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Date set for second ‘Champions for Charity’ soccer game in honor of Schumacher

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A date has been set for the second edition of the ‘Champions for Charity’ soccer game in Germany held in honor of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher retired from F1 at the end of 2012 before suffering a skiing accident the following year, leaving him with severe head injuries. He continues to undergo rehabilitation.

Ahead of last year’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, a special soccer match was held in Schumacher’s honor in Mainz, with Sebastian Vettel captaining a team of F1 drivers against NBA star Dirk Nowitzki’s side featuring a number of elite athletes.

The second ‘Champions for Charity’ game has been confirmed for July 3, with Nowitzki set to appear once again. The game will take place at the Opel Arena in Mainz, with proceeds going to Schumacher’s Keep Fighting Initiative and the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son, will appear at the match once again, as will two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen and German football legend Miroslav Klose.

“For me it is a matter of course that I am attending Champions for Charity. At last year’s match I barely stopped laughing, and it’s a good feeling to be able to support charitable initiatives,” Mick Schumacher said.

“This combination of fun and purpose is perfect in my eyes. I am glad that Dirk, along with all the other players and the spectators in the stadium can see it the same way; and I’m looking forward to an entertaining match.”

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).