Stars on the Field and Heroes in Their Hearts
They are admired by fans for their athletic prowess on the field, but a number of baseball and football players are heroes in the hearts of consumers and employees at the Center for Disability Services for far more personal reasons.
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The 52nd Annual Center for Disability Services Telethon on January 29, 2012, welcomed two big names to the live broadcast on WXXA/FOX23. New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who played in SuperBowl XLVI just one week later, made a special appearance and attracted hundreds of fans who wanted to see him and get his autograph.

“It’s something I really wanted to do. That’s why I came here today. It was the right thing to do,” said Nicks, who accepted the invitation to come to Albany once he had cleared the trip with Coach Tom Coughlin.

Just as they had in 2008, when then-NY Giant Steve Smith appeared at the Center’s Telethon, the team won the SuperBowl seven days later. It was widely reported that Coach Coughlin considers a player making the trip to the telethon a good luck charm for the Giants.

Hakeem Nicks was joined in the telethon sports area by popular and personable New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

“It’s a humbling experience to see people take time out of their day... to see it brings a smile to my face that other people actually care enough to share a moment with you. (We) obviously have the opportunity to change a lot of lives,” said Chamberlain, who made a personal donation to the Center.

Sports Stars in years past

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2010

The Center Has a History with Sports Stars


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