News Bytes: Buy Red Sox Tix, Support Charity

Tickets_for_CharityHere’s a round up of some stories from the day. The Red Sox Tickets for Charity program takes the lead. Then after the jump, read about the new Lone Star Faceoff charity hockey competition, as well as a Disability and the arts program that got an Olympics charity boost in the U.K.

Boston Red Sox: Tickets-for-Charity is now offering Boston Red Sox fans access to hard-to-find seats at Fenway Park for the upcoming Division Series against the Angels on Sunday, October 11th and Monday, October 12th while supporting the Red Sox Foundation.

“Partnering with Tickets-for-Charity has already raised over $774,000 for our Foundation, and we were thrilled to expand this terrific program in 2009 with an even greater selection of seats for our fans,” said Meg Vaillancourt, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation (Tickets for Charity). [Read more…]

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

Max Papis

The big news this week is that NASCAR’s Max Papis is stepping up to help the earthquake victims in his native Italy, and IUPUI coach Ron Hunter grabs NBCA award for work with Samaritan’s Feet. Other news includes Terry Labonte’s charity ride in Texas.

Max Papis: NASCAR driver Max Papis is selling a race-worn helmet on ebay, as well as other autographed items such as Geico Racing shirts and hats, and autographed photos. Papis, from Italy, is raising support in the aftermath of an earthquake that hit L’Aquila, which sits about 75 miles northeast of Rome. [Read more…]

News Bytes: Catching Up on the Week’s Stories

Buffalo Sabres Foundation

The Buffalo Sabres get the lead this week, after donating $10k to a hearing and speech center. Also, eight Olympians pitch in for the Intrepid Museum, while Palmer and Nickelson get ready to take some charity swings. Then we’ve got a couple of grassroots efforts, highlighted by a roller derby team going bald for charity.

Buffalo Sabres: The Buffalo Sabres Foundation, in partnership with law firm Herschel Gelber, have donated $10,000 to support the Language to Literacy Program at the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center. The check presentation was made prior to the April 4 Sabres-Devils game (Buffalo Sabres). [Read more…]

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

Lance Armstrong, whose return to competitive cycling is rooted in his effort to promote his Lance Armstrong Foundation, is participating in the new Pelotonia charity cycling event in Ohio.

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Pelotonia: In Columbus, Jeffrey Sheban profiled the Pelotonia Tour, a charity cycling event to be held in late August in Ohio. The new event is a collaboration between NetJets Inc. and Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, including the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. [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…]

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…]

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

Florida Gators

College champ Tim Tebow is at the top of this week’s news bytes. Tebow got a little clarification from the NCAA this week. The ’07 Heisman winner gets to continue his evangelism efforts, which is good, because apparently it’s the main reason he’s returning to the Gators next season. After the jump, we’ve got bytes on celebrity voicemails and an interesting rivalry brewing between Purdue and Michigan State.

Tim Tebow: In Palm Beach, Ben Volin reported that the NCAA granted University of Florida QB Tim Tebow “permission to help raise funds for his family’s evangelical operation.”

Tebow’s father runs the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association as well as Uncle Dick’s Home, an orphanage that is a separate financial entity of the association. Tim Tebow said last week that “the ability to raise funds for his evangelism … is what propelled him to return to Gainesville for one more season.” [Read more…]

News Bytes: Catching Up On the Week’s Stories

The 24 Hours of Booty tops this week’s news bytes. The official 24 hour cycling event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation is getting some help from NASCAR driver and avid cyclist Bobby Labonte. After the jump, we’ve got bytes on LeBron James, Brandon Webb, Diego and others.

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24 Hours of Booty: 24 Hours of Booty, which runs the Official 24-Hour Cycling Event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the only 24-hour road cycling charity event in the country, has partnered with NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte’s Breaking Limits marketing agency to help acquire new corporate partnerships. Labonte: “I’m an avid cyclist, and a supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and LIVESTRONG campaign, so the 24 Hours of Booty rides truly align with what I believe in and support” (24 Hours of Booty).

Take the jump to read more of this week’s bytes. [Read more…]