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Former NFL star gives back to the Harrisburg community

Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 06:22 PM CST
Posted by: Kelly Christ

HARRISBURG -- A former NFL star and Harrisburg native Robert Tate gave back to the community that raised him today by handing out coats to kids on Christmas Eve.

Robert Tate played for 10 years in the NFL and was a standout player at the University of Cincinnati, but it all started for him right here in Harrisburg and today he gave back.

From 3:30 to 4:30 this afternoon, city kids were able to go to the Camp Curtin YMCA to get some coats for winter.  There were also items like shoes and toys.  Everything here was donated just yesterday after a push on social media.  This was organized by the Robert Tate Dyslexia Foundation. 

Tate was a receiver and defensive back for the Ravens, Cardinals and Vikings.  He graduated from John Harris High School and still lives in Susquehanna Township. Now, he’s giving back.

Robert Tate said,“any time you give back to the community or give to someone, they open up and say if he can do it, I can do it.  And sometimes it takes that.”

“It’s fun to me.  Anytime you can give back to your community to some under privelidged kids so they can have stuff.  Any time you can give back to people in need or just the thought of giving is very special to me in my heart,” Tate continued.
   
In addition to this event Tate also holds local football camps, golf tournaments and 5ks. 
Former NFL star gives back to the Harrisburg community


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