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“We started working with them last summer,” he said Saturday. “We met with them the other day, not just to be fundraisers but to bring more awareness to people in this area. In our area there’s not as much awareness as there needs to be.”

Julie Cecile, director of the McMahon/Ryan Center, said Boeheim spent about an hour at the facility Thursday.

“He was really sincere. He really was,” Cecile said. “He’s been with us since last year, and I think it’s an ongoing education. We just have to really use this as a teachable moment, make people realize that there is a problem, and I think that he’s going to be able to do that.”

The center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education.

Boeheim said he was surprised to learn how many child abuse victims don’t come forward.

“I don’t think people realize how much abuse there is and how much work needs to be done,” Boeheim said. “That’s what I think I learned from talking to people at McMahon/Ryan house; people don’t realize the magnitude of this problem. I really don’t, and it’s something that needs to be addressed in this community. We have started to now realize we need to do more than ever.”


AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell in New York and AP Writers John Kekis, Meghan Barr and Ben Dobbin in Syracuse contributed to this report.

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