As a child, Israel Idonije would lay in bed at night and envision himself inventing things, achieving success, making a difference in the world, and growing up to be “big and strong”.
At 6’6” and weighing 275 pounds, Idonije is certainly big as well as strong. He is best known for his excellent football prowess as a 10-year veteran defensive player in the NFL.
However, as much as he loves the competition and as dedicated as he is to being the best defensive player he is capable of being, Idonije’s “Dream Big” approach to life has him achieving goals and accomplishments far beyond the football field.
In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
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The Israel Idonije Foundation Is a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, committed to inspiring under-served communities
by providing programs focused on developing social and emotional life skills.
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