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- Former New York Giants Icon David Tyree Hosts 3rd Annual Charity Bowl
Bowling To Help The Children Of the City!!
This past month, former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree hosted the 3 annual Charity Bowl benefitting Children of the City at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tyree, best known for the Super Bowl XLII “Helmet Catch,” invited former and current Giants teammates out to support his organization to raise money to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged children and their families.
Launched more than 30 years ago, Children of the City is a grassroots, youth and family development organization that utilizes home visits in New York City to connect individual children and families with programs and resources to empower them with the skills to overcome poverty. Based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Children of the City has been responding to the critical needs of families coping with trauma, academic frustration, drug abuse, delinquency and despair since 1981.
“I started serving on the board of Children of the City in 2009," said David Tyree. "Having been a part of many great charities, I’ve just appreciated the levels gone to impact the communities. As far as people knocking on doors and not being afraid of a hard situation, it was something that was very communal. The last few years were just about doing my part as best as I could.”
This year’s Charity Bowl was characterized by lots of enthusiasm, fun-filled games with former and current New York Giants players, and unique auction items such as signed memorabilia by Derek Jeter and Henrik Lundqvist, a week-long Crystal Springs Resort vacation, and tickets to the David Letterman show.
“It’s the third year of the event, and Children of the City has been doing such great things,” says Tyree. “It was a good time to use the platform again, it’s a little more easy-going and a little less time consuming. We’re still looking for ways to improve from the standpoint of time, and as much as I am grateful for these Giants players that come out and support each year, it can present its own challenges. We want the main impact to be on the young children. We try to give the wonderful people who sponsor the event an experience, but also we can point them to the tremendous work done by Children of the City.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the organization, making a huge impact on their ability to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged children and their families in New York City through education and outreach.
“David is a great guy,” said Giants backup quarterback Ryan Nassab. “Whenever he comes around the facility, everybody shows their love to him and we’re happy to come out and support him. It’s something that comes along with being a professional athlete. You can have a little bit more of an impact at a charity function just by showing up. It’s one of the parts of my job that I love the most. We love to come out and not only do charity work like this but also to support guys in our Giants family.”
Located on Pier 60, Bowlmor Chelsea Piers overlooks the Hudson River and includes 40 state-of-the-art lanes with an eight lane private bowling suite, as well as an elevated loft with a private bar and lounge. Guests and sponsors on hand received a gourmet buffet, open bar, and the opportunity to bowl on a lane with former and current Giants players.
“This is an intimate setting,” said Giants punter Steve Weatherford. “Everybody here are football fans and like-minded. None of us are being paid to be here, a lot of us are paying to be here. This is my favorite place to network with people, because everyone you meet here is selfless and they have the ultimate goal of helping others. This is a great event, and I think that everything that it encompasses and benefits is right up my alley. So for me to come out personally, it’s a no-brainer. David is a great friend, Super Bowl hero, and a New York Giant great. He’s a close friend of mine, and just hearing more about the charity Children of the City and breaking the cycle of poverty through education is very cool.”
Partnering with Children of the City, The Legacy Center also collaborated in the fundraiser. TLC is a multi-service community development center serving communities within Queens and Brooklyn that applies their a unique approach to address both the immediate needs and foundational needs of ailing communities. Their approach addresses the lack of resources while providing opportunities for development, which include developing educational programs for children and adults, providing access to resources, and guidance in reaching financial stability.
“You get involved in the community, that’s the biggest thing,” said Giants tackle Justin Pugh. “All of the fans come out and support us all of the time, so when you can give back to the community any way possible, it’s great. Obviously with David Tyree being a Syracuse guy, I have to come out and support my teammates. So I think it‘s really going to be a fun night.”
Other former and current New York Giants at the event also included Super Bowl XLII hero Plaxico Burress, defensive end Damontre Moore, and Super Bowl XXI Champion Karl Nelson.
“Children of the City is the charity I’m here for,” said Karl Nelson. “They have a great outreach to a lot of disadvantaged families, trying to get them into programs with the various needs they have. The city can be a very confusing place for these people, and there’s a lot of services out there that can be met, and that’s what Children of the City does is help young kids get them what they need. David Tyree is the driving force behind it.”
Over the past three years, additional Giants that have supported Tyree and Children of the City have included Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, Tiki Barber, Corey Webster, Ramses Barden, and Prince Amukamara.
“It’s really overwhelming,” said Tyree. “It’s a difficult position for them to be in because they’re asked from every direction. If I have ten guys here, I know it’s a success. I know they have priviledged lives, but it’s demanding for them and it can be draining. I’m also no longer on the team, so there is willingness. There’s something that we say, once a Giant always a Giant, and I’m an example of that. I was fortunate enough to have a great career there, but they’ve treated me well since I’ve been no longer apart of the roster. To have those current players come out, it speaks about their character and their willingness to be engaged on my behalf.”
Last year, the New York Giants finished with their first losing season since 2004. What many consider a rebuilding year after losing veterans Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks, Linval Joseph and Corey Webster, the Giants will now rely on a succession of players, such as defensive end Damontre Moore, to lift the team back into the playoffs.
First of all, those are tremendous losses," said defensive end Damontre Moore. "To lose all of that leadership from Justin Tuck being here as long as he was, and Linval Joseph has made a constant impact since he was drafted. But I’m pretty confident in our abilities to bounce back because we have great people, and I’ve been working hard this offseason to help fill in the roles. We can only learn from what they taught us while they were here, and just build off of that. The team is gelling really well, so I think we’ll be all right,” said Moore.
“The Giants fans leave me speechless all of the time,” Moore continued. “They’re always surprising us and giving us all the support. For us to come out and support David at his charity event, it gives more credit to the Giants.”
Although Tyree is kept busy with seven children, a full time job, and dedication to the church, he still vows to dedicate as much time as possible to Children of the City. Anyone can become involved with the organization by heading to www.childrenofthecity.com and donating, or by participating in one of their many annual events. To receive all the most up-to-date information about Children of the City’s unique programs, incredible success stories and upcoming events, please LIKE their page at www.facebook.com/childrenofthcity
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