Nevada’s new sports teams may help boost philanthropic numbers

President of the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation John Coogan, left, Executive Director of the Raiders Foundation Chris Mallory and Simon Keith, founder of the kimono Keith Foundation, discuss sports philanthropy Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Las Vegas City Hall at the seventh annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit, hosted by Las Vegas philanthropy consulting firm Moonridge Group. Nicole Raz Las Vegas Review-Journal. Nevada’s new sports teams will likely help to further propel Nevada’s philanthropy landscape. Speaking on a panel Friday, Executive Director of the Raiders Foundation Chris Mallory said he anticipates a significant amount of fundraising in 2018. “All of that fundraising we’ll be doing in Las Vegas will stay in Las Vegas,” he told a crowd of about 400 business leaders involved with philanthropic giving and corporate social responsibility. “It is extremely important for us to give out as much as we can so when the team gets here in 2020, it’s just icing on the cake.” Mallory addressed a crowd at Las Vegas City Hall at the seventh annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit, hosted by Las Vegas philanthropy consulting firm Moonridge Group. Mallory said he moved to Las Vegas in July 2016, to begin assessing community needs. “What has surprised me the most is youth and veteran homelessness,” he said. Among major cities, Las Vegas had the third highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth (2,052) in 2017, according to a December report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “What we would look to do is help with that in terms of funding, as well as to let people know that this is going on,” Mallory said. Speaking on the same panel, John Coogan, president of the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, said he was also surprised at Las Vegas’ amount of homeless people. But his investment strategy, he said, is to focus on families. “When you strengthen a family, you help strengthen a Continue Reading

Mike Abramson’s Goal With Yard Goats Is To Make The Team Even More Popular

Just so you know, Tim Restall, the new president of the Yard Goats, has not allowed his ascension to alter his point of view about hands-on service to his organization. That is why his hands were on a snow shovel last week, clearing away the slop on Main Street blocking the path to his team’s front door. “Someone walked by me and said, ‘You guys do everything.’ It’s a team effort,” Restall said last week. Well, the team will look a little different in 2018. Not only will there be a new manager, Warren Schaeffer, and a new corps of coaches tutoring new players, but Restall’s rise from general manager to president led to the naming of a successor, Mike Abramson. “Mike is going to focus on the day-to-day operation, from guest services to ticket sales to concessions. I will be more focused on big picture items, working with our community programs and getting some outside events into the ballpark,” Restall said. “I call it bringing a more global vision to the organization, looking further down the line and other ways to utilize Dunkin’ Donuts ballpark.” Abramson, 43, was the Yard Goats’ assistant GM last season, and he has 12 years of experience in the front offices of minor league baseball, beginning with six years as the VP of business development for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Abramson’s mission is to build upon a sturdy foundation. There was no better organization in minor league baseball last season than the Yard Goats, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. And that’s not idle chatter. The Yard Goats’ new home, Dunkin’ Donuts Park, lit the downtown skyline like a beacon. It was so successful that named the Goats as its 2017 team of the year. Earlier in the summer, Dunkin’ Donuts Park also won the Ballpark Digest fan vote for the best Double A ballpark in the United States. The Yard Goats Continue Reading

LaVar Ball is too busy trying to obliterate the system to care about your opinions

