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Preparations for Euro 2008, Lewis Hamilton Ready for Canada, Gael Monfils’ Flex, Pro-Team Weekend, Kicking It: The Film


Too bad we don’t embrace soccer like the good peeps in Europe do- actually embrace isn’t the correct word- ‘celebrate’ is more like it. The party is really heating up ahead of the Euro championships (June 7-29) in Austria and Switzerland…just unveiled at the Zurich train station-giant blow-up dolls statues of hotties from the different national football teams: Michael Ballack and Philipp Lahm from Germany, Karim Benzema and Patrick Vieira from France, Angelos Charisteas from Greece, Petr Cech from the Czech Republic, Cristain Chivu from Romania, David Villa from Spain, Tanquillo Barnetta from Switzerland, Andreas Ivanschitz from Austria and Robin van Persie from the Netherlands.

And only in Europe would you see ‘provisional hooligan prisons’. The prison is set up at the Palexpo exhibition hall and was built to keep arrested hooligans in custody during the Euro 2008 football tournament…in efforts to calm down imprisoned hooligans, authorities are providing reading material for those who aren’t too drunk to read straight. Books available for hooligans to start a religious riot over? The Bible, a Jewish Siddour, several copies of the New Testament and the Quran. Personally, I think a few copies Playboy would have been far less of a risk.

Kicking It is a new documentary, directed by Susan Koch, that follows seven players in the Homeless World Cup, an annual street soccer competition involving teams from 50 countries. As narrator and Executive Producer Colin Farrell observes, “Through the simple and beautiful game of football the complex struggle to find meaning and purpose in life is being won by over 20 thousand homeless people all over the world.” (Kickingitthefilm.com). ‘Kicking It’ opens June 13 New York, June 27 Los Angeles and Washington DC….Please take 3:11 out of your life to watch this video-if it doesn’t give the chills, or cause you to shed a tear, then you are most definitely on the wrong blog.


French player Gael Monfils was victorious over Spanish babe David Ferrer at the French Open. Monfils won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1…and yes, I know I haven’t given Nadal a birthday shout-out (Happy B-day Rafa) but I ain’t never seen our Spanish tapa flex as well as Monfils…


Sunday the Canadian Grand Prix will be run…look for Lewis Hamilton as he attempts to win the event for the second year in a row.

This girl is off to Palm Springs for the Pro Sports Team Challenge Golf Tournament where sports greats Mario Lemieux, Charles Barkley, Drew Brees and Ozzie Smith will be leading pro sports teams in the first ever pro sports team challenge golf competition in palm spring for top charities…online and mobile fan strategy and voting called ProCoach will impact scoring like American Idol – a first in sports! WHO: Top sports stars and legends of Pro Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey including John Elway, Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Strahan will play as Team Football; Kenny Smith, Jason Kidd, Clyde Drexler and George Gervin are Team Basketball; George Brett, Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen and Smith make up Team Baseball and Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr and Pierre Larouche are Team Hockey. Charles Barkley is also on board as the Team Challenge Commissioner. WHAT: Pro Sports Team Challenge Golf Tournament (1/2 of the action on course and 1/2 of the action online and via mobiles) WHEN: Pro Am – June 6, 2008 beginning at 8:30 am PT Pro Sports Team Challenge Tournament – June 7 and 8, 2008, beginning at 8:30 am PT. WHERE: Eagle Falls Golf Club at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (near Palm Springs, CA.) 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio California WHY: Never before have the super stars of all 4 major sports teamed up by sport to see which team has the best golfers (bragging rights) and to raise a lot of money for 4 great charities. Basketball legend Charles Barkley also brings his analysis and fun to the competition as the Team Challenge Commissioner. The online and mobile fan participation of this tournament is terrific with American Idol-like strategy and voting, which will impact scoring for the first time in sports!

As always, thanks for reading.


Four teams, four Captains. You’ve got, of course Sir Charles in charge of Team Basketball, Drew Brees leading Team Football; Ozzie Smith taking the reins of Team Baseball, and hockey great Mario Lemieux keeping his Team Hockey in check…what am I talking about? The Pro Team Sports Challenge. On April 18, I wrote about the Pro Sports Team Challenge, and today, I’m going to reiterate how cool this event is going to be. Lead by Team Challenge Commissioner, Charles Barkley, the two-day golf event will pit some of the best athletes from four sports (baseball, basketball, hockey and football) against each other on the greens. They are all playing for charity but perhaps the most unique aspect of the event is fan interaction.

During the course of the event, fan interaction will influence the outcome of the game, think ‘American Idol’ on a golf course. Do you think Team Hockey has a more competitive edge with their roster of established pros? Then get online, vote, blog, debate and trash talk with those who think Team Football has better golfers. You could actually win a spot on the greens and walk with your favorite Team inside the ropes as a ProCoach…but you gotta register before May 19 in order to cast your votes and decide which players are playing better or worse than their stated handicaps.

Participating in a press-call this morning, team captains Drew Brees, Ozzie Smith and Mario Lemieux spoke about the event and what we should expect. All three were equally as pumped up about earning bragging rights, as they were to be playing for charity.

Drew Brees: “This is one of the most unique events I’ve ever played in. To find four guys from major sports and bring them together in a fun atmosphere, it’s incredible, I’m gonna have a chance to meet and play with guys I’ve watched growing up, Hall of Famers, world champions.” And when Drew Brees spoke about playing for charity, I knew he was for real. “Our charity is Operation Kids,” he said. “Its an international charity whose mission is to care for the total well being of the child, they focus on education and healthcare for kids, and they’ve done some phenomenal things.”

