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Thoughtful Thursday: In Kobe’s Own Words

We are still reeling from the tragic loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other passengers on that helicopter flight.  For today's Thoughtful Thursday, rather than presenting more poetry to soothe our collective pain, we offer inspirational quotes from the man himself.  Taken from interviews over the years and his book "The Mamba Mentality", his [...]

Tell Your Sons About Baseball Great Frank Robinson

Baseball legend Frank Robinson passed away this week at 83.  Robinson broke records throughout his long illustrious career.  As a player, he was National League Rookie of the Year for the Cincinnati Reds.  He was the only winner of the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League (when playing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956) and the American [...]

Tell Your Sons About Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets

Twenty year old Jarrett Allen, a rookie on the Brooklyn Nets, has been excited about computers and math since he was a little boy. When he was in high school he built a computer (which he still uses). Basketball is his primary focus these days, and he has made a good impression on the court in his early days [...]

Update on Colin Kaepernick: Just Do It—Vote

When you are talking with your sons and daughters about Colin Kaepernick and Nike, here’s one more thing to talk about: Kaepernick refused to vote in the 2016 Presidential elections, claiming that it would be “hypocritical”, as he is “against a system of oppression” and is “not going to show support for that system”. You can read more about [...]

By |2018-09-11T16:19:57-04:00September 11th, 2018|Ages 13-15, Ages 16-18, Ages 8-12, Cultural, Featured, Latest News, Motivators, Sports|0 Comments

Talk To Your Children About Colin Kaepernick and Nike

The new Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick has everyone talking, and we should be talking to our children about it. As you probably know, Nike has made Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary campaign. Kaepernick announced this a few days ago by tweeting a close up of his face, with the message "Believe in something. Even if [...]

Watch Now: A Conversation with the President: Sports, Race and Achievement

On Tuesday October 11, at 10pm EST, ESPN will present "A Conversation with The President: Sports, Race and Achievement". In conversation with students from North Carolina A&T State University, President Barack Obama will discuss a variety of issues including the "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative (which addresses opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color), athletes and social activism, [...]

Update: Zach Hodges Signs with the Indianapolis Colts

Zach Hodges, the Harvard defensive end featured in an earlier post who overcame great personal tragedy to become a star football player at Harvard, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. While Hodges was not selected during the NFL draft as he had hoped, he signed with the Colts over the weekend after they expressed strong interest in him as [...]

Tell Your Sons About Zach Hodges, Harvard Scholar/Athlete

Here is a great story to talk with your sons about: Zach Hodges, an African-American senior at Harvard University, is one of the top small college draft picks for the upcoming NFL draft. While NFL pundits don't believe he will go early in the draft, they think he has a good chance of getting picked by an NFL team. [...]

Don’t Miss “Little Ballers” on Nick Sports TV

"Little Ballers", Crystal McCrary's wonderful documentary, follows a group of young AAU basketball teammates (including her son Cole) as they pursue their hoop dreams and a championship season. It premiered on Nick Sports TV (a programming block on Nicktoons) last week and will be shown again tonight at 9pm and tomorrow (March 1) at 10pm (EST). McCrary gives us [...]