Monthly Archives: July 2009

San Diego Chargers: One Love

San Diego Chargers: One Love

This year, the San Diego Chargers closed training camp to the public due to a broken water pipe under the bleachers…needless to say, fans aren’t too happy, but if they pay attention they’ll find they have something else to cheer about.

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As part of the Chargers Community outreach, the organization is routinely frolicking around San Diego passing out food to the homeless or visiting the elderly in convalescent homes. Who knew? It’s this kind of ‘under the radar’ activity that makes my heart go pitter-patter. No arms need twisting when the Chargers and support staff head out to spread love…and those I spoke to sincerely look forward to giving back and spending quality time with those who are often otherwise ignored.

This is the first in a series of articles I plan on writing about the Chargers organization, support staff and of course, the hotties, as I join them around town getting a first hand look at their good deeds. First of all, Dick Lewis is the Man. Lewis is the Director of Player Outreach and also fronts the Chargers band known as ‘Time Out.’ They’ve been playing around town-in convalescent homes-for over ten-years. He explained to me how the Chargers Band came to fruition. “Ten years ago, actually, the idea came from Dean Spanos, President of the Chargers organization, we talked about a variety of needs in the community that they should be addressing,” said Lewis, “While we were talking about it, Spanos said why don’t you feed the homeless and do something with convalescent homes. So we were there. We started feeding homeless and coming here. First we developed a band with players and us, and went from convalescent home to convalescent home-we’ve been doing this for ten years now. And we’ve been feeding the homeless for ten years as well.”

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Our conversation took place at the Golden Paradise convalescent home where the band was performing. And as I watched them perform my eyes scanned the crowd…it was amazing. Lewis has a soft, soulful voice that easily rivals those of the greats he was singing – Smokey Robinson, Al Greene- eat your hearts out.

The power of music was evident on the elderly faces around the room. For a few short hours, these folks experienced something wonderful. I couldn’t help but wonder who they were, where their families were and what memory flashed through their mind as Lewis sang an oldie but goodie.

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But Lewis was quick to point out –selflessly-that its about the bigger picture. “I want to tell you, it’s such a gratifying feeling. It’s not just the band, basically it’s the organization. They gather stuff up- toys, clothing, sandwiches, soup, water, medicine – everything- they bring it to my office and we take it out every week,” said Lewis, “And we don’t realize how difficult it is in life for folks who have nothing. There are folks that have no money so they wander the streets and look for somebody to care for them because unfortunately they fell and they can’t get up. So we are providing an avenue for them to get up, and when I say ‘we’ I’m talking about the organization, the personnel of the organization, they care about peoples plight.“

One such plight is the need for food-it seems criminal to me that we have people walking the streets hungry in a nation that leads the world in obesity rates. “The need for help is growing,“ said Lewis, “Last week, we were feeding the homeless, and there was this three year old little girl with her mother, homeless out there, she was just playing and carrying on,” Lewis pauses, “After we finished the little girl’s mother approached us and said ‘my daughter wants to say something to you.’ So she came up to us, each of us, and said ‘thank you for feeding us.’ That’s the real world out there and this is just a small part of what we do’”

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Of course I had to ask Lewis about the players, specifically, who would be the first to step up and take action? “This one over here,” he motions to Chargers Wide Receiver Gary Banks who was busy talking to an elderly gentleman, “He never says no, at a moments notice he is always here. You know, it all depends on how you were raised, and he cares.”

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I would have to ditto Lewis’ sentiments about Gary Banks. The second year receiver has a smile to die for, but its what he does with it that makes him special. He must have spoken to every resident in that home…he shook hands, signed autographs and posed for photos…and he never stopped smiling. He is sincere…trust me kids, after attending many, many events, you can tell the difference between those guys who feel obligated and those who want to be there. He wanted to be there. “I’ve been to a number of events, Dick always has something going on and he’ll let me know about it,” Banks told me, “Its always fun coming and seeing the smiles Dick and the rest of the guys put on everyone’s faces.”

A smile was on everyone’s face indeed…from the 90 year-old school teacher to the care-givers to the crazy redheaded blogger…and this is just the tip of the Chargers ice-berg of community love that I intend on sharing with you as time goes by.

