Come hang out with Dallas Mavericks players, coaches and team owner Mark Cuban. The Mavs Ball: A Blue Tie Affair is taking place at The Factory Ballroom at 2713 Canton Street in Dallas on Friday January 27th. Presented by Smith Thompson Security, this awesome night will be an evening of dinner, cocktails, dancing and other fun activities.
The seated dinner benefits the Mavs Foundation, which has designated six 2017 beneficiaries: Boys & Girls Club of Arlington, Dallas CASA, Family Gateway, Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, Nexus Recovery Center and Readers 2 Leaders.
Each nonprofit will receive $25,000. The Mavs Foundation also supports other children’s and family causes and needs, including disaster victims in North Texas.
The evening’s lineup includes a performance by illusionist Dan White and live and silent auctions. Last year’s Blue Tie Affair raised $570,000 before expenses.
Established in October 1996, the Mavs Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. Over the last 20 years, the Mavs Foundation has granted over $3.5 million dollars to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need and created Reading and Learning Centers and basketball courts across the North Texas community.
Join Allen Iverson on Thursday, August 4 from 6-10 pm at the Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA for aCelebrity UnGala 2016, a night honoring Allen Iverson for his contributions to the sports and entertainment culture.
Join with the Philadelphia community as we honor our own Allen Iverson for his many contributions to the sports and entertainment culture. Some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, former teammates and colleagues will come together for a glamourous evening and we want you to be a part of it.
Allen has made an unforgettable impact on the game of basketball during his 14 year career, but he also had a lasting impact on the sports and entertainment culture. His style and his confidence coupled with the way he approached the game were iconic.
This is an event you don’t want to miss. The night will feature an exclusive reception that includes a silent auction, great food and a beautiful atmosphere all while supporting a worthy cause, the Police Athletic League (PAL). In 2016, Mayor Kenney invited Allen to share as a spokesperson for the Police Athletic League (PAL) and of course Allen graciously accepted. Allen was attracted to the work PAL does to develop youth in our communities. The 2016 Celebrity UnGala will be the first public opportunity for fans and supporters to join him in these fundraising effort.
Then Friday, August 5, 12-6pm for FlashBack Friday Block Party at the block surrounding Mitchell and Ness, 1201 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The event will bring together the community with Allen and his celebrity guests for food, fun and games.
followed by a Celebrity Basketball Game at 7:30pm at Liacouras Center, on the campus of Temple University. Join Allen and his celebrity friends from the sports and entertainment world for a night of fun and entertainment. Allen will be showcasing his coaching skills and interacting with his fans, you don’t want to miss this.
This last week the University of North Carolina at Pembroke held their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser in the English E. Jones Center. The fundraiser featured one of the NFL’s referees in Brad Allen, who also was returning to his alma mater. Allen talked about being brave and he related that to his journey to become an NFL referee and how his journey continues today.
The Lumberton, North Carolina native Brad Allen originally began his referee career at the high school level and then later the ACC level where he officiated the 2012 Rose Bowl. Allen made his NFL debut as an official in 2014 when originally he was to be an umpire but when long time official Mike Carey announced his retirement, Allen was given the referee position which had not been given to a rookie referee since 1962. Outside of refereeing for the NFL, Allen is also the CEO of a non-profit organization.
This last week NFL referee Brad Allen returned to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, to deliver a speech at their annual Cash Bash Fundraiser. Allen spoke about bravery and related the message to his journey in life and his 31 years as a referee. The event had an amazing turnout with over 350 attendees and as of this year the fundraiser has raised over 150,000 dollars for the universities 17 varsity programs.
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Later this month the Splash Foundation will be holding a fundraising event that is being sponsored by multiple high profile companies but one of the most surprising guests is not one of these companies but former Olympic swimmer Josh Davis. The event will be held on April 23rd at the Weborg 21 Centre.
Josh Davis is a native of San Antonio, Texas who is an Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Davis helped the United States take home the gold medal in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relays. Along with those two gold medals, Davis took home another by winning the 4×100 meter medley relay and then finished seventh in the 200 meter freestyle swim as well. Four years later, Davis again helped the U.S. team take home medals by finishing second in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relays and finished fourth in the 200 meter freestyle. In 2001, the newly completed natatorium at the North East Independent School District’s Virgil T. Blossom Athletic Center was named in Davis’ honor. Today Davis and his wife Shantel are raising five children.
