Tony Romo just wanted to throw a party for avid fantasy football enthusiasts. He even took the effort to rent out a fancy lounge in Las Vegas to host the event, where over 200 fantasy footballers would meet with more than a handful of real ones.

Players like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Rob Gronkowski were supposed to attend the event. But then it was cancelled: the NFL did not want Romo hosting a fantasy event on casino property.

That left attending fans with a gaping hole in their fantasy hearts. On Wednesday, though, Romo came to the rescue.

He invited the 200 guests to Fizz champagne lounge in Caesar's Palace, and then hit them with a few surprises. Fans got a free drink, an autographed poster and a Facetime conversation with Romo himself.

Fans went wild when Romo hit the screen. He tried to sway a few fans toward cheering for America's team, banking on the support of the crowd.

Amid what seemed like a pro-Cowboys gathering, Romo even managed to slip in a little prediction.

"Go Cowboys, and I'll see you guys at the Super Bowl," he said as he ended the call.

We'll see if he lives up to his word on that prediction, but at least he stood with it for these fans.

Sometimes all you have to do is ask. A fan named Ernesto Guerrero sent a tweet to Texans running back Arian Foster looking help paying for his college textbooks.


Foster answered the call.






According to one of his tweets, Guerrero is attending Texas A&M International in Laredo.

Guerrero's good fortune inspired a copycat tweet at Foster, but there is a limit to what he can accomplish.



J.J. Watt's play on the field has made him one of the most popular players in the NFL. Where he separates himself from other NFL stars is with his engagement with fans in the community and on social media.

Watt's goodwill has been documented. He's bought pizza for police and firemen, surprised a couple at their wedding and proposed to a 6-year-old.

It's no surprise that Watt is becoming one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

With a track record like Watt's, it's not shocking to learn that he helped a clerk for a justice in the Texas Supreme Court inform her husband that she was pregnant.

Marcella Burke, law clerk to Justice Don Willett, met Watt in an elevator when she came up with the idea. After her pregnancy was confirmed, she made a request with Watt through the Texans. Watt agreed, and the result was a priceless photo, which Willett shared on Twitter this week:


Willett made the announcement on social media Thursday morning, a day after Watt was in Los Angeles for the ESPY's. Let's see if this will add to the almost 900,000 the Houston Texans lineman boasts on Twitter.

Serving as an extension of the ESPYs, the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards show honored the Chicago Bulls and WNBA star Tamika Catchings on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, the event was created to honor those in sports who make a positive difference in the community. The Bulls won the team category while Catchings, the WNBA FInals MVP in 2012, earned the individual honor.

We caught up with the event's host, former boxing champion Laila Ali, and other stars including Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Olympic icon Tommie Smith and softball star Jennie Finch for their thoughts on this ground-breaking function.

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The event, a co-production of ESPN and PlayStation, also announced four winners for the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award (ESPN + inspire). It was given for recognition of "taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged." The recipients were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his wife, Sue; the You Can Play Project; and the "Like A Girl" campaign.

ESPN will televise highlights in a 30-minute special July 23. According to an AP report, "ESPN said more than $500,000 in net proceeds was raised for The V Foundation's Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund as well as funding grants."

In March 2014, Baltimore sports radio personality Nestor Aparicio detailed the struggle of his wife, Jenn, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

At the time, Jenn was in the process of treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and according to Nestor, "was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant in order to save her life." Bone marrow transplants, unlike organ transplants, require a donor with a nearly identical genetic match. Otherwise the body and immune system will reject the transplant.

Fortunately for the Aparicio family, Jenn found her miracle donor match in the form of a 21-year-old German, who remains anonymous because of that nation's medical laws.

"According to the doctors, this donor will look the same as Jenn," says Aparicio, whose program runs on WNST. "That's how genetically similar these donors have to be."

With his wife on the road to recovery, Aparicio decided to give back by raising awareness for bone marrow donations with a campaign he called #GiveASpit. His objective? To complete a 30-day journey to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. In each city, Aparicio will swab and collect DNA samples of healthy individuals, 18-55, to expand the database of donors that helped his wife conquer leukemia.

