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NBA Star Talks Early Education in ‘Beyond School Books’

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

Pau Gasol Launches Interactive Storybook for UNICEF

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

David Beckham: UNICEF

“UNICEF knows that simple gifts like footballs and story books can transform a child’s life. That’s true everywhere.” `David Beckham

The LA Galaxy is currently in Arizona ‘training’ but this morning, David Beckham took to social networking in efforts to blast photos of his work with UNICEF.

Sir Golden Balls, who made a surprise visit to a UNICEF-supported children center last year in Manila wrote: ‘You can also see my photos from the trip below, and the amazing children I met in Manila who are changing their lives – and the lives of others – with the help of UNICEF and its partners. Remember, together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children.’ Continue reading

Djokovic-Nadal Epic Australian Open Final

Sensational action this morning coming from that crazy Serb, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic was victorious over our tapa Rafael Nadal in the mens final match of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament and afterward he respectfully brushed off Nadal with a little palm-tickle handshake.

Djokovic won the championship 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 before ripping-off of his shirt ala Hulk and howling at the stands. Continue reading

Threadless Shirts Do GOOD for UNICEF

Threadless Shirts Do GOOD for UNICEF

Still looking for unique holiday gifts that give-back? T-shirt designer Threadless has partnered with artists Justin & Christine Gignac to design a line of t-shirts called Good Shirts. The design on each shirt symbolizes the type of aid UNICEF is delivering in the Horn of Africa….the giving back part? Each shirt costs the dollar amount of the relief item printed on it… and as of Monday, an anonymous donor kicked down $312,000 for a Good T…

But that doesn’t mean you need hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to do Good. The shirts are available starting at $18.57 and 100% of donations go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF …check out GOOD’s Facebook page where they’ve been running a ’12 Days of Shirts’ campaign. Celebrity Twitter shout-outs have been given from NAS, Joel Madden, and Juliette Lewis, among others.


Good Shirts for the Horn of Africa from Threadless.com on Vimeo.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors include: David Beckham, Mia Farrow, Selena Gomez, Clay Aiken, India Arie, Alyssa Milano, Liv Tyler, Téa Leoni, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Summer Sanders, Laurence Fishburne and many, many others.

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David Beckham Visits Hospital Down Under

David Beckham Visits Hospital Down Under

‘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

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Serge Ibaka Aids Efforts in Horn of Africa

Serge Ibaka Aids Efforts in Horn of Africa

It is my duty to contribute and help other kids from my continent so they have the same will to improve every day and, through basketball, become role models, responsible persons and proud of their origins. This is the spirit of the adidas Ibaka Charity Program.” ~Serge Ibaka

During the NBA lock-out, we’ve seen ‘big names’ scrambling for the next good run, hosting exhibition games that are allegedly for charity-yet nary a word about the beneficiaries. Personally, I’m more interested in our mighty-mighty-fine ballers who are out there doing more than just ‘talking the talk’, to wit, NBA player Serge Ibaka.

The Oklahoma City Thunder player, currently hooping it up overseas, hails from the Congo and has used his NBA lock-out time to spread the word about his collaboration with Unicef and adidas to raise funds for the Horn of Africa. Ibaka will donate $100 for every block during the Eurobasket 2011.


“My country and all the African continent are my roots and they form my identity, that is why it’s a priority for me to try to help the sports and social development,” writes Ibaka on his website. “Basketball is a powerful tool to encourage the personal development and the learning of positive values and to acquire aptitudes for life. At the same time, increasing the social unity and the communication between cultures helps reaching peace and the economic development of all the communities.”

