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Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur Is Well Known For His Charity Work

Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur made his major league debut in 2014 and has a career batting average of .242.  While not an everyday player, Szczur has shown tremendous value as a consistent pinch hitter and backup outfielder.  What is of special interest is the impact he has made off the playing field – he is well known for charity and community work.

In 2009, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 15-month-old Ukrainian girl named Anastasia battling leukemia. Szczur saved the girl's life given the severity of her condition.  Last winter, he hosted and helped raise thousands of dollars during his “Szcz The Day” fundraiser for the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation.  More recently he picked up a paint brush in an effort to raise money for Cubs Charities which gives grants focused specifically on creating opportunities for at-risk youth in the areas of education, youth sports, and health and wellness.  For his first ever attempt at artwork, Szczur painted the final out of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  “Honored and humbled that my first painting was auctioned off for $35,000 for such a great cause,” Szczur posted to Instagram.  “Thank you Cubs Charities for allowing me to give back and be part of something special.”  Way to go, Matt Szczur!

 

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Marty

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Marathon Runners Help Stranger Across Finish Line

During a recent marathon in Philadelphia a female runner collapsed 100 yards from the finish line. Showing the highest sportsmanship, two unidentified runners interrupted their runs, carried the exhausted runner up to the finish line, and set her down so that she could take the final step across the line on her own. She received medical attention and soon recovered. A video of the good deed has been viewed by millions! Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer player considered to be the greatest of all time, has said; “There are more important things in life than winning or losing.” A lesson we should all learn!

 

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Marty

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Derrick Rose donates $1 Million to After School Matters

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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Man with cerebral palsy completes IRONMAN triathlon

Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the IRONMAN Triathlon.  With the help of his twin brother Steen, they completed the triathlon in 15 hours and 32 minutes.  The brothers finished the race under the bright lights and the loudest crowd to any finisher.  The brother’s had a custom made bike which allowed Steen to go 112 miles with a wheelchair in tow; Steen also swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a raft, and then ran 26.2 miles while pushing his brother’s wheelchair in front of him.  When it was all said and done, Peder said “for the first time I felt like the person I see myself as.”

 

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Jeremy

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Germany soccer star shows support to the host country Brazil

Germany soccer midfielder Mesut Ozil truly appreciated host nation Brazil’s hospitality throughout the world tournament.  He enjoyed and appreciated it so much so, that he has announced that he will sponsor sugeries of 23 Brazilian children, one for every member of his World Cup winning Germany team.  Sports in so many ways are truly more then just a game, and Ozil has proved the impact that these special athletes can have on everyone.    

 

On his Facebook page he wrote –

"Dear fans,
Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil."

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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."  

 

 

Have a Great Day, and let the Good News be Yours.

Jeremy

 

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High school student nails 40 yard field goal to win 2014 Camaro

Crosstown rivals Simi Valley High (California) and Royal High featured a field-goal kicking competition during halftime of their game.  What’s the prize you ask…how about a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro valued around $24,000! 

 

Former Simi Valley student Invictus Igwe may have had a leg up on his competition because he was a former placekicker himself, but a 40 yard field goal with the pressure of a brand new car isn’t exactly an easy task! 

 

 

With his shoe flying 10 yards down the field after he kicked it, the ball hits the upright and goes straight in!  Igwe is then tackled by the team, which I’m sure he didn’t mind after winning a sweet ride.

 

Igwe actually never drove the car off the lot, because they allowed him to trade in the car for a $20,000 cash prize, which he says he will use to pay off his personal debt. 

 

 

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Jeremy

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Man with Down’s Syndrome becomes weightlifting champion

One Down’s Syndrome man has overcome the odds to become a champion weightlifter. Not just in special Olympics competitions - Jon Stoklosa regularly beats the best of his non-disabled opponents!

When he was 12-years-old Jon started lifting weights in the basement with his brothers. A year later he was benching 185 pounds. By age 16, he had improved to 225 pounds.  He won a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in 1999, but now he competes in power lifting competitions going up against athletes who aren’t disabled.  With his sturdy 5-foot-5 frame, he can bench-press more than 400 pounds, and can squat 440 pounds and dead-lift an identical amount.

Not only are his competitors impressed, but he's also a crowd favorite, often inciting wild applause.  He has picked up a “Most Inspirational” award, a unanimous choice by other competitors, many of whom gathered to watch the 31-year-old make his lifts.  He’s been known to sport a colorful mohawk on the day of a competition. He loves to pound his chest after a successful lift.  He yells.  He flexes his muscles.  Except for when he’s lifting – and his face wears a look of concentration – he’s nothing but smiles.

When asked why he continues to push himself in his sport, Jon replied simply: “It’s fun.”  Sitting at the kitchen table in his family’s Newark home, Jon comes across as a laid-back, almost shy guy. He answers questions with a word, preferring instead to look out the backyard window and let his parents, Hank and Liz, do the talking.

When he’s not working out, Jon stays active at his job bagging groceries at the local Acme grocery store.  Friends and family say Jon Stoklosa, who was born with Down syndrome, is an example of what is possible when people aren’t tethered by labels.

 

Marty,

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Bradley University signs youngest and shortest basketball player in school history

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.

 

Marty,

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