be-released inmates at Avon Park Correctional Institution. He said it was his first visit to a prison outside of his own stay in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan.
The Associated Press reports, " 'It was very humbling, and at the same time a bit overwhelming. You really didn't know what to expect,' Vick said. 'Hopefully I can be an example to somebody. The thing that I was trying to get across is that we all can be instruments of change. That's something that I've been proactive about since I stepped out of prison and I'm enjoying every minute of it.' "
Abe Brown Ministries, named after the late former high school football coach, school administrator and pastor Abraham Brown, has been involved with prison outreach since its founding in 1976. Dungy was introduced to it in 1996 while still coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and developed a relationship with Brown. After Brown died last year, Dungy continued to support the nonprofit group and vowed to continue to help it continue its work.
It's good to see Dungy and Vick working together to help make a difference in the lives of others. More important, this story demonstrates that mentorship and serving the community can make a difference at any stage in life.
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