Monthly Archives: October 2008

Lewis Hamilton is Again Targeted by Racists

Lewis Hamilton is Again Targeted by Racists

In London, things are good for Lewis Hamilton-so good in fact, that he’s a piece of art…British artist Ian Cook unveiled his latest work of genius…a massive Lewis Hamilton painting he created by using remote controlled cars instead of paint brushes…this Sunday, Hamilton will go head-to-head with Felipe Massa for the Formula One world title. Hamilton currently holds a seven-point lead over Massa going into the final race of the season in Brazil…kinda like Obama over McCain…and of course, racists morons are not happy about their homeboy Massa being outperformed by a –oh-god-no! Black man.

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I was literally sick to my stomach reading some of this shit. (Excuse my language kids but this fires me up). A new website has emerged-which I do NOT recommend you visit, especially if you have a weak stomach for hatred and racism. Massa fans can’t handle the fact that their pug-faced hero is about to lose the World Championships to yet another squeaky-voiced uber-sexy British beast. The website asks visitors to place pins, nails and porcupines on the ‘interactive map of the track’ to try and “stop Formula One’s first black driver from finishing Sundays race.”

The website has done nothing more than give cowardly racists a platform to voice their sub-par thoughts. More than 16,000 racist messages have been left so far….many taunting him about the color of his skin in a vile campaign that reprised the abuse he received at the start of the year in Barcelona. One coward wrote: “Conguito, you are going to die.” (conguito is a type of chocolate with racist overtones.) Other cowards wrote messages like: “Half-breed, kill yourself in your car,” and “I hope you run over your dad in the first pit stop, Hamilton.” And these are the nicer comments.

Formula One’s governing body condemned the Web site, according to Brazilian media, saying that it is against any act of ‘discrimination and prejudice.’ Earlier this year, FIA even launched an anti-racism campaign after Spanish fans taunted Hamilton during testing in Spain.

Now, while I do kinda believe in voodoo, I’m not too concerned about a lame website aimed at those with an IQ of less than 20. Hamilton-with his seven-point advantage over the Brazilian pug Massa, need only finish the race fifth or better. This he will do. He WILL win his first title and become F1′s youngest champion at age 23. And that my Brazilian haters, is a cold hard fact that you best put in your racist pipes and smoke it all to hell.

If you can stomach the hate, go to the Telegraph to read more and follow the link back to the site. Ain’t no way I was linking that crap up here.

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DAVID BECKHAM v FREDDIE LJUNGBERG

DAVID BECKHAM v FREDDIE LJUNGBERG

Praise to the soccer gods who have opened up their arms and dropped a piece of Swedish heaven into our laps! Damn…this girl has been wiping the Ljungberg drool off her chin post Arsenal games for years…and now, for those out of the hot-European-soccer-babes-loop, I now introduce you to Freddie Ljungberg.

Freddie has signed with the Seattle Sounders…his years of playing for Arsenal and WestHam are thankfully gone. He said: ‘I’m really happy to be here in Seattle, I feel so welcomed by everybody.” (Not nearly as welcomed as you would felt if I had been in the area my friend.)

No doubt mass confusion between David Beckham and Ljungberg will ensue, but I’ll never complain about the similarities, in fact, I’m going to relish this for a very long time. Ljungberg spent nine seasons with Arsenal- he’s played 75 games for Sweden, including appearances at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2000, 2004 and 2008 European Championships… Both Beckham and Ljungberg play right wing…both are male models…both captained their national team…both drive my libido insane…both have some insanely sexy tattoos and neither one of ‘em has ever won a World Cup or a European Championship. Welcome to Seattle Freddie…now take off your shirt.

Freddie has had his fair share of modeling and I can only assume that it won’t be long for his sex-appeal to be picked up by every mass-media outlet from here to Timbuktu…watch, within a few months I predict some sort of People Mag’s sexy men issue will notice the Swedish treat…but in the meantime, we’ve got Golden Balls gracing the cover of British GQ to celebrate the mags 20th anniversary. The sporn worthy issue (which goes on sale Thurs) features over 12 pages of Beckham discussing everything from Tom Cruise to his religious tattoos.

A snippet from the mag article:

    Although he lives in Beverly Hills and watches movies at home with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the soccer-star-turned-model swears he has no plans to join them on the big screen. Asked if he hopes to develop a film career, the fashion fan recently issued an emphatic denial. “What film career? I haven’t got one,” Beckham told the December issue of British GQ. “Never say never, except about that! And that’s the way it’s going to stay.” Still, that doesn’t stop 33-year-old from mingling with famous friends like Cruise. “He came round for dinner a few weeks ago,” said Beckham. “But it’s the same with him. We just go round and watch a film. It’s not a big deal, it’s just popping round to watch a film or to mess around and play with the kids.” The Brit also dismissed claims that Cruise has tried to convert him or his wife Victoria. “I respect any person’s religion. Everybody’s got their own ideas,” said Beckham. “And, of course, Tom is a big believer in Scientology, but he’s never pushed anything on to us about it and he never will do. Friends don’t do that.” His L.A. Galaxy soccer team has failed to make the playoffs and will not take the field again until next March. During the lay-off, Beckham will reportedly play for Italy’s AC Milan. But, he insists, America is still his home. “We’re happy here at the moment, that’s the biggest thing,” he explained.

“All my tattoos have a religious theme,” says Beckham. “I’m not too religious. But I believe there is something out there that looks after you.” In case anyone needs a Golden Tattoo Guidebook, Beckham’s tattoos and the order he received them: Son Brooklyn’s name on his back; “Guardian Angel” on his back; Hindi “Victoria” design on his left arm; Roman numeral VII (7) on his right forearm; Latin phrase “Perfectio In Spiritu”, meaning “Spiritual Perfection”, on his right arm; More Latin, “Ut Amem Et Foveam” or “So That I Love And Cherish”, on his left arm; Son Romeo’s name on his back; Delinda on his back; Classical art design on his right shoulder; Winged cross on the back of his neck; Angel with motto “In The Face of Adversity” on right arm; Son Cruz’s name on his back; Second angel, Delinda and clouds added to right arm and shoulder; Portrait of Victoria on left forearm; “Forever by your side” on left forearm…and (gulp); The Chinese proverb “Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honour depend on heaven.” down his left torso, running from his nipple to his groin. And with that, Wonder Twins pa-leeze activate…form…of…a…Chinese Proverb.


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NBA Action: Charity Round Up

CHRIS PAUL

How about a big plate of Chris Paul for lunch? Seriously. You can now walk into any ‘Copelands’ restaurant and order a big ol’ plate of CP3 with extra sauce and a side o’ fries and not feel guilty about it because it’s for charity…On Saturday, the Hornets’ All-Star babe, hosted 240 boys and girls ages 7 to 16 at Lakefront Arena for his inaugural Chris Paul Basketball Camp, where he also announced a couple of new charitable initiatives-one of which is the signature Chris Paul dish with proceeds benefiting the Al Copeland Foundation and the Chris Paul Basketball Camp.

“I’m here for the kids, ” Paul said. “I love them, I love when they ask the craziest questions. They asked ‘Do you like basketball?’ You never know what you are going to hear when you are out there with the kids. That’s what it is all about. I think of myself as a big kid…I think of some of the opportunities they have to meet an NBA basketball player, and I just want to give them hope.”

More hope from the balling do-gooder comes with the announcement that he’s also teamed with country music star Garth Brooks and his ‘Teammates For Kids Foundation,’ a nonprofit charity that donates money to other charities based on the accomplishments of athletes. Teammates For Kids has donated more than $68 million in cash, gifts and scholarships through players and teams in the NFL, NHL and MLB…no surprise that Chris Paul was chosen as the foundation’s first NBA partner. Under the plan, Teammates For Kids will triple Paul’s contribution to his charity. “Chris is going to be like our arrangement with every other athlete — whatever he pledges . . . it’s our job as a foundation to triple that money, ” Brooks said. “We are very lucky to enter this sport, and we are very lucky to have had a great conversation with the players association and the league up in New York last week.”