One love people and Go Chargers~
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As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

‘O Mighty Isis’ Reunites For Benefit Concert

O Mighty Isis Reunites For Benefit Concert
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If you lived in Palo Alto in the late 80’s, ‘O Mighty Isis’ is most likely part of your vocabulary. The band formed in 1988 when a group of local hotties decided to drop a funk bomb on the outskirts of Palo Alto and form ‘O Mighty Isis. It’s been a while, but with a little prodding, O Mighty Isis has decided to reunite for a special show on August 21, 2009…If you weren’t lucky enough to catch the band back then, now’s your chance to experience the “funktastic voyage” for yourself.

The original band will all be there to funk it up: Jeff Davidson drums and band creator, Dave Lee vocals, Mike Hogan vocals, Kenneth Fleming vocals, Tim Bailey saxophone, Tom Maitland trumpet, Rasheed De La trumpet and drums, Winton Reynolds keyboards, Ed Landels percussion, Pete Ruotolo Guitar, Greg Kehret Bass…and if that’s not enough for you, there will be 2 of the best DJ’s in the mix: Dave Madix, a well known DJ from San Francisco and import Pete Pamf who’s been spinning in some of Europe’s hottest clubs…the boys will be mixing the best of the old school funk, newest crunk and essential club favorites. Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door.

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So what does this have to do with athletes, celebrities or charity? A lot! First of all, the show will help two incredible organizations. A benefit raffle prior to the concert will raise money for the Allen Temple AIDS Ministry in Oakland/Zimbabwe which provides healthcare and medication for AIDS patients and orphans in Africa; and the Mural Music & Arts Project in East Palo Alto, a local art/music program that is in dire need of funds.

So who’s gonna be there? Unfortunately, I’m sworn to secrecy and can’t name the invited celebrities and athletes expected to attend…but I can tell you that those ‘in the loop’ are snatching up tickets faster than Ricky Henderson steals bases. From what I know, many, many Northern Cali athletes are huge ‘O Mighty Isis’ fans…again, mums the word on who’s gonna be there, but I for one will be front and center so take that as your first clue.

Check out the delicious funk of ‘O Mighty Isis’ on their MySpace page…join the Reunion Show Facebook Group or better yet, get all the info HERE on how to get your ticket and perhaps win yourself a VIP table with bottle service.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

David Beckham Does Not Disappoint Me

David Beckham Does Not Disappoint Me

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“I’m not disappointed. It doesn’t affect me…you can’t be liked by everyone.” David Beckham

Why do people love to hate? That was my first thought this morning as I read about David Beckham’s return to the Galaxy and their friendly against AC Milan this weekend (which ended in a 2-2 draw)…during Beckham’s big come-back, he was booed and confronted with asinine banners such as: ‘Go home fraud,’ ‘23: Repent,’ and ‘Is evil something u are…or something u do’…

I don’t have a problem with David Beckham for the simple reason that he is an institution. He is sold, marketed and packed to perfection is his skivvies as a product. He did what he was supposed to do-infuse life into US Soccer. That was his job-not to bend it as he did in his youth, but to use his marketability to sell the sport. I don’t give a hoot if Landon Donovan is pissed at Becks…I don’t care that Beckham missed half of the MLS season due to a five-month frolic with the Italians. He’s never been quiet about the fact that he’d prefer to kick it with AC Milan because the level of play IS better in Europe. So why is everyone hating on a guy who accepted mad amounts of cash to lend his Image to soccer? Didn’t we give him a hero’s welcome upon signing with the Galaxy? And now he’s gotta endure the wrath of fans who feel disappointed? What it boils down to for me, is how athletes act off the field and how they react to unruly fans. They can shoot and kill them like Columbian soccer player Javier Florez did, or they can react with class and dignity ala Beckham…

During halftime, Beckham confronted a fan that had been running his mouth about god-knows-what and apparently ‘crossed the line’…Beck’s motioned for said-asshole to come closer…the guy jumped down from the seats and was promptly arrested…but not before Beckham had words with him. “I said, `You need to calm down and come shake my hand.”

