Monthly Archives: April 2012

Michael Phelps Swims with Kids Serve

Michael Phelps (via his Foundation and Swim School)  gave swimming lessons to kids as part of the Kids Serve organizations mission to serve kids through faith, fitness, education and nutrition.
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Kidsserve.com was started by a boy named Jermiah Joseph when he was just 6-years old. His mom writes: “He wants to be a professional tennis player but also loves the Lord and wants to help kids all over the world. We created a website so he can share his tennis adventures and mission ideas with others.” Continue reading

NBA Star Talks Early Education in ‘Beyond School Books’

NBA star Pau Gasol is doing amazing things as a UNICEF Ambassador.


This weekend it was announced that the Lakers player took part in an installment of the ‘Beyond School Books’ pod-cast series about education in emergencies as part of Global Action Week (22-28 April) which calls on world leaders to assure that every child receives early childhood care and education right from the start. Continue reading

NFL Stars to ‘Salute with Hoops’ & Give Military Kids a Candy Shopping Spree

NFL Stars to “Salute with Hoops’

On Friday, May 25, 2012, in appreciation of our troops, Duchess Entertainment presents one of the most highly anticipated events of the Memorial Day Weekend, the 2nd Annual NFL Military Appreciation “Salute with Hoops” Celebrity Basketball Game.

The fundraiser event will be hosted by famed UFL Star and Philanthropist Samie Parker, NFL Stars Josh Morgan (Washington Redskins), DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Morrison (Buffalo Bills), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars) and other popular sports icons, on-air personalities and celebrities. Continue reading

Inspired by Sport – London 2012

The Olympics are approaching and with it, top UK athletes are acting as ‘International Inspiration Ambassadors’, helping highlight how ‘International Inspiration’ is transforming children’s lives around the world.


David Beckham, Sir Chris Hoy, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Oscar Pistorius, among others, are acting as Ambassadors for the program founded by Seb Coe (above). Continue reading

Tracey McGrady and Adidas Support Darfur United

Amazing is what T-Mac is…the NBA good-guy went to Eastern Chad in 2007 and when he left, he told the refugees he would never forgot about them, and today, he’s made good on that promise.


Darfur United is an all refugee soccer team…it was created by humanitarian and i-ACT Founder/ Director Gabriel Stauring. Continue reading

New York Giant Chris Canty Delivers Toys to Kids in Harlem

New York Giants Defensive Tackle Chris Canty and Second Chance Toys teamed up this week to deliver recycled toys to kids in Harlem. The NFL player delivered over 700 toys and spoke to Harlem school children as part of the ‘Second Chance Toys’ Earth Week Event.

Well known for his commitment to providing educational resources to underserved children through his own foundation’s efforts, Canty was thrilled to join forces with Second Chance Toys.

“Toys provide important learning experiences for kids – and they make them happy,” said Canty. “No child should be deprived of that. I applaud Second Chance Toys for giving these kids their own second chance with these toys – and for caring about the environment they will grow up in.” Continue reading

David Beckham Changes Lives

“We can’t turn a blind eye to the tens of thousands of young children who die every day in the developing world mostly from causes that are preventable.” – David Beckham

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UNICEF offices around the world are engaging in immunization campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of vaccines to child survival for World Immunization Week…today is also World Malaria Day…in 2010 almost half of the world’s population were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655,000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. Continue reading

NFL Players and Celebrities to Hack n’ Smack for Charity

The Annual Hack ‘n Smack Celebrity Golf Classic has been ranked one of the top 10 celebrity golf tournaments in Southern California by Southland Golf Magazine. The annual event benefits the U.C.I. Dept. of Dermatology, champions in search of a cure for… melanoma, one of the most prevalent and surprisingly deadly forms of cancer.

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Let’s hope the players don plenty of sunscreen as they participate in the event created by founder/co-host Kevin E. West and presented by The Actors’ Network…the annual tournament benefits the U.C.I. Dept. of Dermatology in memory of friend and actor, Kerry Daveline. Continue reading

Usain Bolt Supports JA Walk for Kids

“HelpJAChildren on May1st. Take a stand for something, walk to protect our children…from Bustamante Children’s Hospital to Emancipation Park” ~Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt)

After reading Usain Bolt’s Tweet this morning, we did a little research and the worlds fastest man led us directly to an amazing organization-‘Help JA Children’ that was just founded April 1, 2012.

Founded by a young Jamaican, Brandon Allwood, ‘Help JA Children’ will be having a march in Jamaica on May 1st from the Bustamante Children’s Hospital to Emancipation park  At Emancipation Park, a rally is scheduled to take place which will include speakers from various stakeholder organizations. Continue reading

David Beckham To Be Honored at Sports Spectacular

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Sir Golden Balls and god of all things soccer or Armani related, David Beckham, will be honored at the 2012 Sports Spectacular Awards Dinner May 20 in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Celebrities and Pro-Athletes ‘Trade’ for BTIG’s Commissions for Charity Day

Today, professional athletes and celebrities took over BTIG’s trading floors around the world to take part in the firm’s 10th annual ‘Commissions for Charity Day.’