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A Message from David Beckham

A Message from David Beckham

“As a UNICEF Ambassador it is important for me to help keep the story of the Children’s Famine in East Africa in the headlines. The situation in Southern Somalia is worsening. One little boy or girl is dying from starvation every six minutes. Please share this with your friends because the more of us that share, the more lives we can save. Thank you.”
~David Beckham

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NBA’s Serge Ibaka and UNICEF Team Up and Do “Whatever it Takes” for the Children of the Congo

NBA’s Serge Ibaka and UNICEF Team Up and Do “Whatever it Takes” for the Children of the Congo

Brazzavile, Republic of Congo
July 22-24 – 2011

Oklahoma Thunder, power forward and Congolese born, Serge Ibaka, will be paying a visit to the Republic of Congo this weekend to train with the national team and mark his first time working with UNICEF-Brazzavile. Doing “whatever it takes”, to save a child. Ibaka and UNICEF will team up to emphasize staying in school, hard work, hygiene, and the protection of vulnerable children and minorities in Brazzavile. The Republic of Congo is one of Sub-Sahara Africa’s main oil producers with 70% of its population living in poverty. It’s pragmatic president Denis Sassou Nguesoo, is one of Africa’s longest serving leaders with three decades of rule.


Ibaka, also know as Air Congo by his teammates, will highlight the daily challenges children of the Congo face by visiting school’s and centers for street children. Ibaka will be hosting the first ever two-day table tennis tournament for street children.The Minister for Sports, Jacques Yvon Ndolou and other dignitaries are expected to attend the award-giving ceremonies for the children.

Ibaka is the first player from the Republic of Congo to be selected in a NBA draft. His pure raw talent is no surprise, considering both his parents were basketball players for the Republic of Congo. When Ibaka arrived in Oklahoma City he spoke no English and did whatever it took to overcome the unfortunate death of his mother and the imprisonment of his father during the Second Congo War. Ibaka is currently a starter for the OKC Thunder and speaks four languages: Lingala (native language), French, Spanish and English. He played a supporting role during the Thunder’s 2009-10 “Turnaround Season” and in the 2010 NBA playoffs Ibaka lead the Thunder to their first home court play-off victory over the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not what he is capable of receiving” -Einstein
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-Jessica Hernandez jessicah@athlebrities.com

David Beckham Requests Our Help

David Beckham Requests Our Help

At Sir Beckham’s Request:

    “Hi guys, you may have read or seen the crisis in East Africa, the drought is the worst in 50 years and millions of children are at risk of starvation and disease. As an Ambassador for UNICEF and the father of four children, I’m asking for your help, anything you can give will help bring aid, thank you… David Beckham”

Over 12 million fans on Facebook…plenty of baby photos of adorable Harper-Seven and the flawless Victoria (obviously NOT the one posted below).


And for those in LA griping about ‘carmegeddon’, check yourselves, put it in perspective…children are dying because they don’t have water and you’re worried about traffic? Pa-leeze. Take the ten bucks you’re not spending on gas this weekend and donate it to save a life. Literally. Seriously.


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Basketball Stars Visit UNICEF Supported Malnutrition Treatment Centre in Haiti

NBA Stars Unite for Haitian Children

NBA star Samuel Dalembert, WNBA star Nykesha Sales and Chris Clunie were in Haiti recently, to visit a malnutrition center with UNICEF.


“To be here firsthand, on the ground, visiting with the kids, that opens our eyes, gives us perspective,” said Clunie, Senior Coordinator, NBA Basketball Operations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

During the visit, Dalembert also announced that he plans to build a sports complex in the country: “This will be a center where young people can go to weekend for fun and study…they will have the opportunity to continue their homework there and go to school,” said Dalembert, adding, “this will be something like YMCA.”

Currently, the Sacramento King player is a free-agent. Personally, I don’t care which team the Haitian born mighty-mighty fine man shoots hoops with. If the Miami Heat were to nab him, fine, it just puts him closer to Haiti. I can only hope that his inspiration will penetrate some of the NBA ego’s out there.

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Dikembe Mutombo Opens New Centers at His Hospital

Dikembe Mutombo Opens New Centers at His Hospital

He once said he wanted to be remembered for his commitment to humanity…and throughout the years, Dikembe Mutombo has lived that commitment with ease born to men destined to do great things…

Yesterday, The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center (BMMH), in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) launched two Centers of Excellence at the state of the art medical facility founded by NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo. The two centers, an Immune System Monitoring Laboratory and an Occupational Safety Center for Health Workers, will train more than 300 clinicians and improve monitoring and treatment of patients living with HIV/AIDS.

“The doctors and nurses at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital are saving lives every day and helping improve health care in the DRC which has been ravaged by more than a decade of war and disease,” said Mr. Mutombo at the opening ceremony. “These Centers of Excellence are an important milestone in improving the quality of life for those who live with HIV/AIDS and in training new health care workers to help prevent the spread of disease.”

Around half a million children under the age of five die every year in the DRC, mostly from preventable causes, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and measles. Over one million people in DRC are living with HIV/AIDS. Sexual violence of the most brutal form has been carried out against tens of thousands, over half of them children…compels me to say we NEED more Mutombo’s in this world, for the sake of the kids and for the sake of the DRC.

Mutombo was joined at the opening ceremonies by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, BD Executive Vice President Gary Cohen, and the DRC Minister of Public Health, Mwami Mopipi Mukulumany.

“It is such an honor to be here today at the hospital founded in the memory of Dikembe’s mother,” said Ms.Veneman. “He is a true friend of UNICEF and his dedication for his home country is an inspiration to us all. Dikembe continues to give a voice to the voiceless people of Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

About the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation: The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal not only by providing comprehensive health care at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, but also through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. www.dmf.org

About UNICEF: UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. www.unicef.org.

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NBA Players in the Community

NBA Players in the Community

With half the sports fans keeping an eye on NFL training camps and the other half tracking the movements of Princess Kobe overseas, I’ve opted to check in with some of our NBA hotties to see what kind of Summer love they’ve been spreading in the communities…


First up, New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul…a player whose name has become synonymous with ‘rebuilding New Orleans,’ and for obvious reasons-he just doesn’t stop giving back to the community. As part of his continuing efforts to give back to the youth of New Orleans, Paul has committed to refurbish three local basketball courts…last week hot-stuff dedicated one of the refurbished courts-painted to replicate Wake Forest University’s- in the Seventh Ward neighborhood. After the court dedication, CP3 headed to China where he’s running camps and meeting with the local communities before he jumps back on a plane to hold his youth basketball camps for kids. More info HERE.


Next we got New York Knick Al Harrington who’s been a very busy bee…first he hit up the NBA Black Party at K-Mart in Florida where he and rapper Fat Joe are busy promoting their new basketball shoe, the Protégé…the footwear line is the result of a partnership between the NBA and Kmart. Kmart is marketing the new product as an affordable alternative to other basketball shoes…the Protégé kicks starts at $34.99…Harrington must be doing something right, because both Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins (R) and Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson joined him on the Protégé Tour. In between gigs, Harrington writes on his Facebook page: “I’m visiting the kids at the Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth NJ.” To bring back an old Paris-ism, ‘That’s Hot.’


And of course, we can’t overlook the incredible work Adonal Foyle is doing right now. His Kerosene Lamp Foundation camps in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have seen nearly 1,000 kids in just a few days…In addition to shooting hoops, raising HIV/AIDS awareness and inspiring the kids, Crocs, SolesUnited & UNICEF sent down 3,356 pairs of Crocs to distribute to the youth and all kids received a Healthy Choice frisbee. Foyle is a remarkable example of how one man can truly change lives for the better. And seems that the media is FINALLY catching on…Adonal Foyle will be featured on CNN Heroes on Friday, August 7th, every hour between 6-11:00 AM. Set your DVR, check out his KLF Foundation or join his Facebook page…you might as well get to know him now because trust me kids, he ain’t going anywhere except in the humanitarian section of history books alongside Dikembe Mutombo.

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