GRANT HILL AND THE SUNS

Another one of our smoking hot ballers with a massive heart, Grant Hill (Phoenix Suns) hosted the Paint the Planet Orange kickoff event last week at Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix…Hill was joined by new Sun Matt Barnes and his sexy tattoos as they dropped in on kids during the weeklong campaign which included appearances at various charitable organizations…Also, on Friday, October 31, join the City of Phoenix Graffiti Busters Project (47th Avenue Food Store, beginning at 2 p.m. 4723 W Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85031) The Suns have teamed up with the City of Phoenix’s Graffiti Busters project to clean up the city as Suns stars Amare Stoudemire, Robin Lopez and Sean Singletary along with Mayor Phil Gordon and The Gorilla help paint the planet orange when they paint over destructive graffiti. The City of Phoenix’s Graffiti Busters program sends crews to remove graffiti reported through the hotline and also coordinates with other public and private agencies to remove graffiti. More info HERE.

SAN LONGORIA SPURS

Its been a long time since I’ve given any love to the Spurs…still wince when I do…but I must…mainly because NBA Hall of Famer, George “The Iceman” Gervin (far R), fired the starting gun for the 2nd annual Spurs Hope & Possibility 5k to benefit the Achilles San Antonio chapter at the Center for the Intrepid and the Spurs Foundation.

Spurring on participants were Ime Udoka, Jacque Vaughn and Tim Duncan (far right as well)…also at the event were Bruce Bowen, Roger Mason, Manu Ginobili and Tony Longoria-Parker.

And as much as I hate running, I suspect I would have clocked a sensational time had I known Kurt Thomas would be there to quench my thirst…

**Please visit Look to the Stars to read my interview with former talk show host Jenny Jones. She is improving this world one person at a time and hands down, ranks as one of my favorite celebrity philanthropists.

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Virgin Money

Virgin Money
“It’s going to be pretty unpleasant,” Richard Branson said. “I suspect most people will be thoroughly, thoroughly ill throughout most of the journey.”

Early this morning, Sir Richard Branson along with a crew that includes his son and daughter-departed on a journey to break the record for sailing across the Atlantic. His latest endeavor aboard the 99-foot Virgin Money maxi yacht will be a six-day sail carrying high hopes of smashing the current record of 6 days, 7 hours 39 minutes and 52 seconds. “We’re going to be in some pretty ferocious weather,” said Branson, the billionaire British babe and chairman of the Virgin Group of companies. “And those are the kinds of wind we need for the record attempt.”

At approximately 4 a.m., the clock started ticking when the Virgin Money passed the Ambrose Lighthouse (NY area), giving her until 9:39.52 p.m. on Oct. 28 to break the record. The Branson offspring along for the journey include his 26 year-old daughter, Holly, who will serve as the boat’s medic, and his 23-year-old son, Sam who appears to be as smoking hot as his daddy.

And with this I must admit, I wish I were on the Virgin Money. I wish I could join in the post-sail celebration…bottom line kids, my posts may become fewer and fewer these days as I mull over my place in the blog world. So bear with me kids…if you subscribe to the news feed it will automatically update you when I next post. Until then, look for me on Look to the Stars (www.looktothestars.org) and as always, thanks for reading.


Delinda Lombardo
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Life Rolls On ‘Night by the Ocean’ Benefit

Life Rolls On ‘Night by the Ocean’ Benefit

Just discovered a great event and awesome foundation thanks to those blue eyes of Kelly Slater…the Life Rolls on Foundation held their 5th Annual “Night by the Ocean” Benefit last Sunday…also bringing a wee-bit more attention to this event was Prison Break babe Dominic Purcell.

Over 500 celebrities, surf stars and supporters stepped out in full force to support the Life Rolls On Foundation which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Sponsor Disaboom kicked in $75k while saluting the efforts of IMG Sports & Entertainment for their efforts in promoting positive images of people with spinal cord injury.

