November Sports Philanthropy Round Up

Welcome to the November Round Up! We are thrilled to see all the amazing work being done in professional sports, collegiate sport, the international sports community, and corporations investing in sport for development programming. Did we miss a story you loved? Share it with us in the comments below.

NFL

Peter Schmuck: Believe it or not, Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman was bullied as a kid and is still fighting back
Baltimore Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman has visited two schools in the Baltimore area to fight back against bullying. Bozeman himself faced bullying as a child, and he and his wife Nikki have created the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation to promote anti-bullying in schools.

NFL and NBA Athletes Come Together to Combat Water Poverty
Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon started “Hoops2o” to leverage the NBA platform to unite fans and players to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives in East Africa. Brogdon and 4 other NBA players make up the “Starting 5”- they aim to raise $225,000 to fund 5 wells by the end of this season.

Cam Newton Shows Support for Tree of Life Synagogue on Thursday Night Football
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warms up with shoes honoring the #TreeOfLifeSynagogue victims before his team takes on the Steelers Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger wears cleats honoring the victims of Tree of Life Synagogue on Thursday Night Football
Check out the cleats that Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger is wearing for his game against the Carolina Panthers, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Cincinnati Bengals’ Michael Johnson brought cops and kids together for a conversation
Michael Johnson’s Twitter post: Had an amazing conversation with @CincyPD and kids from Riverside Academy. Thanks to the students for being engaged and to the Police Officers for being transparent about their own personal experiences on AND off the job. Incremental influence can make a large impact.

Albert Wilson Takes 150 Foster Kids and Parents to the Movies
On October 15, Miami Dolphins’ Albert Wilson took 150 local foster kids and parents to see a private screening of the new movie “Instant Family” featuring a couple who suddenly find themselves parents to three siblings in foster care. Wilson’s efforts are part of his ongoing mission to support foster kids whose struggles he knows all too well. In 2016, Wilson launched the Albert Wilson Foundation to organize and grow his efforts to provide services to foster youth seeking stable homes and families to care for them.

Play of the Week: Miami Dolphins Take Students Shopping for Halloween Costumes
This Halloween, players and cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins came to the rescue by taking students from Bennett Elementary in Broward County and Golden Glades Elementary in Miami Dade County shopping for Halloween costumes. Students got the chance to pick out costumes while bonding with Dolphins players and cheerleaders. The event was special not only for the students but also for participating members of the Dolphins organization and Dade County Federal Credit Union, which helped sponsor the event.

Report: Paul Allen stipulated that proceeds from sale of Seahawks go to charity
Late Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s NFL succession plan is said to stipulate that the proceeds of the sale of team will go to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Estimated sale prices are topping $3 billion. That money will go to the foundation’s charitable initiatives.

Bears raise more than $800,000 in social justice donations
The Bears and their players raised $813,850 in social justice donations, with matching grants. With money donated primarily by players, and matched by the team and the NFL Foundation, five recipients will benefit. By the Hand Club for Kids; Kicks 4 the City; SAGA; YWCA Lake County; and My Block, My Hood, My City will each receive separate donations. The players collectively donated $291,600. Coaches and front office executives contributed $19,550. The Bears will match the total donation of $311,150, along with additional matching grants from Bears Care and the NFL Foundation.

Falcons Organization Continues to Support the Community for Thanksgiving
In Atlanta, Blank Family of Businesses associates help package over 800 Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

NY Giants Alumni Visit Veterans at James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Giants Community Relations Twitter: For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country – we thank you 🇺🇸 our @Giants alumni visited some incredible veterans at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx today.

Atlanta Falcons Grady Jarrett Provides Thanksgiving to Men of Atlanta Mission
Atlanta Falcons CR Twitter account: Turkey time with Grady Jarrett‼️ Grady provided and served Thanksgiving dinner to the men of the Atlanta Mission.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield Lends Likeness To Barstool For Special Olympics’ Benefit
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has partnered with Barstool Sports to create a merchandise line with his likeness to be sold on the Barstool store. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics Ohio.

