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Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin, Hartford support athletes with equipment

The efforts Terry Griffin labored through to make sure his son, Shaquem, could train and play football have been well-documented. 

That’s why Shaquem Griffin, the Seattle Seahawks linebacker who had his left hand amputated at age four, is passionate about his partnership with The Hartford as part of its Ability Equipped program.

Earlier this week, Griffin virtually surprised two athletes from his native Tampa — 11-year-old J.T. Gerstner and 33-year-old Samantha Lebron, both of whom have cerebral palsy — with equipment to help advance their athletic goals (Gerstner got a javelin and strengthening machine. Lebron received a custom-made Top End Preliminator Racing Chair for track and field pursuits). The Hartford also gifted the Friends of the County Parks & Recreation in Tampa with a $40,000 equipment grant to purchase adaptive sports equipment to support community needs and programming.

“This was the first time I was able to be a part

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