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The Lindsey Vonn Foundation Partners to Donate $195K for Summer Scholarships

Since its inception in 2015, The Lindsey Vonn Foundation continues on its 5th round and 3rd year of scholarships. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation partnership with LVF and its Sports Matter Scholarship is now on its 2nd round and has granted over $275,000 worth of scholarships from the $500,000 total grant given. The Lindsey Vonn Foundation in conjunction with DICK’S and iD Tech have awarded a total of $510,515.50 for 167 scholarships over the past 3 years.

The Lindsey Vonn Foundation started with ski scholarships in 2015, then in 2017 expanded nationally to Enrichment scholarships for both athletics and all other after-school activities, camps, and clubs for both boys and girls. In the spring of 2019, LVF and iD Tech partnered to award scholarships to 23 girls, inspiring the future women of tech and addressing gender inequality in STEM. In the winter of 2019 The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation gave LVF a $500k grant, and established The DICK’S Foundation Sports Matter Scholarship for underprivileged youth athletes across the country.

Scholarships for both LVF Enrichment and the Sports Matter Scholarship will be awarded twice a year in the spring and fall. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must fill out the online application on the Foundation’s website at and may be contacted for an interview with the LVF Scholarship Selection Committee.

Applications open for Winter on August 7th and for Summer programs on January 1st.

All applicants must be U.S. based and in-need. For Enrichment Scholarships applicants ages 11-18 are encouraged to apply for any after-school activities and programs capping at $5,000. For the DICK’S Sports Matter scholarship athletes between the ages of 7-18 years old who are passionate about their sport(s) are welcome to apply. Scholarship funds can be applied to sports programs of any kind and for any amount up to $25,000. Applicants should showcase their ability to overcome obstacles, discover true grit, and pursue their goals when completing the application.

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Here’s Your Chance to ‘Hang Out’ with NFL Players

As part of our collective efforts to #stayhomestaystrong, United Way Worldwide announced today the launch of a virtual hangout fundraiser with National Football League (NFL) players. This 14-day campaign to raise resources for COVID-19 relief gives fans and followers the chance to win a 30-minute virtual hangout with an NFL player.

Fans can enter to win by visiting Donations start at $10. Each player offers a list of activities from which winners can choose. Sample hangouts include virtual workout, lunch, Q&A, gaming session, jam session, cooking class, story time, dance-off, etc. The sweepstakes, powered by Ascend, will run from May 18-31, 2020. The hangouts are scheduled to occur between June 1-14, 2020.

“United Way is proud to offer unique and creative ways for fans to engage with NFL players while raising money to help communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stan Little, Chief Experience Officer, United Way Worldwide. “Fans everywhere are already thinking about the coming football season and this opportunity gives them the chance to personally connect with players while practicing safe distancing.”

No purchase is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes. Odds of winning a prize depend upon the total number of eligible entries for that prize. A donation or payment will not increase your chances of winning. Void where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

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Tom Brady and Drew Brees go Head to Head for Charity

Former New England Patriot and 3X Superbowl Champion Matt Light is raffling off a trip for two to Tampa, Florida, to watch a match-up between two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. The grand prize winner of the Game Day Tampa Bay Raffle will be awarded premium club seat tickets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game vs. the New Orleans Saints, scheduled for November 8th, 2020, a two-night hotel stay in the Tampa area, and two round-trip coach airfare tickets. In addition to game-day hospitality, the winner will have the chance to meet Tom Brady, his “new” teammate Rob Gronkowski, Drew Brees, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott after the game — and take home their autographed jerseys.

Proceeds from the Game Day Tampa Bay Raffle will benefit the Light Foundation, founded in 2001 by Matt and his wife, Susie, to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Their goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their peers, friends and families.

Raffle tickets can be purchased now at $10 per ticket or in bulk at a discounted rate at thru June 15, 2020. All winners will be notified via phone.

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NSSF Joins AFSP and VA for Important Webcast

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has joined with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a webcast about “Protecting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide During COVID-19” that will premiere Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s YouTube Channel.

The webcast was produced by USCCA, one of the largest firearm-owner groups in the country. NSSF greatly appreciates USCCA’s support for the project and for helping to deliver the webcast’s important messages about mental health and suicide prevention to the firearm-owning community. The webcast can viewed here. For smart TV users, within the YouTube app search for “USCCA” to locate the webcast premiere.

“These are stressful times for everyone, and our purpose with this webcast is to provide information that empowers people to protect their mental health and to better understand suicide, prevention and how lives can be saved,” said NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi, who served as host of the program. “We greatly appreciate NSSF’s valued partners — the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—for sharing this information, and we encourage people to share this webcast far and wide.”

Bartozzi is joined on the 44-minute webcast by Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, and Dr. Matthew Miller, Director of Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The experts deliver many supportive, positive messages, including that coping during difficult times can be accomplished and that suicide can be prevented. They stressed that knowing how to help friends and family members who might be going through a difficult period can save lives.

A core message of the webcast is that securely storing firearms and other methods of harming oneself can play a huge role in deterring suicide. Creating time and space between a person with suicidal thoughts and access to a means of self-harm, such as a firearm, can create a moment of pause, allowing the period of heightened risk to pass. Suicide is not inevitable, said the experts, and reaching out to someone to have a “brave conversation” can be lifesaving.

Recognizing that 50 percent of all suicides are by firearm and that among veterans the figure is 70 percent, NSSF has in recent years helped develop a program with AFSP and a program with VA to educate industry, gun owners including veterans, and their families about caring for their mental health and preventing suicide.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK, or text TALK to 741741.

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Harlem Globetrotters to Celebrate Legend Curly Neal

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have announced their plans to celebrate the life and career of Fred “Curly” Neal — the Globetrotter icon known worldwide for his trademark shaved head and charismatic smile. Neal, who passed away on March 26 and was laid to rest in Houston on April 10th, would have turned 78 years old on May 19th, the day the Globetrotters ask fans to acknowledge their memories of the star via social media.

“Curly was one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Globetrotter uniform, and we are asking fans to pay tribute to him via social media on his birthday,” said Globetrotters General Manager Jeff Munn. “His warm heart and huge smile brought joy to millions of families worldwide. At some point in the future we will work with Curly’s family to have a celebration of life in his hometown of Greensboro, N.C.”

Fans from around the world are asked to post their favorite Curly memory and spin a ball on their finger on their own social media platforms on May 19th. The post should include hashtags #curlyneal and #harlemglobetrotters

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 jersey number 22.

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 was part of one of the most extraordinary eras in the team’s history, appearing on several popular television programs and specials, including “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” “CBS Sports Spectacular,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine,” “The Love Boat,” “The White Shadow” and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.” He also appeared in numerous national TV commercials and was immortalized in animation on “The Harlem Globetrotters” cartoon series and on episodes of “Scooby Doo.”

After an outstanding career at James B. Dudley High School in his hometown of Greensboro, N.C., Neal starred at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where he averaged over 23 points per game and led his team to the CIAA title his senior year. He was inducted into the 2008 class of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, along with the renowned Roy Williams, coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Neal 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.

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