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…]

Would You Like Your Favre Jersey Well Done?

Favre Packers Jersey 275hThe day that Brett Favre announced that he would play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, fans in Minnesota and Green Bay were quick to circle October 5th on their calendars. This Monday night, Favre will face his old team for the first time since retiring from the Packers after the 2007 season. So what does this all mean? Well, Wisconsin’s ABC 18 reports that Favre “could help raise a lot of money in Eau Claire next week because he’s so unpopular right now.”

Eau Claire’s The Milwaukee Burger Company is hosting a burning party during halftime of Monday’s game. For every piece of Brett Favre memorabilia someone brings to burn, $10 will be donated to support a camp for young burn victims.

“There’s a lot of controversy among our regulars,” Milwaukee Burger Co. General Manager Julie Kolk told ABC 18. “We have some Vikings fans and some Packer fans. We just decided to have some sort of party, and this is the one that came to mind. We thought it could be really fun, and we thought we could help a good cause at the same time.”

Amobi Okoye Returns to Native Nigeria with a Group of Other NFL Players; Leinert and Bryant in the News

A group of NFL players have embarked on a community-building trip to Nigeria. Matt Leinert is teeing up his first charity golf tournament, and Steeler Fernando Bryant returned home to host an MSA event.

Amobi Okoye Foundation

Nigeria Trip: Houston Texans DT Amobi Okoye is taking a community-building trip to his native Nigeria this month, along with Texans LB Xavier Adibi, Chicago Bears players Tommie Harris, Israel Idonije and Adewale, New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. The group left March 20, and will return March 29.

In Houston, Brooke Bentley wrote that InVictus91 Sports Marketing group and the Amobi Okoye Foundation are sponsoring a second mission to the country entitled, “Athletes in the Diaspora: Community Interventions.” [Read more…]

Kyle Petty Brings Back Dream Team Challenge; Smoke Saves a Dog and Dale Jr. Sports Foundation Logo

Kyle Petty’s charity motorcycle ride is still going strong in its 15th year. For 2009, the ride brings back its grassroots Dream Team Challenge to support Victory Junction. Then, after the jump, Stewart and Dale Jr. show off the good in sport.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride

Kyle Petty: The 15th Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is challenging community members along the 2009 Ride route to take part in a grassroots awareness and fundraising effort. The funds raised through the second annual Charity Ride Dream Team Challenge will support Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Prior to the Ride’s arrival in these cities, community members are invited to form “Dream Teams” to raise funds for and awareness of the Ride and its beneficiaries. Dream Teams will be invited to present donations to Kyle Petty and Ride participants at special events along the Ride route (Kyle Petty Charity Ride). [Read more…]

Jackie Robinson Foundation Preserves Jackie’s Legacy

Jackie Robinson Foundation

MLB.com’s Tim Ott was on the ground during the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s 2009 Scholars Annual Networking Weekend, which culminated in the Foundation’s annual awards dinner, held March 16.

Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, felt that establishing the Jackie Robinson Foundation “was the best way to preserve her husband’s legacy.” [Read more…]

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

This week’s lead is Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who donated his signature gold shoes to help Children of Jamaica Outreach. After the jump, poker star Jennifer Harman hosts successful charity tourney, then there’s soccer development in Miami and a look at charitable giving within the surf culture.

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Usain Bolt: Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, is donating three signed pairs of his signature gold shoes to New York-based Children of Jamaica Outreach.

In Jamaica, Christopher John Farley noted that Bolt’s “latest donation will do something tangible: the money raised from the sale will be used to help fund programmes that aid children in Jamaica.” COJO “has supported a wide range of institutions in the United States and Jamaica that are dedicated to helping those in need” (Christopher John Farley, Jamaica Gleaner News, 3/17). [Read more…]

Nominations Open for 2009 Steve Patterson Award

The Sports Philanthropy Project has opened nominations for the 2009 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.

The award acknowledges professional sports organizations and individual athlete philanthropies that have made an exceptional effort in deploying all their unique resources toward a mission that serves and improves the lives of others.

The 2008 winners include the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and the Steve Nash Foundation. Watch the video and learn more about the history of the award and its past winners (Sports Philanthropy Project).

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

Golf takes the top this week, with the Mike Weir Foundation being named an official charity of the RBC Canadian Open. Plus, Tiger’s foundation announced a matching donations effort. Also after the jump, bytes on Michael Phelps, Athletics for Kids and reader suggestions from the West Coast.

Mike Weir Foundation

Mike Weir: RBC and the Royal Canadian Golf Association announced the Mike Weir Foundation as a national charity partner for the RBC Canadian Open. The inaugural Mike Weir Charity Classic will be added to the lineup of tournament week activities for the July 20-26 RBC Canadian Open in Ontario.

RBC President & CEO Gordon Nixon: “A critical component of our being title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open is to ensure we are generating charitable legacies in our communities. Creating the Mike Weir Charity Classic during tournament week is an important step towards this objective and will help improve children’s wellness across Canada.” [Read more…]

Editor’s Note: Introducing the Weekly

I’ve been at this daily grind for 18 months, but starting in March Progress Avenue is moving to a weekly publication. Look for updates on Mondays. My commitment to this project has not wavered. However, I’ve learned a few things along the way and I’m confident a weekly edition will be an improvement.

Thanks for reading. -Tim Glase

What’s Part of the Game and What’s Cheating? Survey Hopes to Answer That and Much More

Character Counts

The Josephson Institute of Ethics is currently running new 10-minute sportsmanship self-assessments:

The Institue hopes these assessments provoke vigorous debate about what’s right and wrong in sports. What’s part of the game and what’s cheating? What are you willing to do to win? What should we expect from coaches? What are the major problems in sports? How do your ethics measure up? (Josephson Institute of Ethics).

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Warner Bros. Release New Charlie Brown DVD Focused on Sportsmanship

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Warner Bros. just released Peanuts: You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown on DVD this week. In the story, Charlie Brown, “the famous sports failure,” competes against Peppermint Patty and the Masked Marvel (alias Snoopy) in a charity motocross race, with the winner getting two tickets to the Pro Bowl (Warner Brothers).

Video added to YouTube: January 28

Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Auction Slated for March, CBS Sports’ James Brown to Host

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The 2009 Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Auction is set for March 27 in Fort Lauderdale.

The event is billed as the only charity event of its kind that features coaches and players from all the South Florida teams. CBS Sports “NFL Today” host James “JB” Brown will host the event, which gives 100% of the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida (Ultimate Sports Auction).

Video added to YouTube: January 29