Giants Players and Wounded Warriors Project Veterans Hold Video Game Competition
Giants Community Twitter: Veterans from Wounded Warriors Project stopped by practice today and challenged the Giants players to show off their gaming skills – video games, that is! #SaluteToService #ProsvsJoes #NYGinTheCommunity

Bay Area companies, sports teams pitch in to help those battling and displaced by Camp Fire
The Oakland Athletics started a GoFundMe page for the American Red Cross of Northern California to assist victims of the Camp Fire near Chico that has raised $15,414 so far. The San Francisco 49ers hosted players, cheerleaders and coaches from Paradise High School at their MNF game, and fans had signs reading #ParadiseStrong. The franchise also donated all proceeds from their 50/50 raffle to the North Valley Community Foundation for those affected by the Butte County fires. QB Nick Mullens, TE George Kittle, DT DeForest Buckner and other players donated their MNF game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off for relief efforts. Their fundraising goal was $50,000.

Player Causes Take Center Stage for Remainder of NFL Season
From week 13-15, each NFL team will have 1 game for their players to show off cleats specifically designed for their favorite charity. The cleats will be auctioned off with 100% proceeds going to player-selected charities. Follow #mycausemycleats to check em all out!

Reliant and Deshaun Watson Surprise Student Athletes with Scholarships at Second Annual Charity Flag Football Game
Deshaun Watson awarded $5,000 scholarships to 8 Houston area high school students at Reliant’s Charity Flag Football Game. The Scholarship for Champions program recognizes local students who are leaders in athletics, academics and community involvement and has awarded $480,000 to 96 students since 2005.

Panthers’ Julius Peppers wants to be remembered for more than sacks
ESPN highlighted Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers community impact throughout his career, especially following Hurricane Michael in North Carolina.

Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce Surprise a Local Family with Food, Gifts and a Day to Remember
Pat Mahomes and Travis Kelce make a surprise visit to a family in need. While there, representatives from KC Southern and the Guadalupe Centers informed the family that they will help pay for their home utilities for a year’s duration via the Guadalupe Centers’ Family Support Services programming. During the visit, Pat and Travis also brought along food and gifts for the family.

Cam Newton will provide Thanksgiving dinner for 1,200 underprivileged kids as part of annual event
Cam Newton will to provide Thanksgiving dinner to 1,200 underprivileged kids and their families as a part of his annual “Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam” event in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. This years even will be the largest number of kids that Newton has ever served. Kids will enjoy music, games and entertainment and get to meet Cam in person as he helps serve the families.

Chegg Teams with Sports Stars Philadelphia Eagles Zach Ertz and USA Women’s Soccer Julie Ertz
Chegg has teamed up with the Ertz Family Foundation this week. They will donate $860 for every first down and $1086 for every touchdown recorded by Eagles’ TE Zach Ertz up to $86,000. Chegg mentioned the shared focus on education as inspiration for the partnership.

Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Serves Families at the Denver Rescue Mission
Denver Broncos CR Twitter: Earlier this evening, ⁦‪@BMarshh‬⁩ served dinner to families at ⁦‪@denverrescue‬⁩‘s Crossing Facility as part of his ongoing commitment to the FEEL (Feed & Educate to Empower Leaders) Movement! #BeAChampion

NFL Awards $14.7 Million to Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital has announced a $14.7 million grant from the National Football League to study the potential long-term neurologic health consequences of concussions and sub-concussive injuries among former NFL players. The project will track former players and conduct studies focused on potential therapies for slowing progression of problems like CTE.

Chicago sports teams donate $1 million to combat gun violence: ‘We want to be invested in it’
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, formed the Chicago Sports Alliance last year to support efforts to decrease violence in the city. Earlier this year, the alliance donated $1 million to fund training for crime lab analysts. Last week they announced they’ll be donating another $1 million to support gun violence initiatives. Team execs involved have made it clear they don’t want to just write a check and walk away.

NBA

Basketball legend Michael Jordan makes multimillion-dollar investment in Friends of the Children
Michael Jordan made a multi-million dollar investment into Friends of the Children, a nonprofit pairing high risk youth with a salaried, professional mentor from kindergarten until graduation. Jordan will donate the proceeds of his upcoming Netflix docuseries “The Last Dance”.

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma raises continued awareness on the Flint Water Crisis
Thank you Espn for sharing my story and bringing light back to Flint’s water crisis. I will continue to use my platform to bring awareness and create change in the town I love.

NFL and NBA Athletes Come Together to Combat Water Poverty
Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon started “Hoops2o” to leverage the NBA platform to unite fans and players to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives in East Africa. Brogdon and 4 other NBA players make up the “Starting 5”- they aim to raise $225,000 to fund 5 wells by the end of this season.

