Celebrity Athletes Charity Work: Cozy Up In Lewis Hamilton’s Sleeping Bag for Charity, George Martin-the $2 Million Dollar Man, Aston Villa Says No To Big Bucks and Opts for Charity

LEWIS HAMILTON’S SLEEPING BAG FOR CHARITY?

Felipe Massa may have won the French Grand Prix on Sunday after Lewis Hamilton battled with extra penalty points which caused him to finish in eleventh place…but I’d much rather talk about Lewis Hamilton’s sleeping bag…a bunch of smart kids from the Maple Court Primary School in the UK were encouraged by the school to stage a charity auction. The kids fired off a bunch of letters asking for donations, and viola- they are now is possession of the F1-babes sleeping bag. “We got it from Mercedes Benz,” said an eleven-year old student. Hamilton’s downy-piece of heaven goes on the auction block July 16th. (SentinelUK)

GEORGE MARTIN: $2 MILLION DOLLAR MAN
George Martin spent his entire football career with the NY Giants (1975-1988) and missed only six games during those 14 years…so its no surprise that the ex-defensive end completed his 3,003-mile trek across the US with a massive smile across his face. “I feel like a million bucks,” Martin said. “Other than a blister that I have on my left foot, I’m in great shape.” The big guy burned through 24 pairs of shoes and lost 40 pounds before finishing his walk on Saturday in San Diego-and Im sure that smile also had to do with the fact that he raised more than $2 million along the way for sick 9/11 rescue workers.

Martin began his walk on September 16 to draw attention to the plight of rescue and recovery workers who developed respiratory problems after working in the ruins of the World Trade Center. “These heroes need our collective support,” Martin said in a statement. “Many who answered our nation’s call for help now cannot even walk up the steps in their own homes due to severe respiratory and other ailments. Some are dying. They deserve our help.” For more info on this mighty-mighty-good-man, please visit ‘A Journey For 911.’

ASTON VILLA GATHERS ACORNS

Premier League club Aston Villa didn’t seem bothered when their multimillion- dollar deal with an Internet gaming company expired. Instead, they opted to enter into sponsorship deal to promote the work of Acorns children’s hospices by advertising the hospice on their jerseys. “Yes, the shirts have monetary value, but they also have emotional value to fans and this is something to give back to them,” said Duncan Riddle, the club’s head of community relations. Villa, owned by American Randy Lerner, is the first Premier League club to shun a lucrative sponsorship deal. “Real credit must go to Aston Villa for being the first Premier League club to use their shirt sponsorship to highlight their charity partnership with Acorns,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said. “I am sure that Acorns’ association with Aston Villa will be a great help in raising awareness and funds for the excellent work they undertake.” Acorns look after 600 children and families and run three 10-bed units across central England. (Aston Villa Acorns)


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