A World Record Charity Goal by Soccer for Relief
“Football is the global game and it seemed a good idea to get so many people involved in something that so many feel passionately about. It was the first thing that I thought of.” –Imran Khan
Right now a group of guys are playing soccer in an attempt to break the world record for the longest soccer game played, aiming for 72 hours of continuous play…proceeds to be donated to the British Red Cross. The organization is called Football Relief, the event was organized by Imran Kahn.
- This is not the first time though that the group of friends from Blackburn have exerted themselves for charity; last season they walked 37 miles from their hometown in England in time for Blackburn Rovers’ Premier League match in Blackpool, raising almost $10,000…After starting on Saturday, the two teams, named Mankind United and Heilen World XI, are set to break the record at midnight on Monday (GMT). One of the four referees, who have been alternating in shifts of four hours, will blow for full time around midday on Tuesday. (NY Times blog)
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NBA Donates To Typhoon Relief Efforts
The mystery is solved…in my previous post, I wasn’t quite sure how Carmelo Anthony ended up ‘Making-A-Wish’ or what was going on with the NBA and its check presentation…
The answer is better than I thought…the check presentation was part of the NBA and World Vision Taiwan’s partnership to support Typhoon Morakot relief efforts, which included money raised through an online auction featuring NBA player autographed items. In addition, Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger and NBA China CEO Tim Chen filmed a PSA as part of the partnership.
And exactly what was Melo doing with the young Make-A-Wish boy? Tearjerker alert…15 year-old Ah Yu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was just 1 years old but he’s a huge NBA fan and like myself, has always dreamed of meeting Carmelo Anthony…so, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and NBA Games 2009 Taipei partner Cathay Financial Group, Yu received a courtside seat at the Taipei Arena for his first-ever NBA game and met Carmelo Anthony afterward. Doesn’t get much better than that does it?
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NFL New Orleans Saint Jonathan Vilma To Meet With The UN
The other day I mentioned the recent surge in NFL players making humanitarian missions to Africa. Today, I continue with NFL hotties taking an interest in Haiti. Specifically, NFL star Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints.
The 6’1”, 230-pound babe will take those arms to visit with world leaders, dignitaries and humanitarians at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday March 27, in efforts to push for funding of hurricane proof housing in his native Haiti. And Vilma ain’t going alone- he’s to be joined by former NFL hotties, Freeman McNeil and Adam Dispirito.
The three mighty-mighty-good men will ‘tackle’ the issue and help ease the fears of those in hurricane affected areas by ‘passing’ their concerns onto the UN while ‘touching-down’ on things such as ‘safety’ for homes in the hurricane’s ‘end zone’.
This isn’t Vilma’s first effort at helping those caught in the wrath of a hurricanes aftermath…he appeared in a United Way television commercial after Hurricane Katrina and has become an advocate for more affordable hurricane proof housing for the people of New Orleans as well as Haiti.
Vilma not only sounds all right by me, but he looks downright edible in a suit. For more info, check out his website Jon Vilma.com.
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HOUSTON ROCKETS TAKE AIM AT HURRICANE VICTIMS
“The one thing about a hurricane or a disaster like this, it doesn’t matter how much you make, it doesn’t matter what profession you have, it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro athlete or an account executive, we’re all going through the same things.”
Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown.
Houston Rocket CEO Tad Brown, former Rocket Calvin Murphy, support staff and players, pulled up to the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium yesterday to distribute food, water and toiletries for victims of Hurricane Ike.
“We’ve worked with this group, Feed the Children, in the past with Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina and also the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation,” said Brown. “We wanted to make sure we got them here, got the goods that we could distribute and bring some help and hope to the people who right now are going through some tough times.”
The Rockets purchased four tractor-trailers full of love to aid families affected by the hurricane. Luther Head, Aaron Brooks, Rafer Alston and others smiled as they loaded and unloaded goodies. “It means a lot to me,” guard Rafer Alston said. “I understand the situation that the city is in. I think there’s a dire need right now for us to give back. So I rushed over here as fast as I could to help…This neighborhood reminds me of my neighborhood back in New York,” Alston said. “So I can relate to the people who grew up around here, for one. Also, they get a chance to see us live and in the flesh out here helping, just like ordinary people.”
Aaron Brooks was more than happy to help. “From the time I’ve been here, it’s just good to see a smile on their faces,” Brooks said. “We want to just show them hope that everything is going to be all right in the future. This is just an opportunity to give back. It’s been a time of devastation. It’s just good to give back.” More from CEO Tad Brown: “We’ve got a very conscientious group. They may be professional athletes, but they’re also a part of the Houston community. Once we sent the word out that we were doing this as a team, they were here and willing to help…I know they not only provide support as volunteers, but they’re going to bring some fun to people who are coming here. It’s about getting back to normalcy. People saying, ‘Hey, Aaron Brooks just gave me some food. That’s pretty cool.’ Just shake a hand, give somebody a smile. That goes a long way at a time like this.”
There is some great video footage of our hotties handing out the goods and expressing their support…check it out HERE. Indeed, the Houston Rockets are a mighty-mighty-fine organization.
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