Athlebrities: Swag for a Cause
We are aiming for the sky in 2012 and need your help…it no longer feels that simply writing about causes is enough. Awareness and celebrity/athlebrity involvement are at an all time high, but we feel the need to do more.
Last year, Athlebrities lost three cherished friends to cancer, and chances are you, or someone you know, began or is about to begin chemotherapy treatment.
It seems that everywhere we turn we find undue suffering as it relates to chemotherapy treatments. This has to stop. Particularly for those who can not afford insurance or the daily comforts needed to get through treatments.
Our goal? To provide ‘Swag’ bags to all first-time chemo patients. Starting at a local level in San Diego California, Athlebrities will roll out its first ‘chemo-swag’ bags next month filled with simple comforts needed by many.
Our ‘swag-bags’ will be given to people we celebrate as warriors against cancer.
They will be given to men, women and children as a signal that we care.
Why? During a conversation with a patient going in for round 4 of chemo, I was asked ‘why do all the celebrities get the swag, where’s our chemo-swag’? And just like that, Athlebrities birthed ‘Swag for a Cause.’ (Swagforacause.org-website pending)
And although the word ‘swag’ might offend a few (mainly those not going through chemotherapy) let’s keep in mind that ‘Keep a Breast’ fought controversy for the phrase ‘I Heart Boobies’ yet look where they are now.
Our special canvas-tote bags will be packed with goodies…gloves to keep your hands warm, and as a way to let you know we’re there with you holding your hand. Knit caps or head wraps to keep your heads warm during hair loss and as a reminder that we are thinking of you. A warm blanket as a hug. Lip balm is a virtual kiss. Uplifting books, scarves, breath mints, playing cards, CD players and chill tunes, notepads, pens, hydrating socks, unscented lotions, teddy bears, baby blankets, and more.
Of course, this is where we need your help. We are not a nonprofit yet but we can’t wait any longer to start. We are filling our bags and looking for partners, NPO’s, publicists, agents, athletes etc, product donations, or just about anything to help us make this a reality.
We envision the day where every first time chemo patient gets a swag-goodie-bag upon check-in.
If you, your hospital, clinic, friends, or organization would like more information or would like to be a part of this initiative, please contact me via email. We welcome any and all suggestions as to which clinics are in the most need.
Let’s do this together.
As always, thanks for reading~
Top 30 Celebrity Donors for 2011
The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries, released its fifth annual Giving Back 30, a list of the 30 celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in 2011 according to public records.
“Encouragement by example is the main reason we compile the Giving Back 30,” said Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund. “One cannot help but be influenced by the generosity of his or her peers.” Pollick continued, “We are also often asked by the media and the public about which celebrities actually give the largest donations to charitable causes so we decided it made sense to publish the research for all to see.” Continue reading
Gerard Butler Rescued From Waves at Mavericks
Gerard Butler, the star of ‘300’ almost drown earlier this week during the filming of ‘Of Men and Mavericks’ when two massive waves held the stud underwater.
Butler, who plays the lead role as Pleasure Point surfer Frosty Henson in the film, has little surf experience, and knowing that big wave surfing at Mavericks is not for everyone, I can only say thank god for jet-skis and next time, hopefully he’ll make better use of his abs? Continue reading
Andre Johnson Getting Houston in the Holiday Mood
Houston Texans, wide receiver Andre Johnson, has been working long and hard on his road to recovery after suffering multiple hamstring injuries this season. Even though this year hasn’t exactly been in Johnson’s favor he has still made it a priority to give back to the Houston community this holiday season. Continue reading
Keenen Ivory Wayans to Lead Players at NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp?
Could an NFL athlete be the next great filmmaker? The NFL thinks so and is giving players interested in the movie business a little pre-retirement prep for careers in the ‘real world.’
The NFL confirmed that 20 current and former NFL players will take part in the first ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp for players interested in the movie industry.Continue reading
Celebrity ‘Stars and Strikes’ Bowling Event to Benefit ACT
On Sunday, January 29, 2012, in Tustin California, ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) and The Eddie Guardado Foundation (EGF), will host a celebrity STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament to help provide resources and grants to children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary care and treatment.
