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Hill active in charities, volunteering as cloud hangs over his future

Posted: 6:04 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 23:04:02Z
Tyreek Hill hosts celeb basketball game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A cloud of suspicion hanging over Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill about domestic abuse involving his 3-year-old son comes after he's very publicly helped other children in the community.

In March, Hill dunked a basketball and ran races against students at Pearson Elementary School in his hometown of Pearson, Georgia.

"Pearson Elementary, that's what I believe baby, so that's where I'm from, Pearson all day," he told our NBC-TV affiliate WALB-TV. "Just to be like such a big role model in a community is such a big thing to me. I like really accept that role."

Locally, Hill was supposed to be the host of a youth football camp at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park on June 1 and 2.

Andy Danner of Pro Camps, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company putting on the camp, says Hill will no longer participate.

Instead, Danner says he's looking for another host for the 240 boys and girls who've already signed up expecting the Chiefs' wide receiver to be there.

According to the original news release for the camp, each camper was supposed to receive a souvenir autograph from Hill and a team photo with him.

Danner declined to say if he's pursuing another Chiefs player to take Hill's place.

Hill was the host and participated in a celebrity basketball game at Rockhurst University last May to benefit his non-profit charity Tyreek Hill Foundation.

The foundation's website says its purpose is "empowering the youth and disadvantaged for a brighter future."

Other Chiefs players including Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce participated in last May's charity basketball game.

"My brothers got my back no matter what, you know what I'm saying," Hill said at the event. "Those guys have had my back since I came into the league."

Hill's charity and volunteer work has not just benefited youth.

Last September, he was named the NFL Players' Association MVP for week 3 for volunteering at a Kansas City food pantry.

"My biggest message for any kid that lives in a small town that it can be done, you know what I'm saying," Hill said in Georgia last month. "Look at me and look at my story."

It's unclear at this point how the possible domestic abuse issue might affect not only Hill's NFL career, but also his charitable foundation and other volunteer work in the community.

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