Win a Real NBA Championship Ring
Written By: Abel S. - "Honest Abe"
I’d like to take a moment to bring attention to a worthy cause
that deserves support. Ron Artest, who in case you didn’t know plays Forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, is a huge proponent
of mental health. He credits his therapist with helping him get his mind in the right place to focus and help the Lakers repeat
as NBA champions last season. This was the first NBA title for Artest.
Many people will remember Artest as the player who was suspended for
the season for his part in the brawl a few years ago between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. But I’m not here
to rehash the past. Artest has turned his outlook around and as a part of his reinvention; he’s raffling off his championship
ring to support a cause dear to him.
From their website: “The Mission of Xcel University is to encourage children and teens
living in high-poverty and high-risk environments to complete their education and get good grades and encourage students to
become community leaders by volunteering their time and giving back to their communities."
"Xcel University is a new program established by Ron Artest
that will work with community centers and schools to identify high-risk students and give these students an incentive to live
a positive, healthy lifestyle. Xcel University aims to instill self-respect and self-esteem and will reward those kids who
are trying to lead a productive life free of drugs and gangs, and are instead focused on doing well in school and volunteering
within their communities.”
Photo Courtesy of Jason of Beverly Hills
Okay, here’s how it works. The raffle is open to everyone
and tickets are only $2 each. You must purchase a minimum of five tickets but look at it this way; realistically, you
could have Ron Artest’s championship ring for $10!
the link for the raffle: https://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffles/raffle_form.cfm?id=154
The winner will be drawn on Christmas Day (not a bad present for
one lucky person) but wait, there’s more! The winner will also receive two premium seats to a Lakers game, a two
night stay at the Four Seasons hotel, round trip airfare and an additional $1,000 cash for expenses. Drooling yet?
Further information is available here: http://www.ronartest.com/raffle
In conclusion, I feel the need to get on a soapbox for a moment. Oftentimes
you hear about celebrity athletes who donate their time to charity but it’s not too often that you hear about said person
doing something like this. This ring is a one of a kind and it represents a high point of Artest’s career. When he was
acquired by the Lakers at the beginning of last season, he actually said, “If we don’t win the NBA champion, blame
me.” In an interview with Larry King last week, Artest said, “When I first told people I was going to put the
ring up for auction to benefit mental health awareness, a couple of people said, ‘I’ll buy it for $100,000, $200,000.
‘ I’d rather give more people the opportunity to get it so I can get the message out because it’s not about
how much money I can raise, it’s more about the message.” Personally, I think this speaks a great deal about the
kind of person Artest has evolved into. I hate to throw the word ‘hero’ out there because it’s rather cliché
but I’m sure to the kids who will benefit from his generosity and support to Xcel University, Ron Artest is their hero.
Abel S. a.k.a. "Honest Abe" has written
reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He can
usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis & Butthead.