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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

SERENA WILLIAMS has "listed a vacant 2.4-acre lot" in a private Jupiter, Fla., golf club for $6.5M. Williams bought the plot of land at The Bear's Club for $4.12M in '14. It is "one of more than 50 estate properties on the 270-acre club that features a golf course" designed by JACK NICKLAUS. Williams would have been neighbors with MICHAEL JORDAN, ERNIE ELS and MICHELLE WIE "had she built a house" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 11/10).

MOVING THE CHAINS: Former NFLer PATRICK WILLIS has sold his San Jose mansion for $4.26M -- below the $5.5M original asking price. The Mediterranean-style home with four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths "spans more [than] 9,800 square feet on 4.3 acres of land." The property was purchased for $3.5M in '10 (MERCURYNEWS.com, 11/9)....Former NFLer BRENT JONES has bought an apartment in downtown S.F.'s "sinking and tilting Millennium Tower" for $4.15M. Jones "paid cash" for the two-bedroom, 2,819-square-foot unit on the 50th floor (SFCHRONICLE.com, 11/13)....Bengals QB ANDY DALTON has sold his home in Cincinnati for $802,000. Dalton purchased the four-bedroom home in the Mount Lookout neighborhood in August '14 for $732,000. The house has "just more than 3,000 square feet with three and a half bathrooms," a fireplace and two-car garage (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/10).

PROTECTING THE PAINT: WNBA L.A. Sparks F CANDACE PARKER and her husband, former NBAer SHELDEN WILLIAMS, have put their home in Encino, Calif., "back on the market" for $4.39M. Set on 1.38 acres, the 7,058-square-foot Spanish estate comes "complete with a two-story entry, expansive lawn and basketball court" (LATIMES.com, 11/15)....Xavier men's basketball coach CHRIS MACK has sold his home in Crestview Hills, Ky., for $1.04M. The 7,000-square-foot house in the Summit Lakes neighborhood "features a full-size indoor pool with its own desert-air heating system that's visible from the family room." Mack in August bought a $1.9M home in the Villa Hills neighborhood. The house was "listed as having five bedrooms and seven bathrooms" and "sits on a 1.8-acre lot." It features a "gourmet kitchen, first-floor bar, outdoor pool and finished lower level with a bar, billiards area and exercise room" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/14).

SETH ROSENZWEIG took the reins of Team IMPACT back in August '16, overseeing the nonprofit that pairs children dealing with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic programs. This Saturday, Rosenzweig’s efforts will hit close to home, as the annual Harvard-Yale football game will feature two of the organization’s kids serving as honorary members of each team. For Rosenzweig, a Harvard grad, the game will serve as a meaningful reminder of the important work he and his team undertake each year, as well as a culmination of the two children’s own journey through Team IMPACT. Through the program, each has been able to join in on practices, game days, team meals and trips throughout Harvard and Yale’s football seasons. Rosenzweig spoke to THE DAILY about his game plan for Saturday, how his organization continues to evolve and how he spends family time.

SATURDAY KICKOFF: I was in DC earlier this week to meet with NCAA officials to talk about how we’re going to continue our partnership. Then I came back home to Massachusetts and spent time with my wife and kids. Friday night I’ll attend an event honoring Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President & CEO BOB COUGHLIN, who has been instrumental in our growth. When that concludes, I’ll head home and prepare for Saturday's game. It’s exciting not only because I went to Harvard, but also because both schools are incredibly supportive of our program. On Saturday we’ll have 10-year-old DANIEL GRAPSKI matched with Harvard, who has endured treatments stemming from a rare form of kidney cancer. He was drafted by the team last fall. On the other side, we’ll have 8-year-old DANTE CHIPPETTA matched with Yale. Dante has battled both cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment since birth. He has been with the Yale team since '14. They will serve as honorary ballboys and will be featured at halftime, among other recognitions. I’ll also spend time with officials on both teams throughout the game. I’m honored to have a role in anyway that I can. On a lighter note, I’ve got to pick Harvard for the win. They’ve been back and forth a little all year, and last season we suffered a tough loss to Yale, but I’ll stay loyal to my team and predict they’ll pull it out, even though we’re on the road.

THE GOOD STUFF: Impact was started six years ago under the essential premise of how do we improve the lives of children in pain with chronic illnesses. Then we asked, ‘What if we drafted these kids onto college athletic teams to be full-fledged members for two years.' Through the program they get a sense of belonging, a confidence boost, and they’re able to come out of the program and return to a more traditional social setting or have the tools to be successful in life no matter the occasion. What we honestly didn’t realize was the impact this would have on the college athletes and coaches themselves. It started with 17 kids in the first year, and now we’re over 1,300 matched with over 450 universities across the country. Each child interacts with his/her team at least once a week. They’re going to practices, team dinners, study hall and having the players visit them at the hospital. For the players and coaches it's a great practice in civic-mindedness, philanthropy and even career preparation for the athletes. What we've learned is that when you pair a child who’s been dealt an unfair hand with college athletes who display perseverance, something special happens, and Harvard and Yale have been partners almost since the beginning.

COVERING THE GLOBE
: In my free time, I’m a big traveler. My most recent trip was to Rwanda on a fellowship to a youth village. I like to be adventurous, see different cultures and understand different lifestyles. I'd call myself a big sports guy, though my own kids are a little too young to really get into it quite yet. I’m also a big reader and try to work out as much as I can. Weekend getaway-wise, I like to spend time down in the Outer Banks with my family to recharge.

The ECHL Norfolk Admirals fired President MICHAEL SANTOS "after just one year on the job." Santos was hired by the team "just last November" (PILOTONLINE.com, 11/16)....The Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford named former ESPN anchor MICHELLE BONNER Marketing Dir (JEWISHLEDGER.com, 11/15)....The Tallahassee Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for Leon County promoted Assistant Dir of Sports AMANDA HEIDECKER to Dir of Sports. She replaces BRIAN HICKEY, who directed the division's sports marketing operations for 12 years before leaving to serve as Exec Dir of the Florida Afterschool Network (TACVB).

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SERENA WILLIAMS on Thursday married Reddit co-Founder ALEXIS OHANIAN at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Celebrity guests included, BEYONCE, KIM KARDASHIAN, EVA LONGORIA, LA LA ANTHONY and KELLY ROWLAND. The couple "began dating" in October '15 and "got engaged" last December in Rome (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/17). Newly engaged couple CAROLINE WOZNIACKI and free agent NBAer DAVID LEE also were in attendance (NYPOST.com, 11/17).

SING ALONG
: BRYAN ADAMS “will be the musical headliner” for the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game between the Senators and Canadiens at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium on Dec. 16 (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 11/17)....HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and the GOO GOO DOLLS will perform at the ’18 PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 11/17)....

NAMES: Gold Medal-winning U.S. track & field star JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE will "receive the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor for sportsmanship, during the Musial Awards at the Peabody Opera House" in St. Louis on Saturday night (STLTODAY.com, 11/17)....Former NFLer MIKE ADAMLE will be inducted into the National Italian American Sports HOF on Saturday (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/17)....News startup Axios has raised $20M in "second-round funding" from investors that include NBCU and Monumental Sports & Entertainment investor LAURENE POWELL JOBS' Emerson Collective (VARIETY.com, 11/17)....VERNE LUNDQUIST is “recovering nicely at his Steamboat Springs, Colo., home from an eight-hour back operation” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/17)....Burglars stole $400,000 worth of goods from VENUS WILLIAMS’ Florida home “while she was at the U.S. Open." Palm Beach Gardens Police “redacted details” of what was stolen from a police report (ESPN.com, 11/17)....The Univ. of Alabama's rowing team recently "christened a pair of boats" to honor former school President ROBERT E. WITT and former AD BILL BATTLE (SECCOUNTRY.com, 11/17).

IN MEMORY: Former MUHAMMAD ALI ringside physician DR. FERDIE PACHECO, 89, "died in his sleep Thursday morning at his Miami home." Pacheco was the "lone surviving member of Ali's training team" and went on to work for NBC as a boxing analyst. Pacheco "served as Ali's cornerman and personal physician" from '62-77. He became "almost as famous as Ali" during their partnership. Pacheco worked with NBC for 19 years "following his retirement" as a ringside physician in '81 (MIAMI HERALD, 11/17).

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