Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ed Norton Helps to Save Rhinos

One of the most active ‘do-gooders’ in the celebrity realm is actor/activist Ed Norton. He just doesn’t stop…and this morning, Norton gave a Twitter shout out and donation via Crowdrise to help save the rhinos. (We estimate Norton spends 8 hours a day scouring Crowdrise in efforts to donate to and promote worthy fundraisers.)

Norton’s donation went to the ‘Save the Rhino Foundation’s Running Rhino’s.’ The Running Rhino’s are brothers Richard and Philippe Flamand, they’ve already made a name for themselves by running in the London Marathon while raising awareness and donations. Continue reading

Shaq to be Awarded ‘Father of the Year’

Yeah, you read that right.  TNT Commentator, four-time NBA Championship winner and three-time Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal will be honored at an upcoming event as ‘gasp’ a ‘Father of the Year.’ Continue reading

David Beckham: UNICEF

“UNICEF knows that simple gifts like footballs and story books can transform a child’s life. That’s true everywhere.” `David Beckham

The LA Galaxy is currently in Arizona ‘training’ but this morning, David Beckham took to social networking in efforts to blast photos of his work with UNICEF.

Sir Golden Balls, who made a surprise visit to a UNICEF-supported children center last year in Manila wrote: ‘You can also see my photos from the trip below, and the amazing children I met in Manila who are changing their lives – and the lives of others – with the help of UNICEF and its partners. Remember, together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children.’ Continue reading

Rafael Nadal Tennis Lessons Net $380,000 for Elton John AIDS Foundation

The 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.25 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Attendees at the Sunday night gala included Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Smokey Robinson, Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev, Adam Lambert, Mischa Barton, Billie Jean King, Brooklyn Decker, Kyle MacLachlan, Lorraine Bracco, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Mena Suvari and a million others. Continue reading

Pro-Golfers and Bible Study

While looking into a celebrity-charity event to be headlined by former NFL hottie Terrell Owens, Athlebrities discovered an interesting and refreshing trend among professional golfers, Bible Study.

Owens will compete in the 11th Annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout to benefit the Phoenix Suns Charities and Suns Nite Hoops on Saturday March 3…scheduled to shoot hoops with Owens are Jersey Shore cast member, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro (who?); Anthony Anderson (“Transformers”, “The Departed”, “Barbershop”); Kerry Rhodes (Safety, Arizona Cardinals); and PGA Tour Golfer Bubba Watson among others. (…but by following the Twitter breadcrumbs, we discovered that Bubba Watson has been attending Bible Study classes along with fellow professional golfers Ben Crane, Aaron Baddeley, Zach Johnson, Jonathon Byrd and Webb Simpson. Continue reading

Children Uniting Nations to Honor Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace is about to add another ‘award’ to his resume this weekend when he’s honored by Children Uniting Nations February 26, 2012.

The baller formally known as Ron Artest, will be given the Global Humanitarian Award during a celebrity studded Awards Viewing Dinner and Celebration being held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading

Skate 4 Cancer Collaborates with Keep a Breast

The founder of Skate 4 Cancer is collaborating on a new shoe in support of the Keep a Breast Foundation.

S4C founder Rob Dyer and friends have been skateboarding around the Globe, attacking with the phrase ‘Cancer is a Dick’ while raising awareness about cancer prevention.

The mission of Skate4Cancer is to hype up youth on the importance of cancer prevention and community building, making S4C a natural fit for the organization that coined the phrase ‘I Heart Boobies.Continue reading

NASCAR Drivers Win is $1M for Habitat for Humanity

NASCAR driver Paul Menard has a lot riding on the upcoming Daytona Beach race, specifically a one million dollar donation to Habitat for Humanity if he places first.

PEAK Automotive Products will be donating one million dollars in Menards store credit to local Habitat for Humanity chapters if Paul Menard, driver of the No. 27 Chevrolet, places first at the international motor racing event at Daytona Beach, Fla. on Feb. 26. Continue reading

Athletes and Celebrities to Participate in BTIG Charity Day

Athletes and celebrities will once again team up with BTIG, a global financial services firm, for its 10th Commissions for Charity Day on April 18, 2012…Since 2003, the international Commissions for Charity Day has raised more than $17 million from equity, fixed income and derivative trading commission profits in support of various nonprofit organizations. In the past nine years over 300 different children’s charities have benefited. The BTIG event is unique in that it is a client driven event. BTIG clients nominate charities and non profits for donation consideration.  BTIG encourages clients to select child focused organizations.

Joe Namath, Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, Rex Ryan, John McEnroe, Joe Girardi, Michael J. Fox, Reggie Jackson, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, Allan Houston, Bode Miller (above) and Jim Boeheim are among the celebrities who will be attending this year’s Commissions for Charity Day in BTIG’s offices around the country in support of the event and their charitable foundations. Continue reading

Images from the ‘Jamie Gold Poker Room’ Grand Opening

Professional Poker Player and WSOP 2006 winner Jamie Gold, celebrated the official grand opening of the Jamie Gold Poker Room at the new Tropicana in Las Vegas over the weekend, and Athlebrities was honored to be part of the celebration…friends and celebrities in attendance to support Gold (AKA ‘The Poker Philanthropist), included UFC fighter Randy Couture, actress IIena Oliver, Soprano’s star Robert Iler, Ricki Lake , Boys II Men’s Nathan Morris, Twilight actor Billy Burke, actor Joe Reitman, professional snowboarder Adam Reynolds and many others.



