Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bucky Lasek and Rickie Fowler Prepare for X-Games

Hotties are about to take over the X Games in Los Angeles this weekend, but it’s the RallyCross debut on Sunday that has us excited.

The Global RallyCross Championship consists of five wheel-to-wheel RallyCross races, all featuring an X Games-style 70-foot gap jump.

Although we don’t really know much about Rallycross, we are enjoying the mini-exodus of action-sports stars getting behind the wheel. To wit, 14-time XG skateboard medalist Bucky Lasek who will be making his X Games RallyCross debut on Sunday.

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Earlier this week, Lasek was joined by PGA Tour babe Rickie Fowler at the Subaru PUMA Global Rallycross Team Testing Day. Continue reading

Beckham Not Selected for UK Olympic Team

Beckham received a major blow today…hot stuff’s been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August…but it’s not gonna happen. Beckham has been left OFF the squad.

“’Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad…Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me,” Beckham, 37, said in quotes relayed by his spokesman on Thursday. “As a Londoner, I will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb’s [Coe] team, and I can’t wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.”

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Reuters reports:

    As a globally recognized figure, he has had a major role both in London winning the Olympics and in the build-up to the Games, helping bring the flame back from Greece.
    He had been tipped by media to light the stadium cauldron when the Games begin in his east London birthplace on July 27.
    This now looks unlikely while he definitely will not be able to be the British flag bearer at the opening ceremony as he is not competing.
    Critics who believe football has an uneasy place in the Games because of the vast sums of money professionals earn had said they would be uncomfortable with the Olympics becoming a “David Beckham show”.

Huh? Even in his prime, I don’t recall any Olympic games that turned into “a David Beckham show.” Beckham was part of the closing ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the London 2012 team…that seemed to go well, no?

Beckham told reporters last month: “I don’t want to be picked on a shirt sale or a stadium filler. I want to be picked because of what I can bring to the team.”

Apparently, the finicky Brits are done with the man who brings class and talent to the games. Because that is what he represents-and sex appeal of course. We suspect his absence is going to cause a bigger side-show than his involvement would have.

And, if our judgment serves correct, you will see Beckham looking finer than hell, with a smile on his face, cheering for the squad that snubbed him while using the opportunity to raise global awareness for the causes he supports.

It was less than a year ago that Golden Balls-acting as a Paralympics Games Ambassador- joined Team GB’s visually impaired footballers for their training session-and scored a goal while blindfolded. Apparently, even that doesn’t qualify him for the squad.

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

Celebrities Take Part in Thirst Project

Last night, celebrities flocked to the Beverly Hilton Hotel for The Thirst Project 3rd Annual Gala presented by Take Part.

TakePart is a digital media organization and cause services agency that provides content, products and services that inspire, empower, and ignite people to take daily action in making the world better…we here at Athlebrities are big fans of the organization. Continue reading

Celebrities Support Freedom for Sea Shepherd Founder Paul Watson

“I have been honored to serve the whales, dolphins, seals – and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me. These beings have spoken to me, touched me, and I have been rewarded by friendship with many members of different species.” - Paul Watson


Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson was arrested in Germany on May 13th in connection with an incident that took place with a Costa Rican fishing vessel back in 2002…its political and if we don’t pay attention, step-up and demand for his release, it may be the most devastating injustice we could have prevented.

Below is part of Our Captains blog post in reference to the incident…numerous celebrities are adding to the outcry for his freedom…Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, Brigitte Bardot, Michelle Rodriguez, John Paul DeJoria, Anthony Kiedis, Jose Bove, Daniel Cohn Bendit, Rutgar Hauer, Martin Sheen, Ian Somerhalder, Zach Callison, Perry Reeves, Bob Barker, Richard Dean Anderson, Kelly Slater, Xavier Rudd and the former Environment Ministers of Australia, British Columbia and Costa Rica.

