"I have been part of the Cleveland community for nine years now. [Giving back] is just something that my mom and my dad instilled in me to take care of the people that take care of you. This community has always taken care of me. No matter where you are in life, you can lend a helping hand, be part of the community and give back, and a lot of times, you give back to help somebody, but those interactions fill you up, as well.
The ninth-year pro has also been named to an AP All-Pro team four consecutive years (2018-21), including first-team honors in 2021; selected to the PFWA All-NFL team twice (2020 and 2021); and recognized on the Sporting News All-Pro Team in 2020 and 2021.
Bitonio and Courtney are strong ambassadors for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In addition to regularly donating their time and money to the organization, for the past two years Bitonio has served as a co-chair of "Taste of the Browns," the group's largest fundraiser.
Continuing his support throughout the holiday season, Bitonio has participated in a Shop with a Pro event every year since joining the team, personally funding the night for Northeast Ohio youth each of the past five years.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide's 8th Annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee's last name or Twitter handle (#WPMOYChallengeBitonio *or *#WPMOYChallenge @JoelBitonio). The player whose unique mention is used the most between Dec. 6 and Jan. 8 will receive a $25,000 contribution to his charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.
*Denotes national NFL finalist prior to 2018; previously the pool of 32 nominees was decreased to approximately three individuals before the winner was ultimately selected; in recent years, all honorees have been recognized as finalists
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today wide receiver Mike Evans as its nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide. Considered the league's most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. This is the third consecutive year that Evans has been nominated for the award. Each of the league's 32 nominees were announced today.
"It's an honor to be recognized with the very best in the league for the impact that we make in our communities," said Evans. "I'm blessed to play football for a living, but the true value of our work comes in how we uplift those in need of support. To be nominated three years in a row, it's extremely humbling."
And last season, Evans formed a special bond over Zoom with Marco Solis, a 23-year-old patient at Moffitt Cancer Center battling metastatic colorectal cancer. Evans was inspired by Marco's positive outlook despite his terminal prognosis and supported the family with care packages and financial assistance leading up to Marco's passing in July of 2020. Evans hosted the Solis family at a game to greet them in person for the first time, during which he took the field for warm-ups in specially-designed cleats honoring Marco and the way he helped uplift others in his final months battling the disease.
"In fact, five or six years before I even thought about running, for whatever reason they named me Man of the Year in Michigan. I said, how come? I didn't even understand it myself, but I was named Man of the Year," Trump said Thursday.
Recognized as MAN OF THE YEAR in his community, Dr. Robert Hart lives the good life, has a hot wife....who flaunts her stuff, a 20 year old son Jonah from his first marriage who comes to stay as well as his friend Nick who resides in the guest house.
Since being selected by the Falcons in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Lindstrom has been influential both on and off the field in the City of Atlanta. Over the past four years, he has been instrumental in launching a Georgia chapter of Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lindstrom, who has a buddy of his own, has been heavily involved with Best Buddies prior to entering the NFL.
In addition to his work with Best Buddies, this year Lindstrom surprised local teachers with a shopping spree for their classrooms at the beginning of the school year, served meals to families in need at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House and brought a food truck to Flowery Branch High School to visit with and feed the football team leading up to their homecoming game. The fourth-year offensive lineman also cooked dinner for a breast cancer fighter and her family at the Atlanta Falcons Dazzle & Dine event, provided Thanksgiving meals to those in need on Atlanta's Westside during Falcons Feast, took part in the organization's visit to Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington, spent time with hospital staff at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for their season kickoff party and cleaned Anderson Park on Atlanta's Westside during the Falcons Hometown Huddle event.
"Things I value are commitment, loyalty and perseverance. When I think of those three words, I think of Chris Lindstrom," Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International Anthony Kennedy Shriver said. "I'm super proud that he's gotten matched up with one of our participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He's been at this for four years, communicating, engaging and relentlessly paying attention to somebody who is really one of the most vulnerable people in our community. If it wasn't for Chris Lindstrom, we wouldn't have Best Buddies Georgia. We launched Best Buddies Georgia under his leadership and dedication."
Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide's eighth annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote for Lindstrom on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by Lindstrom or @C_Lindstrom63. The player whose unique mention is used the most between Dec. 6 and Jan. 8 will receive a $25,000 contribution to his charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.
The event this week is the latest in an extensive list of activities that Cole has been involved in to support the Special Olympics. Earlier this year, Cole participated in sending off the local Special Olympians contingent who were competing in the USA Games in Orlando, Florida. He spent quality time with athletes and coaches over an exclusive dinner at the popular Las Vegas eatery Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen and presented each Special Olympian with a custom Raiders jersey and gifts.
Last year, Cole took part in the Special Olympics Nevada's International Day of Dance while in 2020 he participated in several events in the midst of the pandemic, beginning with virtually participating in the Special Olympics Nevada Health and Fitness at Home. Cole led athletes from Nevada and Northern California in a fun and engaging virtual workout as part of the Healthy Athletes program.
During the 2022 season, Prescott missed five games with a broken thumb, but returned to lead the Cowboys to a top-5 scoring offense and a 12-5 record. He also guided the franchise to its first road playoff win in 30 years, outlasting Tampa Bay's Tom Brady in the final game of his career.
Overcoming adversity and striving for excellence is what motivates Prescott on the field and in the community through his Faith Fight Finish foundation (FFF). He has missed at least one game due to injury in each of the last three years, including the final 10 games of 2020 when he suffered a devastating ankle injury that required surgery.
Alongside his mother, Nateal, and seven siblings, Campbell formed the CRC Foundation in 2009 and has engaged in numerous charitable initiatives throughout his 12-year NFL career. The CRC Foundation, named for his late father, Charles, is committed to the enhancement of the community through the teaching of critical life skills to young people, transforming them into empowered and self-aware leaders of the future. Campbell spoke of his father on stage while accepting the award Saturday night.
"My dad passed away when I was 17 years old. It was a hard moment, but he left me with so many life lessons, one being failure is a part of the process. We are all going to fail, but those failures become lessons if we learn from them and never give up. My goal when I give back is to inspire people, to encourage people to believe that dreams are achievable if you put the work in. Everybody, and I mean everybody, can give back. It doesn't matter where you are in your life. Reach back and help someone. It's our duty to help our neighbors. Even if you can only give five minutes to someone in need, give it to them. That one-on-one quality time, that little bit of extra time can make a world of difference. Those five minutes can change a life."
The Foundation launched its inaugural "31 for the Holidays" program this year, announcing grants to Denver Rescue Mission and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Martin County, providing holiday gifts for more than 130 children and supporting 25 families.
Throughout the last year, Simmons and his teammates collaborated with local activists to push for decarceration of non-violent offenders and clemency reform. He was featured in ACLU Colorado's Redemption Campaign, a statewide initiative to safely release thousands of people from prison who pose no public safety risk. Simmons continuously meets with Governor Jared Polis' office to discuss utilizing clemency in new and transformational ways. 781b155fdc