All Cannons and Courtneys centres will be actively involved in the BHF’s national campaigns, such as Heart Week in June, and will organise their own events locally. With the support of the BHF educational materials and research, they will encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to donate through payroll giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Canons choose BHF as national charity partner Canons Group, the health and fitness company, has selected the British Heart Foundation as its national charity partner.Fifty one Cannons Health and Fitness Clubs and nine Courtneys Leisure Centres across the UK hope to raise at least £1,000 each in the first year of the partnership. A team of staff and members is already in training for running the Flora London Marathon on behalf of the heart charity.To kick-start the relationship Cannons and Courtneys are running a guest pass promotion throughout all weekends in April. Each of the 165,000 members can treat a friend or relative to a day of health and fitness at a discounted rate of £5, which will be donated to the BHF. Advertisement Howard Lake | 23 March 2004 | News 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Michael Bennett and Colin Kaepernick talk together after a game between their opposing teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco Forty-Niners.The ongoing uprising in the streets against the Trump presidency continues to galvanize various sectors of U.S. society, including sports and mass culture, not always known for social activism. For instance, National Basketball Association coaches Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy, all white, have been the most outspoken critics among their peers of Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, misogynistic views, even more since Trump’s win on Nov. 8. All three of their teams — the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons, respectively — have majority African-American and non-U.S.-born players.When Kevin Plank, the CEO of the multibillion-dollar sport corporation Under Armour, attended a Feb. 7 business meeting at the White House with Trump and then commented that Trump was an “asset” to the country, Stephen Curry, the NBA’s reigning most valuable player, who has one of UA’s biggest sponsorship deals, took issue with Plank’s statement. When asked by the San Jose Mercury News to respond to Plank’s “asset” view of Trump, Curry, who is African-American, answered, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’” (Feb. 9)Soon afterwards, Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, criticized Plank’s statement. Copeland also has a UA line of workout clothing.Plank’s connection with Trump and the rebuttals from Curry and Copeland helped to spark a firestorm on Twitter with #boycottUnderArmour. Plank then attempted to distance himself from Trump by saying that he didn’t agree with Trump’s “social views.”Neither Curry nor Copeland backed down from their stance. Curry, who is under contract with UA until 2024, went on to say, “There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off, if it wasn’t in line with who I am.” (New York Times, Feb. 8)Praising his players for speaking out on social issues, Kerr, Curry’s coach, has publicly supported the activism currently taking place around the country, especially those protesting attacks on Muslims.Boycotting the White HouseSince the 1920s, sports teams that have won national championships, whether amateur or professional, have visited the White House for a photo-op with the current president. Rarely has there been a time when groups of players from championship teams boycotted these visits based on openly opposing political views. That is, until now.Six members of the New England Patriots, who recently won Super Bowl LI, stated they will boycott going to the White House to celebrate their victory with Trump. The six players are Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long. Bennett is the brother of Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, who recently refused to go to Israel with other players out of concern for the plight of Palestinians.McCourty stated on Feb. 6, the day after winning the Super Bowl, “I don’t feel accepted in the White House.” He added, “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.” (www.bet.com, Feb. 10)Long is the only white player to refuse to meet Trump, the other five being African American. In fact, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest against systemic racism and oppression last fall by kneeling during the national anthem, Long came out in support of Kaepernick’s position, the only white NFL player to do so.The fact that these six Patriots have taken such a principled position against Trump is significant since Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have maintained personal relations with Trump in the past, and continue to do so.The ongoing mass protest against Trump and everything he stands for will continue to motivate more and more athletes, whether high profile or not, to become more and more socially conscious and active.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this