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Old 05-23-2015, 08:10 PM   #101
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:56 PM   #102
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Kudos to Chris Long and William Hayes and the difference it ended up making for two people, who took advantage of break and are working to help themselves.

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Old 08-14-2015, 07:12 AM   #103
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:47 AM   #104
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:10 AM   #106
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:47 PM   #111
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No thread for amateur athletes...but this deserves a shout-out.

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Josh Childress has been playing basketball for my hometown team the last 2 seasons and has done a lot of great things, especially with the Sudanese refugee community here, but I really enjoyed this story about him flying out his brother's high school basketball team over to Australia to show them there's a life outside of the rough neighborhood they are from in LA. He brought them to the game tonight:

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Old 10-10-2015, 09:24 AM   #113
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Josh Childress has been playing basketball for my hometown team the last 2 seasons and has done a lot of great things, especially with the Sudanese refugee community here, but I really enjoyed this story about him flying out his brother's high school basketball team over to Australia to show them there's a life outside of the rough neighborhood they are from in LA. He brought them to the game tonight:

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Old 01-23-2016, 07:08 PM   #114
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #115
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:43 AM   #116
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Kudos to Charles Johnson, and just a cool and heartwarming story all around: A 10-year-old gets the birthday of a lifetime after no one says they're coming.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:40 AM   #117
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:10 AM   #118
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He did that a long time ago.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:30 AM   #121
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Not a professional, but this young man deserves some shine.

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Good job Travis. I wish the school could find a way for the kid to never have to eat alone.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:52 AM   #126
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Prayers for Lauren Holiday. Kudos to Jrue Holiday and to the Pelicans organization.

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Old 09-28-2016, 01:18 PM   #127
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For several years my wife and I headed up the local relay for life chapter. Every year we were tasked with various ways to bring people out. One that we found that consistently worked was getting a couple players from the University of South Carolina and from Clemson to come out. Sign autographs. Meet kids. One year we staged a tug-o-war between the two schools. Etc.

Both schools were accommodating every time I asked. Either sending players or coaches or the Mascot etc. We frequently got scrubs or freshmen who hadn't played yet. And they frequently acted like they were too good to be there despite us doing everything we could within NCAA guidelines to make it worthwhile for them.

One year in particular stands out. The players were supposed to be there by 10AM and usually made it by noon. At 8:30 that morning I got a call from a 770 area code. A young very sheepish man told me he and his teammate were there and wanted to know where they could help.

It was chaos. We were running around setting everything up and were behind like usual directing volunteers to set up chairs, or hang banners etc. And now I had to deal with 2 prima donna athletes who were early and probably wondering where the A/C was. GRRR.

Hang tight a few minutes please and I'll come up and meet y'all. Sorry I wasn't expecting you quite yet.

The soft spoken voice said "My mom used to help with Relay for Life back home and I know its a lot of set up. Me and Tra left early this morning so we could help. Just let me know where and how."

Ok this was refreshing. I went up and met the 2 Clemson freshmen. One was a short pudgy OL Tra Thomas and he and I connected pretty easily. You dont find many 6'0" OL and we both fit the bill. We got them directed setting up some 100 chairs for locals to watch the high school chorus team perform and they not only did it. They laughed and smiled and made a game out of who could set a row up the quickest. My kids 6 and 9 at the time were rambling around and the players both showed them attention with the other player, whom I had originally spoken to on the phone, taking right up with my 6 year old daughter. Riding her piggy back while he stacked chairs. Playing football with my son and letting him tackle him to the ground. He and my kids belted out a badly out of tune rendition of "Big Green Tractor" a country/pop hit of the day. Quite the site seeing a 6'3" black dude with corn rows seeing a country song and knowing every word! I remember being disappointed that this huge TE who even as a freshman looked chiseled and ripped had the hand shake of 86 year old grandma. But his personality was electric and everyone there loved him.

Set up complete the day went off without a hitch and the these two young dudes were great representatives of their school and their team. They posed for pictures in their jerseys. They held up housewives in their arms for photos. And they did it all with a smile. 5pm came and it was time for the players to be relieved of their appearance. Tra walked up the hill from our High School ball field to the car. The Young TE approached me and asked if it would be ok if they stayed for another hour. We had hired a Gospel Band out of Atlanta to play that night and this young man from Addairsville, GA remembered when they played at his church. He said they had an amazing lead vocalist and he wanted to hear them again. He'd be glad to pay admission if needed(the $10 gate fee to get into the event got you access to the entire activity concert included) but he had donated the full $50 they were given for a meal stipend to the Relay fund raiser raffle and given all the tickets to some of the little kids there.

Of course he was welcome to stay and he didn't need to pay admission. He thanked me and seemed genuinely grateful for such trivial token gesture. He stayed throughout the concert, helped the band carry their PA equipment to their van. then hung out and helped us clean everything up until after 1am. Refusing to leave despite the 2 hour drive home and the late hour. He said "Tra been up there sleeping he can drive us back"

That night I remember well telling my wife. That dude will never make it playing football. He is too soft and that limp fish handshake is embarrassing for a dude his size. But whatever he sets his mind to, he will be a success. That personality is infectious.

Well I had buried that story way back in my mind until i read this article earlier and that limp fish handshake and that love of country music suddenly brought me back and made me smile.

By the way that Fr TE changed positions that summer and moved to DE. While the limp fish handshake, apparently, remains I'd say the football thing worked out better than I ever expected. Good job, Vic.

http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/so-...aign=editorial
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:03 PM   #128
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I mean, it was literally posted on the same page 10 posts prior (even with the same Michael Scott reference), but it was interesting insight that so many people were able to overlook it until James had won a championship in Cleveland.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:41 AM   #129
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Non-traditional entry here, but this "letter" from Charles Tillman to Calvin Johnson is pretty classy, and speaks well of both.

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Old 10-12-2016, 01:41 PM   #130
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:27 AM   #131
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Also not a professional story, but I don't see a thread for the amateur athletes & good things.

You don't see a lot of 150 pound linebackers anywhere these days, but this young man from my son's alma mater is a whole lot bigger than just his size & a whole lot more than just a high school linebacker.

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Old 11-03-2016, 05:47 AM   #132
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For several years my wife and I headed up the local relay for life chapter. Every year we were tasked with various ways to bring people out. One that we found that consistently worked was getting a couple players from the University of South Carolina and from Clemson to come out. Sign autographs. Meet kids. One year we staged a tug-o-war between the two schools. Etc.

Both schools were accommodating every time I asked. Either sending players or coaches or the Mascot etc. We frequently got scrubs or freshmen who hadn't played yet. And they frequently acted like they were too good to be there despite us doing everything we could within NCAA guidelines to make it worthwhile for them.

One year in particular stands out. The players were supposed to be there by 10AM and usually made it by noon. At 8:30 that morning I got a call from a 770 area code. A young very sheepish man told me he and his teammate were there and wanted to know where they could help.

It was chaos. We were running around setting everything up and were behind like usual directing volunteers to set up chairs, or hang banners etc. And now I had to deal with 2 prima donna athletes who were early and probably wondering where the A/C was. GRRR.

Hang tight a few minutes please and I'll come up and meet y'all. Sorry I wasn't expecting you quite yet.

The soft spoken voice said "My mom used to help with Relay for Life back home and I know its a lot of set up. Me and Tra left early this morning so we could help. Just let me know where and how."

Ok this was refreshing. I went up and met the 2 Clemson freshmen. One was a short pudgy OL Tra Thomas and he and I connected pretty easily. You dont find many 6'0" OL and we both fit the bill. We got them directed setting up some 100 chairs for locals to watch the high school chorus team perform and they not only did it. They laughed and smiled and made a game out of who could set a row up the quickest. My kids 6 and 9 at the time were rambling around and the players both showed them attention with the other player, whom I had originally spoken to on the phone, taking right up with my 6 year old daughter. Riding her piggy back while he stacked chairs. Playing football with my son and letting him tackle him to the ground. He and my kids belted out a badly out of tune rendition of "Big Green Tractor" a country/pop hit of the day. Quite the site seeing a 6'3" black dude with corn rows seeing a country song and knowing every word! I remember being disappointed that this huge TE who even as a freshman looked chiseled and ripped had the hand shake of 86 year old grandma. But his personality was electric and everyone there loved him.

Set up complete the day went off without a hitch and the these two young dudes were great representatives of their school and their team. They posed for pictures in their jerseys. They held up housewives in their arms for photos. And they did it all with a smile. 5pm came and it was time for the players to be relieved of their appearance. Tra walked up the hill from our High School ball field to the car. The Young TE approached me and asked if it would be ok if they stayed for another hour. We had hired a Gospel Band out of Atlanta to play that night and this young man from Addairsville, GA remembered when they played at his church. He said they had an amazing lead vocalist and he wanted to hear them again. He'd be glad to pay admission if needed(the $10 gate fee to get into the event got you access to the entire activity concert included) but he had donated the full $50 they were given for a meal stipend to the Relay fund raiser raffle and given all the tickets to some of the little kids there.

Of course he was welcome to stay and he didn't need to pay admission. He thanked me and seemed genuinely grateful for such trivial token gesture. He stayed throughout the concert, helped the band carry their PA equipment to their van. then hung out and helped us clean everything up until after 1am. Refusing to leave despite the 2 hour drive home and the late hour. He said "Tra been up there sleeping he can drive us back"

That night I remember well telling my wife. That dude will never make it playing football. He is too soft and that limp fish handshake is embarrassing for a dude his size. But whatever he sets his mind to, he will be a success. That personality is infectious.

Well I had buried that story way back in my mind until i read this article earlier and that limp fish handshake and that love of country music suddenly brought me back and made me smile.

By the way that Fr TE changed positions that summer and moved to DE. While the limp fish handshake, apparently, remains I'd say the football thing worked out better than I ever expected. Good job, Vic.

http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/so-...aign=editorial

Way long time coming (I have never read this thread before), but this is a great story. Thanks for sharing, CU.
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For several years my wife and I headed up the local relay for life chapter. Every year we were tasked with various ways to bring people out. One that we found that consistently worked was getting a couple players from the University of South Carolina and from Clemson to come out. Sign autographs. Meet kids. One year we staged a tug-o-war between the two schools. Etc.

Both schools were accommodating every time I asked. Either sending players or coaches or the Mascot etc. We frequently got scrubs or freshmen who hadn't played yet. And they frequently acted like they were too good to be there despite us doing everything we could within NCAA guidelines to make it worthwhile for them.

One year in particular stands out. The players were supposed to be there by 10AM and usually made it by noon. At 8:30 that morning I got a call from a 770 area code. A young very sheepish man told me he and his teammate were there and wanted to know where they could help.

It was chaos. We were running around setting everything up and were behind like usual directing volunteers to set up chairs, or hang banners etc. And now I had to deal with 2 prima donna athletes who were early and probably wondering where the A/C was. GRRR.

Hang tight a few minutes please and I'll come up and meet y'all. Sorry I wasn't expecting you quite yet.

The soft spoken voice said "My mom used to help with Relay for Life back home and I know its a lot of set up. Me and Tra left early this morning so we could help. Just let me know where and how."

Ok this was refreshing. I went up and met the 2 Clemson freshmen. One was a short pudgy OL Tra Thomas and he and I connected pretty easily. You dont find many 6'0" OL and we both fit the bill. We got them directed setting up some 100 chairs for locals to watch the high school chorus team perform and they not only did it. They laughed and smiled and made a game out of who could set a row up the quickest. My kids 6 and 9 at the time were rambling around and the players both showed them attention with the other player, whom I had originally spoken to on the phone, taking right up with my 6 year old daughter. Riding her piggy back while he stacked chairs. Playing football with my son and letting him tackle him to the ground. He and my kids belted out a badly out of tune rendition of "Big Green Tractor" a country/pop hit of the day. Quite the site seeing a 6'3" black dude with corn rows seeing a country song and knowing every word! I remember being disappointed that this huge TE who even as a freshman looked chiseled and ripped had the hand shake of 86 year old grandma. But his personality was electric and everyone there loved him.

Set up complete the day went off without a hitch and the these two young dudes were great representatives of their school and their team. They posed for pictures in their jerseys. They held up housewives in their arms for photos. And they did it all with a smile. 5pm came and it was time for the players to be relieved of their appearance. Tra walked up the hill from our High School ball field to the car. The Young TE approached me and asked if it would be ok if they stayed for another hour. We had hired a Gospel Band out of Atlanta to play that night and this young man from Addairsville, GA remembered when they played at his church. He said they had an amazing lead vocalist and he wanted to hear them again. He'd be glad to pay admission if needed(the $10 gate fee to get into the event got you access to the entire activity concert included) but he had donated the full $50 they were given for a meal stipend to the Relay fund raiser raffle and given all the tickets to some of the little kids there.

Of course he was welcome to stay and he didn't need to pay admission. He thanked me and seemed genuinely grateful for such trivial token gesture. He stayed throughout the concert, helped the band carry their PA equipment to their van. then hung out and helped us clean everything up until after 1am. Refusing to leave despite the 2 hour drive home and the late hour. He said "Tra been up there sleeping he can drive us back"

That night I remember well telling my wife. That dude will never make it playing football. He is too soft and that limp fish handshake is embarrassing for a dude his size. But whatever he sets his mind to, he will be a success. That personality is infectious.

Well I had buried that story way back in my mind until i read this article earlier and that limp fish handshake and that love of country music suddenly brought me back and made me smile.

By the way that Fr TE changed positions that summer and moved to DE. While the limp fish handshake, apparently, remains I'd say the football thing worked out better than I ever expected. Good job, Vic.

http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/so-...aign=editorial

Don't know how I missed this the first time, but wow, what a great story! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:20 PM   #134
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I hope everyone will read it about a special young man.

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Old 12-02-2016, 05:19 PM   #135
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:41 PM   #136
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Not Professional Athletes per se, but....an owner???

Very cool and the ultimate give back to the city.

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English soccer player this time. The first picture is a bit of a tearjerker.

Tearjerker indeed..
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:40 AM   #139
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:12 PM   #140
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Great story about Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues.

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Anyways I was trying to link to a story about Telvn Smith of the Jags blasting fellow NFL players for running day camps at a charge when all the resources are out there to do it for free for the kids.


He had a pretty refreshing take on the matter .

Jags LB Telvin Smith: Players who charge for youth camps are forgetting roots

"I keep saying robbing these kids because I feel that's what we're doing," Smith told ESPN. "We're in the NFL. We're in a multibillion corporation. You can write that off on your taxes, but you're charging these kids? There's no part of it that's right.

"Your heart's not in the right direction when you're doing that."

Smith wanted to be clear that he wasn't calling out any player in particular and that he wanted to make sure people understood he isn't talking about the multiday or overnight intense instructional camps. Camps such as those, which require the campers to be housed and fed, can cost close to nearly $1,000 per camper. Specialty companies run many of those types of camps, which bear the names of the sponsoring players.

Smith said he's talking about the camps that usually last three to four hours, where it's more about the experience of meeting an NFL player than learning football skills. Those camps should be free, Smith said, and there are ways to defray the cost. NFL players can apply for $1,000-$4,000 grants from the National Football League Foundation to help fund their camps. In addition, players are able to secure sponsors to help cover costs, such as local restaurants to provide lunches and drinks.

Smith said he did that last year for his first camp in his hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, in which he said he had more than 500 kids show up. He's finalizing details for this year's camp to be held in mid-June.

"Guys can reach out to the community and they'll donate food, they'll donate money, they'll donate water," Smith said. "We had so many things donated we had so much left over.

"... That's how I know it can be done. I had to buy extra shirts. But I'm willing to do that because we're buying these designer clothes and cars and jewelry and then you can't give $600 or $2,000 extra out of your pocket to make sure a couple extra kids come to your camp? I'm going to make sure I've got that."

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Old 06-04-2017, 12:14 AM   #146
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I don't quite know where else to put this so I'll go with thread where I mentioned it originally.

We've just learned in the past couple of hours that the young man from this article I shared last year is fighting for his life tonight, and the prognosis is very bad. Details are still sketchy but apparently some sort of accident while longboarding earlier today.

For those who are so inclined, prayers for him and his family would be most appreciated.


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Old 06-05-2017, 08:42 PM   #147
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The family's official statement issued a couple of hours ago

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Dear Friends,
Our beloved Drew passed away today, June 5, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Although we all prayed for a miracle, we remembered that having Drew in our lives was the miracle. We will always be grateful for your thoughts, prayers, and support and are especially blessed to know Drew will be an organ donor and provide a miracle for others.
Arrangements have not been finalized but services will be in Athens. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to Drew's wonderful home of 16 years: Athens Academy. Thank you.
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Althoug this particluar story isn't exactly in line with the thread, it explains why Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth does a lot of charity work.

A very moving and eventually uplifting story
https://www.theplayerstribune.com/ha...-my-daughters/
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:02 AM   #149
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Two stories from the past week that have received a good amount of coverage, but fit the bill for this thread:

Anthony Rizzo, who overcame Hodgkins-Lymphoma, just donated $3.5 million to a children's hospital - SBNation.com - Rizzo has been involved with this organization for at least a couple of years, and there are many accounts of him being great with the kids, staff, etc. This donation is the culmination of a long-term relationship.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyph.../#7b8c1c975cbb - little outdated, as I believe Watt's fund is now past 17M. But also some good info here about how the funds are being allocated without incurring substantial overhead.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:05 PM   #150
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Great job by the Dolphin players!

Dolphins players displaced by Irma rescue high school football team Irma stranded out west | Miami Herald
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