The international Commissions for Charity Day has raised almost $20 million from equity, fixed income and derivative trading commission profits over the past decade 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. Continue reading

NBA Star Dwight Howard Wants to Fingerprint Your Kids

NBA star Dwight Howard is actively trying to protect your children, urging parents to purchase one of his limited-edition fingerprint kits.
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According to Howard’s Twitter feed, as well as the National Child Identification Program, a child goes missing every 40 –seconds, so they created a special ‘FBI Approved’ ‘limited edition fingerprint kit’ for his teammates in child safety. When you collect your child’s first fingerprint, Dwight’s D12 Foundation logo will instantly appear inside the print as part of his commitment to protecting children.’ Continue reading

London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

The London 2012 Olympic Games kick off in just 100 days, and today there are some amazing athletes preparing for an epic battle…for the first time, the London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is part of the ‘London Prepares’ program and is taking part in the crucial testing phase- a three-day event comprised of one day of training and two days of competition.

It’s happening now (April 17-19) at the Basketball Arena (in London). (Note: We LOVE that the referee is female, you go girl). Continue reading

Tony Hawks Twitter Hunt #THTH

Yesterday, skate-god Tony Hawk, used Twitter to create a real-time treasure hunt which sent a good deal of his 2.9M followers scrambling to find hidden treasures before someone else did.

#THTH works like this: once a year, and with a lot of help from ‘hiders’ Hawk hides big boxes of swag then Tweets a clue to its location. From Hawaii to Dublin to London, fans scrambled to get there first, take a photo and Tweet it to Hawk. Continue reading

Will Ferrell Crawls San Diego Pubs for Charity

Yesterday, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders declared it ‘Cancer for College’ day after presenting the organization with a plaque during the second annual pub-crawl kick-off party led by Will Ferrell.


Cancer for College is an Athlebrity favorite. Founded by cancer survivor Craig Pollard, CFC gives other cancer survivors college scholarships…Pollard is BFF’s with Ferrell, which makes the ‘classy’ comedian a natural fit as their spokesperson. Continue reading

Soccer Team Darfur United Announces Fifteen Player Roster that Will Compete at the 2012 Viva World Cup in Iraqi Kurdistan

“They have had nothing positive to celebrate and have been losing hope of any future beyond the confines of the refugee camp. This team means so much more to them than just a game of football. It gives all refugees something to celebrate, and it gives them a connection to the outside world.” ~i-ACT Founder and Director Gabriel Stauring

The dream is shaping up for Darfur United…as reported earlier, we will be following the progress of this amazing all-refugee soccer team.

Sixty-one players tried-out for a spot on the team in a refugee camp close to the Chad-Sudan border…they came from the twelve refugee camps that dot the area…fifteen players were chosen…this team will represent Darfur, the embattled region of Sudan, in the 2012 Viva World Cup in June, a soccer tournament for nationless people and other groups not represented by FIFA, the international soccer federation. Continue reading

MLS Stars Roll Easter Eggs on White House Lawn

On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family hosted the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme: “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” hosted more than 35,000 people on the South Lawn-including some of our beloved Major League Soccer players.

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“Any time there’s something that’s emailed to you with ‘White House’ in the title, it’ll give you a double-take,” said Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf. “To be able to do this – and take my family along – is probably one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had. I’m honored.” Continue reading

‘Glee’ Selects Hendrick Boards Skateboards & Apparel for Spring Premiere

‘Glee’ fans may have noticed something cool in last nights episode…during the musical number scene where the kids are off to “Senior Skip Day” all the clothing and skateboards came from Hendrick Boards-an eco-friendly skateboard and apparel company that gives back to local animal shelters and rescues across the nation.

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“We are thrilled and honored that Glee selected Hendrick Boards to include our products in their Spring premiere,” said David Hendrickson, Founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards. “By showcasing our skateboards and apparel, Glee has only strengthened our vision to see a world where every animal has a loving, caring and respectful environment through the amazing work being done by local animal shelters and rescues.” Continue reading

Will Tim Tebow Ruin the NFL?

Will Tim Tebow Ruin the NFL?

“I’m a fan of any pro athlete who stands up for his faith…we’re thrilled to be part of this. It’s not about football. Whatever gets more people over to the cross, I’m in favor of.” ~Tim Tebow

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If you hadn’t noticed, there is a new Pope in town. His name is Tim Tebow, and he might be the beginning of the downfall to our beloved National Football League…on Easter Sunday, Tebow ‘appeared’ at a church in Georgetown, Texas to answer questions from pastor Joe Champion of Celebration Church…more than 15,000 people packed the place to hear what the quarterback had to say. Continue reading