Before heading to Spain to compete in the World Cup, USA Basketball spent some time in Chicago. This included an exhibition against Brazil as well as various appearances as part of the World Basketball Festival presented by Nike and Jordan Brand. One of these was a youth clinic. Check out the stars hitting an outdoor court with youngsters, and pay attention to how Chicago native Anthony Davis makes a point of showing them the importance of protecting the ball from defenders.

Clayton Kershaw's wife, Ellen, had a chance to visit Africa as a college student and told him about the poverty she encountered there. The couple went to Africa shortly after they got married in 2010, and the trip made a serious impact on the Dodgers ace.

"I didn't really understand it until I went over there myself," Kershaw said.

The Kershaws decided they wanted to do more than just sponsor a child. They helped build a home that now houses 10 kids, and their charitable foundation, Kershaw's Challenge, is dedicated to helping two organizations in Africa, one in Los Angeles (Dream Center) and one in his hometown of Dallas (Mercy Street).

"Baseball is so much fun; I have blast getting to do it," Kershaw said. "But the end of the day, when kids are being helped, that's where Ellen and I find our passion: Trying to help kids who can't help themselves."

Kershaw's Challenge will have its big annual fundraiser Sept. 4 at Dodger Stadium, and it will center around a celebrity ping-pong tournament. (Kershaw is also an ace at this sport.) Here's more from Kershaw about the event, how fans can help and why this kind of work is so meaningful to him and his wife.

Park Seung-il can't move. The former basketball coach in South Korea was diagnosed with ALS in 2002 when he was 31. Park, according to KoreAm News, is "immobile except for his eyes, eyelids, the third finger on his right hand and some of muscles in his face."

He still did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

KoreAm reported that Park did it in his hospital bed. A narrator, who also had cue cards to serve as subtitles, thanks everyone on Park's behalf for participating in the challenges. Then flurries from a snow machine cascade down on him.

One hallmark of all the Ice Bucket Challenge videos, from Derek Jeter to your next-door neighbor, is the reaction and facial expression of the dumpees. Park's video illustrates just how devastating ALS is: The snow falls all over him, and he doesn't react or flinch because he cannot.

Days after recording the best result of his career at one of golf's four masters, Cameron Tringale self-reported a violation that disqualified him from the PGA Championship and eliminated his T-33 finish.

Tringale, a 26-year-old who played collegiately at Georgia Tech, said he failed to record a stroke on the 11th hole of his round on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club. Several days after the tournament concluded, Tringale reported the violation to the PGA and was subsequently disqualified.

"On Sunday, I signed for a bogey 4 on the par-3 11th hole," Tringale said in a statement. "While approaching the hole to tap in my three-inch bogey putt, the putter swung over the ball prior to tapping in. Realizing that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke, I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded. I regret any inconvenience this has caused the PGA of America and my fellow competitors in what was a wonderful championship."

According to Rule 34.1b (III), the penalty for failing to record a stroke is disqualification. That means Tringale must forfeit the $53,000 he won and the 37 FedEx Cup points he was awarded. That dropped him to No. 61 in the FedEx Cup race standings.

The final U.S. Ryder Cup team standings were not affected by Tringale's disqualification.

Tringale, who is in his fifth year on the PGA Tour, is still having a strong year. He's made 21 cuts, earned $1.3 million and jumped to a 107th place ranking in the world.

"We are very appreciative of Cameron coming forward to inform us of this situation," said Kerry Haigh, PGA chief championships officer. "It yet again shows the great values and traditions of the game and the honesty and integrity of its competitors.”

Portuguese soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo was decreed by Men's Health to be The Fittest Man Alive, so it's only natural that he shows off his killer physique when doing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Plus, it was a good chance to put his new line of CR7 underwear on display.

Ronaldo was challenged by former Manchester United teammate Darren Fletcher. He then called out Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lil Wayne.

Also to Ronaldo's credit, he doesn't just take a bucket of ice water. He gets soaked from two large trash bins.

Second chances are rare in sports, but when surfing phenom Jesse Billauer got his, he also wanted to share it with others like him.

As a 17-year-old amateur surfer in 1996, Billauer was flung head first from his surfboard onto a sandbar. Billauer sustained a spinal cord injury, and doctors diagnosed him as a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the midchest down.

Then in 1999, with the help of his family and friends, he founded a non-profit organization, Life Rolls On, that uses sports to improve quality of life for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. That same year Billauer got back on his surfboard. That led to the creation of Life Rolls On's signature program, They Will Surf Again, inspired by Billauer’s determination to ride the waves once more despite his paralysis.

