SBJ/June 9 - 15, 2003/For The Record

Charity News

Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin's annual Jay Fund Foundation Golf Tournament recently raised nearly $200,000. Proceeds benefited northeast Florida children with leukemia.

The Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Kansas City on May 17 included a $1 million hole-in-one challenge for charity. Proceeds benefited Kansas City-area life science initiatives and children's education.

The St. Paul (Minn.) Saints of the Northern League recently donated several hats and jersey tops to St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Ark. The team did not have enough money in its budget to buy the uniforms so it called the Saints asking for assistance.

Fox Sports Net Arizona donated 100 tickets to a Arizona Diamondbacks-San Francisco Giants game to Team Arizona, which will compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, during June 20-29.

New York Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine and Mr. Met, the team's mascot, visited The Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center in support of the "Going Home" program, which allows every pediatric patient discharged from The Hospital for Joint Diseases and NYU Medical Center this spring and summer to attend a Mets game at Shea Stadium.

The University of Georgia football team is partnering for the second year in a row with HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Athens, Ga. Atlanta-based HomeBanc is providing $50,000 for the home and will provide volunteers to work alongside the Bulldogs.

The American Hockey League announced that more than $2 million was raised over the course of the 2002-03 season by the AHL and its 28 member clubs for donations to charitable causes and relief funds.

Tournament proceeds from the PGA Tour's FBR Capital Open will benefit 150 local and national charities, including Girl and Boy Scouts of the National Capital Area, Children's Inn at NIH, First Tee of Greater Washington and Montgomery County, Junior Achievement, and Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Tournament funds from the Memorial Tournament primarily benefit Children's Hospital of Columbus.

The Detroit Pistons, Starbucks Coffee, Fox2, Fox Sports Detroit, Gardner-White Furniture stores and General Mills teamed up to collect 38,392 books this season for the Pistons' Read to Achieve program, more than tripling last year's totals.

The fifth annual Atlantic Coast Conference/Southeastern Conference Golf Invitational, a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl event, raised more than $12,000 for the Georgia Baptist Health Care System's Mobile Unit. Sharpie, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, sponsored the event.

Charlotte NBA owner Robert Johnson donated $1 million to benefit the construction of the new West Boulevard YMCA. Johnson announced the donation during a dinner in his honor hosted by Wachovia Corp. executives Ken Thompson and Mac Everett, who both are YMCA volunteers.

Anaheim Angels shortstop David Eckstein visited with children at Miller Children's Hospital, located on the campus of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. He also delivered copies of his new book, "Have Heart," a story about a little boy's courage and persistence to beat the odds.

The Minnesota Wild, in conjunction with Northwest Airlines, raised more than $167,000 through its donation program linked to the distribution of The State of Hockey, the club's official game program during the 2002-03 season. All funds raised from the program are split between the Wild's 10,000 Rinks Foundation, the governing body of youth hockey in the state and the youth hockey association.

Anaheim Angels first baseman Scott Spiezio hosted 50 relatives of solders stationed at Camp Pendleton on May 22 at Edison Field. Spiezio and his wife, Amy, purchased field level tickets for the group and provided them with food vouchers and Angels caps.

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation awarded $516,800 in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the state of Georgia. The Youth Foundation, a fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, has earmarked $2.2 million to be donated during three grant periods in 2003.

The Comcast "Jeff Fisher and Friends" charity softball game took place at Greer Stadium in Nashville on May 20, raising $50,000 to benefit two local charities, Mercy Ministries and the League of Deaf & Hard of Hearing. More than 25 NFL and NHL players and coaches participated in the event.

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