Team AC is proud to announce we have partnered again with the Frederick Cancer Society to help them raise money for their local radiothon. Last year went off without a hitch and we are looking forward to another great year. ACS asked us again to host their online auction and as you know we give back 100% so we hope to really make a difference. Plus things are picking up steam with this article in the Frederick News Post.
Thanks to ACS for wanting us to be part of their fund raising and we look forward to many more years of making a difference!
- Mark Stevanus and Team AC
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
What an incredible time of the year and so many great things are happening. They say that the holidays are a time for giving and they couldn’t be more right. It’s amazing to watch how many people make a difference this time a year from either hosting events, donating or simple acts of kindness like paying it forward. At this time of the year we should not only reflect on our own good fortunes but also how we can help others. Simple things like dropping your spare change into donation buckets to donating clothes. Sometimes buying an unexpected person a coffee makes all the difference in the world. Pay it forward people. You may never know how good you make someone feel but you just need to feel good knowing somehow you made a difference.
From all of us at Athletes Care we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
- Mark and Team AC!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It’s incredible to see how professional leagues, teams and players are taking bad situations and turning them into positives. What do I mean by that? Recent reports are showing that the NFL, NBA and MLB are donating much of the money collected from league fines to various charitable causes. So some fines from rants at press conferences, fights and bean balls are being distributed to foundations. Not that Team AC is condoning bad behavior but we love seeing it go to a positive outcome.
The NFL, for example, reports that it donates $4 million from annual violations to charitable causes through the league's nonprofit, according to The NFL Foundation. This organization funnels the money to various charities -- some of which assist former players, NFL spokesman Michael Signora told NBC.
“Money collected from player fines is used to support the NFLPA Players Assistance Trust and charitable initiatives supporting youth, education and sport-related medical research,” he said. “We think it’s important that fine money collected from players benefits worthy causes that we know are important to players.”
Since 2003, the NBA has donated more than $12 million in fines to charitable causes. And Major League Baseball fined 12 on-field brawlers undisclosed amounts in June — money that will help retired ballplayers survive on life’s financial edge, according to Matt Bourne, vice president of business relations for MLB.
So you see when you hear that players are fined by these leagues some of that money is going to good things. We are always going to have sports bad boys but if something good can come out of it then kudos to the leagues for handling it this way!
- Team AC
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
How can you not love a job where you are not only raising money for foundations but also get to be involved in some really cool stuff? Team AC recently got to go where very few people go. The archives of the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore. What an incredible experience! We got to see a lot of sports history. And not only see it but we held Babe Ruth's bat! Yes I love this job!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It’s never easy hearing tragic news like the stories that came out of Boston this week. But with tragedies many heroes appear. It’s amazing to watch those that run toward danger as many run away. Through the years when tragic events have happened many people have risked their lives to save others.
For instance, there is a story of Carlos Arredondo who witnessed the explosions firsthand from the VIP stands at the Boston Marathon. Carlos leaped into action to help the injured. But the tragedy brought flashbacks because he lost two sons violently related to war. A matter of fact Carlos and his wife Melida were watching the race because a runner was running in honor of their son.
There is also the story about former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi (pictured above) who carried a woman to safety during the blasts. Andruzzi -- whose foundation, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, had a team participating in the race.
But being a hero can also mean doing great things that will continue to help those in need. Look at Danny Amendola wide receiver with the New England Patriots. Danny is donating $100 for every pass he catches next season and $200 for every dropped pass to a relief fund for the victims.
I imagine there will be more stories like these and we ask that you please let us know about them. Contact us through our contact page, Facebook or Twitter and we will be glad to help spread the news about these heroes.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Talk about giving back! Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti purchased two brand new custom made Harley Davisson FLHP motorcycles for the New Orleans Police Department. A thank you for a great job they did Superbowl week. Playoff hero and New Orleans native Jacoby Jones made the presentation.
They also took out a full page advertisement thanking the city.
Play Hard (Win a Superbowl) Give More (Thank the host city)
Click here to read more
Nice way to cap off a great season.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Last week we hosted several auctions for American Cancer Society. We also helped answer phones and accepted donations for them at the local hospital. It was great to get out of behind the computer and interact with some real folks who make a difference. These people are real heroes!
We love sports and charitable work and that's why we created AC but we also realize that we have to walk the talk! Get out, help and get yours hands dirty. Please volunteer wherever you can in your local area. Every little bit helps. If you make your community better then the whole world improves. Every cause needs money but many need help. If you don't have the money give some of your time. It's worth a lot!