“What that means is just get them on the waves and skateparks and just having that freedom and independence of having the wind and the water on their face and just getting out of their wheelchairs," Billauer told ThePostGame. "Whether it be surfing or skating, they're just doing new things -- just a whole different sensation and just a beautiful feeling."

They Will Surf Again is now in 10 locations, with New York and Nova Scotia being recent additions, hosting 60 to 100 adaptive athletes and 300 to 400 volunteers in every spot, Billauer said.

When he first got back in the water in 1999, he could hardly lift his head off the board. After time and hard work Billauer was propping himself up on the surfboard with his hands and arms, and surfing in a new and profound way.

Here's Billauer shredding some great waves with friends in Honolulu:

After seeing Billauer's belly-down style in an exhibition surf session at the 2003 U.S. Open of Surfing, the public address announcer said, "Next time you're having a bad day just remember what you're seeing out here."

That inspiration grew Life Rolls On into a national movement as it branched into other action sports with They Will Skate Again and They Will Ski Again programs.

Part of the goal is bringing communities closer together, and with the right people involved, Billauer believes Life Rolls On will continue to grow.

“It feels like a nice family get-together," Billauer said of Life Rolls On events. "Everybody's there to help.”

"Hawaii Five-0" star Scott Caan and singer Jason Mraz have been among the volunteers.

The group's biggest fundraiser, Night by the Ocean Gala, is in its 10th year, and will be held at the Marriott in Marina del Rey on Oct. 11.

In 2012, as a senior at Florida State, EJ Manuel posted 3,392 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 310 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. The Seminoles won 12 games, including the Orange Bowl over Northern Illinois. Manuel's success earned him the 16th pick in the 2013 NFL drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

But Manuel might remember the 2012 season and its aftermath less for his football accomplishments than his mother, Jackie, battling breast cancer at the time. Despite her going through chemotherapy, Manuel kept his focus to register for 291 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown in the Orange Bowl. Jackie was deemed cancer free in February. In April, she was in New York to watch Manuel become the first quarterback drafted in 2013.

"It definitely put life in perspective on and off the field simply because I never really experienced my parents, or my mom, being seriously sick or ill," Manuel says.

In his professional career, Manuel has not forgotten the struggles his mother endured. In a world where so many children are challenged with the same plight to cope with a parent battling cancer, Manuel wants to do his part. Along with the Redskins' Tyler Polumbus, the Lions' Glover Quin and the Colts' Anthony Castonzo, Manuel is taking part in the 2014 Scoring For Good Program.

Scoring For Good is a program of Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides support to children affected by a parent's cancer. Every summer, Camp Kesem chapters (currently, there are 63 chapters in 29 states) host thousands of children ages 6-16 for an all-expenses paid week of camp. The camps are run by college students who serve as peer leaders during and after the week-long periods.

"I was already an adult when I found out my mom had cancer, so I can't imagine a 13-year-old going through something similar because their parent is the only person they have -- the person they rely on for everything," Manuel says.

Manuel, who is partnering with Camp Kesem for the second straight year in Scoring For Good's second season, will donate $500 for every touchdown -- passing and rushing -- he records in 2014. For reference, Manuel had 11 touchdown passes and two touchdown rushes in 10 games in 2013. Those totals would have warranted a $6,500 check in under this year's pledge. If Manuel plays 16 games, those numbers could earn a considerable bump.

Quin promises to donate $500 for every interception he nabs in 2014. The strong safety had three interceptions in 2013 and has eight career picks in five seasons.

Quin's mother-in-law had a form of lung cancer, and Quin worked with cancer patients in Houston during four years as a Texan. Now, he will translate his on-field performance to his off-field contributions.

"I’m going to go out there and try to get as many interceptions as I can and I’m sure I’ll think about the kids the interceptions help after each game," he says.

Castonzo has pledged his first in-game appearance this season to Camp Kesem and will send a child on Camp Kesem's wait list to camp this August. Currently, 4,000 campers are registered in the 2014 summer with 300 displaced on the wait list. Camp Kesem provides campers with $1,000 to provide one year of services to a child affected by a parent's cancer, while it costs another $500 to give the camper a free week away from home at a chapter.

Polumbus will help support Camp Kesem through his foundation, Tyler's Kids Outreach. Polumbus' organization helps enrich the lives of children through family, faith and personal growth. Polumbus pledges to help support Camp Kesem's new program in Colorado. Like Manuel, Polumbus is a returnee from the first year of the program.