Father. Husband. Jerk. Misogynist. Basketball Coach. Lunatic. Racist. Loud Mouth. Community Service Volunteer. Role Model. Embellisher. Genius. Troublemaker. LaVar Ball is a lot of things to a lot of a different people. But there is one thing that everyone with an opinion on Ball can all agree upon: He isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Ball's arrival on the scene is dependent on how closely you follow high school basketball. My introduction came during June of last year when I read a story by Danny Chau from The Ringer titled: "Be Like Steph? LaVar Ball and his three sons are trying to change basketball, one 30-foot shot at a time." The story is a precursor to what we would all eventually learn. That the Ball family is led by an eccentric father that thinks outside the box about almost everything. It was an introduction to how Ball wanted to have his sons change the game with their style of play, while not caring if fans, opposing coaches, or basketball purists would be upset with the idea of kids shooting 30-footers with no conscience. But, we soon discovered that's who LaVar Ball is. He's layered, complicated, smart and a head-scratcher all in one. I don't know LaVar Ball, and to be honest, I don't want to. He's done more than enough to turn me off. However, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate his genius. Because love him or hate him, Ball is the only person who can take on the NCAA, and he knows it. Ball's youngest son, LaMelo, may go down as the most famous high school basketball player ever. While he still has two years of high school left, he already has 2.5 million followers on Instagram, drives a Lamborghini, and is the first high school player to ever have his own signature shoe: The MB1, which is selling for $395. Which is $100 less than his older brother Lonzo Ball's shoe, both of course part of the families' label Big Baller Brand. High school kids aren't supposed to have their own shoes because they're supposed to ask their Continue Reading

Jets looking to enter Jersey lottery game with team scratch-off

The Jets are about to hit the lottery and the payoff could be $1 million.Sources told the Daily News Thursday that the Jets and New Jersey are in serious discussions about the state using the Jets logo on a scratch-off lottery game during the upcoming 2009 NFL season and that an announcement could come in the next week. The Jets, who had no comment, have also been negotiating with New York and Connecticut about similar games. The Giants have not entered into any lottery agreement, but a team source said they "are not ruling it out." In other words, hey, you never know. At the May 19-20 spring meetings in Fort Lauderdale, league owners voted to allow teams to enter into licensing agreements with state-sponsored lottery games as another avenue to increase revenue in tough economic times. One source estimated, based on the revenue produced by other sports teams' involvements in lottery games, that the Jets' take could be around $1 million this year. Jets owner Woody Johnson, a member of the league's business ventures committee, has been pushing for the league to take this step, which has met with resistance in recent years. In the last few months, Johnson has been making his case to other owners with backing from the Redskins and Patriots, the two teams that have already announced lottery deals. The Skins made a deal with Virginia and the Patriots with Massachusetts. The league is against betting on its games and is currently fighting Delaware's plans to legalize gambling on games. "The lottery is something completely different," one NFL source said. "It is not related to the outcome of games. We don't want there to be any correlation to the outcome of games and anything the team is doing. There is a significant difference between betting on the outcome of games and buying lottery tickets." Lotteries are designed to raise money for state-funded ventures, primarily education. Presumably having scratch-off games featuring NFL team logos will increase the popularity and Continue Reading

Truex eager to be top gun for DEI next season

Truex takes first career win at DoverThe departure of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could have a positive impact on driver Martin Truex, Jr. In fact, Truex, a native of the Mayetta section of Stafford Township, N.J., is looking ahead to Earnhardt's exit as a way to elevate himself within the DEI operation. "I think it will kind of put me a little bit more in the limelight or spotlight, so to speak," Truex said. "I think I'll have more opportunities with some sponsors coming into DEI working with me instead of everybody wanting to come here and work with Dale Jr." No doubt, being the No. 2 driver at a shop built by a legendary driver and fielding cars for the guy's son hasn't always been easy. "It's kind of been a little difficult at times playing second fiddle to him," Truex admitted. "So in that aspect, it will open some doors for me, give me some new opportunities, which I look forward to." Since Earnhardt, Jr. rocked the NASCAR world with news that he would leave the house his father built at season's end, the chatter has been about where he'll go and what he'll do. Yet, DEI goes on, and unless DEI makes a blockbuster hire, Truex will be the No. 1 gun. That means, each week they're trying to win. "To be honest with you, not really much has changed," Truex said of the post Jr. announcement. "We're still going ahead with all our plans, trying to make every department of the company stronger, trying to get our engines better, trying to get our engineering program better." Little has changed since Jr. said he was leaving. "I'm going out there, working hard, trying to get better each week," he said. "Our race team's doing a great job. That's the biggest thing I look at, is where we're at with our race team, and things are looking good. We're going forward, getting better each week. With a little bit of luck we could be sitting here with two or three wins already. We're excited about the rest of the year and the future here at DEI."Earnhardt and Continue Reading

