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.

LeBron James: During NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Cleveland Cavaliers F LeBron James visited a Phoenix Boys and Girls Club to cut the ribbon for a playground donated by his non-profit, the LeBron James Family Foundation. James: “This has always been a dream of mine (giving back), so it’s been great being able to bring my dream to life. It’s all about what it means for the kids and keeping them active” (Eugene Scott, Arizona Republic, 2/17).

Brandon Webb: Arizona Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb’s 2nd Annual Celebrity Offshore Fishing Tournament, held last month in Cabo, “hauled in $100,000 for critically ill children in the Phoenix area.” Webb: “Charity golf tournaments are a dime a dozen. The members of my foundation came to me with this idea, and once I heard it, I knew it would be a great event that was different than anything anyone else was doing” (Jason Skoda, Arizona Republic, 2/23).

Speedway Charities: The Texas Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has appointed Jaime Carlin to the role of Director. The children’s charity has raised millions of dollars for local children’s advocacy organizations in the counties surrounding Texas Motor Speedway (Dallas Business Journal, 2/23).

Ambassador Diego: Brazilian midfielder Diego has been nominated as an ambassador for SOS-Children’s Village. The organization, which was founded 60 years ago, supports more than 72.000 children and teens who live in the 473 Children’s Villages around the world (Yahoo Sports, 2/24).

At the Beach: The AVP just wrapped up the 14-city Hot Winter Nights Tour. During each stop, the Tour partnered with the local Boys and Girls Club. Sponsor Paul Mitchell offered haircuts to ticketed attendees as part of their “Cuts for a Cause” campaign. All proceeds from the haircuts were donated back to the local Boys and Girls Club. In all, over 750 tickets were made available to kids from the local clubs through a donation from Paul Mitchell and AVP Cares . Athletes for Hope and the AVP partnered on the project to connect the Boys & Girls Clubs with the Tour (Athletes for Hope).

Pitching In: I don’t know who picked the song to go along with this amateur video, but this John Legend tune is definitely a worthy anthem for any cause. Pitch In For Baseball’s mission: to help kids and make friends all over the world by sharing the great game of baseball. The organization collects and gives baseball equipment and other assistance to young people in underserved communities around the globe (Pitch In For Baseball).

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