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Former NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones Hosts New Instagram Live Show

NFL athlete and TV personality Dhani Jones is partnering with Stand Together to connect people across the country with some of the world’s most interesting people who want to leverage their stories, experiences, and talent to inspire and contribute to others around the globe through a new Instagram Live series of conversations called “Stand Together Live.”

Tez Bryant will join host Dhani Jones in the first episode of “Stand Together Live” to talk about how to succeed in times of great uncertainty without a blueprint for success. Bryant, a pre-eminent manager in the hip-hop industry, ignited the careers of Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy. He has publicly admitted that he agreed to join Lil’ Wayne’s team without any formal knowledge of the industry. Despite this, Tez succeeded.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone around the world faces mass uncertainty. Similarly to Tez, we all must learn how to persevere in a world where there is no blueprint and many obstacles ahead. Viewers will feel empowered to face the uncertain challenges of everyday life and energized to see the potential and the good in others during this high-stress time.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced the world to exercise social distancing and that has had severe economic consequences for families. With so much change and uncertainty, people are creating ways to connect with each other and meaningfully contribute to those around them by sharing advice, stories, inspiration, practical support and resources for those coping with the fallout of the coronavirus.

Stand Together believes that every single person has something unique to contribute and that when people come together, we all can rise. That’s why Stand Together launched #GiveTogetherNow, a rapid-response effort to get cash directly to individuals and families struggling as a result of the coronavirus and ensuing economic crisis. As of now, 16,000 families have benefitted through #GiveTogetherNow.

Stand Together and the Family Independence Initiative partnered to create #GiveTogetherNow which offers families access to a direct and immediate cash transfer to help offset financial burdens caused by the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The online platform allows anyone to make a contribution to families who will receive cash deposits to their bank accounts. #GiveTogetherNow has raised over $8 million providing 16,000 families each with a $500 emergency fund deposited directly into their bank accounts to help them with any financial burden caused by the global pandemic.


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Former Houston Rockets Owner Pledges $1.5 Million to Area Nonprofits

Former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is donating $1.5 million to 6 organizations in the Houston area in response to urgent community needs arising from the COVID-19 public health crisis. Donations will be made through the Leslie L. Alexander Foundation and add to the $14 million in prior donations that Mr. Alexander made in recent years to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and other organizations in the Houston area.

Agencies that will receive donations are on the front lines of improving access to health services, food, and animal care, and include the following:

Animal Justice League

Be A Resource for CPS Kids

Child Advocates

Citizens for Animal Protection

Houston Hospice

Kids Meals

“This recent round of donations aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to help people of all ages, as well as animals, to achieve better health and wellbeing and improve their quality of life”, stated Mr. Alexander. “We are pleased to be in a position to support the great organizations that continue to provide essential care and services to those who need it most, especially during this current crisis, and hope that other foundations and groups will follow suit.”


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Canada Reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed

The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee decided to postpone the games, amid growing health concerns due to COVID-19. It is a difficult decision, but the right one. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and support staff remain our priority.

Canada stands in solidarity with the international sport community and the people of Japan in particular. The Government of Canada looks forward to the games taking place in Japan in the future. Tokyo is a world-class city and exemplary host with a proven track record of hosting major international sporting events.

With the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 games, and with so much uncertainly around the world, we know that this is a particularly difficult period for athletes and sports organizations, among many others. The Department of Canadian Heritage, through Sport Canada, would like to reaffirm our government’s support for all the people affected, directly or indirectly, by COVID-19 virus.

We remain fully supportive of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee as they continue to work closely with national and international sport communities and public health officials to protect the health of Canadian athletes, their families and their communities.

The Government of Canada would like to thank the COC and CPC for their hard work and leadership in the sport movement. We will continue to work with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees and all sport organizations to support Canadian athletes during this difficult time.


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Young Olympian Minna Stess Signs with New Agency

Berk Communications, one of the leading boutique public relations firms specializing in sports & entertainment has signed 2020 USA National Skateboarding Team standout and 2020 Olympic hopeful Minna Stess to their roster of athletes and personalities, the agency announced.

“Minna Stess is a rising star in the skateboarding world, an inspiration for athletes globally, and a role model for young girls,” said Ron Berkowitz, Founder and CEO of Berk Communications. “We are honored that she has chosen Berk Communications as her communications partner and we look forward to elevating her profile and sharing her story.”

Born and raised in Petaluma, Calif., Minna Stess began skating while she was still in diapers and has dominated the extreme sports scene since kindergarten. During the King of Groms Championship in 2014, Minna – then six – was the first female to compete in all three finals (street, mini ramp and bowl), the first female to win mini ramp, and the first female to win an ATV award. By age eight, Minna became the first girl in the California Amateur Skateboard League Championships’ 35-year history to win first place overall for the year in the street series for the 8 and under division in Northern California.

At 10, she became the youngest girl to ever win the U14 World Cup Skateboarding Championships. In 2018, Minna came in 1st place during the Mystic Skate Cup Ladies Bowl in Prague and took 2nd at La Kantera in Spain. More recently, she has competed in the X Games and Dew Tour and took 3rd place in the 2019 USA Skateboarding National Championships Women’s Park Finals.

Minna is on track to represent Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where she would be the youngest U.S. Olympian since Donna Elizabeth de Varona in 1960, who was also 13.


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LA Rams To Host Te’LA’thon In Support Of United Way Of Greater LA’s Pandemic Relief Fund

The Los Angeles Rams and KABC are teaming up to host a virtual “Te’LA’thon,” TUESDAY, MARCH 24 (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT), to assist Southern California response efforts during this unprecedented global health crisis. All contributions will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s Pandemic Relief Fund in direct support of community partners including Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

The UWGLA’s Pandemic Relief Fund will provide immediate relief to low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness as well as the unsheltered residents across LA County who are experiencing disproportionate hardship due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Relief programs include providing low-income students crucial access to technology for continued academic instruction, supplying medical and hygiene materials to shelters and healthcare providers and working to meet the city’s evolving demand for food assistance.

“Our most vulnerable neighbors, those experiencing homelessness and low-income working families and individuals, will be severely impacted by this pandemic,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Those on the streets have little access to information or basic hygiene and healthcare. And for struggling families, any reduction in wages will result in extreme hardships and even homelessness. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community to address this emergency. We are proud to join KABC and the Los Angeles Rams’ virtual telethon in partnership with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make an immediate difference.”

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