Although released on bail, Watson faces an uphill battle…we need this man FREE to do what he does best, protect and save our sea life, hopefully most of you have seen his film ‘The Cove” and understand the importance of his freedom. I don’t write about him enough and couldn’t possibly cover each gift he has given to humanity. Again, this man is ‘necessary’ in all aspects of the word. Continue reading

Athletes Film PSA Against Dating Violence

David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andy Katz joined President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in this PSA to raise awareness about dating violence.

Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, young women continue to face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. In the last year, one in 10 teens has reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden launched the 1is2many campaign last year. This campaign focuses his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence, and educating the public on the realities of abuse, this Administration is leading the way to stop violence against women before it begins

Interesting that they chose sports hotties to participate…how about a campaign to support women who claim sexual abuse at the hands of a sports star? How quickly these women become the subject of hatred, immediately labeled as gold-diggers or groupies and liars.

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

Jason David Talks Kidney Disease

As a former New Orleans Saint and member of the Super Bowl XLI Champions Indianapolis Colts, Jason David is using his career and talent as an effective tool to reach out to the community, particularly youth.

On June 28-30, 2012, Jason David will host his fourth annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit his Jason David’s Corner Foundation.

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The cause dearest to David’s heart is kidney disease. Inspired by the death of his cousin Segun “Shay” Ukome Moruka, who passed away from kidney disease in 2007, all proceeds from the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament will go toward increasing the awareness and research of kidney disease in order to promote prevention and ultimately find a cure.

Athlebrities was honored to speak with David about his unwavering commitment to give back to his community as well as his efforts to prevent kidney disease. Continue reading

Kick-It or Win It with Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon has driven laps around his competition, clearly making him king of motor sports in the US- NASCAR, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 etc…and off the track-in terms of philanthropy, charity, giving-back or improving lives-Gordon is also running laps around the competition as he seeks to help children gain their own victories over pediatric cancer.


The first thing he wants to do, is give you his car…in support of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, hot-stuff is offering you his PERSONAL 2011 Corvette Convertible Grand Sport 4LT. For only $100 you have a one in 7,500 chance of winning his car via a raffle which ends Monday September 24, 2012 or when all 7,500 tickets are sold…pretty good odds of winning, count us in.

If owning Gordon’s personal car isn’t enough, you can join the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Kick-It who have teamed up on the kickball field by challenging supporters to kick cancer out of every childhood once and for all. Continue reading

Interview: Former NFLer Tackles Down Syndrome

Former NFLer Darnell Bing (currently a free agent) has played with the Oakland Raiders, as well as the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions, but our interest is in his non-gridiron related work in the community.

His 3rd Annual Bowling with the Stars event is happening on Saturday June 30th in efforts to raise money for youth with Down Syndrome.

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It’s not often we come across a 6’2”, 232 pound NFL babe excited about bowling in efforts to raise awareness about how awesome kids with Down Syndrome are.

We were lucky to land an interview with Bing, who told us about his Foundation and why he wants to speak with Jamie Foxx. Continue reading

Game of H-O-R-S-E with Los Angeles Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant

Twenty-seven people placed bids for a chance to win a game of H-O-R-S-E with Kobe Bryant.

The eBay Giving Works auction ended yesterday with a final bid of $22,322.22.
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The winner- and one friend- get to play a game of H-O-R-S-E with Kobe at UC Santa Barbara on Monday, July 2nd. They each are permitted to bring one item to have Kobe sign (subject to prior approval of course) and will also be able to keep the “game ball” as a souvenir.

Two additional guests will be allowed to attend the event as spectators. The winner and his/her guest will have the opportunity to take photos with Kobe, and are allowed to bring their own cameras. The experience will be professionally video recorded and the winner will receive a digital copy of the video.

All proceeds benefit the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation’s Youth Homelessness Initiative.

