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Shaquille O’Neal Gives Back to his Community

Shaquille O’Neal is well known to be involved in his community, especially his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Although O’Neal left the town in high school to further his basketball career in Texas, this has always been his hometown and he continually maintains a presence here. According to NJ.com the legendary basketball player will return to his native city to be a co-host for a specially designed 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be played in front of City Hall. The tournament, Believe in Newark, will be co-hosted by current Mayor Ras Baraka and will feature both girls and boys teams from high schools across the city. Registration for entry has already been held, as have the preliminary games, all of which were played at the JFK Recreation Center.

This is not the first time O’Neal has actively been involved in the city; in 2012 he was a big part of opening the Cityplex Movie Theatre, where he partnered with Boraie Development Fund. This project was estimated to cost around $7 and $10 million. Within a year the partnership was at it again, for the first time in 50 years the city began development on its first high rise apartment buildings.

Boraie Development LLC has a long and proven track record in helping Urban Communities in New Jersey, it is an area they have been working in for over 3 decades. The organization aims to invest in urban communities, these investments will add value to the community and its people. A Wide array of properties fall into this strategy, Boraie development takes on projects involving Commercial Property, Residential Property and Retail establishments to name a few.

More recently Boraie Development has been focusing its attention on Newark’s downtown areas, this is where the organization has been partnering most with Shaquille O’Neal. They have been attempting to develop a large portion of the commercial and residential real estate. The company can also count in its survives a successful property management service, which includes leasing, maintenance and accounting. Boaraie Development has been playing a huge role in the regentrifying of Cities all over New Jersey, with O’Neal specifically playing a role with them in the City of Newark. It is fantastic to see people and organizations giving back so much to their communities, it has huge benefits to the people living there.

Andy Wirth – Helping Us Help the Ones Who Help Us Each Day

Giving back to the men and women that protect our great country is the duty of every American citizen. Andy Wirth is helping us to do just that through his philanthropy efforts. Andy is raising money for the team he created, Special Warfare Warriors, which will compete in the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe event and they need our help. You can donate to his cause on the website found here. The goal is to raise $30,000, and they are almost half way there. With your support and contribution, we can help Andy to obtain this goal or even exceed it.

Andy has a special connection to this cause. He was injured in a skydiving accident that left him fighting for his life, something the men and women of the Navy Seals do for us each and every day. When he needed it most, he met and became friends with some amazing individuals that are a part of this elite military force. They showed Andy the same dedication that they show to our country and helped support him in his time of need. Andy is now giving back how he can.

The Navy Seal Foundation was created in 2000 to help support the members and families of the Naval military forces. They are involved with many different organizations and programs that benefit these individuals thanks to the contributions it has received. The only way this foundation can continue to strive and provide these much-needed services to military members and their families is through the support of the American people. Many members of this elite force spend up to 3/4 of a year, each year, away from their families. They need our support mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. You can never give to little or too much to such a great cause, the only thing that matters is that you show your support by giving something back to these men and women.

Please make a donation today via this website.

Brady is a Liar

 

When Tom Brady of the New England Patriots laughed upon hearing the news that his team was coming under fire under allegations that they purposely deflated footballs in the AFC championship to gain a competitive advantage over the Indianapolis Colts, he would be making a much stronger statement than he had intended. Brady responded to the news by laughing almost hysterically and stating that he had now heard everything before, but since then he has realized that this is a very serious situation. This, however, didn’t stop him from holding back laughter while possessing one of the smuggest and guiltiest grins in NFL history in his press conference to answer questions about the allegations on Thursday. It has become increasingly apparent that Brady absolutely had something to do with the allegations that are now being referred to as deflate gate. Some of the best quarterbacks of all time are weighing in on the situation and all of them have vast knowledge as to how quarterbacks in the NFL prepare for football games with the individual balls that they use. All of them have agreed that the head coach does not have anything to do with the PSI that the footballs are going to be used at and all of them have suggested or flat out stated that Tom Brady knew what was going on without a shadow of a doubt. I think Brady is going to have to come clean or  Roger Goodell needs to smash Tom Brady with a hefty punishment. Lee Slaughter even started a way to make sure Brady gets a fine see xrossfire.com

Dominick Cruz Injured

Dominick Cruz is angry at his recent ACL tear. The former UFC bantamweight champion swears that he will be back in 2015 and fans like Bernardo Chua are hoping this true. Dominick Cruz has been plagued by injuries for the last 3 years. It’s a sad thing as the former champ is in his prime. Dominick Cruz may be missing out on the best years of his career. He has not lost in 5 years, and he looked better than ever in his most recent fight.

Dominick Cruz is only 29 years old, but if he continues to get injured, his UFC life expectancy is sure to fade. Cruz’s injuries are so bad that he was stripped of his UFC bantamweight championship. Now, the current UFC bantamweight champion is T.J. Dillashaw. A title bout was set for Dominick Cruz and Dillashaw. With his most recent ACL tear, Cruz has lost his title shot.

Dominick Cruz is in a very vulnerable position. The once top fighter is once again on the sidelines. The UFC president has stated that Cruz should think about retirement. It would be a shame if a career such as Dominick Cruz’s were to end because of injuries. The fans of MMA need a healthy Dominick Cruz.

For more information on Dominick Cruz, visit Yahoo! Sports.