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Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

Posted on: December 26, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:50 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest gave away his 2010 NBA championship ring at a charity auction raffle that reportedly raised more than $500,000. obama-artest Posted by Ben Golliver

Back in the summer, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest made the unusual decision to raffle off his 2010 NBA championship ring, the only ring he has won to date, to raise money for a mental health awareness charity.  Following the Lakers' disappointing 96-80 loss to the Miami Heat on Christmas, Artest followed through on his plan, handing over the ring to Raymond Mikkael, a "father of four from Hawthorne," California, according to KTLA.com. Mikkael held the winning ticket for Artest's raffle, which reportedly raised more than $500,000 for his Xcel University charity, which will provide support to "high-risk youth with mental health issues," according to the Associated Press. The AP also reported that this is just the beginning for Artest.
"It's a good feeling, because it got a lot of publicity, and that's cool," Artest said. "I'm glad we can start over now and do some more work with charities."
If you tried to tell people back in 2004 that the Ron Artest who fought with fans in the stands during a game in Detroit would provide the NBA's best Christmas story of 2010, they would have scoffed. That Artest has gone so far above and beyond in his maturation and awareness of his role as a public figure deserves all the praise in the world. In a league known for its copycat culture, here's hoping Artest's actions inspire his fellow players to pursue creative, far-reaching charitable contributions on issues that matter to them. 
Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:54 pm
 

Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

I wonder if any organizations were willing to match Ron Artest donation because it is for a real good cause?



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

Whoope do for Lebron. Probably did not give one cent out of his pocket. He is a jerk and always will be.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2010 7:34 pm
 

Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

This is good stuff.  What good is a ring sitting in a drawer , when this money can help people in tough times.
He always knows he won it, so who needs to hang on to the ring.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

I don't even like Lebron, but the guy has been in Miami for a couple months.  How can you compare the two players?  Also -- even though everyone ripped his 'The Decision" show -- Me being one of them.  He raised a couple million for the boys club.

I could see if Lebron has been in Miami for a couple years and has done nothing for the community, etc -- But the guy hasn't even been there half a season.  I was totally against rooting for the Heat, but after listening to everyone come down on the guy when he did nothing wrong -- I hope he does to the rest of the league, what his Miami Heat did to the Lakers on Christmas.




Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Ron Artest's title ring raffle raises $500K

Look at who Ron Artest has become after he joined the Lakers and compare that to who Lebron James has become after he joined the South Beach Heat. 


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