Quick Hits: A-Rod Gets Name on Miami Ballpark; Shannon Miller Hosting Kids Marathon

A-Rod: After a $3.9 million gift for stadium renovations by New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, the University of Miami last night formally renamed its ballpark “Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field” in A-Rod’s honor. Rodriguez was on hand for the event, and, yes, he addressed the week’s news of his past steroid use (ESPN.com).

Sportsmanship: The Age puts it best: “Sportsmanship is often just an extension of the best of humanity, and the world knows it when it sees it” (The Age).

Kids Marathon: The Shannon Miller Foundation is hosting its first Shannon Miller Kids Marathon, a 12 week program to help get youth involved with physical fitness and making healthy lifestyle choices, is slated for this spring. The organization, founded by Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Shannon Miller, is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

Cycling: For the Kona 24 Hours in Arizona, which starts today, Tucson cyclist Damion Alexander spent the past three weeks securing more than $25,000 in pledges destined for charities, making him by far the most prolific charity fundraiser in the event’s history (Tucson Citizen).

The Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation, a new Calif.-based charity group that seeks to provide access to youth sports for economically underprivileged children, is holding their kickoff party on Tuesday.