Expected to join the Two-time All Star “Everyday Eddie” will be:
Torii Hunter, LA Angels of Anaheim 4-Time All-Star
Michael Young, Texas Rangers 6-Time All-Star
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers 2-Time All-Star
Derek Holland, Texas Rangers
Rod Carew, Hall-of-Famer
Garret Anderson, LA Angels of Anaheim 3-Time All-Star
J.J.Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Pitcher
LaTroy Hawkins, Milwaukee Brewers
Rex Hudler, Former MLB Player and Radio Personality
Jamie Moyer, All-Star Pitcher
Adam Melhuse, Former MLB Player
Aaron Sele, 2-Time All-Star Pitcher
Gary Pettis, Texas Ranger Coach and Former MLB Player
Chad Cordero, All-Star Pitcher
Brandon Kintzler, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Fisher, Cincinnati Reds
Brad Thompson, St. Louis Cardinals
Callaway Golf Gets Its Sexy Back Via Justin Timberlake
Today, Justin Timberlake was named a creative director for the Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co, the first non-tour player to be appointed as a staff professional.
Yeah right? After the initial confusion wore off, Athlebrities is on-board with this.
The golf equipment manufacturer has hired Timberlake to promote the 2012 RAZR line of equipment, which includes a new driver. He’s currently working on an advertising campaign in Las Vegas for the gear. Continue reading
Rafael Nadal Children’s Charity Foundation Visit
Tuesday, Rafael Nadal said he was looking forward to something special: ”Tomorrow I’ll have a dinner of my charity foundation, today I went to visit one of the projects that we sponsor (Children’s Villages) Paz Vega, Freddie Highmore and Nastassja Kinski thanks for your interest about my project:). ”
The extraordinary 10 Time Grand Slam Champion was accompanied by his mother Ana Maria Parera as they visited Nadal’s Children’s Charity Foundation on Wednesday, which it was one of his dream project sponsors at Children’s Villages in Barcelona. Continue reading
Tony Hawk Show: INDIA
Here at Athlebrities, we love all things surf and skate. We also firmly believe that professional skateboarders are held in such high regard by the ‘next generation’ that they actually have the power to reshape the lives of many-especially when staged in a place as mystical as India.
So hats off to Quiksilver and perhaps the greatest skateboarder of all time-Tony Hawk, for their astonishing event in Mumbai, India.
The skate-god and Quiksilver staged the first skateboard event ever organized in India. Nearly 5000 spectators flooded the Dhirubhai Ambani International School Grounds as Tony Hawk, along with his friends Kevin Staab, Andy MacDonald, Sam Bosworth and young prodigy Mitchie Brusco, entertained the crowd that was packed around one of the world’s biggest portable vert ramp built especially for the show by Quiksilver.
As always, thanks for reading~
Chelsea FC-‘Right to Play’ Partnership Offers Mascot Position for Charity
Chelsea Football Club is offering the ultimate ‘fan’ experience to those who love the Blues…for one lucky bidder to ‘Be the Official Mascot Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience’ with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Right To Play.
International humanitarian organization, Right To Play, recently sealed the six-year exclusive partnership to be Chelsea Football Club’s first ever Global Charity Partner. …the Chelsea-Right To Play partnership is aims to raise in excess of £2 million over six years. The funding generated will support Right To Play’s extensive humanitarian operations in 22 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Right To Play President and CEO, Johann Olav Koss said: “This partnership is a celebration of Chelsea FC’s commitment to charitable organizations. We are delighted to be a partner of one of the world’s most prestigious football clubs and fastest growing global brands.” Continue reading
Drew Brees: Sesame Street
The NFL’s New Orleans Saint saint, Drew Brees, has joined forces with Elmo to teach our nation’s youth how to measure distance.
Brees, who currently leads the NFL this season with 4,366 yards through the air, is Elmo’s special guest in an episode of Sesame Street set to air Thursday on PBS.
Watch as “Mr. Drew” measures Elmo out at 24 inches…before measuring Elmo with a potato, a tube of toothpaste and of course, a football.
