NFL to give $5 million to lower Manhattan groups

Updated: October 7, 2003, 2:51 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The NFL will give $5 million to several organizations in lower Manhattan, including hospitals and parks, to help the area recover from the World Trade Center attacks.

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced the grants Tuesday.

The money is from the league's disaster relief fund, which was set up after the attacks.

"Our owners and players pledge to do their share to help rebuild New York," Tagliabue said. "Our disaster relief board responded to Mayor Bloomberg's request to fill some of the gaps and needs that were not met by other 9-11 funds."

Among the organizations receiving NFL funds are Millennium High School, NYU Downtown Hospital, Sara Roosevelt Park and St. Vincent's Hospital.

Last year, the NFL made a $500,000 contribution to the city's one-year anniversary commemoration of the terrorist attacks.

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