Faces and Places
Institute for Sport and Social Justice
From the Institute for Sport and Social Justice Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Oct. 25, at the Orlando World Center Marriott: Richard Lapchick, founder and president of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice; Hall of Fame inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; former NBA player Grant Hill; and Charlie Rosenzweig, SVP of NBA Entertainment.
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Olympic champion and Champion Women CEO Nancy Hogshead-Makar; Olympic gold-medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber, a Giant Steps Award honoree; and Orlando Sentinel columnist George Diaz.
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Sports Equinox Experience
Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (right) and L.A. sports fan and Marine Corps veteran Orlando “Big O” Henderson pose at Goodyear Airship Operations in Carson, Calif., before embarking on the ultimate sports fan experience by riding in the Goodyear Blimp and attending all five Los Angeles pro league games — Kings, Galaxy, Rams, Dodgers and Clippers — in the historic Super Sports Equinox on Oct. 28.
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Gateway to gold
Two-time Paralympic gold-medalist Saul Mendoza (center, in white) of Mexico coaches participants in the Harris County Houston Sports Authority’s Gateway To Gold event last month at Turner Stadium in Houston. The event introduces people with disabilities to sports with Paralympians helping to coach them.
Athlete Activism + Social Justice
ESPN anchor Cari Champion interviews Pro Football Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson during the 7th annual LA84 Foundation Summit, “Athlete Activism + Social Justice: Taking Action for Our Youth,” on Oct. 18 at the JW Marriott at LA Live.
Sacramento Republic FC last month granted cancer patient Matthew Harding’s wish to become a pro soccer player. Matthew holds his jersey at a news conference with Republic GM Todd Dunivant; Jennifer Stolo, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada; and Republic President/COO Ben Gumpert. Matthew started for the Republic and scored a goal during a game on Oct. 13.
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Female leadership and the CFP
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) presented a panel discussion with the female leadership from the College Football Playoff on Oct. 16 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. Top row, from left: San Jose Earthquakes’ Jessica Smith; CFP’s Andrea Williams and Nikki Epley; moderator Hannah Gordon of the San Francisco 49ers; CFP’s Gina Lehe and Laila Brock; and Bay Area Host Committee’s Patricia Ernstrom. Bottom row, from left: Jenfranklin Digital’s Jen Franklin; Kingman & Co.’s Rina Katchur; Sutter Health’s Ariel Feigenbaum; Moxie Travel’s Megan Herrity; and Playworks’ Fayne Cohen.
AEG and Pepperdine University unveiled the first branded classroom inside Staples Center on Oct. 18 as part of a multiyear partnership. From left: AEG COO Kelly Cheeseman; Pepperdine Provost Rick Marrs; Staples Center President Lee Zeidman, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman; Pepperdine President and CEO Andrew Benton; Pepperdine CMO Rick Gibson; Pepperdine AVP Matthew Midura; AEG Global Partnerships VP Jon Werbeck; and LA Kings President Luc Robitaille.
WWE Superstars; Stephanie McMahon, WWE chief brand officer; and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE EVP, talent, live events and creative, celebrate Evolution, WWE’s first all-women’s event on Oct. 28 in front of a sold-out crowd at NYCB Live in New York.
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