Baseball team Captain Ozzie Smith was equally as enthusiastic about participating and raising money at the same time: “To have all these guys at the same place at the same time makes it a great event. My charity is Baseball Assistance Team (BAT), they assist families and players that have fallen on hard times, older players who didn’t reap the benefits of long contracts.” Ozzie Smith was reluctant to reveal any coaching strategies: “We’ll put our heads together and figure out how best to approach it,” he said, “Its going to be interesting to see how they (fans) match us up.” When asked who he feels the best player on his Team Baseball is, Ozzie wasn’t promoting himself. “George Brett and Vince Coleman are probably the best on the team. I certainly think I’d be the weakest.”

Hockey Team Captain, Mario Lemieux on his participation: “Just having the fans involved at the same time and most importantly, to raise money for some great charities.” His charity? Hockey Fights Cancer, “Its been going on for a few years, and helps those who‘ve had cancer, I’m one of them, in 1993 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, so it’s very dear to my heart.”

Who’s the best coach and best player on thier teams?
Drew Brees: “I don’t know if I’ve ever done much coaching on a golf course, but John Elway is the best member on my team. I’ve got a good team and I think we all know our own strengths and weakness.”

Mario Lemieux: “Bret Hull is the best player on my team.”

Because of the fan interaction, I was curious about which fan-base would produce the most-trash-talking interaction. Brees: “Well, we got LaDainian Tomlinson, and (John) Elway covering the Rocky Mountain area, myself in the south, and (Michael) Strahan holding down the east, so we’re hopefully going to grab fans from everywhere and it can get very interesting.”

And Ozzie was just as excited, “Our fan base will be very diverse and I think that this tournement, with the guys chosen, have great fan appeal and will make it very interesting as well.”

Commissioner Barkley, who’s charity is the USO, was not available for the press-call, and Drew Brees opined as to why: “I’m sure he’s strategizing as we speak.” Brees’ strategy? “I just grip it and rip it!” he said.

For those of us who follow the off-court/field wardrobes of the players, Brees was quick to remind us that Ballers got it going on. “Basketball is gonna be the most stylish, those guys- their style far exceeds anything we’d be wearing.”

When asked the hypothetical question- what theme song would you play while teeing off…Mario chimed in first with ‘We Are The Champions’…followed by Ozzie who laughed, ‘Off To See the Wizard,’ while Brees said he would pick something similar to a “dramatic theme song used in NFL films”.

For the sake of my own curiosity, I had to ask which ranked celebrity golfer they’d most like to play with: Samuel L Jackson, Bill Murray, Cheech Marin, or George Lopez. Ozzie and Brees both said Samuel L Jackson, while Lemieux went Caddyshack on us and chose Bill Murray.

The Pro Team Sports Challenge will be held on June 7-8th in Palm Springs California. I highly recommend you keep an eye on this event and its unique fan-interaction aspect. Aside from raising money for charity, it just may be a sign of bigger things to come- like Reality Sports. Don’t like the way Jason Kidd is swinging for Team Basketball- text in your vote. If you think Team Hockey is swinging better than Team Baseball, cast your vote for Team Hockey…all the details are available on Team Challenge, with more updates to be released soon.

As always, thanks for reading.

Charles Barkley’s New Team, Nuggets Win NBA Entertainment League Championships

I just finished an article for Look to the Stars about Charles Barkley and his generous donations to fire victims in the Lake Tahoe area…and today, I’ve got more good-hearted fun coming from the former NBA beast. On June 7-8 in Palm Springs (CA), Barkley will act as Tournement Commissioner for the Pro Sports Teams Challenge. Sixteen legendary athlebrities (four each from football, baseball, basketball and hockey) will tee off at Eagle Falls Golf Course and compete against each other- not just for bragging rights- but also a charity prize of $100,000. “Athletes from each sport think that they are the best golfers. It’s high time we found out who really is: baseball, football, basketball or hockey,” said Team Challenge spokesman, Mike Paul.

The hotties already committed to participate include (*team captains): Baseball: *Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Vince Coleman; Basketball: *Charles Barkley (L), Jason Kidd (C), Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving; Football: *Drew Brees (R), LaDainian Tomlinson, John Elway, Michael Strahan; Hockey: *Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Peirre Larouche. “The playful smack talk regarding which sport and athlete are the best started months ago,” said Tom Belton, founder and managing partner of Team Challenge, LLC. “These sports legends look forward to the challenge and to raising significant money for charity. Nothing makes them happier than playing sports to raise money to help others in need. Moreover, this competition might also depend on who has the most loyal and knowledgeable fans.” YES! This isnt just a spectator event-you get to participate. The Team Challenge will for the first time ever give fans the platform to be ‘Pro Coaches” by using the internet or mobile text messaging to make real strategy decisions in this competition- this will have an actual impact on the scoring. Blogs and chat rooms will be available for fans to strategize together on real choices, bringing the fan inside the locker room in a sports competition…it’s hot, so don’t be left out of the game…check out Team Challenge for all the juicy details.


It’s been around for eleven seasons and admittedly I don’t cover it enough…but big ups to the Nuggets who won the NBA Entertainment League Championship 71-63 over the Cavaliers on Saturday, April 12. The Nuggets team included actor Morris Chestnut and singer Drew Lachey…while the Cav’s roster included Will Ferrell, Scrubs actor Donald Faison and ‘Las Vegas’ actor James Lesure. After the game, the league’s wrap party attracted celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Brody Jenner, Stacy Kiebler, Terry Crews, and Jaleel White among others. Check out the complete NBAE League and full rosters here.


