Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison will host his annual free football camp in Birmingham on Saturday, and this year’s event will be different from the six that have preceded it – at least when it’s time to eat.
Nabati Foods Global Inc. is serving as the lead sponsor for the youth football camp, and the lunch for the approximately 400 8- through 18-year-olds will feature plant-based burgers from Nabati Foods. The company’s products are kosher, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and free of common allergens and made without genetically modified organisms or refined sugar.
“I am super excited to have Nabati sponsor and provide healthy, plant-based lunches for the participating kids,” Addison said in a release. “I intentionally brought Nabati on board as I am a huge advocate for healthy food and wanted to show the kids that healthy, plant-based food also can be delicious. I can’t thank Nabati enough for the support they are providing me and my foundation. Giving back to the community is a big part of who I am, and it means a lot to me when a company shares the same passion.”
Addison is a former Tarrant High School and Troy standout who is heading toward his 11th NFL season.
The annual youth football camp is an outreach program of the Mario Addison Community Partnership Organization, which states its mission “is to teach the community the importance of overcoming adversities and give children the foundations of school and staying focused.”
“Nabati Foods is proud to sponsor this wonderful annual initiative led by Mario Addison to benefit the people of Birmingham,” said Ahmad Yehya, the CEO of Nabati Foods. “Nabati Foods recently launched our plant-based meat and cheese products in the U.S., and this is the perfect way for us to celebrate that launch. Our products are created with care to be nutritious, healthy, delicious and sustainable options for people of all ages. We look forward to being a part of this fantastic program in Alabama.”
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.