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NFL 2017 First Round Draft Picks
1. Cleveland Browns
Garrett, Myles
DE 6'4" 272 Texas A&M
2. Chicago Bears (From 49ers)
Trubisky, Mitchell
QB 6'2" 222 North Carolina
3. San Francisco 49ers (From Bears)
Thomas, Solomon
DE 6'3" 273 Stanford
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette, Leonard
RB 6'0" 240 LSU
5. Tennessee Titans (From Rams)
Davis, Corey
WR 6'3" 209 Western Michigan
6. New York Jets
Adams, Jamal
S 6'0" 214 LSU
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Williams, Mike
WR 6'4" 218 Clemson
8. Carolina Panthers
McCaffrey, Christian
RB 5'11" 202 Stanford
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Ross, John
WR 5'11" 188 Washington
10. Kansas City Chiefs (From Bills)
Mahomes, Patrick
QB 6'2" 225 Texas Tech
11. New Orleans Saints
Lattimore, Marshon
CB 6'0" 193 Ohio St.
12. Houston Texans (From Browns through Eagles)
Watson, Deshaun
QB 6'2" 221 Clemson
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reddick, Haason
LB 6'1" 237 Temple
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Vikings)
Barnett, Derek
DE 6'3" 259 Tennessee
15. Indianapolis Colts
Hooker, Malik
S 6'1" 206 Ohio St.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Humphrey, Marlon
CB 6'0" 197 Alabama
17. Washington Redskins
Allen, Jonathan
DE 6'3" 286 Alabama
18. Tennessee Titans
Jackson, Adoree'
CB 5'10" 186 USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Howard, O.J.
TE 6'6" 251 Alabama
20. Denver Broncos
Bolles, Garett
OT 6'5" 297 Utah
21. Detroit Lions
Davis, Jarrad
LB 6'1" 238 Florida
22. Miami Dolphins
Harris, Charles
OLB 6'3" n253 Missouri
23. New York Giants
Engram, Evan
TE 6'3" 234 Mississippi
24. Oakland Raiders
Conley, Gareon
CB 6’0” 195 Ohio St
25. Cleveland Browns (From Texans)
Peppers, Jabrill
S 5'11" 213 Michigan
26. Atlanta Falcons (From Seahawks)
McKinley, Takkarist
DE 6'2" 250 UCLA
27. Buffalo Bills (From Chiefs)
White, Tre'Davious
CB 5'11" 192 LSU
28. Dallas Cowboys
Charlton, Taco
DE 6'6" 277 Michigan
29 .Cleveland Browns (From Packers)
Njoku, David
TE 6'4" 246 Miami
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Watt, T.J.
OLB 6'4" 252 Wisconsin
31. San Francisco 49ers (From Seahawks through Falcons)
Foster, Reuben
LB 6'0" 229 Alabama
32. New Orleans Saints (From Patriots)
Ramczyk, Ryan
OT 6'6" 310 Wisconsin

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Oct. 23
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Nov. 6
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Nov. 20
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Nov. 27
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Apr162015

Coke, Toyota, ESPN, Others Activating For Special Olympics L.A. 100-Day Countdown

By Barry Janoff

April 16, 2015: With the NBA and NHL playoffs underway and the MLB and MLS seasons ramping up to speed, marketers, media, participating athletes and coaches and other supporters are rallying behind another key sports event: the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

April 16 marks the 100 Day Countdown to the Games, which will be held July 25-Aug. 2 and is expected to include 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators

Organizers are calling it the "single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games."

According to LA2015 President and CEO, Patrick McClenahan, “Today is an exciting moment as in just 100 days, Los Angeles will welcome athletes from around the world as they strive to be the best that they can be with courage, determination and joy. I know Los Angeles and all of Southern California will cheer on these incredible athletes at this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles Founding Champions and partners include AEG, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Finish Line, Mattel, NBA, NCAA, Procter & Gamble, Safeway, Toyota, Toys R Us, U.S. Golf Assn., Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Kaiser Permanente, The David Geffen Foundation, WWE, The Walt Disney Company and The Knights of Columbus.

“It’s a natural fit,” Julie Kessler, director for Special Olympics World Games 2015, Coca-Cola, which has been a Special Olympics partner for almost a half-century, said in a statement. “Special Olympics and Coca-Cola both champion acceptance and celebrate the courage, determination and joy of these incredible athletes.”

Coke’s support of the Games extends to the market via a commemorative 8-oz. glass bottle, outdoor advertising and retail promotions encouraging consumers to support Special Olympics by volunteering or donating.

“What we’ve heard over and over from our colleagues is that when they have the opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics, they feel like they get far more back from the experience than they put in through interaction with these inspiring athletes and their families,” said Kessler. “We hope to ‘paint the stands red’ to show our support.

Also launching today is Toyota’s Special Olympics digital hub — “Journey to the Games” — which the automaker said would showcase Toyota’s various activities leading up to the World Games this summer and throughout the Games itself.

Toyota activation includes in-store activations and events at Toyota dealers and support from Team Toyota Nascar driver Clint Bowyer.
 
“This is an incredible opportunity to support a truly global event and we’re taking a holistic approach, from our sponsorship investment at the national level, support vehicles and engaging local fundraising efforts across the country to the hundreds of Toyota employees who will volunteer at the World Games,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said in a statement. “The world is coming to Los Angeles and we are proud to join the Special Olympics World Games and support our shared values of acceptance and inclusion.”

ESPN, the official media partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015), used the 100 Day Countdown to unveil its coverage plans, which will begin July 25 with live coverage of the Opening Ceremony inn the Los Angeles memorial Coliseum (9 PM ET) and run through the Closing Ceremonies.

Coverage will air primarily on ESPN, with some programs appearing on ABC or ESPN2. All ESPN and ESPN2 programs will also be simulcast on WatchESPN.

ESPN said its nightly studio programs would "deliver stories, vignettes and features from around the World Games, as well as recapping the key results from each days’ competitions.

In addition, ESPN’s coverage will go global via ESPN networks and through syndication partners.

Toys R Us said today that a recent campaign hosted in its stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million.

Beginning May 26 and running through July 10, the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America will see participants relay the Flame of Hope via three simultaneous cross-country routes, covering all 50 states, which will converge in Los Angeles on July 10 prior to the World Games.

Among the more more than 20,000 participants who will run, walk or bike over 10,000 segments of the relay covering a total of 21,000 miles  are 20 Olympic medalists.

According to the Special Olympics committee, the list includes gymnasts Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci and Nastia Liukin; American figure skaters Scott Hamilton and Michelle Kwan; snowboarder Hannah Teter, American short track speed skater Apolo Ohno, American speed skater Casey FitzRandolph, former pro basketball players Sam Perkins and Ruth Riley; swimmers Donna de Varona, John Naber and Jessica Hardy; soccer player Kristine Lilly; and freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell.

In conjunction with the United Relay, singer Avril Lavigne has released via iTunes, the song and related video, "Fly," which will, through the Avril Lavigne Foundation, support Special Olympics and the World Games Los Angeles.

“The Special Olympics World Games is a truly compelling event, filled with some of the most extraordinary sports stories and people you will ever see, and we are looking forward to showcasing them,” Russell Wolff, evp-ESPN International, said of the event. “Sports has the power to be unifying, uplifting and life-changing, and this event will be a remarkable and tangible example of that power.”

Special Olympics World Games will see competitors in 25 Olympic-type sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

Marketing Partners Begin One Year Countdown To Special Olympics Games

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