Later this month former Olympic swimmer Josh Davis will be the featured guest speaker at the Splash Foundation’s fundraising event. The event should have an amazing turnout and with Davis in attendance should prove to do well in raising money for support of educational opportunities for children.
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Later this month WIN will hold their annual dinner that serves as their main fundraiser of the year. This year’s dinner will feature one of the greatest boxers in history in Sugar Ray Leonard as the keynote speaker. Leonard will focus his speech on his story while presenting a portrait of strength, courage, and resilience. The dinner will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on April 22nd.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a Rocky Mount, North Carolina native was the fifth of seven children and began boxing in 1969. From that time until 1976 Leonard would fight in several AAU and Olympic bouts while taking home the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games. Afterwards Leonard had planned to go to college but after circumstances changed he decided to turn pro. Leonard’s amateur career ended with a record of 145-5 with 75 KOs. After hiring Muhammad Ali’s trainer, Leonard began his pro boxing career in 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland against Luis “The Bull” Vega which he won with a six round unanimous decision. In Leonard’s first ranked bout he fought Floyd Mayweather Sr. who was ranked 17th at the time and won by knockout in the 10th round. After two years fighting professionally, Leonard finally got a shot at a title against Pete Ranzany and took the win with a knockout in only four rounds which made Leonard’s record 24-0 with 15 knockouts. Later in 1979, Leonard would fight for his first world title against Wilfred Benitez at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight went an amazing 15 rounds in what was a tactical battle that ended after Leonard knocked down Benitez which was followed by more landed punches by Leonard leading the referee to call the fight. Leonard was also a participant in what is one of the most famous boxing matches ever that is referenced by many around the world when they say “No Mas.” The fight was a rematch of Roberto Duran and Leonard in New Orleans, Louisiana and the fight lasted eight rounds but did not end with a knockout due to the surprising actions of Duran when he turned his back to Leonard and said no mas, giving up and retiring immediately after the fight. After multiple title defenses and a winner of fight of the year against Thomas Hearns Leonard decided to retire in 1982. The following year however, Leonard made an announcement that he wanted to return to the ring and in 1984 Leonard did just that against Kevin Howard. Leonard retired again after the Howard fight and sat a few more years before returning again. In 1996 after a few other returns to the ring, Leonard made his last appearance as a boxer against Hector Camacho and finished his career with a 36-3-1 record and 25 knockouts. Since his retirement, Leonard has worked as a boxing analyst and made appearances for multiple companies as well as acting appearances. Leonard is a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, has two children, and is the god father of icon Khloe Kardashian.
Later this month the WIN annual dinner will feature one the greatest boxers in history, Sugar Ray Leonard as the keynote speaker. The speech will revolve around Leonard’s story and will present a portrait of strength, courage, and resilience. The event will again look to have a substantial amount of people turn up for the dinner and with legendary boxer Leonard in attendance that should only sweeten the reasons for attendees to be present.
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Super Bowl XL and Dancing with the Stars champion, retired wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hines Ward will be the guest speaker at the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards. This ceremony and dinner for Lancaster County’s best of the best in high school sports will be recognizing the top male and female athletes on May 18th, 2016 at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House. Hines will address the entire audience following dinner and prior to the awards ceremony. After the conclusion of the event, there will be a public meet and greet for all attendees from 9-10 pm. Hines will be available for photos only and will meet as many attendees as time will allow. Tickets are $75 to support these athletes and local sports. Tickets include entrance to the event with Hines Ward, Parking, a gourmet meal (chicken or vegetarian), and access to public meet and greet.
