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Victor Cruz honored for giving, not receiving

Victor Cruz attends a game between the Nets

Victor Cruz attends a game between the Nets and Knicks. (Dec. 19, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Victor Cruz has been a star in the NFL for a few years now, but today he officially became a Point of Light.

The Giants receiver was presented with the Daily Point of Light award this morning in Manhattan from Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Cruz, along with CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group Danny Meyer, and Fox News contributor and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino joined Points of Light in bringing the national volunteer service tour “One America” to New York City.

“It’s definitely an honor to receive that award,” Cruz told Newsday. “It’s given to a person who shows the most volunteerism and does the most for his community. I was honored to be here today through all of the work I’ve done through Paterson and my hometown and the Boys & Girls Club and things of that nature. It was definitely an honor and a privilege.”

The Giants pay Victor Cruz to score touchdowns, which he did three times against the Cowboys on Sunday night. But Cruz has also become a team ambassador in situations like this, something that is appreciated within the organization. Perhaps the most glaring example of his citizenship shining through came last year when he embraced the family of Jack Pinto, the young child who was killed in the Newtown elementary school shooting. He was also honored this offseason by the Boys & Girls Club. He is working to establish the Cruz Clubhouse at the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic, which will aim to improve students’ readiness for college.

“I’m truly grateful to all the people who helped me in my journey – my family, friends, coaches, teachers, teammates, and others – and I want all kids to have access to the same kind of support network that I did,” Cruz said. “I also want kids to avoid some of the adversity I had to overcome … In high school and college, I struggled a lot with academic challenges. If kids growing up today receive better guidance about the importance of school than I got, they might be able to avoid some of those struggles.”

For more information on the One America tour, visit or follow the conversation on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #1America.


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