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As part of his Family Foundation, Buffalo  Bills LB Chris Draft took 200 hand-picked students from various local schools to a movie theater to view “The Blind Side” as a platform to encourage kids to stay on the right path:  http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/917058.html


Gary Patterson, the Head Coach of TCU, was recently voted as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, which delivered $50,000 to which Patterson delivered to the Presbyterian Night Shelter, in Tarrant County, TX.  He is absolutely correct in saying that he is “ultimately judged by the kids he produces.”  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2010/01/patterson-racks-up-another-coach-of-year-award/1

Gilbert Arenas was recently suspended by the NBA indefinitely for presenting guns in a locker room at another teammate, but should the overall opinion of him take a complete 180?  One writer does not believe so as Arenas has a vibrant charity in the D.C. area and has a very unique way of connecting with his fans.  As always, time will tell: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/321434-its-tough-to-think-of-arenas-as-a-bad-guy

Famed actor Alec Baldwin has established a scholarship for his alma mater, New York University at the Tisch School for the upcoming academic year by giving $1 million: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/alec-baldwin-drama-scholarship-established-at-new-york-university/

For the upcoming season of the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice,” the characters are all notable and controversial in their own right.  Among those are New York Mets great Darryl Strawberry and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.  Strawberry has yet to announce which charity he will be supporting: http://www.silive.com/mets/index.ssf/2010/01/former_mets_star_strawberry_to.html

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Olympic superstar Usain Bolt are planning on having a running race for charity, but they have yet to decide a distance.  Johnson had a record time at the NFL combine at 4.24 seconds, and Bolt is the world record-holder for 100m so they are hoping to find some common ground: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4794525

Amid all of the other priorities that football players have this time of year, three players of the New York Giants found time to give back to their own charities and provide cheer or inspiration to those who need them: http://blog.nj.com/njv_mark_diionno/2009/12/charitable_work_by_ny_giants_g.html

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