HoopFest x Heart to Heart: Court Unveiling In Spokane

Prior to the “Night with Ronny Turiaf” dinner fundraiser in June 2011, the Heart to Heart foundation presented a grant to HoopFest, the biggest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament on the planet, for their new court unveiling. Following the dedication ceremony, Turiaf hosted a Special Olympics Clinic on the new court.

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Miami’s Hit Station Power 96 Features Ronny & The PCAA “40 for 40″ Campaign

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Speaking Engagement: Association Of Black Cardiologists

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NEWS: Ronny Turiaf Raises Awareness & Funds For Prevent Child Abuse America

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ronny Turiaf, Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis, Maurice Evans, Caron Butler, Dwyane Wade’s and Chris Paul’s foundations Head List of Professional Athletes, Other VIPs to Raise Awareness and Funds for PCA America.

At least 40 VIPs come together for ‘40 for 40’ campaign to mark Prevent Child Abuse America’s 40th anniversary with activities in April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year

April 4, 2012 [Chicago, IL] – Basketball stars Ronny Turiaf, Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis, Maurice Evans and Caron Butler, along with the Chris Paul and (Dwyane) Wade’s World Foundations, are headlining a list of at least 40 professional athletes and VIPs committing to help Prevent Child Abuse America raise awareness and funds in its 40th anniversary year through a special “40 for 40” campaign. The players are coming together in a unifying effort to demonstrate that we all play a role in helping to raise happy, healthy children nationwide.

The “40 for 40” campaign will raise funds to support healthy child development and child abuse prevention efforts nationwide, and will feature activities throughout the year. The first is a two-week social media-based fundraising push from April 4-18 in which the 40 VIPs will promote Prevent Child Abuse America and invite their followers on Twitter and Facebook to make financial contributions to Prevent Child Abuse America here. To follow along, visit @PCAAmerica or #40for40 on Twitter.

“As athletes, we have an obligation to keep sports a place where kids can thrive,” said Ronny Turiaf of the Miami Heat. “While most may have felt compelled to help with the recent current events in our society, I have always felt the importance of doing all I can through my time, money and resources. These issues have always been important to me, and with the help of Prevent Child Abuse America, I am able to provide resources to help with programs that will focus on preventing sexual abuse of children and bullying. I encourage you to do the same.”

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An Undiagnosed Heart Problem Nearly Benched This Veteran Center At The Start Of His Pro Career
Anyone who watches Ronny Turiaf play basketball can plainly see he puts his heart and soul into each game. But fans may not realize that a life-threatening heart condition nearly ended his professional career before it began. His own health scare and successful open-heart surgery inspired the New York Knicks center to become a passionate advocate for heart-health awareness.
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Ronny Turiaf Goes Heart To Heart For A Cause

May 2011

NBA player’s foundation raises money to provide EKGs, heart surgeries to children in need

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with NBA player Ronny Turiaf, a center with the New York Knicks. Turiaf is the founder of the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation. He was inspired to start the foundation after he was diagnosed with an enlarged aortic root in his heart in 2005. After a successful surgery, Turiaf returned to the basketball court, and has used his celebrity to promote his cause.

Turiaf’s foundation raises money to provide medical services like heart surgeries and defibrillators to children in need. The foundation recently set up free heart screenings and ran a basketball clinic for high school students in the Bronx. For any information on the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation, you can visit RonnyTuriaf.me.

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Man With A Big Heart


HOOPFEST – He isn’t returning just to judge a slam-dunk contest. Ronny Turiaf is helping kids who are facing the same kind of heart ailments that he does.

He’s a multimillionaire who nearly died young. In the space of just five months back in 2005, Ronny Turiaf went from highs (completing his Gonzaga career and being selected in the NBA draft) to lows (being diagnosed with a heart defect and facing potentially career-ending surgery).

Now, after making a six-month, faster-than-expected recovery from his surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root, Turiaf is preparing to start his seventh NBA season. (He’s now with the Knicks, after stints with the Lakers and Warriors.)

And he’s making a three-day Hoopfest stop this weekend: unveiling a community court on Thursday, headlining a fundraising dinner on Friday night for his foundation, and judging a slam dunk contest on Saturday afternoon.

Six years ago, the news of Turiaf’s brush with mortality hit hard, not just because he was only 22 at the time, but because he was so fun-loving — the guy whose smile lifted your day whether or not you cared anything about basketball.

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