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
Over the years, we’ve covered some interesting topics, but one of the most pressing is the need for younger and more diverse bone-marrow donors.
Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor find a second chance at life. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Continue reading
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has chopped off his long, blond golden locks and donated his hair to a child with cancer.
Hawk and his wife have partnered with Wigs for Kids a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy…his own hair is the first to be donated to his initiative “Hawk’s Locks for Kids.”
Via Twitter, Hawk said: “Thanks to wigs for kids for partnering with us. My wife and I are proud to start ‘Hawk’s locks for Kids’ which will be helping kids with cancer. We are hoping to raise enough money and hair donations to change many lives!” Continue reading
The founder of Skate 4 Cancer is collaborating on a new shoe in support of the Keep a Breast Foundation.
S4C founder Rob Dyer and friends have been skateboarding around the Globe, attacking with the phrase ‘Cancer is a Dick’ while raising awareness about cancer prevention.
The mission of Skate4Cancer is to hype up youth on the importance of cancer prevention and community building, making S4C a natural fit for the organization that coined the phrase ‘I Heart Boobies.’ Continue reading
The NFL’s Larry Fitzgerald Lives Strong
This morning, Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald was up to Good again, this time tweeting from the offices of Nike for a ‘Live-strong’ event.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s foundation, aka Livestrong.org. Since its creation as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997, the non-profit has invested $157 million in programs that serve survivors, $85 million in grants and awards and $33 million to advocate for policies and funding that advance the fight against the world’s leading cause of death.
And today also marks a mighty-mighty-fine athlete shout-out to Fitzgerald for being one of the most cause orientated, sincere and socially-engaging athletes alive. Continue reading
Athlebrities: Swag for a Cause
We are aiming for the sky in 2012 and need your help…it no longer feels that simply writing about causes is enough. Awareness and celebrity/athlebrity involvement are at an all time high, but we feel the need to do more.
Last year, Athlebrities lost three cherished friends to cancer, and chances are you, or someone you know, began or is about to begin chemotherapy treatment.
It seems that everywhere we turn we find undue suffering as it relates to chemotherapy treatments. This has to stop. Particularly for those who can not afford insurance or the daily comforts needed to get through treatments.
Our goal? To provide ‘Swag’ bags to all first-time chemo patients. Starting at a local level in San Diego California, Athlebrities will roll out its first ‘chemo-swag’ bags next month filled with simple comforts needed by many.
Our ‘swag-bags’ will be given to people we celebrate as warriors against cancer.
They will be given to men, women and children as a signal that we care.
Why? During a conversation with a patient going in for round 4 of chemo, I was asked ‘why do all the celebrities get the swag, where’s our chemo-swag’? And just like that, Athlebrities birthed ‘Swag for a Cause.’ (Swagforacause.org-website pending)
And although the word ‘swag’ might offend a few (mainly those not going through chemotherapy) let’s keep in mind that ‘Keep a Breast’ fought controversy for the phrase ‘I Heart Boobies’ yet look where they are now.
Our special canvas-tote bags will be packed with goodies…gloves to keep your hands warm, and as a way to let you know we’re there with you holding your hand. Knit caps or head wraps to keep your heads warm during hair loss and as a reminder that we are thinking of you. A warm blanket as a hug. Lip balm is a virtual kiss. Uplifting books, scarves, breath mints, playing cards, CD players and chill tunes, notepads, pens, hydrating socks, unscented lotions, teddy bears, baby blankets, and more.
Of course, this is where we need your help. We are not a nonprofit yet but we can’t wait any longer to start. We are filling our bags and looking for partners, NPO’s, publicists, agents, athletes etc, product donations, or just about anything to help us make this a reality.
We envision the day where every first time chemo patient gets a swag-goodie-bag upon check-in.
If you, your hospital, clinic, friends, or organization would like more information or would like to be a part of this initiative, please contact me via email. We welcome any and all suggestions as to which clinics are in the most need.
Let’s do this together.
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Survivor Africa winner and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn recently announced that after 20 months in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his cancer has returned. Both Ethan and his girl (fellow Survivor winner) Jenna Morasca, have lost parents to cancer. And both recently attended the CNN Heroes Awards…
And yet this morning, after blogging about celebrities, athletes and charities for over eight years, I read a quote from Ethan Zohn that wins Athlebrities all-time ‘most irresponsible quote’ ever award. Continue reading
Ron Artest: Dancing For a Cause
“That’s the only reason I’m doing it, I’m doing it for a cause.” –Ron Artest in re: ‘Dancing With the Stars’
After much speculation, the rumor-mill is closed and it’s confirmed that Lakers forward Ron Artest has joined the cast of “Dancing With The Stars.” Granted, I’ve never watched an episode but between Ron-Ron and Nancy Grace it might suck me in this year-especially since Artest – one of the most entertaining ballers to hit the court- is gonna dance his way towards a huge donation for the Cancer Research Foundation.
