Category Archives: HOOPS

Todd Herremans’ 2nd Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser

The Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser, to raise funds for beneficiaries of the Todd Herremans recently took place in Philadelphia.  Raising close to $40,000, the event was held at the Vie Restaurant. The NCAA basketball-themed event featured dinner, live and silent auctions, live entertainment from Tim Williams and a chance to meet past and present members of the Philadelphia Eagles and other notable attendees.  Photos from the evening can be found here - Hoops for Help Photos

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Todd Herremans 2nd Annual Hoops for Help

Todd Herremans’ Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser Annual Event Celebrates the Biggest Two Weeks in College Basketball


With more than 200 attendees last year, The Todd Herremans Foundation is back this year with the Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Held at the Vie Restaurant, the NCAA basketball-themed event will feature dinner, live auction, silent auction, live entertainment and more. 

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Shaq Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice

Shaquille O’Neal, LA’s Legendary Man of Steel, Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice on Monday, December 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Former Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.

“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. ”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”

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Harlem Globetrotters Launch National Partnership with World Vision

One of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations is partnering with an iconic American institution to improve the lives of children around the world.

The Harlem Globetrotters are partnering with World Vision to give its fans the opportunity to support World Vision’s mission while enjoying the Globetrotters’ beloved brand of family entertainment.


The North American leg of the Harlem Globetrotters 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour will recommence on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing 300 games in over 250 cities in 48 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014.

As its official tour partner, World Vision will have a presence at all of the Harlem Globetrotters games during the “Fans Rule” tour. Continue reading

Tracy McGrady and Invisible Team Up to Launch the World’s Smartest Multi-Functional Bottle

Invisible and Seven-Time NBA All-Star, Tracy McGrady partnered to launch the first ever multi-functional bottle, which transforms into a line of sustainable products, and an exclusive eco-centric buyback program to decrease pollution and waste.

The demand for consumers seeking a convenient, safer alternative to plastic and paper products inspired Invisible to design a modern bottle that converts into stylish everyday use items made of biodegradable materials – sports bottle, baby bottle, sippy cup, coffee cup, uv filtration, medicine dispenser, and a bluetooth wireless speaker. The 340 billion beverage bottles and cans not recycled each year worldwide sparked Invisible to establish an unprecedented buyback program, IBottle Care, which encourages consumers to responsibly reduce, reuse, and recycle. Invisible aims to sustain the natural environment while working to simultaneously save consumers money and time. Continue reading

D. Wright Foundation 3rd Annual Skate Off

Ballers on wheels last weekend as Portland Trail Blazer Dorell Wright  hosted his 3rd annual Skate Off to benefit his D. Wright Foundation.

Dorell Wright
The 9-year NBA veteran was flaked by a slew of other NBA players and celebrity buds including Jordan Crawford of the Boston Celtics, Nick Young of the LA Lakers, JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets, Baron Davis and Jeremy Tyler of the New York Knicks, Ekpe Udoh of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Brandon Jennings of the Detroit Pistons.

The D. Wright Way Foundation also has a partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to graciously bestow $50,000.00 in the naming of the KB3 Scholarship Fund. Continue reading

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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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.

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

Chris Paul’s Avon Fragrance?

Avon Products, Inc. today announced that Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Chris Paul will be joining the company’s team as the face of a new men’s fragrance, Untouchable.  Yeah, you read that right…according to the presser and video:  ’the new scent will capture the thrill of hitting the court when the crowd is going wild, sinking the game-winning shot and bringing home victory.’

“The drive to win is what gets me out of bed every morning,” explains Paul. “This new scent with Avon will capture the competitive attitude that motivates me to play my best on and off the court.” Continue reading

Celebrities and Athletes Support Steps4Paws

Last weekend, Los Angeles based clothing company, Steps4Paws, presented their new collection of graphic tees to celebrities and sports personalities for a Golden Globes event in Hollywood, California.

Oldin Polynice

Celebrities who walked the red carpet with Steps4Paws mascot/rescue dog Coco included NBA star Oldin Polynice (pictured above), Terrell Owens, Madchen Amick from “Gossip Girl,” Gilles Marini from “Dancing With The Stars,” Lauren Potter from “Glee;” Brandon Tyler Russell from “Tosh 2.0” and many others. Continue reading

NBA All-Stars Andre Iguodala and Danny Granger and Seven-Time 
WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings to Help Raise Awareness about Diabetes

The National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the NBA Development League, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US, today announced the tip-off of the 2013 Dribble to Stop Diabetes initiative.

The national campaign is in its third year and includes campaign ambassadors Andre Iguodala of the Denver Nuggets, Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers, and Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever- all of whom appear in PSA’s debuting today at, and on tonight’s game broadcast on NBA TV.

Ballers eat McDonalds
Yet…campaign ambassador Iguodola was photographed plowing through his McDonalds in August of last year while other USA Athletes- Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant- were able to put down their junk food to smile for the camera…we like this Dribble to Stop Diabetes initiative, but how about a stop eating at McDonalds initiative? Because this initiative is “designed to encourage fans to live an active, healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about type 2 diabetes prevention and management, along with the potentially serious health complications that can be associated with the disease,” we think it might be a bit hypocritical when you got ballers and other world class athletes promoting McDonalds at the same time, no? Continue reading

Los Angeles Clippers Partner with Fred Jordan Missions

The Fred Jordan Mission held it’s annual ‘Skid Row Toy Ride’ on Sunday, delivering thousand of new gifts to some of Los Angeles’ most underprivileged children.

The organization, which serves hungry, impoverished families and children every day of the year, has partnered with the LA Clippers for a Season of Caring Fundraising event to benefit the Mission.

Proceeds from the LA Clippers Game on Wednesday December 19th will be donated to the Fred Jordan Missions. If you are not able to purchase a ticket, the Mission is asking businesses, churches, groups and individuals of good will to make charitable donations of food, new clothes, new toys, diapers and blankets for cold winter nights.  Cash donations are also welcome – - and tax-deductible.

The Fred Jordan Missions, open 365 days a year since 1944, feeds hundreds of hungry people and provides assistance to impoverished individuals and families.  The Mission is a non-profit, faith-based, educational and relief organization that focuses on education, job training, and self-reliance.

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Pau Gasol Honored by Children’s Hospital L.A.

If you follow the Lakers or live in the LA area, you probably already know that NBA player Pau Gasol spends most of his free time playing with sick kids at Children’s Hospital LA. Coming from a family of healers, its really not a surprise and has actually swayed my opinion of him to the better.

And recently, Pau Gasol was given the 2012 Courage to Care Award from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles… Featuring: Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, Dr. David Skaggs, Rich Cordova.

Children’s Hospital LA Honors Pau Gasol from Jankovic Productions on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of Jankovic Productions, a Los Angeles-based video production company specializing in corporate videos, marketing videos, instructional videos, web commercials, non-profit promotional videos, tribute videos, banquet/gala videos, and fundraiser videos.


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Duncan-Parker Photo Bad PR for Spurs

Days after NBA Commissioner David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250K for ‘sitting their players’, a photo on is making the rounds…and not in a good way.

The image-allegedly taken around Halloween this year- shows Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, both in costume, pointing toy guns at the head of a man dressed as NBA referee Joey Crawford, with a noose hanging overhead.

How this escaped becoming media-fodder is beyond us, but according to most threads on reddit, fans are not happy about it.

We’re still stuck on the noose. The words ‘NBA player’ and ‘noose’ should never be heard together, let alone be immortalized in a photo. And the irony? Yesterday was the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

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Ballers Give San Diego Youth A Chance

SDSU Graduate, and NBA All-Rookie of the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard, is hosting his first Annual Youth Basketball Camp with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Boys to Men Mentoring Network, (August 7-9) in San Diego, California.
Athlebrities stopped by the camp to see what this rookie sensation had to say for himself. After all, he’s an SDSU alumni. And although Leonard is notorious for being quite-and perhaps a bit shy-we had no trouble getting him to speak longer than our allotted time.

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On College:
“I went for two years and haven’t gotten my degree yet, right now I’m not taking classes but hope to finish in about three-years when I’m established in the league, we’ll see what happens.”

On his role with the San Antonio Spurs next season:
“Pretty much the same guy, probably a little bit more aggressive, I’ll probably get more play since I shot the ball well and you know, you’ll see me being more aggressive and more comfortable on the court.” Continue reading