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:60 with Donte Whitner

>Tell us about your charitable organization, "Team 20 Foundation."

Our goal is to help underprivileged kids in Cleveland, Buffalo and Columbus, all the communities I've been a part of in my life. I'm a product of a single-parent household: My dad spent a lot of time in prison. So we target kids who came from that same kind of predicament. We get them school clothes, backpacks and school supplies. We have turkey giveaways. I've done some things where we help out single moms, like sending them to a spa for an entire day. With single dads, we take them to the (Cleveland) Cavaliers game.

>Sounds like this venture is really important to you.

It is because there are so many young people with negative things in their lives, things that can pull you in the wrong direction. I just like to give back and show the kids that if you stay out of trouble, you go to school and do all the right things, being successful is possible.

>You're a perfect example of that.

Exactly. So many times there is a stereotype on athletes. People say we are arrogant or whatever negative image they might have. But everybody is not the same, and don't judge a book by its cover based on what some players do. I just try to show people that even those with tattoos and piercings can still be smart, well-educated and a good person.

>Is there something you'd like to say to young people who may read this?

Anything is possible. Believe me, I know. Coming from my situation, a lot of people didn't think making it to college was possible. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Believe in what you do and believe that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.

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