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Ian Somerhalder Foundation Leads #FX Challenge on Crowdrise

Since it’s #givingtuesday we thought we point out a great initiative from Crowdrise and Mozilla Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox will donate $100k to the cause that raises the most funds…the grassroots fundraiser makes it easy to see what causes people are strongly supporting.

Leading the pack is actor/activist Ian Somerhalder and his Foundation:

    My birthday is on December 8th. I don’t need any presents. My only ask is that you please support our foundation so that we can reach our goal and win this challenge. This would be a huge leap for ISF.
    ISF supporters are a kick ass bunch of peeps. From young children to Grandparents, standing together, supporting each other with each generations’ strengths, collectively combining passions, skills and leadership into one massive population of change makers…The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures…Our ISF Groups span across all continents, creeds, languages and passions, forming an ever growing family of more than 200 groups world wide, all working as a united force to radically transform the world. Where people who love the planet and those who hold hands with paws come together to create a real future for all life on this miraculous planet we call Earth.

Hot on Somerhalder’s heels is Sophia Bush and her Pencils of Promise. Jonah Hill (FCancer), Seth Rogan (Hilarity for Charity) and Ed Norton (Maasai Wilderness) are also atop the leader board in terms of garnering donations. Not far behind is one of our favorites, Cancer for College led by Will Ferrell. Failing miserably (so far) Rob Machado, Adrian Grenier and Randy Foye. Continue reading

Yao Ming and Michael Phelps Help Raise Big Funds at Mission Hills Pro-Am

World Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises US$500,000 for Yao Ming and UNICEF

Mission Hills Group, one of China’s leading golf and tourism operators, announced that the 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am has raised a total of US$500,000 for the tournament’s charitable partners — Yao Ming and UNICEF.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the international sports scene descended on the tropical island of Hainan in southern China for the three day spectacular.

Billed as ‘China’s top entertainment event of the year,’ Celebs in attendance included: Yao Ming, Michael Phelps, Ronaldo, Stephen Hendry, Pat Cash, Andy Garcia, Adrien Brody, Ryan Reynolds, Minka Kelly, Matt Kuchar, Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell, Simon Dyson, Ian Woosnan, and Tony Jacklin.

Commenting on the donation, former NBA star Yao Ming said, “I’m extremely grateful to Mission Hills and everybody involved with this fantastic event for making this donation. We’ll continue to improve the lives of children both in China and the US and these funds will go directly towards projects we’ve got underway in these countries.” (Yao even received a custom-made golf club for the event) Continue reading

Celebrities Join #GivingTuesday Movement

A diverse group of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and the nation’s top creative talents are joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help inspire the first national day dedicated to giving coinciding with the Holiday season. Instead of focusing solely on sales and shopping, these celebrities are supporting some of the most innovative charities, volunteer organizations, global campaigns and community groups as they “get out the give” this November 27.

With more than 1,000 partner organizations in all 50 states, there are many ways these men and women are building awareness and support for issues ranging from Hurricane Sandy relief to children’s education to women’s health to aid for veterans…and myriad causes in between.

A few examples of some of the top stars who are supporting their favorite charities include:

Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers point guard is urging fans and friends of the Steve Nash Foundation, which helps children to access critical health and education resources, to support the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign this #GivingTuesday. Continue reading

Celebrities Take Part in Thirst Project

Last night, celebrities flocked to the Beverly Hilton Hotel for The Thirst Project 3rd Annual Gala presented by Take Part.

TakePart is a digital media organization and cause services agency that provides content, products and services that inspire, empower, and ignite people to take daily action in making the world better…we here at Athlebrities are big fans of the organization. Continue reading

Jason Taylor’s ‘Ocean Time Project’

Former NFL player Jason Taylor has teamed up with Invicta Care to establish the “Ocean Time Project” to improve the lives of seriously ill children.

Invicta Watch CEO, Eyal Lalo and All Pro, Jason Taylor, both love fishing and decided to make a commitment to get children out of hospital beds by offering them a day out in the open Ocean for cruising and fishing. Continue reading

Philip Rivers & “Rivers of Hope” Aid Foster Kids

Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers is working hard to help foster kids find forever homes.

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The NFL player has adopted a collection of images known as the ‘Heart Gallery’-it’s a collection of portraits taken of local foster children who are waiting to find a forever family…and last week, the Heart Gallery found a new home via a partnership with Rivers. Continue reading

Surf Icon to Launch Photo Exhibit

Surf icon, legend, Zen-master, humanitarian, warrior, wave-dancer and all around stud, Rob Machado, will display and sell his photos to benefit his Foundation.

