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This trip to Washington D.C. was a wonderful experience. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am and how much this trip has meant to me. During the trip, there were many first experiences for me. This was the first time that I stayed away from home, traveled alone on a plane, saw historical monuments, visited a college campus, went to a concert, went bowling and had so much fun nonstop for four days in a row. The new people that I met on the trip were kind and unforgettable. There was never any conflict and everyone always had a good time. On the ACTS tour, I decided that I want to apply to all the schools we visited in D.C. and that my number one school choice is Howard University. While on the campus, I fell in love with the school’s history, buildings, what it represents and for the first time,a school felt like home to me. Before this trip, I had no idea where to apply to or even where I wanted to live but now without a doubt I’m considering D.C. My favorite moments on the trip were when the Champps restaurant sang happy birthday to me (at Nnamdi’s request) even though it wasn’t my birthday and when I saw Robin Thicke up close in concert. Those were some fun and unforgettable moments for me like everything else we did on the trip. Nnamdi and Keisha,you both did a wonderful job with making sure everyone had fun and were safe. I appreciate everything you both did for me during the trip and I hope one day that are paths will cross again. Thanks for everything. I love you both. <3 <3 <3Amber M. Adams, ACTS 2010

When I arrived at the airport, I was nervous because I was about to go away from everything I knew. I was leaving my home, my city, and most important of all my family. Leaving to the other side of the country was pretty scary but when I saw the large group of teenagers at the airport who were just as nervous as I was, I calmed down. Everyone I met was warm and accepting which made me feel like part of a family. Arriving to a new city was the most exciting part to me. I really liked figuring out where things were and exploring new places. This trip had a positive affect in my life because it motivated me to succeed. Nnamdi and Keisha were incredible because they not only lead us through Washington DC but they helped with personal issues and were like parents to us. Nnamdi was the coolest person I have ever met. I expected to meet this popular football player that liked to be center of attention but instead I met this really laid-back guy who was passionate about giving back to his community. I am really glad to have had this opportunity because I realized that I really want to go to Georgetown University. This tour was the best experience of my life. I met many successful people like Alicia Keys and Maxine Waters. Thank you ACTS for this experience. I hope we have a reunion for the ACTS Gang 2010 Washington DC.John Jimenez,  ACTS 2010

My time on the ACT was great. It was an experience that I will cherish forever. Living in the Bay Area all my life this was the first time that I have traveled to New York. When we landed everything I saw on the movies that featured New York was ten times better in person. There were large buildings and the lights lit up the sky. I was very fortunate to be one of the participants on the tour with a professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha. During the tour we were able to visit many of the top schools in the country like Columbia, New School, Julliard, and a few other schools. Not only were we able to visit these different schools, but we were also able to get to know the different cities that make up New York. We were able to tour Harlem where we met with former President Bill Clinton. This was one of the greatest experiences on my life and he gave us a lot to think about and how to better ourselves so that we can take the United States in a positive direction. I thank Nnamdi very much for this trip and I appreciate the things he is doing in Oakland. I also admire Nnamdi for getting up every morning and taking us around the “Big Apple.” Unlike many professional athletes Nnamdi did not just put his name on the tour and not attend the trip, but he was with us 24/7 and enjoyed every second with us. I look to Nnamdi as mentor, and I believe the things he is doing can rub off on other athletes to do the same, and sponsor inner-city kids to experience and enjoy different parts of the globe.Michael Garrick, ACTS 2009

Asomugha College Tour for Scholars gives youth an opportunity to travel to various Universities to broaden their scope of choices and challenge their academic, activities, and gifts beyond reach. This was a once in a lifetime experience, we visited prestigious colleges such as Berkeley College of Music, Boston University, Brown University, and the esteemed Harvard University. This college tour was something that I would have never had the chance to do but thanks to Nnamdi and his sponsorship I was able to embark on this journey. At first I was nervous about going without my sister whom I am very close to, but quickly after meeting Nnamdi my nerves were taken away. He is a fun and loving person who kept the college tour eventful and exciting. Nnamdi and I remain friends and he is still the same fun loving guy; although to me he is like an “annoying” big brother, he always looks out for opportunities to support and youth. Most sponsors I’ve met fund events, but Nnamdi takes time out of his busy schedule to attend the tour with the students. Nnamdi’s compassion for helping youth is more than a financial sponsorship. Nnamdi is a role mode! He leads by example, and is dedicated to youth on and off the football field, I have had the opportunity to see him in different environments, signing every piece of paper children brought up to him, homework tutoring, team building in the gym, while giving encouraging speeches about his journey to the NFL. Nnamdi has been a tremendous blessing to our community and I will always appreciate everything he has done for me.Jasmine Milan Williams, ACTS 2008