Even though he has been homeless since 2009, Toney High is such a fixture at Detroit sporting events that he was featured in an MLB.com story about the city during the Tigers' run to the 2012 World Series. High provides musical entertainment with his trusty trombone, and his presence outside sports venues in downtown Detroit is somewhat of a civic institution.

But while performing in Detroit's Greektown last month, High was mugged for his trombone and glasses. When WXYZ in Detroit reported on what had happened to High, the station said it received numerous offers from people wanting to help High get a new trombone.

One of those volunteers was Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who told WXYZ that he will take care of getting High a trombone in addition to some perks: Ansah has invited High to play the trombone at a Lions practice and will give him tickets to the team's Week 3 game against the Packers.

"I love music," Ansah told WXYZ of his decision to help High. "But I can't play any instruments. When I heard the story, it was just like a no-brainer."

Here's the full WXYZ account of the feel-good ending to a heartbreaking story:

Ansah led NFL rookies with eight sacks last season after being the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft. A native of Ghana, Ansah attended BYU on an academic scholarship, then joined the football team as a walk-on.

Beyond the humiliation and shattered reputation, Ray Rice is going to take a considerable hit in his pocket this season. Released by the team Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after TMZ published video of him knocking out his then-fiance, Rice won't collect his $4 million base salary.

Hersh's Pizza and Drinks makes a different kind of dough. The Baltimore pizzeria is offering a deal for undesired Rice jerseys. Hersh's will reportedly supply a free pizza to those who bring in their Rice jerseys. The pizzeria will also donate $2.70 per jersey to House of Ruth Maryland, an organization devoted to helping women and children affected by domestic violence.

Down the street, No Idea Tavern stepped up its own game. The establishment is offering a $10 bar tab, along with a $2.70 donation, matching the bar set by Hersh's.

On Wednesday morning, the Ravens announced they will also initiate a variation of the Ray Rice jersey exchange:

Clayton Kershaw once laughed at himself for being such a big fan of The Bachelor with a tweet that included the hashtag #mancardgone. So perhaps it was fitting that the emcee for Kershaw's charity ping-pong tournament last week was the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison.

"I'm really honored to help out and raise money for the kids, but then once the kids are helped, I want to destroy Clayton," Harrison cracked.

The event called Ping Pong 4 Purpose featured a doubles tournament with Dodger players and celebrities including the most recent Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, and her fiance, Josh Murray, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, Jaleel White, Craig Robinson and Mario Lopez.

It is a major fundraiser for Kershaw's Challenge, the foundation that he and his wife, Ellen, created to help two organizations in Africa, one in Los Angeles (Dream Center) and one in his hometown of Dallas (Mercy Street). Building hospitals and orphanages is part of its mission.

"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."

Here is a closer look at the festivities from Dodger Stadium:

In case you're curious about how the tournament unfolded, Kershaw and Clippers star Chris Paul lost in the first round to Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr.

Greinke and Hairston advanced to the championship match by beating Dorfman and Murray, in the semifinals. But the team of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and actor Josh Henderson (Dallas on TNT) prevailed in the finals.

It is July, and Deron Williams is at his Salt Lake City home. He was traded from the Jazz to the Brooklyn Nets more than three years ago, but his permanent residence is still in Utah.

"It's the opposite of New York," Williams says.

Over the phone, the bustle of Williams' children can be heard. Williams and wife Amy, his high school sweetheart, have two girls and two boys.

"Eat your sandwich," he says to one of them.

Such a scene humanizes an NBA superstar. Williams is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is the face of a franchise entering its third year in Brooklyn.

When Williams was an All-Big Ten guard and second team All-American at Illinois, it was easy to focus on basketball. Williams was the third overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, and he had the sport at his fingertips.

His life took a turn in the summer of 2011. While Williams prepared to ship off to Turkey for a stint at Besiktas during the NBA lockout, his 22-month-old son D.J. was diagnosed with autism.

"I didn't want to believe it," Williams says. "We thought he might have just had hearing issues when he wasn't looking at us. We had his hearing checked. He was having nose bleeds, so we thought he might be having neurological damage."

D.J. (short for Deron Jr.) was adopted by the Williams family as a newborn from an agency in Utah. Amy is also adopted, fueling her desire to adopt a child. Ironically, D.J. was born at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, four miles away from Barclays Center and it happens to be the official hospital of the Nets.

D.J.'s diagnosis left Deron and Amy with a whirl of emotions.

"You start wondering if the kid if going to have a normal life and get married even though he's only 2 years old," Williams says.

Now 5, D.J. is starting kindergarten and living as normal a life as he can. D.J. goes to therapy three times a week and battles the challenges of autism. Loud music and crowded areas make D.J. anxious, and his parents must be attentive of his whereabouts at all times.

When Williams founded his foundation, Point of Hope, in 2007 with Amy, it focused on single parents, the Salt Lake City community and support for a variety of diseases and causes. In 2012, after D.J.'s diagnosis, Williams began a partnership with Autism Speaks. As one of his first events in conjunction with Autism Speaks, Williams hosted 30 families with autistic children affected by Hurricane Katrina at a Manhattan establishment for lunch, live music, activities and presents.

Even before D.J. was diagnosed with autism, Williams put heavy weight on community service. "As athletes, we have the ability to affect people," he says. "I'd say for people who support us night-in, night-out on the basketball court, it's our way of giving back how we can."