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In this day and age of blind hero worship, I only ask that ‘fans’ take a look at the bigger picture. Is it really that much fun to make banners-of-hate and get psyched-up for the game because you get to flaunt your hatred towards someone you feel let you down? Was there anybody-even ONE person in the entire stadium thinking about how many nets Beckham has sold to save lives? Wouldn’t time be better spent making a massive Malaria No More banner thanking Beckham for his involvement with that campaign? And has everyone forgotten that Beckham taught soccer to children in Harlem or that in 2007 Beckham surprised a young girl dying of cancer with a phone call and signed jersey before she died 12 days later? I haven’t forgotten.

Beckham can best be summed up by his actions over the weekend. The impulse to shake an angry fans hand speaks volumes to the mans character, and for me, despite the enormous amount of weight placed on Beckham’s shoulders, he’s proven himself a gentlemen on and off the pitch. So please people, take your hatred elsewhere.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Adonal Foyle To Host Camps In St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Adonal Foyle To Host Camps In St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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One of the hardest working guys in the NBA is Adonal Foyle…aside from his on-court contributions, this Magic player is truly “hands-on” in off-court activity for his Kerosene Lamp Foundation. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see or hear about some of the amazing things he’s been doing for kids. He’s one of the truly dedicated athletes who doesn’t just talk-the-talk, but is a man who continually applies compassion and determination in efforts to ease the suffering of some…this to me is the backbone of giving back, it’s relatively easy to ‘inspire hope’ but to ‘maintain hope’ is much harder and I do believe that Foyle is an instrument of maintaining hope for many children.

Foyle and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation (KLF) will host their annual Athletics & Academics Camps from July 27 to August 5, 2009 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. Foyle has recruited Courtney Lee of the New Jersey Nets, veteran Bo Outlaw, and coach Clifford Ray of the Boston Celtics, to headline the camps along with him.

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“Our Athletics and Academics Camps are an essential part to KLF’s mission of giving back to the underserved children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Adonal Foyle. “I grew up as one of these disadvantaged children who face a wide array of challenges every single day. It is now our hope that these basketball camps will help the local children by stressing the importance of education and health, and building their self-confidence.”

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The camps combine basketball fundamentals with educational messages to create a unique and fun-filled experience for kids aged 7 to 17… the camps offer up to eight learning stations covering a range of topics from basic basketball skills to the importance of education, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, nutrition, and the basic tenets of sports psychology…to date, KLF has held ten camps in St. Vincent & the Grenadines over three summers, reaching more than 1200 children…but this year, ‘hope’ is on the upswing and KLF is expecting more than 1,000 happy campers this summer alone….(cue music) What a man, what a man, what a mighty-mighty-fine man.

In case you don’t know…Adonal Foyle is an NBA veteran who just finished his 12th season with the Eastern Conference Champions Orlando Magic…stud is a graduate of Colgate University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude…during the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, Adonal was honored by the NBA Players Association with the Community Contribution Award for his outstanding work in communities both in the U.S. and abroad…throughout his 12 years in the NBA, Adonal has made a significant effort to give back to his community, whether it be inspiring youth to excel in education or take an interest in politics, or passing on his knowledge of the sport of basketball…Kerosene Lamp Foundation is Adonal’s second non-profit organization, the first being Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based project working to get big money out of politics and people in.

For more information, please visit www.KeroseneLampFoundation.org.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Grassroot Soccer

Grassroot Soccer

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Soccer is much more than a sport…it’s a tool. A tool for teaching hope, love, peace, unity and education…it is THE Beautiful Game.

Tapping into the Beautiful Game’s unlimited potential is Grassroot Soccer…founded in 2002, the organization is using the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS in Africa with its HIV prevention program, effectively arming Africa’s youth with the knowledge, skills, and social support they need to live HIV-free…take a few minutes to watch this video, if it doesn’t move you, perhaps you have no soul.

