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Ken Anderson To Host Autism Event In Cincinnati On Kickoff Weekend

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JEANNETTE, PA - AUGUST 12:  Quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson watches Terrelle Pryor as he works out at a practice facility on August 12, 2011 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
JEANNETTE, PA - AUGUST 12: Quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson watches Terrelle Pryor as he works out at a practice facility on August 12, 2011 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest figures in Cincinnati Bengals franchise history is throwing a huge event for a good cause. In his effort to increase autism awareness, Ken Anderson will be hosting a charity event in downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square on the Monday afternoon preceding the Bengals' first game of the season on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson tweets:

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy adds a few more details about the event as well. Click the jump to read more.

Kickoff 2012 on Fountain Square on Sept. 10 when the Bengals take on the Ravens and will benefit IMPACT Autism. Sponsors of the event are the Bengals, Fifth Third Bank and Necco. The event is free to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Food will be available from LaRosa’s, Montgomery Inn, Keystone Grille, Holy Grail, UDF and Gold Star Chili. Also the Naked Karate Girls will perform beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Besides Anderson, former Bengals players will be available for autographs for a suggested donation.

It's a great cause to support and even though the team isn't throwing the event, they are sponsoring it and assisting with gathering other former Bengals who will be there to support Anderson and the cause. It's another neat event in a line of recent announcements that have come from the club. It also sounds like a fun way to kick off the Bengals season and gear up for a big Week One matchup.

We'll divulge more details on the event (which specific players will be attending, etc) as we hear them.