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NBA moms charity basketball game helps local charities

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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

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Let the rivalry begin.

Flo Allen-Hopson, mother of Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, said the NBA vs. NFL moms charity basketball game, sponsored by the Orlando Magic, will return to Orlando in 2012. The NBA moms defeated the NFL moms 24-12 Aug. 7 at Olympia high school to a sold-out crowd of over 2,500 fans.

The NBA moms also held a charity fashion show the following day with proceeds from both events benefiting the United Negro College Fund and Florida Hospital. Both recipients will be presented with checks Tuesday afternoon, Sept 14.

Flo Allen said the large turnout at the charity basketball game helped the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players organization to raise more money than the previous year, despite the struggling economy. She would not reveal the dollar amount, as the checks have not been presented to the charities yet.

The NBA moms will travel to Los Angeles to participate in a flag football competition against the NFL moms and will return to Orlando the following year for a basketball game. She also said the MPBPA would look to find a bigger venue. Some fans were turned away at the door due to the capacity turnout.

“We never want to turn anyone away, we want to bring the community in,” Allen said.


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September 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

Heat’s Dwyane Wade helps family displaced by fire

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dwyanewadeWhen Dwyane Wade heard the plight of a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down her home – and ruined all the family’s possessions – the Miami Heat star knew he had to do something.

So he helped the family move into a new home, just in time for Christmas.

Wade presented Dawn Smith with the ultimate Christmas gift on Wednesday – the keys to a her new house, along with some furnishings, clothing and gifts to make sure her family has a joyous holiday, something that didn’t seem likely just a few weeks ago.

His Wade’s World foundation will make some payments on the home, while Smith and her family get back on their feet.

“That’s what I try to teach my kids,” said Wade, whose foundation has hosted several charity events this holiday season, mostly for needy children. “It’s not about what you’re going to receive – it’s what you can give to others from what you’ve received.” Read the rest of this entry »

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December 30, 2008 at 7:39 am

Turn 2 to host All-Star Charity Auctions

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by Tim Ott

The 2008 All-Star Game promises to be an amazing experience with several of the game’s legends joining the stars of today to celebrate the final year of baseball at Yankee Stadium.

Fans can also take part in an All-Star event of their own with the Turn 2 Charity Auctions, which will be held online from Thursday through July 3. Net proceeds from these auctions will benefit Turn 2 Foundation, Inc., Derek Jeter’s official charity.

The Turn 2 Foundation was established in 1996, Jeter’s rookie year, to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.

Through these ventures, the foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Turn 2’s goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.

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IUPUI’s Ron Hunter to go barefoot for good cause

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hunter-ron.jpgIndiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) head basketball coach Ron Hunter will coach barefoot courtside against Oakland (MI) on January 24.

Hunter wants to collect 40,000 pairs of shoes, the number in honor of the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., to bring to Africa to give to people who are not fortunate enough to have shoes. And for one game he will coach without shoes on himself.

Working with an organization called Samaritan’s Feet, Hunter, who is in his 14th season with the Jaguars, wants to raise awareness of the people around the world without shoes.

“There should be no one in this world walking around barefoot,” Hunter said. “I just can’t even imagine that. I can’t imagine my children doing it.”

Thank you coach Hunter. This single gesture has done more for a such a good organization than any donation he could have given.
Learn more about Samaritan’s Feet
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January 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm

NBA star Chris Paul’s big heart

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During the inaugural Winston-Salem Weekend, a fundraiser for Chris Paul’s charity (CP3) Toyota announced it will be a major sponsor of the Winston-Salem Weekend.

The Winston-Salem Weekend is the CP3 Foundation’s first major fundraising initiative and proceeds will be donated to the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund. The fund, named in honor of Paul’s late grandfather, will award a student from local Forsyth County with a scholarship to attend Wake Forest University.

What else has Paul been up to?

  1. He recently reached a three-year agreement to serve as an official spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress.
  2. He and his foundation fed needy families for Thanksgiving

SOURCE: Black Athlete Sports Network

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December 24, 2007 at 11:02 am

Tyler Perry calls for help for food banks

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The Food Bank says it short 15 million pounds of food and they fear they could be as low as 11.7 million meals short by end of the year. Because of this, actor and writer Tyler Perry is working on behalf of the Food Banks to encourage donating food to help not only the homeless but the hungry who live in homes. “I feel where I am in my life,” says Perry “that its a huge responsibility to give back.”

To see how you can help, visit

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December 17, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Holiday Express 2007

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The event was planned by Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes leadership and academic excellence among young people and strives to motivate them to turn to healthy lifestyles. Eight busloads of elementary-school-age children involved in foundation programs came to the event.

Each child received a Yankees-monogrammed backpack filled with toys and candy. It was the first holiday party given in Kalamazoo by Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

“I look forward to meeting each and every one of you,” said Jeter, whose visit was the climax of the two-hour children’s party, which included upscale games, a disc jockey, boxed dinners and a red-carpeted entryway complete with red-velvet ropes, bright lights and television cameras.

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December 16, 2007 at 9:19 pm