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SBD/May 31, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published May 31, 2013
HONORS & AWARDS: Florida Gov. RICK SCOTT on Thursday presented South Carolina football coach STEVE SPURRIER with the Great Floridian designation. Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy at Florida in '66 and coached the school's football team from '90-'01 (JACKSONVILLE.com, 5/30)....The Mizel Institute honored Broncos Owner PAT BOWLEN with the Community Enrichment Award (DENVER POST, 5/31)....Indians 1B NICK SWISHER on Thursday was “honored by The FBI Citizens Academy Foundation" for donating $25,000 for the purchase of child identification kits (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/31).
HELPING HANDS: Clippers F BLAKE GRIFFIN and brother TAYLOR, both Univ. of Oklahoma alum, on Thursday hosted "Smile Moore," an event for children affected by last week's tornadoes (OKLAHOMAN, 5/31)....NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON and his wife, CHANDRA, along with NASCAR President MIKE HELTON and team owner RICK HENDRICK, "passed out supplies such as buckets, gloves, disinfectant wipes and oatmeal to the victims." Johnson's primary sponsor Lowe's donated $1M "to tornado relief." Johnson's wife said that he "donated his earnings from his victory at the All-Star race." That is "just over" $1M (OKLAHOMAN, 5/31).
NAMES: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has sold a drama to Showtime. The project, titled "PUMP," traces the "origin of the present-day fitness industry and culture of body worship to a single 1,000-square-foot concrete room on Pacific Avenue: a gym called Pump" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 5/29)….Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III paid $2.5M for a "five-bedroom spread in the luxury Creighton Farms golf course” in Loudon County, Va. (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/29)….LSU football coach LES MILES on Thursday in Baton Rouge “rappelled down a 24-story building" to raise money for the Over The Edge Adoption charity (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 5/30)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN has joined the advisory board of non-profit Athlete Ally, which works to end homophobia in sports (Athlete Ally).
IN MEMORY: John Q. Hammons Hotels Chair & CEO JOHN HAMMONS, who “helped establish the Missouri and Kansas City sports hall of fames" and donated $30M toward the building of Missouri State's basketball facility, died Sunday at 94. He also “masterminded the relocation of a minor-league baseball franchise to Springfield, where his name graces the team’s stadium” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/29).