D.J.'s diagnosis changed the game. For Williams, giving back became more than part of being a professional athlete. It got personal.

One of his events dedicated to raising money for autism awareness is the Dodge Barrage Tournament, a dodgeball tourney founded back in Utah in 2009 with then-Jazz teammate Kyle Korver. The original tournament benefited Point of Hope and the Kyle Korver Foundation. The Dodge Barrage has since moved to New York City, where it appeared in 2013. This year's event will take place on Sept. 15 at Manhattan's Basketball City at Pier 36, and guests are expected to include NBA players Mason Plumlee, Jarrett Jack and Andrei Kirilenko, Giants punter Steve Weatherford, comedian Jay Pharoah, singer Ray J and broadcaster Ryan Ruocco.

"It's something different than what everyone else was doing," Williams says of the decision to use dodgeball as a philanthropic tool. "It's something everyone can do and have fun."

Autism Speaks Vice President of Community Affairs Jamitha Fields works closely with Williams to organize his fundraisers. She notes that much of the time, it is not her camp spearheading ideas, but Williams.

"The events that are done are conceptualized by Deron," she says. "They aren't just an Autism Speaks idea."

Williams hopes the timing of this year's event on a Monday night in September will bring as many athletes out as possible. The scheduling was done in coordination with his teammates returning to New York, and the Giants and Jets having an off day.

Williams also wants to see more of his friends and guests break a sweat during the game. In 2013, he noticed a lack of effort from the celebrity attendees.

"Last year, a lot of people dressed up," he says. "They didn't know they'd get down and dirty. They will this year. They know what to expect. Get out there and get thrown in the fire. The competitiveness comes out."

Along with the Dodge Barrage, Williams also makes a big push toward raising autism awareness during April, National Autism Awareness Month. Williams taped a PSA via NBA Cares on autism awareness. He also auctioned off two pairs of signed blue (color of autism awareness) sneakers that Williams wore during April, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks.

For the second year, Williams hosted 65 New York area families with children affected by autism on Autism Awareness Night at Barclays Center. Williams donated his suite for the game, and he encouraged other suite holders to do the same. Williams hosted the children in a meet and greet after the game.

"It's a great night to be able to invite all these families and give them a safe environment," Williams says. "They don't like noise, they don't like crowds, they don't like being around people. It's hard for them to go to the game. A lot of them have anxiety where they can't leave their parents' reach. The suite gives them a calmer environment. It's a little quieter."

When reminiscing about the event, Fields notes how impressed she was with the way Williams went above and beyond.

"It's not like an event that's put on the calendar and he shakes a couple of hands and he's out the door," she says. "He's fully invested. He wants to make sure we're doing something for the families. He cares because he's a part of who they are."

Through such events as the Autism Awareness Night hosting, Williams gets to connect with parents and children in a setting where basketball is an afterthought. Williams has the chance to learn from other parents about how to treat autistic children, and vice versa.

"I'm able to give back to autism and I can relate to other parents," Williams says. "My son is high functioning. He can speak. He's verbal. Other kids don't talk. It's really hard, especially when they get older. Just being able to relate to people and share experiences and give and get advice has been great for me."

Although with the Dodge Barrage and the events surrounding Autism Awareness Night, Williams is constantly pitching in with Autism Speaks when he can. Williams hosts an annual Christmas dinner for homeless mothers and single moms in the autism community. Point of Hope plans on creating an event with Autism Speaks around All-Star Weekend in February when the mid-year classic comes to New York City.

Autism is a 24/7 subject in Williams' life, while basketball is a job. Williams keeps most of Point of Hope's efforts condensed during the season when his teammates can join his philanthropy. This does not mean his summers with D.J. are tame.

"I work out in the morning," Williams says. "When D.J. comes home, we just hang out around the house, go to the movies and stuff. I play golf when I can, but sometimes, I can't play golf."

While he loves his sport, he is not pushing his children toward the hardwood.

"None of my kids are interested in basketball. My girls don't like basketball. D.J.'s interested in iPads and video games," Williams says.

Williams also continues to use Point of Hope to support single parents and children in need. Along with Autism Speaks, the organization works closely with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

"The raising awareness is the most important to me. I think a lot of people don't know how relevant autism is. A lot of people are scared. They know something might be a little off about the child. They're scared to get them tested. That's only hurting the kid in the long run," Williams says.

Jisset Pena has worked as Point of Hope's Director of Special Events since October 2012, allowing her to see much of Williams' efforts with Autism Speaks. She notes Williams keeps a level head on and off the court. Along the way, his devotion to autism awareness can be missed.

"What I've personally witnessed over the years is that Deron is highly committed to giving back to the community, but he does so in such a humble way," Pena says. "He doesn't seek praise for everything he does because this is something that sincerely comes from the bottom of his heart."

Professional basketball will end for Williams one day. The fight against autism, unfortunately, does not have a known expiration date.

"I come figure I'll play at least another six years," he says. "I'll continue foundation when I'm done. As far as long-term goals, I don't have anything set yet."

Spontaneity is nothing new for Deron Williams. More than three years ago, Williams did not expect to need to deal with an autistic child. But when the news came, raising autism awareness became a necessary and fulfilling part of his life.

Those wishing to participate in the 2014 Dodge Barrage can still sign up through the Point Of Hope Foundation website.

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.

Syndicate content