NFL, PA to give $1M to 9/11 funds

Updated: August 30, 2011, 12:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The NFL and the players' union are donating $1 million to memorials and charities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The first Sunday of the regular season is Sept. 11, and includes games matching the Dallas Cowboys at the New York Jets and the New York Giants at the Washington Redskins.

The NFL and NFL Players Association will contribute $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan which is expected to open in 2012, and $250,000 to be divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington.

In addition, the NFL and NFLPA will donate all proceeds from the sale of auction items from games played on Sept. 11, expected to total at least $250,000, to the Tuesday's Children and MyGoodDeed charities. Tuesday's Children provides services and support to people who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks. MyGoodDeed is the principle organizer of the September 11 National Day of Service and Rememberance.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.