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Holyfield fight cancelled: Other sports heroes continue to step up for Detroit

Unfortunately, the Evander Holyfield’s Dec. 9 fight against Sherman Williams at Joe Louis Arena we mentioned in an earlier post has been canceled.

What a shame. A good portion of that money would have gone to Forgotten Harvest to provide meals to hungry Metro Detroiters. It was estimated the fight could generate enough money to provide up to two million meals.

It seems the main reason was lagging ticket sales and the inability to land a TV deal. Forgotten Harvest is, of course, disappointed but has only good things to say about Evander. If you want to read more about why the fight was cancelled go to see the Detroit Free Press article.

Meanwhile, if you want to hob knob with our local sports heroes remember the Second Annual Adopting Families for the Holidays charity event is December 9 at The Reserve in Birmingham (210 S. Eaton Street).

Done in partnership with Volunteers of America and the NBA/NFL Players of Detroit Athletes, this program matches families in need with individual and/or corporate sponsors who “adopt” them for the holidays. Donations received by sponsors provide new clothes, toys or a gift for each child and food for the whole family.

You can meet and greet Detroit Lions four- time All-Pro wide-receiver Herman Moore,  seven-time All Pro and Super Bowl champion Lomas Brown, current standouts Kevin Smith, Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas, Derrick Williams and other active Detroit Lions players. Detroit Red Wings players Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and rookie Jakub Kindl will also be there along with Detroit Pistons Bad Boy Rick Mahorn.

A $75 general admission ticket gets you into the event and to the food provided by Big Rock/The Reserve, music, mingling with your Detroit athletes and event gift bags.

A $150 VIP ticket lets your hob knob with the stars at a private reception before the doors open and includes a private autograph signing from 10 of the attending athletes.

Go to http://athletesadoptingfamilies.com for more details.

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