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The Kobe Bryant KB24 NFT Art Collection to Donate All Proceeds to Mamba & Mambacita Foundation

The KB24 NFT art collection has opened for presale reservations to the general public. And, it’s all for a good cause.

The team behind The KB24 NFT collection is creating a new space for Kobe Bryant fans to memorialize the legend, while also contributing to a cause in his honor — the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, which was created by the Bryant family to honor Kobe and his daughter Gianna following their untimely death.

KB24.com was once Kobe Bryant’s official website, which he used to communicate directly with fans, to share news and thoughts on the game, to drop exclusive merchandise, and to hold a forum that brought fans together. It also allowed fans to sign up for Kobe Basketball Academy, his official camp.

For the last 4 years, the site had been taken and redirected to a malicious website, until the team behind The KB24 NFT purchased it a few months ago in an aftermarket sale for an undisclosed price.

“Without hesitation, we knew we had to take over the website and make something great out of it. We saw the opportunity to restore the integrity of Kobe’s official website and benefit his foundation forever.”

The KB24 Team’s goal for this project is solely for charitable purposes, as 100% of all proceeds and revenue from the sale of The KB24 NFT will be donated to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. In addition, all residual fees on The KB24 NFT will be donated, such that if a fan ever sells their art, all of the residual fees of the sale price will automatically be donated to the foundation as well — something not possible with traditional charitable sales. KB24.com will make available a one-of-a-kind, limited edition NFT drop — The KB24 NFT — and will donate 100% of all proceeds to Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, the nonprofit founded in memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating a positive impact for underserved athletes by providing funding and sports programming to enable participation in school and/or league sports that enrich socio-economic and physical development. The foundation is also dedicated to Kobe and Gigi’s vision of creating a world where young women have equal opportunity to pursue their dreams through sports and life. The foundation honors their legacy by funding programs that support their vision. And KB24 seeks to aid in that mission.

In addition to all proceeds from sales going to the foundation, all residual fees on The KB24 NFT will be donated too. That means if a fan ever sells their art, all of the residual fees of the sale price will automatically be donated to the foundation as well — something not possible with traditional charitable sales.

Watching Kobe Bryant play was what his fans looked forward to most. His character, his love for the game, and his commitment to the craft inspired millions and millions of fans around the world. Kobe was their idol. Fans mimicked his work ethic, and even attempted to follow his biphasic sleep cycle. He inspired his fans to achieve their goals and aspirations, and to have the same resilience he did throughout his career. Now, through the KB24 NFT, fans can have a digital piece of that inspiration to hold onto forever.


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Athlete Archive: Mike Trout

Mike Trout is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. Trout is an eight-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League Most Valuable Player, and is a seven-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He is nicknamed “the Millville Meteor.”

The Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made a brief major league appearance in 2011 before becoming a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.

Trout’s athleticism on the field has received praise from both the mainstream media and SABRmetrics. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in the history of baseball, as well as one of the best current players in all of MLB. Trout led the American League in wins above replacement in each of his first five full seasons.

Trout has led the American League in runs and times on base four times. As of 2019, he led all active major league ballplayers in career slugging percentage and on base plus slugging, and was second in career on base percentage and stolen base percentage. In 2019, he signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, the second richest contract in the history of North American sports and professional sports in general.


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NASCAR Driver Josh Bilicki Host Event To Raise Funds and Remember 9-11 Fallen Heroes

NASCAR Driver Josh Bilicki and Chesterfield Auto Parts are partnering to honor our fallen heroes on the 20th Anniversary of 9-11. Sponsoring Bilicki and the Rick Ware Racing team with their fire engine themed race car design, Chesterfield Auto Parts is hosting a meet and greet event on Friday, September 10th, to raise funds for the Richmond Fire Department Foundation.

According to Bilicki, “We wanted to do something special for this race because of the 20th anniversary of 9-11. We painted the car to resemble a fire engine to remember the first responders who lost their lives that day. We are also auctioning off a Chesterfield Auto Parts race suit, with proceeds going to charity.”

The public is invited to two exciting events, first to meet NASCAR driver, Josh Bilicki, Friday, September 10th at Chesterfield Auto Parts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with the #52 Ford Mustang on display. In addition, the Richmond Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate vehicle extrication techniques, and Smash a Car for $1 a Hit game, will also benefit the RFD Foundation.

The second event takes place on Saturday, September 11th, honoring the heroes of 9-11 at the NASCAR Cup Series, Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The race will be televised live on NBCSN.


