Athletes and Celebrities Team Up with the ILO to End Slavery
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is just one of the celebrities who has joined forces with the ILO – the International Labour Organization – to fight modern-day slavery.
The campaign, “End Slavery Now” is supported by a number of Hollywood celebrities and activists including: Cher, Mila Kunis, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Kellan Lutz, Sérgio Mendes, anti-trafficking champion Somaly Mam and Jada Pinkett Smith. Continue reading →
According to the Daily Record, Snoop Dogg-er, Snoop Lion is ready to shell out big bucks to invest in (soccer club) Celtics after they beat Barcelona in the Champions League this year.
Snoop, in his own words:
“I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams…I didn’t catch the whole Barcelona game but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.”
The team, estimated to be worth about $47M, had the highest average home attendance of any Scottish club for 2010/2011 season, and Snoop wants a piece.
“I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell…I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard…I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things…I am passionate about my sport. The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there.” (True dat: Snoop was once banned from coming to the UK after a series of drug and firearms offences but now he’s allowed back.) Continue reading →
David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andy Katz joined President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in this PSA to raise awareness about dating violence.
Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, young women continue to face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. In the last year, one in 10 teens has reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden launched the 1is2many campaign last year. This campaign focuses his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence, and educating the public on the realities of abuse, this Administration is leading the way to stop violence against women before it begins
Interesting that they chose sports hotties to participate…how about a campaign to support women who claim sexual abuse at the hands of a sports star? How quickly these women become the subject of hatred, immediately labeled as gold-diggers or groupies and liars.
Two big events going on in Hermosa Beach this Summer…first, the LA Galaxy will host it inaugural LA Galaxy Sand Soccer Showcase from June 29-July 1 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
“The LA Galaxy are excited to host our first-ever beach soccer event and to kick off what promises to be an exciting summer of soccer,” Galaxy Vice President Chris Klein said. “Being a professional soccer team in Southern California, there is no better way to celebrate the culture of soccer in this region than by hosting this tournament.”
Perks include…free beach soccer clinic sponsored by the LA Galaxy on Friday, June 29th, in Hermosa beach at 7:00 pm….watch the Galaxy Futboleros perform and learn some of their tricks…meet LA Galaxy players…team goodie bags with LA Galaxy items…each team receives 8 tickets to the LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA game on July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. More info: http://www.lagalaxy.com/sandsoccershowcase
And if that’s not your thing, also in the sand for a separate event…the Third Annual Running of “The Hermosa 24” will take place the weekend of June 30th in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Continue reading →
“They have had nothing positive to celebrate and have been losing hope of any future beyond the confines of the refugee camp. This team means so much more to them than just a game of football. It gives all refugees something to celebrate, and it gives them a connection to the outside world.” ~i-ACT Founder and Director Gabriel Stauring
The dream is shaping up for Darfur United…as reported earlier, we will be following the progress of this amazing all-refugee soccer team.
Sixty-one players tried-out for a spot on the team in a refugee camp close to the Chad-Sudan border…they came from the twelve refugee camps that dot the area…fifteen players were chosen…this team will represent Darfur, the embattled region of Sudan, in the 2012 Viva World Cup in June, a soccer tournament for nationless people and other groups not represented by FIFA, the international soccer federation. Continue reading →
“We’re creating a team from the best soccer players in the twelve Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad—one team representing Darfur—and calling it Darfur United. We are working hard to get this team to participate in international tournaments, with our first and great opportunity being the Viva World Cup.” Continue reading →
There’s been a long standing dispute going on between soccer legends Diego Maradona and Pele regarding which of them is the greatest soccer player EVER. “I was born to play football,” Pele told FIFA.com, “Just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”
It was then that our furry little friend, Maradona, not only unleashed a colorful rant towards Pele after the Brazil legend compared himself to Ludwig van Beethoven and Michelangelo, but he even had the soccer-balls to compare himself to (gasp) Bono. Continue reading →
Last week, soccer star Lionel Messi become the first player to net five goals in a Champions League game, a pretty impressive accomplishment on its own, earning him ‘best player ever’ chit-chat from the soccer world.
Even more impressive is the fact that the Barcelona player-via his Foundation- has joined forces with EA Sports to rebuild a popular street soccer pitch located in the Bon Pastor neighborhood of Barcelona. Continue reading →
Juventus captain and former Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero is being credited with waking a young Italian girl from a coma after hearing a message from her soccer hero.
Apparently, Giada Scalise suffered a brain hemorrhage on January 22 while watching a Juventus game on TV…she lapsed into a coma, and after several weeks her parents reached out to Del Piero’s help via a charity.
ANSA.IT reports: The parents of Giada, a big Juventus supporter from the small southern town of Cerenzia, believe the footballer made an important contribution to the happy outcome. “That night (after listening to the message) something special happened,” said the girl’s father, Francesco. “First she moved her hand and then after a few hours she called out ‘mamma’. Then after about 24 hours she talked and asked for an ice-cream”. Continue reading →
Athlebrities has had a long standing crush on Cote d’Ivoire/Chelsea player, three time English Premier League champ, two-time African Footballer of the Year hottie Didier Drogba…long before he was even named in TIME Magazine’s Top 100 of 2010.
In 2005 when Cote d’Ivoire qualified for their first World Cup, Drogba gave his fellow Ivorians an inspirational and heartfelt speech that caused the divided nation to briefly pause: “Ivorians, men and women, from the north and the south, the centre and the west, you’ve seen this. We’ve proved to you that the people of Ivory Coast can live together side by side, play together toward the same goal: qualifying for the World Cup. We promised you this celebration would bring the people together. Now we’re asking you to make this a reality.” Continue reading →
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations football (soccer) tournament is nearing the semi-final stage but there’s more to the event than just sport.
1GOAL – the official campaign of the Confederation of African Football-has teamed up with the African Network Campaign for Education For All (ANCEFA) in efforts to highlight the desperate need for girls everywhere to have a quality education. This morning, CAF secretary general Hicham Amrani (center) distributed tickets for the February 12 final match of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament to children during the “One Goal” education campaign…love the idea but this photo makes me wonder if this is the safest way to distribute ‘free tickets’ to children who appear to be getting crushed by the mob? Continue reading →
“They are a population that has lost everything, and even hope is starting to fade. Darfur United gives them a sense of being part of something greater than being what they are now labeled: a refugee.” ~i-ACT Founder/Director Gabriel Stauring
Since 2005, the Founder and Director of i-ACT, Gabriel Stauring has visited Darfur 11 times, namely-the refugee camps along the Chad/Sudan border. The non-profit’s volunteer arm, Stop Genocide Now, has garnered international attention and now, i-ACT is essentially creating a soccer team made up of the best players from the refugee camps along the border.
The team is called Darfur United.
In addition to his numerous visits to Darfur, Stauring has spearheaded campaigns such as the 100-Day Fast for Darfur, Darfur Freedom Summer Vigils, Camp Darfur, Darfur Fast for Life, and is featured in ‘The Enough Moment’ by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle.
Athlebrities was thrilled to interview this amazing man about issues related to Darfur, the refugees in that area, how the beautiful game can change lives, and what we can do to help. I opted to run the interview, unedited, in its entirety because, quite frankly, every word is important. Continue reading →
Chelsea FC-‘Right to Play’ Partnership Offers Mascot Position for Charity
Chelsea Football Club is offering the ultimate ‘fan’ experience to those who love the Blues…for one lucky bidder to ‘Be the Official Mascot Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience’ with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Right To Play.
International humanitarian organization, Right To Play, recently sealed the six-year exclusive partnership to be Chelsea Football Club’s first ever Global Charity Partner. …the Chelsea-Right To Play partnership is aims to raise in excess of £2 million over six years. The funding generated will support Right To Play’s extensive humanitarian operations in 22 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Right To Play President and CEO, Johann Olav Koss said: “This partnership is a celebration of Chelsea FC’s commitment to charitable organizations. We are delighted to be a partner of one of the world’s most prestigious football clubs and fastest growing global brands.” Continue reading →
‘It is estimated that 100 million children live and work on streets around the world, where they are exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. As a Dad with young children, I can’t imagine how life was for these young children living and working on the streets. They are exposed to so many threats and dangers, and are missing out on the basics in life – having people around who love and guide them.’ ~ David Beckham
“A simple round object made out of just about anything, a ball, can bring joy to the harshest places on earth.” Gabriel Stauring from his note ‘10 Things I’ve Learned’
A little while ago I wrote about Darfur United, and as I always do after a post, I follow the activities of the organization closely in efforts to feel confident in my posts. This year, hands down, Darfur United has exceeded my expectations. Continue reading →
PUMA® Presents Riddim + Run Benefiting Soles4Souls
This Wednesday, Oct 12, PUMA is hosting their Riddim + Run event to benefit Soles4Souls, a non-profit that collects gently worn shoes and provides them to those in need.
The event will bring the flavor of Jamaica to LA with Island inspired décor and refreshments to play homage to FAAS, PUMA’s Jamaican inspired running collection.
