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January 20, 2011 | Comment

We met tonite at the NWEA HQ Open House celebration in Old Town/China Town. Adora is brilliant, funny, playful & a human catalyst!!

August 24, 2010 | Comment

Photog - Dominic Bonuccelli

Hey Everyone! My name is Robert Hsu, and I’m currently a Youth Advisory Board Member for The Alliance for a Healthier Generation/AHG. At our summer meeting in Portland, I had the opportunity to hear Kevin Carroll, an author, motivational speaker, and agent for social change, talk about how a red rubber ball he found on a playground as a child inspired him to pursue his life dreams. I received an amazing opportunity to interview Kevin and learn more about finding our passions and inspirations in life, surrounding ourselves with the right people, chasing after our dreams, and how a healthy lifestyle can help us find our own red rubber ball. Read more to learn about Kevin Carroll’s life lessons!

Be the Solution!

January 19, 2010 | Comment

There are 12 categories for the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 covering the entire sporting spectrum of
health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility, and philanthropy.

These categories are split into three clear sections
Beyond Sport Community Awards; Corporation and Federation Awards; and the Judges’ Awards.

The Shortlisted entries from each category will receive:
A free invitation to the Beyond Sport Summit on September 27-30 in Chicago

Flights to and accommodation during the Summit

Access to Beyond Sport’s global network of international sports organisations, company leaders, and influential political figures

Opportunities for business mentoring and to become members of the most influential group of social entrepreneurs ever assembled around sport

The winners of the six Beyond Sport Community Awards will receive a minimum of £10,000 funding each
and a package of substantial business support to enable them to move forward and become fully sustainable in the future.

Learn more - Beyond Sport Awards 2010


August 24, 2009 | 1 comment

The Play It Forward campaign is a collaboration of Up2Us, YouthNoise and Nike, Inc. that seeks to promote the importance of youth sports and to recognize the role of coaches in shaping young people’s futures.

Play it Forward centers around the Coach Appreciation Week Resolution, which was introduced with the help of Rep. McIntyre, N.C. and will go to a House of Representatives vote on September 14. Coach Appreciation Week is intended to spark a national dialogue about the importance of sports as a vehicle for youth development and to inspire volunteerism around youth sports. The Play it Forward campaign will highlight the stories of coaches from around the country who have made a difference in the lives of their players, both on and off the field. Three winning coaches will win a trip to Washington, D.C. and be honored with the National Coach Appreciation Week “Coach of the Year Award at the Up2Us National Conference.

Read More…

KC’s Catalytic Coaches: Coach Schmidt (Coopertown ES 5th & 6th Grade - Football), Coach Bellini (Haverford JHS 7th & 8th grade - Football), Mr. Ritts & Mr. DeCampli (Haverford JHS 7th-9th grade - Track), Coach Bush & Coach Keyser (Haverford HS Varsity Soccer)

August 03, 2009 | Comment

The Beyond Sport Summit

The Beyond Sport Summit was a unique three-day event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward sport-led social change. The Summit collided those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact, with influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

The Summit had three primary objectives:

* To forge connections and ongoing strategic relationships that create benefits across all parties. (DONE!)
* To generate ideas that will tangibly help to scale and replicate sport development projects from across the globe. (ACCOMPLISHED!)
* To create momentum behind the change-through-sport agenda. (ENERGY PRESENT & PALPABLE!)

I AM A WITNESS! Got Sport?!

April 29, 2009 | Comment


Sponsor:  YouthNoise
Campaign: What Do You Play For?
Rules: Click HERE to see complete campaign rules and regulations
Duration: March 25, 2009 12:00 AM (PT) - May 20, 2009 11:30 PM (PT)
Campaign 411:
Play City, a campaign created by YouthNoise in partnership with Nike, is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “Be a good sport.” We believe sports have the power to energize individuals, revitalize communities and catalyze change in the world.

Provide an answer to this Q: “What Do You Play For?!”
We want to know how you are using sports to make a difference in your life, your community or the world as a whole.

HOW: Submit a photo that clearly demonstrates how you are using sports to make an impact, and tell us in detail what cause or purpose you play for. Whether you play basketball to stay happy and healthy, run marathons to benefit local charities or coach soccer to empower young women, we want to hear your story. You could win the grand prize of $500 cash or scholarship!

Show me the $:

Grand Prize: One winner, selected by YouthNoise from the top 250 highest scoring entries, will win $500 cash or scholarship.
Most Viral: One winner, selected by YouthNoise from the top 250 Most Viral entries, will win $500 cash or scholarship. Learn about Most Viral.
Sign-Up Sweepstakes: Five winners, who sign up to receive information from YouthNoise by filling out the form in the Campaign Highlights area of the “What Do You Play For?” campaign or that opt-in from the Submit Entry tab, will be randomly selected to win $100 cash or scholarship.

Special Katalyst SHOUTOUT to Trina Chiasson/YouthNoise Play City Blogger who provided the “headsup” for this great power of sport effort by our next generation of human catalysts and citizens. Thanks, Trina!

be heard!

March 20, 2009 | Comment
                                Marian Wright Edelman + Dr. Gary W. Harper + Trudee Abel-Peterson + Ernie Allen + Larry Wooldridge + Passion + Action = National Safe Place Community Catalysts and HEROES for Youth! Read more about these Heroes/Sheroes of NSP.
March 17, 2009 | 1 comment

Photog: Jesse Jordan/ Artist: Caitlin Beidler

National Safe Place/NSP is truly a catalyst in the movement to better the lives of young people in difficult situations. I had the opportunity to speak at the 2008 NSP Conference that coincided with the 25th anniversary -
the NSP team and leadership truly inspired me!

Check out more pics of the NSP Community Catalysts: NSP 2008 Conference

March 15, 2009 | 4 comments


Oh, a storm is threatning
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, Im gonna fade away

- excerpted from The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

This week is National Safe Place Week: March 16th, 2009 - March 22nd, 2009

The 2008 Senate Announcement…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2008
Senate Unanimously Approves Feinstein-Martinez Resolution to
Designate the Week of March 16 - 22 as “National Safe Place Week”

Washington, DC—The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) that designates the week of March 16-22, 2008 as “National Safe Place Week.”

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed program committed to protecting America’s youth for the past 25 years by making help readily accessible to those who might be abused, neglected, threatened or in immediate danger. More than 200,000 youth have received help at nearly 16,000 Safe Place sites or as a result of counseling by phone following Safe Place school education. This program is currently operated by 143 agencies serving 900 communities in 41 states, including in California.

“Today’s youth face growing pressures in their daily lives at school, at home, and in the community. That is why it is so important that the National Safe Place program provides thousands of young people with access to counselors, legal services, and emergency shelters—keeping them out of trouble and off of dangerous streets,”

Click HERE to read the entire press release

This week’s KCK blogposts will feature the work and success of National Safe Place. With pics from the 2008 NSP conference, video of the heroic efforts of NSP community leaders, and some of my personal reflections/thoughts about the necessity of a safe place for a young dreamer, I hope to raise your awareness of NSP’s work and role as a catalyst in the lives of young people.

National Safe Place truly does the “lonely work” (sometimes unglamorous but very necessary) needed to assist in safeguarding and protecting the welfare and dreams of our next generation of leaders. When young lives are thrust into difficult and unsafe situations, National Safe Place and their community partners give much needed shelter, guidance, and support.

I personally know how important a safe place can be for a child and the positive impact that place can have on a future - 711 Haverford Road, the Lane’s house, Preston Playground, school(s), and the public library were those places for me. So, it’s with great admiration and pride that I celebrate the work of National Safe Place this week!

Keep chasin’ and turnin’ dreams into a realityâ?¦