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New York, NY
June 1 , 2002
Jacksonville Jaguars' star cornerback Fernando Bryant will win extra points when he touches down with transplant kids at the National Kidney Foundation 2002 U.S. Transplant Games to be held June 25-29 in Orlando. Bryant, whose brother received a kidney transplant last year, will conduct a football clinic for youngsters on Thursday, June 27 from 9:00 am - 9:30 am at the NFL Experience at Disney's Wide World of Sports™ Complex.
The Games, sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, are an Olympic-style event for athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants of every type—–kidney, liver, heart lung, pancreas and bone marrow. Transplant athletes of all ages will compete at for gold, silver and bronze medals in 13 different sports including track and field, swimming, tennis, basketball and cycling. Held biennially, the U.S. Transplant Games draw participants from all over the country who are organized into 50 state teams.
Bryant says he is honored to be a part of the 2002 U.S. Transplant Games and "hopes to draw attention to the desperate need for organ donors in this country." He plans on sharing some of his football tips and taking time out to sign autographs for kids who attend the event. Bryant, who began his football career at Alabama, was the highest-drafted cornerback ever selected by the Jaguars. In his first year with Jacksonville, Bryant was named to every All-Rookie team in 1999 and holds a career total of 135 tackles.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and urinary tract disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.