*H-O-R-S-E is a classic basketball game in which players try to out-shoot each other from various locations on the court. The first player chooses the location and style of the first shot. If he/she makes the shot, the second player must duplicate that shot. If the first player misses, the ball goes to the second player who may choose his/her shot. If the first player succeeds, but the second player fails, the second player receives an “H”. If every player successfully makes the shot, the ball is given to the second player who establishes the shot for the next round. The game may be played with multiple players, but each time the player must duplicate the shot using identical technique, stance, and physical location as the player who establishes the round.

The game continues as players choose shot locations and take turns trying to sink the basketball. Missed shots accrue the letters spelling H-O-R-S-E. The first player who spells out H-O-R-S-E, loses.

Giddy-Up!

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

Adrian Peterson Raises 25k Via Giving Assistant

This is a follow-up to the story regarding NFL players using ‘Football for Good’…

Props to NFL babe Adrian Peterson for his involvement with the ‘Football For Good Giving Assistant.’

Not long after he joined the initiative, he launched a fundraising browser app called the Football For Good Giving Assistant. (get it here: http://www.footballforgood.org/)
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And so far, within the first 6 months of the campaign, nearly 5, 000 of Peterson’s mighty-mighty-fine fans have generated over $25,000 using the browser app. The money directly benefits at-risk youth through his All Day Foundation.

The Giving Assistant combines the latest browser technology, the Internet, social media, and e-commerce to develop a new tool that helps nonprofits and schools around the world benefit from the billions of dollars being generated on the web. It provides a new source of funding that is effortless, free, and relies on something that millions of people do every day: shop online.

They’ve coined it “Commerce for a Cause’…give them some love at http://givingassistant.org/

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

Rafael Nadal in Seventh Heaven

Congratulations to Athlebrities’ favorite tapa, for winning his record-setting seventh French Open after defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5) in their rain-delayed final to break a tie with Bjorn Borg for most titles won in the clay court major.

“Having this trophy with me is unforgettable,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation after the match. “It’s one of the most special moments in my career…This tournament is, for me, the most special tournament of the world.” Continue reading

Camilo Villegas & Caddy for a Cure Make Fathers Day Special

At this week’s St Jude Fed-Ex Classic, most golf fans had their eyes on the players, while I, as usual, kept my eyes on the amazing Caddy for a Cure organization.

Caddy for a Cure offers the public the opportunity to experience a day “inside-the-ropes” at a PGA TOUR venue, caddying for a PGA TOUR player—with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

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During the event, Camilo Villegas’s caddy was part of the Caddy for a Cure program…Villegas is not new to the organization, but his latest involvement embodies what the organization is all about.

Mac McNeil is a young patient at St. Judes Hospital who is recovering from brain cancer …his father bought him a Caddy for a Cure experience and he escorted his Dad while he caddied for Villegas.

Caddy for a Cure: ‘Watching a father, and a son with brain cancer, enjoy the best that golf has to offer, with Camilo Villegas, is something very special. See the arm around the son as only a father can do, at this week’s St Jude Fed Ex Classic…there have been times in 10 years of ‘caddying for a cure’ that have choked us up.”

And for me, this is one of those rare moments in life where sports and humanity renew my faith in the power of love.

Thanks Camilo and Caddy for a Cure.

Get more HERE.

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

John Salley Talks Veganism

NBA legend John Salley went vegan five years ago after filming a PSA for PETA, and he recently bought ownership in a vegan wine company.

After interviewing him for Look to the Stars about his involvement with an amazing organization called ‘Walking With Anthony’, we spoke a bit about PETA, veganism, stem-cell research, wine, health and yes, shampoo. Continue reading

Help Kelly Slater Save Our Oceans

June 8 is World Oceans Day and 11x ASP World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater agrees with me (indirectly of course) and is tired of the severe threats facing our oceans…pollution, overfishing and coastal development…it all takes it’s toll.

Help Save Our Oceans: http://www.nature.org/allhands/world-oceans-day.xml?src=%20s.tw.wod

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