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Boston Breakers’ Kristine Lilly Filled With the Spirit of Giving 0

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Kat Galsim

Women's soccer superstar Kristine Lilly is actively involved in the Who Gives? Racing for a Cause fundraising campaign.

Ah, the holidays. A time to decorate the house, shop for gifts, bundle up and drink some hot chocolate. A time to sing carols, watch TV specials and spend some quality time with the family.

It’s also a time to bring tidings of comfort and joy.

The Who Gives? campaign by Athletes for Hope does just that. The charitable organization that assists athletes in contributing to the community started its campaign with an online debate that asks the question, “Do professional athletes have an obligation to give back to the community?” Athletes including Tony Hawk, Mia Hamm, Steve Nash and Heather Mitts have weighed in with their thoughts on are-athletes-obligated.org .

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