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NFL players AIM to help

July 13, 2005

Albnay -Many NFL players spend much of their offseason raising money for their own charity or foundation or helping friends and teammates at their charitable functions.

 This weekend, eight current and former NFL players and one NBA player are joining forces to raise money for a new program targeted to help at risk children.

PIttsburgh Steelers defensive end Alonzo Jackson of Americus and New Orleans Saints standout Charles Grant of Americus are two of the eight NFL players who will be playing in the first ever AIM for Youth golf tournament this weekend at the Doublegate Country Club.

 The event starts with a dinner and sports auction on Friday night.

AIM stands for athletic improvement and mentoring for youth and it was founded by Alma Davis.

Alonzo Jackson and Todd Williams of the Tennessee Titans are opening AIM programs in their hometowns next week and Davis believes others will soon follow.

Alma Davis said "We came up with a concept that there is one program all over, AIM for Youth, and each player can decide whether they want their program in their city or in their hometown. And they chose from four different programs that AIM for Youth offers. The programs are athletics, health and wellness, mentoring and of course education."

The first ever AIM for Youth weekend at Doublegate Country Club is being sponsored by Fairway Toyota.

The cost is 150 dollars for Friday's banquet, Saturday's golf tournament and two tickets to Saturday's South Georgia Wildcats game.

It is 50 dollars for those who only want to attend the banquet and 100 dollars for those who just want to play in the golf tournament.

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