Tommy Clark (M.D.) founded Grassroot Soccer after having played soccer professionally in Zimbabwe…he witnessed firsthand the devastation of HIV and the unmatched popularity of soccer…and just like that, an amazing thing happened…Clark rallied his like-minded friends with similar experiences-Cofounders Methembe Ndlovu, Ethan Zohn and Kirk Friedrich- and Grassroot Soccer was born…the studs went back to Zimbabwe in 2002 where they developed an interactive soccer-themed HIV prevention curriculum that was first implemented in Zimbabwe in 2003….the results were amazing, they found that the GrassRoot Soccer HIV/AIDS Education Program significantly improved student knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of social support related to HIV/AIDS…they also found that students used the knowledge they learned-and teachers were eager to see more ways to sustain the results while becoming more actively involved in the educational process.

Obviously, I’ve opted to run a post without naming a celebrity or celebrity athlete involved…but co-founder Ethan Zohn deserves some love…you may recognize his name if you’re a fan of ‘Survivor’ and have a massive crush on Jeff Probst like I do…but my love for Zohn stems from his passion for helping others…in May, Zohn was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma-he’s got an excellent chance of defeating it but in the meantime he’s using everything at his disposal to educate others about this disease. On the Grassroot website, he writes: “My compassion for those affected by a life-threatening disease has become more informed as I’ve been faced with this diagnosis. Now I know first-hand what it’s like to get this kind of news, and I can better relate to my friends in Africa faced with their own challenges…it has motivated me even more to help educate others…Cancer and HIV/AIDS are two diseases we have a lot more to learn about. But while we continue search for ways to prevent cancer, we already know what we can do to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.”

Please visit the Grassroot Soccer website for more info…I couldn’t possibly cover all the amazing things they are doing and have done for Africa’s youth…thank you Grassroot Soccer, for making it much, much more than just a sport.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Tracey McGrady: A Jersey for Darfur

Tracey McGrady: A Jersey for Darfur

Oh T-Mac…how I love your ways…Houston Rockets’ Tracey McGrady will switch jersey numbers next season to raise awareness for his Darfur humanitarian project…McGrady will ditch his No. 1 jersey and don a No. 3 jersey to raise attention for the soon to be released “3 Points” documentary that chronicle’s McGrady’s touching journey to Darfur refugee camps in Chad in 2007. The “3 Points” refer to the goals of peace, protection and punishment in Darfur….(more here)

After McGrady returned from his trip, he took action and the Darfur Dream Team was born…it’s a partnership of organizations and professional hoops hotties working together on the Sister Schools Program, an initiative to connect American middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities with sister schools in the 12 refugee camps in Chad.

Thank you Tracey McGrady…thank you.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

David Beckham & Zinedine Zidane Make Footprints

David Beckham & Zinedine Zidane Make Footprints
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This weekend, there were a lot of happy kids in El Segundo California as two of the worlds most recognized and sexiest soccer athletes – David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane – helped kick off the ‘Footprint Fields Community Program’ at the Campus El Segundo Athletic Fields. “I’m really excited to be back, and it’s a pleasure for [Zinedine and I] to be here” said Beckham. “Facilities like this give kids a chance to have a safe place to play and will help to grow the game in this country.”

Beckham and Zidane were on hand to help launch ‘a new nationwide community initiative to inspire and enable an American soccer nation’…which in theory sounds great, but in reality? Not so sure…an American soccer nation? I don’t see it happening…if Becks couldn’t kick-start this nations soccer-libido when he came aboard the Galaxy ship, then I’m not quite sure how he and Zidane are going to infuse soul into this initiative…but Becks feels differently. “It’s all about growing the game in this country,” said Beckham. “Kids can come down to these facilities and enjoy themselves, and that sends American soccer in the right direction.”

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Maybe the key IS to get Europe’s biggest soccer names and dangle them in front of the next generation…kids were going nuts as Beckham and Zidane stuck their feet into the concrete while announcing the Footprints Fields donation program-granted, the kids were more interested in getting the dirty towels used to clean our Hotties feet after implanting their soles in concrete, but who could blame them, I would have done the same thing-actually, I probably would have pushed a few kids outta the way to get one but that’s another post.