The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday with the Celtics the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Lakers the top seed in the Western Conference…and just about everyone is praying for a Celtics-Lakers Final…one reason why could be that the two teams haven’t faced each other in the Finals in about what…20 years? Celtics first gotta win the best of seven against the Atlanta Hawks and the Lakers gotta do the same against the Nuggets…first round Sunday.

Boxing bad boys Joe Calzaghe of Wales and Bernard Hopkins of USA are set for their fight in Vegas this weekend, making it Calzaghe’s first fight on “US soil.” This girl hopes the Welshman can finally get Hopkins to shut up…and yes, I will in fact be in Vegas looking for a posse to invite me to their after-party.

As always, thanks for reading.

Celebrity Athletes Charity Events 2008

There are so many worthwhile charity events, but it seems like we never hear about them until after the fact. I’m about to change that. In efforts to keep you all up to date, I have added this new category that will list all upcoming Athlete-Charity-Foundation Events. The calendar will be updated as events are announced, so please check back frequently to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to give something back to the good-guys who entertain us year round. And if there’s an event not listed, hit me up to add it to the calendar. I don’t care if it’s in China or New York, just tip me off so I can give props and together we can help make the world a better place for the beneficiaries of the Athletes’ Foundations & Charities. (Delinda@athlebrities.com)

Alonzo Mourning will reign “KING PIN” at the 3rd Annual King Pin Classic. You can too by helping to raise funds for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities.
Teams will be paired with a celebrity from the world of sports and entertainment. Each team member will be accommodated with a bowling shirt, cocktail service and hors d’oeuvres at their private banquette, a commemorative autographed team gift and photo with Tracy and Alonzo Mourning.
More than 400 guests will also enjoy unlimited cocktails, great food catered by “Along Came Mary”, access to billiard tables, an event souvenir, great music and their chance at winning great auction and raffle prizes.
This night cannot be missed!
DATE: January 22, 2008
TIME: 7-11PM
LOCATION: Lucky Strike Lanes, Miami Beach

Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge
Join Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra for a charity soccer match benefiting Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation.
1:00 p.m. Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
Individual Tickets: $20, Groups of 15 or more: $15, All seats are General Admission.
To purchase, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (213)480-3232 or visit the Home Depot Center box office. For up-to-the-date information, please check the official website or on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/soccerchallenge.
Proceeds will benefit bone marrow patient and family services at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The Mia Hamm Foundation is a non-profit organization built upon the dual mission to: 1) raise funds and awareness for bone marrow transplant patients and their families, and 2) promote and help develop more opportunities for young women in sports. Learn More >.

NBA’s Shawn Marion to Host Charity Poker Event
Regarded as one of the most versatile and best all-around players in the NBA, Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns is bringing his game to the felt to host the Hearts & Helmets Charity Poker Tournament Jan. 30. The exclusive event, which will be held at a private venue in Scottsdale, Arizona, hopes to raise more than $1M for various charities, and will include silent and live auctions for such items as Suns/Spurs floor seats, a trip to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a private jet to Napa for the day, a private party on a yacht in San Diego, champagne helicopter tours, celebrity dinners, autographed memorabilia, plasma TVs, tickets to the Super Bowl and invitations to additional exclusive events.
Hearts & Helmets offers poker amateurs and aficionados a chance to hold ‘em or fold ‘em alongside A-list sports and entertainment stars, including members of the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, as well as Olympic decathlon gold medallist Dan O’Brien, Patrick Warburton (aka David Puddy from Seinfeld) and World Series MVP Jermaine Dye. “This allows you to sit next to and hang out with stars,” organizer Jeff Geller said. “If you’ve got a chip and a chair, you’re in.”
The $1,000-per-person ticket price will benefit several charities, including Brad Pitt’s Global Green USA Project for rebuilding New Orleans; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Fournier Center for Empowerment; Free Arts of Arizona; ICAN International Cancer Advocacy Network; Junior Achievement; the Jerome Bettis: Bus Stops Here Foundation; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; Suns Nite Hoops; and more. The event will take place 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with the location made available upon registration. For more information go to www.allinforacause.com

The 2008 Zo & Magic’s Celebrity 8-Ball Pool Challenge
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
All Star Weekend @ The Sugar Mill
In conjunction with NBA, All-Star Alonzo Mourning and NBA legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, will once again host their celebrity 8-Ball Pool Challenge which showcases the billiard skills of some of the hottest players in sports, film, television and music-while raising money for charity. Zo and Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge will be THE event of All Star Weekend, as Alonzo Mourning and Magic Johnson own Thursday Night at All-Star Weekend with their classy, sexy, exclusive event for celebrities and VIPs … all coming together to raise funds for charity!! http://www.8ballchallenge.com/

New Jersey Nets Autism Awareness Night
February 26, 2008

Join us as the NJ Nets take on the Orlando Magic at 7:30 pm and help raise awareness for autism. A percentage of each ticket sold will benefit autism awareness and every ticket holder will receive a Nets Mini Basketball with each ticket purchase. For more information please call Jena Greco, NNJ Walk Director at (646) 421-4576, or visit www.autismspeaks.org.

