Sports Stars Talk St. Jude’s and Green Living

by Lauren Verini

It’s always important to give back, especially during the holidays, and recently eco18 had the chance to rub elbows with the stars at an event to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event was held at Build-a-Bear in honor of children and their families who have reached a milestone in their cancer treatment, such as finishing chemotherapy, starting to walk again or returning back to school. Players from the New York Giants including Michael Clayton, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Brandon Jacobs, Kevin Boothe and Lawrence Tynes, spent time building bears and chatting with the children and their families. Other celebrity attendees included Michelle Money and Graham Bun from ABC’s The Bachelor Pad, Grizz Chapman from NBC’s 30 Rock, Melissa and Joe Gorga from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Miss New York Amber Collins. All bears made by the celebrities were donated to the hospital.

During the event, we got the chance to speak one-on-one with the evening’s host and New York Giants wide receiver Michael Clayton. Clayton has been a long time supporter of children’s cancer organizations and his non-profit, Generation Next Foundation, helps to raise awareness and funds for organizations like The Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and CancerCare. It was clear that Clayton has a real passion for children and helping those in need, but we learned that he also takes an interest in living a green lifestyle. He is currently building a 5,000 square foot house in Tampa Bay, FL insulated completely with styrofoam, which naturally maintains the temperature in the house therefore saving a great deal of energy. We greatly enjoyed meeting Clayton and that we were able to be a part of such a worthy cause!

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