The tour, which ends in Cincinnati with the MLB All Star Game festivities July 13-14, has partnered with charities There Goes My Hero and bone marrow donor center Delete Blood Cancer.

According to Aparicio, his tour has been made possible because of efforts from friends he has made through his decades in radio and sports. Between a personal pickup at the Pittsburgh airport from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to throwing the first pitch at a Red Sox game, Aparicio tapped into his connections to give #GiveASpit high visibility.

"This has been a bucket-list trip for me for a long time," Aparicio says. "So to have Jenn here, it's awesome."

So far the the highlight has been Detroit.

"Turns out the biggest thrill came on a whim when they let me hit off on my wife in Tiger Stadium," Aparicio says. "The biggest highlight from a stadium that doesn't even exist anymore except in our memory and imagination."

During the trip, Nestor has also stressed the importance of adding non-Caucasian donors to registries across the globe as people of mixed races struggle to find identical donors such as Jenn's. According to the World Donor Marrow Association, while two out of three Caucasians find a match, the chances of a patient from another ethnic background can be as low as one in four.

When asked about the couple's message to anyone else fighting leukemia, Nestor cited his wife's blood type: "B Positive."

It turns out Cristiano Ronaldo is more than just a pretty face with a masterful foot.

The Real Madrid star also has a heart of gold.

During a recent weekend in Las Vegas, a woman named Austin Woolstenhulme tweeted that she had lost her phone. The good news? It was in the safe hands of Cristiano Ronaldo.


Not only did Ronaldo personally return the phone, he also invited the women to dinner. On an unrelated note, Ronaldo and Russian supermodel Irina Shayk broke up earlier this year

One of Woolstenhulme's friends tweeted this photo as evidence:


And more photos were leaked in the following days:



Earlier in this night, one of Woolstenhulme's friends had tweeted this, so it seems likely that the XS Nightclub is where the phone was lost.


The 2014-15 season was a bittersweet one for the Portuguese striker, who did not win any team trophies but did take home soccer's most prestigious individual award, the European Golden Shoe.

Max Scherzer lived and breathed baseball as a child in Chesterfield, Missouri, a western suburb of St. Louis. The hometown Cardinals, led by shortstop Ozzie Smith, ignited Scherzer’s passion for baseball. He'd hit the fields in Chesterfield every day of his summer, practicing and enjoying the game he loved.

"It’s all I dreamed about," Scherzer says. "That was some of my best memories as a child. It was a hot summer day, going up to the fields and playing games all summer. Whether it was a weekday or weekends, traveling for tournaments, those are some of my best memories."

Coming off his first no-hitter, against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 20, Scherzer wants to give kids in Washington to create summer baseball memories of their own. This season, he and his wife, Erica May-Scherzer, have teamed with the Nationals Dream Foundation to launch a new program called Baseball Cards for a Cause. The program allows fans to send a baseball card, along with $25 donation (check or money order) to the program, and in exchange, Scherzer will sign the card and send it back. If you want to contribute, here's the mailing address:

Max Scherzer
Baseball Cards for a Cause
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

The money will go toward the Washington National Youth Baseball Academy, which serves to develop local at-risk students with a passion for baseball.

Scherzer was never a baseball card enthusiast, but his wife grew up collecting them with her father and sister in Colorado.

"I know how exciting it was when you would get an autograph and you would have a really fun card," May-Scherzer says. "To see the direction that autographs have gone in the last decade or so, it’s kind of changing that experience for a lot of young fans, so it’s nice to bring that feeling back."

Scherzer and his wife met in college at Missouri, where both were athletes, and have been together since. May-Scherzer said wherever her husband has been -- Mobile, Fort Worth, La Crosse, Arizona, Detroit and now Washington -- they have tried to get involved in the community.

It wasn't until the couple got to Detroit that the idea of trading autographs for charity was put to use. The Tigers launched "Autographs for a Cause" and Scherzer took part during his five seasons with the team.