Play Hard. Give More & Volunteer!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
We are very excited at AC to be getting ready for our first Head to Head Charity Challenge this week. It will be the Ravens vs Redskins game. How does the challenge work? We find a specific charity or a team foundation for the challenge to benefit, find a match-up that will be a lot of fun. This one is unique because the teams are only 25 miles apart but only play every few years. Should be a lot of fun. The best thing that comes out of this is we help a charity or foundation with a creative and fun approach to raising money. It's what we love to do! Play Hard give More and have fun this week Baltimore and Washington!
Here's the skinny:
Hey Ravens and Redskins fans. Let's team up to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Help your team raise the most money by clinking the donate button under your favorite team and win the bragging rights for this "Charitable Battle of The Beltway". 100% of all proceeds benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
After watching Rick Reilly's Tour Of Duty on Sunday all I can say is WOW! What a great story about the first ever father-son team to visit all 32 stadiums in the same 17 week season, while honoring our nation's military along they way. Check out the video and to learn more go to www.all32in17.com or WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Thanks for honoring our Veterans. Safe travels and keep up the good work!
Play Hard. Give More.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
You may have heard of foundations raising a million dollars over a period of time but how about raising over a million dollars at one event? That is what New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his charity The Jay Fund Foundation did! In October they held their annual event "Champions for Children Gala" and for the first time in the event's eight-year history it has broken the million dollar mark.
The Jay Fund Foundation, founded by Tom Coughlin in 1996, provides emotional and financial support to families of children battling cancer. The money raised at the gala will help families in the New York City area pay for medical and other kinds of expenses. Click here to get more information on The Jay Fund Foundation.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A fan of Athletes Care contacted me and said that we need to watch the video of Tony Gonzalez on the Today Show. And I am so glad that we did. Tony has his own foundation that helps benefit a foundation called Shadow Buddies. Shadow Buddies was started by Marty Postlethwait who was inspired by her son Miles.
Here is information from their website: "Miles was was born with multiple congenital birth defects that had him in and out of the hospital since he was born. During one of his many hospital stays, Miles told his mom and dad that he wanted a “buddy” that had defects similar to his that could help ease his feelings of loneliness and fear. So Marty took action and with the help of Miles, developed the first Shadow Buddy. Shadow Buddies are condition specific muslin dolls that provide both educational and emotional support to thousands of chronically ill patients and their families. They chose to call them Shadow Buddies because just like your shadow, these buddies will always be by your side. And what started with 4 Shadow Buddies has now grown to include 25 condition specific buddies that bring smiles to children in all 50 states and 16 countries. Each buddy is dressed, packaged and shipped (with love!) from the foundation offices located in Lenexa, Kansas."
As we go through our daily lives we can't even imagine the lonliness that these kids must feel every day. Please go to their website for more information. And as many of us ask what can we do to make a difference read the Shadow Buddies story. One person can make a difference.
Click here to go to the Shadow Buddies website.
Also the video below is from that Today Show. As always everyone...Play Hard. Give More. - Mark
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In support of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love had Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald shave his head. The two are spreading love and awareness in an effort to raise money for breast cancer. Through Kevin's community outreach program "SpreadLove", he is supporting Bright Pink and Larry is supporting American Cancer Society/ Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. The two will donate 25 cents per share/like/view up to a total of $250,000! Please SpreadLove and Spread the Word!!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I love the support and how the team and fans are rallying around Chuck Pagano. Here is information from their website.
The Colts are giving fans an opportunity to show their support and send their well wishes to Coach Pagano and his family, as well as raise funds for leukemia research through a CHUCKSTRONG campaign.
The Colts are giving fans an opportunity to show their support and send their well wishes to Coach Pagano and his family, as well as raise funds for leukemia research through a CHUCKSTRONG campaign. The campaign will include:
•A CHUCKSTRONG Blood Drive
Click here to get more info
Monday, September 24, 2012
To help raise awareness of melanoma, the Baltimore Ravens will host free skin cancer screenings before the September 27th night game against the Cleveland Browns.
Melanoma has hit particularly close to home for the Ravens. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with melanoma earlier in his life. But luckily, he was screened and caught it early. As part of the initiative, Cameron has also developed a public service announcement that will air on Ravens’ television networks and will be available to view online later this week.
Click here to read more.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The famed biker and cancer survivor will race with fellow cancer survivors in a half triathlon on Oct. 7.
Lance Armstrong will compete side-by-side with fellow cancer survivors in the third-annual Half Full Triathlon on Oct. 7 in Howard County.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults announced the world-famous biker will compete in the event, which includes a .9-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.
Armstrong will compete in the cancer survivor wave, which begins at 7:30 a.m., according to the Ulman Cancer Fund.
Click here to read more
Monday, September 3, 2012
We want to give a big congratulations to Youk's Kids for raising over $20,000 at their recent Howl at the Moon event in Chicago. Great job!
