Bengals defensive back Darqueze Dennard is teaming up with City Gospel Mission to help Greater Cincinnati’s at-risk students through his new “Big Plays For Kids” initiative.

“Big Plays For Kids” raises money to help at-risk students get the tutoring and mentoring they need through City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids program, which helps over 1,100 kids a year.

Fans can help break the cycle of poverty in many of these kids’ lives by making an online pledge for every turnover the Bengals force this season. To pledge, visit

“I am very excited to partner with City Gospel Mission to help kids in Cincinnati reach their full potential in school,” Dennard says. “Whiz Kids is an outstanding program that provides kids with valuable tutoring and mentoring, and I am honored to support them and the great work they do. This pledge campaign is a great way for fans to join me in this support. Now, every time we get a takeaway, it helps the Bengals and all the kids that Whiz Kids serves.”

With a pledge of $10 or more per turnover or a flat donation of at least $250, you will receive a special invitation to a Champions Reception Nov. 21 at Anderson Pavilion, where you will meet Darqueze and some teammates. Attendees will receive a special autographed gift and photo. The event includes complimentary food and drinks, a raffle and a silent auction filled with unique memorabilia and experiences. (Minimum donation of at least $250 for the season to attend the reception).

With a pledge of at least $1 per turnover or a flat donation of $25 or more, you will be entered to win a signed helmet.

Formerly known as Monday Night Feast, the event has become one of the premier annual events for fans, who get to talk football with the pros while watching Monday Night Football and eating premier food.

Over $62,000 has been raised the past three years to help the city’s neediest kids. Funds are used for tutoring supplies, snacks/meals, group outings and other program needs. The program is always free to students and schools.

About City Gospel Mission

Founded in 1924 by James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble, City Gospel Mission empowers hurting and homeless men and women and at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty and despair by providing relationship-focused programs and services pertaining to: food and shelter, recovery, jobs and youth development. City Gospel Mission annually serves 6,800 adults and 9,800 youth with the help of 2,500 committed volunteers and more than 350 local churches. City Gospel Mission annually provides 96,600 meals and 26,600 nights of shelter among its many services.

Darqueze Dennard
Darqueze Dennard was the Bengals’ first-round draft pick in 2014, and he is entering his third year with the club. Dennard was an All-American as a senior at Michigan State.