ESPN parted ways with NBA analyst and former Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce on Monday, just days after his wild Instagram Live on Friday night, according to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy.
Pierce has worked for ESPN since he retired from the league after the 2016-17 season, and has been a staple on “NBA Countdown,” “The Jump” and in other NBA coverage for the network ever since.
Pierce went live on Instagram on Friday night in a room full of dancers while smoking, drinking and apparently playing poker with his friends — all while clearly ignoring basic COVID-19 safety protocols. The videos made waves on social media, both during the live broadcast and after.
Pierce then tweeted the next day around 8 p.m. PT.
He didn’t seem too bothered by the news on social media, either, as he posted a four second video of him just laughing on Monday afternoon.
Pierce played in the NBA from 1998-2017, almost entirely for the Celtics. The 10-time All-Star helped lead Boston to a title in 2008, when he was named the Finals MVP, and averaged nearly 22 points and six rebounds per game over his 15 seasons with the franchise. Pierce then wrapped up his career with short stints with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.
The 43-year-old was named a finalist for the 2021 Hall of Fame class last month, too.
ESPN declined to comment to Front Office Sports on the news, and Pierce has yet to comment further.
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Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan Launches Third Iteration of Community Health …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Residents encouraged to share what makes them healthy on social media using #LiveHealthyATX
Austin, Texas – The Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan is launching the third iteration of the Community Health Assessment to continue improving the health and wellbeing of Austin/Travis County residents.
The assessment will take place from June 2021 to March 2022. Austin Public Health will share results with community residents, partners, and stakeholders in the summer and fall of 2022.
“We understand that health is affected by conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play,” said Laura G. La Fuente, Austin Public Health Acting Assistant Director for Health Equity and Community Engagement. “Through the assessment, community members, partners, and stakeholders are working together to address clinical health, health behaviors, social and economic factors, and environmental factors that impact the health status of community residents.”
As part of the assessment, there will be events, interviews, focus groups, listening sessions, and a social media campaign to engage the public and gather quantitative and qualitative data.
The social media campaign, titled #LiveHealthyATX, asks area residents to show what makes them healthy by sharing pictures or videos on social media. Posts can include photos or videos showing healthy food choices, activities in the park, cultural celebrations, assisting people in need, and more. Residents can use the hashtag #LiveHealthyATX or #LiveHealthyCTX (Central Texas) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The social media campaign will run through August 2021. At the end of the campaign, shared photos and videos will be added to the Austin Public Health Instagram account. Residents can then vote on their favorite images by “liking” them. Images will also be shared via Speak Up Austin, incorporated into the final assessment report, and used in future publications for Austin Public Health.
For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/communityhealthplan.
About the Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan
The Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan is a collaborative planning initiative implemented by organizations throughout the Austin/Travis County area. Organizing partners include Austin Public Health, Travis County Health and Human Services, Central Health, St. David’s Foundation, Ascension Seton, Baylor Scott & White Health, Integral Care, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin, Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.
How to centre users in charity campaigns
Championing the voices of service users is a proven and effective way to help charities put a spotlight on the great work they do. Even if your cause is not a strongly emotional one at first glance, or you support people in an indirect way, there will always be people out there who your work has touched.
The focus on ‘lived experience’ in the charity sector in recent years has meant putting user voices at the heart of how charities run their services and build digital platforms. This can extend to the way they communicate, too, giving power to the very people your charity aims to help.
Weaving beneficiary voices and stories into your charity’s digital campaigns can:
- Show the human impact of what you do to build empathy and trust with supporters
- Add extra dimension to impact reporting that really shows the worth of what you do
- Break down barriers and open the door for more people to come forward and tell their stories
- Help turn beneficiaries into your biggest fans who can help advocate for your cause
What do we mean by including beneficiary voices? While they can be a powerful communication tool, this is about more than just highlighting statistics from groups of people you help. It means going beyond the figures to let individuals tell their stories in their own words, putting a real face to issues and giving genuine insight into the impact your work has had on their lives.
As much as you can, let people lead the conversation and showcase their own creativity. Whatever you do, just ensure you have explicit consent to share people’s content and always follow your organisation’s procedures on safeguarding in communications. Be vigilant of the mental and physical well-being of participants at all times and put them first.
How can I get people involved?
Written case studies and quotes are great for people browsing your website, but there’s so much more you can do online. Why not use multimedia and social media to give service users a platform to share their personal story?
- Having service users’ names to guest blogs on your website, sharing their experiences and advice. This can be written by them, or take the form of an interview. Be sure to include photos
- Service users recording YouTube videos or ’vlogs’ about their daily life, facing challenges and interacting with your charity’s services
- Using the Instagram ’Stories’ feature to allow service users to give a snapshot into their life in short snippets over the course of a campaign
- Hosting a themed Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter ’takeover’ event with selected representatives from your service users running your social feed for a few hours or even an entire day
- Encouraging participation on Twitter under a hashtag. This works particularly well for photos and short videos
- Recording video calls as informal interviews that can then be used across social media or part of a larger video
Who’s doing it well?
CARE France’s ’Stories from the other side of the world’ is a powerful look into the lives of seven women in different countries living in poverty, who use Instagram Stories to post about their daily life and an honest glimpse into the ups and the downs.
Young Epilepsy Society have done an amazing job of putting their young service users in the spotlight, creating their own video and social content, and hosting Instagram takeovers. The latest series of vlogs sees young people filming their own insights into what they do to stay positive during COVID-19.
Mental health charity Young Minds features guest blogs on their website from young service users and their parents and carers facing a wide range of mental health challenges, sharing advice and personal experiences. The blog posts are honest and relatable, helping to break the stigma.
The Stroke Association’s video features Zoom interviews from a stroke survivor during lockdown, coupled with that of a support worker, as part of a video explaining the importance and impact of its service during times of increased isolation. It makes for a moving watch.
Ramblers the walking charity helped people get out and about and build connection during lockdown, encouraging people enjoying the UK’s natural spaces to share photos of their outings on Twitter under the hashtag #RoamSweetRoam and help others to benefit from walking.
If you have service users with talents, why not use them? In an incredible showcase of service user creativity, disability charity Scope gave to keys to its Twitter account to sight impaired illustrator Sam Schäfer for a day. His entertaining look at life via his artwork smashes stereotypes and gives representation to the diversity of people with sight conditions.