Retired NBA legend Charles Oakley kicks off National Oak

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Former NBA star Charles Oakley’s “Oak Out Hunger” community project by the Charles Oakley Foundation kicks off in Los Angeles this weekend with the goal of providing food and education to disadvantaged 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, Charles Oakley Foundation and Entain Foundation – will provide food, fun and fandom to football fans on Sunday, February 13 at Gladys Park.

  • 10 a.m. Pacific, SATURDAY, 12/2 – Charles Oakley to help set up at Gladys Park, maintain press availability
  • 1 p.m. Pacific, SUNDAY 2/13 – Watch the big game with Charles Oakley on Gladys Park.

Oakley has worked hand-in-hand with Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations for many years. A longtime home cook known for whipping up a giant family meal, Oakley 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 people struggling here in our backyard. “

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, supported the efforts of the Charles Oakley Foundation 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 shelter those most in need.

“This weekend’s championship 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. big game action.

“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 show 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 invested into tax-deductible charitable contributions for social causes. GRA was launched by Entain Foundation US, EPIC Risk Management and RG24/7 in June 2021, while My Wager Score is a technology startup.

“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”


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 NBA all-star in 1994. A longtime home cook known for whipping up a giant family meal, Oakley spent much of his post-NBA career contributing his culinary prowess to homeless shelters and organizations veterans nationwide.

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 catcher Amani Toomer and international gambling regulation expert Bill Pascrell III, a partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group.

About help, care, donation

The Help, Care, Give Foundation is a channel for celebrities willing to give back to causes of personal importance. HCGF serves as the infrastructure providing management and direction of resources to enable and empower the achievement of philanthropic efforts through event production, program development, and social enterprise brand management. With successful events like Celebrity Rock and our Homeless But Human, Help, Care campaign, Give Foundation is quickly establishing itself as a key player in the world of philanthropy.

About the Los Angeles Community Action Network

The mission of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is to help people struggling with poverty create and discover opportunity. LA CAN was formed in 1999 when 25 downtown Los Angeles residents came together and recognized the issues that existed in their community and pledged to do something about it.

About my betting score

My Wager Score™ is a patented financial health tool that is about to change the game. An early-stage start-up that has captured the attention of policymakers and the next generation of socially responsible bettors, My Wager Score converts 1% of every dollar wagered on partner gaming sites into tax-deductible charitable donations , gives online players real-time affordability checks and unlocks access to technology designed to prevent reckless betting. Whether you win or lose, Wager Score converts 1% of every dollar wagered on gaming partner site(s) into tax-deductible charitable donations that create positive societal impact.

Charles Oakley is available for interviews Saturday and Sunday. To schedule: contact Jessica Van Sack for the Charles Oakley Foundation via Yellow House Creative Consulting, LLC, 617-593-4241, [email protected]

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