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A Nonprofit Gives Tampa Kids Resources to Do Their Homework An IT company leader works to provide technology and education to Tampa kids.

By Gwen Moran Edited by Frances Dodds

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Tony DiBenedetto: Connecting Tampa's next generation.
Tony DiBenedetto: Connecting Tampa's next generation.
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Tony DiBenedetto was two years into his charitable effort to help bridge the digital divide when evidence of its effectiveness hit home.

The defining moment occurred at a Boys & Girls Club in Tampa, Fla., where DiBenedetto's nonprofit association, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, was unveiling a batch of computers for use by children who had none. It was an eye-opening experience for DiBenedetto's 9-year-old daughter, who heard from a few young teenagers that to finish their homework, they had to go to the library to access computers--and that, sometimes, enough computers weren't available or they had no transportation there, so they weren't able to complete their assignments.

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