Bengals support community groups with $35,000 in grants

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As a part of their commitment to the Greater Cincinnati area, the Bengals and NFL Charities have teamed up to recognize organizations that stand out for their commitment to our community. The Bengals distributed $35,000 to seven area charities in recognition of their work in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Two groups (American Heart Association and Marvin Lewis Community Fund) were recognized with grants from the NFL Play 60 program that encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes each day in order to reverse childhood obesity.

The remaining groups were recognized for their volunteer work in the community, including a $10,000 grant to the Greater Cincinnati Boys and Girls Clubs.

"The Greater Cincinnati area is blessed with many charities that help make our community better," Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said. "Large or small, each one touches people in need. We are proud to be associated with these organizations and appreciate the work they do each and every day."

The organizations receiving the grants are:

American Heart Association                            $10,000     (NFL PLAY 60)
Marvin Lewis Community Fund                                 $   5,000     (NFL PLAY 60)
Greater Cincinnati Boys and Girls Clubs                  $10,000    (Volunteerism)
Salvation Army of Cincinnati                                     $  2,500     (Volunteerism)
Most Valuable Kids                                                       $   2,500     (Volunteerism)
Local 12 Neediest Kids of All                                     $   2,500     (Volunteerism)
Greater Cincinnati Toys for Tots                               $   2,500     (Volunteerism)

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