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The NACDA recently announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award, At the FBS level, winners included Utah State's SCOTT BARNES, Fresno State's THOMAS BOEH, UCLA's DAN GUERRERO and Virginia Tech's JIM WEAVER. Winners at the FCS level were Nicholls State's ROB BERNARDI, Northern Iowa's TROY DANNEN, Drake's SANDY HATFIELD CLUBB and Coastal Carolina's HUNTER YURACHEK (NACDA).

DRIVING FOR DOLLARS: In Charlotte, Steve Lyttle noted while "much of the focus during Race Weeks is on the racing and entertainment activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, this is also a big time for the philanthropic arm of NASCAR." The charity, founded by SMI Chair & CEO BRUTON SMITH "more than three decades ago, has given tens of millions of dollars to organizations in need." The Jimmie Johnson Foundation "recently awarded five $25,000 grants to education organizations." Tonight is the Speedway Children's Charities Gala and on Monday night was a "fundraising golf tournament for the foundation" launched by NASCAR HOFer RUSTY WALLACE. Several NASCAR drivers on Monday also "took part in a fundraising kart race" to benefit Racing4Vets, a nationwide organization that "helps wounded U.S. veterans" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/21).

Djokovic gave all of his prize money from a recent
tournament to help relief efforts in Serbia
CHARITY STRIPE: Tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC has donated his entire prize money for winning the Int'l BNL d'Italia title in Rome to his foundation to help the flood relief efforts in Serbia. ANA IVANOVIC on Monday visited the UNICEF offices in Belgrade, where she donated around $12,000 to the relief fund for the flooding and also discussed support plans for the children and families affected by the disaster (THE DAILY)....Saints P THOMAS MORSTEAD is "launching Sprout 6 powered by B NOLA, a clothing line with all profits benefiting his foundation, What You Give Will Grow." Morstead will "host a lunch party for Sprout 6 powered by B NOLA" on Friday (NOLA.com, 5/19)....Red Sox DH DAVID ORTIZ and team mascot Wally the Green Monster spent yesterday "visiting kids at Boston Children's Hospital" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/21)....Red Sox 3B WILL MIDDLEBROOKS and his girlfriend, NESN anchor JENNY DELL, joined former Boston Mayor TOM MENINO on Monday at Good Sports' annual Legends of the Ball fundraiser at Fenway (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/21).

HOUSE HUNTERS: Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY "sold his loft penthouse in Oakland" for $1.5M (LATIMES.com, 5/20)....Former MLBer GARY MATTHEWS JR. has listed his 3,000-square-foot home in Carona del Mar, Calif., for sale at $3.55M. He paid $3.05M for the property in February '07 (LATIMES.com, 5/20)....Former Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT's ex-wife, JAMIE MCCOURT, has sold her Westside estate for $45M. The compound was "built in 1931 and sits on 2.6 acres behind gates at the end of a several-hundred-foot-long driveway." There are "five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 20,637 square feet of living space" (LATIMES.com, 5/19).

NAMES: Former MLB Rangers CEO TOM SCHIEFFER, whose tenure was highlighted by his role in building Globe Life Park in Arlington, has been selected as the 17th member of the team's HOF. He will be inducted during pregame ceremonies on Aug. 23 (Rangers)....Late Bills Owner RALPH WILSON JR. was posthumously awarded the Univ. at Buffalo's Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal for contributions to the city. MARY WILSON accepted the award on her late husband's behalf. Bruins Owner JEREMY JACOBS was among the presenters (Bills)....Rutgers women's basketball coach C. VIVIAN STRINGER has "agreed to a new four-year contract." A source said that the deal will pay Stringer "a base salary of between $700,000 and $800,000 per season and she can earn up to $1M a year with incentives" (Newark STAR LEDGER, 5/21)....Actors CHANNING TATUM and JONAH HILL, who are starring in the upcoming film “22 JUMP STREET,” have “been named grand marshals” for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 on June 8 (POCONORECORD.com, 5/20)....NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR.’s head-to-head race against TNT's CHARLES BARKLEY will air on TNT's Summer Series before the June 8 race at Pocono (AP, 5/17)....The Breast Cancer Foundation last night held its annual Boston Hot Pink Party, and attendees included JON BON JOVI, Notre Dame football coach BRIAN KELLY, Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK and team Owner BOB KRAFT (BOSTONHERALD.com, 5/20)....Golfer RORY MCILROY “has broken off his engagement with tennis player CAROLINE WOZNIACKI” (BBC.com, 5/21).
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