NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams Partners with HNIC

Hockey_Night_in_Canada 150The NHLPA and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada are teaming up to donate hockey equipment to grassroots programs around the world.

The NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund is celebrating its 10th anniversary by going on a 10-country tour in 10 days, donating around $125,000 US worth of equipment to cities across the globe.

HNIC is sending a film crew to document the entire trip, and will air a one-hour special on the tour, which will be aired in December.

“This program is truly impressive,” HNIC analyst analyst P.J. Stock said. “And our unique broadcast will showcase the generosity that NHL players have exhibited for the past decade.” [Read more…]

NBA Notes: Kings, Pistons, Cavaliers and Bulls

There are several stories out of the NBA this week. The lead is a Kings video (to the right) featuring players spending time in the community. Pistons G Will Bynum took part in an autism walk, the Cavs kicked off their “Read to Achieve” program, and the Bulls continue donating tickets to the USO.

Kings Sacramento Kings players Kevin Martin, Sergio Rodriguez, Beno Udrih, Melvin Ely, and Kenny Thomas went around Sacramento area hot spots to meet fans. Their day was capture in video (Sacramento Kings).

Pistons: Detroit Pistons G Will Bynum showed up early for the October 11 Hawks game at The Palace of Auburn Hills to address 4,500 participants at the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event. The fundraiser generated $224,000 for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy group, and also helped families affected by autism find support and educational resources.

“Participating in an event like this helps me stay grounded,” said Bynum. “As professional athletes, we are blessed to be here and to be able to give inspiration to people. Helping them move forward is what it’s all about.” [Read more…]

Charlotte PGA Tour Stop a Boon for Charities; Milwaukee Event Shutters After 42 Years

PGA Tour 150After 42 years, the PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee will come to end. The Milwaukee Golf Charities board of directors has voted to dissolve the organization that ran the annual event after sponsor U.S. Bank declined to pick up a three-year option.

The charity component is one of the greatest appeals to a PGA Tour stop. In 2009, the Milwaukee event was able to contribute $520,000 to area charities (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/15).

In Charlotte: The 2009 Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte garnered $1.6 million in donations to area organizations, including $800,000 to Teach For America in Charlotte, $150,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital and $100,000 to The First Tee of Charlotte. In the past seven years, the event has contributed upwards of $11 million and assisted in providing awareness for various organizations.

Teach For America has been the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary since 2003. During that time, the organization has received more than $7 million from tournament proceeds to support its national efforts to expand educational opportunity. [Read more…]

Royals’ DeJesus Stays Active in Kansas City Area

David DeJesus 275Kansas Royals LF David DeJesus is participating in the 2009 Kansas City Ability Day on Sunday. The third annual event helps disabled persons and their families to stay active and live well.

DeJesus, who participated with the many youngsters for the first time last year, recently caught up with MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel.

“They were playing softball, and I was the pitcher, and they liked seeing if they could hit against me,” DeJesus told Kaegel. “It was fun, seeing the smiles on their faces and just having them run around and having a good time. I think that’s the most important thing. Maybe their dream was to be a baseball player and now they’re playing against and getting hits off a professional baseball player, so that’s just one of those things in their lives that they can say they’ve done.” [Read more…]

Usain Bolt Participating in Charity Cricket Match

Usain Bolt 275The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has agreed to play with some of his Caribbean cricket heroes in a 15-over charity tournament that begins on Sunday at Discovery Bay in Jamaica.

“I grew up watching cricketers like Courtney Walsh take the West Indies to new heights and I am a big admirer of Chris Gayle for his power batting and calm attitude; he is my favorite player right now,” said Bolt. “So, to have the chance to play with these guys is a dream come true for me.”

Bolt will join the likes of West Indies greats Walsh, Richie Richardson and Curtley Ambrose and current stars Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor in the four-match, one-day invitation event (AP, 10/15).

Calzaghe Among Stars Supporting Beatbullying

Beatbullying 150World champion boxer Joe Calzaghe, rugby star Craig Quinnell and track athlete Jamie Baulch have all stepped up to support the anti-bullying charity Beatbullying.

Calzaghe, who retired earlier this year, “is said to have been instrumental in setting up a Welsh arm of the charity,” according to the BBC.

