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Holyfield Talks of Food Donations

March 28, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Young fans tried to get a piece of Evander Holyfield when he showed up to promote the idea of giving surplus food to the hungry.

``I truly know it’s a blessing when we can be a blessing to others,″ the heavyweight boxing champion told hundreds of fans at the Capitol Courtyard on Thursday. ``I was once one of those people who didn’t have much and someone gave to me.″

Holyfield and his wife, Dr. Janice Holyfield, have created the Evander Holyfield Foundation and are responsible for major contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

``It helps us to grow as people to love one another,″ he said. ``Sometimes you have to step out and be the first one to do it.″

After his brief speech, Holyfield was named mayor for the day and then swamped by requests for autographs.

Forbes magazine in December listed Holyfield among its top 40 money-making athletes of 1997, second only to Michael Jordan with an estimated $54.3 million.

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