Category Archives: Celebrity Athlete Charity Events

Celebrities Support One Billion Rising

V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, has announced the escalation of its global campaign ONE BILLION RISING and the launch of to support the rapidly growing campaign activity including video testimonies, event planning and creative actions.

Jessica Alba, Fatou Bensouda, Rosario Dawson, Jason Day, Jane Fonda, Anne Hathaway, Donna Karan, Naomi Klein, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Thandie Newton, Yoko Ono, Laura Pausini, Ai-jen Poo, Robert Redford, Gloria Steinem, Monique Wilson & more have already pledged to “Rise” to end violence against women and girls on February 14, 2013 in support of V-Day’s global movement. 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.

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

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

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

Athletes Sign Gold Bunnies for Autism

This spring, the LINDT GOLD BUNNY is celebrating its 60th birthday, and in celebration, the company has kicked off Easter early with a celebrity auction to benefit Autism Speaks.

Now through March 18, 2012, porcelain versions of the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny, autographed by celebrities in the entertainment, food, music and sports communities, will be up for auction from premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt. Continue reading

Dave Matthews to Perform at 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit?

Alice Cooper and Dave Matthews are just two of the celebrity supporters of the Stuart House, which is holding its 9th Annual Benefit March 11 in Los Angeles.

Spearheaded by designer John Varvatos, the ninth annual Stuart House Benefit will take place along the streets adjacent to his Melrose boutique…the streets will be shut down for a concert and block party. As of today-Dave Matthews was confirmed as the performer for the event. 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

Kelly Slater Among Laureus Award Winners

Kelly Slater has been named as the 2012 Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year during the annual awards ceremony.

This is the fourth win for King Slater-which equals the soon-to-be-defunct Laureus record of Roger Federer.

Other winners include Novak Djokovic who took home the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year…FC Barcelona won the Laureus World Team of the Year Award… Continue reading

Kelly Slater Among Laureus World Sports Nominees (Again)

Kelly Slater Among Laureus World Sports Nominees (Again)

On Monday, February 6, the international sports world will take over London’s Central Hall for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognize sporting achievement, are the premier honors on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a globally televised Awards Ceremony staged at Central Hall, Westminster, in London….proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects around the world. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €40 million for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

The full list of Nominees for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards is available on Look to the Stars, but we here at Athlebrities would like to give a mighty-fine shout-out to some of our favorites we’d like to see win:

Usain Bolt for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, nominated alongside Lionel Messi…tough call, I think Messi will take it. Continue reading

Charity Poker Events Hosted by Harman

Charity Poker Events Hosted by Harman


As I was driving back from LA last weekend, a friend of mine said “Jennifer who” after I mentioned Harman. For those out of the poker-loop, Jennifer Harman is the only woman to hold TWO WSOP bracelets, granted, I’m straying from my usual ‘hot pro athletes only’ on my blog because Jen is hosting two celebrity poker events that deserve some love and will-without question-attract some smoking hot babes from the sports world. The first ‘Charity Poker Tournament’ is on my birthday, March 11. Unfortunately, the proceeds wont go to me but will benefit The National Kidney Foundation. The fun starts at 11am at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada…joining her will be Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Lee Watkinson, Roy Winston, Lee Markholt, professional poker players, and celebrities to be announced soon…which my libido translates as dear god I hope Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak are there cuz I need a lil fix.

But perhaps the most anticipated event Harman’s hosting is her Charity Poker Tournament Benefiting the Nevada SPCA. (Friday, 17 April, 4 P.M., The Venetian, Las Vegas). Included in the schedule of events are a red carpet walk with celebrities and animal companions, a silent auction, media party, a raffle, and video presentation. All proceeds benefit the Nevada SPCA…It’s not expensive to play in the event-and last years’ winner entered the tournement after adopting a pet at the SPCA. Yeah-how cute is that? More details as they are released and by visiting GREASIE WHEELS.

