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Apr 18, 2014
Ann Thompson

James Franklin’s emotional moment in Harrisburg likely won’t be the last one – The Patriot

There may not be any other coach in college football who wears and admits to wearing his full range of emotions on his sleeve quite like James Franklin does. It was Franklin who previously estimated that during his three-year tenure at Vanderbilt his players saw him become emotional between 40-to-50 times

Thursday evening fans who attended the Hill Society’s State of the Program tailgate at the Hilton Harrisburg saw first-hand just what happens when the Nittany Lions’ head coach got choked up while trying to express his gratitude for his new position. Franklin told the fans in attendance, “There is not a coach, there is not a group of players, there is not a coaching staff that is going to work harder.”

And then it happened. The room was silent as Franklin was choked up and explained how he becomes emotional. The head coach paused, nodded his head and folded up the piece of paper in front of him.

This isn’t new for Franklin, who has repeatedly said since his hiring that he aims to stay true to who he is and those emotions are part of making the players feel like they are part of his family.

“You’re not going to find a coach that cares more about their players than me, and their complete development, academically, athletically, socially, spiritually, the whole package,” Franklin said at his introductory news conference on Jan. 11. “That’s what drives me.”

But the outpouring of emotion publicly and away from the field is a different look for Penn State fans who grew accustomed to Joe Paterno’s mannerisms and the occasional outbursts from Bill O’Brien’s heated moments. The only time O’Brien mentioned getting choked up was during an HBO interview when he was asked about his family.

During games Franklin will coach like every other one in the country, yelling and screaming, running around making sure his players are aware of what’s happening. But, off the field players will likely see him shed quite a bit of tears and for various reasons.

“I’ve probably gotten emotional in front of our team, maybe not the camera, but in front of our team probably 40-to-50 times,” Franklin said in 2013 during a segment on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN talk show, ‘Highly Questionable.’ “The players make fun of me because whenever anything happens that’s really dramatic or something that I take great pride in how they handled themselves or accomplishments of the team they know it’s coming.”

When Franklin gathered his former Vanderbilt players to tell him he was leaving to take the head coaching job at Penn State there were tears shed. In interviews following his Nashville departure Franklin called the goodbye “one of the hardest things I had to do emotionally.”

Last Saturday Franklin led his team out of the tunnel in Beaver Stadium for the first time, an experience he called “unbelievably emotional.” For those who have been around him and worked with they aren’t surprised to turn around and see Franklin tear up over his players or the fact that he’s coaching on a big stage.

“We’ve been together now for four years so we’re kind of like a family. I saw that one coming from a mile away,” defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said of Franklin’s Beaver Stadium debut following the Blue-White Game. “He’s an emotional person and he doesn’t hide it in any way, shape or form. I give him all the credit in the world. He and I have become good friends and he’s worked his entire career to get to a destination job like this.”

For a better taste of what Franklin has done in the past and just how emotional he gets, check out some of these former Vanderbilt videos below. From walk-ons making the team to players earning a scholarship and motivational speeches in between, here’s a glimpse of what I anticipate we’ll be seeing during the coming months as Franklin readies for his first season at Penn State.

Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

The Commodores beat Tennessee in 2012 to secure Vanderbilt’s first home victory against Tennessee in three decades. James Franklin’s halftime message (around 4:38) includes him screaming, “Will it to happen. Look behind you. Everybody stand up and look behind you! We’re on the beach right now and the boats are burning! There’s no other option!”

Emotional SEC debut

This was one of those times where James Franklin did get choked up on camera. Reflecting on Vanderbilt’s win against Ole Miss in 2011, Franklin tried to hold back his emotions after the game (2:10).

Anchor ceremony

James Franklin gathered his team to explain Vanderbilt’s tradition of anchor down and it quickly turned into a motivational lesson where Franklin had players linking chains and explaining to them, “The sum of our parts is much greater than they are individually.”

Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

Defensive line coach Sean Spencer shouts at the players, telling them that they’re like little brothers to the staff. This time a confident James Franklin talks to the team and tells them, “We are playing Kentucky, but the opponent is who? Ourselves. We are competing with ourselves.” Franklin then finishes with, “To be honest with you, I’m not worried about nothing.”

Apr 18, 2014
Jane Underwood

Lesedi Foundation supports needy

The Lesedi Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has organised an Easter fiesta to reach out to the needy and transform the lives of the people of Afaben and surrounding communities in the Upper West Akyem District.

The Foundation was set up to contribute to positive transformation of lives of the poor and the less privileged in the society through charitable activities and other interactive engagements.

As part of the programme, the Foundation in collaboration with the New Crystal Health Services screened more than 500 adults and children of medical problems such as malaria, blood pressure and fasting blood sugar.

Staff of Ernest Chemist, a pharmaceutical company, was on standby to freely provide multivitamins, malaria drugs, and cough syrups to the people.

The Foundation also presented textiles provided by GTP, used clothes, bags and shoes to about 600 people through its ‘J boutique programme’ besides the provision of food to the people.

Motivational speakers were also present to provide words of encouragement to the people.

Mrs Josephine Ami-Narh, Lead Organiser of Lesedi Foundation, said the programme was to kick start the Easter celebration for the people.

She explained that in undertaking such activities, the Foundation is also looking forward to making a relatively small contribution to help Ghana achieve the Millennium Development Goal One, which is “Eliminating poverty and malnutrition by 2015” and beyond.

She said through its activities, the Foundation has touched thousands of lives since its inception in 2011, which include the building and furnishing of a room for an abandoned blind and leprous widow at Sekesua in the Eastern Region.

The Foundation has recently awarded scholarships to four boys at the Senior Correctional Centre to study. It has also rented a room for a homeless family and assisting them financially. GNA

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Apr 17, 2014
Ann Thompson

Cpl. Phillip Baldwin was injured in Afghanistan, but he’s conquering each obstacle

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

The Idaho Mustangs and other officials, including Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, recently presented veteran Phillip Baldwin, pictured second from right, with a hunting trip to New Zealand as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:21 am

Updated: 1:19 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Cpl. Phillip Baldwin was injured in Afghanistan, but he’s conquering each obstacle

By Kendra Evensen

Idaho State Journal


It’s been nearly three years since Cpl. Phillip Baldwin was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a radio operator with the First Battalion Fifth Marines. But the road to recovery continues to be difficult.

“The transition has been rough and rocky, it has definitely been a challenge,” the veteran said, but is quick to add that he hasn’t faced anything yet that he can’t handle. “It’s regular Marine stuff.”

Still, Baldwin, who lost his right leg up to his hip and his left leg to above the knee, has sacrificed a lot for his country, and the Idaho Mustangs recently decided to show their gratitude by helping him to fulfill a dream.

During their Wounded Warrior Game on April 12, southeast Idaho’s semi pro football team gave Baldwin a 12-day trip to New Zealand, where he will be able to hunt red stag.

“I was amazed and kind of surprised,” Baldwin said, adding that hunting red stag is one of his life goals. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am definitely looking forward to it.”

He plans to bring a comrade he served with in Afghanistan with on the trip. Mitch Dodge, general manager of the Idaho Mustangs, said the team became a labeled participant this year in the Wounded Warrior Project, a national effort to help wounded soldiers, to set them apart and show that they’re not just a “rough, smash-mouth football team.”

“No other team in our 32-team league does anything like this,” Dodge said, adding that the players also have camouflage jerseys. “We love the opportunity to give back and help make the physical and mental recovery easier in anyway possible.”

Dodge said they wanted to honor Baldwin, a football fan who has embraced the team, for risking his life and sustaining serious injuries while serving the country and protecting the freedoms Americans enjoy.

“We felt that Phillip laid his life on the line for our freedom,” he said, adding that such freedoms give them the opportunity to play the game they love.

Baldwin — who despite his injuries continues his legacy of service today by counseling with combat veterans, visiting comrades and giving motivational speeches — said the football players are among the finest Americans he knows, and he’s grateful for their support.

“I feel pretty honored,” he said.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:21 am.

Updated: 1:19 pm.

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Apr 17, 2014
Jane Underwood

Virginia Beach school hosts leadership conference – The Virginian


More than 760 students from 65 high schools gathered at Salem High School on April 4 and 5 for Virginia High School League’s annual leadership conference.

The “Oceans of Opportunity” conference featured motivational speakers, team-building and interactive learning.

Keynote speaker Judson Laipply, a dancer from Ohio, kept the audience in stitches with his stage antics and humorous antidotes. He encouraged the students to laugh, to care and to make a difference in their schools and communities.

“This conference covers all the bases – anything you want to know about student leadership,” said Zack Raidl, a Salem senior and planning committee member. “It’s a great chance to meet people from across the state and share ideas.”




Apr 16, 2014
Ann Thompson

Boston Police Detonate Two Backpacks Near Marathon

Apr 16, 2014
Jane Underwood

Women’s Conference April 26th – FOX10 News

Ladies, if you need some inspiration, you may be able to get it Saturday, April 26th at the “My Green Acres Women’s Conference.” There will be music, skits, some health and beauty tips, and motivational speakers. Sally Smith tells Cherish Lombard she and Toby Williams will be telling their inspirational stories. 

Doors open for those who need to register at 8:15am, and things get started at 9:00am. Registration is $20. If you would like to register in advance or if you have questions about the conference, please call Sally Smith at 850-758-7962.

My Green Acres Women’s Conference
Saturday, April 26th
9:00am – 2:30pm
Coastal Response Center
Coden, AL 36523

Apr 15, 2014
Ann Thompson

Boston Stronger: One Year Later

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Apr 15, 2014
Jane Underwood

The following is the transcript of Mike Horn’s first pep talk, given to the …

The following is the transcript of Mike Horn’s first pep talk, given to the KKR team days before the start of IPL 7

Hello, my name is Mike Horn and I’m here to talk to you today about my experiences as an adventurer, explorer, spiritual athlete, and out-and-out cricketball enthusiast. If I am able to motivate even one of you today towards adapting my teachings to cricketball scenarios, and at least ten of you towards buying a copy of my book, No Peak Too High, No Depth Too Low: Mike Horn’s Guide to Responsible Gallivanting (available today at a special one-time-only KKR price), then I will have done my job.

I’m sorry, what? Oh. Well, I have just been informed by coach Bayliss (a man who certainly knows his stuff) that the name of the game is cricket, and not cricketball. Ha ha, well, of course it is. I couldn’t have very well played a vital part in India’s 50-over World Series win in 2011 without knowing something as basic as that, could I? No, I was merely testing you lot to see if you were listening, that is all. It’s a thing we motivational speakers do all the time.

Anyway, of course I know my cricket. I am as much South African as I am Swiss, you know. Jacques can vouch for that. Right Jacques?

Jacques! Can someone please wake up that man with the fake hair, sleeping with his eyes open in the last row? No, not that guy with the fake hair sleeping with his eyes open, the other one. No, not that one either. No. No. Yes, him. Nice of you to join us, Jacques.

Where was I? Yes, as I was saying, it’s an honour to have been invited to India again to speak to cricketers who have no idea why I’m talking to them.

To get down to business, then. It might sound simple to say, but if my wanderings across the globe have taught me anything, it is that the biggest obstacle is not the mountain looming ahead of you, or the ocean stretching out in front of you. It’s – yes, Gautam? No, it’s not MS Dhoni either, but thanks for your input. No, the biggest obstacle by far is the one that exists in your mind. No, Mr Chawla, I don’t mean like in the movie Inception.

Maybe it’s best if I illustrate things with an example. My exhaustive background research into the KKR team has revealed to me that we have a so-called Chinaman among us. Would that person stand up please. You? Are you sure? What’s your name? Kul-deep Ya-dav. That doesn’t even sound Chinese… are you from the ethnic Uighur community, by any chance? Anyway, that doesn’t matter now. What matters is how you have managed to get where you are today in the face of blatant discrimination. The rest of you should take a leaf out of this remarkable young man’s book.

Kuldeep, could you share with us how you managed to overcome this particular “mountain” in your life? What do you mean you don’t know what I’m talking about? The racism, man!

And as if calling you a Chinaman isn’t bad enough in this day and age, they have the gall to call you “slow” as well. What do you mean that has to do with “bowling”? What the **** does ninepins have to do with any of this?

Look, perhaps I’d better stick to talking about my own life.

Oh, I have scaled many a great height and plumbed many a dark depth in my time, and – actually, you know what? Instead of just me talking, maybe it’d be a better idea if we opened up the room to questions. Yes, you in the front row with the fake hair and your hand up in the air. What’s that you say, it isn’t fake? Are you serious? Huh, go figure. Anyway, do you have a question Mr Khan? Well then why are you waving to the room like that? What do you mean you can’t help it? And now you’re blowing kisses. I suppose you can’t help that either.

Please, try to focus. And for the love of god, man, button up that shirt.

Does anyone else have an actual question? Yes, you with the… well, that’s not really fake hair is it, it’s just… what the **** is that, son? And what’s your question? I see. No, all this talk about mountains is not going to help you spin the ball any better in high- altitude conditions in Dharamsala, Mr Narine. Don’t be a wise guy.

Look, it seems to me that you guys are missing the point of this talk. I don’t know if it’s just too early in the morning for you lot or what, but I think we’re about done for the day here. It’s been… educational, to say the least. I’ve certainly learned something important today, and that is that one might have scaled many a great height in his lifetime, one might have circumnavigated the Arctic circle, hell, one might even have been the first person to attempt to scale Mount Everest naked without once alighting from the back of a mountain goat, but nothing, and I mean nothing, prepares you for the challenges of talking to a group of IPL cricketers in a closed environment.

Apr 14, 2014
Ann Thompson

Need a Place to Work on a Creative Project? Spend a Week on a Private Island …

Unless you’re Kanye West, few people can afford jetting off to a private island to work on a creative project. However, those looking for some alone time and space to get inspired and make art are in luck. Creativity expert Fredrik Härén is offering fellow artists and innovative thinkers the chance to crash for a week on two of his three private islands.

In the past, Härén inspired creatives through motivational speeches and writing. This time, however, he wanted to provide something tangible. “I felt I wanted to give something back and do something that was tangible, different, and fun that would in itself inspire more ideas,” Härén told Fast Company of his project Ideas Island. Those interested send in applications explaining who they are and what idea they want to develop. If selected, they’re given the chance to spend a week on one of Härén’s two islands near Stockholm, Sweden. Ordinarily, Härén also offers his island near the Philippines, but since it was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, it’s closed right now. Though you have to pay for your own flight and food, your stay on the resort is totally free. 

Check out the video below to see what Ideas Island is all about.

[via FastCompany]

RELATED: 20 Ways to Get Rid of Creative Blocks

Tags: creativity, private-island, artists

Apr 14, 2014
Jane Underwood

Motivational speakers plan local presentations – The Steubenville Herald

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville City Schools and the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley are co-sponsoring a series of speaking engagements over a three-day period led by motivational youth speaker Reggie Dabbs.

“You Can Never Change Your Past But You Can Change Your Future” is the theme to which the Fort Myers, Fla., resident speaks in his addresses to 2.5 million teens a year.

The presentations kick off Sunday during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services at Starkdale Presbyterian Church on Sunset Boulevard and continue there at 6:30 p.m. with a youth group/communitywide church rally.

On Monday, Dabbs’s schedule is 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Wintersville Elementary School; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Indian Creek High School; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., fifth- and sixth-graders at Harding Middle School; and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a family/community rally at Wintersville Middle School.

Tuesday’s schedule is 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., pastor and youth worker; 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Wells Academy; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Steubenville High School; 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., East Garfield Elementary School; 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., West Pugliese Elementary School; and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. family/community rally at Steubenville High School.

Born to an unwed teenager who at one time struggled whether to give him birth, Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive, according to a press release about his life. With no place to go, the pregnant teenager ended up living in a chicken coop in Tennessee. It was there she remembered a former school teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, who had said to her students, “If you ever need anything, call me,” and gave the students her home phone number. The girl called.

Mrs. Dabbs and her husband, whose six children were adults by this time, took the girl into their home and cared for her until after the baby was born. They continued to care for little Reggie as foster parents until he was in the fourth grade, and then they officially adopted him and gave him the Dabbs name.

As the Dabbs’ reared Reggie, they nurtured him in the Christian faith and instilled in him strong moral values, for which he is genuinely grateful. They also ingrained in him the fact that in every situation he faced, he had a choice. What he did with those choices was entirely up to him.

In the sixth grade, Reggie began playing the saxophone and hated it. At the insistence of his parents he continued to practice and to play. Not until his freshman year in college did he actually enjoy the instrument, and today, he plays with fervor and expertise.

After graduating from college, Dabbs began his public speaking career. During one speaking engagement, his host asked if he would be interested in addressing a high school assembly. From that small beginning in 1987, Reggie now is one of the most popular public school speakers in the United States, speaking to more than 2.5 million teens each year. When addressing a school assembly, Dabbs talks to the kids in a humorous style about choices each of them has when faced with drugs, alcohol, suicide, etc. He shares with students that he never smoked a cigarette, never did drugs, never drank alcohol, because he chose not to. He assures them that they can make the same kinds of choices.

Dabbs talks to kids about family and how thankful they should be that they have families. He talks to them about dating relationships and emphasizes that one should make wise choices and always respect the person you are with. Most of all, he drives home the fact that “You can never change your past, but you can change your future.”

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