Don’t know how many of you have tried surfing before. Living in San Diego has given me pa-lenty of time on a board and I can tell ya its not easy. After watching autistic kids surf via the aid of ‘Surfers Healing’ I vowed never to have a bad day. And now, as we face this insane economic crisis, let’s keep it in perspective. Most of us can walk, talk and enjoy the freedoms that some can’t. The Life Rolls On Foundation rightly deserves some serious attention…as do those with spinal cord injuries. Combine ‘em both- add a few waves and a splash or two Kelly Slater into the mix and ya got yourself one hell of a foundation.

The black tie gala was held at the historic Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom, and the red carpet (complete with wheelchair access) was walked by: Kelly Slater, Nicky Hilton, David Katzenberg, Jenna Fischer, Brooke Burns, Dominic Purcell, Morgan Spurlock, Rob Machado, Brandon Boyd, Jeffrey Donovan, Brandon Jenner, Linda Thompson, Brandon Davis, Jason Davis and David Chokachi.

This years fundraiser was the largest ever for the Foundation and raised a whopping $340,000 thanks to heavy bidding during the cocktail reception…guests enjoyed dinner by Wolfgang Puck…Highlights of the evening included Kelly Slater underwriting Life Rolls On Foundation’s upcoming family fair for kids with spinal cord injury, Brooke Burns buying a trip to Tavarua Island, David Katzenberg winning a surfboard signed by Dean Morrison, Jeffrey Donovan winning a trip to Costa Rica, Jenna Fischer sponsoring a They Will Ski event to give children with SCI the opportunity to ski this winter and Sal Masekela donating $10,000 to the foundation.

Scheduled host for the evening, Sal Masekela, couldn’t make it due to a flight delay, so LRO founder Jesse Billauer took to the stage. Morgan Spurlock opened the ceremony followed by contributions from Dominic Purcell, Brandon Boyd, Rob Machado, Jeffrey Donovan, Jodie Nelson and Josh Billauer (Jesse’s brother).

About Life Rolls On: Founded in 1999, Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Utilizing action sports as a platform to push the bounds of possibility after SCI, Life Rolls On produces quality of life programming, raises awareness about spinal cord injury and funds research to find a cure. With a network of more than 70,000 supporters worldwide, LRO is one of the fastest growing, contemporary charitable organizations in the country and has been featured in national print, television and radio. In 2007, the organization received its first EMMY® nomination for Best National Public Service Announcement. For more information, visit www.liferollson.org. Also be sure to check out thier YouTube Channel.

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NBA ROUND UP: D1 STYLE

I SEE YOU BOYS

Let’s see what’s been going on with some of our NBA hotties…first and foremost, gotta give mad love to one of the most active and vocal humanitarian ballers in the league. Etan Thomas. The Washington Wizard is currently in Barcelona taking part in the NBA Europe Live Tour and the above photo, without question, goes down as one of the most unique I’ve seen in a long time…Tiptoe’s anyone?

Also gotta throw my arms around the tree-trunk physique of Vlade Divac (above). Although Vlade looks wasted in the above photo and seems to have fallen off the radar, he hasn’t fallen off my libido’s radar. The sexy Serbian isnt wasting anytime in pursuit of bettering the world after a life of hoops, instead, hot stuff has become an ‘adviser in Serbians government’ where he will be in charge of humanitarian issues and sports, and will work with Vice Premier Ivica Dacic. “I’ve named Vlade Divac as my adviser for foreign policy, the diaspora, sport and humanitarian work on the basis of his international reputation,” said Dačić. Vlade said he took the post in order to help promote humanitarian work in Serbia, where he now lives and runs a humanitarian organization. His foundation recently launched a campaign called “You Can Too“ which has helped relocate refugee families from collective centers to new homes in the country.

Various LA Lakers teamed up with Toyota and the NBA to create the seasons first ‘LA Lakers Reading and Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of East L.A’. Ya all know what it does to me when I see these men take it down a notch and kick it with the kids. (L-R) Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Andrew Bynum, Clyde Drexler, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony…

…while, do I dare say-that my domino’s are dancing like Mexican jumping beans at the thought of a lil one-on-one competition with Sasha Vujacic (far right) or a private reading session with Fisher (far left) before bedtime…


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Beckham’s Get Burned by Housekeepers?

