Bengals Visit Young Patients, Tobias Harris’ Student Selfie

Week of Service Recap May 25-May 21, 2014

To start off this weeks social service recap, we have to backtrack because last week we missed a fun event with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. On May 20, 2014 the medical center helped to host an NFL Play 60 event at Rockdale Academy. Bengals players Brandon Joiner and Vincent Rey were in attendance.


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May 25, 2014
Last Sunday, British racing driver Pippa Mann teamed up with Susan G. Komen for the 2014 Indianapolis 500, as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Komen throughout the month of May. Mann was all decked out in pink. Fans and supporters had the opportunity to make donations to Komen via #PippaGoesPink [INDIANAPOLIS, IN]

May 28, 2014 was a busy day in sports and service. We’ll start the list with Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors guard accepted the “2013-14 Kia Community Assist Award” on May 28. The award was in recognition of his charity work in the Bay Area and across the globe [LOS ANGELES, CA]

“Giving back to the community and those in need is something that has always been close to my heart and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to touch people’s lives and hopefully impact them in a positive way,” said Curry in an article. “I also want to thank the NBA and Kia for donating $25,000 to ThanksUSA to further help their mission of providing education for family members of active-duty US military personnel.”

Also from Wednesday, the Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris ends the semester mentorship program at Howard Middle School in Orlando, Fl. with a selfie. His dedication to service was honored this year when he became the winner of the 2013-2014 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award in March. His rap sheet of accomplishments on and off the court can be found at his official website at [Orlando, FL]

It’s been almost two months since former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly Nearly started treatments for sinus cancer. With the Twitter hashtag #PrayersforJK still trending by supporters, Jim Kelly completed his final round of radiation Wednesday.
Now, that’s good news.

On May 28, the world lost renowned author and poet Maya Angelo. Her death was news to many who expressed their sentiments on social media throughout the week. WNBA’s Maya Moore tweeted her sentiments about the woman after whom she was named.

Also, on May 28, Nick “Swaggy P” Young returned to his alma mater Los Angeles’ Grover Cleveland High School, hosted by Get Schooled. Among other things, the non-profit connects cultural icons with students to promote education.

Young, who celebrated his 29th birthday on June 1, dropped some encouragement to students before ending his visit.

“Hard work and determination are critical to achieving success, whether in academics or athletics,” he said, according to the Get Schooled article.

The Garden of Dreams gave a shout out to the NY Rangers for their recent success. Along with other charitable endeavors, the NY Rangers provide a lot of support to the NY Sled Rangers. Find out more about the youth team that inspires here.

On Friday, May 30, President Barak Obama announced that Basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be a part of a board aiming to get more Americans involved in reserving some of the challenges facing young men of color. This initiative,”My Brother’s Keeper,” was first initiated by President Obama in February of this year.


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“By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to the Nation’s competitiveness, economic mobility and growth, and civil society. Unlocking their full potential will benefit not only them, but all Americans,” he said in the February 2014 memorandum.