Sunday, January 27, 2013

Super Charitable Bowl

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With Super Bowl 47 looming just around the corner, many people are thinking about what jersey to wear, where to watch the big game, and how many pigs in a blanket can be consumed in a day.  Or, they are taking bets on the "Harbowl" - wondering which brother's team will take home the win.  [Sorry San Francisco, I'm rooting for Baltimore because I just can't handle your city having another championship this year.]  Some folks are also using this time to think about how philanthropy and football can go together.

Ahrif Sarumi, founder of The Knoble, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post: Impact called 7 Points for Having a Charitable Super Bowl Party, which details seven easy ways to give back on the big day.  Ideas include making a monetary bet where the dollars won go to the winner's favorite charity, collecting clothing, cans, and non-perishable goods from guests at a house party, or inviting everyone over to your home to save electricity and waste.

The NFL also thinks about charity alongside the Super Bowl Legacy.  Since 1992, cities who host the big game are given a $1 million dollar Legacy Grant to serve and enrich local youth in need.  The Super Bowl Host Committee also collaborates with local public and private support to get this grant matched in order to establish a ten year operating and fundraising plan in the community.  This ensures that the legacy lasts longer than a single Super Bowl year.  With this year's Super Bowl being hosted in New Orleans, each dollar for the community matters even more.

Finally, the NFL Foundation contributes with a week of fundraising events before the game.  This year's events include a Celebrity Bowling Classic and a Celebrity Golf Classic, where amateur and professional players team up to have a good time and contribute to the local community of New Orleans.

As you get ready for Super Bowl Sunday, think about how you can contribute while having a good time.  If you think of more ideas, share them with me on Twitter @awhisperedwish or leave a comment on this post.  GO RAVENS!

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