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.
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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
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
I SEE YOU BOYS
Let’s see what’s been going on with some of our NBA hotties…first and foremost, gotta give mad love to one of the most active and vocal humanitarian ballers in the league. Etan Thomas. The Washington Wizard is currently in Barcelona taking part in the NBA Europe Live Tour and the above photo, without question, goes down as one of the most unique I’ve seen in a long time…Tiptoe’s anyone?
Also gotta throw my arms around the tree-trunk physique of Vlade Divac (above). Although Vlade looks wasted in the above photo and seems to have fallen off the radar, he hasn’t fallen off my libido’s radar. The sexy Serbian isnt wasting anytime in pursuit of bettering the world after a life of hoops, instead, hot stuff has become an ‘adviser in Serbians government’ where he will be in charge of humanitarian issues and sports, and will work with Vice Premier Ivica Dacic. “I’ve named Vlade Divac as my adviser for foreign policy, the diaspora, sport and humanitarian work on the basis of his international reputation,” said Dačić. Vlade said he took the post in order to help promote humanitarian work in Serbia, where he now lives and runs a humanitarian organization. His foundation recently launched a campaign called “You Can Too“ which has helped relocate refugee families from collective centers to new homes in the country.
Various LA Lakers teamed up with Toyota and the NBA to create the seasons first ‘LA Lakers Reading and Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of East L.A’. Ya all know what it does to me when I see these men take it down a notch and kick it with the kids. (L-R) Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Andrew Bynum, Clyde Drexler, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony…
…while, do I dare say-that my domino’s are dancing like Mexican jumping beans at the thought of a lil one-on-one competition with Sasha Vujacic (far right) or a private reading session with Fisher (far left) before bedtime…
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SPAIN BASKETBALL TEAM ADS: MEN’S and WOMEN’S
“We’re surprised by the remarks of racism,” said Juan Antonio Villanueva, the communications director for the city’s 2016 Olympic bid. “Spain is not a racist country — quite the opposite.”
Players on Spain’s Olympic basketball team are stepping up to defend the ad showing them using their fingers to apparently make their eyes look more Chinese. “It was something like supposed to be funny or something but never offensive in any way,” said Spain center Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers). “I’m sorry if anybody thought or took it the wrong way and thought that it was offensive.” Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (Toronto Raptors) said the team was responding to a request from the photographer. “We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture,” Calderon said, “Without a doubt, some … press didn’t see it that way.”
Spain, as we know, has a bit of a racist reputation…Lewis Hamilton bore the brunt of it in Barcelona last February, as did Thierry Henry, and England’s ‘black’ players during a friendly in 2004 against Spain when Spanish fans taunted the players with “monkey sounds”.
Now, I’d like to think that something is lost in translation here. Advertising in Europe is a bit edgier than here in the States. Ever heard of ‘P*ssy’ Water? Pretty sure there would be a bit of controversy if it were released in the States. Most Euro advertising falls well outside our comfort zone. Most adverts outside of Spain are not so much ‘racist’ as they are ‘shocking’ to some. However, regardless of what Spain’s’ ‘intentions’ were with their basketball ads, I think with their history of offending some of the world’s top athletes, as well as most people living outside of their ‘culture’, that its entirely fair to label them as “racist’…
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LEWIS HAMILTON WINS BRITISH GRAND PRIX
While Rafael Nadal was busy humbling R-Fed yesterday, British babe Lewis Hamilton was busy burning rubber at the British Grand Prix. The Formula One beast, who has already secured victories in Australia and Monaco, finished the race 68.5 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld to capture his first British GP Race. “It’s by far the best victory I’ve ever had,” Hamilton told reporters. “The conditions were bad and as I was driving I thought, `If I win this, it will be the best race I’ve ever done.’ On my last lap, I could see the crowd starting to rise to their feet, and I was just praying, praying, praying I could get the car round.”
Hamilton mastered the slick conditions on the track- his winning margin of 68.5 seconds over Heidfeld was the largest since Damon Hill won by more than two laps in the 1995 Australian GP. Pretty impressive- actually, more than impressive-its on par with Nadal’s Wimbledon victory and Rocco’s stunning US Open performance…Hamilton is only 23-years-old, but as with most F1 drivers, he has the mental ability to cope under considerable pressure-except when trying to quote Martin Luther King. “I can’t remember it word for word, something like ‘It is not the times when we triumph and are successful that make us who we are, but those when we are at our lowest and going through troubles’. It’s a long way off from the actual quote, but I remember reading it and thinking it was very important. Coming into the race, the whole week had been tough, but when you take it all in, you learn more. And when you are racing, you learn a lot more and how to improve.” (The quote Lewis was trying for: ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’) Next race: Germany, July 20.
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