Hakeem Nicks has huge hands. It’s an undeniable fact: his 10 1/2-inch hands are three inches larger than the average male’s. However, his hands are more impressive in his charity, Hakeem Nicks’ Helping Hands, which, in collaboration with the Food Bank of New York & New Jersey, gives backpacks filled to the brim with healthy food and snacks to hundreds of local, disadvantaged youth.
Nicks started the charity in early 2012, reasoning that “access to healthy foods and staying active are critical to helping children thrive.” On Fridays, Nicks distributes the food to around 150 children from multiple schools, helping to support the one in five children in New York City who relies on emergency food programs, such as soup kitchens.
On Tuesday night at the United Way of New York City’s 20th Annual Gridiron Gala, Nicks was selected as one of the 2013 Hometown Heroes for his remarkable charity work. Today, Nicks was not present at the New York Giants voluntary OTA’s, and Tom Coughlin was not pleased.
“He should be here,” Coughlin remarked, according to an article by the NY Daily News. Quarterback Eli Manning was also perplexed. “I had no reason to think he wasn’t going to be here,” he said to ESPN.
Nicks’ absence wasn’t the only bad news of the day. Fullback Henry Hynoski was carted off the field after an apparent leg injury and is undergoing tests.
Unsurprisingly, Victor Cruz was also not in attendance as he tries to work out that long-term deal. Fans shouldn’t become worried quite just yet, as it is unlikely many expected him to report to the voluntary workouts. Nevertheless, his absence is a glimpse of how the team would look without him and a firm reminder to Giants management to sign him as soon as possible.