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4/24/15 - DeMeco Ryans Foundation Awarding Scholarships to 15 Students This May

DeMeco Ryans Foundation Scholarship Program will award (15) fifteen $1,000 scholarships to assist students in their educational endeavors. We will also be awarding (5) five innovative teachers with a $1,000 scholarship to use within the classroom.

Applicants are notified by May 22nd, 2015 on the status of their application. Scholarships will be presented at a banquet style dinner at a date and time that will be disclosed to all scholarship recipients at the time of notification.

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4/21/15 – DeMeco Ryans and Bo Jackson to Host Golf Tournament at Bent Brook Golf Course – Bessemer, AL

Star of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Bessemer native, DeMeco Ryans is hosting The DeMeco Ryans Foundation Golf Tournament in partnership with Bo Jackson and Town and Country Ford at Bent Brook Golf Course on June 22, 2015. (Click here to learn more and view flyer on our events page)

11/26/13 – The Lessons That Served Ryans Well

"Stay humble. Work hard." Those are the two most important lessons linebacker DeMeco Ryans learned growing up in the small city of Bessemer, Ala. Ryans didn’t have to look any further than his own home to realize the true meaning of those words. The youngest of four children, Ryans was raised in a single-parent home as his mother, Martha, worked multiple jobs to keep the house...

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5/18/13 – DRF Awards 10 Scholarships - Bessemer, AL

The DeMeco Ryans Foundation recognized the 2013 Recipients of the DeMeco Ryans Scholarship Award at Bonefish Grill in Hoover, AL. This year’s scholarship competition had over 35 student submissions.

11/20/12 – DeMeco Ryans Awarded Philadelphia Eagles Hero Award

Additional awards and scholarships presented at the dinner include The Dick Vermeil Award, which signifies the recipient’s dedication to family, team and community; Michael’s Way Hero Award, presented to a childhood cancer survivor who has gone on to do extraordinary things; Philadelphia Eagles Hero Awards; Kim Hill Scholarship Awards; St. Joseph’s University Full Tuition Scholarship and Drexel University Full Tuition Scholarship. All proceeds from the event benefit Michael’s Way and Eagles Fly for Leukemia.

1/1/12—Katrina inspired Texans player to help others

By John McClain, Houston Chronicle

When Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was playing at the University of Alabama, he was invited to help some victims of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the reaction of those who benefited from his time and effort to provide some temporary relief changed...

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8/30/11—DeMeco Ryans Receives Award from the Houston Texans

Houston, Texas—Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was awarded the Inaugural Spirit of the Bull Award presented by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair in recognition of his community service at the team's annual Kickoff Luncheon. In spite of rehabbing an Achilles injury and the NFL Lockout, Ryans has been busy this off season with several events sponsored by The DeMeco Ryans Foundation, including tornado relief, a golf tournament, free football/cheer camp and scholarship competition where 10 students received partial scholarships to the college of their choice.

"I'm extremely proud and excited to receive this inaugural award and hope that it inspires my teammates and everyone to get involved and do what they can, when they can,"
Ryans said.

The DeMeco Ryans Foundation has recently re-launched the foundation's website and is hosting a Back2Business Bowling party Thursday, September 8 in Houston in conjunction with the NFL Kickoff with all proceeds benefiting The DeMeco Ryans Foundation.

5/14/11 – Big Weekend for DeMeco Ryans in Alabama

Bessemer, AL—Star of the NFL’s Houston Texans and Bessemer native, DeMeco Ryans will be at several events in the Bessemer/Birmingham area May 13th and 14th in support of the fundraising efforts of The DeMeco Ryans Foundation. The DeMeco Ryans Foundation Golf Tournament in partnership with Town and Country Ford will be held at Bent Brook Golf Course on Friday, a day before The Birmingham Barons host DeMeco Ryans Day on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Regions Park. (Read More Here)

12/9/10 – DeMeco Ryans Helps Those in Need for the Holidays

Bessemer, AL—Star of the NFL’s Houston Texans and Bessemer native, DeMeco Ryans is offering his support to the residents of Bessemer’s Cedar Creek Apartments who lost their homes and belongings in a 2‐alarm fire on December 9, 2010. (Read More Here)