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Giants Super Bowl vets face PAL in charity hoops game

New York Giants coach Bill Parcells, left, looks

New York Giants coach Bill Parcells, left, looks down at Giants running back Lee Rouson as the Giants practice at Giants Stadium. Credit: AP, 1987

The Super Bowl champion Giants are taking on the Police Athletic League.

In basketball.

And it's not those Super Bowl champion Giants.

No, those guys are still scheduled to play football on Sunday. But several former Giants, members of the 1986 and 1990 teams, will be hooping it up Saturday against the Nassau County PAL squad at Adelphi University.

The game and its surrounding festivities were organized to raise money for the PAL and special needs children. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $15.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m., opening with a basketball clinic put on by the Adelphi men's team and its coach, Dominick Savino. After that, there will be a Special Needs Game for children with disabilities, leading up to the main event.

There also will be a sports memorabilia auction, a meet-and-greet with the athletes, and a raffle for a Super Bowl package that includes a round-trip flight to New Orleans and two tickets to the big game.

"With the auction, raffles and everything, we're hoping to raise over $10,000," said Byron Hunt, a former Giants linebacker whose sports marketing firm is one of the event's organizers. He also was a member of the 1986 Super Bowl team. "In addition to the charity, I think it's a good opportunity for people to mingle with players from our old Super Bowl teams,'' Hunt said.

This is the first event of its kind, but Hunt said he received word there will be a similar fundraiser next year.

Hunt said he will be joined by "10 to 15" former Giants, including Curtis McGriff, Lee Rouson, Odessa Turner, Stephen Baker, Billy Taylor and Perry Williams.

"We like to introduce ourselves as the 'Super Bowl Champion New York Giants,' and that's what will be on our jerseys," Hunt, 53, said with a chuckle. "People will probably say, 'What? These old guys?' But once you've won a Super Bowl, you're always a champion."

Hunt said he and several Giants in the '80s used to compete regularly in charity basketball games throughout the off-season. Back then, he said, contracts weren't as restrictive in regulating offseason activities.

Baker and Turner, wide receivers on the 1990 team, competed against a team full of former Cowboys in a similar exhibition basketball game in June -- the Doomsday Shootout in New Jersey -- which raised money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Baker scored 14 points and helped lead the Giants to victory.

But how much game does the rest of this group still have?

"We never lose," Hunt said. "We have an undefeated record going all the way back to the '80s. We don't try to score 100 points anymore, but we do just enough to win''

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