SBD/July 29, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published July 29, 2011
SPORTS & SOCIETY: BILL GATES and Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona have "agreed to a three-year joint effort to lead the fight to end polio and draw attention to the need for vaccines." The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $37B, "targeted Barcelona to join the education campaign because of the club's enormous following worldwide." The campaign is called "More Than a Goal. End Polio," which is a "play on Barcelona's motto, 'More Than a Club'" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 7/29)....Yankees 1B MARK TEIXEIRA has been "doing more than the average celebrity" since teaming up with the Harlem RBI charity several months ago. Harlem RBI Exec Dir RICH BERLIN said, "He's as engaged as any member of our board of directors. He comes to the meetings and sits on committees." Teixeira also "attends meetings with potential donors and gives his time to many public events" (MARKETWATCH.com, 7/29)....Indianapolis' Riley Hospital for Children Thursday "recognized NASCAR driver JEFF GORDON for his 10 years of support for its treatment and research programs." The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation "has donated more than $1.58 million to Riley" since '01. He also pledged another $1.5M in '10 "to establish the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/29).
NAMES: Former White Sox employee DEBORAH THEOBALD "has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the team and Major League Baseball alleging she was passed over for promotions because of her gender" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/29)....MLB Rangers CEO & President NOLAN RYAN is featured in a new 30-second PSA called "Keep Texas Safe from Wildfires" (AP, 7/28)....Bengals LB DHANI JONES will host the upcoming VH1 reality show "TON OF CASH" and the Big Ten Network show "LIVE BIG," which "focuses on community service done by individuals affiliated with that conference" (USA TODAY, 7/29)....ESPN's STUART SCOTT will receive the ’11 “Spirit of Jimmy V” award at the 18th annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic on Aug. 27 in Raleigh (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/29)….Capitals G TOMAS VOKOUN has "switched agents" from MICHAEL DEUTSCH to Octagon’s ALLAN WALSH (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 7/28)….Former MLBer RANDY JOHNSON was spotted in L.A. at the X Games Skateboard Park Final. Johnson was “holding a long-lens camera, shooting the finals portion” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/29)….Fox Sports Media Group co-President & co-COO RANDY FREER, his wife PAMELA HAERING and the Freer Hearing Family Trust have “listed for sale a five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home” in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $3.089M (LOSANGELESBLOCKSHOPPER.com, 7/26).