Jim Higley, the chief marketing and development officer for Camp Kesem, notes Camp Kesem, which was founded in 2001, worked with NFL players before the start of Scoring For Good. Initially, Camp Kesem partnered with Tory and Terrence Holt and their Holt Brothers Foundation.

"We saw how the Holts and their fellow NFL players wanted to give back to their communities and were inspired by their work," Higley says.

Higley says Camp Kesem looks for football players with charitable backgrounds in cancer-related causes to join Scoring For Good. Although only four players are signed on now, Scoring For Good is open to including more players as the 2014 season progresses. Higley believes the initial four can spread Scoring For Good's message quickly.

"We hope that our athletes will inspire their fellow teammates this season to join Scoring For Good," Higely says. "Our athletes will all be vocal over social media today and for the rest of the season about their participation and we hope this will raise awareness for the program within the NFL and beyond."

In his sophomore season, Manuel is moving into a more respectful position among his peers. He is primed to spread Camp Kesem's goals.

"WIth my involvement and also being the leader of my team, I want to show my teammates that they should do the same and I wouldn’t be shocked for more guys to get involved with Camp Kesem," Manuel says.

Last season, along with his surface contributions, Manuel hosted a few local families in the New York area for a game and a meet and greet with him.

For now, Scoring For Good only features NFL players, but Camp Kesem will work to expand its reach into other sports. Despite the current limitations, sports fans have an open reach. Scoring For Good now has a mobile app available for free download in iTunes and Google Play. Users treat their phones like footballs, whipping mock spirals. The app can record the virtual distance of the throw, and friends can compete against one another, all the while raising awareness for Camp Kesem.

“Camp Kesem is honored to have such support from our players and the NFL community. By sharing their personal stories (and our Camp Kesem mission), our Scoring for Good players will further advance and elevate the programs that Camp Kesem provides to a population of children who are often over-looked, “ says Jane Saccaro, CEO of Camp Kesem.

Scoring For Good can cut down a large chunk of Camp Kesem's wait list, and it can build a stronger foundation for the organization's future endeavors. Awareness for the 13-year-old summer camp program continues to rise with every social media interaction by one of the four players and the points they score.

"I’m going to try and score as many touchdowns for the Bills as I can this season. I’m sure I will think about Camp Kesem after some of those touchdowns," Manuel says.

For individuals like Higley and Saccaro, the NFL presence is monumental for their organization. Camp Kesem is a good works program benefiting from the guys who play on Sunday.

"EJ, Glover, Anthony, and Tyler have been phenomenal to work with. Each have chosen their own special way they want to participate and we are so grateful for their support," Higley says. "We always aim to build long-lasting and fulfilling partnerships with our athletes and work with them to create programs that work best for their schedules."

There may be an extra pep in the step of Manuel, Polumbus, Quin and Castonzo this season. While every play helps their respective teams, every play can also affect the lives of children dealing with a parent suffering from cancer. Whether in the form of a starting NFL quarterback tossing a touchdown or a child zipping a virtual throw with a cell phone, the word of Camp Kesem will spread in the 2014 season.

For many children, these pigskin moments can improve their summers. And their futures.

For more information, visit www.CampKesem.org/ScoringForGood.

Each summer Green Bay Packers players engage in one of the coolest traditions in professional sports, when they borrow bikes of local youngsters to ride to training camp.

This year rookie center Corey Linsley went above and beyond after meeting his "bike kid," and Linsley's kindness has made waves in Wisconsin and beyond.

Linsley, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, befriended a young boy named Travis whose bike he has been riding camp the past few weeks. Linsley discovered early on that Travis' mother was in the hospital with a condition that he declined to discuss with reporters.

On Linsley's fifth ride to camp, he asked Travis for his father's phone number. Together Corey and Travis' father arranged for Linsley to surprise the youngster with a new bike.

"I was just like, you know, I'll befriend this kid and see how much I can help out," Linsley told Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I figured buying a bike would be appropriate for the situation."


Linsley tried to avoid the spotlight and was reportedly even a little disappointed when this story got out. But the ordeal has turned out to be a nice way for the rookie to take his mind off competing for a starting spot.

Linsley has been playing well in camp but has a lot of work to do if he wants to unseat projected starter J.C. Tretter.

"It definitely takes your mind off of the stress and the stuff that goes on here and really grounds you a lot and brings you back to reality," Linsley said. "There's still people that look up to you no matter what."

