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• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr022017

LeBron, Drew Brees, Adriana Lima Tell Kids 'We Need More . . . Scientists, Engineers'

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2017: LeBron James knows how much hard work and dedication it takes to be a star in the NBA.

Drew Brees knows the years of preparation it takes to be a top NFL quarterback.

Adriana Lima knows that to be super model, you need persistence and a lot of sacrifice.

But what these celebrities and others want to show kids is that "We Need More . . . " people to work in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math: the STEM fields.

James, Brees and Lima join the likes of NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, actress and singer Zendaya, Nascar driver Joey Logano and soccer star David Villa in "We Need More . . . ," part of Verizon’s "Innovative Learning" multi-platform strategy.

Although they do not specifically tell anyone to give up dreams of becoming pro athletes or models, the goal, according to Verizon, is to "get young adults thinking about rewarding, creative and potential well-paying careers that do not involve shooting a basketball, throwing a football or modeling fashions on a runway or in a magazine."

"We need more kids involved in science, technology, engineering and math," relates Verizon. "Not just for their benefit, but because the world needs them — their brains, their creativity and their experiences — to create amazing solutions that will make our world a better place.

"We need more kids to see the world of possibilities waiting for them — like the four million science and tech jobs available in the U.S. right now. That’s why Verizon is bringing free tech, free access and hands-on learning to students in need."

In a spot released late last year, shot in the Verizon Innovative Learning School in North Carolina, students were asked to talk about their aspirations and list what they saw high-paid occupations. After hearing pro athlete, model and actress, Verizon flashed on a screen hundreds of science and technology jobs along with estimated (well-paying) salaries.

According to Verizon, "Looking through the lists, the students realized that the world needs more scientists, engineers and astronauts, but the world also needs more dreamers and people who can imagine what's possible.”

A new 60-second anthem spot continues that theme, with tweens and kids in their early-to-mid teens asked about potential future careers. The top responses: model, athlete and entertainer.

Text then reads, "There are about 2,880 pro football players" as we see a shot of Brees, who says, "The truth is, we don’t need more Drews."

Text offers, "There are about 850 pro soccer players" as Villas, an international star in MLS, responds, “We don’t need more Villas."

A photo shoot starring Lima shows her hard at work, It comes with the text, "There are about 5,800 models," as she responds, "We don’t need more Adrianas."

"There are 624 pro basketball players," to which James says, "We don’t need more LeBrons."

“But there are over four million available science and tech jobs in the U.S. We need more kids to see the world of possibilities. But millions of students don’t have the tech they need to go after their dreams. That’s why Verizon is on a mission to help. We’re giving free tech, free access and hands-on learning to kids in need. Join us at WeNeedMore.com.”

A separate 30-second spot opens with James. "You want to be the next big thing, the next LeBron. But the truth is we don’t need more LeBrons." Brees: "We don’t need more Drews." Lima: "We don’t need more Arianas."

"There are 624 pro basketball players. You want to be the next big thing, the next LeBron. But the truth is we don’t need more LeBrons."

Text offers the comparison between the number of basketball players, football players and models with the number of science and tech jobs. A young man then says, "We need more of me.” Followed by a voiceover: "We need more kids to see the world of possibilities waiting for them . . . "

The long-form spot broke over the weekend during March Madness telecasts. A 90-second spot breaks online this week.

Lead agency is R/GA.

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