Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie moved to the Big Apple in 2014 and has become an immediate difference-maker on the field and in the community.

rodgers-cromartieRodgers-Cromartie operates a program in New York and New Jersey that makes a huge difference in the lives of some of the area’s most disadvantaged children. In addition to supplying kids in need with food to take home on the weekends, DRC’s Dreambuilders program is also working with selected schools in New Jersey to provide kids with access to important supplies when they return to school after Summer break.

Altogether, DRC’s program paid out more than $35,000 to partner charities in 2015.

With funds raised from his second annual Dreambuilders Dinner last November, as well as through his partnership with UnitedHealthcare, DRC’s program has funded the Blessings in a Backpack program for 250 kids at three different schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program works with Blessings in a Backpack to distribute sacks full of healthy snacks for low-income children to take home over the weekend. The program is currently active at PS 15 in Manhattan, as well as PS 503 and 102 in Brooklyn. Dreambuilders works with coordinators at those schools to identify and serve children most in need of the nourishment the sacks provide.

According to a 2012 study by the New York City Coalition against Hunger, nearly 474,000 – or one in four — children in New York City lived in households that did not have an adequate food supply. This represents a 31-percent increase from 2006-2008.

For children who are on free or reduced lunch, the meals they receive at school are often the only full ones they eat each day. Over the weekends, when they do not have access to school lunches, they depend on these bags of food to keep them fed until Monday.

The sacks are filled with ready-to-eat foods like cereal, power bars, crackers, peanut butter and more, as well as drinks like bottled water and 100% juice boxes. The sacks also include perishable items like fruits which can last the

In addition to his work in helping feed kids in New York, Dominique’s Dreambuilders program also supports the Back to School Store in New Jersey, which enables underserved children of Essex County to “shop” for free for brand-new clothing, sneakers and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is preparing for his ninth season in the NFL and his third with the New York Giants. Last season, the former Tennessee State star recorded three interceptions, 13 pass deflections and 52 tackles and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. Rodgers-Cromartie brings in career totals of 310 tackles and 24 interceptions, six of which he ran back for touchdowns.

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Rodgers-Cromartie operates a program in New York and New Jersey that makes a huge difference in the lives of some of the area’s most disadvantaged children. In addition to supplying kids in need with food to take home on the weekends, DRC’s Dreambuilders program is also working with selected schools in New Jersey to provide kids with access to important supplies when they return to school after Summer break.

Altogether, DRC’s program paid out more than $35,000 to charitable programs in 2015.

The funds raised at his second annual Dreambuilders Dinner last November, as well as through his partnership with UnitedHealthcare, have funded the Blessings in a Backpack program for 250 kids at three different schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program works with Blessings in a Backpack to distribute sacks full of healthy snacks for low-income children to take home over the weekend. The program is currently active at PS 15 in Manhattan, as well as PS 503 and 102 in Brooklyn. Dreambuilders works with coordinators at those schools to identify and serve children most in need of the nourishment the sacks provide.

According to a 2012 study by the New York City Coalition against Hunger, nearly 474,000 – or one in four — children in New York City lived in households that did not have an adequate food supply. This represents a 31-percent increase from 2006-2008.
DRC and UnitedHealthcare of New York CEO Michael McGuire

For children who are on free or reduced lunch, the meals they receive at school are often the only full ones they eat each day. Over the weekends, when they do not have access to school lunches, they

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The sacks are filled with ready-to-eat foods like cereal, power bars, crackers, peanut butter and more, as well as drinks like bottled water and 100% juice boxes. The sacks also include perishable items like fruits which can last the course of a weekend.

In addition to his work in helping feed kids in New York, Dominique’s Dreambuilders program also supports the Back to School Store in New Jersey, which enables underserved children of Essex County to “shop” for free for brand-new clothing, sneakers and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them in .

About Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Dominique joins the New York Giants as a free agent after playing his first six seasons with three different teams. Originally a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie has also played with the Eagles and the Broncos. He has played in Super Bowls for the Cardinals and Broncos.

During his time in the NFL, Rodgers-Cromartie has played in 92 regular-season games with 75 starts and has started all 9 postseason games in which he played. His career totals include 239 tackles (205 solo) and 19 interceptions that he has returned for 409 yards (21.5-yard avg.) and 5 touchdowns and 129 passes defensed. In the postseason, he has 34 tackles (32 solo), 3 interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Including postseason games, DRC’s teams are 18-1 when he intercepts at least 1 pass.

DRC played collegiately at Tennessee State, where he was a 2-time All-America and a 3-time All-Ohio Valley Conference 1st team selection. He finished with 11 career interceptions, including four he returned for touchdowns.

Originally from Bradenton, Fla., he is the son of former Bethune Cookman assistant basketball coach Stanley Cromartie.

Links

New York Giants official site

Blessings in a Backpack

Back 2 School Store