As always, thanks for reading~
Athletes and Celebrities Support ICAP Charity Day
Last week, ICAP, the world’s leading inter-dealer broker, raised a record $20 million worldwide on its 19th annual Charity Day, bringing the total amount raised through the ICAP Charity Day, which started in 1993, to $139 million.
Celebrities and athletes such as F1’s Lewis Hamilton (above), Kevin Spacey, Derek Jeter, Oprah, Rod Stewart and others visited ICAP’s offices to trade with customers in support of their charities. Continue reading
Rajon Rondo Launches New Website/Foundation
“I firmly believe that it takes just one person to turn a child’s life around.” ~Rondo
During the NBA lockout, players had plenty of free time to do something constructive and one such player gets props from Athlebrities. Boston Celtic, Rajon Rondo. Rondo launched the ‘Assisting Youth Foundation’ to provide children living in low-income areas with safe, reliable resources and hope for the future. Continue reading
NFL superstar wide receivers Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals are teaming up once again on a mission to bring attention to the ongoing drought in East Africa. Continue reading
Survivor Africa winner and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn recently announced that after 20 months in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his cancer has returned. Both Ethan and his girl (fellow Survivor winner) Jenna Morasca, have lost parents to cancer. And both recently attended the CNN Heroes Awards…
And yet this morning, after blogging about celebrities, athletes and charities for over eight years, I read a quote from Ethan Zohn that wins Athlebrities all-time ‘most irresponsible quote’ ever award. Continue reading
Jason Mraz Limited Edition Bracelets for Charity
If you want a piece of Jason Mraz for the holidays, you gotta hurry before it’s too late.
Mraz and the Wear Your Music Organization have released a limited number (only 20) of the Jason Mraz bracelet…made with Jason’s used guitar strings and hand wrapped with sterling silver…as mentioned, only 20 bracelets have been made available and 100% of the net proceeds go to Jason’s charity of choice, Surfrider Foundation.
A Wounded Warrior Who Could Out-Surf Kelly Slater?
With the help of XTERRA, Skydive Hawaii, Outrigger Hotels, AccesSurf and Disabled American Veterans of Hawaii, Corporal Todd Love’s XTREME DREAM came true on a recent trip to Hawaii….the stud lost both his legs and part of his left arm when an explosive device was triggered while he was on a recon mission in Afghanistan in October 2010. Continue reading
Threadless Shirts Do GOOD for UNICEF
Still looking for unique holiday gifts that give-back? T-shirt designer Threadless has partnered with artists Justin & Christine Gignac to design a line of t-shirts called Good Shirts. The design on each shirt symbolizes the type of aid UNICEF is delivering in the Horn of Africa….the giving back part? Each shirt costs the dollar amount of the relief item printed on it… and as of Monday, an anonymous donor kicked down $312,000 for a Good T…
But that doesn’t mean you need hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to do Good. The shirts are available starting at $18.57 and 100% of donations go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF …check out GOOD’s Facebook page where they’ve been running a ’12 Days of Shirts’ campaign. Celebrity Twitter shout-outs have been given from NAS, Joel Madden, and Juliette Lewis, among others.
Good Shirts for the Horn of Africa from Threadless.com on Vimeo.
BUY EM HERE
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors include: David Beckham, Mia Farrow, Selena Gomez, Clay Aiken, India Arie, Alyssa Milano, Liv Tyler, Téa Leoni, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Summer Sanders, Laurence Fishburne and many, many others.
As always, thanks for reading~
David Beckham Visits Hospital Down Under
‘It is estimated that 100 million children live and work on streets around the world, where they are exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. As a Dad with young children, I can’t imagine how life was for these young children living and working on the streets. They are exposed to so many threats and dangers, and are missing out on the basics in life – having people around who love and guide them.’ ~ David BeckhamContinue reading
Gift of Hope: Darfur United
“A simple round object made out of just about anything, a ball, can bring joy to the harshest places on earth.” Gabriel Stauring from his note ‘10 Things I’ve Learned’
A little while ago I wrote about Darfur United, and as I always do after a post, I follow the activities of the organization closely in efforts to feel confident in my posts. This year, hands down, Darfur United has exceeded my expectations. Continue reading