The South Korean – born American football player moved to Atlanta when he was only one year old. Once in high school his football coach, Mike Parris at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia, pushed Ward to showcase his athletic skills as a quarterback, and was two-time Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year. He spent his college years as a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Ward’s 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. After discovering he did not have an ACL in one of his legs, his draft pick value dropped and he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1998. He has since led the Steelers in at least one team category every year, has earned three team Most Valuable Player (MVP) selections, and was named co-captain for the 2006 Steelers Super Bowl Team. He is also a four-time consecutive NFL Pro Bowl selection (2001-2004) and is the only player in Pro Bowl history to score a touchdown on an onside kick. He has led the Steelers to the Super Bowl 3 times and is a 2-time Super Bowl champion. He has broken many Steeler records including the all-time receptions record previously held by Hall of Famer, Lynn Swann. He is the only receiver in Steeler history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons and he currently holds the record for receptions in a single season. In his final season as a Steeler, Hines reached two more milestones as he became only the 8th receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 catches in his career and the first in Steeler history and he joins only Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls. He also surpassed the 12,000 yards receiving mark as well and moved into 19th place in NFL history and is among the NFL’s elite receivers with 1000 career catches. He is also known for winning the 12th Season of Dancing With The Stars!
Hines has used his fame to give back to the community through a number of organizations including; Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, Pearl S. Buck International, Hines Ward Helping Hands Korea Foundation, The Caring Foundation, Cystic, Fibrosis Foundation, Salvation Army, Make a Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Take a Player to School. the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards is excited to have such a talented and good hearted player as a guest speaker at this years Awards. To help him give back to the Lancaster County’s athlete community purchase a ticket to the May 18th, 2016 LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House.
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This past Monday Emmitt Smith and Mark Cuban spoke out about mental illness awareness in partnership with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The institute has started a website called OkaytoSay.org in which people can share their stories and offer support to spread the word that effective treatment is available statewide.
Emmitt Smith is a Pensacola, Florida native where he played high school football for Escambia High School and ran for 106 touchdowns and 8,804 yards which at the time was the second most ever by a high school football player in history. Smith received a scholarship to play college football at the University of Florida and started in his third career game as a Gator. Smith broke the 1,000 yard mark after only seven games which was the fastest any player has reached that mark to start a college career. After three years with the Gators, Smith already owned many Florida rushing records including career touchdowns with 36, career rushing yards with 3,928, and career rushing yards per game average with 126.7. Smith decided to forgo his senior season at Florida and entered the 1990 NFL Draft where he was selected with the 17th pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Smith was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,400 yards or more in five consecutive seasons. In 2001, Smith ran for over 1,000 yards for an amazing 11 consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards and the first to do so in a career. He currently holds career rushing records in yards with over 18,000 and rushing touchdowns with 164. During his time with the Cowboys, Smith also won three Super Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP, and made it to eight Pro-Bowls.
Mark Cuban is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who skipped his senior year in high school to enroll at the University of Pittsburgh. Cuban later transferred to Indiana University because it had the cheapest tuition of all the schools in the top ten of business. After graduation, Cuban left for Dallas, Texas where he began working with Your Business Software, one of the first PC software retailers in Dallas. After being fired Cuban started his own business called MicroSolutions which was sold to CompuServe for six million dollars. Afterwards, Cuban, teamed with another Indiana University alum, started Audionet. Audionet was sold in 1999 for 5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock. Cuban has since entered into many startups giving them name recognition and helping many of them reach new heights. In January of 2000 Cuban bought a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks for 285 million dollars and has owned the team ever since. In the 20 years before his purchase of the team, the team only won forty percent of their games and since have won 69 percent of their games. In 2011, the Mavericks reached the NBA Finals for the second time under Cuban but this time beat the same team that defeated them in their last appearance winning the NBA title. Since his ownership, Cuban has shown much love for the game and his Mavericks which can be seen in the amount of fines the NBA has slapped on him due to his criticizing of referees.
This past Monday Mark Cuban and Emmitt Smith spoke out about mental health awareness. With high profile athletes and owners such as Smith and Cuban the campaign should gain traction about a subject many do not or do not want to speak about.
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Retired mixed martial arts pioneer, former undefeated UFC champion and all-around stand up guy Frank “The Legend” Shamrock recently visited Tucson Medical Center’s children’s center as part of a trip through Southern Arizona. Shamrocks says “This year, I’ve decided to get more involved in charitable nonprofit work. I’ve been taking opportunities to go into communities and see what’s going on and try to give back a little bit. I’ve been in my own community just focusing on my daughter and I haven’t really been out and about much, but I would like to spend this whole year doing charity and nonprofit work.”
