The Good Stuff: Athletes, Sports Figures Spread Holiday Cheer
Saints Owner GAYLE BENSON "quietly fulfilled more than 400 layaway orders" at a New Orleans Walmart, totaling nearly $100,000 (NOLA.com, 12/4).
BOSTON BENEFITS: The Celtics held a "pre-Christmas shopping spree for 20 kids from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families Condon Community Center." The kids were "ushered into Target," where they were "surprised" by G TERRY ROZIER and F JAYSON TATUM (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/4)....More than 20 Patriots players were "on hand at the annual holiday party as about 250 children in need from the Salvation Army and community centers throughout New England were treated to food and holiday-themed games and presents" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/4)....DAVID ORTIZ held "another successful David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic," where he raised nearly $1M for the David Ortiz Children's Fund. The 11th edition of the event featured Baseball HOFers PEDRO MARTINEZ, BARRY LARKIN and JOHN SMOLTZ, as well as Pro Football HOFers RAY LEWIS and WARREN SAPP (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/5)....As a countdown to the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium, the Bruins "welcomed season ticket holders" to their recent Winter Warmer event (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/4).
FOR THE KIDS: ALEX RODRIGUEZ and JENNIFER LOPEZ "helped raise" more than $1M for the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, which serves 19,000 local children (TAMPABAY.com, 12/4)....Ducks players yesterday "helped Christmas come early for 15 Orange County children during a holiday shopping spree at the Irvine Spectrum Target." Ducks players JAKOB SILFVERBERG, CARTER ROWNEY, KIEFER SHERWOOD, RYAN KESLER, RICKARD RAKELL, JOSH MANSON, JACOB LARSSON and G JOHN GIBSON all participated in the shopping spree (OCREGISTER.com, 12/4)....Chargers RB MELVIN GORDON yesterday "kept his commitment to help deliver 100 new bicycles to youth from Los Angeles Southeast football organization" (LATIMES.com, 12/4).