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Sports icons donate experiences to fight hunger

Tickets to the Super Bowl. Tickets to a game of the NBA Finals and a game of the Stanley Cup Final. Tickets to the World Series, College Football Playoff National Championship, Daytona 500, Masters, US Open Tennis Championships, NCAA men’s Final Four and Olympic Games opening ceremonies.

That’s one prize package that Fanatics founder Michael Rubin has offered to tip off the All In Challenge, a virtual fundraising effort spearheaded by the co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, along with colleagues Alan Tisch and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Rubin is also throwing in a $100,000 Fanatics gift card for his prize.

The challenge, started by Rubin on Tuesday, hopes to raise millions of dollars to provide food for children, the elderly and frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis via five charities: Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

A collection of the world’s most famous athletes, celebrities, artists, entertainers, teams and owners have been challenged by friends and colleagues to provide something memorable for fans. They will unveil their donations on social media over the next several days, with 100% of the money going to the charities.

They will follow their donations with a challenge to others to offer something of their own. Some items will be up for auction; others will be “enter to win.”

The donations and experiences are available at allinchallenge.com.

“I believe when the world faces a crisis, businesses and sports have an obligation to step up and make a difference,” Rubin said as part of the kickoff to the fundraiser.

Several auction items were posted as the challenge got started, including spending a day with Magic Johnson (with a game of HORSE at Staples Center).

Other auction items include:

  • A “double date” with Zach and Julie Ertz (including a 76ers game)

  • A chance to play 5-on-5 with Ben Simmons

  • A 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom owned by rapper Meek Mill

  • Peyton Manning flying to your hometown, playing golf with you and two friends, and hosting dinner for you and 10 friends at a local restaurant

  • A foursome of golf including Bubba Watson and Denny Hamlin, plus a trip to the 2021 Daytona 500, including a ride with Hamlin on the track

  • Shaquille O’Neal playing a 3-on-3 pickup game with you and four friends

  • An opportunity for you and your friends to skate and play with the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, including Mark Messier

  • You and three friends can attend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home opener, plus have the choice of a private workout with Tom Brady, or dinner with him after the game

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are offering a package where you and 49 friends can play a seven-inning softball game at Dodger Stadium, and can invite 500 fans as well

Among the “enter to win” prizes thus far:

  • Throwing out the first pitch at the World Series

  • A one-day contract with Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks (including the chance to sit on the bench and shoot a free throw at a preseason game)

Later Tuesday, former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning entered the mix, donating the Corvette he received for winning the 2012 Super Bowl MVP award. Manning will drop the car off for the winner. The opening bid was $10,000.

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