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Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Houston Native, donating $100 to Harvey relief for every rebound this season

30 Oct

DeAndre Jordan

Jordan has shown how much he loves Houston by donating $100 for every rebound he grabs this season to help the city rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounds (18.3), had already raised $7,300 before the Pistons’ game.

“I did this because I didn’t want people to forget about it,” Jordan said. “I did something right as everything was going on, right after. But six months later, people may forget about it, something else may happen and then people may forget about what happened. I just want it to be an ongoing thing from me, because it’s going to take decades to rebuild that city. So I just wanted to do my part and help as much as I can. Obviously I’m helping a lot right now in these four games. The more I help, the more it’s going to help the city I grew up in and was raised in.”

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long to donate rest of 2017 salary to education equality efforts

19 Oct

Chris Long:

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21061905/philadelphia-eagles-defensive-end-chris-long-now-donating-entire-season-salary

PHILADELPHIA — Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

 

“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long told the Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help effect change that we all want to see in this country.”

Long began his NFL career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. He signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities.

Long’s foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

“There’s a lot of opportunities to help out, and they’re wonderful organizations,” Long said. “We have such a great platform as football players, and hopefully fans get behind it.”

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne’s-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.

“Our hometown is a wonderful place, and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about,” he said.

Heather Hardy honored during Barclays Center’s 5th Anniversary Gala

13 Oct

Undefeated MMA star & boxing’s WBC international bantamweight champion, Heather Hardy, was recognized October 12th at the Barclays Center Cares Gala.  The Gala honored key people who have made a profound impact in the community through music, athletics, culinary arts, and sustainability.  She is a single mother who overcame hardships, losing one home to a fire and another to Hurricane Sandy.  Hardy is a featherweight fighter from Brooklyn and is ranked No. 3 in the world in her division.

Heather Hardy

 

 

 

 

Michael Jordan gives $7M to open medical clinics in low socio-economic areas of Charlotte

11 Oct

BY: DEON ROBERTS AND RICK BONNELL
deroberts@charlotteobserver.com
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

OCTOBER 09, 2017 12:01 AM

LA Lakers & Sacramento Kings to donate game proceeds to victims of Las Vegas tragedy

11 Oct

By: Jack Maloney

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/lakers-kings-to-donate-game-proceeds-to-victims-of-las-vegas-mass-shooting-tragedy/

Scheduled to play a preseason game at T-Mobile Arena Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings are making the effort to do their part after last Sunday’s mass shooting.

Both teams have announced that all proceeds from the game will be donated to help those affected by the tragic incident.

Via NBA.com/Lakers:

The Los Angeles Lakers organization announced today that, along with the Sacramento Kings, T-Mobile Arena, AEG, and MGM Resorts International, it will donate the proceeds from Sunday night’s preseason game vs. Sacramento in Las Vegas to aid those affected by the tragic incident on October 1.

The donation will be made through the MGM Resorts Foundation and all of the money raised will go directly to benefit victims, their families and first responders.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this evil and senseless crime,” said Lakers governor and controlling owner Jeanie Buss. “While no one can erase the horrific actions of last Sunday, we are committed to doing everything we can to help the people of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy.”

This is a kind and generous move by both the Lakers and Kings. Hopefully their donation can help many people who were affected by that horrible attack.

Deshaun Watson donates game check to Texans’ worker during Hurricane Harvey

10 Oct

 

By: Dan Hanzus  via NFL.com

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000852639/article/deshaun-watson-donates-game-check-to-workers

 

Dabo Swinney, the head football coach at Clemson, said prior to the 2017 NFL Draft that any teams that passed on Deshaun Watson would eventually experience the same regret that haunted NBA teams that passed on Michael Jordan.

It was perhaps the greatest endorsement you’ll ever hear a college coach foist upon his star player, and Swinney’s logic went beyond praising Watson as an elite performer on Saturdays. Watson was a special player, sure, but Swinney was also taken by his quarterback’s maturity, commitment to craft and ability to create a positive culture for Clemson’s football program.

Six months later, Watson is earning rave reviews as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. The rookie made a collection of impressive plays in the Texans‘ near upset of the Patriots last weekend, and a recent act of charity has reinforced the notion that the Texans are in business with a different type of young star.

This week, Watson split up his first game check and turned over his earnings to three Texans employees who work in the team cafeteria and lost everything in Hurricane Harvey. The team captured the delivery of the surprise gifts, and it’s as touching as you’d imagine.

“Anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help,” Watson said.

We’ll see if Watson ever fulfills his former coach’s promise of being a transcendent Jordan-like talent on the football field. But the Texans seem to be in very good hands with Watson as a new face of the franchise.

2012-2013 Donations Underway

17 Dec

The second year of donations with The Shoe Game Corporation are underway now.  Student-Athletes that participated in the 2012 football season at Indianapolis Public Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools are eligible for athletic shoe donations from various NFL players from the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

To be eligible for donations, coaches must turn in the donation application form confirming the following criteria are met:

1) Student-Athlete participated in the 2012 football season

2) Student-Athlete ended the 2012 Fall/Winter semester with over a 3.0 GPA

3) Student-Athlete is on free or reduced school lunch.

The 2012-2013 donation application form will be available on the Donation Forms link at the top of this site.  Please email TheShoeGame@att.blackberry.com with the completed form and/or any questions.

Thank you!