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NBA All-Star Mark Eaton Honored Posthumously With ‘Good Guy’ Award

The late NBA star Mark Eaton was honored posthumously today by top leaders of the nation’s largest veterans association.

“Not everyone who is nominated for this award receives it,” Past National Commander of The American Legion John P. “Jake” Comer said during the presentation of the 2021 James V. Day “Good Guy” Award. “Many celebrities are accustomed to receiving lucrative appearance or speaking fees. We don’t offer that. I say this because those who accept this prestigious award truly have proven to be good people simply by putting veterans above financial gain.”

Comer noted that Eaton had agreed several months ago to appear at The American Legion 102nd National Convention in Phoenix but tragically died in an accident a few weeks later. The award was presented by the Past Department Commanders Club, a group of current and past national, state and territorial leaders of The American Legion.

“I am so honored to celebrate this award on behalf of Mark, not just as a Good Guy but as one of the greatest men I have ever known,” Eaton’s nephew, Timothy Riser said while accepting for the Eaton family.

Eaton, who holds many NBA records for his defensive play, was the founder and chairman of the Mark Eaton Standing Tall Foundation, which sponsored sports and outdoor activity opportunities for more than 3,000 at risk youth.

“Mark Eaton was a spectacular NBA all-star for the Utah Jazz and played for 12 seasons,” National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford said. “More importantly, the 7’4″ defensive player was a big man with an even bigger heart.”

Previous recipients of the James V. “Day” Good Guy award include Lou Holtz, Johnny Bench, George Foreman, Richard Petty and Dolly Parton.


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United Rugby Championship Announces 2021-2022 Season Fixtures

The United Rugby Championships has revealed its regular season schedule, pitting top clubs from South Africa against the Celtic and Italian nations for the first time in league history. This marks the league’s first season since joining forces with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as a strategic consulting partner earlier this year.

Building on a rivalry that arose from the British & Irish Lions Series, the Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls now take the pitch in iconic locations against the best of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales across 18 rounds of action.

The 2021-2022 season will reach the widest global audience to-date, with all games to be aired on live television broadcast and major free-to-air audiences opened up in Ireland, Italy, and the UK as part of the URC’s new line-up of broadcast partners. Free-to-air and pay TV broadcast partners can be found below. With every game to be broadcast live on TV, viewers will experience unprecedented access to the athletes and clubs they love. Fans globally (except for South Africa and the United Kingdom) will also be able to stream competition through URC TV, the league’s own OTT player which will be launched in partnership with RTE. More information on the launch will be available here.

“We believe these fixtures will ensure that the URC could deliver on its promise of a new era for our league where the very best from South Africa go head-to-head with our Celtic and Italian teams,” said Martin Anayi, CEO of United Rugby Championship. “As we carefully manoeuvre out of the pandemic, the URC will take its place as one of the leading leagues in global rugby and this fixture list should ignite our competition and take it to the next level.”

The diversity and headline appeal of the URC will be on show in Round 1, where defending title holders and eight-times champions, Leinster, will play host to the three-time Super Rugby champions Vodacom Bulls. Munster, another multiple-time champion will welcome the Cell C Sharks to Ireland while the DHL Stormers face Rainbow Cup winners Benetton in Treviso and the Emirates Lions travel to Parma to take on Zebre.

Edinburgh will host Scarlets in their new stadium in the Scottish capital. The first Welsh derby of the season takes place between the Dragons and Ospreys, Cardiff Rugby entertain Connacht while a battle of former champions will take place between Ulster and Glasgow Warriors.

“This schedule is the most complex we have ever produced and the efforts of every one of our stakeholders to help us piece it together in the current climate have been monumental,” Anayi continued. “We now have a format that will heighten competition, showcase our clubs, elevate our athletes and bring great excitement to fans and TV audiences right across our territories and beyond.”

In compliance with evolving travel, health & safety conditions and protocols across the URC’s competing territories, the provisional fixtures have been adjusted; The South African teams will now complete four-week tours of Europe to begin the season, giving fans in Ireland, Italy, Wales and Scotland an early opportunity to enjoy competition in-person, varying by territory and in compliance with location mandates.

High-stakes drama is expected across the campaign, with every team eligible to qualify for EPCR tournaments and the reduction of rounds from 21 to 18.

In the new format, all 16 teams will be ranked across a single table. The top eight teams will earn a bid to an expanded Final Series which includes a full Quarter-final stage, followed by Semi-finals before the best two teams meet in the URC Grand Final in June.


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