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TOYS AND GAMES: Positive Notes

Inundated with what Oddball of Kelly’s Heroes would have called “negative waves” in the news these days, I figured I’d look for some positive vibes. Believe it or not, I only needed to open the sports page to find what I was seeking.

Coach_Bill_Snyder Bill Snyder

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin’s performance against Kansas State on Oct. 10 proved to be the difference in the Horned Frogs’ comeback win at Manhattan, Kansas. In the process, Boykin accrued 425 yards of offense and scored four touchdowns. How did losing coach Bill Snyder respond to the devastating defeat? He took out a purple pen and wrote Boykin a letter telling him how impressed he was with Boykin and he wished him all the best for the remainder of the season.

Turns out, Snyder’s gesture wasn’t an isolated act. He’s sent letters to Kansas State’s opponents for years. Once he was asked about this practice during a conference call and he responded:

“I do it after virtually every ballgame to young people who I thought played well against us or to coaches for their preparation. It’s a congratulatory note and wishing them well.”

Former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn was back at it again last week, helping a 28-year-old single mother, and her 2-year-old daughter, move into a new residence.

Warrick Dunn Charities surprised the woman by turning over a three-bedroom home stocked with household appliances and food, providing a $5,000 down payment.

Dunn founded his charity in 2003 after starting his Homes for the Holidays program in 1997, which supports single parents who are first-time home buyers.

Dunn created the charity in memory of his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police office who was working off-duty to earn extra money to buy a home.

To date, Dunn and his charity have helped 145 single-parent families purchase homes.

Finally, Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams will pay for 53 mammograms to honor his late mother, who died of breast cancer, as did four of his aunts.

Ironically, the announcement of Williams’ gesture came after the NFL denied his request to continue wearing pink for his uniform after October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Williams helped prompt NFL players in 2009 to wear pink cleats in October. Other pink accessories have followed.

Insurance covers mammograms for many, but his gesture will help 53 — the age his mother was when she died — get help with this medical expense.

Nice job guys.

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