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Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson led the way on the links in Florida, while Kevin Harvick claimed a milestone win at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17. Those two headlines might not sound out of the ordinary for a professional sports weekend recap show or Monday morning briefing, except for the fact that there have been no competitions for over two months in golf and NASCAR due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Playing in front of no fans and a limited TV crew, McIlroy and Johnson defeated Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler at Seminole Golf Club in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins game that raised over $5 million to help those in need and those on the front lines of this global relief effort.

Harvick celebrated in front of no South Carolina crowd as he became just the 14th driver in NASCAR history to notch 50 career wins. The last Cup Series race before Sunday was held on March 8.

Meanwhile in New York, activities for professional clubs within the four major pro sports leagues remain suspended. As we wait for competitions to resume, our favorite NYC teams continue to find ways to stay in the game.

Giants and Jets

The NFL has made the most news in the past month, successfully executing a remote Draft that delivered an offensive tackle in the first round for both the Giants (Andrew Thomas, Georgia) and Jets (Mekhi Becton, Louisville). The league also ambitiously released their full 2020 schedule. The Giants and Jets will square off in the preseason on Thursday, August 13 at MetLife Stadium.

Big Blue is encouraging fans to enter a Robin Hood fundraising sweepstakes that includes playing touch football against all-time legends Phil Simms, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Eli Manning and receiving a Super Bowl ring. 

Gang Green announced in April that they donated $3 million towards various recovery efforts in the New York and New Jersey area, including United Way agencies.

Yankees and Mets

Major League Baseball suspended activities on March 12, but recent reports indicate that the owners and players are negotiating a plan that could allow teams to begin play in July. In the meantime, fans are encouraged to visit “The Vault” and predict who will lead the decade in nine statistical categories for a chance to win $1 million.

If the mid-season timeline remains intact, the Yankees could see three ailing outfielders out on the diamond from day one. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton are all currently rehabbing from injuries, but Yankees brass indicates an Opening Day return is possible for all three.

In hopes of making their first postseason appearance since 2016, the Mets signed Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha and Dellin Betances to bolster their pitching staff.

For those who would normally be calling Citi Field their seasonal workplace during home games, the Metropolitans have set up a COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Fund.

Rangers, Islanders and Devils

A league that normally would have started its playoffs on April 8, the NHL is discussing a scenario where they play select regular season games and modify their postseason structure to 24 teams.

All three local hockey franchises have participated or are currently participating in the ALL IN Challenge. Funds raised by the challenge go to Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, Feeding America and World Central Kitchen.

Donning the hashtag #WeAreOne on its website, the Devils are inviting fans to vote on the best photos from the season for a chance to win an autographed print of the winning photo.

Knicks and Nets

As we wait on how the NBA may attempt to restart, New York Knicks teammates Julius Randle and Bobby Portis have partnered with HelloFresh to donate $180,000 worth of meals to City Harvest. The pair are also adding $50,000 each in donations to City Harvest’s operations, which will potentially feed over 370,000 New Yorkers in need.

Over in Brooklyn, the Nets have set up emergency economic relief for hourly Barclays Center employees. The team and arena have committed to provide relief to hourly employees for the paychecks they would have earned during the season.

All NBA fans who wish to purchase cloth face coverings of their favorite squads can purchase them at NBAStore.com. Proceeds will benefit Feeding America in the United States and Second Harvest in Canada.

Continue to check your favorite teams’ sites for more information on how they are positively impacting the community and keeping fans engaged during this break in the action. Follow us on Instagram at @Attendee_Live to stay updated on the latest virtual events.