GOOD TO BE KING. Even after 57-game streak is snapped, Queens school rules

Lorin Dixon had never lost a high school basketball game, never before winced at a scoreboard after the final buzzer. She'd won 57 straight games with Christ the King's varsity over the last two seasons, another 24 victories her freshman year on jayvee. But there she was on Friday night inside the gold-and-maroon gym in Middle Village - on opening night of a new season, no less - fouling out in overtime during a 58-54 defeat to Holy Cross of Kensington, Md. Dixon sat on the bench, watched Shontice Simmons of Holy Cross drop in two free throws with 5. 6 seconds left to clinch the upset. And then Lorin did what she had to do. She cried her eyes out. "I'd never lost, so it's a shock," the little playmaker said. "I felt like I let the team down. There are things we have to work on. This is not last year's team. " Dixon lined up graciously, shook hands with the conquering invaders. The Royals had earned this rare defeat by missing 19 of 41 free throws, blowing many layups and turning over the ball 24 times. Dixon accepted condolence hugs from coaches and friends. Then she took her 19 points into the locker room and sobbed quietly. "I'm going to have to keep her away tonight from bridges and tall buildings," her father, Kirby, said afterward. "She hates to lose. " How would she know about that, really, until Friday night? Dixon, a 5-4 bolt of lightning, has played for the city's greatest sports team, a dynasty that has easily outshined the Yankees over the past 25 years. Christ the King has captured 13 state championships and five national titles. These girls own a special place in the heart and soul of their school, representing a program that has bred some of the greatest women basketball players in history. "It's what makes Christ the King a name that's recognized nationally," says Peter Mannarino, the principal. "We'd like to bring the rest of our academic programs up to that kind of level. " Chamique Holdsclaw and Sue Bird graduated from here Continue Reading

Guide to Area Schools

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Independent and coeducational, the college provides a strong academic and value-oriented education. It aims to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social repsonsibility and service. For the fourth consecutive year, the 2006 ranking of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report named St. Joseph’s in the top tier of the Northern Comprehensive Colleges.With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, L.I., the college offers degrees in over 22 majors, special course offerings and certificates and affiliated and pre-professional programs. Graduate degrees include an executive MBA, MBA in accounting, and master’s degrees in management, nursing, literacy/cognition and infant/toddler early childhood special education.St. Joseph’s progressive academic approach is combined with outstanding inter-active teaching and hands-on experiences. Professors and instructors encourage students to develop their own views and approaches as they apply them to real-life situations.St. Joseph’s newest programs — a BS in criminal justice, a BS in organizational management through the Online Degree Program (OMOP); an MS with a major in nursing; and the MA in literacy/cognition — allow graduates to step right into these growing fields.Dorm space is available for Brooklyn students. For more information, call (718) 636-6868 (Brooklyn); (631) 447-3219 (Patchogue); or log on to and flexibility are two of the most important characteristics of an Empire State College education. The school caters to working adults who choose to pursue academic goals. With work, family and other obligations, Empire students appreciate what the college offers. They study with faculty mentors who Continue Reading

FIVE RING CIRCUS. Team USA not as warm & fuzzy as advertised

NBC's Olympic game plan probably didn't call for Bode Miller to make an appearance on "60 Minutes" (on CBS, no less) and admit that he skied drunk. And it's unlikely Visa has an ad campaign in the pipeline that highlights the sexual harassment complaints against the U. S. Olympic skeleton coach. But both stories are among a number of recent embarrassments leading up to next month's Games in Turin, Italy. American athletes are generating more publicity than the best PR machines could possibly hope to churn out. The athletes, the USOC and their corporate sponsors might debate whether the publicity is a boon or not, but such is the state of the Winter Olympics in a nation sporting a larger summer spirit. Two things sell in the Winter Olympics: stars and scandal. So far it's been more of the latter, though that may not necessarily be a bad thing. "I think this type of a story (Bode Miller) plus the (Michelle) Kwan story - this is free publicity that NBC couldn't buy," says Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who is now a consultant for the IOC. Pilson was president at CBS Sports during the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan soap opera that preceded and was part of the '94 Lillehammer Games. "And while (networks) are not necessarily looking for negative stories about athletes, to the extent that (these same stories) create a public awareness and a public interest in how the athlete performs, they generate viewership. " The Kerrigan story, in fact, generated massive ratings. "I would suggest that the Nancy Kerrigan story was viewed for what it was - it was a criminal act to one of the future, anticipated stars of the Games," Pilson says. "She then stages a comeback. And both of them make the Olympic team? I mean, we got a 48 rating for the short program and a 44 rating for the long program. That was a much more negative story than Miller. " Still, a heartwarming story - or a couple dozen - along the lines of "Miracle on Ice" or Dan Continue Reading