March 6, 2008
Gotham Hall
New York City
WHAT: A Black Tie Gala banquet, co-hosted by MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, to celebrate the sport of soccer in the United States. All proceeds from the 2008 Gala Banquet will go to the Harlem Youth Soccer organization to help build a soccer field for its players and develop an after-school soccer and leadership training program.
WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2008
6:00 p.m. VIP Reception
6:30 p.m. General Reception, 7:30 p.m. Dinner
WHERE: Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York, New York 10018
WHY: As part of a commitment to create more opportunities for urban youth and improve their lives through sport, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will unite to raise funds towards the development of a world-class mini soccer field in Harlem. The field donation is part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s mission to assist in the building of synthetic grass soccer fields for soccer communities nationwide. MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting youth, particularly the shortage of available field space in urban communities. TICKETS: General Reception and Banquet Individual tickets are $1,000. Tables are available at $10,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include opportunities associated with the VIP Reception, General Reception and Banquet Dinner.
FC HARLEM: Founded in 1991 Harlem Youth Soccer’s mission is to use soccer and the positive values associated with team sports to empower communities and families by providing youth opportunities to become young L.I.O.N.S!(Leaders In Our Neighborhoods.) For more information, visit www.fcharlemlions.org.
MLS W.O.R.K.S: MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer’s first league-wide community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people. For more on MLS W.O.R.K.S., visit www.mlsnet.com/mls/programs/mls_works/about.
U.S. Soccer Foundation: The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1994 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Under the guidance of its Board of Directors, the Foundation has taken a leading role in supporting the continuous development of the sport at all levels. For more information, or to donate online, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org
Contacts: Irv Smalls, FC Harlem, 917-572-1994, irv.smalls@fcharlemlions.org
Gil Larson, Major League Soccer., 212-450-1246, gil.larson@sumworld.com
Douglas Homer, U.S. Soccer Foundation, 202.872.6651, dah@ussoccerfoundation.org

APRIL 5th, 2008
Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of our featured guest, Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the country participate in a night filled with incredible Live Auction items and live musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars.
This power-packed night of excitement not only leaves our audience with unforgettable memories each year, but more importantly, provides significant dollars for charities that help many people in need. Throughout Celebrity Fight Night’s twelve year history over $45 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary. Numerous other charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of our supporters.

5th Annual LA Celebrity Golf Challenge for Autism
April 14, 2008

The annual LA Celebrity Golf Challenge will enjoy its fifth anniversary on April 14, 2008 at the prestigious Riviera Country Club in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Calif. The celebrity golf tournament will offer guests a day of golf, sun, and goodwill as they golf alongside a celebrity player from the worlds of sports and entertainment. The event looks to build on its success in 2007 that raised close to $450,000 for Autism Speaks. The day begins with a thrilling day on this renowned course and concludes with an evening program that includes dinner and a live and silent auction. Join us as we tee off for an exciting round of golf in the California sun! To reserve, please contact Cindy Brown at (914) 935-1462 x 11 or via e-mail at cbrown@autismspeaks.org. To register, click here.

Kids 4 Kids
5K Run/Walk
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Los Angeles, California
Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) and Founder/President Matti Contopulos believes there’s a kid in all of us, which is why he created the annual Kids 4 Kids RUN/WALK. World Cup Soccer champion Brandi Chastain, Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, Phoenix Sun Steve Nash, Los Angeles King Luc Robitaille, actress Emma Roberts, and skateboarding phenom Ryan Sheckler, are all expected to take part in the Children’s Cancer Research Funds annual Kids-4-Kids 5k walk/run on Sunday, April 27th in Los Angeles. (Celebrity appearances based on availability and are subject to change)
The concept for Kids 4 Kids run/walk evolved from important changes founder/president Matti has seen over the years in children’s awareness of cancer and the incredible generosity from kids of all ages wanting to help kids with cancer. “Countless times we’ve experienced amazing examples of hope and determination in children whether they were patients battling cancer or
determined children who emptied their own piggybanks to make a donation
to our organization,” said Matti. This is a spectacular Event as kids of all ages from throughout Southern California participate in a truly fun Event with a very special mission: to create a happier and healthier future for all children. For more INFO please visit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

The Special Olympics New York Junior Advisory Committee will host its 1st annual cocktail soiree to benefit Special Olympics programs in New York City. Enjoy an evening of hot music by DJ KISS, a Christiania Vodka open bar, gift bags, and fantastic conversation—not your average charity event. Learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The proceeds from the evening will go to providing medical screenings for these athletes before their next competition. Launched in 2007, the Special Olympics New York Junior Advisory Committee was established to spread awareness, raise revenue, recruit volunteers and build the next generation of leaders to help guide the work of Special Olympics New York.
Date: May 13, 2008
Socialista: 505 West Street New York, NY
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM.
Ticket Price: $75 in advance, $100 at the door.
Press Inquiries or RSVP Contact: please contact Lindsey Benoit at lindsey.benoit@gmail.com or visit http://sony.kintera.org/salute

Charity Bowling Weekend
May 16th, May 17th, and May 18th 2008.
Atlanta, GA
STRIKE 4 A CURE Foundation is dedicated to inspiring hope and providing economic resources to researchers in the quest to find a cure for HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease.
The 2nd Annual “STRIKE 4 A CURE” Charity Bowling Weekend will be an exclusive weekend where pro-Athletes, city officials, state officials, press and tastemakers of Georgia aim to strike out HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s by bowling to raise funding for research, outreach and education and participating in a host of charity focused events.
Osi Umenyiora (#72) of The World Champion New York Giants, will team up with his celebrity athletes and friends to co-host this 2nd Annual special event. Proceeds from “STRIKE 4 A CURE” will help support Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter and Aids Education Services for Minorities.
Events scheduled:
Black Tie Cocktail Party, May 16th, 2008 At The W Hotel Downtown – Centennial Park
Bowling Challenge, May 17th, 2008 at 300 Bowling Alley
Pool-side soiree May 18th, 2008 at Osi Umenyiora’s Mansion
For more info visit Strike 4 A Cure.

