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SBD/Jan. 17, 2011/Sports in Society
Tennis Players "Rally For Relief" In Support Of Queensland Flood Victims
Published January 17, 2011
BOGUT DOING HIS PART: In Milwaukee, Charles Gardner reported Bucks C Andrew Bogut "wants to help the people of his native Australia after massive flooding destroyed communities in Queensland." He is "offering an NBA 'dream package' to be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds from the auction to go to the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund." Bogut "will provide expenses for four fans -- from anywhere in the world -- to fly to Milwaukee via Los Angeles for a week of sightseeing, game tickets and accommodations." The package will include "four tickets to a Lakers game in Los Angeles, four courtside seats to a Bucks game at the Bradley Center and a dinner for four with Bogut at one of his favorite Milwaukee restaurants" (JSONLINE.com, 1/15). The AP noted Bogut also is "giving away autographed jerseys, game worn shoes and other memorabilia" (AP, 1/14).
ALL HANDS ON DECK: BLOOMBERG NEWS' Sarah McDonald reported Lance Armstrong and the other 132 riders competing in this week's Tour Down Under are "doing their bit" for flood relief. Race organizers said that all of the almost US$16,000 in individual prize money from Saturday's Cancer Council Classic race "will be donated to the appeal." The Australian Football League also is "considering a number of proposals to assist with the relief effort, including an All-Stars match," and Football Federation Australia donated US$99,513 to the relief effort. The FFA said that it "will use matches next weekend to help raise more relief funds" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 1/16).