Damar Hamlin announces Cincinnati-area scholarships to honor 10 UC medical staffers
Damar Hamlin has kept up a relationship with 10 medical professionals in Cincinnati who helped save his life, and now he’s announced scholarships in their honor.
Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, had dinner Saturday night ahead of the Bills game in Cincinnati, and on Sunday shared the news that he surprised them with a scholarship named after each person. The scholarships will support youth in Cincinnati to “chase their dreams. Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them!”
It was in Cincinnati in January where Hamlin collapsed on the field, and was revived twice after he went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the field during a game on Monday Night Football.
His roster status this year was a storyline in the NFL preseason, and he made the team, but has appeared in just one game this season.
Last night I had dinner with my heroes. 10 of the UC Medical Staff that helped save my life.
I surprised them with a scholarship named after each of them that will support youth in Cincy to chase their dreams.
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them!?? pic.twitter.com/sEOCDkwYvk
— ????? ?????? (@HamlinIsland) November 5, 2023
Hamlin’s charitable foundation, Chasing M’s, will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 individuals from the area’s under-served communities for each of the next 3 years. Each of the individual scholarships will be named after the 10 first-responders, nurses and doctors who treated Hamlin.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to set up a scholarship program to honor this team of professionals — my Cincinnati heroes — who helped save my life,” Hamlin said in a released statement to the Associated Press. “Today, as I look at honoring these Cincinnati heroes and lifting up young people who are trying to find their way, I’m reminded of the enormous blessing I’ve been given through my charity and the generosity of people around the world.”