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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!

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NFL LB Jonathan Goff donating shoes to inner-city student athletes.

12 Nov

NFL LB Jonathan Goff donating shoes to inner-city student athletes.

Jonathan Goff donated shoes to inner-city student athletes that have a 3.0 gpa in Indianapolis! Big thanks to Jonathan Goff for helping launch this organization that aims to raise inner-city graduation rates by getting student athletes’ SHOE GAME on point!

Eric Berry Wins Defensive Rookie of the Month

6 Jan

Kansas City Chiefs Eric Berry was just announced as Rookie of the Month for December/January.  He is the first to have done so in franchise history.  Not only does Berry celebrate success on the field, but also with an organization he started in 2010 called “The Eric Berry Foundation”.  Check it out and let him know what you think on twitter @berry1429 .

Eric Berry smoking someone from UGA when he played at the University of Tennessee

Lakers’ Artest announces winner of ring raffle

30 Dec

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

You gotta love this guy!!! (Artest and Miller from their Indy days)

Ron Artest has absolutely no regrets about giving away his Los Angeles Lakers championship ring to boost mental health awareness. In fact, it just encourages him to go out and get another ring.

Artest announced the winner of the charity raffle for his ring late Saturday night at a club across the street from Staples Center, where the Lakers were trounced by the Miami Heat 96-80 in the NBA’s Christmas showcase.

The ring was won by Raymond Mikkael, a father of four from Hawthorne, Calif.

“It’s a good feeling, because it got a lot of publicity, and that’s cool,” Artest said before taking on LeBron James. “I’m glad we can start over now and do some more work with charities.”

Artest came up with the idea to give away his first NBA title ring after putting a spotlight on mental health by thanking his psychiatrist after Game 7 of the Lakers’ triumph over Boston last June. While some laughed at another stunt by one of the NBA’s biggest characters, Artest’s candid declaration sparked an interest in normalizing mental health care, which snowballed into this unique charitable gift.

And when he officially gives away the ring in a couple of weeks, Artest feels he’ll be even more motivated to replace it with the Lakers, who are chasing their third consecutive title.

“I’m so anxious to get out at it again,” Artest said. “I get more fuel, I burn it all up. I’m motivated.”

Although he doesn’t yet know the final figures, Artest’s raffle has raised well over $500,000 for his Xcel University charity, which will work with high-risk youth on mental health issues. Artest said he already wrote his first $50,000 check from the proceeds to the charity.

Artest sounds overwhelmed by the support, praising everyone from his teammates to the Lakers’ fan base for participating in the raffle. Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he bought a few tickets, praising Artest’s strategy to funnel the money directly into a charity rather than through intermediaries.

The Lakers’ rings from the franchise’s 16th championship contain a piece of the ball used in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. The ring also has a circumference of 16 oversized white diamonds representing the Lakers’ titles, along with two championship trophies made of 16-karat gold. On one side of the ring is a three-dimensional likeness of the player receiving it.

Artest hasn’t satisfied his taste for unorthodox gestures of charity: He also recently said he would like to donate a huge chunk of his $6.79 million salary for next season to mental health charities.

That desire might be a bit tougher to fulfill in today’s economy, however. Artest said Saturday that his only Christmas wish was for “a tax break directly from Obama” because of the high cost of his lifestyle with his wife and children.

“Unfortunately, diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” Artest said.

2008 Cities In Crisis Report

16 Dec

I posted earlier about the low high school graduation rates of Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Detroit – but I couldn’t find the study which revealed the data.  Well, I found it today (Cities_In_Crisis_Report_2008).  Even though it is from 2008 and the raw data may have changed, I am almost %100 positive that these 3 school districts still remain at the bottom of the 50 city list.

We can change that by motivating these kids and empowering their lives!

Bottom 10 of 2008 Cities In Crisis Report

Ron Artest to Donate Salary to Charity – Maybe?

9 Dec

According to an NBA.com blog post by Scott Howard-Cooper, Ron Artest of the LA Lakers may be donating his salary to charity.  Artest says he isn’t exactly sure if he will donate all $6.79 million of it, however he is “…definitely considering the whole thing…or at maybe 60%”.

Artest shooting a free-throw.

I say you hit him up on his Twitter, @RonArtestCom , and tell him to do it!!!

 

 

 

Side note:  I’m going to the Lakers/Pacers game in Indy.  I didn’t know what jersey to buy/wear at the game… but I’m going to start looking for one of his when he was at Indiana.

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, Giving Back to the Community

6 Dec
 

Chris Bosh laying it down early in his career

According to ESPN.com, Chris Bosh (of the Miami Heat) recently became the newest National Ambassador for “After-School All-Stars”, a role that will enable him to help raise awareness of the critical need for after-school programs to keep kids safe and help them succeed in school and in life. On Friday, he visited Norland Middle School to encourage the students.

“Visiting these children let me see first-hand what an impact ‘After School All-Stars’ has on the youth in keeping them in a safe and uplifting environment in their own schools,” Bosh said. “I was able to tell these kids how important a good education is, and for any kid that is interested in sports, doing well in school is a must.”

In addition, Bosh has agreed to donate $20 for every rebound he makes during the regular season, as part of the charity’s Hoop Heroes fund-raising program for NBA players. Teammates LeBron James and Mike Miller also are part of the program.

“Being a part of Hoop Heroes allows me to give back while I do what I love on the court,” Bosh said, “and gives my fans a chance to give back with me every time I score.”

And just a little site note, Bosh has racked up 150 rebounds so far… and his season totals hover around 700.  At $20 per board – that is a nice chunk of change.  Let Bosh know how great his contributions are on his twitter account, @ChrisBosh !