Desmond Mason Uses His Artwork to Make Communities Brighter
Mason established the Desmond Mason Art Show, an annual benefit held in all his NBA team cities to raise money for nonprofit organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, White Fields group home for boys and the NFL Players Association scholarship fund. He regularly uses art to raise money in communities around the country. Mason received the U.N. Athlete for Peace Award in 2016. He cited his involvement with the Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour as a major factor in his receiving the recognition. Athletes for Art travels around the world showcasing the artwork of college and professional athlete artists, which has included NFL veterans Vernon Davis and Lance Kendricks as well.

Kevin Love Continues Mental Health Awareness
From donating a year’s subscription of Headspace to UCLA’s student-athletes and coaches to starting the “Locker Room Talk” web series, Kevin Love is committed to ending the stigma around mental health.

Nets’ Dinwiddie Auctions Daily Shoe Choices For Charity
Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie created his own shoe brand and has been designing custom pairs for each game. After the game, he then auctions them off and sends the proceeds to charity. His latest pair honors the late Stan Lee of Marvel.

The Family Over Everything Foundation Hosted Their 1st Turkey Annual Turkey Giveaway in Philadelphia
Family Over Everything Foundation, Inc. is the family foundation established by professional basketball players Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Thomas Robinson; along with Thomasine Morris. Family Over Everything Foundation provides assistance to members of underserved communities, specifically, members of single parent households, children and youth in underserved areas, members of the Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA and other communities.

Anthem Foundation Names NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo Anthem Health Champion
The Anthem Foundation named NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo their Anthem Health Champion. Oladipo’s charity Dunk Cancer will receive $1,000 per dunk this season + a minimum donation of $100,000 to fund cancer research and support individuals/families affected by cancer nationwide.

How the Sacramento Kings Raised Over $100,000 for Wildfire Relief
The Kings partnered with the American Red Cross to support wildfire relief and encouraged their fans and corporate partners to join them. Between fan and corporate sponsor donations, the team raised over $100,000 to donate to the American Red Cross.

Chicago sports teams donate $1 million to combat gun violence: ‘We want to be invested in it’
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, formed the Chicago Sports Alliance last year to support efforts to decrease violence in the city. Earlier this year, the alliance donated $1 million to fund training for crime lab analysts. Last week they announced they’ll be donating another $1 million to support gun violence initiatives. Team execs involved have made it clear they don’t want to just write a check and walk away.

WNBA

Tamika Catchings, Owner of Tea’s Me, Named Best Human in Indianapolis
The former WNBA player’s Catch the Stars Foundation, established in 2004, offers programs focused on fitness, literacy and youth development for children and young adults, including a holiday basketball camp, athlete scholarships and reading corners in schools and community centers.

Washington Mystics Players Join Washington Wizards Coaching Staff and Monumental Sports Foundation Partner with Kaboom! to Build DC Playground
.⁦‪@KristiToliver‬⁩ & ⁦‪@T_Cloud4‬⁩ joined the ⁦‪@WashWizards‬⁩ coaching staff & ⁦‪@MSEFndn‬⁩ to help build a playground with ⁦‪@kaboom‬⁩ this morning. #TogetherDC

Secret Deodorant Launches New Star-Studded Campaign that Takes Aim at the Gender Pay Gap
Soccer legend Abby Wambach & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 3x WNBA Champ Swin Cash have joined Secret Deodorant’s new campaign “I’d Rather Get Paid”, taking aim at the gender pay gap. The campaign works w/ Ladies Get Paid & The Wing to give women tools to work toward pay equality.

MLB

Steven Matz to host charity bowling event “Strikes with Steven” on Thursday
Mets’ Steven Matz is hosting a charity bowling event tomorrow night to raise money for his charity TRU32. TRU32 funds scholarships for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty and provides game tickets to first responders and US military.

Bay Area companies, sports teams pitch in to help those battling and displaced by Camp Fire
The Oakland Athletics started a GoFundMe page for the American Red Cross of Northern California to assist victims of the Camp Fire near Chico that has raised $15,414 so far. The San Francisco 49ers hosted players, cheerleaders and coaches from Paradise High School at their MNF game, and fans had signs reading #ParadiseStrong. The franchise also donated all proceeds from their 50/50 raffle to the North Valley Community Foundation for those affected by the Butte County fires. QB Nick Mullens, TE George Kittle, DT DeForest Buckner and other players donated their MNF game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off for relief efforts. Their fundraising goal was $50,000.

