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Make-A-Wish helps 8 year old becomes NFL Coach for a day

Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers asked for his coaches autograph after practice on August 6th.  Coach Jack Bolton got the chance to be the Carolina Panthers honorary coach for the day.  I forgot to mention…Coach Jack Bolton is only 8-years-old! 

 

Jack Bolton has spinal muscular atrophy, but that’s never deterred him from having the dream to be an NFL coach.  On this day, through the Make-A-Wish foundation, Coach Jack finally got his opportunity to be on the sidelines of an NFL team. 

 

 

Steve Smith, the Panthers wide receiver even went over to the 8-year-old coach and asked him if he could get the quarterbacks to throw more passes his way!   The star coach even had a touching speech that he read to the team before practice started.  He let the team know that he’d be “looking for mistakes when I’m on the field watching you guys”! 

 

Hopefully the Panthers listen to Coach Bolton’s advice and use it towards winning some games this year!

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
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9 year old becomes youngest chess expert

Carissa Yip is not your typical chess expert.  While other children her age are playing video games, Carissa is dominating the chess game.  At 9 years old, she is already one of the best chess players in the world! 

How did she get so good?  Her father originally taught her and within a year she started beating him!  Then she took her skills outside the home, playing competitively at the MetroWest Chess Club and then the Wachusett Chess Club where she is currently the best player.  This December, she will play in the Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Carissa is said to be pretty intimidating when she plays.  She can even play without looking by calling out the moves and keeping track of the positions in her head!

The U.S. Chess Federation ranked her in the top 7% of all registered players, and the top 2% of female players.  Carissa's overall goal is to be the first female chess champion!

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595858/carissa-yip-a-9-year-old-from-mass-becomes-youngest-u.s-chess-expert/

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Second Life Bikes helps out inner-city kids

Some of my best memories growing up were biking with my brother and friends in the neighborhood.  Not only is biking a fun activity that brings individuals together, but it is also a great form of exercise and a means of transportation.

Second Life Bikes is an organization in Rochester, NY founded in 1995, that dedicates its efforts to supplying inner-city kids with free bikes.  They accept bike donations, repair them if needed, and give them out!  They'll accept bikes in any condition, as sometimes they are used for parts.  Second Life Bikes is making a real positive impact on the Rochester community.

The Good World News team is looking forward to hearing more great things from Second Life Bikes!

For more information, check out their Facebook site and their Roc Wiki page.

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

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College quarterback does piano duet at children's hospital

The quarterback for the University of Memphis Jacob Karam has showcased talents on the field, and has also taken time out of football to do some more important things in the local community.  On a recent volunteer trip to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Jacob was helping kids with a scavenger hunt when he saw a piano and decided to do a small show for the kids. 

 

A brave eleven-year-old, Breanna Bercegeay is currently at the hospital fighting AML Leukemia, but that didn’t slow her down from belting out her amazing voice alongside of the quarterback.   The duo performed 10 songs together including Jessie J’s “Price tag”.  Here’s a beautiful video of the two together!

 

 

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
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Retired NBA Player invents Knee Strengthening Device

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

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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Hockey team grants wish and drafts player who became paralyzed

Jack Jablonski was a great high school hockey player, but when a bad hit from another player made him paralyzed, most people thought he'd never be part of hockey again.  Jack knew better though :)


He has had an incredible amount of support during his rehabilitation and is making some progress.  He knows he will skate again one day.


During the USHL (top junior hockey league) draft, jack tweeted "Dear USHL teams, Just thought I'd let u know I am eligible for tomorrow's draft".  The Chicago Steel listened and drafted him as their final pick!!!!!!

 

Congrats Zack!!  You are an inspiration.

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

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NBA star gives back “One corner, one block at a time”

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.”

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

 

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91 year old breaks weightlifting world record

Sy Perlis broke the bench press world record for individuals ages 90 and above.  At 91 years old, he lifted 187.2 pounds shattering the previous record of 135 pounds!  He broke the record at National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships in Phoenix on June 8th.

He only started lifting in his 60's and now works out 5 days a week.



And that's what's good,

Jon

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Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed player

California’s Mr. Baseball for the year of 2010, Cory Hahn was destined to be in the Big Leagues, and to make an impact. After high school, Cory was drafted in the 26th round to the San Diego Padres, but turned that down to play college baseball at Arizona State.  

 

Just 3 games into in college career, Cory slid headfirst into 2nd base and collided with an opponent.  In a freak accident, Cory had broken his neck and doctors told him he was paralyzed from the chest down.  Cory knew his baseball career was over, but he held his head high and pursued a business degree while being the assistant coach for his team. 

 

Being that he was eligible for the MLB draft again because he was 3 years removed from high school, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 34th round this past Saturday.  It was also significant because Cory had worn #34 at Arizona State.  Cory’s story is an inspiration to all, and we wanted to congratulate him on being drafted.  What an honor.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

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Surprise reunion for two long lost sisters

During a high school track meet in Washington DC, some teammates noticed a familiar face on the other team.  They told their teammate that there was a girl on the opposite team that looked just like her! 
 
Jordan, a junior at Wilson High School went to the girl and introduced herself.  They quickly began chatting and discovered that their mother's both had the last name Jeter.  Turns out, Robin was 9 months older than Jordan who had been in the foster care system and ended up with a legal guardian. 
 
The two girls have been reunited and sharing lots of stories together.  They have many of the same features including their double jointed thumbs, the same shoe size, and can hardly tell the difference between the two on the phone.  Since they met, they have now became great friends, and are working together to find out if they have any more siblings.
 
 
Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,
 
Jeremy
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