Chicago Bulls build a playground

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Chicago Bulls players and more than 200 volunteers got together in Chicago Heights on Saturday, August 24, to build a new playground, a playground designed by the children who will use it.

Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, but today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively.  This new playground will provide more than 500 children in the community with a safe place to play.

The Chicago Bulls have made a commitment to work with community concerns and find ways to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need, organizing events that support core values of youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention.

 

Marty,

The Good World News

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Student sinks half court shot to win free tuition

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With College tuition going up every year, any kind of financial support is greatly appreciated.  Ball State University offers one Freshman every year a chance to win free tuition for their first year…The only catch is that they have to make a near-impossible half-court basketball shot!  The University has been doing this for a few years now, but nobody has successfully made the shot.  Markus Burden now has 11,084 (which is how much his tuition is) reasons to be excited now after he became the first student to sink the half-court shot!  An emotional Burton called his mother to tell her the exciting news, as she was equally pleased.  The whole crowd went crazy when he sunk the shot…take a look! J

 

 

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

Jeremy

 

Reference: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/ball-state-freshman-sinks-half-court-shot-free-155533237.html?vp=1

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Retired NBA Player invents Knee Strengthening Device

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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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