Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
NFL player feeds TVHS employees
By Roger RyDell Daniels, TVHS public affairs
Monday, June 29, 2020On a hot summer day in Murfreesboro, a group of people led by NFL Seattle Seahawks player Ugo Amadi stood in the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) Alvin C. York campus parking lot to pass out 75 lunches to the medical center’s employees.
“I think it is extremely important that this country give back to a group who have sacrificed everything for our freedom,” Nashville-native Amadi said. “Veterans deserve the highest quality of care and I believe they are getting that from the workers who are also risking their lives being on the frontlines during the pandemic.”
Despite the medical center operating under COVID-19 restriction limiting visitors, the idea grew within Amadi after witnessing how much his sister, a VA employee at the Alvin C. York campus, dedicated to caring for Veteran.
“Seeing my sister come home after long days of putting her body on the line to care for Veterans and patients at TVHS gave me the idea to give back to the VA.,” he said. “I selected TVHS not only because of my sister’s employment but because of the wonderful healthcare that is provided to Veterans. Based on my interactions with the nurses and doctors, I clearly saw the passion they have for their work and their patients.
Although he has participated in community events facilitated by the Seattle Seahawks, Amadi said this was the first community event he organized.
“Working with the VA was a wonderful experience and one that I’ll never forget,” he said. “It was special to start my philanthropic endeavors with a hospital that gives so much to its patients every day. I was touched by their gratitude for the meals and I hope they know how grateful I am for their work.”