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Faces and Places

Allied against violence

The Chicago Sports Alliance announced on Nov. 16 that it will donate a total of $1 million in grants in 2019 to Choose to Change, READI Chicago and the University of Chicago Crime Lab. From left: Choose 2 Change’s Chris Sutton, Bears Chairman George McCaskey, Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Chicago Bulls President/COO Michael Reinsdorf, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, READI Chicago’s Eddie Bocanegra and UC Crime Lab’s Jens Ludwig.
Photo: chicago bears


From the CME Group Tour Championship

Actor Mark Wahlberg appeared at the LPGA season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on Nov. 13 to help announce changes for the coming season, which will see the event’s purse double to $5 million at the 2019 season-ending event. From left: LPGA player Brittany Lincicome, Wahlberg, LPGA player Mo Martin, CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.
Photo: lpga / gabriel roux


Fit as a 49er

At the ribbon cutting for the 49ers Fit fitness and recovery center on Nov. 19 at Westgate Center Outlet Mall in San Jose: New Evolution Ventures EVP Mike Feeney; Sourdough Sam; Ray Wright, 49ers head strength and conditioning coach; 49ers alums Roger Craig and Guy McIntyre; 49ers Fit Chairman Mark Mastrov; 49ers alum Ian Williams; 49ers President Al Guido; 49ers VP Rob Alberino; San Jose Councilmember Chappie Jones; 49ers alum Steve Bono; 49ers Fit’s Brian Calegari; 49ers VP Moon Javaid; 49ers Enterprises VP Sean Kundu; and 49ers Fit GM Jeremy Piamonte.
Photo: san francisco 49ers


102nd PGA Annual Meeting

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh (left) announced that golf investor and philanthropist Howard Milstein was named a trustee for PGA Reach, the PGA’s charitable foundation, at the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, Calif. Milstein also announced a $1 million donation to the organization in honor of Jack Nicklaus.
Photo: pga of america


On campus in San Francisco

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the featured speaker on Oct. 23 for the Silk Speaker Series event at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center at the University of San Francisco. From left: USF Director of Special Initiatives Jennifer Azzi; USF Director of University Initiatives Bill Cartwright; USF student Zain Riaz; Kerr; USF alum Zhane Dikes; Dan Rascher, USF professor and director of academic programs, Sport Management Master’s Program; USF President Father Paul Fitzgerald.
Photo: courtesy of the university of san francisco


Hall of Fame night

A day after his Hockey Hall of Fame induction on Nov. 12, New Jersey Devils star Martin Brodeur was recognized and dropped the puck at the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. From left: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment managing partner David Blitzer; Brodeur, former Devils goaltender and current EVP of business development; and Hugh Weber, HSBE, Devils and Prudential Center president.
Photo: andy marlin / new jersey devils


Tip-Off luncheon

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation hosted its 8th annual College Basketball Tip-Off fundraiser and panel discussion on Oct. 30 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. From left: Jimmy Patsos, Under Armour consultant and Washington Wizards broadcaster; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon; Cal Ripken Jr.; former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams and Maryland Baltimore County basketball coach Ryan Odom.
Photo: robert smith jr.


Giving thanks, giving back

Clyde Drexler and James Harden serve Thanksgiving dinner to Houston families at Christa McAuliffe Middle School on Nov. 20. Harden has hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner in each of his seven seasons with the Rockets.
Photo: getty images


UFC Performance Institute Shanghai

UFC executives attended the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai launch on Nov. 19 in China: Forrest Griffin, hall of famer and VP, athlete development; CFO Andrew Schleimer; COO Lawrence Epstein; VP Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang; and UFC featherweight Wang Guan. The $14 million, 93,000-square-foot Performance Institute is scheduled to open in spring 2019.
Photo: zuffa llc


Everyone loves a parade

Former Philadelphia Flyer Bernie Parent and former New York Ranger Mike Richter ride the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22 in New York City.
Photo: getty images


Cleveland Clinic luncheon in Las Vegas

The Cleveland Clinic Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition Luncheon was held last month at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. From left: Top Rank Boxing President Todd DuBoef; UFC VP Marc Ratner; Las Vegas Lights FC owner and CEO Brent Lashbrook; Professional Bull Riders CEO Sean Gleason; former Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and his wife, Lauralyn; Cleveland Clinic’s Keep Memory Alive board member Michael Severino; Lou Ruvo Center Associate Director Dr. Charles Bernick; and UFC COO Lawrence Epstein.
Photo: cleveland clinic


Golden Goggle Awards

USA Swimming celebrated the achievements of this year’s aquatic athletes at the Golden Goggle Awards on Nov. 19 in New York City. USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey presented (from left) Ryan Murphy of Cal with the award for male swimmer of the year, Katie Ledecky of Stanford for female swimmer of the year and Stanford coach Greg Meehan for coach of the year.
Photo: usa swimming / mike lewis


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