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Biletnikoff Foundation Helps At Risk Youth

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In Erie, NFL Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is known as a living legend.  But what you may not know about, is the Biletnikoff Foundation.

"It's named after my daughter," said Biletnikoff.  "She was an addict.  She went through a program out there in California, for two years and she was doing real well.  She got clean and sober."

But then, in 1999, his daughter Tracey was murdered.

"She always was concerned about kids," said Biletnikoff.  "That's what she wanted to do.  She did a lot of counseling, after two years she did at the rehab center."

So Fred and his wife Angela started the Biletnikoff Foundation, and over the years, they've helped thousands of women dealing with substance abuse and domestic violence.

"We continue on her spirit, to conquer your fears and live your dreams, just the way that Tracey did," said Angela Biletnikoff.  "It really means a lot to us to carry on Tracey's spirit and her dreams are still alive."

All of the proceeds from the 50th Erie Charity Sports Banquet will benefit the foundation.

"I think a lot of the professional football players have respect for the foundation, respect Fred, and respect our community." said Erie Charity Sports Banquet Founder Art Arkelian.

NFL Hall of Famers, like former Penn State linebacker and Green Bay Packers Super Bowl champion Dave Robinson agree.

"I've been a combatant of Fred for a long time, we played in the Oakland Coliseum...Super Bowl II," said Robinson.  "Anything he's involved with, if I can help, all he's got to do is call me."

According to Mr. Biletnikoff, the support means the world.

"They're supporting us quite a bit, and it means the world to me," said Biletnikoff.  "It's great to be back in Erie."

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