Monthly Archives: July 2013

Alonzo Mourning Wants to Help Your Kidneys

“These experiences allowed me to understand that I’m not here just for myself. . . I’m here as the voice of millions of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease.”

15-year NBA career veteran Alonzo Mourning may be retired as a player, but the former Miami Heat star is fighting to help those keep their dialysis benefits.

Zo, who had a kidney transplant before coming back and winning the 2006 Finals with the Heat, travelled to Washington yesterday for meetings with policy makers and elected officials to argue against proposed cuts to Medicare’s dialysis benefit.

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    Their issue involves a July 1 “proposed rule” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – the government agency that oversees Medicare – that would cut funding for dialysis by 12 percent,** or $30 dollars on each $246 payment that Medicare would have paid per treatment for calendar year 2014…According to community leaders, if the cuts are made, Medicare would fail to cover the cost for each 3-4 hour dialysis session for beneficiaries with kidney failure.  (PR WEB)

“I came to Washington today because health care for Americans with kidney failure is an issue I care about.   And when the leaders of our country’s top kidney patient organizations tell me they have a problem, then I know I have a problem, too,” said Mourning.  ”One thing is for certain: cuts this deep will have consequences, and those consequences will end up hurting patients, eliminating jobs, and reversing quality improvements that have been made in recent years.”

And according to a blurb in the Washinton Post, Mouring looked very elegant in a navy cashmere suit and ginormous NBA championship ring he won with the Miami Heat in 2006.’

Props to Zo for keeping it real post-retirement.

In his own words: Miami Herald.

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Mario Chalmers Talks Charity

Earlier this week I chatted with NBA Star Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat) about his foundation, charity, and his involvement with BidSpot Cares.


This NBA player is a man of few words, but he spends an enormous amount of time giving back to the community.

The full interview can be read on Look to the Stars: Mario Chalmers Interview.

Only one thing I have to say about him, cue music.

Metta World Peace for PETA

NBA star Metta World Peace is urging everyone to “always report animal abuse” in a new spot from PETA.

From PETA: Cruelty to animals takes many forms, including keeping dogs chained up outside without adequate food, water, or shelter; failing to provide hurt or sick animals with veterinary care; leaving dogs in hot cars on warm days; and much, much more. If you ever see or suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, call your local authorities immediately or contact PETA for assistance. For animals in danger, one phone call can be the difference between life and perhaps a horrible death.

And yes, if you’re having a WTF moment its because old Metta aka Ron Artest, was facing animal cruelty charges in 2007 for failing to feed his dog-there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute him but the dog was adopted by a family that knows how to put food in a bowl. Regardless, we love the message and PETA.

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Jordan Farmar Launches Sixth Annual Basketball Camp July 29, 2013

Jordan Farmar Foundation to Provide Scholarships to Union Rescue Mission Youth

Two-time NBA Champion and returning LA Lakers guard Jordan Farmar is pleased to announce that his sixth annual Hoop Farm Basketball Camp is opening its doors from July 29 – August 1, 2013 at UCLA’s newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Farmar, a former UCLA Bruin, along with special guests from the NBA, will be in attendance all day to teach the campers.


All proceeds from the camp will be donated to The Jordan Farmar Foundation’s Hoop Farm Scholarship Fund, which will be used to provide camp tuition scholarships to athletes from underrepresented neighborhoods and those who show great potential. This year, scholarships will go to boys and girls from a variety of organizations, including the Department of Children & Family Services, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and the Union Rescue Mission, which is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. “As a native of Los Angeles, I’ve always held this city close to my heart and try to give back in every way that I can,” said Farmar. “Hoop Farm is a great opportunity for me not only to reconnect with local kids but to also help them improve their skills on the court.” This year, nearly 100 campers will be attending Hoop Farm on a scholarship.
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Give-A-Ball Foundation Partners with J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) to Host Community Soccer Clinics for Local Youth

Collaboration empowered 150 children through sports in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

On July 18th and 19th, Give-A-Ball Foundation teamed up with Haiti-based J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) to carry out the Give-A-Ball Journey Program, a series of soccer clinics and tournament-style games held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The event offered 150 girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 the opportunity to engage in team-oriented sports, while building and improving their athletic skills and reinforcing fundamentals vital to their development.