Pro Sports Team Challenge
Palm Springs, California,  June 7-8,
Sixteen legendary all-stars – four each from football, baseball, basketball and hockey — will collide on the golf course in a two-day Pro Sports Team Challenge in golf at beautiful Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California on June 7 and 8, 2008.
Tournament Commissioner Charles Barkley is bringing together four superstars from each sport and pitting them against one another in a struggle for both bragging rights and the top charity prize of $100,000. “Athletes from each sport think that they are the best golfers. It’s high time we found out who really is: baseball, football, basketball or hockey,” said Team Challenge spokesman, Mike Paul.
The sports superstars already committed to participate include (*team captains):
Baseball: *Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Vince Coleman
Basketball: *Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving
Football: *Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, John Elway, Michael Strahan
Hockey: *Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Peirre Larouche
Barkley will also serve as the non-playing captain of the Team Challenge basketball team. “The playful smack talk regarding which sport and athlete are the best started months ago,” said Tom Belton, founder and managing partner of Team Challenge, LLC. “These sports legends look forward to the challenge and to raising significant money for charity. Nothing makes them happier than playing sports to raise money to help others in need. Moreover, this competition might also depend on who has the most loyal and knowledgeable fans.”
More info: Teamchallenge.com.

First Star Celebration for Children’s Rights
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, California

Honorees are being recognized for their humanitarian efforts on behalf of children.
The Fifth Annual First Star Celebration for Children’s Rights joins celebrities with business leaders in celebrating childhood and raising funds for First Star’s programs to help abused and neglected children across America. Past Honorees, performers, presenters, and attendees include Pierce Brosnan, Dakota Fanning, Salma Hayek, Gary Marshall, Macy Gray, Star Jones, Angie Stone and many more. For more information, to RSVP, or to learn how to become a sponsor.

Big Tiggers 7th Annual Celebrity Classic
University of the District of Columbia
Saturday, June 7, 2008
6PM – 9PM

BET host and internationally syndicated radio personality Big Tigger will assemble an impressive line-up of iconic athletes and celebrities for the All-Star Basketball Game during Big Tigger’s 7th Annual Celebrity Classic. The game will be held Saturday, June 7th at 6:00pm at the University of the District of Columbia. Presented by the Street Corner Foundation Inc., the 3-day charity weekend is designed to both raise funds and heighten public awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Confirmed athletes include Anthony Henry (Cowboys), Braylon Edwards (Browns), Darren Sharper (Vikings), Willis McGahee (Ravens), Roger Mason (Wizards), Deon Grant (Seahawks), Gary Payton (Heat), Jerry Porter (Jaguars), Leigh Bodden (Lions), Ovie Mughelli (Falcons), Pat Watkins (Cowboys), Vernon Davis (49ers), Fred Smoot (Redskins), DeShawn Stevenson (Wizards) and Kenyon Martin (Nuggets).
Big Tigger’s All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game celebrates it 7th year and is best known for bringing together an unparalleled group of top NFL and NBA athletes and Hollywood A-list celebrities for HIV/AIDS awareness. The goal of the star-studded game and charity weekend is to raise funds to support the mission of the Foundation and eradicate the spread of HIV/AIDS among young adults, minorities and women. Presented by the Street Corner Foundation, Inc. (SCF) is committed to empowering and strengthening diverse urban communities through proactive, innovative programming. Based in the belief that knowledge is the key to improving issues affecting the community, SCF’s focus is two-fold to increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS by funding educational initiatives targeting prevention, and to improve quality of life for youth by supporting programs that focus on literacy and self-esteem.

Samsung’s 7th Annual Four Seasons of Hope Gala: Carlos Santana
WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2008
WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Sports Legends in Attendance Include: Wayne Gretzky, Dan Marino, Arnold Palmer, Boomer Esiason, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, Carl Banks, and more! In addition, The Real Housewives of NYC Jill Zarin & Bethenny Frankel, Soprano’s Vincent Pastore, Lipstick Jungle’s David Norona and Paul Blackstone, 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, All My Children’s Amanda Barker and Chrishell Stause, Bravo’s Shear Genius Rene Fris and Laurie Ann Gibson, Choreographer MTV’s “Making the Band” will be on hand. Secial performance at Seventh Annual Four Seasons of Hope Gala to benefit Santana’s Milagro Foundation and several other worthy causes and charitable organizations.
WHY: Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope is an innovative philanthropy program that combines the forces of major national retailers with various community-based foundations and charities headed by some of this country’s best-known sports, music and civic personalities. Samsung pledges to raise national awareness and funds for these outstanding charities, and to identify how others can also make a difference in the lives of these children and families.