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Steve Nash Grants Make-a-Wish, ‘Nash Bash’ All Star Event

Steve Nash Grants Make-A-Wish

Phoenix Sun Steve Nash recently hung out with some kids from the Make-a-Wish Foundation…the video pretty much covers it all…the mighty-mighty fine beast always goes above and beyond to make wishes come true…my wish? A ticket to the vitaminwater Nash Bash to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation. “All-Star’s in Phoenix this year, and I’m really looking forward to hosting some of my Foundation’s best supporters, new friends and just having my family around’” said Nashty. “All-Star Weekend is one of the most entertaining events of the year, and, for me, it’s another opportunity to mesh my job with my other passions.” If you wanna mesh your job with other passions, the love fest goes down on Friday, February 13 at the Mondrian Scottsdale. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Steve Nash Foundation’s local initiative, Educare Arizona. “Educare is one of the best things we can do for our community,” said Steve. “It’s a holistic approach to the child and family, and will make an incredible impact nationally.” (

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Celebrity Soccer with Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler, Jimmy Jean-Louis and others

Celebrity Soccer: Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler, Jimmy Jean-Louis

Saturday afternoon I hit up the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer event at the (beautiful) Home Depot center in Los Angeles. This is the second year Mia’s held the event to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation- while also encouraging fans to sign up as bone-marrow donors. Last year, the event saved at least one life after they found a donor…during halftime, there were a few tears shed as donors were introduced to recipients…seriously, I even noticed a few celeb’s with wet eyes.


Partial roster of do-gooders kicking it for Hamm: Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives), C. Thomas Howell, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes), Angus Jones (Two and a Half Men), James Leisure (Lipstick Jungle/Las Vegas), Josh Henderson (90210), Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, skate-gods Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler, and several of Hamm’s teammates from the U.S. National Team including Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett, Tisha Hoch, Abby Wambach and current and former male soccer hotties Cobi Jones, Chris Seitz, Matt Reis, Brian Dunseth and Alexi Lalas.


Love for each and every celebrity who kicked it under the hot sun for Mia’s Foundation and in support of a great cause. Hamm spoke before the event about her motivation: “My foundation started about 1999 and was motivated from my relationship with my brother who passed away in 1997 after complications from a bone-marrow transplant,” she said prior to the game. “For us, we shared a love of sport and I also saw first hand what my parents and his parents had to go through, not just financially, but struggling to find a bone-marrow match, so my foundation-the proceeds go to help families find bone-marrow transplants and also to encourage and empower young female athletes.”


Aside from Nomar and Mia, I’m giving extra love to a few celebrities who I noticed go above and beyond during the day. First time participant, actress Andrea Bowen…girl never stopped smiling or signing autographs for the young fans: “This is my first game and I’m pretty excited that I get to play with all these people. They’re definitely going to have to pull extra weight because I really don’t know what I’m doing but it should be fun and its all for a really good cause”


Next up, Ryan Sheckler, who was simply hoping for a goal. ‘This is actually the first time I’ve ever played soccer. It feels great, it’s going to be a great day. Hopefully I make a goal, my goal is to make a goal today, just one and I’ll go home happy.” Going home happy were the hundreds of prepubescent girls who squealed with delight each time Sheckler inhaled. Proving that you can be young, rich, arrogant and humble at the same time-Sheckler took about 20-minutes to sign autographs while others were on the field warming up.


Tony Hawk-aka Ryan Sheckler in 20-years- also impressed the hell outta me. Hawk went out of his way to sign autographs for a group of screaming fans desperate to meet their hero. I’ve been to a lot of events, and not every celebrity who appears takes extra steps to ensure everyone leaves happy…Hawk is definitely an exception.


Perhaps the happiest participant was Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis. Now, don’t kill me kids but I don’t watch the show, so I wasn’t really hip to the Haitian. What I was hip to were his dimples, “It is a beautiful day today and we are going to have a great time.” Indeed. Jean-Louis is one of the busiest celebrity charity advocates I’ve met in a while. He is a member of the celebrity soccer team Hollywood United, which plays tons of charity events, and as a spin off to it, dimples founded his own organization to help the people of Haiti. “I started my own organization Hollywood Unites for Haiti. What I’ve been doing is collecting all the used equipment and going to Haiti to give it to them because they really need this-that’s really how the whole idea of Hollywood Unites for Haiti started. About a month ago, some of us were invited to Haiti-including Josh Brolin and Diane Lane and that was for the opening of a hospital for handicapped, so that was nice and I plan to bring more awareness to Haiti because they really need help.” Since I don’t watch his show and I’ve seen his soccer skills in action- Jimmy Jean-Louis (for purposes of this site) is now classified as an athlete. Much, much, more info about him and his organization to come.


