Ron Artest raffling title ring for charity
With his longheld NBA title goal met, Lakers forward Ron Artest is putting a lasting piece of it on sale for the public, raffling his championship ring online at www.ronartest.com.
Tickets are $2 a piece with a minimum purchase of five tickets. The raffle will be held from the offices of netraffle.org on Dec. 25, the same day the Lakers host the Miami Heat as the headliner of a five-game Christmas Day lineup for the NBA.
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The proceeds will go to Artest's non-profit organization, Xcel University, which then will select two charities -- one in Los Angeles, one nationally -- to receive the money.
The charities being considered are ones that want to increase mental-health awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental-health therapy. The beneficiaries will be announced Oct. 27.
The Lakers will receive their rings at halftime on opening night, Oct. 26, as they host the Houston Rockets.
Information from ESPN's Shelley Smith was used in this report.