LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley’s “Oak Out Hunger” community project kicks off today in Los Angeles with the goal of providing food and education to underprivileged communities and raise awareness of the need for socially responsible sports betting.
A coalition of nonprofits – The Los Angeles Community Action Network, Help Give Care Foundation, The Charles Oakley Foundation and Entain Foundation US – will provide food, fun and fandom to fans of the Sunday 13 February at Gladys Park.
Oakley has worked hand-in-hand with Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations for many years. A lifelong home cook known for whipping up a giant family meal, Oak spent much of his post-NBA career bringing his culinary prowess to homeless shelters and veterans’ organizations nationwide. .
“I come to Skid Row every year because of the community,” said Oakley, whose memoir “The Last Enforcer” debuted earlier this month. “This is a community like no other. And these organizations we work with are second to none. As the world focuses on the Big Game, let’s not lose sight of the struggling people here in our backyard. “
Contact [email protected] to schedule an interview with Oakley, which will be available beginning at 1 p.m. PT.
In 2020, the Charles Oakley Foundation launched the Oak Out Hunger campaign, which provided thousands of meals and other social services to needy families in many major US cities.
The Help, Care, Give Foundation and Founders Henry Butler and his wife, Casting Director Leah Daniels-Butler, have supported the Charles Oakley Foundation’s efforts to feed the homeless of Skid Row from the start and continue to encourage the entertainment industry to lend time, talent and financial resources to feed, clothe and house those who need it most.
“The Big Game is a global event happening in our city, everyone should have the opportunity to experience it,” Butler said. “We thank the Charles Oakley Foundation for its tireless commitment to raising awareness about homelessness and the issues that affect the underserved.”
With all eyes on Los Angeles this weekend, Pete White, founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, said it’s important to remember that ordinary people are struggling right next to the drama-filled spectacle. action of The Big Game.
“As the country prepares for the Big Game, far less attention will be given to Angelenos, unable to afford tickets to Sofi Stadium, unable to pay rent and residing in Skid Row,” White said. “What better way to showcase what many prefer to hide than food, celebration and the opportunity to give back.”
The national Oak Out Hunger program will promote Gamble Responsibly America (GRA), a mobile app that educates users about safe gambling habits, and My Wager Score™, an affordability tool that protects gamblers’ financial health and rewards responsible gaming by converting 1% of every dollar wagered into tax-deductible charitable contributions for social causes.
“We’re asking people to bet smart and give back,” Oakley said. “My Wager Score™ is the future of sports betting because it creates financial security for players and helps create a positive impact. We want people to see that they can take fair play into their own hands and be empowered by getting their score on MyWagerScore.com.”
About Charles Oakley and the Charles Oakley Foundation
Oakley, known to legions of NBA fans as “The Last Enforcer”, played 19 seasons (1985-2004) in the NBA, including 10 seasons with the New York Knicks (1988-98) where he was named an All-NBA All-star in 1994. A longtime home cook who is known for whipping up a giant family meal, Oak spent much of his post-NBA career bringing his culinary prowess to homeless shelters. and national veterans organizations.
Oakley is on a mission to raise awareness of the My Wager Score.™ financial protection tool.
The Charles Oakley Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back. In 2020, the foundation launched the Oak Out Hunger campaign, which provided thousands of meals and other social services to poor families in cities such as Cleveland (Oakley’s hometown), New York, Los Angeles and other major US cities. To contact the Charles Oakley Foundation, email Jeane Holley: [email protected]
About the Entain US Foundation
The Entain Foundation US is a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible gambling, sports integrity, and corporate compliance in the United States. The Foundation was launched in 2019 by the Entain Global Foundation and the Entain Group. Trustees of the Entain Foundation US include Martin Lycka of Entain, former New York Giants wide receiver and NFL champion Amani Toomer and international gambling regulation expert Bill Pascrell III, Princeton associate Public Affairs Group. https://entainfoundation-us.com
About helping, giving care
The Help, Care, Give Foundation is a channel for celebrities willing to give back to causes of personal importance. Founded by former music executive Henry Butler, his casting director wife Leah Daniels-Butler and their five children, the HCGF creates vibrant platforms for boutique brands and celebrity charities, offering curated enrichment programs for educate and enlighten.
About the Los Angeles Community Action Network
The mission of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is to help people experiencing poverty create and discover opportunity, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power and opinion in the decisions that affect us. directly affect.
About my betting score™
My Wager Score™ is a patented technology designed to protect the financial health of sports bettors and minimize the risk of harmful gambling through the provision of real-time accessibility data. My Wager Score™ puts responsible gaming in the hands of bettors who unlock access to the financial empowerment tool that also converts 1% of every dollar wagered at partner gaming sites into tax-deductible charitable donations. The first-of-its-kind technology has captured the attention of policymakers and the next generation of increasingly diverse bettors looking to create a more fair and socially responsible industry.
Potential news angles:
- Oakley’s memoir “The Last Enforcer” debuted Feb. 1 to rave reviews
- Oak is giving up parties for The Big Game for his Skid Row brothers
- Oak helps launch a new socially responsible sports betting platform that will fund the Oak Out Hunger initiative
- Retired NBA legend Charles Oakley launches national Oak Out Hunger initiative and encourages responsible sports betting (media can email [email protected] for maintenance hours)
- 1pm PT SUNDAY 2/13 – THE BIG GAME WATCH PARTY with Charles Oakley at Gladys Park
Read the press release: https://docs.google.com/document/d/106ytB-xO36DUbxjecvyIzrGL899MSd1KItl-gjLfjGc/edit?usp=sharing
Image 1: Oak in the city
Charles Oakley grilling at Gladys Park in 2019
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