The best part about all of this for Linsley is that because he shares a bike with Travis, he too will get to test out the new wheels.

"I'm excited to ride it too, I guess," Linsley said.

After California native Max Steinberg was killed July 20 while fighting for the Israel Defense Forces against Hamas, news reports showed a photo from his Facebook account of him wearing a New England Patriots hat.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has funded the growth of American football in Israel, saw the picture, which prompted him to reach out to Steinberg's parents.

Kraft wrote the following letter, which was first reported via Twitter by Jared Sichel of the Jewish Journal:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you after having learned about your dear son and distinguished member of the Israel Defense Forces, Max. Although I didn't have the privilege of knowing your son Max personally, I have taken the liberty of reaching out to you since I noticed him wearing a New England Patriots cap in one of the broadcasted photos. He represents the consummate patriot and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices he made to keep our beloved Israel safe. His dedication and loyalty to Israel have not gone unnoticed and I am sure he has left behind a legacy of which you and your family can be proud.

On behalf of the entire New England Patriots team, please accept our most sincere condolences as we are all profoundly saddened by his untimely passing.

Sincerely,
Robert K. Kraft

Then Kraft wrote some additional lines by hand: "We are all Patriots” and "With love of our tradition and the people of Eretz Israel."

Steinberg, 24, and 12 other Israeli soliders were killed in the Gaza Strip.

A native of Woodland Hills, Calif., Steinberg joined Israel Defense Forces in late 2012 after being inspired on his first visit to the country earlier that year. Steinberg had initially resisted taking the trip with his siblings through a foundation called Birthright Israel.

"It was a free trip to Israel, relatives told him, so why not go?," the Washington Post reported. "Eventually, he changed his mind -- and his life would never be the same.

"By the fall of 2012, Steinberg would move to Israel and become a sharpshooter in one of the Israel Defense Forces' most elite units, the Golani Brigade."

In the Jewish Journal, Sichel wrote of Steinberg: "And at just five feet and three inches, he took on nicknames like 'Mighty Max' and 'Little Dynamo.'"

Eric Decker and Jessie James-Decker come from different backgrounds and have different careers. Eric spent his entire childhood in Cold Spring, Minnesota, where he starred in football, basketball and baseball. He now plays for the New York Jets after and previously played for the Denver Broncos.

Jessie was born in Vicenza, Italy, to a military family and bounced around the country during her youth. She is now a country singer/songwriter.

When establishing their own foundation, the two co-stars of "Eric & Jessie Game On" could not narrow their foundation's interest down to one field. They had to make it diverse. It had to fit both their personas.

Eric and Jessie had been devoting their charitable efforts to Deckers Dogs, a subsection of Freedom Service Dogs of America, which strives to "fund the rescue, care and training of a service dog for military veterans returning home with disabilities."

The launched at Eric + Jessie Decker Foundation, launched in July, will incorporate Deckers Dogs into a wider plan of action that includes anti-bullying. The foundation's platform focuses on three areas:

1. Services for U.S. Military Veterans, including through the rescue and training of service dogs via the Decker Foundation's founding program, Decker's Dogs. EJDF is committed to continuing to partner with Freedom Service Dogs of America as well as expanding the breadth of its work with veterans in need.
2. EJDF partners with non-profit organizations committed to putting a stop to bullying and building self-confidence in children who have been victims of bullying.
3. EJDF partners with non-profit organizations which run after-school programs focused on keeping kids off the streets, providing a safe environment and fostering the growth and development of valuable life skills.

"I think being at the level I am as a professional athlete and my wife being able to touch so many people, we want to give back in a way that is important to both of us," Eric says.

Jessie grew up in a military family, as her father, Steve, serves in the U.S. Air Force. She moved around the United States, lacking a definite home. Jessie's hit single, "Military Man" is a tribute to her father, a wing commander in the 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

"She, being a military kid, growing up and having to move to a lot of places, it's part of her," Eric says. "Also, just respecting the military's fight for our country -- I think that's made Deckers Dogs fitting."

Deckers Dogs' mission is to rescue shelter dogs and train them to be companion dogs for military veterans. Deckers Dogs has rescued two dogs at a cost of $25,000 each and the organization is close to rescuing a third dog.

For Eric, the anti-bullying aspect of EJDF is also close to his heart. Eric was a junior at Ricori High School at the time of the school's tragic shooting in which John Jason McLaughlin murdered two other students. After the incident, Ricori students described McLaughlin as "quiet and withdrawn."