The Footprints Fields program is a collaborative effort by MLS W.O.R.K.S., FieldTurf and adidas to build new turf soccer fields in urban locations and communities all over the country. This year, the program will build fields in communities in New York City, Milwaukee, Seattle, Inglewood, Calif. and Vancouver. “The ‘Footprint Fields’ program is designed to encourage soccer players of all levels and backgrounds to pick up a ball and join 10 friends on the field to play the beautiful game of soccer,” said Patrik Nilsson, adidas America President. “From cleats and balls to uniforms and fields, providing the right equipment and infrastructure is an important way we can inspire and enable an American soccer nation.”

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“It’s nice to see the U.S. taking a bigger role in soccer,” said Zidane. “It was good to see the national team do so well in the FIFA Confederations Cup and to beat the Spanish. It proves that soccer in the U.S. is rising to another level. It’s also great to see adidas take such a large role in helping to grow the sport of soccer in the United States…the importance of supporting youth soccer and growing the sport is my passion now that I’m retired from the professional level.”

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Tom Brady on Entourage

Tom Brady on Entourage

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This Sunday, one of my favorite shows- Entourage- will kick off a new season…and I couldn’t be happier…especially since a charity event has crept into the synopsis…set your DVR’s, because on August 9, both Tom Brady and Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg appear as themselves on the show playing in a charity golf tournament.  That’s’ all…

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Hobo Skate Company: Skateboarding With A Cause

Hobo Skate Company: Skateboarding With A Cause

It used to be when a company launched you didn’t hear a peep about charity work or foundations…but times are changing in a good way and we need to bring back those ‘Skateboarding is not a crime’ stickers. For those outside the world of extreme sports and skate rats, Tony Hawk’s name reigns supreme when you talk charity and skateboarding…but take note, he’s not the only one doing good with wheels….

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In March of this year, two mighty-mighty fine men from Arizona launched the Hobo Skate Company…Chad Swensen and Jared Hancock…both have competed in extreme sports and both have a passion for helping others while building Hobo Skate as one of the most recognized brands in the extreme skate market.

From their website: Hobo Skate Company, Inc. is the world’s leading social cause extreme sports company, which designs, produces and distributes a superior mix of branded skate gear, accessories, apparel and footwear. The company’s product sales fund the Hobo Foundation, which provides much needed assistance to homeless families around the world.

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Think they are all talk? Think again…the company has just sold its first item for charity- a skate deck that sold for $1,500 at the ‘Project Book Babe’ cancer fundraiser in Tempe, Arizona put together by Stephenie Meyer of ‘Twilight’ fame and other top selling authors.

“Skateboarding is a culture that was born and thrives on the streets in cities of all sizes around the world,” said Chad Swensen, co-founder of Hobo Skate Company. “Our motto is ‘We share the same streets’ with our growing number of friends who have found hard times. Hobo is a way for skateboarders to combine their passion for the sport and take ownership in an important social cause.”

Hobo Skate will make its debut at the Maloof Money Cup July 11-12 at the Orange County Fair Grounds…Check out Hobo Skate for more details about this company that feels a social responsibility to give back and help those in need…or join their Facebook group-which has already racked up more than 6,000 fans in less than three months. “The momentum is incredible,” said Jared Hancock, also co-founder of Hobo Skate Company. “Our fans are telling us they are stoked to have great products from top designers matched with a mission they can feel good about. There are a lot of great social causes tied to the extreme sport industry, but none of them are approaching it the way we are.”

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Steve McNair’s Tragic Death

Steve McNair’s Tragic Death
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As good as he was on the football field, that couldn’t touch the person,” agent Bus Cook

The news of Steve McNair’s death is all over the Internet…most have nothing but nice things to say about the ex-NFL quarterback who played 13 seasons before ending his career in Baltimore last season. He is, and forever will be, Air McNair. “People have certain things that they do in life,” said McNair’s longtime friend Robert Gaddy, who called 911. “We don’t need to look on the situation at this time (but) on the fact we just lost a great member of society.”

