Pro athletes often rookies at business of giving

A series of articles published in the Dallas Morning News earlier this year raised questions about inefficiencies and compliance issues at charities started by several Dallas-based athletes. In my experience working with professional athletes, I’m not surprised by the reported shortcomings of these well-meaning individuals. But I think the topic deserves some context. A large number of NFL and NBA …

MVP Weekend to benefit inner-city kids

By DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer Published: 6/14/2011  2:25 AM Last Modified: 6/14/2011  9:49 AM Correction: A Tuesday Tulsa World Scene section column misspelled the name of former Booker T. Washington high school football player Robert Meachem, who plays for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. This story has been corrected. Felix Jones II, native Tulsan and Dallas Cowboys running back, is …

Definitely Mabee

Damario Solomon-Simmons and Mia Fleming Although Damario Solomon-Simmons and wife Mia Fleming both attended programs at the North Mabee Club as youngsters, their paths did not officially cross until both were in middle school. It all began, Solomon-Simmons says, with a fateful phone call when he was in the eighth grade at Carver. Fleming’s best friend had approached Solomon-Simmons to …