Bengals Player Makes Wish Come True for CPS Family


Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard with Cheviot community members and partners

Cincinnati Bengals Cornerback Darqueze Dennard knew he had to help. When he heard about the Tremble-Israel family – nine children who were raised by their grandmother until she lost her battle with cancer – he was touched in a big way.

“Tickets to a game weren’t enough. T-shirts wouldn’t do it either,” Cheviot School Principal Tammy Solomon-Gray said. “He came to our school two years ago to find a way to help.”
His gift, indeed, went significantly further than tickets and T-shirts.

The Tremble-Israel family approach their new home

Dennard’s foundation, The Dennard Difference, purchased a house for the family. With the help of generous community partners – Turner Construction, Furniture Fair, Target, Sherwin-Williams and others – more than $60,000 worth of construction turned this house into a move-in-ready dream home. Every room was completely furnished and styled to match each family member’s personality — complete with three common living areas, a library and technology room, offering ample space.

Each of the nine children – ages 4 – 17 – has their own bedroom.
The children saw their home for the first time at a “Move That Truck!” event in early May.

Their grandmother’s final wish was for her grandchildren to stay together. Thanks to the help of Dennard’s foundation and the community, her wish came true.

Cheviot School Principal Tammy Solomon-Gray (front row, third from right) with Cheviot School faculty and staff

Dennard’s biggest hope is for these children to grow, flourish and succeed in life.
“I hope this inspires other players across different sports. You can make a significant impact in the lives of the community’s children,” Solomon-Gray said at the event.

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