Monthly Archives: March 2012

The 2012 Time 100 Poll

Time Magazine will released their TIME 100 issue on April 17…and although they’re asking ‘us’ to vote for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that ‘we’ think are the most influential people in the world (voting ends on Friday, April 6) the winners will be chosen by the editors and revealed on on Tuesday, April 17.

The LIST is actually not bad and includes some of our favorites like Louis C.K., Clooney, Prendergast, and Alec Baldwin-notably and thankfully absent is any mention of a Kardashian.

Included on the LIST nominees are several notable athletes and do-gooders that we adore. Continue reading

Michael Phelps Foundation Expands Program to 28 Boys & Girls Clubs

Foundation’s Water-Safety, Health & Wellness Program Now Available in 22 States & a U.S. Military Base in Naples, Italy.

The Michael Phelps Foundation today announced the expansion of its signature program to 28 Boys & Girls Clubs, including one on a U.S. Naval installation in Naples, Italy. The Foundation will work with each Boys & Girls Club to implement its signature program, a learn-to-swim program designed to grow the sport of swimming and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, especially among children. The program was launched as a national pilot in 2010 with six Boys & Girls Clubs and has instructed more than 2,300 children how to swim, with more than 80% of the participants receiving swimming instruction (safe) for the first time in their lives. Continue reading

Kony Meloni or Die

Actor Christopher Meloni has quit acting and plans on going to the Congo to find KONY.

First of all, we feel it’s important to do a follow-up in regards to the KONY 2012 video released by Invisible Children and the mess that followed. There are a number of worthy organization campaigning against the African warlord and the LRA. Do NOT judge the movement by the inappropriate actions of Invisible Children, in the very least, they brought KONY to the worlds attention. Quite frankly, Invisible Children not only embarrassed themselves, but all those who supported their work. Now, its time to move on and support those able to handle the call to action, specifically The Enough Project. Continue reading

NFL Players Tour East Africa with OXFAM

NFLer’s Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin tour with OXFAM and inspire Kurt Warner to get involved.

There’s one athlete we’re having trouble keeping up with, Larry Fitzgerald. Perhaps the biggest ‘giver’ in the NFL, Fitzgerald does so much charity work, we could dedicate our entire blog to him and never run out of fodder.

The might-mighty-fine man has been documenting his various ‘charitable’ journeys via Facebook and Twitter, most recently, he checked in from Ethiopia. Continue reading

Wounded Warriors to Receive Segways on Deck of USS Midway

Segs4Vets is a new Athlebrity favorite…the organization, founded in 2006, basically gives Segway Scooters to Wounded Warriors.

Following its first presentation, the Segs4Vets program rallied the US Military for a waiver allowing them to exceed the allotted donation amount…and they won, becoming the only recipient of a blanket waiver from the United States military, allowing a donation in excess of $1000 to active-duty military personnel. Continue reading

Pau Gasol Launches Interactive Storybook for UNICEF

Funds raised will support UNICEF child survival programs through ‘Pau’s Project’ initiative.

UNICEF Ambassador and NBA player Pau Gasol is launching today the storybook app Give a day. Narrated by Gasol in three languages— English, Spanish and Catalonian—this tale promotes child rights and will raise funds for UNICEF programs through Pau’s Project, an initiative that supports education and nutrition programs in Africa.

“This story is about helping children overcome life’s greatest challenges, which is what UNICEF does every day in its work throughout the world,” said Gasol. “Together, we can help change the lives of so many children who need our support to survive and develop.” Continue reading

Athletes and Celebrities to Enjoy ‘A Wild Night’ for WildAid

Celebrities and athletes are planning on ‘A Wild Night’ in San Francisco, May 11 at Terra, 511 Harrison St, San Francisco.

“NBA All-Stars”, Pierce Brosnan, Bo Derek, Li Bing Bing, and Larry King will appear as presenters during this year’s A Wild Night – A Benefit for WildAid.

The event will honor internet pioneer James H. Clark for his generous support of multiple wildlife and marine organizations through the James H. Clark Charitable Foundation. Generous support is an understatement…he has also been a major funder and producer of several special projects, initiatives and films such as the award winning film about dolphins, The Cove. Continue reading

United Nations World Water Day

Today is World Water Day…the ‘event’ is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Athlebrities is proud to support the movement, but is surprised at the lack of athletes and celebrities stepping up to hash-tag their Tweets #WorldWaterDay. Don’t they get thirsty or are they just drinking chocolate milk these days? Continue reading

Fernando Aguerre to Receive Dick Baker Memorial Award at Surf Summit 15

The Dick Baker Memorial Award will be given to Fernando Aguerre in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, during the annual surf industry leadership conference, Surf Summit 15. The conference is presented by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and the Board Retailers Association (BRA). The award will be presented to Aguerre by the Baker Family during the Closing Ceremonies of Surf Summit 15 on May 18, 2012.

