mt_kilimanjaro_122006Ray Lewis climbed the proverbial “mountain top” twice in his illustrious career with the Baltimore Ravens, winning two Super Bowl rings during his 17-year career.

In a month or so from now, he’ll literally climb the mountain top for a project that is near and dear to his heart.

Yesterday, via his Twitter account, Ray Lewis announced that he will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising money and awareness for clean water projects in East Africa. The project entitled “TackleKili”, will allow fans to follow Lewis’ trek up Kilimanjaro where they’ll also be able to donate to the TackleKili mission.

Each action completed by fans following his journey will earn more entries into winning an autographed helmet by #52 himself.

Lewis added via his website:

I am so FIRED UP for this adventure, but until then, I need your help to bring clean water wells to thousands of children and families.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, measuring at over 19,000 feet above sea level, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. If anyone has the will and determination to scale this giant, its Ray Lewis.

When he is finished with this project, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and future Hall-of Famer will report to ESPN as their new NFL football analyst, beginning this Fall.