5 Sports Stars Famous for Doing Charity Events.

Sports Stars have been using their large platforms and followings in order to raise money for a long time, whether it be working on events, creating merchandise to be sold such as things like t shirts and wristbands ( available at SleekWristbands.com). Charity work is definitely increasing and many sports stars are putting effort into getting involved to raise money for a good cause.

 

John Cena

Cena’s charity work is son of the most notable, he has been partaking in charity work for the best part of fifteen years in collaboration with make a wish. Make a wish have been working in order to grant the wishes of sick children for a long time and thanks to Cena who has done many charity shows to raise money for this amazing charity.

 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is another great sports star who has done very commendable charity work in recent years. As an ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Williams has raised a lot of money for endangered children in a lot of different situations. UNICEF as a charity work to help endangered and vulnerable children in a range of different types of situations and thanks to William’s contributions to the charity and her work as an ambassador means that she has contributed a great deal to charity.

 

LeBron James

LeBron James is a great example of a humble sports star, he is known to not let the fame go to his head and has done a great deal of charity work using his sports fame as a platform. James has set up his own charity called the LeBron James family foundation. Lebron’s foundation raises money for a range of charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, After-School All-Stars, the Children’s Defense Fund, Gabriel’s angle Foundation and ONEXONE raising a lot of money for so many different causes.

 

Neymar

Neymar has also put a lot of work into humanity and inclusion, a charity for children that suffer from physical and mental illness. The charity focuses on improving these children’s health by focusing on activities that can help with mental cognition. The charity offers respite to parents who are struggling at home and Neymar has contributed greatly to the cause, saying that he enjoys the feeling of helping someone and their families showing he truly cares about his charity work.

 

Kim Yuna

A final great sports star who has made a valiant effort in their charity work would have to be Kim Yuna. Kim Yuna is a fantastic Korean skater and although she is extremely talented she is also an ambassador for UNICEF. Yuna donated over $83,000 dollars to help in the Haiti earthquakes, she has done commendable charity work in her life as well as becoming a famous figure skater. As an ambassador for UNICEF Yuna not only helped in raising funds in the earthquake relief put has also helped to raise money for vulnerable children around the world by using her sports platform as a way to spread the word and encourage her following to make donations.

The 13 Best Ever Football Matches

Manchester City 3 QPR 2- 2012

This game had everything late-goals, red cards, relegation and champions. Finding themselves 2-1 down in the 90th minute Man City scored two goals in stoppage time to win their first title 44 years. Pipping their fierce rivals Man Utd at the post. The shear drama.

Brazil 1 Germany 7- 2014

I am certain most football fans were fixing their football live stream during this game, the hosts and the favorites of the 2018 FIFA World Cup had their hopes destroyed by Die Mannschaft. After the Brazilians found themselves five nil down at half time a majority of the stadium found themselves in plain disbelief. This game must be included for its shear shock value.

Celtic 2 Porto 3- 2003

This game is a real hidden gem. In the 2003 UEFA cup final Jose Mourinho announced himself onto the scene with a dramatic win over the last great Celtic side. Despite some inspirational moments from the great Henrick Larsson, the Portuguese side simply proved too much for Celtic.

Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3- 1996

A game that is a must for any list. Awarded game of the decade by the premier league. This saw the end of plucky Newcastle’s title hopes. They took the lead three times only for the game to be ripped away from them. A nice little extra fact, before the game Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan asked his keeper why he could not make points for the team like Man Uniteds keeper. I wonder why he conceded four goals.

France 2 Italy 1- 2000

The first tournament of the new millennium definitely delivered, and this final was the perfect closer. David Trezequets extra time winner was the first time an international tournament had ended in a golden goal. Breaking Italian hearts in a goal that kickstarted a new era of French domination.

England 1 Germany 1- 1996

This one is a true heartbreaker for any England fan. In there first major tournament on home turf since 1966 the English lost to the Germans on penalties Infront of a packed Wembley crowd. The England star Paul Gaiscoigne was mere millimetres from scoring into an empty net in the 116th minute which would have surely taken England to their first major final in thirty years.

Scotland 1 Italy 2- 2007

This one is included out of personal pain, as it was the first football match I cried at. I remember being a young boy in the crowd when Scotland only needed one point to qualify for Euro 2008. In the 92nd minute the Italian striker dived for a freekick which Italy scored from for the three points. A genuine modern-day robbery. Thankfully Italy went out the group stage of the Euros.

Germany 1 England 5- 2001

What else can be said five one and even Heskey scored. The chant that can be heard at every England home game, this game has certainly gone down in football folklore. A bit of revenge for 1996.

Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1- 2008

A classic in the Champions League final in Moscow between two of the Premier Leagues greatest teams. Ronaldo put Man Utd up early in the first half, before Lampard levelled for Chelsea. What followed was an end to end game, which looked more like a game of basketball than football. To put the cherry on the cake, the game was decided by an iconic John Terry slip in the Russian rain.

Spain 4 Italy 0- 2012

This was perhaps one of the most complete footballing performances from the Spanish national team. Completely dismantling a strong Italian side in the Euro 2012 final. This game was meant to be close after the Italians had flown past the Germans in the semi fans. This game was not even a contest as Spain managed to cruise to their third major tournament victory in a row.

Manchester City 4 Tottenham Hotspur 3- 2019

This game was genuinely indescribable; the first leg was 1-0 in the favor of Tottenham, but the second leg was already sitting at 3-2 for Man City after twenty minutes. This turned to 4-3 coming into the 94th minute, Man City needed one more goal to progress to the semi-finals and they found it… Only to have the goal ruled out by VAR.

