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).

Jennifer Harman: Pro poker player Jennifer Harman’s charity poker tournament earlier this month raised $111,000 for the National Kidney Foundation.

Harman: “This is the largest field of any charity event I’ve hosted. The outpouring of support exceeded any expectations. I can’t thank the poker community enough for its generosity” (Dan Cypra, Poker News Daily, 3/15).

Soccer in Miami: The Miami Herald noted that ”Soccer Legends Invade Miami” is slated for April 19. The event is presented by Minority Soccer Development, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk minority youths through soccer. The money raised will fund free three-week summer camps in the area (Miami Herald, 3/17).

Surfing: In the OC, Laylan Connelly wrote that a “rising tide of surfers combining their love for the sport as a way to make this world a better place is happening — and it’s not hard to see that the surf culture is at the forefront of making waves.”

Huntington Beach Longboard Crew President Gary Sahagen: “It’s happening more and more now. I’m seeing more surf organizations align themselves with charitable causes. It seems to be a trend that’s growing” (Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 3/17).