By Amarylis Martinez
Philadelphia Phillie and 2008 World Series champion, Ryan Howard, is in the Christmas spirit! On behalf of the Ryan Howard Family Foundation he is donating athletic apparel valued at approximately $1.2 million to the Philadelphia School District. A very happy Philly mayor, Michael Nutter, took to Twitter to express his gratitude Thursday afternoon stating:
“Ryan Howard Family Foundation just donated $1.2m to Philly Schools for sports uniforms and footwear. Incredibly generous. Thanks Ryan!”
The Ryan Howard Family Foundation launched in 2009 with the mission of supporting underprivileged children and families.
Get the full story regarding Howard’s Philadelphia School District donation by visiting his foundation’s official site.
By Amarylis Martinez
Here at StarsPower we believe in “Blogging a Better Planet” which is why we have chosen to focus on stars’ efforts outside of the U.S. today. This past weekend, Arsenal Football Club dedicated its Premier League match against Fulham to Save the Children. Save the Children is Arsenal’s global charity partner, supporting the cause of providing less fortunate children with the necessities for a better life and providing them the chance to grow and reach their full potential.
Deciding to dedicate a game to Save the Children meant more than writing a check and playing soccer in their honor. Arsenal used their star’s power to make their game day an all day affair in support of their charity and its cause. Thanks to these soccer playing pros, Emirates Stadium was full of fundraising initiatives.
To kick-start the fund raising process players and staff donated a day’s wages to their global partner foundation. During warm-ups both Arsenal and Fulham wore Save the Children t-shirts in honor of supporting the charity and its efforts. Pre game, players Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere surprised fans as they personally sold and collected raffle tickets. During half-time, Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus, led a successful monetary collection where fans happily donated to the cause. 50 pence from every game day program sold was donated, along with a portion of the proceeds of Arsenal’s co-branded charity sportsbands being sold in the team store.
Players took their role in this partnership seriously. When speaking of Save the Children team captain Robin Van Persie said:
“The whole squad was given a presentation by Save the Children recently, who explained what they are doing all over the world. It’s unbelievable and we really appreciate their work. We all realize we can’t save the world but we can all do our little bit”
StarsPower is here to say that we can in fact save the world and we are proud of Van Persie’s Arsenal for contributing by helping Save the Children this weekend.
Be a Gooner. Be a giver. Make a contribution to Save the Children on behalf of Arsenal at http://www.justgiving.com/beagoonerbeagiver
For more information on Arsenal and Save the Children visit their official website at http://www.arsenal.com/savethechildren
*To Star Gaze Arsenal’s game day dedication to charity, click HERE