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McNair and his girlfriend were both shot and killed on the Fourth of July in what appears to be a murder-suicide…he died of multiple gunshot wounds, while she died of a single shot, the weapon found under her body. It’s a tragedy. But what is even more disturbing to me, is an article I came across this morning, penned by ‘AP Sports Writer TERESA M WALKER…. Instead of focusing in on McNair’s incredible off court charity work or unwavering dedication to his teams, this alleged “writer” feels compelled to feed the haters of the world with an article about McNair’s “darkside.” Are you effing kidding me? Walker titled the piece ‘Shooting Unveils Very Different Sides to McNair.” Dude had a couple of DUI’s and that’s what Walker writes about? Disgusting. And what’s the point? Really, what possible motive could someone have for finding a few needles buried in a haystack of GOOD? This is irresponsible journalism seeking to sensationalize the death of McNair and it makes me sick to my stomach. You can read it yourself and make up your own minds….

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I opt to remember a selfless man, with imperfections, whose generosity supercedes his legacy on the field…a man who routinely gave away food and money and paid for kids to attend his camp. “As good as he was on the football field, that couldn’t touch the person,” agent Bus Cook said Sunday. “I mean it just couldn’t…that was Steve McNair. That’s who he is. And who he was.”

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McNair donated big to the Boys & Girls Club…he has helped relief efforts and rebuilding in New Orleans post-Katrina and his Foundation does an amazing job serving underprivileged kids. That’s the Steve I’m going to remember…RIP my friend, RIP.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Gatorade Celebrates Michael Jordan: Then, Now and Forever

Gatorade Celebrates Michael Jordan: Then, Now and Forever

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In just a few months, Michael Jordan will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame…and Gatorade will be honoring the worlds most beloved baller with some new collectable MJ bottles that should be hitting the shelves about now…some of you may know, I’m a sucker for swag and the good peeps at Gatorade have always been one step ahead of the curve-whether its their marketing or the love they shower on bloggers, Gatorade is-in my humble opinion- miles above the rest.

Gatorade has assembled a special edition line of six Gatorade bottles that tell the story of Michael Jordan from his days in high school to his time in the NBA and his involvement with Jordan Brand…the new Jordan-themed flavors include Championship Blue, Championship Gold and Championship Red…there are two different labels for each flavor…

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The Blue celebrates MJ’s ‘Then’ days at Laney High School and University of North Carolina….Gold celebrates MJ’s ‘Now’ status as part owner of the Bobcats and his Michael Jordan Motorsports company…and the Red ‘Forever’ labels highlight his career accomplishments-including one label dedicated solely to Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals…pretty cool collectors items for Jordan fans. And no, you can’t have mine…but you can find your own and learn more about the new products at Gatorade.com.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July and remember to hydrate!

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Nude Athletes to Row Across the Atlantic for Charity?

Nude Athletes to Row Across the Atlantic for Charity?

I challenge any of our NBA babes or tennis studs to try this…forget fundraising via the usual avenue of celebrity golf-soccer-tennis-whatever and take note of these mighty-mighty fine men…. Two babes from London-Rich Hume and Tom Barnes- are going to take part in ‘The Atlantic Rowing Race’ from the Canary Islands to Antigua…a total of 2,500 nautical miles…to raise money for charity.

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The pair will start rowing in November and spend more than two months at sea to help their good friend-James Downie (bottom right)-who is suffering from Ataxia, an incurable neurological condition that has left him in a wheelchair. “As a child, I had 93% curvature of the spine and was told I would not play sports for the foreseeable future,” said Downie “In my own life I’ve shown that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything.”

Hume and Barnes plan to spend most of their time totally naked to cut down on the chafing caused by clothes rubbing against their skin…sounds like a damn good idea to me…the boys are hoping to raise at least £100,000 to fund vital services and research into the condition. “James and I grew up together so I know how serious ataxia is,” said Barnes, “By taking on this massive challenge we hope to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for the condition…crossing the Atlantic is a lifelong dream of mine, and I’m so pleased we can do this in aid of Ataxia UK.”

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Take note ladies-Rich is a personal trainer and was ranked among the top ten in the world at the Triple Iron Man triathlon race in 2008- and both naked rowers have received the backing of England and West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green (above). “I cannot begin to imagine the physical and mental strain Rich and Tom will endure during this challenge,” he said “I wish them both the best of luck.” For more info on soccer stud Robert Green, check out his involvement with raising AIDS awareness in Africa via the Global Giving Projects.

To find out more, sponsor the pair, keep track of their progress or to be the official sunscreen application girl along the route, please visit RowingtheAtlantic.com.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com