Red Sox extend Alex Cora through 2021 with new contract
The Boston Red Sox have extended their contract with manager Alex Cora. In his original contract negotiations, one of the only things he asked for was that the Red Sox take a plane full of supplies to Puerto Rico, which was suffering after the effects of Hurricane Maria.

Rangers win Selig Award for philanthropy
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation received the Selig Award for their support for Arlington youth via the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program. The program has provided more than $1.2 million in college scholarships to 126 Arlington high school students over 22 years.

Chicago sports teams donate $1 million to combat gun violence: ‘We want to be invested in it’
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, formed the Chicago Sports Alliance last year to support efforts to decrease violence in the city. Earlier this year, the alliance donated $1 million to fund training for crime lab analysts. Last week they announced they’ll be donating another $1 million to support gun violence initiatives. Team execs involved have made it clear they don’t want to just write a check and walk away.

 

NHL

Penguins Wear ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Patches, Hold Fundraisers For Victims Of Synagogue Shooting
The Pittsburgh Penguins wore “Stronger Than Hate” patches on their jerseys. Those jerseys will be signed by each player and auctioned to benefit the families of victims of the Tree of Life synagogue tragedy. On top of that, the team made a $50,000 donation (plus all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and any other funds collected at the game) to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund for the wounded police officers.

CCM Hockey Donates New Equipment to Special Needs Toronto-Area Hockey Club
CCM Hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly surprised the Mississauga Crusaders Special Hockey Club with some new equipment last week. The partners hosted a practice for 48 special needs hockey players who accepted the donation in front of coaches, parents and fans. The equipment will help the families keep their children involved with hockey by easing some of the financial burden of equipment.

Capitals Season Ticket Holder Donates Winnings 50/50 to the The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Amazing Story: Last night’s 50/50 raffle winner, a Capitals Season Ticket Member, chose to waive their prize so the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation could donate the total $38,570 jackpot raised to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh‬⁩ to benefit victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

LA Kings and Minnesota Wild Make a Statement Against Senseless Violence
On Thursday night, the LA Kings and Minnesota Wild made a statement against senseless acts of violence. Both teams wore helmet decals that read “Enough” in honor of the victims of the tragic Thousand Oaks shooting.

Chicago sports teams donate $1 million to combat gun violence: ‘We want to be invested in it’
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, formed the Chicago Sports Alliance last year to support efforts to decrease violence in the city. Earlier this year, the alliance donated $1 million to fund training for crime lab analysts. Last week they announced they’ll be donating another $1 million to support gun violence initiatives. Team execs involved have made it clear they don’t want to just write a check and walk away.

 

Collegiate

Arizona teachers receive $1 million in grants
The Fiesta Bowl has fulfilled it’s promise to grant $1 million to Arizona teachers. The Wishes for Teachers program accepted over 4,000 applications and awarded 200 teachers a grant for $5,000. The Fiesta Bowl matched the $500,000 raised to reach the $1 million target.

Former Lady Vols Launch Lady Vols Legacy & Legends Foundation
More than a dozen members of the Lady Vols basketball team created the Lady Vols Legacy & Legends Foundation. The organization will promote the tenets of the Lady Vols and spread the values of excellence, cultural diversity, empowerment and leadership to youth and businesses around the country.

Putting down sticks, razors for a cause
College and high school lacrosse teams are joining the HEADstrong Foundation’s “Lax Stache Madness”. The fundraiser encourages men’s teams to grow mustaches and compete against other teams to raise the most money to fight cancer. The foundation has raised over $178,000 so far in 2018.

Big 12 Conference, CFP Foundation Complete “Extra Yard for Teachers Classroom Makeover” for Berry Elementary in Arlington, Texas
The Big 12 Conference & College Football Playoff Foundation awarded a $70,000 grant to renovate the Berry Elementary school library in Arlington, TX. The library will offer programs for parents of bilingual students to train them on helping their children learn English.

 

International

FIFA doubles prize money for 2019 Women’s World Cup
FIFA will double the prize money for the Women’s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million, plus allocate $20 million for pre-tournament prep. Still a long way to go: $30 million is still $8 million less than just France’s Men’s World Cup winnings.

