by Daelyn Fortney
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On an island near the city of Savannah Georgia, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli made an appearance in an effort to support Stacye Jarrell, owner of Tybee’s Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, as she tries to spread the word that Tybee Island is a green and healthy place to live and visit.

Tybee council member Paul Wolff, who recently installed solar panels on the roof of his home, was pleased with Mughelli’s visit saying, “I’m glad he’s helping Tybee get the message across that we need to engage visitors as well as residents in protecting the environment on which our entire lifestyle depends.”

The football player is no stranger to green issues. In fact he is founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation which touts “Our Future Is Green” and supports youth development through environmental education.

“A lot of kids don’t understand [environmental issues]. What my foundation focuses on is trying to teach kids practical lifestyle changes so they can help the environment. I found that, in going to underprivileged neighborhoods and urban neighborhoods, unfortunately those are the areas where environmental racism occurs,” Mughelli explains. “It is here where there is a huge disparity between their water quality and air quality and between the trash in their neighborhood and my neighborhood or any of the privileged people’s neighborhoods. You don’t see landfills next to a country club.”

The fullback realizes that as an NFL player children look up to him and, through the organization, he knows he can bring environmental issues to the forefront of children’s minds.

“We want the kids to say, ‘Mom and Dad, if you say you love me, then why don’t you start this recycling program, or get energy efficient lightbulbs?’”

For more about visit the Ovie Mughelli Foundation.