- - Thursday, January 29, 2015

You probably haven’t heard about the Super Bowl-related good deeds amid the hype involving the New England Patriots’ “DeflateGate” and the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, who prefers to let his fashion statements and on-field play speak on his behalf. But there are some super do-gooders in Arizona, too.

Each year, current and former NFL coaches, and current and former NFL players work with volunteers to deliver Super Baskets of Hope to seriously ill children and their families. The kids receive toys and games, and crafts and books, while their parents get Hope Totes filled with books and inspirational materials. The goodie bags also include NFL merchandise, of course.

One of the chief faces of the program is former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy, a devout Christian. Mr. Dungy said he became involved in the good Samaritan program a decade ago, following a conversation with Kurt Warner, who, like Mr. Dungy, is a Super Bowl champ. The Dungy Family Foundation is a Super Baskets of Hope cosponsor.

The bags and baskets were transported by FedEx to more than 20 children’s hospitals, where NFL players and alumni will make the final delivery.

In addition to FedEx and the Dungy foundation, other sponsors include, AV Concepts, JBloom, Aces Foundation, D’Angelo Hall, First Things First and Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.

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