“I’m doing the Cha-cha-cha my first week,” Artest said. “We’re going to get past [the first round]. I want to work hard and see where it takes me. I don’t know how far I’m going to go, but I’m going to try.”
According to the LA Times, Artest agreed to ‘dance for a cause’ after his daughter Diamond said “Daddy you can do it.” In 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, a kidney cancer that affects children. She successfully fought the disease and Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns (allegedly a minimum of $125,000) on “Dancing with the Stars” to the Cancer Research Foundation.
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David Beckham Visits Children’s Hospital
Original Athlebrity, David Beckham is in NY to participate in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game….and yesterday, Sir Beckham took his golden-everything to a New York City Children’s Hospital and gently placed his hand on that little boys head…
Organized by the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, Beckham’s visit with the kids was on behalf of the MLS community outreach initiative (M.S. Works) and afterward, the Hope & Heroes Children’s Fund received a $25K donation from MLS Works.
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Will Ferrell Hosts 16th Annual Cancer for College Event
Cancer for College held its 16th annual fundraiser yesterday in Rancho Bernardo, and once again, funnyman Will Ferrell was the host. Ferrell’s support for the charity is rooted in a longtime friendship with double-amputee and cancer survivor Craig Pollard, founder of Cancer for College. “What Cancer for College does is provide college scholarships for cancer survivors and amputees,” explained Pollard, “Will’s been involved pretty much from the beginning.”
Ferrell brought his humor to the event while explaining how he and Craig (far right) bonded in college: “Every Wednesday night we would spoon, on the roof of the fraternity house, on a big bearskin rug.” After a beat though, he got serious for a minute, “It is the only charity I’m this actively involved in and am happy to lend my name to,” explained Ferrell. “It’s one of the purest charities you’ll ever be around in terms of-all the money goes directly to the kids, immediately and no one is turned away.”
Of course, discussions took place about the success of the infamous Will Ferrell sunscreen? “We sold 10,000 bottles in six weeks on the Internet,” said Pollard, “and we’ve just started presenting it to retail stores and internationally.” With this kind of public support, might we see more Will Ferrell Cancer for College products? “If it does kinda take hold it would fun to have it be almost like a Paul Newman type of thing,” said Ferrell, “Where all the proceeds would go to the charity…in fact, it’s a horrible sunscreen, it’s actually better on salad…it has almost a sage-parsley taste to it.”
Ferrell was also quick to please inquiring minds about a possible ‘Anchorman’ sequel: “Yeah, we’re talking about it. We’re just trying to figure out when we can fit it in to the schedule” said Ferrell, “But I think after we finish this movie we might start working on a script.” Ferrell’s speaking of his latest movie ‘The Other Guys’ which starts filming next week. It costars Samuel Jackson, the Rock and Mark Wahlberg…does this mean we might see Ferrell as a guest star on Wahlberg’s ‘Entourage’ one day? “They haven’t asked me,” said Ferrell, “But if they do- as long as they make the episode about the charity, I’m happy to do it.”
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Ryan Sheckler and His Foundation Are All Right By Me
Ryan Sheckler first caught my eye in 2003 after watching him do amazing things in the X Games…I put my finger on the pulse of his career and waited for the rest of the industry to catch up. Granted, Tony Hawk took notice way before I did (I’m not one to step on the godfather of skate’s toes)…next came a nod from the Sports Business Journal…then MTV sniffed him out and just like that, the kids a multimillionaire teen-aged heartthrob with his own TV show (Life of Ryan), throngs of squealing girls chasing after him and maybe, just maybe, he’s going to come out of this circus we call ‘fame’ with his morals in check.
The more athlete charity related events I cover, the more Sheckler pops up on my radar. The photos here are from the Mia Hamm/Nomar Garciaparra celebrity soccer event last month. Sheckler was one of the few guys to go into the stands and sign autographs. These two little girls waited patiently until Ryan noticed them, signed their soccer balls, then knelt down and signed their shirts. Not something I see very often from someone his age or of his caliber. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen much scandal associated with him. I’ve only seen a smiling skater loving life and giving back when he can. Seriously, he’s only what 19?
Anyway, for you Sheckler fans needing more, the young buck, along with his Ryan Sheckler Foundation, will be hosting ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS’ (February 6, 2009, at 7pm) at the Grove at Anaheim. The evening will feature a multi-disciplined fight night with proceeds from this event benefiting Road 2 Recovery and TACA; Talk about Curing Autism. SCHEDULED TO FIGHT: Kit Cope (4 time Muay Thai Champion); Danny Abbadi (The Ultimate Fighter); Andy Wang (The Ultimate Fighter); Craig Wilkerson (The OC submission expert); & Jason Ellis (Professional skateboarder and Sirius radio host will be making this professional MMA debut) More to be announced…*fight card subject to change. Plus Special Musical Guest: LIL’ JON.
