Monday August 23, 2010, begins a three-day run of themed Minute to Win It episodes. This week, "Girls of Summer," airing at 8/7c on NBC.
The first of the three episodes is a Miss Universe charity episode. Former Miss USA and Miss Universe titleholders competing against one another will air on Monday, August 23 (8-9 p.m. ET), as a lead in to the "2010 Miss Universe Pageant" on NBC (9-11 p.m. ET).
Beauty Queen Battle
Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA 2005) - Masters Inn Ministries Inc.
Kristen Dalton (Miss USA 2009) - USO
Shandi Finnessey (Miss USA 2004) - Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Wendy Fitzwilliam (Miss Universe 1998) - Keep A Child Alive
Brook Lee (Miss USA & Miss Universe 1997) - Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
Shanna Moakler (Miss USA 1995) - Children's Burn Foundation
Riyo Mori (Miss Universe 2007) - Make A Wish Foundation International
Justine Pasek (Miss Universe 2002) - Orphaned Starfish Foundation Inc.
Zuleyka Rivera (Miss Universe 2006) - American Childrens Cancer Association Inc.
Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007) - Boys and Girls Club of America
On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, it's East vs. West as girls from opposite coasts compete for the grand prize. Melissa Busfield from Gloucester, Mass., competes against Erica Sanchez from Orinda, Calif. Their first challenge is the game Paper Dragon (view blueprint), in which they must unspool two rolls of party streamers using only their hands and arms. The girls will compete head-to-head in the first three challenges and whoever wins the most out of the three challenges continues to compete for the $1 million. Later, Atlanta Hawk cheerleaders Stephanie Ming and Kaylin Reque compete as a team to win money to support their disabled parents.
On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, after cheerleaders Ming and Reque finish competing, the 60-second circle welcomes, sisters Kandis & Kristin Erickson from Los Angeles and Orange County, California. The sisters are competing for their grandmother who wants to return to her homeland of Italy. Their first challenge is "Tilt-A-Cup" (view blueprint), in which they must incrementally build a wobbly tower of cups and ping-pong balls by bouncing a ball from the ground up into a growing stack of cups held in their hands.
Two weeks later, on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8, 2010, NBC's Minute To Win It will air special NFL themed episodes 8-9 p.m. ET leading up to NFL Opening Kickoff 2010. The players in the NFL episodes include New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas and Robert Meachem and Minnesota Vikings Anthony Herrera, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Barrien.
Thomas and Shiancoe will team up together to win money for their respective charities - United Way for Greater New Orleans Area, The Children's Hospital, Inc., New Orleans and National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, Inc. and National Kidney Foundation of Minnesota, Inc. Bernard Barrien will play with cheerleader Amber Wright from the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading squad "Gold Rush". They will play for their respective charities Second Harvest Heartland and Bay Area Women's Sport Initiative.
Later, Meachem and Herrera will team up to play for their respective charities as well - Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Orleans, Indian Nations Football Conference and Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.
Media coverage of "M2WI" season premiere
Pictures from Best Buddies' Flag Football Game
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