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Adidas Celebrates Jesse Owens with Black History Month Footwear Collection

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Jesse Owens Collection by Adidas

Inspired by the triumph of an American sports and cultural hero, adidas celebrates Jesse Owens with its Black History Month footwear collection.

The facts are simple, Jesse Owens was the most famous track and field athlete of all time, and in 1950 when the Associated Press conducted a poll to determine the greatest track and field athlete of the first half of the twentieth century, the results didn’t even come close – Owens by a landslide.

Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens
Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens

Raised in Ohio with Alabama roots, it was in the span of 45 minutes on one single afternoon on May 25, 1935, at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan that Owens electrified the sports world with the greatest one-man, one-day performance the sport had ever known – breaking three world records and tying a fourth.

One year later, at the 1936 Berlin summer games, Owens became a groundbreaking athlete and symbol for social justice and equality after a historic performance where he became the first American track & field athlete to win four gold medals in a single games, all while under tremendous global tension.

Owens accomplished the feat in track spikes hand-crafted by adidas founder Adi Dassler, who carried the glove leather spikes from his workshop in Herzogenaurach, a Bavarian village just 300 miles to the South. Owens’ athletic performance, wearing the spikes of adidas, marked one of the most significant sports and cultural moments of the 20th century.

“The Owens family is pleased to partner with adidas for Black History Month with a commemorative basketball shoe. On the feet of athletes who compete in the spirit of Jesse’s historic accomplishments, these shoes encompass the significance of one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.”

Concurrently, the Focus Features Jesse Owens biopic “Race” will hit theaters on February 19.

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NFL Players Sport “I Can’t Breathe” Message to Support Eric Garner Protests

1cb2f3ce08f69330670f6a706700a6d6LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — A week after their “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” show of solidarity, several St. Louis Rams players made another societal statement Sunday with the message: “I Can’t Breathe.”

The slogan refers to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A grand jury decided last week that it would not indict the officer. A video of the arrest showed Garner gasping, “I can’t breathe.”

Guard Davin Joseph wrote the words on the cleats he wore during pregame warmups before the Rams beat the Washington Redskins 24-0. Tight end Jared Cook had it written on his wrist tape. Receiver Kenny Britt had several names — including Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin — written on his blue and gold cleats. The names were of black men or teens whose deaths led to protests.

“I feel like we should support what we feel is right,” said Joseph, who intended to wear the cleats during the game but had to change because of the condition of the slick turf at the Redskins’ stadium. “We should always have an opinion of sticking up for people who don’t have a voice.”

Joseph Tweeted an image of his shoes before the game with the message: “R.I.P. Eric Garner.”

Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush

Players at other NFL games expressed similar sentiments. Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush had “I Can’t Breathe” written in black across his blue warmup shirt. Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi wrote the message on the back of the shirt he wore before a game in Cleveland.

“Honestly, I’ve always been the quiet kid. I’ve always been the one who’s reserved, to kind of sit back and not really get into politics and things like that,” said Bush, whose mother has been a police officer for about 20 years. “But I don’t know why I just felt some kind of … I guess the situation just touched me.

“It’s kind of resonated with me. Not because I’ve been through a similar situation or because I’ve seen anybody go through it. I just really felt terrible about what was going on these past couple of weeks.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell supported Bush’s action.

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NBA Star Derrick Rose Donates $1 Million To After-School Program In Chicago

Derrick Rose, pictured at the Basketball World Cup earlier this month, says his donation will help kids reach their potential.
Derrick Rose, pictured at the Basketball World Cup earlier this month, says his donation will help kids reach their potential.

Nice move.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has donated $1 million to a program for disadvantaged teens, the team announced this week.

After School Matters provides apprenticeships for Chicago students in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.

“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” Rose, who hails from Chicago’s Engelwood neighborhood, said in a statement. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”

The Chicago Tribune noted that Rose’s high school, Simeon Career Academy, participates in the program.

Rose’s previous charitable contributions include the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

The guard has missed most of the last few seasons with knee injuries. The Bulls begin training camp on Monday for the 2014-15 season.

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Tyler Perry Helps Evicted Atlanta Family With Sick Teen Pay Rent

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A family that faced eviction upon returning from a Make-A-Wish event has new hope for a stable home.  Xernna Nieves said her family arrived home at their Stockbridge apartment to find an eviction notice. 

The family lives in the Ashley Woods Apartments. Nieves’ 16-year-old son has severe aplastic anemia and has already had two bone marrow transplants.  At the time, Nieves said she could not put into words what it would mean if she and her family of five were evicted.  “I have no place to go. I really have no place to go,” she told Channel 2’s Jade Hernandez Monday evening.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.46.41 PMNieves admitted she has had trouble paying rent and hasn’t been paying on time, but the apartment complex has always worked with her and in turn, she always pays rent.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation paid for her son, John Williams, to fly to meet Chicago Bulls basketball star Derrick Rose.  “I felt like I was a celebrity with him,” Williams said.

But his mother was snapped back to reality when she tried paying back rent for March and April.  “I was told that corporate office told her not to accept any more rent money from us,” Nieves said.  With her son’s illness, there hasn’t been a chance for her to bounce back or find a way to better the situation, she said.  “I don’t have access to public transportation. I don’t have a car. I can’t get around,” Nieves said.

Nieves said she receives no child support for her four children and she lost her job nearly two years ago.  An eviction would mean heading to a shelter and the mother says that would put her son at risk for a weakened immune system.

When Tyler Perry saw Nieves’ story on Channel 2 Action News Monday night, he reached out and offered to pay her rent for one year.  “Thank you. Thank you for watching the news when you did,” Nieves said.  He said he tried contacting the apartment’s management, but has not been able to reach anyone. 

“We appreciate it. It will allow me to get John back on his feet,” Nieves said.  The sheriff’s office had already scheduled Nieves’ eviction for Tuesday morning.

Nieves told Hernandez on Tuesday that the vice president of the company that owns the Ashley Woods Apartments called to let her know that they would accept Perry’s payment.  “It’s just overwhelming,” Nieves said.

Nieves has already started packing what items she had into plastic bags. Perry told Nieves his intervention had no strings attached.  “I just wanted to tell him, to thank him. My family and I, we thank you,” Nieves said. “He didn’t have to come in person to pay it.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Named Sports Illustrated’s Top-Earning American Athlete in 2013

Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, poses for photos with his father, Floyd Mayeather Sr. after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in a WBC welterweight title fight, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, poses for photos with his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in a WBC welterweight title fight, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops Sports Illustrated’s list of highest-earning American athletes for the second consecutive year, according to Sports Illustrated.  The welterweight boxer is projected to make a minimum of $90 million this year, but could potentially earn as much as $128 million.  The list, entitled “The Fortunate 50,” combines salary, endorsements, and winnings to determine an athlete’s yearly earnings.  This year four out of the top five athletes on the list are African-American.  

Number two on the list, LeBron James, is set to make roughly $56.5 million in 2013, and NFL quarterback Drew Brees is ranked at number three, with anticipated earnings of $47.8 million.  Rounding out the top five are Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, taking home an estimated $46.8 million, and professional golfer Tiger Woods, earning about $40.8 million.  

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose broke into the top 10 this year for the first time.  Despite sitting out the 2012-2013 NBA season, Rose lands at No. 7 on the list. With several major endorsement deals, including Adidas and Powerade, Rose is expected to make $33 million this year.  Click here to view the whole Sport’s Illustrated “Fortunate 50″ list.

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