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Ben Affleck Named People’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Humanitarian

May 24, 2015

Ben Affleck was awarded the People’s Choice Award for favorite humanitarian at on Wednesday night’s award show.  This is the third annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens.  The live award show was aired on January 7th from the Nokia Theater L.A.

“We are so pleased to honor Ben with the 2015 People’s Choice Humanitarian Award,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This award has become an important part of our show. It highlights a different side of a celebrity and helps bring awareness to a cause that our audience can support.”

Affleck was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of the work he has done with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.

In 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative.  Investors include Howard Graham Buffett, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs and Cindy McCain. ECI supports “Africans finding solutions to African problems” by acting as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based organizations.  ECI, with two employees in the US and 12 in the Congo, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over 20 charities involved with supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation.  One ECI grantee, Green House, offers training and resources to Congolese farmers.

Charities & foundations Ben Affleck has supported


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NFL To Announce Walter Payton Man of the Year During Super Bowl XLIX

Jan 30, 2015 0

Admit the glitz and pageantry of Super Bowl XLIX, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook, would like to recognize the many charitable efforts of top NFL players.  These gentlemen, not only lead on the field of play, but they also lead the league in the game of life.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The NFL Man of the Year Award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999.

walter_paytonThe 2015 Finalists are Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Based on the selected by a distinguished Board which includes Connie Payton, the widow of the late Walter Payton AKA “Sweetness,” the finalists were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, all of whom receive a $5,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of their choice. The winner will receive a $50,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. The two additional finalists will receive $10,000 donations in their names from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

According to their website, Connie Payton states, “My husband started his foundation, The Walter Payton Foundation, in the hope of providing for the in-need and neglected children within the State of Illinois who found themselves part of the DCFS program. So that we, his family, could continue on with the integrity and dignity of the Payton name in caring for these children, we needed to create; the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Walter made the Payton name mean something special and we, his family, accept the challenge to make only good things happen in the Payton name.”


ABOUT TEAM SWEETNESS
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation is about helping abused, neglected & underprivileged children in the State of Illinois. We strive to help boost these children’s self-esteem and give them a reason to believe that tomorrow can be different….. That tomorrow can be better!

In addition to programs already in motion, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation continue to dream. New programs are being initiated to provide children and Veterans with the tools and the opportunities to live their lives with dignity and pride! The task ahead of us is a great challenge.

LEARN MORE AT www.Payton34.com


QUOTE BY WALTER PAYTON

“Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life. There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a completely different outcome in their life. What you hope is that you can get a kid to believe in something and to believe in themselves.”

// Walter Payton #34 //

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ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies At Age 49

Jan 4, 2015 0

After a long battle with cancer, The GoodNews Notebook extends its sympathy to the family of Stuart Scott, veteran ESPN Anchor. Stuart Scott, affectionately known as “Stu,” who passed away this Sunday morning at the age of 49. This vibrant TV personality that coined the term, BOO-YOW, stole our hearts in last year’s ESPY Award as he stated, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

We, at GNN, would like to capture the elements of his GoodLife that propelled him to success both on and off the set. We remember Stuart Scott as…

The African-American. ESPN knew enough to have sportscasters who represented 45 million Americans, not to mention 80 percent of the players in the NBA and 70 percent of those in the NFL. What we didn’t know, until Stuart got here, was how important it was to have someone who could relate to them.

“He was a trailblazer,” says ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, “not only because he was black — obviously black — but because of his style, his demeanor, his presentation. He did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves.”

“Yes, he brought hip-hop into the conversation,” says Harris, “but I would go further than that. He brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul, period.”

Some of his best moments on the air came when he adopted the persona of a preacher: “Can I get a witness from the congregation?!” And one of his best moments off the air came when a producer suggested he change a reference on his NBA show from Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, to something more universal, like Animal House.

“I have friends who have no idea what that movie is about,” Stuart told him. “That movie was made two decades ago, and black fraternities have been around since 1906.”

The Poet. “Listen to his lead-ins,” says Buccigross. “They’re thoughtful and precise, really well-constructed lead-ins to a news story or big game or moment.”

Yes, he would reference Tupac, but he also would quote Shakespeare: “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

And occasionally, he would bust out his own poetry, as he did for this jam on Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday on Feb. 17, 2013:

the best ever … a CLEVER phrase we OVERuse …
when mere greatness becomes our MUSE …
or artistic inspiration … but the real celebration
of “best ever” is an ENDEAVOR
into MORE than GREAT! WAIT …
didn’t you see the tongue wagging …shorts baggy …
practically DRAGGING teammates to 1-nc2a … 2-gold …
brotha I was sold when he won 6-NBA rings …
but the THING that makes “best ever” SING …
not scoring titles and-MVPs,
the double nickel that sliced the knicks at their knees …
the 63 he put on Bird … Larry Legend sayin’ PLEASE …
is that GOD?

The Father. “His girls mean everything to him,” says Harris. “I mean his girls mean everything to him. He would easily take Stuart Scott, dad, over Stuart Scott, ‘SportsCenter’ anchor.”

“He’s a great, great dad,” says Ramsey. “He just takes so much pride in the girls, and you can’t see him without him taking out his phone and showing you a video of Taelor or Sydni singing or dancing or playing soccer.”

Occasionally, Stuart would give a shout-out to Sydni’s soccer team, but that was easy compared to another commitment he made to his daughters. “His daughters and my daughters danced at the same studio,” says Anderson. “One year we went to their performance of ‘The Nutcracker.’ And here comes Uncle Drosselmeyer, and I thought, ‘That man looks a lot like Stuart Scott,’ and it was — he was there for his girls. I’ll never forget him coming out in this big cape, swooping in with his nutcracker, and he was great. I’m not sure the dance steps were up to Baryshnikov, but certainly the intentions were.”

Again, we honor the GoodLife and legacy of Stuart Scott. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.

Rest In Peace. Boo-Yow!


SOURCE: ESPN. http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/12118296/stuart-scott-espn-anchor-dies-age-49

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