BECKHAM’S GET BURNED BY HOUSEKEEPERS?

Oh, we could have never seen this one coming…what happens when you put three unscrupulous housekeepers in charge of your mansion? Well, we’ve seen what his signed jersey can do, and now, Sir David Beckham and Posh have been burned by their housekeepers after some of their personal possessions turned up on eBay.

Eric and June Emmett, worked at the Beckhams’ Hertfordshire mansion and were arrested on Friday on suspicion of theft from a private address. Also on the court docket is their charming 25 year-old son Gareth, who just loved to hang out with his parents at the worlds most beautiful couple house. If I were a betting gal, I’d say it’s the son who hatched this ‘eBay’ scheme…according to various reports, Posh’s mum and dad spotted some of her clothing, as well as a pair boots belonging to Golden Balls, on eBay. The stealthy couple didn’t want to alarm their daughter or Sir David…A source told the Daily Mirror: “Although Tony and Jackie (Posh’s parents) had their suspicions they wanted to gather as much evidence as they possible could.” (Mum and dad even had friends place fake bids) “They thought that David and Victoria might not want the embarrassment of the thefts being made public. They thought they might prefer to just deal with things quietly. But once they were told what had appeared to have been going on David and Victoria were adamant that the police should be called in. They are still trying to establish what else, if anything, has been taken and how long this was going on for. They are very upset. Victoria has said it is a horrible feeling that someone – possibly someone you really trusted – may have been through your stuff. She can’t help thinking what other personal items could they have taken – or just rummaged through.”

Now, if this were me, the first thing I would rummage through is the bedroom, then the laundry-the dirty laundry-yeah, there’s value to be found in just about anything the Beckhams touch…imagine of they had filmed a (a-hem) video? Not that we haven’t seen the beautiful Beckhams ala mode before…I’m just saying…

To be fair, housekeeper Eric Emmett today said this is all “fabricated nonsense” but their genius son has apparently been bragging about spending time at the couple’s holiday home in Nice…which has now sent the Golden Couple into a fact checking mission to ensure the sticky-fingered employee’s didn’t nab anything out of that home as well. The three idiots are scheduled to appear in court on November 22.

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Celebrity Apprentice: Annie Duke to Join Dennis Rodman in the Boardroom?

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE: ANNIE DUKE TO JOIN DENNIS RODMAN IN THE BOARDROOM?

One cool thing about poker becoming mainstream is that there are some remarkably generous peeps sitting at the tables holding em and folding em and seeping their way into mainstream celebrity…and finally, Annie Duke has successfully infiltrated the celebrity circuit and landed a spot on the second celebrity installment of NBC’s ‘The Apprentice.”

On Friday night, Ultimate Bet’s official Aruba blog, which is authored by Gene Bromberg, stated the following: “Annie Duke wasn’t able to attend (or play in the Aruba Poker Classic) because, as you may have heard, she was selected to be on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice this season. She had to fly to L.A. for the premiere party and she’ll be competing for the Ante Up for Africa charity. Annie and Donald Trump in the same boardroom… that should make for some interesting TV.”

Interesting TV? If the rumors are true we can expect to see Brian McKnight, Dennis Rodman and Joan Rivers fighting in the boardroom as Annie Duke holds an ace up her sleeve…that ace being mad poker skills. She’s already got her WSOP bracelet and won the first ever World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions for $2 million…but of interest to me is her big heart.

Aside from her poker skills, girlfriend has been one of the faces behind Ante Up For Africa alongside Sir Don Cheadle. As you know, Celebrity Apprentice awards money for charity and according to the above statement, it’s confirmed that she’s gonna to play for the victims of the crisis in Darfur. In any case, do not underestimate Annie Duke. Her brother, Full Tilt Poker pro Howard Lederer, is one of the top minds in poker. Dubbed “The Professor.” Now, I’m not sure, but I suspect a gifted poker pro may have an advantage over an aging botoxed actress, a sexy singer and a questionably stable super-fine-bad-ass that I still love when he isn’t getting arrested.

