Posted: February 24, 2014 in Grind, NBA
Tags: Awareness, Carmelo Anthony, charity, Denver, Foundation, National Basketball Association, NBA, New York Knicks, sports
This man is a husband, father, son, a 6 time NBA All Star, NCAA champion, and a known philanthropist. Anthony does various charity work including being a spokesperson for the Family Resource Center in Denver, CO and holding his annual 3 on 3 tournament called “Melo’s H.O.O.D Movement 3 on 3 Challenge” HOOD stands for Holding Our Own Destiny. These events all work up to the Carmelo Anthony Foundation. The foundation is the staple allowing Anthony to give back to the community. It focuses on 3 key areas-education, recreation, and community outreach. The foundation also sponsors a variety of special projects and events along with collaborating with other business leaders in the community and athletes with the same vision.
Because of his philanthropic activities, Anthony was named in 2006 the only professional basketball player to be named as one of the top 30 celebrity philanthropists. This list included the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods.
For more information on Anthony and his foundation, please go to http://www.thisismelo.com/foundation/about.
Carmelo, thank you for all of your work off the grind!!!
Posted: February 4, 2014 in Grind, NFL
Tags: Christianity, Community, Football, National Football League, NFL, Religion and Spirituality, Russell Wilson, Seattle, Seattle Seahawks
Let me first congratulate the Seattle Seahawks on their first Super Bowl XLVIII win in their 38 year team history! The game was awesome and I enjoyed every moment of it. I want to also say congratulations to the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning for getting to the Super Bowl. They put up a hard fight.
The game was tremendous for none other than the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. He became the 2nd African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Doug Williams and the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII. This is a great feat to accomplish. He has other feats you might not know about.
In his spare time, Wilson is a neighborhood advocate and very involved in the Seattle community. During the NFL season, he frequents the Seattle Children’s Hospital making sure to bring a smile to a sick child. Wilson also has the Russell Wilson Passing Academy (RWPA). RWPA is a football camp designed for kids ages 9-17 to develop fundamental skills enabling them to become a great football player in the future. The objective is to mentally and physically develop these future football players with a high moral and definitive character. With this camp, it welcomes underprivileged youth who might not have an opportunity to share in this experience any place else. The camp is held in different cities including Seattle, WA and Raleigh, NC.
For more information on this camp, please go to www.thepassacademy.com.
Russell is truly a winner on the field and off the field!! Kudos!!
Antonio Smith, also known in the NFL as the “Ninja Assassin”, is a defensive back drafted in 2004. When he is not on the field dominating and sacking his opponents, Smith is giving back to those less fortunate. Smith’s non-profit organization, “Little People with Big Challenges”, inspires the social, physical, and emotional well being of children and their families who have experienced adversities in their life. By creating this foundation, Smith, and his sister partnered with different outlets in the Houston area such as the Houston Children’s Charity Adopt-A-Family program to provide families with gifts during the holiday season.
This past holiday season was no different, as on Christmas Eve 2013, Smith was able to bring joy and happiness into the hearts of the families who did not know they would even have a Christmas as good as this. Smith is committed to giving someone an opportunity to experience things they might not have been able to in certain conditions. Understanding that personal challenges are something we all go through, but we all deserve to have something wonderful in our lives.
If you want to know more about this organization and how you can help, go to www.littlepeoplewithbigchallenges.com.
Antonio, we salute you and continue your encouragement off the grind!!!!
English: NASCAR driver and owner Tony Stewart (red shirt) shakes hands and thanks Walter Reed Army Medical Center patient Spc. Kenneth Parker, 25, for his service and sacrifice Sept. 24. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I remember walking into SunTrust Bank a few years ago and wondering who the NASCAR driver was with his own NASCAR checking account and debit card to match. Low and behold, bad boy Tony Stewart-driver of an SS Chevrolet wearing the number “14”. He has won both the Winston Cup and Nextel Cup. He is the only driver to also win three different sponsorship titles with a win in the Indy car! What a record!
When he is not racing and winning titles, Stewart is spending his time at The Tony Stewart Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to assist special needs children, children with life threatening diseases, endangered animals and drivers whose life has been impacted by the sport of motor racing. The motto is “Together We Can Accelerate Change”. The foundation has several events that take place all year long-Thoroughbred Rescue, SSC Driver Ride Along, and the National Greyhound Adoption Program.
For more information on this foundation, please visit www.tonystewartfoundation.org.
Let’s race to help Tony and all the others doing great things!!!
Busch Stadium, as seen during the park’s opening year in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The St. Louis Cardinals foundation called Cardinals Care, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping kids is one that St. Louis is very proud of. Cardinals Care’s mission is to build baseball fields, support youth baseball teams, and help other children’s agencies. Cardinals Care began in 1997 giving kids the chance to enjoy life’s most precious sport….baseball. Children in the St. Louis community have benefited from Cardinals Care by the players, Cardinals ownership, Cardinals sponsors, and the many devoted Cardinals fans. Since its inception Cardinals Care has given over $18 million dollars to support children’s non-profit organizations, built 19 youth baseball fields and help disadvantaged youth in neighborhoods.
For more information on this great foundation, please go to http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/community.
Way to hit a homerun with Cardinals Care!!!!
Reggie White (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Wisconsin, there is a research facility named after one of the greatest football players of all time. Reggie White was a two time NFL Defensive Player of the year, thirteen (13) time Pro Bowl and had a 2nd place record for career sack with 198.5! White was known for his ministry and being an ordained minister along with his involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. White’s death in 2004 was a major hit to the sports industry. It was also a wakeup call to those living with sarcoidosis (including myself) and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea was attributed to White’s death thus beginning the foundation.
The Reggie White Foundation was created in 2006 by Ron Baake and Mark Stoiber in memory of Reggie White’s passing. When the Foundation was created, Reggie’s wife Sara was a key element. “When Sara came to visit us and discuss the concept, she was so personable” Ron Baake stated. Sara is a great speaker and supporter of the Foundation. It is a wonderful thing that Reggie is still helping people even after his passing…A sign of a true legend”.
The Reggie White Foundation keeps his legacy alive and makes sure to educate and conduct research to help others live lasting and longer lives. There are so many people that suffer from sleep disorders like sleep apnea that at times, it’s hard to recognize until it’s too late. This organization is making waves to make sure others have the knowledge to fight sleep disorders and get the help they need.
Mr. Ron Baake, the Executive Director for the Reggie White Foundation had this to say, “The Reggie White Sleep Disorders Foundation has been busy this year processing donated CPAP therapy equipment and supplies. We have helped more than 150 people so far in 2013 receive treatment for their sleep apnea who could not otherwise afforded it. We accept donations from all over the country and the donations are tax deductible”.
We salute you Ron, Mark, and Mrs. Sara White for helping others.
For more information on this organization and how you can help, please visit www.reggiewhitefoundation.org.