“The Dick Baker Memorial Award Committee is so honored to have Fernando as the 2012 recipient,” said Una Baker, Dick Baker Memorial Award Committee Chairwoman. “Fernando truly exemplifies the most admirable personal and professional characteristics that Dick possessed. From his endless devotion and love for his beautiful teenage triplets, sweetheart Florencia and family, to his dedication and professional guidance in the surf industry, he has a zest for life and knows how to embrace everyday to the fullest. Fernando was like a brother to Dick and today is a wonderful father figure to Ryan and Jack. Like Dick, Fernando is a man of great integrity and can make anything he believes in happen.” Continue reading

Celebrities and Athletes for Marriage Equality

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Athlebrities has a minor obsession with singer/songwriter/activist/lover Jason Mraz…and today, Mraz is asking us to check out his PSA is support of Marriage Equality:

In addition to Mraz, Superbowl Champion and Cleveland Browns’ Linebacker Scott Fujita is also an ‘American for Marriage Equality’.

Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political and civil rights leaders and business leaders…A hallmark of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement is the fight to have our relationships recognized as equal under the law. Full marriage equality is the true measure of our success in this area.

Find out MORE HERE.

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Tim Tebow Speaks About Faith and Football in Alabama

The NFL’s Tim Tebow spoke to a sold out crowd about everything except the Denver Broncos on March 16, in Montgomery, Alabama, while raising money for a great cause.

“An Evening with Tim Tebow” was sponsored by Baptist Health and benefited the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. Continue reading

NFL Players USO Middle East Tour

The USO and NFL commemorated their 46 year partnership with a seven-day, two-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan March 2-9, 2012.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to visit our service men and women overseas,” said Takeo Spikes, “They take an extraordinary amount of pride in protecting our country and I’m very grateful for their commitment. This experience has been amazing.”

Making the trek were Carolina Panthers punter Jason Baker, 11-year NFL veteran/Travel Channel host Dhani Jones, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, San Diego Chargers linebacker/two-time Pro Bowl selection Takeo Spikes and Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston. Continue reading

ESPY Winner Running for a Better World

Today kicks off an important event for Nike ultra-endurance athlete/activist Jason Lester as he begins the Journey for a Better World. He will be running and biking over 4,000 miles across the United States, relaying the Nike message that a better world starts with sport.

Along the way, Jason will be stopping at 39 Nike Stores, sharing how sport inspires hope, instills discipline, raises confidence and rallies communities just like yours. Continue reading

Darfur United Soccer Team Gaining Momentum

An Athlebrity favorite, Darfur United, has launched a new feature-pod casting- to keep you up to date with the formation of the Darfur United soccer team.

As you may recall, we spoke with i-ACT Founder/Director Gabriel Stauring back in January, where he explained what Darfur United was all about.

“We’re creating a team from the best soccer players in the twelve Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad—one team representing Darfur—and calling it Darfur United. We are working hard to get this team to participate in international tournaments, with our first and great opportunity being the Viva World Cup.” Continue reading

Samaritan’s Feet and Buick

To kick off the beginning of the annual NCAA basketball tournament, Buick has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, an organization developed for putting shoes on the feet of children in need across the world.

The partnership is part of Buick’s campaign to celebrate human achievement by highlighting initiatives that give back in a big way. Known as the Buick Human Highlight reel, former collegiate athletes that have gone on to achieve great things for their communities are showcased. Continue reading

90210 Stars Urge You to ‘Be the Match’

Over the years, we’ve covered some interesting topics, but one of the most pressing is the need for younger and more diverse bone-marrow donors.










Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor find a second chance at life. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Continue reading

Kelly Slater ‘Honored’ to Help Challenged Athletes Foundation

According to my Twitter feed, Kelly Slater has agreed to give surf lessons to athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Slater was asked to participate by Rich Cruise Photo, “Would you consider giving some @CAFoundation (Challenged Athletes Foundation) athletes surf lessons?”

Took the surf-king less than 30 minutes to reply: “I’d love to. Would be an honor.” Continue reading

Celebrity Bracket Challenge

Drew Brees, Michael Phelps and Lil Wayne are asking you to join them in the Yahoo Celebrity Bracket Challenge to raise funds for their foundations.

Test your bracket skills against
Brees, Lil Wayne, and Phelps, by joining their Tourney pools, then like them on Facebook to see if they call you out. Continue reading

Diego Maradona Wrong About Pele & Beethoven

There’s been a long standing dispute going on between soccer legends Diego Maradona and Pele regarding which of them is the greatest soccer player EVER. “I was born to play football,” Pele told, “Just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”

It was then that our furry little friend, Maradona, not only unleashed a colorful rant towards Pele after the Brazil legend compared himself to Ludwig van Beethoven and Michelangelo, but he even had the soccer-balls to compare himself to (gasp) Bono. Continue reading

NFL Player Santonio Holmes Keeps on Giving

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has caught our attention after posting numerous Tweets about his work with Pros for Africa and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

This morning, Holmes shared a photo of himself with “some girls from St. Monica’s holding up #10 sign. Beautiful people & country. Making a diff with Pros For Africa.” Continue reading