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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

NBA Players Return to College

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by Jonathon Abrams, New York Times

nbaplayerscollegeRussell Westbrook held the attention of an audience and an instructor, a familiar role for an N.B.A. player. Only, fellow students made up the crowd. And he was addressed by a teacher, not a coach.

Westbrook, a second-year guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, walked in late to a history class this summer at U.C.L.A. As the N.B.A. opens its preseason, Westbrook was among about 45 players — 10 percent of the league — who had traded gym bags for backpacks in the off-season.

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October 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

A night out with Artest

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by Janis Carr, OC Register

ronartestsparksSparks game? What Sparks game?

On the court Tuesday, the WNBA Sparks were battling San Antonio for a playoff berth, coming from behind to clinch a spot.

In the stands, though, it was the Ron Artest show. Actually, it was more like a party.

The newest Laker invited fans via Twitter to join him at Tuesday’s Sparks game. He then randomly picked 24 Twitter followers, who sat and chatted with Artest during the fourth quarter.

“I like to have fun,” said, Artest, who couldn’t walk around Staples Center without fans chanting his name. “Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve had fun.”

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September 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Dwyane Wade gives jersey to sick boy

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dwyanewadeWhen Dwyane Wade visited the home of 8-year-old Michael Stolzenberg, he noticed all sorts of Miami Heat souvenirs around the boy’s bedroom. Magazine covers, championship memorabilia, that sort of thing, but no jerseys.

Problem solved.

After the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, Wade removed his jersey and gave it to the boy — who nearly died from a bacterial infection last summer, an ailment so devastating that doctors needed to remove both of Michael’s hands and feet just so he would survive.

“He lights you up, the smiles on his face. He seems so happy,” Wade said. “Everything that’s happened to him is unfortunate. But he lights you up. He makes you feel good. He’s a kid I’ve had a relationship with for a while. I’ve been to his room. He has everything already in there, and I wanted to add to it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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March 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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

Ex-Razorback Brewer donates to UA African-American studies

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by Dustin Tracy, Northwest Arkansas Times

Former Razorback and Fayetteville High School basketball standout Ronnie Brewer shared his success with future University of Arkansas students on Wednesday. Brewer, who is going into his third season with the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, donated $ 50, 000 to the African-American studies program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

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September 4, 2008 at 9:45 am

Allan Houston’s “Father Knows Best Retreat”

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Former New York Knick Allan Houston hosts a “Father Knows Best” basketball retreat with his dad at City College. Fathers and sons can team up for the weekend retreat, which combines basketball with relationship building. Plus, Rucker Park hosts a celebrity basketball shootout Saturday in Harlem. ($59, 1-10 p.m., 160 Convent Ave., at 138th St. Register at

*Mentor and mentees are also welcome

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June 9, 2008 at 9:52 am