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The Dodgers and MLB in '20 when the pandemic "forced postponement of the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium" nonetheless "honored a commitment to deliver almost $2 million worth of community benefits." Now as Dodger Stadium finally gets to play host to the All-Star Game this season, the team and league yesterday promised to “deliver an additional $4 million in community benefits” in what is being called the All-Star Legacy initiative. MLB and the Dodgers in partnership with the Justin Turner Foundation plan to "invest in a skid row facility where homeless veterans can stay for as little as one month and as long as two years," with "support services to help the transition to permanent housing" (L.A. TIMES, 6/30).

PLAYING SPACES: Grizzlies G JA MORANT spent a “little more than an hour” with "more than 100 kids between the ages of 13 and 15" at the four Mt. Moriah precinct basketball courts. They are “part of 13 basketball courts refurbished across Memphis” in a project on which Morant "teamed up with Coke Consolidated and Body Armor." The court surfaces at Halle Park are “completely redone with a Body Armor logo placed at center court, new designs and new rims” (MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 6/30)....Monumental Sports and Entertainment partnered with Hopkins House and KABOOM! at James L. Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy in Alexandria on June 22 to “take part in a playground design session at the school led by the children." Capitals F GARNET HATHAWAY “led the kids in a game of Simon Says” and Wizards G JORDAN SCHAKEL “led another station, where kids drew out what they wanted to see on their new playground, which will be completed in September." MSE said that this will be their “eighth funded KABOOM! Playground built” in the DC area (NBCSPORTS.com, 6/29).

Professional Bull Riders VP/Strategic Communications Andrew Giangola's book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sportAmazon.com

BOOK CLUB: Professional Bull Riders VP/Strategic Communications ANDREW GIANGOLA in his new book, "LOVE & TRY: STORIES OF GRATITUDE AND GRIT IN PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING," offers a “rare, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most feared, revered, and oft-misunderstood man-versus-beast sport.” The collection of "true tales from the wild world of bull riding runs the gamut."It is "harrowing and humorous, tragic and triumphant, compellingly human." Stories “delve into lives of the whole cast and crew: from fallen riders determined for one last shot to stoic doctors patching up their battered patients for another day in the ring, crew members caring for beloved beasts to a 13-year-old determined to become the first girl on the Professional Bull Riders circuit” (MENSJOURNAL.com, 6/30).

NAMES: To help actress CAMERON DIAZ "transition out of retirement" for her upcoming role in the film “Back in Action,” her first since ’14, actor JAMIE FOXX "surprised his co-star with a phone call" from Buccaneers QB TOM BRADY. Brady told Diaz on the call, “I was talking to Jamie, and he said you need a few tips on how to un-retire. I’m relatively successful at un-retiring.” It is “unclear” if Brady is involved with the project (L.A. TIMES, 6/30)....Cavaliers F KEVIN LOVE and model KATE BOCK’s wedding was a “star-studded affair” this past Saturday with Lakers F LEBRON JAMES, agent RICH PAUL and pop star ADELE "in attendance." Paul and Adele have been dating since ’21 (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/30)....Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY is "booked to host" the ESPYS in L.A., his “first hosting of a major live TV event." The ESPYS air live on July 20 at 5:00pm PT on ABC (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 6/29).

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