From October 26th through November 1st, eBay and NASCAR launched their first joint charity sale giving fans a chance to bid on 20 items, including a chance to see the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a VIP experience at the 2019 Daytona 500, autographed memorabilia by NASCAR legends, meet and greets, coveted racing experiences and more.
All proceeds from each item will go towards the NASCAR Foundation’s programs for children. The foundation is dedicated to giving every child a chance at a healthy life and the opportunity “to get across the finish line” by providing healthcare services to children across the US.
Through eBay and NASCAR’s charity sale, NASCAR fans have the opportunity to show their allegiance to their favorite drivers while supporting a cause that positively impacts the racing community’s next generation of fans. NASCAR set an example for other professional sports leagues to help those in need by providing its fans a platform to do so as well.
On October 25th, Soccer Aid for Unicef announced that its 2018 campaign raised a record-breaking total of £6,746,557. All of the money will be going towards protecting children in danger around the world. Soccer Aid for Unicef has been raising money to keep kids safe for 12 years and has raised over £30 million in that time. According to Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose, the 2018 campaign made “twice the difference for children in danger.” The UK Government and celebrities like Michael Sheen, Usain Bolt and Olly Murs matched the public donations pound-for-pound.
Supporters from all over the world came to the soccer match at Old Trafford, contributing greatly to the record-breaking amount of funds raised for the cause. Fans saw Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams’s England team, led by Olly Murs, play against Soccer Aid World XI captained by Olympic medalist and arguably the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Former professional footballer and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona also came out of retirement for the cause to play in an exciting, sold-out match ending with England’s win over World XI in sudden death. Soccer Aid for Unicef also announced that next year’s soccer match in June 2019 will take place at Stamford Bridge, which is the first time the game will be played at Chelsea.
Soccer Aid’s long-term and substantial efforts continually create better lives for children around the world. The record-breaking fundraising total is a testament to the generosity of the British public and soccer fans who come from all over the world to show their support.
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After placing second in Epic Games’ Fortnite Pro Am alongside pro gamer CourageJD, Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried used his $250,000 prize money for charity to launch his foundation, Kenneth Faried HAT. HAT, an acronym for Humble, Appreciative and Thankful, is a foundation dedicated to teach kids how to attain and maintain a positive mindset during both trial and success through the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and respect. Faried believes that staying humble, appreciative and thankful through life’s obstacles, despite one’s achievements, is the key to leadership. He hopes that his foundation will help kids become good leaders through sport.
Faried has always been interested in technology and actually wanted to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS). According to Faried, college basketball was harder than professional basketball, and his demanding schedule made it difficult for him to keep up with the coding. He got into gaming because of his parents, who were both gamers. His father and mother both have their own TVs beside their beds, each with an Xbox One. Whenever a new system drops, all three of them will get it to play their respective games. For Faried, all the times his parents told him to “play your game and get out of my room” paid off with Fortnite.
Faried is one of many pro athletes who have invested their time, money and talents into esports, a rapidly growing industry of competitive video gaming. He used his passion for technology to create a foundation that empowers the youth to be future leaders in the community. Faried found a way to use his on- and off-court talents to better the world by investing in its future—today’s children.
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Earlier last month the Allstate Foundation debuted a new video entitled “Invisible Weapon” to kick off the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, an annual fundraiser, running from October 2nd to October 31st, that provides financial empowerment services to 300 U.S. nonprofit organizations serving domestic violence survivors. The video, featuring tennis champion and the program’s ambassador Serena Williams, called for urgent support for domestic violence survivors. Williams’ powerful narrative exposed the hidden challenges that domestic violence victims face by explaining how abusive relationships are not always physical. She speaks about “abuse you can’t see,” referring to financial abuse as an invisible weapon.
Financial abuse, which involves controlling the victim’s access and use of financial resources, happens in 99 percent of domestic violence cases. However, a 2018 national survey conducted by the Allstate Foundation found that about 50 percent of respondents are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence. The invisible weapon of financial abuse is the reason why many victims are unable to leave their toxic relationships.
Williams, who also designed a purple handbag for the Purple Purse Challenge, has helped raise millions of dollars for local domestic nonprofits. Though she has always cared for women’s issues like equality and domestic violence, her drive behind the cause has amplified over the past year because of her one-year-old daughter Olympia. Williams said that, as she works with Purple Purse and watched Dr. Christine Ford’s televised testimony against Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh in early October, she could not help but think of her daughter and the injustices she could face as a woman later in life.
Williams’s efforts in the fight for every woman through her broad platform inspires others to shine light on taboo and uncomfortable topics. Her love for her daughter has only made her a more ardent advocate for those who need it.
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In light of World Mental Health Day 2018 that took place on October 10th, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love donated a year-long subscription of Headspace—an app dedicated to guiding users in meditation and mindfulness—to his alma mater UCLA’s student athletes and coaches. He has also announced his partnership with Shick Hydro on “Locker Room Talk,” a web series that will document candid conversations with other professional athletes to shine a light on masculinity issues faced by all men. With no topic off limits, Love believes that “Locker Room Talk” is an important step in his own personal development with a natural progression towards a broader platform for his cause against stigmas around mental health. The series’ first episode on November 5th featured 23-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps.
Love has fervently embraced his advocacy role for mental health awareness since November 2017, when he experienced a panic attack during a game against the Atlanta Hawks. He opened up to the public about his long-term battle with anxiety and depression in a penned op-ed article in the Players’ Tribune entitled “ Everyone is Going Through Something.” He has since been nothing short of a determined advocate to end the stigma around mental health issues. He started the Kevin Love Fund, a foundation dedicated to inspiring people to live their healthiest lives by encouraging physical and emotional well-being.
Love describes his role in mental health awareness as his “life’s work” and is determined to continue advocating for those suffering with mental health issues well after his basketball career. Many people assume that, as a professional athlete, his struggle with depression is invalid as his fame and money can get him anything in the world. Love’s vulnerability, openness and honesty has been tremendous in inspiring all people, regardless of social standing or tax bracket, to seek help in their fight against mental health issues. His bravery despite his initial fear of embarrassment has gotten him the help he needs and encourages others to do the same.