New York City Marathon Builds Wheelchair-Accessible Interactive Video Game
The NYC Marathon created an interactive video game that will allow people to race each other in place on a touchpad. The game will launch this weekend during the festivities. The best part? The game is wheelchair-accessible.

MacKenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Raises $1 Million for Charity
The MacKenzie Tour – PGA Canada has raised over $1 million for charities over its 12 events. $250k was raised for local Staal Foundation Charities, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Camp Quality and the Northern Children’s Cancer Fund.

IBF and GFP ‘Basketball for Good’ project
Sportanddev.org took a closer look at International Basketball Federation and Generations for Peace’s ‘Basketball for Good’ project, and their initiative in South Sudan. They implemented a 3×3 basketball tournament to address inter-tribal conflict.

Formula One teams race to help beat Alzheimer’s
Sir Jackie Stewart, 3x F1 World Champion, started a £2 million project – bringing together Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK to create academic fellowships to promote the work of young scientists eager to help those living with the condition.

Half marathon uses edible water bottles
The Harrow Half Marathon in the UK used Ooho! edible water pouches to combat the buildup of plastic waste from water bottles at marathon events. The sachets are made of seaweed which means they are biodegradable and can be eaten.

Laureus Summit interview series: The Wave Project, UK
The Wave Project is a surfing project for children at risk of mental health problems or are socially excluded. Based in the UK, the organization uses surfing as a tool for re-integrating children. Learning from each other and from other surfers improves their mental health.

Serena Williams & Allstate Foundation Urge Action Against Domestic Violence
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is an annual fundraiser, running from October 2nd to October 31st, that provides financial empowerment services to 300 U.S. nonprofit organizations serving domestic violence survivors. Their new video “Invisible Weapon”, featuring tennis champion and the program’s ambassador Serena Williams, called for urgent support for domestic violence survivors.

Bill Gates Partners With Tokyo 2020 to Promote Global Health and Sustainability
Bill Gates has teamed up with the Japan Sports Agency and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in an effort to boost global sustainability efforts. Gates announced the partnership at an event in Tokyo last Friday, and urged Japan to become a leader in aiding global health initiatives.

Soccer Aid 2018 Raises Over £6 Million for Children
On October 25th, Soccer Aid for Unicef announced that its 2018 campaign raised a record-breaking total of £6,746,557. All of the money will be going towards protecting children in danger around the world.

Asensei Launches Free Rowing Program with Movember, Gold Medalist Eric Murray
New Zealand rowing gold medalist Eric Murray partnered with Asensei to release a free 6 week training program for the erg to help people of all abilities learn how to row properly. As an avid Movember supporter with a very recognizable handlebar mustache, the training program was launched this November and is called Morowing.

Why Bridgestone Became a Worldwide Paralympic Partner
With the new agreement in place until 2024, the company will receive global rights in categories that include tires, tire services, and selected automotive vehicle services, self-propelled bicycles, seismic isolation bearings, and a variety of building and industrial products. Bridgestone will also be helping out athletes for the upcoming 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo with new equipment and expertise in the area of tires and rubber. This includes new rubber soles for prosthetics and rubber grips for gloves, bicycles, and other technical support for Paralympic athletes competing in wheelchair or cycling events.

Premier League to Support LGBTQ in Rainbow Laces Campaign
EPL clubs will use rainbow flags, boards and more Nov 30-Dec 5 to celebrate the Rainbow Laces campaign: a show of support for all LGBTQ people in football and beyond. The goal is to encourage fans/athletes to be active allies and ensure LGBTQ people feel included in the sport.

Mexico City Welcomes the World for the Homeless World Cup Tournament
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ast week, Mexico hosted more than 450 players from 14 countries for the 16th Homeless World Cup. The tournament aims to end the crisis of homelessness and marginalization worldwide. The HWC Foundation supports 73 grassroots projects using football as a tool for social change.

100 ways sport and recreation develops communities
SportandDev.org gave us 100 ways sport and recreation develops communities to show how sport can support a variety of goals in diverse contexts.

Secret Deodorant Launches New Star-Studded Campaign that Takes Aim at the Gender Pay Gap
Soccer legend Abby Wambach & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 3x WNBA Champ Swin Cash have joined Secret Deodorant’s new campaign “I’d Rather Get Paid”, taking aim at the gender pay gap. The campaign works w/ Ladies Get Paid & The Wing to give women tools to work toward pay equality.

