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May 11, 2011

Martellus Bennett has art show for charity, set to attend Romo-led workouts today for first time

It's been quite a week for Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett.

First, his controversial comments a month ago about the the Cowboys needing to allow Jon Kitna to compete with Tony Romo for the starting quarterback job were supported by coach Jason Garrett on Monday. Garrett said he wants competition at every position, including quarterback.

And then on Tuesday Bennett, the artist, had a coming out party of sorts with a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting Open Arms International. Open Arms International will use the money raised during the auction to feed, clothe, house, educate and care for children in Eldoret, Kenya, an area that’s been hit particularly hard by HIV/AIDS.
 
More than 50 people, including tight ends coach John Garrett, and former teammate Sam Hurd, attended the event which featured about 47 pieces of art done by Bennett himself.
“My friends and I decided to help because we have a heart for suffering children in Africa,” says Bennett. “The work Open Arms International is doing in Kenya is giving these children new hope and a bright future. We are looking forward to being a part of it.”
According to the fourth-year player from Texas A&M, painting is how he spent his time during the lockout other than working out. Roughly 30 of the pieces were done since the end of the season, Bennett said.
Now that the art show is over, Bennett will join his teammates for the voluntary player-run workouts, starting Wednesday. He has been training at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney and didn't attend the first workouts last week.
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