Award Recognizes Outstanding Community Service and on-Field Excellence
Good Grief today extended its heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to Dalvin Tomlinson on his selection as the New York Giants Man of the Year for 2020. In making the announcement earlier today, the football Giants recognized the fourth-year defensive lineman and team captain for his significant contributions and positive impact on the community.
In connection with the award, the Giants announced a $20,000 donation to Good Grief in Dalvin’s honor. The donations will support Good Grief’s work to empower children and families facing life after the death of someone significant in their lives.
“Most people know Dalvin Tomlinson as a gifted and talented athlete at the top of his game but his work off the field as a role model and ambassador for grieving children makes him a truly special person,” said Good Grief CEO Joe Primo. “Dalvin’s story is one that all grieving kids can relate to, because he is a grieving kid who has found a way to integrate grief into his life in a positive and powerful way.”
Tomlinson’s association with Good Grief began in 2019 when he hosted a group of Good Grief children and families at a Giants VIP practice session. He has continued to support Good Grief’s work during the pandemic by sharing his personal story of the challenges he experienced losing both of his parents before finishing high school. Good Grief recently honored Tomlinson with its Champion for Grieving Children award for his work as an advocate and role model for grieving children.
As the New York Giants Man of the Year, Tomlinson becomes eligible to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year from among an elite group of 32 players selected by their respective NFL teams. The winner of the award each year receives $250,000 to donate to his charity of choice while all 31 other nominees receive up to $50,000 donated to their charity of choice.
Fans are invited to show their support for their favorite player by participating in the Nationwide Charity Challenge, a social media contest. Fans can cast their vote by posting #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee’s last name on Twitter. The nominees who receive the most hashtag mentions will win an additional $25,000 donation to his charity of choice from Nationwide.
“We encourage all fans of Dalvin, the Giants and Good Grief to get involved and show their support by posting #WPMOYChallengeTomlinson to Twitter,” said Primo.
Good Grief is respected as a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families. It is the leading provider of these services in New Jersey serving more than 900 participants each month. Good Grief is a registered 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to build resilience in children, strengthen families, and empower communities to grow from loss and adversity. For more information, please visit our web site www.good-grief.org
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