Monthly Archives: October 2011

Jalen Rose and Magic Johnson Make Charity ‘Bet’ on MSU-UM Game

Jalen Rose and Magic Johnson Make Charity ‘Bet’ on MSU-UM Game

A day after Charles Barkley said ‘twitter is for losers’ I found a nice exchange to contradict the big guy: trash talk between Jalen Rose and Magic Johnson regarding the MSU/UM game this weekend that could result in a nice donation to charity.

Rose (left) went to University of Michigan (Wolverines): Magic (right) went to Michigan State (Spartans).

Magic:  ‘I’d like to officially call out Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Braylon Edwards and his dad about what we’re betting on MSU-UM game this weekend…My Spartans will beat the Wolverines this weekend!”

Jalen (to Magic):  ‘I propose that if Michigan wins Sat at MSU that you would visit the Jalen Rose Learning Academy in Detroit in 2011 wearing a UM hoops jersey?! Your move!’

Magic:  ‘I’ll agree to visit JRLAD in a UM jersey if you agree to tweet a pic of you in an MSU jersey writing a check to my foundation…you’ll look good in Green & White. #Spartans

Jalen: ‘Yes indeed…DONE DEAL! #Go-Blue’

So I guess really Barkley was right on some level-there will be a loser this weekend-one that will be writing a check to charity or one who will be visiting inner city kids in Detroit.  Gotta love Twitter.

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delinda@athlebrities.com

Dunk Ron Artest for 600 Million Dogs?

Dunk Ron Artest for 600 Million Dogs?

Tonight in Hollywood, celebrities are expected to take a dunk for the dogs at a unique fundraiser to benefit 600million.org.  A slew of celebrities and athletes including David Duchovny, Larry King, Eric Roberts, Ron Artest and Sugar Ray Leonard, have been invited to participate in the ‘Dunking for Dogs’ event – where you might find them sitting in a dunk tank waiting to take one for the team.

The team is 600million.org. The organization was founded by PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco, and aims to save millions of stray dogs:

    It is estimated that on any given day there are more than 600 million stray dogs living in desperate conditions around the world; and these strays give birth to between one and three BILLION puppies each year. As a result of these staggering numbers, stray dogs suffer terribly, and literally millions are brutally killed in the name of “population control”, especially in countries without animal cruelty laws. 600million.org‘s mission is to end this needless suffering and killing by developing and distributing worldwide a pill which safely, economically, and painlessly sterilizes stray dogs, thereby reducing reproduction rates and controlling stray populations humanely. This scientific work is expensive and we need your financial support to make it a reality. This is an almost inconceivably large problem, but a solution is in sight. Please make a donation now. Your generous gift will directly reduce the suffering of stray dogs everywhere. Thank you.

Other invited celebrities include: Ed Begley Jr., Brooke Mueller, Perez Hilton, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Catherine Bach, Cheryl Tiegs, Kyle Richards, the cast of Days of Our Lives, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Cheryl Woodcock and more.

Personally, I would like to see Ron Artest in the dunk tank….he isn’t the most ‘dog-friendly’ athlete in the world, so it couldn’t hurt…and no, he is NO Michael Vick by any stretch of the imagination-just needs a little education on the proper care and feeding of pets…but he’s trying…after his drama with animal control, Ron-Ron suddenly became the poster child for PETA’s spay and neuter program…

If you can handle it, there are some phenomenal videos on 600million.org’s YouTube channel.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

Right to Play With Dignity

Right to Play With Dignity

So…the NBA ‘lock-out’ continues with the first few weeks of the NBA season being canned, the commish is asking fans to focus on Euro games, players are tweeting like its their last day on earth, scrambling to resolve the matter even though they were told a year before the lockout not to spend their money on lavish trip to Vegas, but to hoard it. That’s a fact…so where is the dignity?

While I don’t support either side of the NBA lock-out situation, I feel that everyone has the Right to Play-as in ‘Right To Play’, the leading international humanitarian and development organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected.

With support from all corners of the world-including Jordan, Lebanon, Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda, and the UK-Right to Play could school any organization on dignity and mutual respect for humanity and I dare any NBA locked-out player to take aim at something higher than Ego-games in their free time.

Why not do something dignified during the lockout and volunteer with Right to Play or any other non-profit? Take a ball to the local court and use sport to make a positive impact on the kids…the positive impact sport has on refugee children, former child combatants, children living with a disability, and young people at risk or orphaned by HIV, AIDS or war is astonishing.

Ballers, you could change and improve the world if ya just shifted your focus from yourselves to others.

