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Rory McIlroy starts foundation to help children

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Rory McIlroy starts foundation to help children

HOLYWOOD, Ireland (AP) Rory McIlroy wants to help children around the world through a foundation and on his golf bag.

McIlroy on Thursday announced he has started The Rory Foundation. Among the first projects is to bring attention to children by putting the name of charities on his bag when possible. The world's No. 1 player starts his season next week in Abu Dhabi.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland is geared toward work like this. Two years ago, he went to earthquake-ravaged Haiti the week before the U.S. Open to try to raise the spirits of children. He then won his first major at Congressional, setting a U.S. Open record at 16-under 268.

``When I was younger my parents sacrificed everything to allow me to play the game I love,'' McIlroy said. ``Having that support from my family gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams. But I know that every child is not so fortunate. My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children's charities big and small, around the world, that try to give kids that helping hand.''

He starts with ``The 6 Bags Project,'' in which he will display the name of a children's charity in each of the first six tournaments he plays. During the tournament, the bag will be auctioned through www.roryfoundation.com, with the money going to that charity.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children will be on the bag at Abu Dhabi.

``This association with Rory will not only have a significant impact on children and young people who look up to Rory and are inspired by him, but will also help to maintain Rory's very important links to Northern Ireland and he moves increasingly into a global circuit,'' said Gillian Cleery, the CEO of the charity.

McIlroy said he would have Boys & Girls Club of Tucson for the Match Play Championship in Arizona; Child Protection Team of Palm Beaches for the Honda Classic, First Tee Miami-Dade Amateur Golf Association for the Cadillac Championship and Chinquapin School for the Houston Open.

Still be to decide is a children's charity near Augusta, Ga., for the Masters.

In the case of the Houston Open, McIlroy contacted tournament director Steve Timms, who provided him a list of options from which McIlroy chose a charity. The Chinquapin School is for students who excel from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. The students serve as standard-bearers at the tournament.

``It's going to be awesome,'' Timms said. ``I thought it was one of the most novel things I've ever encountered. ... Notwithstanding the money he raises, because we don't know how much that will be, it creates such an awareness with the No. 1 player in the world at this time showcasing the (charity).''

More innovative fundraisers are in the works.

``I had a childhood - a great childhood - and if The Rory Foundation can help one child achieve a better quality of life, then job done,'' McIlroy said.

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Bradley Beal gifts Langston University basketball team new Nike gear

Bradley Beal gifts Langston University basketball team new Nike gear

Bradley Beal is in the midst of the best season of his career with the Wizards, and on Thursday he took his performance off the court a step further. 

In a video posted by Langston University Men's Basketball coach Stevie Taylor, it appears the Wizards' star shooting guard gifted the entire team with brand new Nike gear for the season. 

Beal then responded on Twitter, wishing the team the best of luck with their new shoes and accessories. 

This comes after Beal and John Wall handed out a ton of turkeys to the local community ahead of Thanksgiving next week. 

Beal has already deserved his salary two times over with his play on the court this season, but his involvement in the community and his contributions to basketball programs like Langston just goes to show his development as a leader for the Wizards' organization. 

For the Wizards' sake, hopefully they can build a team around Beal and Wall that will make the former want to sign another extension in two years. 

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Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice is a very positive person. Unfortunately, he's playing for a team right now that's shrouded in negativity.

The Redskins have played 10 games this season, and they've walked off the field as losers in nine of those contests. They've gotten rid of their head coach, and many are wondering how many other major changes will come.

And when it comes to the fans, many — if not most — are furious with the direction of the franchise. Guice is noticing that, too.

"It just sucks when I score, or someone else scores, and our team posts a picture to Instagram or Twitter and everything under it is just, 'Fire this, fire that, we suck," Guice told JP Finlay in a 1-on-1 interview on the Redskins Talk podcast. "That doesn't help anything."

The running back understands that frustration. However, he wants those who are angry to know one thing: While this current roster is obviously responsible for the 2019 issues, they aren't responsible for the two-decade-long slump that's affected the organization.

"I'm new here," Guice said. "I understand some of these fans have been here 20-30 years, but like, there's a lot of guys on this team that are new. Y'all can't bring all that negativity to us like we've been here 20 years. I don't think that's fair to us players."

That's what makes this situation so difficult for those on the field and those who watch those on the field. Fans have been on this unsatisfying ride for far too long, yet most of the players hopped on a stop or two ago. 

So people who post those hateful comments or send those angry DMs are doing so because they've seen a handful of free agency and draft classes bust, and because they've seen numerous coaches come in and fail, and they've been lied to repeatedly about how "close" the Redskins are. They aren't necessarily trying to take it out on Guice or Dwayne Haskins or Landon Collins, it just appears that way.

Guice, for one, is trying his best to improve how he handles that side of being an athlete. He's also choosing to focus on those who've stayed on his side through what's been a trying first couple of seasons in the league.

For all the negativity he encounters, he's grateful for those who remain positive like him.

"A guy that's been there two years and has only played two real games, there's a lot of fans that have still never left my side since I got drafted," Guice said. "That's something I always have to cherish."

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