Adrian Peterson Presents: NBA All-Star Weekend of a Lifetime Raffle

Celebrities for Charity have a raffle going that ends tomorrow…you can attend the NBA All-Star game and weekend events and party it up with Adrian Peterson AND Dwight Howard…all for charity of course.

It’s a raffle: tickets are $2 each and you gotta buy 5 of them… Continue reading

Els to Host Historic Charity Golf Event

Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els, is set to host the second annual Els for Autism Golf challenge, which has become the largest charity-driven, amateur golf tournament in history.

Backed by SAP, one of his top corporate sponsors, Els said: “SAP has taken over the golf challenge, so they’ve come in all guns blazing this year, and I think we’re going to have a wonderful time. I think we can double what we did last year.” Continue reading

Poker Philanthropist Jamie Gold and Celebrity Friends Officially Open New Poker Room

Professional Poker Player and WSOP 2006 winner Jamie Gold, celebrated the official grand opening of the Jamie Gold Poker Room at the new Tropicana in Las Vegas over the weekend, and Athlebrities was honored to be part of the celebration.

After interviewing Gold in September of last year about his philanthropy, there was little doubt that the weekend festivities would attract a slew of ‘good’ people, and it did…friends and celebrities in attendance to support Gold (AKA ‘The Poker Philanthropist), included UFC fighter Randy Couture, actress IIena Oliver, Soprano’s star Robert Iler, Ricki Lake (above), Boys II Men’s Nathan Morris, Twilight actor Billy Burke, actor Joe Reitman, professional snowboarder Adam Reynolds and many others. Continue reading

Charity Buzz Offers Jeremy Lin Package

The good people at Charity Buzz have an awesome meet and great with Jeremy Lin up for grabs to benefit the Garden of Dream Foundation.

Athlebrities loves Lin…aside from infusing some much needed life in the NBA and New York Knicks, we’ve noticed that the phenom RARELY uses the word “I” when speaking of his accomplishments on the court. Fingers crossed he remains humble. Continue reading

Tim Tebow Reading Green Eggs and Ham: Video

Tim Tebow has partnered with BOOK IT!, the reading incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut, to host America’s Biggest Storytime. Watch Tim read his favorite childhood book, “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss, and share his passion for reading with children across the country…more info at

“Similar to his drive and determination on the football field, Tim has shown a passion for reading and encouraging literacy among today’s youth. Tim’s personal connection to literacy, along with the mission of his foundation, makes him the perfect host of our 2012 webcast,” said Chris Fuller, director of public affairs at Pizza Hut. As a thank you for Tim’s participation, BOOK IT! has made a donation to the Tim Tebow Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.

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Del Piero Wakes Girl from Coma

Juventus captain and former Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero is being credited with waking a young Italian girl from a coma after hearing a message from her soccer hero.

Apparently, Giada Scalise suffered a brain hemorrhage on January 22 while watching a Juventus game on TV…she lapsed into a coma, and after several weeks her parents reached out to Del Piero’s help via a charity.

    ANSA.IT reports: The parents of Giada, a big Juventus supporter from the small southern town of Cerenzia, believe the footballer made an important contribution to the happy outcome. “That night (after listening to the message) something special happened,” said the girl’s father, Francesco. “First she moved her hand and then after a few hours she called out ‘mamma’. Then after about 24 hours she talked and asked for an ice-cream”. Continue reading

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Videos

SI.Com has made this Valentines day a very special one…try not to hate one of the worlds most beautiful women-Bar Refaeli- as she gets hot and steamy with Rafael Nadal, Chris Paul and Michael Phelps for the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition.

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Charity Bets Gaining Popularity Ahead of Summer Olympics

Amazing idea from a group of Auburn University track and field alums who have figured out a legal way to bet on Olympic athletes, it’s called Charity Bets.

Here’s how it works: Select from a roster of Olympic hopefuls or friends who’ve agreed to have their performance be bet on and all money wagered will go to the charity of the athlete’s choice.

It’s a first of its kind concept that’s already generating a lot of attention as the London 2012 Summer Games draw closer. And yes, it’s gotten the ‘thumbs-up’ so-to-speak, from the United States Olympics Committee: “On the surface, it seems to be a site dedicated to helping charities raise money, which we would obviously have no problem with,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. Continue reading

Rafael Nadal: His New Mansion in the Dominican Republic

“8:30 in the morning!!! Just finished passing a surprise antidoping test……it was expected after everything……but I’m happy it’s like this!” –Rafael Nadal

If you’ve been out of the drama-loop in relation to our favorite tapa, the reigning king of all things vamos, Rafael Nadal, the worlds number two tennis player recently rallied with the French about puppets, doping, commercials, etc. You can read the all the dish HERE…in the meantime, the Nadal headlines today center on his new home in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading

Drogba Unites Ivorians Via Sport

Athlebrities has had a long standing crush on Cote d’Ivoire/Chelsea player, three time English Premier League champ, two-time African Footballer of the Year hottie Didier Drogba…long before he was even named in TIME Magazine’s Top 100 of 2010.

In 2005 when Cote d’Ivoire qualified for their first World Cup, Drogba gave his fellow Ivorians an inspirational and heartfelt speech that caused the divided nation to briefly pause: “Ivorians, men and women, from the north and the south, the centre and the west, you’ve seen this. We’ve proved to you that the people of Ivory Coast can live together side by side, play together toward the same goal: qualifying for the World Cup. We promised you this celebration would bring the people together. Now we’re asking you to make this a reality.” Continue reading