Special Performance of the Who’s “TOMMY” Benefiting The ELEVATE HOPE FOUNDATION
The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre
1615 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Cocktails & Silent Auction * 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Special Performance * 7:30 – 9:00 pm
VIP Reception * 9:00 pm
This special performance benefits this worthwhile cause and will assist in developing a more comprehensive Arts Enrichment Program for Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. Starring: Alice Ripley (“Mrs. Walker”) of Tommy Original Broadway cast member; Nona Hendryx (“The Acid Queen”) of LaBelle, Jenna Leigh Green (“Sally Simpson”) of Broadway’s LA & “1st National Wicked”, and ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch; Aleks Pevec (“Tommy”) of LA’s Wicked & White Christmas; Tom Schmid (“Captain Walker”) of Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun; Hank Adams (“Uncle Ernie”) of Days of Our Lives, Young and the Restless, and General Hospital; PJ Griffith (“Cousin Kevin”). Among the many celebrities and athletes who support the Elevate Hope Foundation are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr.; Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; Carlos Santana; Mark Wahlberg; Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson; Kevin Sorbo

Athletes Against Autism
3rd Annual Golf Tournament
June 22 & 23
Bacara Resort & Spa/ Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA.
Sunday evening, luxurious Bacara Resort & Spa will host a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner program and live auction. On Monday, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Sandpiper Golf Club will host the golf tournament, which included a hole in one contest for a 2009 Cadillac Escalade, contests for Closest to the Pin, Accurate Drive, Longest Drive & Longest Drive, and an after event BBQ Dinner & Awards Reception. Athletes and celebrities scheduled to appear include: Olie Kolzig, Washington Capitals, Byron Dafoe, former NHL goaltender, Ryan Nece, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chris Hetherington, San Francisco 49ers, Scott Jackson, Houston Texans, Travis Hall, former NFL defensive lineman, Scott Erickson, former MLB Pitcher, Jim Gott, former Los Angeles Dodger, Sinjin Smith, AVP Volleyball star, Dain Blanton, AVP Volleyball star, Albert Hannemann, AVP Volleyball star, Sam Boghosian, former NFL Coach, Darwin Cook, former New Jersey Net, John Egan, former NBA Player & Coach, Don Ford, former NBA Player, Jason Olive, former AVP Volleyball Player, Ed Ratleff, former NBA Player, Dan Roundfield, former NBA Player, M. Campy Russell, former Cleveland Cavalier, and Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist.

The Sixth Annual World Series of Barbecue
Where: The TANK at the Golden Nugget
129 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 US
WHEN: Tuesday, July 1, 6:00PM
(702) 327-7250
Hosted by Steve Zolotow, Howard & Suzie Lederer in conjunction with the inaugural Budding Ivey Game Night Celebration (BIGNC) featuring Phil Ivey’s $1000 No-Limit hold’em Charity Poker Tournament. Reserve your tournament seat: email BIGNC@mac.com or call (702) 327-7250
6 p.m. – Poolside festivities, cocktails and catering services, game competitions, deejay and live music, silent and live auctions, raffle, and lots of giveaways!
8 p.m. – Phil Ivey’s $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament
10 p.m. – Closing ceremony
Click here to visit The Budding Ivey Foundation for event info.

2008 ANTE UP FOR AFRICA Poker Tournament
July 2nd, 2pm (PT) @ the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Ante Up For Africa tournament at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas drew an unprecedented cast of celebrities and poker pros last year, and raised more than $700,000 for the victims of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Past celebrities and poker pros’ included: Ben Affleck, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Shannon Elizabeth, Brad Garrett, Willie Garson, Cheryl Hines, Kevin James, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Romano, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Martin Sheen, Donnie Wahlberg, Montel Williams. Poker pros: Andy Bloch, Doyle Brunson, Miami John Cernuto, Annie Duke, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Rafe Furst, Jamie Gold, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Russ Hamilton, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Kevin O’Donnel, David Singer, Katja Thater, Robert Williamson III, Paul Wolfe, Steve Zolotow.

Atlanta Falcons Chauncey Davis, Ovie Mughelli and Atlanta Native Daniel Wilcox
Baltimore Raven Host Football Camp

When: Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Badgette Stadium at the Hugh Conley Recreation Center
3636 College Street, College Park, GA 30337
Who: Professional football players, Ovie Mughelli, Chauncey Davis and Daniel Wilcox, along with local student-athletes between age 12 and rising seniors (entering their senior year of high school later this summer). What: Local urban retailer DTLR (Downtown Locker Room) has organized a one-day football camp to meet the unique needs of Atlanta-area high school athletes who are preparing for college football. As part of DTLR’s ongoing community outreach in the Atlanta area, the retailer has gathered the unique talents and expertise of NFL players for this event. Additionally, Oscar Dillard, a prominent former high school football coach in the Atlanta area, will lend the services of the Oscar Dillard Football Academy to the camp. The day’s activities will include a warm up, followed by agility drills, offensive fundamentals and defensive fundamentals broken down by position, seven-on-seven passing drills, an overview of the college recruiting process by a representative from The Athletic Group, and a question and answer session hosted by Davis, Mughelli and Wilcox. Players can register online beginning Monday, June 16 on DTLR.com website.

July 13, 06:00 pm
Liacouras Center

Charlie Mack brings his Charlie Mack Celebrity Basketball game to the Liacouras Center on Sunday, July 13 at 6pm. Started in 1990 solely as a celebrity basketball game the Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity weekend has evolved into a charitable benefit raising awareness and financial contributions to organizations that seek to eliminate violence.
This year marks the 5th annual Charlie Mack Celebrity Weekend from July 12-13, 2008. It is the first time the game will be played at the Liacouras Center. It is through continued community support that Charlie Mack’s mission to reduce and eliminate violence in the Philadelphia community through prevention, intervention and education will become reality.
Celebrities set to participate include Andre Iguodala, Alvin Williams, Louis Williams, Rudy Gay, Flip Murray, Cuttino Mobley, Rasual Butler, Elton Brand, Pooh Allen, Hakim Warrick, Kyle Lowery, Jameer Nelson, Lynn Greer, Tim Thomas and more. Get there early for a special pre-game bonus as Team Kobe takes on Philly USA (coached by Rasual Butler). Pre-game tips off at 6 p.m. and is included with your general admission.

