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NFL Join the Team: Back to Football Friday


On Friday, September 10, 2010, in every city and small town across the country, the passion for NFL football teams will be on full display. In schools, office buildings, and local stores nationwide, every person will celebrate the first weekend of the new NFL season by wearing their favorite team’s gear.

This fall the NFL and United Way are teaming up for Back to Football Friday, a first-of-its-kind campaign to make youth health and wellness a nationwide priority. We are encouraging fans of all ages to show their NFL team pride at work and in school on Friday, September 10th, in celebration of the start of the NFL season and to join our efforts to end childhood obesity.


Individuals can support United Way youth health and wellness by wearing their favorite football gear to work and encouraging their colleagues to do the same. The employer or group of individuals that show the most NFL team pride will receive an office celebration hosted by the NFL.

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The 34 schools across the nation that show the most NFL team pride will be selected as NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools. The winning schools will receive a visit from a real NFL player and a $10,000 health and wellness grant.

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Staff writer, Sports Business Journal

Published June 28, 2010 : Page 33

MLB sponsors are generally following the league’s initiatives when it comes to All-Star Game activation, plugging into a variety of “Going Beyond” initiatives, or adding complementary cause-related activities.

Bank of America will use the game to tout its call for volunteerism, which earlier this year saw BofA employees pledging 1 million volunteer hours to a variety of charitable causes. Its space at the All-Star Game FanFest will show attendees where and how they can help community causes, while the company plans to break creative during the All-Star Game on Fox that will showcase its commitment to volunteerism.

Drawstring pack giveaway bears the MLB Authentic Collection logo; Taco Bell has its name on street banners.

Around 40 percent of the ad inventory on the Fox broadcast has been purchased by MLB corporate sponsors, said John Brody, senior vice president of corporate sales and marketing for MLB.

Among other partners, MasterCard will reprise its “Hit it Here” promo, in which any batter hitting the MasterCard signs during the State Farm Home Run Derby or during the All-Star Game will generate a $1 million donation to Stand Up To Cancer.

Holiday Inn is sponsoring a hit tracker sign during the game and donating $1,000 for each hit to cancer causes.

Taco Bell, headquartered in nearby Irvine, will be the presenting sponsor of the All-Star Game Selection Show on Sunday. Taco Bell will also have its name on the more than 500 street banners in and around Anaheim.

New All-Star Game balloting partners this year were Scotts (at Lowe’s stores) and Firestone (in-park). Around the game, Scotts will help stage two baseball field refurbishments, which are also supported by Chevrolet.

MLB also is reprising its Sunday morning 5K run for charity, again with Nike and The Sports Authority as lead sponsors and benefiting four cancer-related causes. The annual All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy will be broadcast on MLB Network at 4 p.m. EDT and show the parade of Chevy vehicles carrying MLB All-Stars to Angel Stadium on a route that includes Disneyland.

Sponsors and licensees will also have their usual activation opportunities at the All-Star FanFest at the Anaheim Convention Center, which opens the Friday before the game. Spokesmen for FanFest are Angels players (past and present) Rod Carew and Torii Hunter.

Taco Bell will sponsor the giveaway of branded ticket holders/lanyards at Sunday’s Futures Game; State Farm will replicate that giveaway at its Home Run Derby on Monday. The game day giveaway will be supported by the licensing side of the house. It will be a drawstring pack branded with the All-Star Game and MLB Authentic Collection logos, with All-Star Game Logo Bandz from licensee Team Beans/Forever Collectibles, along with a booklet of coupons offering discounts that can be used for purchases on MLB.com’s online shop.


Last week, tennis stars John McEnroe and Melanie Oudin played in a charity exhibition for Pam Shriver’s 24th annual Baltimore Community Foundation Tennis Challenge.   McEnroe was his usual self, jabbering away and making sure all the calls went his way: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal-sp.tennis10dec10,0,5006023.story

In the above video, Bryan Clay shares his thoughts on what allowed him to succeed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and his bond with fellow competitors.  He also speaks of how competiting can serve as a vehicle for his foundation to help others realize their potential.

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packer and University of Michigan alumnus, has pledged $2 million to University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. This will help provide funding for research in the The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund for the hospital that will open in 2012. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4691757

Hannah Teter, 2006 gold medalist snowboarder from Vermont, has become the first athlete to be apart of a Ben and Jerry’s themed ice cream. This ice cream, which will be called Maple Blondie, will benefit Teter’s charity Hannah’s Gold, with all proceeds going to her projects in Africa: http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/11/ben_jerrys_hono.html


Yao Ming, already known for his large philanthropic efforts, has donated $100,000 to rebuild four playgrounds that were damaged by Hurricane Ike last year: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6724123.html

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