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Matt Light’s charity work recognized

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Patriots left tackle Matt Light (center) and Chairman/CEO Robert Kraft (far right) pose for a picture with students at Woonsocket Middle School today. (Mike Reiss / Globe Staff)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In my experience covering the New England Patriots, few players have done as much charity work as left tackle Matt Light. The nine-year veteran works on behalf of several different causes.

Today at the Woonsocket (R.I.) Middle School, Light’s selfless work was recognized

Light received an NFL Charities grant for $10,000, which was presented by Patriots Chairman/CEO Robert Kraft. The presentation was part of NFL Charities Week and recognizes Light’s work with his Light Foundation.

As part of the presentation, Light led a financial literacy class with seventh- and eighth-grade students.

“We’re very grateful for the opportunity to apply for a grant like this,” Light told reporters. “NFL Charities, they’re dedicated to helping guys off the field with their charitable endeavors. That is huge. I think when you have that kind of support, it makes it so much easier for us as a foundation, to know we have an organization that stands behind us and is there to help fund some of the programs that we have in place. We’re very appreciative.”

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Light also announced that he is starting an annual scholarship fund in the memory of late New Bedford (Mass.) Standard Times sports writer Dan Pires.

“When you look at what Danny left behind and the people he affected with his life, he was as charitable-minded as anyone out there just by the way he lived his life,” Light said.

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