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Gator Nation answers Titus O'Neil's challenge

UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2015

Gator Nation has answered Titus O’Neil’s challenge, exceeding the WWE Superstar and University of Florida alum’s call to volunteer 3,000 hours to help feed the hungry on Sept. 26. As of Oct. 2, Gator Nation has pledged more than 7,000 hours of service!

On Friday, O’Neil returned to Gainesville, Fla., to give back to the community. He served lunch at St. Francis House, hosted a lunch with 10 homeless representatives at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, gave motivational speeches to students at Abraham Lincoln Middle School, Bishop Middle School, and also to the Florida Gators football team.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Hall of Famer Thaddeus Bullard and his alma mater are challenging fans to help the hungry in their communities.

Bullard, who is known across the globe as WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil, played defensive end on the Gators football team that won the 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl. During Florida’s game against Tennessee Sept. 26, O’Neil will challenge the Gator Nation to commit 3,000 hours of volunteer time. If Gator fans meet the challenge, O’Neil will respond with his own pledge. Throughout the football season, he also will challenge other well-known Gators to get involved.

The challenge is part of the Gator Good, a University of Florida campaign that focuses on the university’s impact beyond campus. Fans can follow the campaign on social media through the hashtag #GatorGood and on, where they can read and share stories that inspire them and pledge time to local charities. 

“Everything that I’ve had the opportunity to do for others started when people did things for me when they had nothing to gain in return,” O’Neil said. “This Gator Good campaign will not only show how great The Gator Nation is, but also how great anyone can be when they give back to those that need it most.”

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