Bruce Jenner will debut new look in early July, transition to a woman carefully concocted with the help of Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner

Bruce Jenner will come out as “her” sooner than we thought! The transgendered father of 10, who was slowly morphing into the woman he always felt he was, will debut his new look to the public in early July. The carefully executed PR plan was concocted with the help of stepdaughter Kim Kardashian and ex-wife Kris Jenner. Bruce is finalizing the details, which include a being on the cover of Vanity Fair to debut his new look, but (the family) is worried and wants to make sure he’s taken seriously. “We all saw what happened with the In Touch cover. He wants to be taken seriously,” says our source. Last January, In Touch magazine embarrassingly ran a photoshopped cover of Jenner, with the headline, “Bruce’s Story: My Life As a Woman,” with an image of his face on “Dynasty” star Stephanie Beacham’s body in a scarf and red top. Our source adds that another option Jenner is considering is to take a page out of Angelina Jolie’s PR playbook and set up a shot where a photographer “accidentally” captures Bruce running errands, dressed as “her.” “He will set it up ahead of time and either come out on a normal day — and from then on he’ll be a woman in his daily life for the public — or he’ll go to a dinner and be in a dress. But it’s likely he’ll ease us into the nighttime look,” says our source. It’s likely the Vanity Fair cover will come out on the same day Jenner makes his public debut, in one coordinated and seamless media plan. Even better, we’re told Kim, whom Jenner called the most understanding of his life change in his ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, has completely “overhauled” her stepdad’s closet and turned him “high fashion.” “When you hang with Kim you have to keep up, and that includes Bruce,” Continue Reading

CARIBBEAT: Live broadcast of Jamaica’s thrilling Boys and Girls Champs coming to Queens from Team Jamaica Bickle organization

After marking its 20th anniversary last year, the Team Jamaica Bickle track and field program for Caribbean high school athletes is picking up its pace in 2015 by adding a live viewing of the exciting Jamaica Boys and Girls Championships to its agenda. The Jamaica, Queens-based TJB will show the prestigious track event, known as simply as “Champs,” in New York on March 28 at the Magnet Lounge, 241-05 Linden Blvd., in Queens, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — one of about 40 locations around the world getting a live look at the annual gathering of Jamaica’s world-class scholastic runners, jumpers and throwers. TJB officials urge Jamaican high school graduates - who religiously follow the exploits of their respective alma maters - to bring their school colors and cheer on their team during the broadcast of Champs. Many top-flight participants in the Jamaica event, which dates back to 1910, take in Philadelphia's Penn Relays track meet every April - which attracts athletes and fans from across the U.S. and around the world. For two decades, TJB has helped visiting athletes from Jamaica and other Caribbean nations get accommodations, transportation and food they are accustomed to while at the Penn Relays. The nonprofit organization’s volunteers and sponsors are gearing up for this year’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia, April 23 through 25. The successes of Jamaican high school athletes and Olympic-caliber competitors have been followed at Penn by participants from Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Grenada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean locations. As the Penn Relays, there are TJB-sponsored Thanksgiving services, an awards reception and the big annual breakfast at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Bronx on April 18. For information on Team Jamaica Bickle, to make a donation and lend support, call (718) 523-2861, send email to For tickets and information on the Penn Relays, visit Continue Reading