I stopped in at a shoe store earlier this week to have some shoes repaired. I had a choice with the shoes. Have them sewn and look reasonable or buy a brand new pair.
The shoe repair guy, who looked a bit like a character out of a Harry Potter movie, took my shoes and said he could fix them, "$18 bucks" he said. Sounds like a great deal I thought. $18 for a repair or $100+ for a new pair. "Go ahead." I said.
30 years. 30 years of providing weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. This is what Give Kids the World Village has provided to families for the past 30 years. The story began quite simply: Amy, a little girl with leukemia, had a wish. She wanted to visit Orlando's theme parks - something that many little children wish to do. One gentleman helped to accommodate the housing, but remaining details took too long to arrange and her wish unfortunately was never granted.
I was just a kid when I first saw this phenomenon.
It was at my first real job—selling season tickets for the lowly New Jersey Nets—years and years ago.
At the time the Nets were in their sixth straight year of being the worst team in the NBA. And they were pitted against the worst team in Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings. Heck, I didn’t think a lot of folks in New Jersey even knew that there was a team from Sacramento.
Before I lived in Athens, I thought it was just a college town that would be fun to visit for a few weekends…. but it became so much more than that. It became a home away from home and my graduate program became a group of people who became my second family. We were told in December of our first year that we would help organize and execute an event named Race for a Reason.This event holds a special place in my heart because it found my passion for fundraising and community relations. This year, the event will take place on April 23rd, 2016.
The Kansas City Royals World Series win was a win for all underdogs. Long known as a struggling franchise, the Royals turned around their fortune through their farm system, pitching, and timely hitting. While they lost the World Series in heartbreaking fashion in 2014, the team followed this up with a run to the championship and their first championship in 30 years.
A college professor friend of mine introduced me to a student who wanted to interview me for a class project. Happy to oblige, I said sure. I set a time for the student to call me. The student even went as far as to send me the questions he had prepared that he wanted to discuss.
The time for our 'interview call' came and went. I sent an email to the student wanting to make sure I hadn't scheduled the wrong time or something else was amiss.
In college, we all have the opportunity to try new things and learn what we like and don't like both in a personal and professional setting. Those four years are an incubator for teenagers to turn them into young adults. There are more opportunities to be exposed to a variety of people and environments than at any other time in one's life.
Jordan Spieth signed up with a new golf coach when he was 13 years old.
The coach told him, “If you really want to improve, you’re going to have to practice what I teach you instead of just going out and playing golf. It won’t be easy. You will be really uncomfortable for four or five months but you will get better.”
Jordan Spieth did what the coach said. After all, he was just 13 years old at the time.
As the quarterback during my senior year at UW-Madison, Russell Wilson was as great of a person off-the-field as he was on-the-field. He led our team to the Big Ten Championship and to the Rose Bowl that year. Two years ago, he took the Seattle Seahawks to their first NFL Championship in just his second year in the National Football League. He tied an NFL record for most touchdown passes as a rookie and has surpassed everyone’s expectations except his own. Wilson is the first to arrive each morning and one of the last to leave. He studies film and always strives to get better.
On the eve of the craziest two weeks in college basketball, it seemed only appropriate to highlight what all of these student-athletes do off of the court. While March is when stars are made and legacies are cemented on the court, these students spend up to four years creating the same legacy in their communities.
As a national organization, the NCAA has its own program called Team Works. There are multiple community programs that fall under this umbrella: