Miami Heat fan nails half court shot to win $75,000 and hug from LeBron

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50 year old Miami Heat fan, Michael Drysch, did the unimaginable.  He was given the opportunity to shoot a half court shot at the game.....and nailed it!  Michael got to go home with $75,000 cash and a very memorable bear hug from "King James" himself.

“That was awesome, man,” LeBron James said in an ESPN interview. “I was excited for him. When he wound up like that, I was like, ‘Oh no, there’s no way.’ And then when I saw it in the air, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s got a chance.’ I was happy to be a part of that.”

“It’s a great way to meet somebody like that,” Michael Drysch said. “I had no idea he was coming over to me like that. That was amazing. What a great feeling to experience something like this.”

You have to check out the amazing video here.  You can feel the excitement from the crowd!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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NBA star Dwayne Wade's family is Bigger than Basketball

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Many see Dwayne Wade as a man that has it all - NBA Championship, amazing basketball career, fame and fortune.  But the most precious thing in his entire life is his family.  His new autobiography is titled, "Father First. How my life became bigger than basketball". 

The book describes how Wade didn't have it easy growing up in the south side of Chicago.  He was living with his drugged addicted mother in a dangerous neighborhood.  His older sister knew she needed to get Wade out of the situation and brought him to his father in Robbins, IL.  "My father stepped up," Wade states. "I'm successful today because my father stepped up."

Dwayne Wade's life turned around and now he is the successful man you see today.  His mother made an even larger turn-around!  His mother, Jolinda Wade, is now a pastor in Chicago and is completely drug-free!  She also runs a community center, Barrier Breakdown Transformed, which helps those in need.

Wade's life is a wonderful story and really puts in prospective what is important in life.

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Former NBA star Yao Ming advocates for endangered animals in Africa

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Standing at 7 ft 6 inches, Yao Ming, the former NBA star from China is a rarity with respect to height.  Yao Ming is now protecting another increasingly rare population - rhinos and elephants.  He is using his fame and big heart to convince his fellow Chinese citizens and the rest of the world to stop purchasing rhino horns and ivory from elephants.

Most efforts to stop the killing of these beautiful animals focuses on protecting them from poachers.  Yao Ming is taking a different approach which attempts to stop the demand of ivory and rhino horns.  According to Laura Walubengo of Kenya radio's CapitalFM, "China is the world's most prominent destination for rhino horn and ivory, whith projections suggesting there will be an added 250 million middle class consumers over the next 10 to 15 years".

Populations are dwindling -There are only 400,000 elephants and only seven white rhinos are left in the world.  With an average size rhino horn earning a poacher an average of $250,000, it seems as if there is not much hope.  Fortunately, Yao Ming is helping the conservationists bring worldwide attention to this issue.  This attention is needed in his homeland of China, and Yao Ming knows it.  This is why he is not only giving wide spread attention through interviews, but he is also creating a documentary about it!

Yao Ming observes elephants. Image Credit: Kristian Schmidt for WildAid, via yaomingblog.com

With images as awesome as this, we have no doubt that his documentary will be a worldwide success!  Yao Ming takes it a step further by creating a blog about his adventures in Africa: http://yaomingblog.com/

 

Yao Ming face to face with an endangered rhino.

In his blog, Yao Ming jokes: "These are immense and powerful creatures. As one of them pushes me, I’m reminded of the immense pressure I used to feel when I had to guard Shaquille O’Neal. You knew that pressure while guarding Shaq, and you know it when a rhino leans on you."

Yao Ming's work will truly help protect the lives of these beautiful animals.  Thank you Yao Ming!!  Good World News is looking forward to watching your documentary.  The world is grateful for everything that you have done!

 

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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