Fassel Foundation donates $250K to 9/11 groups

In this photo released by MyGoodDeed.org, Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, second right, joins former Giants coach Jim Fassel, right, sportscaster Curt Menefee, left, Jay Winuk and David Paine of MyGoodDeed.org, second left and center, and former Giant George Martin, back row, after a news conference announcing a $250,00 donation to 9/11-related charities by the Jim Fassel Foundation at the WTC Tribute Center Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, MyGoodDeed.org)

Tiki Barber, second right, joins former Giants coach Jim Fassel, right, Curt Menefee, left, Jay Winuk and David Paine of MyGoodDeed.org, second left and center, and former Giant George Martin, back row, at the WTC Tribute Center in New York. (MyGoodDeed.org)

Jim Fassel watched from the roof of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan collapsed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Fassel, who was head coach of the Giants in 2001, and the team visited the site a week later to support the first responders.

“When I walked through the rubble of Ground Zero,” Fassel said. “I pledged that I’d never forget the events of the day and I’d do what I could to help the people affected by it.”

This week, Fassel — now an NFL analyst for Westwood One Radio and ESPN — continued to follow up on his pledge. His Jim Fassel Foundation, which was established in 2002 and has raised more than $1.1 million, contributed $250,000 to five organizations representing first responders, health providers and 9/11-related charities. The donation, the Fassel Foundation’s largest one-time contribution to date, was made at the World Trade Center Tribute Center in lower Manhattan.

“We have achieved an important milestone, surpassing $1 million in funds raised,” Fassel said. “After seven years, many may not realize that the 9/11 tragedy continues to cause considerable pain, hardship and illness, which is why it is so essential that we find ways to keep the needs of those affected in the public eye because they will continue to require our support for some time.”

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