And finally, what was Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) doing with this baby to make it cry? Feeding it a nectarine? Benji ran off the field, took the kid in his arms, baby instantly began crying and then he’s holding a piece of fruit up to it…kinda funny, don’t know if it’s his baby or not because I’m not into celebrity gossip but thought some of you may get a kick out of it.

Here’s a link to most of my photos…Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge. Enjoy. And next year, might I suggest you cough up the $20 bucks to be there yourself?

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Shane Battier Reads to Achieve, Tayshaun Donates to Kids Kicking Cancer, Grizzlies Give Kids New Shoes (Or What We’ll Never See Lebron Doing)



Generally, you’ll have me at ‘Rockets’ due to the number of good-guys on the roster…and yesterday one of those mighty-mighty-fine men, Shane Battier, was at the Children’s Museum in Houston. At first I was certain that he had been “added” as an exhibit until I saw him reading to the kids and learned that he was there for the Read to Achieve event. Little to no media coverage so I thought I’d do it here. The NBA’s Read to Achieve program is a year-round campaign which helps young people develop a life-long love for reading…which isnt really too hard when you got guys like Shane reading to you.


And pinky props to Piston Tayshaun Prince (and his wife Farah) for chanting the mantra ‘Power, Peace, Purpose’, after presenting a scholarship check for $2,500 to Kids Kicking Cancers as part of the Pistons Read to Achieve Tour.


Just a lil love for Grizzlies Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Elliot Perry, Kyle Lowry and Hakim Warrick for taking part in the Samaritan’s feet shoe distribution at Street Ministries yesterday in Memphis…actually, I’m giving more than just a lil love to these guys because they not only fitted kids for sneakers, but also handed out kicks to the kids AND (gulp) even washed their feet. This is the first time I’ve ever come across any of our ballers or athletes actually washing kids’ feet. (Like to see Lebron do that)…again, massive hugs to the Grizzlies.

Hope to see you here: Tomorrow is the 2009 Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge to benefit bone marrow patient and family services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation. Celebrities expected: Nomar Garciaparra [LA Dodgers], Mia Hamm [Soccer Hall of Famer], Tony hawk, Maksim Chmerkovski, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Zachary Levi, Josh Henderson, C. Thomas Howell, Ryan Sheckler, Sal Masekela, Marcus Allen, Benji Madden, Angus T. Jones, Dule Hill, Anthony Lapaglia, Andrea Bowen, Chris Richardson, Josh Hutchenson, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Rivers Cuomo, members of the U.S. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and many others. Home Depot Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA.

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All Stars for Hope Soccer Event


On June 14 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey, some of the hottest men in Euro soccer are taking the field for the ALL STARS FOR HOPE charity game to benefit Mikael Silvestri’s Schools for Hope. Silvestri is a French defender who kicks it for Arsenal-but he’s all right in my book…he’s on a quest to build schools around the world-so far completing several in Guinea and Niger…


“When my children first started to go to school I realized that education is the basis for a better life for poor children everywhere in the world,” Silvestre said. “I said to myself that I want to act, I want to be involved, with my own money. The focus is not on football at these schools, it is getting a good education, basic skills and professional skills, so the students are able to go out and get a good job.”

All Stars for Hope could have easily been named ‘Hotties for Hope’ as it includes (in addition to Silvestre); Thierry Henry (France/Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (England/Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Man-United), Nicolas Anelka (France/Chelsea), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo/Arsenal), Manuel Almunia (Spain/Arsenal), Frank Lampard (England/Chelsea), Ryan Giggs (Wales/Manchester United) and others.

