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Ingram Starts Foundation To Help Children With Parents In Prison

In April, the Saints selected running back Mark Ingram in the first round. Roughly two-and-a-half years before, Ingram’s father, Mark Sr., who played 10 NFL seasons in ’80s and ’90s, was sentenced to seven years in prison for money laundering and fraud. Now his son has launched the Mark Ingram Foundation to help children who have parents in jail.

“The foundation is something that’s real important to me,” Ingram said, according to “It’s something I’m living, something I’m going through, something my sisters and I have experienced off and on throughout our lives. … It had its difficulties and its rough times,” he said.

“But that’s why I’m here. I want to make the transition easier for the youth that had the same circumstances I had.” It’s an admirable undertaking for anyone, much less a 21-year-old. But Ingram wants kids to know that they can overcome their circumstances. “There are so many negative statistics that come along with children or youth (who) have a parent or two parents that are incarcerated,” he said.

“Just for me to get this foundation going, it’s real important to me. It’s something I want to be involved with the children all the time because it’s something I’m going through. …I just want to let them know that although you have a parent who is gone or he or she is incarcerated, you can still be whatever you want to be, do whatever you want to do. You just have to put your mind to it.”

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