A DJ set will be provided Josh Madden and special performance by acclaimed DJ and Producer, Diplo… celebrities expected: Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Nicole Richie, Taryn Manning (“Hawaii 5-O”), Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”), Pia Toscano (“American Idol”), Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle XY”), Mike O’Malley (Glee), Josh Wolf (Comedian – “Chelsea Lately”), Meagan Good (“Jumping the Broom”), John Conway, Sam Endicott and Anthony Burulcich (Musicians – The Bravery), Manish Dayal (90210), Diplo (Musician), Josh Madden (DJ), Joel and Benji Madden (Musicians), Pete Wentz (Musician), Samantha Ronson (DJ), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”), Cara Castronuova (The Biggest Loser), Baseball Player Johnny Damon, Soccer Stars Natasha Kai and Leslie Osborne, The IT Boys, and more. Continue reading →
Darfur United Soccer Team: A Refugee Soccer Team’s Journey: On and Off the Field
WHO? Darfur United. WHAT? Build a Darfur soccer team of the best players from the twelve refugee camps in eastern Chad to participate in an international tournament. WHY? Share the story of building the team to raise awareness and educate people about the situation in Darfur and the refugee experience. Facilitate ongoing support for education, sports, nutrition, and other services through relationships between refugees and global citizens.
Darfur United – This project will be a “living documentary,” as we share every step of the journey. The story will be told, day to day, through the Darfur United website, Facebook, Twitter, and on Indiegogo. We will then produce a documentary film of the entire journey.
Darfur United – a soccer team composed of the best players from the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad – will give Darfuris an opportunity they have never had: a chance to cheer for their own. Check it all out at i-ACT: A global team dedicated to putting a face on the numbers of dead, dying, and displaced while creating mutually enriching relationships between those in danger and those willing and able to act, fostering a new culture of participation…the i-ACT Team has been traveling to the Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad since 2005.
Samuel Eto’o: The Worlds Highest Paid Athlete VS Racism?
A lot of interest this week after soccer stud Samuel Eto’o left Inter Milan and signed a three-year deal with some random Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala, for an estimated $29M PER SEASON which could essentially make him the highest paid athlete in professional sports.
“This evening, Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o signed a personal three-year contract with Anzhi Makhachkala,” the club said in a statement issued after Eto’o completed a medical on Wednesday evening.
For more on the beautiful inner-drama of soccer transfers and fighting Russian billionaires, the Wall Street Journal breaks it down nicely for ya.
But we here at Athlebrities are wondering what he’s gonna do with all that cash? About four years ago, he established a foundation with the mission of delivering the less privileged from abject poverty and he recently visited a Sports study center in Gabon. It also seems a natural fit for Eto’o to possibly do something big to combat racism in soccer?
Over the years, Eto’o has been the subject of racist taunts by an opposing teams’ supporters, who’ve made monkey-like chants whenever he had possession of the ball. Referee’s have let it slide, claiming the behavior of the crowd is ‘normal’. At one point, Eto’o walked off the field and video captured him saying “No mas” (“No more”). Last year, as the racists again began chatting, they were drowned out by the rest of the stadium who chanted loudly enough to drown them out. A small step but progress none-the-less?
Due to ongoing racism, Eto’o stopped bringing family members to matches. “It is something that has affected me personally. I think players, leaders, and the media have to join forces so that no one feels looked down upon because of the color of their skin. At this moment in time I prefer my children don’t go to football matches. In the stands they have to listen to things that are difficult to explain to a child. It is better they aren’t exposed to it.”
And with that, Athlebrities would like to see Samuel Eto’o use some of the big money to establish a ‘No Mas’ campaign in efforts to stomp out racism in sports.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.” –Nelson Mandela
Boris Becker and his wife made headlines recently in the UK’s Daily Mail, which did an exceptional job of posting photos of Mrs. Becker in her swimsuit and a one-liner about the couple’s recent trip to Haiti.
So, picking up where they left off, Athlebrities will fill in the blanks for you. Becker, a Laureus Academy Member and Ambassador Sabine Christiansen were in Haiti visiting a new Laureus-supported soccer project.
The project which centers around the building of a new soccer school, is being developed from the ground-up in an area directly affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit last year. The venture is being supported in collaboration with the Haitian Football Association.
“I’m very impressed by the concept of the school being built here. The money is being used wisely and is a great example of an investment that can really help the kids from Haiti,” said Becker after playing soccer with a group of local kids.
Laureus is composed of three core elements: the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Collectively they celebrate the extraordinary achievements of athletes past and present and harness the power of sport to promote social change.
I couldn’t possibly cover all the good things Laureus is doing in the world or list all the celebrities and athletes who support them. For example, Academy Member and very much alive skateboard legend Tony Hawk was in London recently visiting the fantastic Laureus-supported ‘Fight for Peace’ boxing project in North Woolwich.