NY Jets offensive tackle helps 185 African children
The NY Jets have been in the news a lot lately for players over-hyping themselves, but one player who has flown under the radar for his great charity work is Oday Aboushi. According to Associate Press writer Dennis Waszak Jr., Aboushi joined the Islamic Medical Association of North America, along with his two siblings, on a mission to Sudan to provide surgeries for children with cleft lips’.
Oday Aboushi decided last year, after his rookie season, that he would make the journey with his siblings who had made the 18 hour trek the previous two years. At that time, Aboushi was either playing offensive tackle for the University of Virginia and was trying to focus on making it to the NFL or focusing on making the Jets roster last season.
Now, he has experience scrubbing up and assisting with placing IV’s into patient’s, who he then watched receive this amazing 35-minute transformation. Aboushi said,
“It was such a great experience to help people, but also to see such an instant result. You’re bringing them into the operating room and then a few minutes later, you’re bringing them out and they look like a totally different person. Their parents are in tears, they’re so grateful.”
During the five day trip to Africa, their group worked 12 hour days for five days straight and assisted in 185 surgeries. Oday Aboushi also said that he plans on making more trips in the future but in the mean time he is focusing solely on football. Last season he spent the whole year on the active roster but never made it into a game.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Lead Columnist Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28