If being a star on the U.S. World Cup soccer team is not reason enough to cheer for Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey, how about the fact that he has a generous spirit.
Dempsey, who received worldwide recognition when he scored an early goal in Team USA's first World Cup tournament victory earlier this month, said he will donate a portion of sales from his debut rap LP "The Redux" to the East Texas Food Bank.
"Clint's been a friend of the food bank for quite some time," East Texas Food Bank Executive Director Dennis Cullinane told our news partners at KYTX CBS19. "He's been involved in a couple of our campaigns and actually helped with kick-offs for some past summer food service programs and we're very grateful that he's remembered us back here in East Texas."
Dempsey records rap music under the pseudonym Deuce. Although the LP has not yet gone on sale, its first single "It's Poppin" is now available.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Dempsey spent two weeks in Los Angeles during the offseason recording "The Redux," with the help of friend and fellow rapper XO.
He also collaborated with rappers and producers from Nacogdoches, including Mike Chehade.
Dempsey told the Wall Street Journal that he dedicated the album to Big Hawk, a rapper who died in 2006, and his sister, Jennifer, who died of a brain aneurism when she was 16.
More information about Dempsey and how to help Tyler-based East Texas Food Bank is found on the food bank's website, easttexasfoodbank.c om.