 

On October 20th, Right To Play will participate in Global Dignity Day, to advocate that everyone have the right to a dignified life-and I challenge the NBA to join most of the humanity loving world to participate in Global Dignity Day. Read more about it HERE…amazing organization whose honorary board members include: President Martti Ahtisaari (Former President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, United Nations diplomat and mediator); Sir Richard Branson, Professor Amartya Sen (Nobel Price laureate in Economic Sciences, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Andrew Young (Former Congressman and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Activist in the Civil Rights Movement)

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others ~ Buddha

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

Athletes Who Inspire

Athletes Who Inspire

I chuckle to myself each time I hear about an NBA player wanting $50M per season…sorry, but Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Kobe combined shouldn’t earn that much…just my opinion…and on a daily basis, I wonder why more people aren’t inspired by ‘handicapped’ athletes- and when I say handicapped, I don’t mean mentally (as in ego-run-wild) – I mean physically…in a perfect world, Ego Games wouldn’t exist during NBA lock-outs, neither would temper tantrums…why aren’t we paying more attention to those athletes that truly inspire…athletes without limbs are competing at astonishing levels without millions of dollars or one-fifth of the media recognition they deserve. Recently, I was told that I’m missing the ‘Athlebrity’ mark by not giving props to any Kardashian married to an athlete. I have thus far refused-and will continue to refuse-writing about someone just because of their last name. That’s not me. Blind hero worship is for the dogs. If you get paid to attend a charity event, you don’t fall under the ‘sincerity umbrella’ for me. Apparently I shouldn’t be so altruistic in this business…I should ignore athletes like French fencing athlete Delphine Bernard (L) fighting with Hungarian Veronika Juhasz during the 2011 World Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Catania.

Or maybe I should overlook athletes like Kyle Maynard? Stud is a motivational speaker and MMA fighter who recently joined the mighty-mighty-fine team at AccesSurf for a surf session.

Seriously, if you are looking for gossip about how Lamar Odom sleeps in a separate home from his wife, you are on the wrong blog. Maybe, just maybe, if a Kardashian were as altruistic as some, we’d have a better world…until then, I press onward, altruistically.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

PUMA® Presents Riddim + Run Benefiting Soles4Souls

PUMA® Presents Riddim + Run Benefiting Soles4Souls

This Wednesday, Oct 12, PUMA is hosting their Riddim + Run event to benefit  Soles4Souls, a non-profit that collects gently worn shoes and provides them to those in need.

The event will bring the flavor of Jamaica to LA with Island inspired décor and refreshments to play homage to FAAS, PUMA’s Jamaican inspired running collection.

A DJ set will be provided Josh Madden and special performance by acclaimed DJ and Producer, Diplo… celebrities expected: Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Nicole Richie, Taryn Manning (“Hawaii 5-O”), Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”), Pia Toscano (“American Idol”), Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle XY”), Mike O’Malley (Glee), Josh Wolf (Comedian – “Chelsea Lately”), Meagan Good (“Jumping the Broom”), John Conway, Sam Endicott and Anthony Burulcich (Musicians – The Bravery), Manish Dayal (90210), Diplo (Musician), Josh Madden (DJ), Joel and Benji Madden (Musicians), Pete Wentz (Musician), Samantha Ronson (DJ), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”), Cara Castronuova (The Biggest Loser), Baseball Player Johnny Damon, Soccer Stars Natasha Kai and Leslie Osborne, The IT Boys, and more. Continue reading

ONE Campaign Needs Your Voice

ONE Campaign Needs Your Voice

ONE Campaign has just rolled out their ‘F-word’ PSA…watch it and please sign the petition-because ‘drought is an act of nature, famine is man-made.’

The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands…ONE is a grassroots campaign of 2 million people committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

Celebrities and Athletes Endorse a ‘Natural High’

Celebrities and Athletes Endorse a ‘Natural High’

Not Your Parent’s Anti-Drug Campaign

The Natural High Foundation will be hosting their 11th annual fundraising gala, Sunset Splash, October 28th in La Jolla, California. This event will allow founder, and La Jolla native John Sundt’s brilliantly thought out, and sincere anti-drug message to continue to reach middle school classrooms across America, at no cost to the school’s. The Natural High movement (NH) has hit very close to many young hearts and is solidifying the belief early on, of living a clean and healthy lifestyle.

The NH Program, DVD series, Youtube channel and on-line community hail in comparison to the outdated and ineffective Just Say No or egg in a frying pan campaigns of drug-abuse prevention past. If you’re expecting dramatic voice-overs, or a drug crazed youth overdosing on a bathroom floor, under bad lighting, then you are in for a disappointment.

Sundt has assembled an exceptional group of creative individuals from various industries ranging from motocross to fashion design. With names like Tony Hawk, Anna Rawson of the LPGA and X-Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana and Paul Rodriguiez involved, NH has been able to demonstrate how these individuals have been able to consistently set standards in their own industries. MTV reality star, turned fashion designer, Lauren Conrad, and professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy share a very raw and authentic point of view in their PSA’s on why they have chosen to stay away from alcohol and drugs in order to pursue their natural high, which has led them to prosperous careers. Award winning director, cinematographer and father of two, Josh Landan, (who also directed NH 3) is thrilled to be part of putting such a positive message out there and would love for his own kids to be able to watch this video in school.

A natural high is defined as any activity, art form, or sport that you love to do and makes you feel good inside. Sundt believes, “everybody has a natural high, a gift”. His inspiration for the Natural High movement came from the loss of his two younger brothers Steven and Eric’s battle with drugs. In 2010, The Natural High DVD series alone, reached over two million middle school students across all 50 states and 18 of those states were able to receive the program for free. If you would like to be involved at this years Sunset Splash as an event sponsor, auction item donor or event guest please contact Josh Billauer at 858-876-8576 or josh@naturalhigh.org.

“Drugs kill dreams!”
- Unknown

-Jessica Hernandez
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