For wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' bye on Sunday was anything but a chance to relax and unwind.

That's because the three-time Pro Bowler spent the day with dozens of active military moms at a charity benefit put on by his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. Jackson, who comes from a military family himself, and his wife, Lindsey, invited 40 mothers from the Tampa Bay area to the banquet. Each of the women was presented with a $1,000 gift bag that included diapers, wipes, car seats, strollers and more.

"I knew, growing up in a military household, sometimes things are tight," Jackson told 10News in Tampa. "I know it's going to go a long way for these families, especially these young families to help keep some of that stuff in their pocket."

Jackson, who signed a five-year, $55.55 million contract with the Bucs in 2012, started his foundation as a means of helping military families. The foundation hosts a summer camp, awards scholarships and puts on a host of events for military parents and their kids. Jackson and his wife have even penned a children's book about the hardships of deployment.

On Sunday the gift basket came as a surprise to the women and their families.

"[Jackson's] amazing," Emily Humphrey, an attendee, told 10News. "I was actually doing some research on his foundation before we got here. He just seemed like a great guy, great family and we're just so blessed that they did this for us."

Through six games Jackson leads all Buccaneers players with 25 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Before he was even in high school, a kid from Wisconsin named Mitch Arnold started an organization called Peace Is The Goal. Its mission was to bring goodwill around the world by giving children around the world the soccer equipment they needed. Recognition for efforts, which reached more than 50 countries, included a chance to meet Mets star David Wright

Christian Ponder and his wife, Sam, were in the right place at the right time recently to help a family coping with tragedy.

The Ponders bumped into Justin Robbins and his daughters, 9-year-old Brianna and 8-year-old Emily, at a Minneapolis-area mall. Justin, Brianna and Emily had endured an unthinkable loss weeks earlier: Maggie Robbins, Justin's wife and Brianna and Emily's mother, had been killed in a car accident. Lululemon was Maggie's favorite store, and Justin figured he would take his daughters there to cheer them up.

Brianna recognized Ponder, the Vikings' backup quarterback, shopping with his wife at the mall. Justin and his daughters approached Ponder and got a picture with the 26-year-old.

Upon hearing the Robbins' story, Christian and Sam wanted to do something to help. So they told the manager at Lululemon that they would pay for whatever Brianna and Emily wanted.

The girls were delighted to hear this, and they packed everything they could fit into a bag.

“After a while, my daughters had the whole store in a bag," Justin joked in an interview with Minnesota's WCCO-TV. "So I decided to say, ‘You're not getting all those clothes.' I allowed them to get one outfit."

John Lauritsen of WCCO-TV spoke with Justin and his daughters about the experience:

Christian, who initially wanted the gift to be a secret, deflected any positive attention directed his way.

Christian and Sam, an ESPN reporter, were married in December 2012. Their first daughter, named Bowden for Bobby Bowden, Christian's coach at Florida State, was born in July.

The Vikings starting quarterback for the majority of the past three seasons, Ponder lost his starting job this year to rookie Teddy Bridgewater.

With the Royals making the playoffs for the first time since 1985, postseason tickets are at a premium in Kansas City. But sometimes, it's not who you know to get hooked up with some seats. It's who you ask. Take the case of a fan named Nicholas Knapple. Like many fans, Knapple wanted tickets. Unlike everyone else, he asked Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan for help on Twitter.

Finnegan, the Royals' first-round pick this year from TCU, answered the call. See how this ticket transaction unfolded with these exchanges on Twitter:

With her schedule cleared thanks to a surprise early exit from Dancing With the Stars, Lolo Jones made the most of her free time. She spent a week in the Philippines working for a global non-profit and raising awareness for children and families in need of continued support.

One Child Matters is a Christian organization that provides essential services and items to more than 40,000 children in developing nations around the world. Jones was brought in to interact with some of those children and to help put on a sports carnival day in Poog, a rural area in the Philippines.

Throughout the trip, Jones tweeted photos of the activities and sights she was participating in. It wasn't glamorous, either: Jones reported on Twitter that the van rides to and from villages took up four hours every day.