The launch of Machado’s images takes place in Encinitas California at boutique Bliss 101 on May 5th from 6 to 9 p.m. (above photo by Chris Straley but I’m sure Machado could take a self-portrait while surfing…we’ll have to wait and see?) Continue reading

Michael Phelps Swims with Kids Serve

Michael Phelps (via his Foundation and Swim School)  gave swimming lessons to kids as part of the Kids Serve organizations mission to serve kids through faith, fitness, education and nutrition.
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Kidsserve.com was started by a boy named Jermiah Joseph when he was just 6-years old. His mom writes: “He wants to be a professional tennis player but also loves the Lord and wants to help kids all over the world. We created a website so he can share his tennis adventures and mission ideas with others.” Continue reading

MLS Stars Roll Easter Eggs on White House Lawn

On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family hosted the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme: “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” hosted more than 35,000 people on the South Lawn-including some of our beloved Major League Soccer players.

“Any time there’s something that’s emailed to you with ‘White House’ in the title, it’ll give you a double-take,” said Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf. “To be able to do this – and take my family along – is probably one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had. I’m honored.” Continue reading

‘Glee’ Selects Hendrick Boards Skateboards & Apparel for Spring Premiere

‘Glee’ fans may have noticed something cool in last nights episode…during the musical number scene where the kids are off to “Senior Skip Day” all the clothing and skateboards came from Hendrick Boards-an eco-friendly skateboard and apparel company that gives back to local animal shelters and rescues across the nation.

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“We are thrilled and honored that Glee selected Hendrick Boards to include our products in their Spring premiere,” said David Hendrickson, Founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards. “By showcasing our skateboards and apparel, Glee has only strengthened our vision to see a world where every animal has a loving, caring and respectful environment through the amazing work being done by local animal shelters and rescues.” Continue reading

Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones Kicks Off Water Safety Tour

ConocoPhillips and the USA Swimming Foundation brought Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer, Cullen Jones, to Houston to raise awareness about the importance of learning to swim.

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The event, held last month, marked the kickoff of the 2012 Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones presented by ConocoPhillips, a six-city national water safety tour designed to educate parents, kids and communities about the importance of learning to swim. Continue reading

The 2012 Time 100 Poll

Time Magazine will released their TIME 100 issue on April 17…and although they’re asking ‘us’ to vote for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that ‘we’ think are the most influential people in the world (voting ends on Friday, April 6) the winners will be chosen by the editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.

The LIST is actually not bad and includes some of our favorites like Louis C.K., Clooney, Prendergast, and Alec Baldwin-notably and thankfully absent is any mention of a Kardashian.

Included on the LIST nominees are several notable athletes and do-gooders that we adore. Continue reading

Kony Meloni or Die

Actor Christopher Meloni has quit acting and plans on going to the Congo to find KONY.

First of all, we feel it’s important to do a follow-up in regards to the KONY 2012 video released by Invisible Children and the mess that followed. There are a number of worthy organization campaigning against the African warlord and the LRA. Do NOT judge the movement by the inappropriate actions of Invisible Children, in the very least, they brought KONY to the worlds attention. Quite frankly, Invisible Children not only embarrassed themselves, but all those who supported their work. Now, its time to move on and support those able to handle the call to action, specifically The Enough Project. Continue reading

NFL Players Tour East Africa with OXFAM

NFLer’s Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin tour with OXFAM and inspire Kurt Warner to get involved.

There’s one athlete we’re having trouble keeping up with, Larry Fitzgerald. Perhaps the biggest ‘giver’ in the NFL, Fitzgerald does so much charity work, we could dedicate our entire blog to him and never run out of fodder.

The might-mighty-fine man has been documenting his various ‘charitable’ journeys via Facebook and Twitter, most recently, he checked in from Ethiopia. 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

90210 Stars Urge You to ‘Be the Match’

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

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

Soccer Aid 2012

Soccer Aid is back! The event-which brings together soccer legends and celebrities squaring off on the pitch to raise funds for UNICEF-will take place at Old Trafford on May 27 in the UK.

England, captained by UNICEF ambassador Robbie Williams, will take on the Rest of the World, captained by actor Michael Sheen for this unique sporting event. Continue reading

Ed Norton Helps to Save Rhinos

One of the most active ‘do-gooders’ in the celebrity realm is actor/activist Ed Norton. He just doesn’t stop…and this morning, Norton gave a Twitter shout out and donation via Crowdrise to help save the rhinos. (We estimate Norton spends 8 hours a day scouring Crowdrise in efforts to donate to and promote worthy fundraisers.)

Norton’s donation went to the ‘Save the Rhino Foundation’s Running Rhino’s.’ The Running Rhino’s are brothers Richard and Philippe Flamand, they’ve already made a name for themselves by running in the London Marathon while raising awareness and donations. 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