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Lending A Helping Hand: Several Sports Figures Donate To Japan Relief Efforts
Published March 25, 2011
CHIPPING IN: Golfer Ryuji Imada pledged to “donate $1,000 toward relief efforts for every birdie he made" during last week's PGA Tour Transitions Championship. Imada played the first round “without making a single birdie," and his former college teammate, Bubba Watson, told Imada that he "would give $50,000 to the American Red Cross.” Watson “finished his final round Sunday, found a PGA Tour official and handed him a check for $50,000 for the
GROUP EFFORT: Several other teams have joined the relief efforts. The Twins pledged $25,000, and the team's Wives Organization pledged $4,000 (Twins)....Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced NHL Panthers players have donated $10,000 for relief efforts (SSE)....The Rays will make a $10,000 donation to Save the Children to benefit the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. The team also will “match up to $15,000 more in donations made by fans to Red Cross volunteers at the April 1-3 opening weekend series at Tropicana Field” (TAMPABAY.com, 3/21)....The Dolphins on Wednesday held a drive at Sun Life Stadium where volunteers “planned to spend the day collecting cash, blankets, flashlights and other items that will be donated to the American Red Cross and other agencies mounting relief operations in Japan” (MIAMI HERALD, 3/24)....Nike will donate $1M to relief efforts in