Israel Idonije is a builder. He has been building toward the next phase of his life since he was a child. He built an 11-year NFL career against all odds by developing himself to the status of an elite athlete. Through that process he realized that the formula to building success in sport directly correlates to building success in life. To prepare for life after football, Idonije created businesses to provide a rewarding and meaningful future not only for himself, but to help others build their dreams as well.
He is the founder of iF Charities (formerly the Israel Idonije Foundation), which programs have served and contributed to the building of lives in over 10,000 youth in Chicago, Winnipeg and West Africa. Some of iF’s core programs include its Youth Leaders Summer Internship, All-Star Football and Cheer Camps, Shop With A Cop and, iF Code.
Numerous honors and awards have been given to him for his work both on and off the field including leading the NFL in blocked punts/field goals in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and member of the Chicago Bears NFC Championship team, which played in the 2006 Super Bowl; the NFL’s JB Award and award for Global Dedication, April 2008; Ed Block Courage Award, 2009; Bears "Walter Payton Man of the Year" nominee, 2009 and 2010, and one of three finalists for the League award in 2010; USA Today’s All-Joe Team, 2010 and 2012; recognized as Points of Light Awardee by Barak Obama and George HW Bush at the White House, 2013; presented the Order of Manitoba by Prince Charles, May 2014; awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws by University of Manitoba, June 2014; Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest Finalist 2016; Football Manitoba Hall of Fame, 2018; and Canada’s esteemed Meritorious Service Medal.
As an entrepreneur Israel has started several successful business ventures. His company blessed stands as the industry leader in Communion supplies. ATHLiTACOMiCS develops custom-designed comic content and properties in the niche market of comics and sports. Its current creator-owned properties include The Protectors, Sports Heroes and DreamKidz Adventures. He cofounded Crypto Key Stack and he will be launching FBRK (fabric), a 140,000 square-foot entrepreneurial hub in the South Loop in 2020.
It is important to Israel that all of his ventures have a positive impact on the world lifting and building others. He believes everyone is blessed with the gifts and abilities to become successful in their own unique way.
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