Once Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals, he and May-Scherzer knew they wanted to bring the cause with them. At the end of the season, Scherzer will match all funds raised through Baseball Cards for a Cause.

“When we came here, both Max and I, were just adamant," May-Scherzer says. "We really wanted to continue this program, so we reached out to the Dream Foundation and the team and asked them if we could bring the program. … We tweaked a few things, but it’s overall the same idea and it's inspired by what we did out there."

Baseball Cards for a Cause launched in May and will continue through the season. Not only is the program raising money, but it also might eliminate the infamous autograph hawks that attempt to re-sell autographs for profit.

They've followed Scherzer to his hotel room, watched him during dinner and knocked on cab windows. He said the hawks have made the act of signing autographs harder for athletes.

"It really kind of ruins the experience," Scherzer says. "The other part of this program is that it really connects the fans with the players and makes sure that the true fans are getting [autographs]. I know that when I’m signing these autographs, I'm making someone’s day. At the end of the day, every athlete and celebrity loves to be able to do that."

As his name continues to rise in prominence, so does his autograph.

"Especially when you throw a no-hitter,” Scherzer says, laughing. “Everybody loves talking about a no-hitter."

He said he's hoping this program will help him reach his new fans, whether in Washington or across the country. However, it's the kids working at the Youth Baseball Academy that make this program worth it for Scherzer.

"I understand, being a player here in Washington, that it’s also my responsibility to make it exciting for the kids that want to play baseball and encourage them to play baseball in the summer," he says. "I love the game to death, so I hope that there are kids out there that share the same passion."

In honor of Father's Day, Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews delivered a super gift to a more-than-deserving fan.

The video of the surprise, which was organized by Courtyard Hotels, tells the story of a devoted husband and father who raised four children and served as the sole income-earner while caring for his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

The father, Bill, is also a massive Packers fan. But getting to meet Matthews was only part of the gift.

It's great to see how emotional Bill becomes, not only when seeing Matthews and then receiving his gift -- two tickets to Super Bowl 50 next winter -- but then having his friends and family flood out of hiding to congratulate him.

True to form, Bill emphasizes how happy he is with his life and marriage, despite the challenges that have been thrown his way. His grown-up kids are big fans and appreciate all he's done for them, and it's gratifying to see him rewarded for his dedication.

Let this serve as a reminder: show your appreciation this Father's Day.

Seeing as Bo Jackson retired from football in 1990 and baseball in 1994, every current teenager was born after his career ended. Earlier this year Jackson had to explain to Drake LaRoche, the 13-year-old son of Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam, who he was.

But you don't need to know Bo to appreciate the generosity of the only man to ever play in the Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star game.

At a recent Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers game, Jackson surprised a family of four with tickets in the fifth row at U.S. Cellular Field along with the chance to hang out with the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner.

"It's definitely different than just watching it with my family," said young Rudy Gnade, in what can only be described as an understatement.

Jackson treated the Gnades to dinner, great seats and ice cream.

Rudy Gnade and his brother, Jackson, even got some White Sox swag from Bo.


In the end, the White Sox gave Jackson and his new friends the best gift of all, a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.

Francis Wesley has incredible soccer skills for a 17-year-old. His lifelong dream has been to play professional soccer, but those efforts have been upset recently as Wesley is locked into a fight with lymphoma.

But as he continued to try and overcome cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and D.C. United came together to check one lifelong goal off his bucket list: Wesley is getting a chance to play pro soccer. On Thursday, the Major League Soccer team added him to its official team roster.

Wesley will be on the roster Saturday, when the team plays the Philadelphia Union.


Wesley spent Friday training with the club. He primarily plays midfield and forward, and the team was impressed by the teenager's skills.

United Manager Ben Olsen was impressed with Wesley's footwork, saying he did much better in the team drills than most players his age would.


The experience was also very positive for the team.

"It was great. We take ourselves so serious, especially in the sports industry," Olsen told Black and Red United. "And to have reality checks like Francis come in is great for us, great for him. Make-A-Wish does a fantastic job with this stuff."

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