John Cena Named 2018’s Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Recipient
John Cena will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in honor of his leadership as a philanthropist. He has been active with Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting almost 600 Make-A-Wish experiences to children with life threatening illnesses.

 

Youth Sport

Athlete Ally Launches First Comprehensive Online Curriculum on LGBTQ Inclusion in Sport
Athlete Ally launched Champions of Inclusion- the first free, online curriculum made for coaches on LGBTQ respect and inclusion in athletics. The program aims to eliminate geographic and financial barriers to LGBTQ education by teaching coaches how to foster inclusivity.

Putting down sticks, razors for a cause
College and high school lacrosse teams are joining the HEADstrong Foundation’s “Lax Stache Madness”. The fundraiser encourages men’s teams to grow mustaches and compete against other teams to raise the most money to fight cancer. The foundation has raised over $178,000 so far in 2018.

Paradise girls’ volleyball team with no uniforms get equipment, donations from high school opponent
The Forest Lake Christian High School played against Paradise Adventist Academy in a girls’ volleyball seminal match. Forest Lake teammates got entrance fees to go towards donations for fire victims and provided a new uniform to each team member. They also raised $16,000 for the Paradise community and gave each player $300 gift cards for their families.

How the Adaptive Lacrosse Movement Has Increased Access to the Sport
Founded in Parkville, MD, the Adaptive Lacrosse movement offers developmentally challenged athletes an opportunity to experience the sport. US Lacrosse supports these groups through guidelines, seminars and mentorship.

 

Corporate

The Power Of Purpose: How Adidas Will Make $1 Billion Helping Solve The Problem Of Ocean Plastic
In an interview with Forbes, Adidas board member Eric Liedtke discusses how the company aims to make $1billion solving the problem of ocean plastic. Their innovative shoe made entirely of Parley Ocean Plastics retails at $220. The company has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to sell 5 million pairs and combat ocean plastic buildup.

Cleaner Oceans, One Seat at a Time
Stadium and arena architect Dan Meis has launched Sea Chairs, a stadium seat made partially of recycled ocean plastic. Full scale production is set to begin in 2019. Each chair will be made of about 10% recycled ocean plastics, with the rest comprised of other recycled plastics.

Secret Deodorant Launches New Star-Studded Campaign that Takes Aim at the Gender Pay Gap
Soccer legend Abby Wambach & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 3x WNBA Champ Swin Cash have joined Secret Deodorant’s new campaign “I’d Rather Get Paid”, taking aim at the gender pay gap. The campaign works w/ Ladies Get Paid & The Wing to give women tools to work toward pay equality.

Kohl’s Announces $3 Million in Donations for Family Health and Wellness
More than 300 organizations that prioritize the health and wellbeing of children will receive a $10,000 grant from Kohl’s. These include sport for development organizations like Special Olympics of Southern California, Soccer in the Streets, and Special Equestrians.

REI Again Urging Americans to #OptOutside, Studying Link to Human Health
This Black Friday, REI will again close all 153 stores, process no online payments and pay over 12,000 employees to #OptOutside. They’ve also pledged $1 million to the launch of a new center at Univ. of Washington that will study the link between human health and time spent outdoors.

SyncThink Partners With DC Children’s Hospital to Analyze Eye Movement After Concussions
SyncThink’s Eye-Sync device will be used in a year-long concussion study at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The technology will be used to better understand vision and brain-function issues seen in children and adolescents after sustaining a concussion.

Anthem Foundation Names NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo Anthem Health Champion
The Anthem Foundation named NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo their Anthem Health Champion. Oladipo’s charity Dunk Cancer will receive $1,000 per dunk this season + a minimum donation of $100,000 to fund cancer research and support individuals/families affected by cancer nationwide.

The Hartford Broadens Its Commitment To Supporting People With Disabilities With New Ability Equipped Program
The Hartford, a leading provider of disability insurance, announced its new Ability Equipped program to significantly improve access to adaptive sports and provide adaptive sports equipment for youth and adults with disabilities across the country.

The Importance of Conscious Athleticism
NYU’s student newspaper took a closer look at Showtime’s “Shut Up and Dribble” and the importance of conscious athleticism. “As sports are often so central to culture and function as an accessible medium for dialogue, conscious athletes can use their influence to take stands and bring attention to issues.”

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