Liverpool 3 Ac Milan 3- 2005

Perhaps the greatest comeback in football history. Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down at half time. After what must have been a tense team talk, Liverpool came roaring back in the second half to make the game 3-3 and take it to extra-time. The game went to penalties where Liverpool were eventually victorious.

Hibernian 3 Rangers 2- 2016

Again, a personal favorite of mine this was the game that ended Hibernians 114-year Scottish cup drought. After a topsy turvy game the Hibs captain headed home in the final minute to bring pure jubilation to Easter Road faithful.

5 Awesome Football Tricks to Impress Your Friends

Whether you’re on the Astro Turf in an 11 v 11 match or slumming it in the streets in a personal 5 a-side you always want to have an edge on your opponents. We all want to try our best to be the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo which means learning what skills it takes to be the best!

Standing out is hard, and when you break it down to its individual pieces it isn’t the boots or the kit, it’s pure skill that’ll gift you that shiny trophy at the end of season. So, without further ado here’s five awesome tricks that you can learn right now!

Shoulderstall

We may be starting out with this one but by no means does this mean that it’s the easiest. This one has nothing to do with your feet at all! For this move you have to know a but about your own back. There is an indent between your collar bone and your back muscles where the ball can be ‘stalled’. There are alternate ways you can perform this manoeuvre one way is if the ball is directly in front of you the other at the side, you can then move the ball between shoulders if you want to add a bit of flare to it!

Toe bounce

Most of the moves require the knowledge of a base move to combine into a bigger and better one, this one doesn’t. One of the most iconic skills is the toe bounce. This skill requires you to start bouncing the ball between each leg, once you have a nice rhythm going you kick the ball off your right foot to your left lifting the right foot immediately on contact so that when the ball lands to the left foot you can encircle it with the right. This is a good idle move to wow even off the turf.

Henry Flick

Now that we’ve got some experience we can move on to a more difficult move. Named for Thierry Henry, this move consists on putting pressure on the ball with your dominant foot, then almost rolling your foot back on the ball whilst moving. Then immediately reverse that movement rolling the ball forward and behind your heel which you then flick over your head, voila a cool trick to wow anybody on the street!

Mouse Trap

Unlike the others, this trick aims more to fool your opponent. What your adversary wants is for you to lose control of the ball, which essentially what you’re going to give them. For this trick start with your dominant foot and roll it passed your weaker foot. Without touching the ball use your dominant foot to draw a circle above the ball once, catch it then pull it back. This is a fake-out so that you can slip it through your opponents’ legs whilst they look for an opportunity to gain possession.

The Triangle

You begin this trick with a roll, roll the ball across your body to your other foot. Now that the ball is on the outside of your other foot, you can now use the outside to kick the ball above the heads of your mates. This is a really good trick to get past those determined defenders.

 

All in all, whether you use these tricks to bamboozle your mates, or just to add some style to humiliate any player that dares to try and get the ball.

To watch far more experienced players do tricks you can watch any football live stream and remember. TAKE NOTES!

The 3 Most Unusual Sports with Balls

Sports in general have become increasingly popular all over the world as a form of entertainment, fitness and some even choose to do these sports professionally. Mainstream sports have always been popular but there are some more unusual options out there which are great for building teamwork skills, fitness and are just a general great way of getting out of the house. Joining sports teams are great ways to learn about a sport that you have been wanting to get into, it doesn’t matter if you are naturally fit or what skill level you are on, sports are a great way of maintaining your health and having some fun.

 

10 Pin Bowling

A less conventional sport that uses balls would have to be 10 pin bowling, this sport is very popular and is a great sport to play with family and friends. It can get very competitive but this only increases the fun factor. There are many ways that you can get into this sport, bowling kits are available to purchase from many different retailers and for a reasonable price so you can take this fun sport and bring it into your home. This is a great sport for those rainy winter days. Rather than go to the cinema you can go to the 10-pin bowling with your friends, grab a lunch and have a blast knocking down those pins.

There are bowling alleys in every city across the US for this sport, so you can easily visit your local bowling alley. Also, with many of them offering deals should you visit during the week or for students and children you can have fun without breaking the bank which I think we can all agree is a positive. The biggest thing to be aware of is that if you are left handed then you’ll probably need to get your own bowling ball, as most alleys won’t have a left handed option for you.

 

Ping Pong

Ping Pong really is a classic game that everyone has at least had a go at, whether it be at school, at the pub or in your uni dorm i feel confident in saying that we’ve all had a go and had some fun playing this sport. Ping Pong has grown increasingly popular due to its intense high coverage in the olympic games. This is another very competitive sport which can make for hours and hours of fun. For larger groups I would recommend having a tournament to see who is the best.

 

This sport can be considered to be just as skill dependent as tennis as it requires speed, hand eye coordination and highly tuned reflexes. Obviously you don’t have to take it too seriously and I would say that the most important factor is that you are having fun but, should you wish to go down a more professional route with ping pong you may find it useful to join a club or a team and entering tournaments is a great way to get a feel for the process works in professional sporting and how good you really have to be.

 

Rounders

We all remember playing rounders in school, those hot summer days spent running around the field having fun and trying to catch out your opponents. Why not relive those childhood memories and get yourself a bat and ball, a group of family and friends and get yourself playing a big game of rounders. Rounders as a game has lost its popularity in recent years, this is possibly down to the fact that we rarely see any coverage in today’s media around rounder as a professional sport. There are many teams out there available to join for a complete range of ages. It is just knowing where to look for them.

 

The game consists of a batter, backstop, bowler and fielders – the batting team works to hit the ball away from the bowler and fielding team and make it around the home markers before the opposing team has chance to get you out by tapping you or the markers before you have made it around all of the bases or declared yourself safe before capture. The game is built upon a point system depending on which team is the better batters and is great fun for all involved especially on a hot summer’s day.