The Vernon Davis Weekend Extravaganza
July 18-20, 2008
Washington DC.
This annual event will be a “Party With a Purpose”. Vernon’s hard work and success on the field is allowing him to use his celebrity status to help others and give back to his community. If I were in the area, I wouldn’t miss this event for anything. Details available at Vernondavis85.net.

3rd Annual C-Webb’s Bada Bling Celebrity Weekend
July 25-27, 2008
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

The party event of the summer is back! Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual C-Webb’s Bada Bling Celebrity Weekend being held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. All proceeds benefit The Chris Webber Foundation. Join C-Webb and over 70 celebrities for a weekend filled with poker, golf, musical performances and the highlight of the weekend – Saturday’s Soiree. For details on all the weekend’s activities, go to www.cwebbsbadabling.com.

July 29, 2008
Lucky Strike, Chinatown
Washington D.C.
To Benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area
Roger Mason Jr, San Antonio Spurs Guard and Washington, DC native, will host his 1st Annual Ball for a Cause on July 29 featuring bowling at Lucky Strike in Chinatown. Several of Roger’s former Wizards teammates are coming out to support the cause, including Brendan Haywood, Etan Thomas and DeShawn Stevenson, as well as current and former NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Bobby Simmons, Robert Horry, Sean Singletary and Tony Massenburg. Additionally, Craig Littlepage, Athletic Director from the University of Virginia, Mason’s alma mater, will join the festivities. Proceeds from the events will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA). Kidney disease is something that hits home for Mason. When Roger was 11, his father Roger Mason Sr. passed away from kidney disease. According to Mason, “It has been a dream of mine to be a part of such a wonderful organization that shares my vision. The National Kidney Foundation has helped many people live a healthier and happy life. I am proud to announce our inaugural event in July. I look forward to years of supporting the cause.”
Other invited guests include Wizards Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison, basketball legends Alonzo Mourning and Jalen Rose and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. The event at Lucky Strike will showcase the bowling skills of some of today’s top athletes and entertainers. Lanes are available for purchase and each lane will have a celebrity and a young kidney patient. Bowling lanes are $3,500 and individual tickets to the event are $100, which includes complimentary food, drinks, gift bag, and the opportunity to mingle with athletes and other celebrities. Preston A. Englert, Jr., President & CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area said, “We are proud to partner with Roger on this unique fundraiser. His knowledge of the problem in the Washington, DC area will really help to raise awareness about kidney disease and its leading causes—diabetes and high blood pressure—and get those most at risk vital information to improve their health.” For tickets or sponsorship, please contact Kevin Cannady at the National Kidney Foundation, kcannady@kidneywdc.org, or register online at www kidneywdc.org..

Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Golf Tournement
July 29, 2008
Trump Golf Course, Palos Verdes, CA
X Games Champion and active philanthropist Ryan Sheckler will host his first celebrity golf tournament for charity at the majestic Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes as part of the mission of his non-profit organization, The Sheckler Foundation. Celebrities like Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson, Audrina Patridge, Kendra Wilkinson, Dean Cain, Kevin Federline, Brody Jenner and Verne Troyer, as well as professional athletes, Mia Hamm, Vicki Hurst, Bode Miller, Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, and Dave Mirra will all take to the course with Ryan to raise money for a number of charitable organizations including Ryan’s own. (www.shecklerfoundation.org)

CelebsForKids Charity Event: Poker, Golf & Auction
WHY: Generate awareness/ funds for children affected by Lupus and Arthritis.
WHEN: August 14-15
WHERE: Mayfair Lakes; Sutton Place Hotel; River Rock Resort & Casino
WHO: Join Brett Fuhr, Brendan Morrison and others for the Celebrities for Kids Event featuring poker, silent/live auctions and a celebrity golf tournement to help kids suffering from lupus and arthritis. More Info: Celebsforkids.org.

August 18, 2008
Westchester, New York
Now in its fourth year, Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout brings celebrities and golfers together to raise funds for a great cause at the exclusive Trump National Golf Course in Weschester, New York. With your support, Alonzo Mourning Charities will continue to build youth centers to help our youth of promise grow, learn, and thrive. This unique game of golf offers one lucky shooter the chance to win $1,000,000. Could it be you? To register, please call Florida Team Golf at (305) 255-3500. Sponsorship opportunities available. To participate or learn more visit www.zoshootout.com.

Four-Time PGA Tour Winner Notah Begay III Inaugural Golf Tournament
With Cink, Singh, Weir And Villegas
To Benefit Native American Youth
Turning Stone Resort, Oneida, NY
August 26, 2008

The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge (NB3 Challenge) is the first national event to raise money for the Notah Begay III Foundation. This inaugural tournament on August 26, 2008 featuring Notah Begay III and four of the PGA TOUR’s top players, Stewart Cink, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas and Mike Weir will feature a skins game format and be played each year at Atunyote Golf Club at the Turning Stone Resort in Oneida, New York. The Founding Sponsors for the event are The Oneida Nation of New York and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. The tournament further presents an opportunity to showcase the significant strides Indian nations have made in recent years to create a more promising future for their youth and their communities as a whole. (more info)