And as always...Play Hard! Give More! - Mark
Monday, August 6, 2012
You may have heard the name Kevin Youkilis mentioned quite a bit in the news lately. A fan favorite of the good people in Boston, Kevin was brought up frequently when he was traded in June to the Chicago White Sox. He again made the news when President Obama was booed for making a joke to a Boston crowd about the trade (remember Obama is a Chicago fan). But through it all Kevin has had a great mindset and many people may not know it but he also has a great foundation.
Youk’s Kids was founded in 2007 to support the health and well-being of children. Funds were and still are donated to various charities for both financial assistance and increased public support. Working with the likes of “Josh Cares” and “The Italian Home for Children”, Youk’s Kids has granted a large amount of money to make a difference.
And if that wasn’t enough Kevin and Youk’s Kids established another great project called Athletes for Heroes. Launched last year Athletes for Heroes brings together professional athletes to support the children of fallen or severely injured firefighters, police officers, military men and women as well as courageous citizens who risk their life to save another’s. If you get a chance please visit their website at www.youkskids.com to read more about them and also an opportunity to make a donation.
And in recent news Youk’s Kids made a donation of $20,000 to help the Goffstown Babe Ruth team after a fire. They just keep on giving!
We are proud to be working with Kevin and Youk’s Kids and hope in our own way we can make a difference too. We are auctioning off an autographed Kevin Youkilis Red Sox jersey where 100% of the proceeds go back to Youk’s Kids. And just the short time we have been working with this fantastic foundation we already know that more great things are to come between Athletes Care and Youk’s Kids.
And although Boston fans are saddened by the trade Chicago fans are happy. So is that a teaser for a possible auction for Chicago fans? Stay tuned!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
As I watched Dale Earnhardt Jr. end his 143 winless streak this past Sunday at Michigan National Speedway, I could see the happiness and relief in his face. He and his team work hard to perform at a high level. I can't imagine the determination it takes to plug away for 4 years without a win, especially since everyone has such high expectations of him.
Later that evening, a sportscaster said that even though Earnhardt had not won in a while he is still the most popular driver in NASCAR. They acted surprised, but they shouldn't be. Why? Because the fans know Dale is a winner. When he's not on the track, he's working with his foundation in North Carolina. The Dale Jr Foundation works with over 300 local and national charities including Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House and The VH1 Save The Music Foundation! NASCAR fans are passionate about their drivers, and they don't jump off the bandwagon if someone doesn't win every Sunday. They know what kind of person it takes to perform at a high level and sometimes fall short. That's why victory is so sweet! They also know what Dale does off the track and that's why they keep rooting for him.
Congratulations on your win this week Dale. I'm sure the next one will come a lot sooner but so many people win every day because of The Dale Jr Foundation. Keep up the good work on and off the track.
Drive Hard. Give More!
Please support Dale's foundation at: www.thedalejrfoundation.org
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
On May 19th Team AC teamed up with 368 Athletics and The Frederick Indoor Sports Center and was part of a great charity event. Pushups for Charity raises money to support wounded soldiers and veterans causes. We had a lot of fun and it was great to see a good turnout and also how many pushups everyone could do in 90 seconds. Trust me…we didn’t do the most pushups and we sure felt it the next day! As always...Play Hard. Give More. Thanks /Mark
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Play Hard. Give More.
It started with an idea. An observation really. That many of the great things professional athletes do off of the field are overlooked. Athletes Care was born from there.
Before I get started I want to say…welcome to our site! It has been a long time coming and we are very proud of what we have built. We are also very excited about where we are heading. There has been so much that has happened to get to this point that it would take me days to write.
Before the conception of Athletes Care, we always knew we wanted to somehow be involved in sports. But it was our passion of giving back to the community that added an additional element to this project. Not only did we want to provide as much information as possible about athletes and their foundations, but we wanted to help raise money for their organizations too.
An auction area where 100% of the proceeds go back to foundations was an obvious choice. Not only did we want to help promote events of athletes/foundations, we wanted to work with sponsors and advertisers that give back also. So we took on the monumental task of research, research and more research. We decided to start on the east coast and research every team…every player...that we could.
As we did this, we were constantly reminded of why we started this business. Everybody and every athlete who has a foundation has a story. Great stories. Foundations were started because of loved ones who fought or are currently fighting diseases. Some foundations were started because of the struggles that some athletes went through growing up. What we see in the current moment wasn’t always the case. We see athletes now with huge contracts but we never see what they went through to get to the here and now. And rarely do we hear about how they are making a difference in the world.
So what to expect in the future from Athletes Care? We are going to be working hard to keep providing information on athletes and foundations and help raise money for great causes. I feel that it is not only our obligation but also an honor.
What do we ask from you? Please follow us on our social media pages and help spread the word. The more people that we can reach out to the better. We all can work together to make a difference.
And as always…Play Hard. Give More.