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'Tis The Season For Athletes To Do Some Charitable Work

We hear enough news every day about the stupid things professional athletes -- and other people -- do. A couple of notes about some charitable work being done by local athletes fluttered across the virtual SB Nation New York copy desk recently, so I figured I would pass those along.

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Several current and former New York football players were recently involved in the Autism Speaks’ Twelfth Annual N.Y. Celebrity Golf Challenge.

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Michael Boley (New York Giants), Boomer Easiason (formerly of the New York Jets), Phillippi Sparks, Billy Ard, Howard Cross and others played in the event at winged Foot Golf Club In Mamaroneck. Nearly $900,000 was raised.

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If you are interested, find out more about the organization at AutismSpeaks.org.

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The New York Liberty of the WNBA are hosting their third annual 'Garden of Dreams' day Sunday, July 11 at Madison Square Garden. The event celebrates the Garden of Dreams Foundation, described by the Liberty as "a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis". Garden of Dreams partners with local children's hospitals, "wish" organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy."

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For more on this event, visit the Liberty website.