Last season on the first version of the Celebrity Apprentice, ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Piers Morgan took home the title and kicked down his winnings to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Very sweet…yet stung a bit because he defeated country music superstar Trace Adkins, who was playing for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and essentially got America to fall in love with him…others included Carol Alt, Lennox ‘I wouldn’t want him running my company’ Lewis, actor Stephen Baldwin, the oh-so-annoying Omarosa (who IS she?) and the adorable fighter Tito Ortiz…

On a charity related side-note, I stumbled across a blog post this morning on ‘Trouble with Roy’…seriously this guy breaks it down dollar by dollar and nails IT. Please take a few minutes to read his entry: Shame on America, Paul Newman Edition. Thanks Roy…whoever you are. I needed a Monday morning smile and you delivered it beautifully.

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Samuel L Jackson and Celebrities Tackle Dunhill

SAMUEL L JACKSON AND CELEBRITIES TACKLE DUNHILL

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” 

From Delinda’s book of ‘Quotes that never get old.’

Lay it on me Sammy! A few months ago, I was very fortunate to meet one of the greatest men of our time, Sir Samuel L. Jackson. To this day, I can still feel the softness of his velvet jacket as I slowly caressed his arm and asked for a hug. I also asked him what it is that he brings to the greens that make celebrities and athletes alike salivate at the thought of playing a round with him. “Money!” he replied in his usual, perfectly punctuated and enthusiastic voice.

So it’s no surprise to see Sammy J once again ripping up the greens at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships being held in Kingsbarn Scotland. Jackson describes golf as his “drug of choice” and even has a clause in his film deals allowing him to play twice a week…this event runs until October 5, and always includes a stellar list of celebrity/amateur players.

Among the celebs: DJ Spoony- admittedly I don’t know much about him except that he DJed at my flashkat Ian Poulter’s (ouch) wedding; Huey Lewis (L) is there making me feel really old: Hugh Grant (C) is creeping me out (but that’s another post all together), and perhaps second to Sammy in terms of favorites is Luke Wilson (R)-who always makes me smile because I watch Old School at least once a week. The championship incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament and a team event in which they are paired with amateurs such as showbiz identities or ex-sports stars.

A total of 168 teams comprising of one professional and one amateur contest the first three rounds, with one round being played at each of the three courses – St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie – in rotation. Two competitions are played concurrently – individual professional and team. The team score will be the best net score of the two players at each hole. After 54 holes the field reduces to the leading 60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 leading teams, all of whom play the final round over the Old Course at St Andrews…okay, I fell asleep during this paragraph but I’m sure there’s a few of you out there who care about the format…I for one, just dig watching Sammy on the greens while he frolicks with other celebrities.

He should be in Scotland...

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Gilbert Arenas Wants Your Video

GILBERT ARENAS WANTS YOUR VIDEO
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Over the next four weeks, if you’re creative enough, Gilbert Arenas will be watching you…well, maybe not you, but your video. As a member of the NBA FIT team, Arenas has joined forces with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Advertising Council and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to encourage young adults to take ‘small steps’ to get healthy.

The national user-generated video contest hosted on YouTube aims to encourage teens (14-24) to submit original videos demonstrating the power of taking small steps to get healthy and not end up looking like a miniature Sumo-wrestlers.

“As an athlete, I know how important both exercise and nutrition are to my everyday performance,” said Arenas. “This contest is a great way to get young people across the country to show that they are up to the challenge of telling us just how important regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet are to them and how creative they can be in fitting it into their daily lives.”

So put down the Cheetos, Micky D’s and Pop-Tarts and submit your own video illustrating the benefits of taking small steps to get healthy. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 7. The 10 videos that receive the most views on YouTube between Oct. 8 and Oct. 28 will be judged by a panel of advertising professionals, health officials, BGCA representatives and the NBA’s Arenas. The panel will announce the grand prize winner in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Washington, D.C., at the end of October. One Grand Prize winner will receive $2,500 in cash and prizes to NBAStore.com. Four runners-up will receive $500 toward NBA merchandise and athletic gear and no one wins a swim in Gils pool.

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