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18th Annual Taste of NFL

18th Annual Taste of NFL

For those of you with an affinity for fine food and NFL players, this is your chance to sink your teeth into some mighty fine men while tackling hunger in America. The 18th Annual Taste of NFL is taking place on Saturday January 31 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (FL). Here’s how it works, one celebrity chef and one current/alumni NFL beast from each city will pair up on the eve of SuperBowl…you get to sample specialty foods, meet the chefs, get autographs, and bid on some great silent auction items…

Any Top Chef fans out there? Take note, Tom Colicchio will be there with former Top Chef contestants…entertainment for the night will be Max Weinberg from Late Night with Conan. Partial list of NFL babes pairing up with a chef: Ben Patrick (AZ Cardinals); Derrick Martin (Baltimore Ravens); Richard Marshall (Carolina Panthers); Shaun Gayle (Chicago Bears); Jacoby Jones (Houston Texans); Kevin Houser (N.O. Saints). This is one of the most popular and worthwhile events happening during SuperBowl week and tickets usually sell out fast. Please visit for more info and tickets.

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Inaugurate With Carmelo Anthony as his Foundation is Honored, Hoop It Up with Snoop Dogg, Bid on Kurt Warner’s Ball and Hope Phelps Auctions His Speedo

Inaugurate With Carmelo Anthony as his Foundation is Honored, Hoop It Up with Snoop Dogg, Bid on Kurt Warner’s Ball and Hope Phelps Auctions His Speedo


With President Hot-Stuff ready to be sworn-in, the East Coast parties are being announced. It kills me that I cant be right up in the middle of D.C. for all the action…yes, Jay-Z is hosting a gala-but the event I would chew-my arm off to get to is being thrown by Perennial Sports and Entertainment…included in their “Party With a Purpose: An Inauguration Celebration” series of events is a special night recognizing Carmelo Anthony’s Foundation (as well as Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation). Details: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16: Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony, Grammy Award Winner singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and PSE join to present Artists and Athletes for a Cause. PSE will recognize the Carmelo Anthony Foundation and Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation and honor the organizations’ efforts to address the challenges facing our nation’s youth. Who: NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony, Honored Guest R&B Recording Artist Ne-Yo, Honored Guest Former MTV Veejay, Lala Vazquez, Host BET and Political Commentator Jeff Johnson, Host. When: 6:45-11 pm Where: House of Sweden, 2900 K St, NW, Washington, DC.


If you live in So-Cal or find yourself in Compton this weekend, you might wanna throw down ten bucks to help out ‘The Stepping Stone’-a new youth center in Compton which helps local kids by teaching ‘em sports and arts and offers academic tutoring. The building has been under construction for sometime and needs just a bit more money to finish it up before it opens this Spring. This event’s garnered a ton of celebrity athletes support, most notably my favorite local Snoop Dogg…joining the Snoop: Warren G, Lil Eazy E, Allen Payne (“House of Payne”), Arlen Escarpeta (“American Dreams”), Brian McKnight, Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper, two-time NBA All-Star Champion and former Los Angeles Laker Norman Nixon, WNBA Champion and All-Star Game MVP Los Angeles Sparks Center Lisa Leslie, and former NBA players Khalid Reeves (Chicago Bulls Guard), Pooh Richardson (Los Angeles Clippers Point Guard), and Byron Russell (Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets Shooting Guard). The game will take place at 4 p.m. at Compton High School (601 S. Acacia Avenue Compton). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day or by phone at (877) 689-7717.


If you’re a regular, you know I’m a huge supporter of Celebrity Fight Night. Last years honored ‘celebrity’ was LaDainian Tomlinson…this year the Muhammad Ali Sports Leadership Award goes to Kurt Warner. (Check out event details on my calendar of events page). CFN is being held on March 28 in Phoenix, and if the gods are smiling upon me, I will be there again this year because (gulp) they just announced that Michael Phelps is going to be awarded the Muhammad Ali Sports Achievement Award. Additionally, Warner will be featured on a limited-edition commemorative football being produced to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The footballs will be available for $99.00 each and only 2,009 will be made…to get one call 800-345-2868 or check out….I am now awaiting word on weather or not Michael Phelps will auction off one of his Speedo’s to benefit my libido. The sexy eight-time gold medallist is currently at a promotional event in Beijing as the spokesperson for Mazda…seen here holding up a Chinese character “Niu” or Ox to mark the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Ox.

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