“Having been through bullying myself I know just how devastating an effect it can have on any child or teenager,” Calzaghe told the BBC. “It’s that personal experience which makes me truly passionate about the work Bullybeating does in schools and communities.” [Read more…]

Official Jail & Bail Featuring NASCAR Celebrities

Brienne Davis Scholarship FundThe second annual Official Jail & Bail charity event is set for this Wednesday in Davidson, N.C. The event, which features NASCAR celebrities being “locked up” and having to raise their bail, benefits the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund.

NASCAR celebrities expected to participate include: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jason Leffler, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Stremme, Wendy Venturini, Scott Speed, Brian Vickers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson and Marcos Ambrose. In addition, country music star Rodney Atkins will be the headline performer.

Brienne Davis, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series official, died tragically at the age of 28. The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund was created to encourage women to seek a career in the automotive industry and is intended to provide an opportunity for a qualified female student who wishes to attend one of 12 Universal Technical Institute campuses across the U.S. The event is supported by Best Buy and Insignia.

USA Today Committed to Cause-Driven Content

Kindness-USA-Today-275USA Today, the nation’s top-selling newspaper and a leading media brand, has launched its latest online community, “Kindness: New Ways We Give and Volunteer.” Curated by Christie Garton, the community examines how philanthropy and movements for social change are engaging Americans with fresh approaches. USA Today also published its most recent of the successful “Sharing in the USA” philanthropy-themed bonus sections today.

The newly launched online community, “Kindness: New Ways We Give and Volunteer,” covers the changing charity spectrum, from local non-profits innovating with technology to national corporations bringing good causes into everyday business. Traditional givers and the increasing numbers of involved youths can find new ideas and opportunities through the daily community, its ongoing reader discussions and vast volunteer search engine, powered by good2gether. [Read more…]

Several Activities Set for NFL Community Tuesday

Larry Fitzgerald 2008 Play60 275Players across the NFL will spend their only day off participating in community service activities as part of “NFL Community Tuesdays.”

Several teams will host fundraising events in support of their local Courage Houses, facilities that help abused and at-risk children and families in crisis in NFL cities nationwide. Other teams will continue the NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle day of service campaign, with events designed to promote youth fitness as part of NFL PLAY 60.

Since Tuesday is the day off for most NFL players, it’s a great day for the players to get involved in the community. The NFL presents a round-up of what’s going on around the league this week: [Read more…]

Jay Cutler Tossing Touchdowns for Diabetes

20090822_zaf_cw1_012.jpgChicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has partnered with Eli Lilly and Company and the American Diabetes Association to help send children with diabetes to summer camps through the Touchdowns for Diabetes camp scholarship program. For every touchdown pass Cutler throws during the 2009 season, Lilly will send a child to diabetes camp by donating $1,000 to the ADA’s Camp Scholarship fund —roughly the cost of providing tuition for one child to attend a week of diabetes camp. And for every pass Jay completes in 2009, Lilly with donate $100 to the ADA Camp Scholarship fund to allow even more kids the chance to attend camp next summer.

Cutler, who learned he had type 1 diabetes after his sophomore NFL campaign, has been very active with children with diabetes, inspiring them to achieve their goals, and letting them see that diabetes doesn’t have to stop them from being who they want to be. [Read more…]

Tickets-for-Charity’s New Approach to Fundraising

Tickets_for_CharityProgress Avenue reported late last week the Tickets-for-Charity has partnered with the Boston Red Sox on a ticket program to support the Red Sox Foundation. In today’s Boston Herald, Donna Goodson shed some more light on the four-year-old Tickets-for-Charity.

Tickets-for-Charity is led by Jord Poster, who founded Priceline.com. Goodson notes that under the Tickets-for-Charity banner, Poster has helped raise more than $800,000 for the Red Sox Foundation. [Read more…]

Houston Wins Hometown Dynamo Charities Cup

Houston_Dynamo 150The MLS Houston Dynamo played Mexico’s CF Monterrey this weekend in the inaugural Dynamo Charities Cup friendly event. A crowd of 10,456 was on hand to see a Dynamo victory.

Dynamo COO Chris Canetti told MLSnet.com’s Andrew Ferraro that he wants the Dynamo Charities Cup to become an annual event that fans look forward to each season.

“We hope that both teams can provide a good match this weekend and kick off the Dynamo Charities Cup tradition where well into the future we will be able to bring an international opponent that will play a charitable match for our community,” said Canetti (MLS).