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Green Athlete Spotlight: Ovie Mughelli

Ovie Mughelli and the environmentWith a lot of the tragedy and scandals that often surround pro athletes, it's exciting to see an NFL player with a passion for the planet.  Ovie Mughelli of the Atlanta Falcons speaks out on the environment.

Most recently, he spoke out again toxic coal ash.  View his YouTube video.  In the past, Mughelli has also spoken out against Drill Baby Drill. Mughelli also runs a football organization for at-risk youth and he tries to get the kids interested in the environment as well.  After the BP oil spill, he said, "All I can do is spread awareness, help bring resources to the problem, and hope that this is a wake-up call to move towards renewable energy away from oil and do right by our kids."  He also said, "Kids who care least about the problem, sometimes, are the kids who are affected by it the most."

Check out the Ovie Mughelli Foundation website.  It's truly inspiring.  As someone whose two strongest passions are also the environment and children, I love to see a foundation bringing the two together by a positive role model in the media.

Go Ovie!