He was successful in his goal as he brightened the day of several patients (and parents) at the hospital with his genuine kind heartedness, words of encouragement and contagious smile. Whether through simple conversation or signing a few autographs for an excited young wrestler, Shamrock brought laughter, smiles and encouragement to TMC.The patients and their families aren’t the only ones who love the hospital visits; members of the TMC staff were thrilled to have Shamrock visit.
Shamrock was the first man to ever hold the UFC’s middleweight championship belt; a division later renamed the light heavyweight division. During his stay as champ, Shamrock successfully defended his belt four times and was ranked the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world during his reign. He held the belt through four defenses, from Dec. 21, 1997, until retiring from the UFC on Nov. 24, 1999. Shamrock returned to the sport later on to win multiple championships outside of the UFC, though he officially retired again in 2010.Since stepping away from the octagon, Shamrock has become a philanthropist, motivational speaker, social activist and author, along with several other impressive accomplishments. With his unwavering drive for success, Shamrock is a key model for anyone feeling down and out in a hospital bed.
When not working across the country to brighten days and teach technique, Shamrock said he is dedicating his time to rebuilding the Shamrock Ranch boys home, where both he and his adoptive brother and fellow MMA legend Ken were adopted as boys.
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Former NFL player and now ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth will be the keynote speaker for the third annual Semoball Awards this summer. The Semoball Wards will be held July 9th at the Southeast Missouri State River Campus. The Semoball Awards are given during the premier awards show for high school sports in Southeast Missouri. It includes a live red carpet radio show, heavy h’dourves, ice sculpture and more. The three-time Super Bowl champion has experience as a player, TV personality, actor, husband and father. He’s an entrepreneur and long-time radio host and podcaster. As the father of a professional baseball player, he can relate to parents and their role in sports. Athletes will learn lessons from a top lineman who played for 12 seasons and won championships.
While these messages are important, we know Schlereth will also talk about character and lessons beyond the game. Each year the speaker for this event challenges the crowd in attendance. It’s about faith, commitment, perseverance and doing your best.
The Alaska born former football player and current television sportscaster, Mark Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 season from 1989 to 2000. He played for both the Washingtons Redskins and the Denver Broncos before retiring from the game and becoming a football analyst for ESPN on NFL Live, SportsCenter, and other programs. He co-hosted Sedano & Stink with Jorge Sedano on ESPN Radio until late March 2015. He is still a frequent guest and occasional fill-in host on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. He has recently begun a career in acting, and appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light in June 2007 and Red Dawn remake in 2012.
Tickets are on sale at semoball.com/awards. On the website you can read about the fall finalists as well as view photos from past awards shows. Winter and spring sport finalists will be announced later, along with athletes and coaches for the top awards. You also can nominate athletes through the website.
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This past week Jermaine Kearse made an appearance at the Capitol Campus Tour in Olympia, Washington. The event was dedicated to gold star families, which are families who have lost family members to service. With Kearse in attendance, it allowed him to sign autographs for gold star kids in a place he calls home himself. With Kearse being the son of a military family, the event hit home particular with Kearse and stated “I want them to know they’re not alone, I have their back.” The sponsors of this event hope that Washington’s gold star event will get on par with some of the others around the country.
Jermaine Kearse is a Lakewood, Washington native and played his college football at the University of Washington. During Kearse’s time with the Washington Huskies, Kearse had 180 catches, 2500 yards receiving, and 27 touchdowns. After having a stellar career with the Huskies, Kearse was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012. While with the Seattle Seahawks, Kearse has already had a particularly strong career with over 1500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although not eye popping numbers, where Kearse stands out is in the biggest games as he did in both Super Bowls the Seahawks have been in, winning the big game in 2013 and losing in the Super Bowl in 2014. In the postseason alone, Kearse has over 450 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging a whopping 18 yards a catch. This last season, Kearse really emerged as a threat for opposing defenses and is looking poised to breakout next season as one of the better receivers in the NFL.
This past week Jermaine Kearse made an appearance at the Capitol Campus Tour in Olympia, Washington. The event had a great turnout and gave kids the opportunity to get autographs from not only a home state player but also a military raised kid himself in Kearse.
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