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Great catch: Anquan Boldin handed out a $10,000 scholarship on Thursday.

Good deeds: Boldin delivers scholarship; 49ers aid event in Stockton

Published: Thursday, May. 29, 2014 - 9:47 am

Anquan Boldin's approach to giving always has been two-pronged. He and his Q81 Foundation have benefited his hometown of Pahokee, Fla. as well as whatever city or region he is playing in at the moment – from Phoenix, to Baltimore and now the Bay Area.

Today Boldin will award a $10,000 college scholarship to Aragon High's (San Mateo) Celene Bolanos. Boldin recently awarded three other $10,000 scholarships in Palm Beach County, Fla., including one to a student at his alma mater, Pahokee High. The scholarships are available to the students each academic year for needs outside of tuition, such as food, housing and books.

Earlier this year, Boldin won the NFL Players Association's annual Byron "Whizzer" White Award given for community service. The 49ers receiver, who signed a two-year extension in March, also has been involved with Oxfam America, Wounded Warriors and the United Way campaigns. He traveled to Africa a year ago to learn more about mining abuses in West Africa.

* Staying on the subject of good deeds … a number of 49ers players and alumni, including tackle Joe Staley, safety Eric Reid, fullback Bruce Miller and defensive end Tank Carradine will be in Stockton Friday and Saturday for a charity golf event. The players will be on hand for a meet and greet from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Elkhorn Golf Club. The tournament begins the next day at 8 a.m.

The cost of the meet and greet is $20. The proceeds benefit an array of charities, including the Project Uplift Mentoring Program, Project IMPACT Accountability Program and the Delta Iota Iota chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The scholarships are named in honor of Judge John F. Cruikshank, who devoted his life to bettering the lives of at-risk youth. One of the organizers is 49ers pastor Earl Smith, who is a Stockton native.

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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