Immokalee native, NFL player gives back to alma mater after Irma

The Immokalee High School Band blared and students cheered Wednesday as former pro-football player Edgerrin James returned home.

James was joined by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to help Immokalee residents still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

“When I was here we didn’t have a hurricane that did any damage like that,” James said. “I’m from Immokalee so I’m always gonna be here to support.”

United Healthcare partnered with a nonprofit organization called Dream Builders Foundation to donate $20,000 to the school’s athletic program which suffered major revenue losses when games were canceled in the storm’s aftermath.

“Not many are aware that Immokalee High School football games is our number one income generator. Any loss of income is truly felt by all,” IHS Principal Clara Calderon said.

Calderon said thanks to this generosity, the school can end the school year covering most of the expenses Irma conflicted.

“I think they were very appreciative. You can tell they love sports, they love the school,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.


Reporter:Melinda Lee
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