Jones also encouraged her fan base to consider becoming sponsors for children and their families, highlighting the poverty in the region and how small amounts of money can make an enormous difference:


10 people live in this one bedroom house. The two adorable girls sitting are sponsored by @i5church members. Their sponsor, Someone in Maryland gives up $39 a month, so that these kids are given schooling and daily meals. If you feel inclined please sponsor a kid on @onechildmatters and change their life #Philippines #impactTheWorld

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Despite the serious purpose of her trip, Jones found plenty of time to have fun. The Filipino kids proved more appreciative of Jones' moves than a primetime dancing competition.


These kids will break forward. I wish I had more time to spend with them. Help me impact their future. Please sponsor a kid. @onechildmatters #worldChanger #Philippines #beTHE5

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Damian Lillard wasn't on the court for Portland's 119-114 preseason win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but he was still able to dish out an assist from the sideline.

While participating in pre-game warmups, Lillard walked over to a couple sitting in the first few rows of seats, pulled out a ring box and opened it to reveal an engagement ring.

While the woman was still in shock, Lillard gave the ring to the boyfriend, stepped back and let him do his thing.

The full scene was captured in the video below:

A horribly awkward scene was avoided when the woman said yes.

Lillard is an NBA star that has relished fan involvement during his short time in the NBA. Check out the video below to see how he defended a Special Olympics participant from online bullying.

The NFL's best feel-good story just keeps getting better.

Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still, is busy battling stage 4 neuroblastoma. The Bengals have made several accommodations to ensure Still maintains health care coverage as his daughter undergoes surgery and other cancer treatments.

The Bengals' actions alone are noteworthy, and other teams around the league are taking notice. The Houston Texans are the latest to extend a kind gesture toward the Still family, shipping a gift box filled with toys and other items from the hit Disney movie, Frozen.


Thanks coach OB and the Texans for send Leah these gifts...can't go wrong with frozen

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The Texans' gift comes less than a week after the New England Patriots cheerleaders wore Still's jersey as a supportive gesture to his daughter. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, meanwhile, made a $25,000 donation to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Still was initially cut from the Bengals before the start of the NFL season, but the team added him to its practice squad so that his daughter wouldn't lose health coverage. Still acknowledged that his personal circumstances made it difficult to focus solely on football, and he accepted that the team had to make business decisions.

But Still was promoted to the active roster in Week 2, and he has played in every game since then. The Bengals, meanwhile, have gotten off to a 3-1 start.

In late September, Leah Still has surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and lymph nodes. She continues to undergo radiation and chemotherapy.

The Utah Jazz made a surprise roster move Monday, announcing the signing of 5-year-old J.P. Gibson to a one-day contract. Per the move, Gibson joined the team for its season-opening scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.

Gibson, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was given the opportunity through the "Anything Can Be" project, which is run by the Millie's Princess Foundation. The goal of the project is to provide support and hope to families who have been affected by childhood cancers.

"J.P. loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite," said J.P.'s mother, Megan Gibson, in an NBA press release. "When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband Josh watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old.

"He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can't wait until he's six."

J.P. Gibson's day with the Jazz is now over, but it's a memory he'll never forget: A photographer followed him around for the day and will compose a storybook chronicling the young boy's adventure.

After a successful one-day blood drive in Houston, Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler has chosen to extend his campaign through the end of the month. Fowler has agreed to donate $1,000 for each registered blood donation made to the Red Cross between now and Oct. 31, up to $75,000.

Fowler's campaign is available to anyone in the country, and it will be managed through the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To participate, fans need to download the app and then join the Dexter's Team group within the app.

"We had a great turnout in Houston, and I want to now encourage the rest of the country to take part in donating blood to help save lives,” Fowler said. “I want to match blood donations with a monetary donation to the American Red Cross to support their efforts across their country."

Fowler is hoping his influence can help address the endless shortage of healthy blood available in the United States. A new donation of blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S., and a single donation can save multiple lives.

To meet the national demand, the Red Cross has to collect about 15,000 units of blood daily, according to an American Red Cross executive.

Whether fans participate by actively donating blood, they can still spread the word about the cause using the social media hashtags #TeamFowler and #DonateNow.

Chad Hennings and Charles Haley were teammates on the defensive line for the Cowboys in the 90s, and they helped Dallas win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. Now they are combining forces to mentor teens that need guidance and inspiration. Here are the two discussing the messages they are trying to send:

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