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Holliday's giving spirit

Posted: January 20, 2011 4:10 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Professional athletes often seem to make as many headlines for their off-the-field shenanigans as they do for their skill in the playing arena. Sports fans have come to expect that extracurricular news about athletes generally is going to be bad rather than good. That’s why it’s so refreshing to watch Camden native Vonnie Holliday go about his good works. When you read about Holliday, it’s not about a DUI arrest or a nightclub brawl or a dog-fighting incident, but rather about one of his charitable initiatives. All Kershaw County citizens can share in the good news that Holliday was recently recognized by the website blacksgiveback.com for being one of the country’s top African-American celebrity philanthropists.

Holliday grew up in humble circumstances in Camden, but after graduating from CHS and then the University of North Carolina, and then becoming a high draft pick in the NFL, it didn’t take long for him to start sharing -- not only his wealth but his time. Holliday has been involved in numerous activities in his home town and is now engaged, through The Vonnie Holliday Foundation, in helping fund brain cancer research; that effort has occurred because of the untimely death of his sister-in-law from brain cancer.

Holliday’s charitable and philanthropic efforts over his 13-year NFL career are too many to name. He has frequently come back to this area to help spearhead such projects and, not to use an overworn phrase, has never forgotten where he came from. In a sea of publicity that usually features bad news about athletes, we’re happy that Camden can claim Holliday.

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