As the final days of July begin to appear on the calendar, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, derided by many of his most ardent critics, has ample reason to think of his own best interests and those of his team as training camp approaches.
Nevertheless, the legendary signal-caller and graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is instead being his usual self, thinking of those in need after tragedy has stricken.
As reported by the Nashville, TN.-based newspaper The Tennesseean, among other sources Thursday, Manning has created a fund to assist families of the victims of last week's shootings in Chattanooga, TN.
The report states Manning has made an initial contribution to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund, which will provide financial support to assist families and individuals directly affected by the shooting. This will enable them to receive longer-term financial assistance, until their needs are met.
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Others who are assisting Manning in this process include former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, currently a U.S. Senator (R) representing Tennessee.
This heroes fund will be administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, the oldest community-owned foundation in the city, dating back to 1963.
In its past, the CFGC has managed 350 funds, netting more than $100 million in assets and more than $14 million in grants in 2014.
Additional donations can be made online at cfgc.org or by mail at:
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, 1270 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
As I have heretofore done, I just have to give Manning plaudits for doing the right thing and not because anyone compelled him to but rather because he wanted to.
It just reminds us all how much more we can help those around us and enhance the human experience and alleviate suffering.