August 27-28
San Diego, CA

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson confirmed the second-annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament and dinner auction will take place August 27-28 in San Diego, Calif., with Lowe’s returning as the title sponsor. Funds from this year’s tournament will once again benefit the San Diego chapter of Habitat for Humanity. A new addition to this year’s events is the “Helmet of Hope.” The initiative will offer six race fans and six media members the opportunity to have their charity of choice featured on Johnson’s race helmet. Fans may designate their charity of choice by visiting the foundation’s website, www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. Media members will have the opportunity to participate during race weekends. Beginning at Daytona International Speedway and concluding at Michigan International Speedway, Johnson will draw the names of the charities which will be featured on his helmet each week. The helmet will be one of many items available during the private dinner and auction to be held Tuesday evening in conjunction with the golf tournament. The event will feature celebrity entertainment and auction items, including a Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Sunoco Star Warriors Motorcycle customized by 2Xtreem Motorcycle TV, the opportunity to attend a private Garth Brooks concert, and other sports and entertainment experiences and memorabilia. More than 200 golfers are scheduled to attend this year’s tournament. A limited number of golf sponsorships are still available. Among last year’s celebrity guests were NASCAR drivers Bobby Labonte, Brian Vickers, Juan Pablo Montoya, Boris Said and Kyle Petty, motocross champion Rick Johnson, and recording artist Nick Lachey. Additional information at Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

September 6-8
With Elton Brand in New York City
Benefiting the Kidney Foundation and BASE educational programs.

Terry Fox Run: Marathon of Hope
September 14
Various Locations

The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions across the globe in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer research. The event is held every year on the second Sunday following Labor Day. Since its inception, it has raised via the ‘Terry Fox Foundation’ over $340 million dollars (CAD). Unlike other major fund raising events, the Terry Fox Run has no corporate sponsorship. This is in accordance with Terry Fox’s original wishes of not seeking fame or fortune from his endeavour. During his cross-Canada run, he turned down every endorsement he was offered (including from major multinationals such as McDonald’s), as he felt that it would detract from his goal of creating public awareness. The current Terry Fox Runs have no advertisements on any race related materials (such as t-shirts, banners, etc).

Cancer for College Golf Classic with WILL FERRELL
September 19th
The 2008 Cancer for College Golf Classic and Live Auction hosted by Will Ferrell is scheduled for Friday, September 19 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The dinner and after-party will feature comedy from Sean Kent and the hilarious live auction conducted by Vivica Paulin with special help from Will. The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best loved bands, will provide live music for the after-party. Cancer for College will distribute over $200,000 in scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees this year including 20 perpetual scholarships. Make sure to reserve your spot in the tournament or at least join us for dinner and the after-party. It’s a night you won’t soon forget.

Freddie Mac’s Hoops for the Homeless
Featuring Magic Johnson and Gilbert Arenas
Verizon Center
601 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Saturday, September 13, 2008
9 am – 3 pm
Freddie Mac’s Hoops for the Homeless – a basketball tournament and family event with Arenas, Magic and a host of other celebrities – has raised millions to help homeless children and families in our region. It’s an exciting day, with the chance for autographs and some great prizes. And there’s children’s entertainment, including a slam dunk clinic, and Hoops too!
Tickets are just $5 and children 12 and under FREE with a can of food for the homeless. Both adults and children must have a ticket to enter. Tickets will be available for purchase online in June, and at the Verizon Center the day of the event. Freddie Mac underwrites this charitable event, so all proceeds go directly to six local nonprofits that serve the homeless. It’s basketball for a great cause: talk about a slam dunk!

Zo’s End of Summer Groove
September 21-23
Virginia native Alonzo Mourning makes his way back home to host Zo’s End of Summer Grove, a three-day, fun-filled community event from September 21-23 featuring a golf tournament, youth summit and a family day in the park all to benefit local organizations that share Mourning’s passion for empowering and educating today’s youth. “It’s always an honor and privilege for me to come home and give back to a community that helped shape me into who I am today,” said Alonzo Mourning, Chairman Emeritus, Alonzo Mourning Charities. “It gives me great pride to be able to interact with the children and families of my hometown and hear their concerns to perhaps help make a change in their lives.”
Zo’s End of Summer Grove, a fundraising event which offers Mourning’s hometown supporters the opportunity to get involved through three days of events which include: Friday, September 21 – Zo’s Golf Classic, Cypress Point Country Club, Virginia Beach (5340 Club Head Road), Golf from noon-5 pm.; Post Event Reception from 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday, September 22 – Zo’s Youth Summit @ Indian River High School, Chesapeake (1969 Braves Trail) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, September 23 – Zo’s Family Day in the Park, Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach (310 Edwin Drive) Noon-6 p.m. (Free for the entire family).


Andy Roddick Foundation
December 6-7

Boca Point Country Club
Boca Raton, Florida
On Sunday, December 7, Bob and Mike Bryan, world ranked number one ranked men’s doubles tennis players, will join top American tennis star Andy Roddick for an afternoon of tennis at Boca Pointe Country Club, starting at 1 p.m. On Saturday, December 6, don’t miss your chance to sit amongst Andy and his friends at the Andy Roddick Foundation’s intimate dinner gala taking place at the Polo Club Boca Raton. Sunday’s event begins with nine lucky people having the chance to play Pro-Am Doubles with some of the world’s top ranked tennis players. At 11:30 a.m. families can enjoy Andy’s signature free kid’s zone, which will include sumo-wrestling, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, tennis activities, music and more. At 1 p.m. you won’t want to miss the highlight of the day, a Pro-Celebrity Tennis Exhibition, featuring Andy, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Immediately following the exhibition will be a priceless chance to return Andy’s record breaking 155 mph serve. (AndyRoddick.com)

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda Lombardo