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Born and raised in Chicago, and now playing for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose has always been an

active member of the Chicago community. Derrick Rose recently donated $1 Million to After School

Matters. After School Matters is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens

innovative out-of-school activities through Science, Sports, Tech, Words and the nationally recognized

Gallery programs.

D-Rose - After School Matters

Rose said “To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the

difference in the world. So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s

teens.”


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Jeremy

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Isaiah Austin's night to shine

Hearing your name picked during the NBA Draft is what all basketball players dream of.  Seeing the commissioner at the podium reading your name is a moment that you can truly cherish your entire life.  Although Isaiah Austin may never play basketball again, he had his shining moment during the 2014 NBA draft, and fulfilled his childhood dreams.  

During routine physicals for the NBA Draft, Doctors diagnosed Austin with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the ears, eyes, skeleton, and circulatory center.  This condition caused Austin to suddenly end his career in competitive basketball.    Before this discovery, Isaiah was a highly sought player coming off a great year at Baylor.  He was a sure 1st round pick in the draft.  

Thanks to a classy move by commissioner Adam Silver, Isaiah Austin was drafted by the NBA in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.  This truly shows that life is so much bigger than basketball, and you can’t take anything for granted.

"God has really blessed me," Austin told reporters after being drafted. "He could've allowed me to keep playing, but instead he saved my life."

He called getting his name called "one of the greatest moments of my life."  

 

 

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Jeremy

 

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The Bradley University basketball program signed 3-foot-4 inch guard Johnah Sahrs of Dunlap Grade School and his 4-foot-5 inch brother, Jarrett, to national letters of intent, the school announced, Friday.  Johnah, 5, suffers from a life threatening brain condition known as neuroblastoma.  Jarrett, 9, is the big brother that helps keep spirits up.

Johnah will wear uniform number 1, and becomes both the youngest and the shortest player in Bradley basketball history. His brother Jarret will wear uniform number 32.  The Sahrs and the university got connected through an organization called Team Impact , which aims to provide team-based support networks to kids with serious illnesses.

 

Marty,

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Chicago Bulls build a playground

Chicago Bulls players and more than 200 volunteers got together in Chicago Heights on Saturday, August 24, to build a new playground, a playground designed by the children who will use it.

Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, but today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively.  This new playground will provide more than 500 children in the community with a safe place to play.

The Chicago Bulls have made a commitment to work with community concerns and find ways to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need, organizing events that support core values of youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention.

 

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With College tuition going up every year, any kind of financial support is greatly appreciated.  Ball State University offers one Freshman every year a chance to win free tuition for their first year…The only catch is that they have to make a near-impossible half-court basketball shot!  The University has been doing this for a few years now, but nobody has successfully made the shot.  Markus Burden now has 11,084 (which is how much his tuition is) reasons to be excited now after he became the first student to sink the half-court shot!  An emotional Burton called his mother to tell her the exciting news, as she was equally pleased.  The whole crowd went crazy when he sunk the shot…take a look! J

 

 

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Jeremy

 

Reference: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/ball-state-freshman-sinks-half-court-shot-free-155533237.html?vp=1

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It’s always interesting to see what professional athletes do with their lives after their careers have ended.  What happened to those players that had so much potential coming out of high school or college, but just didn’t pan out in the pros. 

 

Jonathan Bender had franchise player written all over him coming out of high school when he was drafted 5th overall in the 1999 NBA draft.  Like many athletes though, injuries derailed him from living up to his potential as an NBA player. 

 

Bender’s knees failed him as a player, but ever since he retired he has been making strides with a device meant to strengthen the knees.  He wanted to make a device that acted as an external hamstring which could exercise the hips, and quad without putting pressure on the knees.  When Bender would rehab his knees, he would often ask the trainers and Doctors on the staff many questions.  

 

“I watched and learned from what they did and what they said about things like injuries and muscle structure,” Bender said. “I soaked it all in.” 

 

Using the device he created, Bender strengthened his legs, and actually got another shot at the NBA!  He was picked up by the NY Knicks in 2010 and Knicks Doctors said at the time Bender had the strongest lower extremities on the team.  Jonathan Bender’s device is called the JB Intensive Trainer.  You can check out the device at http://jbintensive.com/.

 

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The JB Intensive Trainer in action! - Image Credit: jbintensive.com

 

 

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Jeremy

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3-time NBA Champion, Devean George has a plan to bring a sense of hope to the North Minneapolis area where he was raised. 

After 11 successful seasons in the NBA playing alongside Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas, George had a vision for his future after ball.  He was back in his city of North Minneapolis when he witnessed a random drive-by that killed an 11-year-old boy.  At that moment he knew a change needed to happen to the area. Devean George planned an affordable 45-unit apartment complex in North Minneapolis in hopes of cleaning the area, and making it a great safe place to live. 

“I wanted to become a person that helped people. There are a lot of people that suffer that aren’t involved in the bad stuff going on,” said George. “I figured out that playing basketball was not the end goal. I figured out that me playing basketball was probably just to set up for what I’m doing now. “It is more of me being put in position to be able to help people and have a voice.” 

Devean’s father Eddie George Sr still lives in the area and said “A lot of kids around here need something to do.  There should be more than just hearing gun shots.  There is still good around here”. 

George has plenty of support in the area and knows that the project won’t be easy, but it’s a start in the right direction.  The reconstruction will take place in one of the highest crime intersections in North Minneapolis. 

Former local Minnesota Gophers basketball standout Ariel McDonald supports the project and said “There is an old saying from the TV show ‘The Wire’: ‘He who controls the corners, controls the block,’. “Then you can control what’s going on inside the walls. You can have good. It’s there for the taking.”

 

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Jeremy

 

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The only 2 players left in the NBA from the 1994 draft just retired within three days of each other. 
 
Jason Kidd and Grant Hill, who were the 2nd and 3rd players picked in the 94 draft, and also shared the 1995 rookie-of-the-year award, both retire with stellar NBA resume's. 
 
Grant Hill won 2 Championships at the collegiate level with Duke, and also has an Olympic Gold in 96 with the 2nd coming of the original Dream Team. Hill, a 7-time All-Star and 5-time all NBA, was at one point is his career considered one of the best all around players often leading his team in points, rebounds, and assists.  A promising career for Hill was plagued by multiple ankle surgeries, but he still came back to finish a better then average 19 yr career in the NBA. 
 
Jason Kidd's 19 yr resume brought him 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 1 NBA Championship, and two other trips to the NBA Finals.   Jason kidd also a 10 time All-Star, 6-time all NBA, 9 time all defense, is also the only player in NBA history with at least 15,000 points, 10,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. 
 
Personally I would love to see these guys on the sidelines coaching one of these days, but you can guarantee you will be seeing Hall-of-fame speeches in their future.
 
 
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Jeremy
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Personally I wish I was still in school and hear about his once in a lifetime opportunity.  If you want additional experience in online content development and digital sports marketing, then LeBron James has a job for you!  Yes, LeBron James the best basketball player on this planet is looking for college interns for the spring, summer and fall semesters. 
 
If you are a current college student and live in New York, South Florida or Ohio then you are eligible for the internship working with LeBronJames.com.  What a great opportunity that King James will be giving a few of our bright young students.  Good luck to everyone, because that opportunity will sure look good on your resume :-)
 
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Jeremy
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Nerlens Noel looks like the clear shot to be the #1 draft pick in this years NBA draft after just one year at the University of Kentucky.  Noel tore his ACL during the year, and during that time he made frequent visits to the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington.  He made friends with a special kid named Kelly Melton, a 7-year old battling Leukemia.  Noel decided he would bring Kelly as a special guest with him to the Kentucky Derby and all of the red carpet events.  You be the judge of who's the sharper dresser here :-)
 
 
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Jeremy
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