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Tosin Fawibe, Founder and President of Give-A-Ball Foundation, Inc., sees the partnership as an opportunity to impact the lives of children in a powerful, memorable way. “Our Give-A-Ball Journey Program in Haiti was an amazing experience that allowed us to connect with the local children through soccer,” he said. “I’m glad our organization could join forces with J/P HRO to put smiles on the faces of 150 children and, more importantly, to reinforce health, fitness, education, teamwork, and character fundamentals that will help these children as they grow and develop—on and off the soccer field.” Continue reading

Magic Johnson To Award Graduating Scholar New Fiat

Earvin “Magic” Johnson to Honor Students and Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program at Special Brunch 

The Magic Johnson Foundation & FIAT will giveaway a brand new FIAT 500 car to a graduating student at annual leadership summit

WHO: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF), XX scholars who demonstrate high academic achievement and alumni of the Taylor Michael Scholarship Program (TMSP).

WHAT:  Johnson will be on hand at a FedEx-sponsored brunch to honor 26 graduating scholars and 35 “rookies” who earned Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship. The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP) develops future leaders by supporting socioeconomically challenged high achievers through completion of their undergraduate degrees and offers support including laptops, mentorships, and internships. This year, MJK and TMSP has teamed up with FIAT to award one graduating scholar a new FIAT 500 (to be announced on the spot.)

  • 460 scholarships given away to date, $4 million total
  • TMSP scholars attain a Bachelor’s Degrees at a rate of over 80%
  • TMSP alumni go on to graduate from top universities such as Howard, Brown, USC, among others

Along with Magic Johnson, a representative from MJF, and past scholarship honorees of the Taylor Michaels Scholarship will be available for interviews. Also available: photo opps with Magic Johnson and students at the car giveaway.

WHERE:             The Skirball Center,  2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

WHEN:                 Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 AM

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ABOUT: Since 1991, The Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) has served and enriched urban communities nationwide. MJF evolved from and HIV grant-making organization to one that advocates for community-based organizations and supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS education/testing/awareness work, minority, college access and digital literacy.

Athletes to Party at Playboy Mansion Tonight for Charity

BRANDed Management has announced the 8th Annual Bear Trap Entertainment All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party will take place on Monday, July 15, 2013 at the exclusive Playboy Mansion.

Red carpet arrivals begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by a Celebrity Bigg City Bourré Tournament at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Artists and Athletes Alliance.

Among the stars expected to attend are Will Smith, Adrian Peterson, Chris Tucker, Kevin Dillon, DeSean Jackson, Joey Fatone, Cristina Milian, Ryan Sheckler, Rob Kardashian, Nelly, Carmen Electra, Bode Miller, Chevy Chase, and more.

“This is the time of the year when the biggest names in professional sports take over Hollywood,” said Jen Beaver, co-Founder of BRANDed Management. “I can’t think of a more iconic venue to start the week’s festivities than the Playboy Mansion.” Continue reading

Steve Nash Foundation Los Angeles Showdown

First Ever Steve Nash Foundation Los Angeles Showdown

Los Angeles, CA (July 15, 2013) – Following the success of the 6th edition of the New York Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in June, Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux was happy to support yesterday the first-ever Showdown in Los Angeles; the popular charity soccer match held by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.

Steve Nash Foundation Showdown Game

Similar to its New York sister event, the pick-up style soccer match featured NBA and professional soccer players who joined forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children.  In addition to Steve Nash, the match included players including Jared Dudley (Los Angeles Clippers), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Martín Zuñega and Carlos Bocanegra (Chivas MLS),Robbie Rodgers and Carlo Cudicini (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (former Columbus Crew player), Jovan Kirovski (assistant coach Los Angeles Galaxy), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and former soccer players Brian Dunseth, Kyle Martino, John O’Brien, Claudio Suarez, and Simone Sandri.  Continue reading

The Oakland A’s Team Up with Smile Train


Angie Balfour, Wife of Pitcher Grant Balfour, will lead group of players wives in the Miles for Smiles Treadmill Run during home game on Friday, July 26th versus The Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.

WHAT: Miles for Smiles Treadmill Run
On July 26th, The Oakland Athletics will highlight Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, during a home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Angie Balfour, wife of Oakland A’s pitcher Grant Balfour, is teaming up with additional players’ wives to participate in a run during the entirety of the game to raise funds for the charity.

The wives will take turns running on a treadmill throughout the game with the goal of collectively completing a marathon by the game’s end.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Smile Train.

WHEN: Friday, July 26th at 7:05PM

WHO: Angie Balfour & additional Oakland A’s players wives


Smile Train’s mission is to provide a child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without a cleft. We provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries and train doctors and medical professionals in over 80 countries.  Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades. We want our mission to be yours