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NBA Star Myles Turner Petitions City And Mayor Hogsett To Rename Indianapolis “Block City”

In a nod to Indiana Pacers Center Myles Turner’s record-breaking NBA season, MTN DEW is charging his campaign for the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year award. To fuel awareness in a big way, the brand is petitioning Mayor Hogsett to rename the city of Indianapolis to “Block City” – in reference to Turner’s epic on-the-court blocks – in support of his candidacy.

For the last six years, our guy Myles Turner has been crashing boards, breaking up plays and flat-out balling as the defensive anchor for the Indiana Pacers.

With an average of 3.4 blocks per game – an Indiana Pacers Franchise record, contesting the most shots at the rim – 13.2 rim contests out of 100, and averaging 0.9 steals, Turner’s not just the best defender on the court this season – he’s single-handedly turned the city of Indianapolis into “Block City,” hosting nightly highlight reel block parties against the best the NBA has to offer. But despite his historic on-court performances, he still isn’t getting the recognition for 2021 NBA Defensive Player of the Year he deserves. Which is why he is petitioning to rename Indianapolis “Block City” for a day.

Nobody balls for that block like Turner, so please sign and share this petition to help us seal the deal and spread the word. Together, let’s make “Block City” a reality and show Myles Turner some hometown love when you help us charge his campaign for the 2021 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

“DPOY is something I’ve been working towards year in and year out. Just like I do every season, I’ve been balling for every block and leaving it all on the court,” said Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers. “I’m pumped that MTN DEW is making a case for me to win DPOY can’t wait to interact with my fans and the City of Indianapolis on a deeper level.”

Added Turner, “Even though I’ve had to miss a few games late in the season, I’m looking forward to getting back and helping my team with a playoff push.”

To further support Turner and generate awareness tied to his DPOY campaign, MTN DEW is donating 200 packages of essential items, including water, food, toiletries and blankets to his charity, W.A.R.M. (Work As Role Models). All donations will support Indianapolis residents in need.

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NBA All-Star Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton Featured in Sneaker Rollout

Hip-Hop artist Travis Scott, in partnership with the Jordan brand, recently released the rollout with the Scott’s Air Jordan 6 “British Khaki,” which dropped Friday, April 30, featuring former NBA All-Star and Detroit Piston player Richard “Rip” Hamilton.

The partnership with Scott’s “Cactus Jack” apparel line is just in time for the sneaker’s 30th anniversary and Scott’s 29th birthday.

“It is awesome to support Travis Scott on the release of the new Jack 6S in collaboration with Brand Jordan,” Hamilton said. “I’m a sneakerhead and enjoy collecting shoes, and I’m impressed by Travis’ creativity, artistry and entrepreneurship.”

“When he came to me and I saw his collection, of course I was on board with supporting him however I can. It’s great to work together and to see each other win.”

In the promotional items for the shoe, Hamilton adorns “Cactus Jack” apparel, with the new sneakers, in a post-apocalypse desert setting and a basketball goal before him. In the images released, he holds his signature face mask however in the promotional video he puts it on before making a free throw.

“We had a great time shooting the videos and doing the promotional material for this release. I know people are going to love them – and they come in sizes for the whole family. My followers should definitely look forward to more exciting things, like limited release products and dope content on sneakers. I’ll also be putting together a couple of events later this year, so stay tuned for more to come,” Hamilton said.


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Former Jets Player Willie Colon Hosts NJ Event Raising Nearly $300K for Lupus Research Alliance

In honor of May, Lupus Awareness Month, former Super Bowl Champion and Barstool Sports radio personality Willie Colon, is hosting the annual Willie Colon Golf Outing for the Lupus Research Alliance. Dedicated to advancing lupus research, Mr. Colon is a member of the Lupus Research Alliance Board of Directors.

In keeping with LRA’s new campaign, Lift Up Lupus, Mr. Colon is teeing up a cadre of sports super-stars and over 250 golfers to take a swing at this rough disease. MVPs expected to attend include: Super Bowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan; 5x World Series Champion and MLB Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; World Series Champion, 6x MLB All-Star and 2007 Cy Young Award Winner CC Sabathia; and 3x NFL Pro Bowler and former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who currently hosts the CBS radio show Tiki and Tierney.

Mr. Colon also will be joined by basketball champions Scott Burrell and John Starks. Football colleagues David Harris, Nick Mangold and Matt Simms, as well as broadcaster Anita Marks and NBA and Boxing Analyst Brian Custer, are expected to play.

Held at the New Jersey’s Canoe Brook Country Club, the Outing benefits the Jean Davis Research Grant in loving memory of his late mother Jean Davis.

“When my mom was first diagnosed with lupus, it was a disease very much in the dark and no one knew much about it,” noted Colon. “My mom never put her illness, no matter what she was suffering, above our development as rough and tumble kids. I cannot think of a better way to honor her memory than to make possible the caliber of research that will afford future generations lives without lupus.”

The sold-out event is on course to raise nearly $300,000. Since its inception in 2014, the Willie Colon Golf Outing has raised $1.5 million for the Lupus Research Alliance which invests every dollar in enabling the world’s top scientists to pursue innovative research studies.


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Athlete Archive: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Although she played under the banner of Russia with the Women’s Tennis Association, she has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994. Sharapova competed on the WTA tour from 2001 to 2020 and had been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova achieved a rare level of longevity in tennis, with several tennis pundits and former players calling Sharapova one of tennis’ best competitors.

Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on 22 August 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to top the singles rankings, and last held the ranking for a fifth time for four weeks from 11 June 2012, to 8 July 2012. She won five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, winning 36 titles in total, including the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She also won three doubles titles.

Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001. In 2018, she launched a new programme to mentor women entrepreneurs.


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Take a Bite out of Shaq’s Latest Partnership

Meat District has announced a new partnership with basketball legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Meat District and its 10 butcher-crafted, premium burger varieties are a perfect partner for O’Neal. The burgers will come in a 2-lb package and will be available for purchase at retailers nationwide just in time for grilling season.

“I’m so excited to team up with Meat District to bring their gourmet burgers to new heights,” said O’Neal. “I’m always looking to partner with brands I feel passionate about. Meat District delivers on its promise of the highest quality ingredients and maximum flavor without the additives.”

The 15-time All-Star and sports analyst joins Meat District in its third year of dominating the meat category. Since its inception in April 2019, Meat District has rapidly grown its original line of gourmet burgers to include premium tri tip, pork tenderloin, sausage, and so much more. Meat District positions itself as the one-stop-shop for all things meat and the perfect addition to watching the game at home, backyard cookouts, and so much more.


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