It has been eight days since the world learned the news of the shocking 7.0 magnitude earthquake that in an instant destroyed the small nation of Haiti. Since then, there has been a huge outpouring of funds and relief to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. This extends greatly into the sports world, with help for Haiti coming from all walks of sports:
NFL: Most of the donations in the league have been player-led, with players like Michael Vick, Wes Welker, Joshua Cribbs, and Donte Stallworth have pledged thousands of dollars through foundations and many through twitter.
NBA: Once again, the donations in the NBA have been player-led. Players like Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Michael Beasley, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, and suspended Gilbert Arenas have all donated to the Haitian earthquake relief fund, co-founded by Dwayne Wade and Alonzo Mourning.
NASCAR: Teams and tracks have led the way in outreach to the Haitians. Hendrick Motorsports has loaned a plane and two of its flight crews to fly down supplies to Port-au-Prince. Auto Club Speedway held a relief drive at the speedway last week to raise money and gather supplies for the American Red Cross. Finally, Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week will hold a memorabilia auction on eBay, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
Television: Sports television has been continuously pushing for viewer donations through text messages. ESPN has had a bulletin reminding fans to donate via text message scrolling on their Bottom Line for almost one week. Also, in every NFL playoff game, crews on CBS and FOX have reminded viewers to donate to the Haitian relief effort.
At SportsFullCircle, we send our condolences to all those effected by this horrific disaster. We also remind our fans to participate in the relief effort. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate to the American Red Cross. Also, we remind you to tune into the Hope for Haiti telethon, hosted by George Clooney, Wyclef Jean, and Anderson Cooper. It can be seen across multiple media outlets, including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, PBS, the CW, CNN, TV Land, the Style Network, VH1, BET, E!, and MTV.