Channel 5: Steve Young’s Forever Young Foundation Tops This Week’s Videos

Steve Young’s Forvever Young Foundation, the MÉS More Than Football program, and MetroBall is making an impact in DC.

Forever Young: Former NFL QB Steve Young founded the Forever Young Foundation in 1993 when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. The Foundation continues to serve children who face significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities unavailable to them. [Read more…]

This Week’s PSA: Drug-Free Sport

In simple legalese, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport Act of 1997 promotes the participation in sport free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons. Simply put: No performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

Channel 5: Derek Jeter Touts Weplay on ABC’s “GMA”

Yankees slugger Derek Jeter made an appearance on ABC’s “GMA” last week to promote Opening Day for the youth sports-focused social network Weplay. Also, Paul Rosen tapped for Gatorade Canada campaign, John Deere Classic sends a charity message, Laureus gearing up for 2009, and grassroots program Just Like You using sports to influence youth.

Weplay: New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter helped Weplay celebrate Opening Day with a recent segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Weplay exists to enable and enhance the joy of sports for kids, families and coaches both online and on the field. The group has built a fun, educational, informative and safe Web site that allows people to connect, share, learn and have fun. In addition to Jeter, other athletes supporting Weplay include Jennie Finch, LeBron James and Peyton Manning (Weplay). [Read more…]

This Week’s PSA: US Soccer Foundation

The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to improve the health and well being of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change. The organization has taken a leading role in supporting the continuous development of the sport at all levels. $50 million in grants, financial support and loans have been made to help develop coaches, players and referees (US Soccer Foundation).

This Week’s PSA: PGA Tour’s “Voices” Spot

In an installment of the PGA Tour’s “Voices” campaign, golfer Anthony Kim shares his story of where he learned how to win (PGA Tour).

Channel 5: Youth Sports Foundation; Agassi Talks About His Charity Work; Neighborhood Sports Chicago

Youth Sports Foundation: The Youth Sports Foundation in Iowa helps kids throughout 6 Midwest states learn and achieve in a team environment.

Programs include football, track, volleyball and golf (Youth Sports Foundation).

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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).

A Video Look at the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

A cool video about the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation hit YouTube in the past week. The organization strives to positively impact the lives of under served children in the Greater Philadelphia region. The ESYHF teaches kids not only how to play the sport but also life-enhancing values such as teamwork, healthy conflict resolution, positive self-esteem, hard work, and respect.

ESYHF President Scott Tharp: I think hockey is a wonderful sport. Number one, everybody falls down. No matter how good you are, you fall down. And it’s a real test of someone’s character to see how they react to falling down and what they do when they get up. The other thing, with the children that we target, hockey is a terrific sport because it’s a great way to teach them conflict resolution in a non-violent manner” (Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation).

Take the jump and see more videos from the newKick for Hope soccer tournament, and a look behind the scenes at the Lakers Youth Foundation golf invitational and auction. [Read more…]

This Week’s PSA: Joe Maddon for United Way of T.B.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is featured in a new PSA for the United Way of Tampa Bay. Maddon: “Our community is generous, but the needs are greater than ever. Right here people are homeless, right here children are hungry, and right here your neighbors are hurting. I want you to look each other in the eyes, then give with your heart” (United Way of Tampa Bay).

Sports Helps Backfield in Motion Reach Nashville Kids

If you’re looking for a good ten minutes to help you start the day, this video about Nashville-based Backfield in Motion is a must-see. Backfield in Motion CEO Boots Donnelly leads off with a little bit of clarification. Donnelly: “Backfield in Motion, the name is a little bit misleading. We are more academics than we are sports. We use sports more so as a hook.” There are 150 kids going though the program each year, and if you check the video out, you’ll hear what some of them have to say.

This Week’s PSA: Jamison Narrates for KaBOOM!

Washington Wizards F Antawn Jamison narrates a new PSA highlighting the great playspaces being built by NBA Cares and KaBOOM! The organization has a terrific history of partnering with professional sports teams and athletes to create great places for kids to play across America (KaBOOM!).

Channel 5: Munoz Foundation’s Youth Leadership Seminar Video Recap

Munoz Foundation Youth Leadership Seminar (4:31)

On October 2nd, 94 high schools flooded the Cintas Center at Xavier University for the Anthony Munoz Foundation’s Youth Leadership Seminar. This year’s theme was “Strive for Excellence.”