If you can’t make it to the event…how about some stylish support, which helps a great cause. The Sheckler Foundation supports causes benefiting children and injured action sports athletes…for a donation of $6.00 or more, they’ll send you a Sheckler Foundation-Down for Life bracelet. All the INFO HERE.
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Mark Sanchez and USC Win More Than Roses
Admittedly, I couldn’t care less about the Rose Bowl. Being a So-Cal girl, I do appreciate our college teams, both UCLA and USC. Don’t ask me to pick a side cuz it will never happen…but, something caught my eye as I tuned into the end of the Rose Bowl on Thursday. That something was written on the face of Mark Sanchez as he flashed that drop-dead smile across the screen: ‘R.I.P. Garenn.’
Props to USC for its incredible 38-24 victory over Penn State-but bigger props for advertising something worthwhile during a game…a young boys battle with cancer. His name: Garenn Figueroa. He dreamed of going to USC…and for at least three games, Sanchez inked up his face in support of the boys battle.
Unfortunately, the little guy passed away on November 16 after a long battle with cancer but thanks to the USC Trojans his memory lives on. Well done boys.
R.I.P. Garenn Figueroa, R.I.P. Feb. 4, 1993 – Nov. 16, 2008.
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NO ENGLISH? NO PLAY
According to Golfweek magazine, all LPGA players must speak English by the end of the 2009 season or face the possibility of suspension from the tour. They also claim that of the 121 international LPGA players, 45 are South Koreans who were reportedly informed of the ‘new regulations’ during a meeting Aug. 20 at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. The new guidelines will affect all players who have been on tour at least two years and…they will be evaluated via an oral test. “Hopefully, what we’re talking about is something that will not happen,” LPGA deputy commissioner Libba Galloway said of the suspensions, “If it does, we wouldn’t just say, ‘Come back next year.’ What we would do is work with them on where they fell short, provide them the resources they need, the tutoring—and when we feel like they need to be evaluated again, we would evaluate.”
Not that I’m a fan of women’s golf, but this seems a bit…ah, ridiculous? Are the hot male golf kats required to speak English? And what’s up with singling out South Koreans? Isn’t the beauty of sports the international flavor it sometimes brings to the table? I’m completely stumped here kids…if a player fails an ‘oral test’ she might be suspended? Who’s standard are they applying? Who ‘evaluates’? Do they need to speak ‘fluent’ English or enough to ‘get by’ ala Nadal with his sexy broken English, no? Is not the broken English so sexy from woman, no?
CANCER FOR COLLEGE
I do know one thing that is sexy…hot golfers who donate their time for charity. I’ve been trying to make sure you all are aware of the 15th Annual Cancer for College Golf Tournement hosted by Will Ferrell being held on September 19 in San Diego…they have just announced a great opportunity for those wanting to really get in on the action…
Cancer for College will be auctioning off (via E-Bay) a spot for two players in the sold out golf event. The winning bidder and a buddy will play along side John Merrick with his coach Jamie Mulligan riding along to provide tips to the players as they go. Bidding has began and 100% of the final bid goes to Cancer for College. “We are extremely honored to help such a deserving charity,” said Mulligan. “John is without a doubt the biggest Will Ferrell fan on the PGA Tour. For John to be able to help Will and Cancer for College raise money for these deserving kids is a great honor. We are certain the winning bidders with have a fantastic day with one of the games great rising stars,” Mulligan added.
Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by founder Craig Pollard as part of a senior project while attending business school at the University of Southern California. Pollard is a two-time survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a double amputee. Cancer for College was developed to provide hope and inspiration to cancer survivors and amputees by providing college scholarships to these deserving individuals. This year alone, with the help of his friend and fraternity brother Will Ferrell, Cancer for College will grant over $250,000 in scholarships to more than 350 deserving survivors. A total of 20 perpetual scholarship winners ($4,000 per year for four years) will be recognized at this year’s event.
Golf tickets for the event are sold out. Dinner reservations are available for $175 online at www.cancerforcollege.org and include the cocktail reception, the awards dinner with comedy from Sean Kent (Last Comic Standing), the live auction featuring Will Ferrell and the after-party with live music by the Mar Dels. For more details, call 760-599-5096 or visit www.cancerforcollege.org. If you live in So-Cal, love golf, and are a huge Will Ferrell fan, this event is a no-brainer…seriously, for a $175 bucks you can mingle with Ferrell and have an amazing night at the same time. Plus, I’ll be there…cocktails and charity-you gotta love it.
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