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Volume 7 No. 50
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Franchise Notes: Aberdeen Execs Donate £50,000 To New Season Ticket Scheme

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen launched a "supported season ticket scheme which the club's directors have kick-started" with a £50,000 ($67,600) donation. The initiative -- branded "Aberdeen for All" -- will allow the club's fans to contribute to a fund which will be used to "help supporters from deprived areas attend home matches." Team execs "have thrown their weight behind the fundraising drive by handing over cash to fund an initial 200 tickets" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 9/19).

Everton and Sunderland players "will wear shirts promoting the Bradley Lowery Foundation" when they meet in the English Football League Cup on Wednesday. Sunderland fan Bradley "died after a long illness in July," aged 6. SportPesa and Dafabet, the official shirt sponsors of Everton and Sunderland, respectively, "agreed to the idea" (BBC, 9/18).

As part of the U.S. State Department's Sports Envoy program, the Harlem Globetrotters will visit Lithuania and Estonia this week to promote the value of teamwork. These programs help bolster the U.S.'s cultural and social ties with the governments and people of two long-standing partners and strong NATO allies (Harlem Globetrotters).