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  • NFL player David helps start True Grit challenge

  • He’s been a Greyhound, a Cornhusker and now a Buccaneer. But Lavonte David served a different role on Saturday at MAC Fitness Complex: Autograph Artist.



    David, who just completed his rookie season with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, visited Pittsburg on Saturday to help kick off the Horses of Hope True Grit Challenge.

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  • He’s been a Greyhound, a Cornhusker and now a Buccaneer. But Lavonte David served a different role on Saturday at MAC Fitness Complex: Autograph Artist.
    David, who just completed his rookie season with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, visited Pittsburg on Saturday to help kick off the Horses of Hope True Grit Challenge.
    The challenge, which will be a 12-week fitness challenge for kids, will have weekly check-ins over the time span to help prepare kids to compete in the “Heroes from All Walks of Life” 5K, 1-mile run/walk, and 1/2 mile relay on April 20. Those in the True Grit Challenge can participate in that event for free, while others will have to pay a small fee, with proceeds going to establish the Heroes on Horses program for veterans.
    David has been a supporter of Horses for Hope since his time at Fort Scott Community College.
    Besides David, there were two others signing autographs: former FSCC and Northern Illinois running back Jasmin Hopkins and Pittsburg State running back Trezz Tillman.
    Organizers said the goal was to get 20 kids signed up for the challenge.
    Aaron McConnell, whose MAC Fitness hosted the kick-off event, said the True Grit Challenge will be a big help in the community.
    “So many people gripe and whine about childhood obesity. With the True Grit Challenge, it’s definitely a way to step up and do something about it,” McConnell said.

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