Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Good Job Theo....and the stat of the day.....

A lot is being made of today's date and the Book of Revelations..... Despite 12 years of Catholic schooling, I am nowhere near an expert on the Bible, but here is an "interesting" stat as it relates to sports:

From The Sports Business Daily
66.6% -- Our “omen” -- today’s date is 6/6/06 and MLB's percent of attendance capacity filled to date this season, through last night's games, is 66.6% (THE DAILY).

Pre-Draft Camp Starts Tonight
Fan Insider Jason Quick from the Oregonian will join us live at 3:25, during the first session of this camp. Don't get too excited about what is going on down there though. Anyone who the Blazers would pick with the #4 selection WON'T be working out. If they end up keeping the final pick in the first round (#30) and/or the first pick in the second round (#31) then the guys they may look to select may be in Orlando. But expect one or both of those picks to be traded, or at the very least be used on a European who is at least one year away from coming over to the NBA.

Good Work Theo...
Just received this release from the NBA....
In recognition of Theo Ratliff’s outstanding efforts in the community, and for his on-going philanthropic work, the NBA announced today it has honored the Trail Blazers center with the Community Assist Award for the month of May.

After meeting 7-year-old Victoria Roberts at a Children’s Cancer
Association event in 2005, a special bond was formed between Theo Ratliff
and the little girl. Victoria is now suffering from a plastic anemia and in
need of a $350,000 procedure that her family is currently fundraising for
after finding a marrow donor match. Upon hearing of the Roberts family’s
plight, Ratliff hosted them at one of the final Trail Blazers games of the
season. The photos of Theo and Victoria were posted to the Trail Blazers
website along with a link to the Roberts family’s fundraising website to
provide support in their goal to raise the $350,000 needed for the
procedure.

On May 6, the Ratliff family arranged to meet the Roberts for lunch where
Ratliff presented Victoria’s father with a check for $30,000 to aid in
their fundraising efforts. His family then reached out to current and
former Trail Blazer teammates, soliciting additional funds. Currently,
Victoria is just $40,000 away from the $350,000 mark,
thanks in no small part to Ratliff’s generous support.

Ratliff is a native of Demopolis, Alabama. With a tremendous dedication to
raising the quality of life for at risk children and low and
moderate-income families of Demopolis, Ratliff continues to invest in his
hometown. The 10,000 square foot Theo Ratliff Activity Center, located in
Demopolis, provides job skills training, health care assistance and other
essential service to the residents of in addition to providing the youth of
Demopolis a safe place to learn and grow.

“Providing every opportunity for kids to have an even playing field when it
comes to education and career opportunities is extremely important to me
and my family,” said Ratliff.

This spring, Ratliff also donated $20,000 in scholarships to high school
students who met the Demopolis City School District and Marengo County
School District requirements for graduation. In continued support of the
youth in his hometown, Ratliff will host a free two-day basketball camp
June 13 and 14 at the Theo Ratliff Activity Center with a little help from
Marcus Campbell and members of the Rome Gladiators, the WBA team owned by
Ratliff.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Ratliff will receive
the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set
by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In
addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to the Ratliff’s
charity of choice.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize
players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who
reflects the passion the league and its players have for their communities.