Decker may be a macho football player on the field, but off the field, this incident still lingers with his psyche.

"I think a lot of those issues stem from being picked on and bullied, whether it's verbal or physical," Eric says. "These kids are being abused in a way. I think it's important to teach those kids and everyone how to have self-confidence and learn to communicate. With social media right now, it's changed the world of how people communicate. I think we need to help kids with their character, values and everything in life."

After getting married in June 2013, Eric and Jessie gave birth to their first child, daughter Vivianne Rose Decker, in March.

"I have a kid now," Eric says of bullying issues. "I'd never want my kid to ever go through with that."

Jessie's Southern Belle beauty and musical fame might suggest otherwise, but as a child, she faced bullying issues as a student. As someone who constantly moved, she constantly faced challenges.

"She always had to make new friends. If she didn't fit in with the crowd, she'd get picked on," Eric says. "It's hard when you're young and still developing and have those experiences."

For the Deckers, it is certainly a plus to be able to launch the foundation in their new home city. While Deckers Dogs had success in Denver, the ceiling is raised in New York. Along with the reach of the New York Jets, the Deckers have a city of 8 million people and more in the suburbs.

"I think the opportunities are endless with how many people are here," Eric says. "The businesses and the military aspect with what happened on 9/11 -- it's close to home out here, especially with some of the bases not being far from New York City. There's the ability to network, to meet people that want to be a part of something special, to give back and to really get that satisfaction of changing someone's life and helping them in their life. I'm excited to use this city to open up those opportunities I may have."

Along with having a charitable presence, the Deckers are ecstatic to embrace New York's deep and diverse population. Eric and Jessie were previously active in the Denver community, but now hope to engage with individuals in New York. This goes along with their Nashville home.

"You play somewhere, you're a figurehead of this city, this team. They want to at least put the face and name together with this person," Eric says.

On July 19, Eric hosted the 2014 Citi Eric Decker Football ProCamp. A few hundred children in grades 1-8 attended the three-and-a-half hour training session at Boonton High School in New Jersey. Decker took the his new students through a series of lessons, drills and games. For many young Jets fans, this was their first opportunity to come face-to-face with Gang Green's newest star wide receiver.

Of the attendees at the ProCamps event, 10 individuals participated thanks to a sponsorship from EJDF and ProCamps. The 10 campers were selected in conjunction with the New York Jets from Ivy Hill of Newark Pop Warner based on their on-field play and sportsmanship.

"When I was 8 years old and 14 years old, I looked up to the high schoolers, college kids and NFL players. I wanted to be like them," Eric says. "If I have a chance to meet these kids, the impact I may have on their lives, whether it is athletically or as a person, is special."

As for his on-field endeavors, Decker and the Jets opened training camp last week in Cortlandt, N.Y. After four seasons for the Broncos, Decker will be playing for a new team for the first time this season. All signs point to Decker being the Jets' No. 1 receiver.

"I think new opportunities and new challenges create excitement," he says. "It's kind of like I'm starting all over again. I feel like a freshman or a rookie. I have to prove myself."

There is an obvious culture shock between the Broncos and the Jets. Denver boasts Peyton Manning at quarterback and a roster with such names as Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, DeMarcus Ware, Ryan Clady and Von Miller. Coach John Fox brought the team to the Super Bowl last season, his second trip as a head coach. As a franchise, the Broncos have two Super Bowl titles in seven appearances.

The Jets enlist a youthful roster with a limited number of household names. Mike Vick and Chris Johnson are probably the two most popular faces, but both appear to be past their prime. Rex Ryan has no journeys to the Super Bowl as a head coach, and his antics sometimes overshadow wins and losses.

"Rex is the best," Decker says. "He's a player's coach. What you see is what you get with him."

The Jets' history is long, but lacks success. Gang Green won its only Super Bowl bout, the 1969 Super Bowl III upset spearhead by "Broadway" Joe Namath. The Jets have only two division titles since the one ring.

Today, the Jets' biggest concern may be choosing a starting quarterback among Vick, second-year arm Geno Smith, sixth-round pick Taj Boyd and Matt Simms.

"We have some things we need to figure out through camp," Decker says. "Every team is in the same boat. It's all about just taking it one day at a time. You're either getting better or getting worse. You don't stay the same. That's how I work, so I'm trying to get better every day."

Decker will make his Meadowlands debut Sept. 7 when the Jets open the season versus the Oakland Raiders, although a few hundred children already got an up-close glimpse at the team's new star.

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