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Paul's Calls: Light to be honored

Light will receiver Pop Warner’s Humanitarian Award this weekend at the organization’s annual All-American Scholastic banquet and awards ceremony at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.


Retirement has been anything but relaxing thus far for Matt Light. The former Patriots tackle spent the last couple of days working the media circuit at ESPN and NFL Network, now he's set to receiver an honor for all of his charitable work.

Light will receiver Pop Warner's Humanitarian Award this weekend at the organization's annual All-American Scholastic banquet and awards ceremony at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Light, who retired after 11 successful seasons with New England that included five trips to the Super Bowl, will be honored May 26 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort.

Each year Pop Warner honors more than 9,000 of its young athletes as All-American Scholars and recognizes notable professional athletes and industry leaders who serve as role models for Pop Warner's participants. Pop Warner grants an average of $110,000 in annual scholarships, and in 2012 will award its one-millionth scholarship dollar.

Light will receive the Pop Warner Humanitarian Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to youth and the community. Light is the founder of the Light Foundation, which strives to instill responsibility, accountability and leadership in youth through unique outdoor learning experiences.

In addition to Light, Pop Warner will honor Tampa Bay defensive lineman Gerald McCoy (Inspiration to Youth Award), head coach emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team Pat Summitt (Female Achievement Award) and Executive Director of the NFLPA DeMaurice Smith (Warner Award).

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