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May 29, 2013 09:50 ET

NFL Legend Ray Lewis to Lead Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Team: TackleKili Will Bring Clean Water to Thousands

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ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) -  Recently retired Super Bowl Champion and new ESPN broadcaster Ray Lewis will lead a team of visionary climbers on a 19,340-ft. TackleKili trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, in an effort to help raise more than $500,000 for WorldServe International's clean water projects.

The TackleKili (tacklekili.org) climb, which launches July 2, is a joint effort between Pros for Africa and WorldServe, an international non-profit developing locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, education, and economic development throughout eastern Africa.

"Since retiring, I have explored the best direction for my commitment and belief -- shared by all generations of the Lewis family -- to serve others," said the former Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker who is expected to be a first ballot NFL Hall-of-Fame inductee. "More than 4,500 children die every day from illness because of a lack of clean water and through TackleKili we can all play a role as anyone can join our team and climb with us or follow this journey to help save lives."

Lewis and WorldServe are encouraging the public to join the TackleKili team, either by raising $15,000 and climbing Kilimanjaro as part of the effort, or tracking the progress of the climb virtually at Tacklekili.org and through social media at Lockerdome.com, where anyone can add input about team gear, wardrobe, meal selections on the mountain, or make tax deductible contributions to TackleKili.

"This effort is the perfect fit for Ray's passion and determination," said John Bongiorno, President of WorldServe International. "A Kilimanjaro climb challenges one physically, mentally and spiritually. I know no one better than Ray Lewis to take on a mountain -- and come out on top."

Pros for Africa is a non-profit bringing the dedication and drive of professional athletes to those in critical need.

"I can think of nothing better than a climb like this to raise awareness of the need for clean water," added Pros for Africa co-founder Bill Horn. "One billion people need this basic human right at this moment; we hope many will join Ray -- whether on the mountain or online."

ABOUT TackleKili

The TackleKili Mt. Kilimanjaro climb is working to raise $500,000 through donations, sponsorships and other fundraising activities, and allowing the public to follow and participate in the climb via LockerDome.com, a sports-focused social media platform with more than 14 million unique users each month. Via LockerDome's cutting edge, proprietary technologies, beginning May 23, 2013, the public will be able to participate in the trek in a multitude of ways:

  • Voting on team apparel, snacks and playlists at TackleKili.org;
  • Participating in contests and giveaways to raise awareness and contributions;
  • Signing on (for themselves, a representative of their company or organization) to join Lewis' TackleKili by funding a clean water project -- limited opportunities, beginning at $15,000, not including airfare;
  • Donations to WorldServe International, a 501c3 non-profit organization can be made securely online at www.TackleKili.org.

ABOUT RAY LEWIS

Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis officially joined ESPN after completing his final game in the NFL by helping the Baltimore Ravens win the 2013 Super Bowl. Retiring after 17 seasons, Lewis will appear on "Monday Night Countdown," "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "SportsCenter." Lewis helped the Ravens win two Super Bowl titles during his career and was selected to 13 Pro Bowls, fifth on the all-time list and most by a linebacker. He was named The Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003 and retired as the Ravens' franchise leader in several categories, including tackles (2,643), fumble recoveries (31) and games played (228).

ABOUT WORLDSERVE INTERNATIONAL

WorldServe International delivers life-saving water, medicine, food and other essential products to Africa's poor by partnering with organizations on the ground in Africa who demonstrate that they are highly efficient, unusually effective and financially accountable.

ABOUT PROS FOR AFRICA

Pros for Africa (PFA) is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization based in Oklahoma City that encourages professionals of all fields to share what they know, have and create with the children of Africa. PFA is a proud development partner of the Saint Monica Girls Schools led by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.

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