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Athletes Across the Globe Team up for “Athletes For Relief”

In response to the developing COVID-19 situation across the globe, leaders from throughout the sports industry have partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to launch AthletesRelief.org, a global fundraising tool designed to generate financial support for those impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

Featuring more than 115 of the world’s top athletes, including, Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Jack Nicklaus, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Hawk, Elena Delle Donne, Mike Eruzione, David Ortiz, Shaun White, Rose Lavelle, and Marc-Andre Fleury, as well as some of the biggest names in the sports industry, such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the collection has joined forces and donated signed memorabilia for fans to bid on through May 1.

Unlike a typical auction, all fans who donate a minimum of $25 for an item will be entered into a raffle at the end of the campaign. 100% of the proceeds will go to Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is supporting frontline healthcare workers and clinics, food security, and distribution of needed products, with a focus on assistance to vulnerable communities.

Items up for auction include:

Stephen Curry signed jersey
Jack Nicklaus signed Golden Bear hat and glove
Simone Biles signed leotard
Tony Hawk signed skateboard
Rose Lavelle signed Team USA jersey
Mike Eruzione signed Team USA jersey
Mark Cuban signed $1 Bill
“I’m very pleased to join many athletes, including friends and fellow golfers like Rory McIlroy and Nick Faldo, as well as other athletes, like Steph Curry and Michael Phelps, to raise funds for COVID-19 relief,” said Jack Nicklaus. “We’re all in this together, and together we will get through this. But we need to raise money, and I am honored and proud to be part of a unified effort such as this.”

“Athletes from around the world asked for a way to do something together in addition to their personal donations in their local communities,” said David Schwab, Executive Vice President, Octagon. “This affects all of us. The more participation. The more money. The more relief.”

Athletes for Relief is an industry-wide initiative, which includes support from all athletes and leaders throughout the global sports community.


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Pro Golfer Jessica Korda Announces New Ambassadorship

Spain’s No.1 dermatological company, ISDIN®, announces professional golfer and LPGA star, Jessica Korda, as their new sports ambassador. Korda is sharing how she keeps her skin looking its best on and off the golf course with top-performing ISDIN products.

Photoaging, which is premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation, results in 80% of skin aging. ISDIN helps address photoaging through preventative and corrective action in three ways, including protecting from harmful sun exposure, repairing signs of skin aging, and correcting visible signs of existing damage.

“ISDIN formulates unique and innovative products with advanced ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists all over the world,” said Rob D’Urso, ISDIN US Country Manager. “We were thrilled to learn that Jessica Korda uses ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+ every day, which offers effective, high SPF sun protection with DNA Repairsomes to reverse the harmful effects of UV radiation.”

In addition to using Eryfotona Actinica to protect from harmful sun exposure while on the golf course, Korda uses the ISDIN Mineral Brush facial powder throughout the day for on-the-go breathable coverage and protection against the visible signs of aging. To help repair existing signs of skin aging, Korda also incorporates ISDIN Melatonik night serum, Melaclear brightening serum and K-Ox Eyes under-eye cream in her daily skincare regimen.

“I’m out in the sun most days and I trust that ISDIN has my skin protected, especially because the products are dermatologist recommended,” said Jessica Korda, American professional golfer. “I love the new ISDIN tinted sunscreen, Eryfotona Ageless, because the 100% mineral SPF 50 sunscreen is lightweight, doesn’t clog my pores, and the tint is really flattering, so I especially like to use it for tournaments.”


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‘Road To Rated Rookie’ Docuseries Follows NFL Journey Of Five Key Rookies Throughout the Draft

In a normal year, the time between the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft is spent with top prospects participating in pro days and official team visits. That’s obviously not the case this year, as players’ Pro Days and team visits in advance of the NFL Draft have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

This period also marks a time when Panini America, the exclusive trading card partner of the NFL, NFLPA and Collegiate, became engaged working closely with these NFL prospects (prior to the NFL Combine) as they appear in Panini’s collegiate and NFL trading card products. It was with this anticipation that Panini had planned to follow five NFL prospects as they prepared to realize their lifelong dreams leading into the NFL Draft, their rookie season, and the release of their anticipated 2020 NFL rookie cards including the iconic “Rated Rookie” insert from one of Panini’s iconic brands, Donruss. While the focus has changed, telling these players’ stories is now more important than ever given their limited access to connect to NFL teams.

Panini America’s “Road to Rated Rookie” docuseries launches this week and is produced in conjunction with SDLN Creative, following top NFL Draft prospects; University of Georgia running back D’Andre Swift, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin, and Liberty University wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden on their respective roads to becoming NFL players. Each player will be featured in a three-part docuseries beginning at the NFL Scouting Combine, continuing through the 2020 NFL Draft, and culminating with these rookies making their way to their NFL debut.

Each player will distribute his “Road to Rated Rookie” series exclusively on his own social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), providing fans with exclusive, behind-the-scenes content as he prepares to hear his name called on NFL Draft Night.

“We chose these five players because of the unique stories they have to tell and how their journey has shaped them,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing. “While the Coronavirus pandemic has now changed that journey and was not part of the initial plan, we know how important it is for these players to share who they are beyond just their game tape and we hope this series helps convey that.”


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The Olympics Rescheduled to July 2021

It has been announced that the Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.

This Olympic were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.

“The schedule for the games is key to preparing for the games,” Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. “This will only accelerate our progress.” Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start.

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Harlem Globetrotters Legend Curly Neal Passes Away At 77

Fred “Curly” Neal – the Harlem Globetrotters icon known worldwide for his trademark shaved head and charismatic smile – passed away this morning in his home outside of Houston at the age of 77.

Between 1963 and 1985 – before the internet and cable television really existed-it was Curly Neal and the Harlem Globetrotters who first introduced the sport of basketball to millions of people around the world for the first time. It was Curly’s magical ball-handling, shooting, charismatic smile and iconic bald head in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries, that made them start to play and fall in love with the game. One of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history, Neal fittingly played for 22 seasons in the red, white and blue, wearing No. 22.

“We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” said Globetrotters General Manager Jeff Munn. “His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions.”

On Feb. 15, 2008, Neal became just the fifth Globetrotter in the team’s illustrious history to have his jersey number retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Goose Tatum. Neal’s famous number 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Since then, there have been a total of eight numbers retired.

Neal, who would have turned 78 on May 19, was also a recipient of the Harlem Globetrotters’ prestigious “Legends” ring, presented to those who have made a major contribution to the success and the development of the Globetrotters organization. Each honoree exemplifies the Harlem Globetrotters’ humanitarian contributions and it’s the second highest honor a former player can receive outside of jersey retirement.

In the latter years of his life, Neal continued to make public and promotional appearances for the Globetrotters, bringing smiles to a new generation of fans. At this time, services are pending.


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