NFL Charities celebrates three AFC East givers

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Three AFC East stars are among the five players being highlighted for their community work as part of the NFL Charities Week.

The NFL has awarded $1 million in grants to 89 player charities. Five of those organizations are being singled out this week to publicize the substantial philanthropy done throughout the league.

New England Patriots tackle Matt Light on Tuesday morning will receive $10,000 from NFL Charities for the Light Foundation. The check will be presented to him by Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Woonsocket Middle School.

New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson on Wednesday will receive a $25,000 grant for his Rich in Spirit Foundation. Richardson will be handing out dictionaries to 240 third-grade students in Corona, N.Y.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington's organization, the 1st and 10 Foundation, will be presented with a $50,000 grant Thursday at a function where he'll be donating shoes and backpacks to 75 children from the Miami Cooperative Feeding Program.

Other AFC East players receiving a portion of NFL Charities' $1 million largesse for their organizations are Dolphins defensive back Jason Allen (J. Allen AllStars Foundation), Bills receiver Terrell Owens (Catch a Dream Foundation), cornerback Drayton Florence (Drayton Florence Foundation) and Bills punter Brian Moorman (Punt Foundation).

Foundations with ties to AFC East teams include Hall of Fame quarterbacks Jim Kelly (Hunter's Hope Foundation) and Dan Marino (Dan Marino Foundation), former Bills and Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie (Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism), former Jets coach Herm Edwards (Herm Edwards Foundation), former Jets back Bruce Harper (Heroes and Cool Kids), former Jets receiver JoJo Townsell (MEFIYI Foundation), former Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons (Marty Lyons Foundation), former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau (Junior Seau Foundation), former Bills lineman Reggie McKenzie (Reggie McKenzie Foundation), former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor (Jason Taylor Foundation), former Dolphins defensive lineman Daryl Gardener (Gardener's Kids Center), former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore (Nat Moore Foundation) and former Dolphins linebacker Twan Russell (Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation).