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
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.
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 www.dribbletostopdiabetes.com, and on tonight’s game broadcast on NBA TV.
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
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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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.
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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Days after NBA Commissioner David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250K for ‘sitting their players’, a photo on Reddit.com 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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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.
“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
NBA Champion and 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks uncovered on the cover of ESPN’s 4th annual “Body Issue”.
“It’s “a chance for the ‘average person’ take a good look at athletes bodies and why we are able to do the things we do,” he told the magazine. “I wanted people to look at my body and see why I’m able to do the things I do on the court. Also, it’s a very artistic shoot, and seeing that in past issues made me want to do it.”
In reference to his charity work, he writes:
‘Hard work and determination have brought me a lot of blessings in my life, so I like to give thanks by giving back to the less fortunate in the community. Getting involved is important in so many ways – it gives you a stake in the community, a sense of purpose, humbles you, and most importantly, helps those who need it most…Because giving back is so important to me, I’m going to dedicate this section to letting you all know the latest causes I’m working on and give you details on how to get involved..and, if there’s a cause that matters most to you, I want to hear about it, so let me know in the comments section below.’
That was on April 20, 2102…this lack of updates makes me believe a spanking is in order?
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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.
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.
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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
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’
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
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
NBA star Dwight Howard is actively trying to protect your children, urging parents to purchase one of his limited-edition fingerprint kits.
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
Shoot Hoops with Derrick Rose
If the opportunity to photograph David Beckham isn’t enough…the good peeps at Adidas have NBA babe Derrick Rose offering basketball players in the UK a once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a round with him….
For your chance to take the stage visit www.adidas.com/all2012
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David Beckham offers aspiring photographers the opportunity to join him on set at an upcoming photo shoot…anyone know CPR?
And, as we lace up our Pumas, we can’t ignore the fact that Adidas also has David Beckham and Derrick Rose asking “Are You Ready to Run?” After watching the video 14 times while downing a bag of chocolate Easter bunnies, we are in fact, ready to run. Continue reading
NBA Player Ronnie Brewer ‘Can’t Imagine’
The Chicago Bulls’ Ronnie Brewer caught our attention last night after blasting his fans via social media: “What’s up fam… check out this new design for my Brew Crew shirts to help support my foundation, what do you think?”, he asked, “Chicago charity event at the UC turned out to be a pretty sweet event so far fans have been great.”
Brewer also can’t imagine what life would be like if he started smoking…the NBA star filmed a PSA late last year that just seems to be making the rounds. Continue reading
Funds raised will support UNICEF child survival programs through ‘Pau’s Project’ initiative.
UNICEF Ambassador and NBA player Pau Gasol is launching today the storybook app Give a day. Narrated by Gasol in three languages— English, Spanish and Catalonian—this tale promotes child rights and will raise funds for UNICEF programs through Pau’s Project, an initiative that supports education and nutrition programs in Africa.
“This story is about helping children overcome life’s greatest challenges, which is what UNICEF does every day in its work throughout the world,” said Gasol. “Together, we can help change the lives of so many children who need our support to survive and develop.” Continue reading
Metta World Peace is about to add another ‘award’ to his resume this weekend when he’s honored by Children Uniting Nations February 26, 2012.
The baller formally known as Ron Artest, will be given the Global Humanitarian Award during a celebrity studded Awards Viewing Dinner and Celebration being held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading