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Former Arena Football star Johnny Loper a candidate in seven categories in DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017

There’s no other way to put it.

Johnny Loper has always been a team player.

AND THE WINNER IS — A native of Waynesboro, Mississippi and the owner of Jay Lo Fitness in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Johnny Loper’s notable entrepreneurship resume appropriately found its way on a much larger platform, considering he has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories in the upcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017” awards ceremony. A former Arena Football League star, Loper is pictured with his wife, Weslynne Loper.

Surely, he was a team player during his football playing days, most notably for Wayne County High, South Carolina State University, as well as during his stellar career in the Arena Football League.

To his distinctly unique credit, even after calling it a playing career, Loper has gone to great lengths to demonstrate the proverbial team player concept, especially as a thriving, progressive entrepreneur.

A native of Waynesboro, Mississippi and the owner of Jay Lo Fitness in Southaven, Mississippi, Loper’s notable entrepreneurship resume appropriately found its way on a much larger platform, considering he has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories in the upcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017” awards ceremony.

Voting for nominees began on December 11 and runs through January 11, 2018.

A competition that is comprised of approximately 200 categories, voters will be allowed to cast their ballots on an assortment of categories, most notably their favorites in food and drink, automotive, shopping, services, community, health, and beauty and fitness, among others. The votes will determine the best of the best in DeSoto County, the third-most populous county in Mississippi with a population of 161,252, according to the latest U. S. census.

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For Loper, 41, a fitness guru whose experience spans more than 20 years, he has been named a nominee in seven categories: Best Gym And Fitness Center, Best Place To Sweat, Best Personal Trainer, Best Zumba Class, Best Yoga Class (DwiPada Yoga), Best Spin Class, and Best Facebook Page.

ALL AMERICAN BUSINESS OWNER — For Loper, 41, a fitness guru whose experience spans more than 20 years, he has been named a nominee in seven categories: Best Gym And Fitness Center, Best Place To Sweat, Best Personal Trainer, Best Zumba Class, Best Yoga Class (DwiPada Yoga), Best Spin Class, and Best Facebook Page.

“This is not about me at all,” Loper, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said when asked what’s so intriguing about his latest array of honors. “This is totally about the team of people that trust us to keep them inspired while keeping the gift of health affordable. I’m praying that the recognition we receive for being champions for our community inspire others to go after their passion with a purpose drive mindset.”

Located at 1310B Goodman Road Southaven, Mississippi, Jay Lo Fitness is widely known as a brand that demonstrates love, unity, diversity, opportunity and hope, Loper explained.

In addition, its fitness and nutrition entities are deemed a “small fraction” for what Jay Lo Fitness stands for. Interestingly, Loper’s venture offers fitness, nutrition, youth sports training, Zumba and dance, spin, yoga and motivational speaking seminars.

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All things considered, Loper doesn’t away from the notion that his business would not have enjoyed sustained success if not for the valiant, unyielding support of his wife and featured team player, Weslynne Loper.

The couple has two children, both of whom are student athletes (Seven-year-old JT Loper and five-year-old Jalynne Loper).

“My wife’s support has been everything to our success,” Johnny Loper said. “This process has not been easy, and there have been a lot of sleepless nights. Our faith never wavered, and (it means a lot) to hear her say, ‘Just keep going, Johnny… ‘Do you believe in what you doing Johnny? Well Just Keep Going.’”

Long before he became an entrepreneurial success, Loper was a multi-sport athlete at Wayne County High, most notably in football, which ultimately led to him signing a National Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina State.

MAD SKILLS — Long before he became an entrepreneurial success, Loper was a multi-sport athlete at Wayne County High, most notably in football, which ultimately led to him signing a National Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina State University.

His collegiate stint was highlighted by him earning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All Conference honors as a kick and punt returner, as well as being named the team’s Most Valuable Player for his position three times.

For what it’s worth, Loper emphasized that his past athletic success, in some aspects, has brought about a solid competitive drive, or sorts, as a longtime and accomplished business owner.

“Being competitive in sports is a lot different than being competitive in business,” Loper said. “In my sports, it was just using my talents and gifts that I was given in order to get to a certain point in my life. In my business, it’s all about now fulfilling my purpose in life and that’s to serve and inspire others.

RETURNING THE FAVOR — To his credit, Loper not only has inspired countless individuals with whom he has crossed paths through his business but, for his immeasurable efforts, it seem they are destined to extend to him a vote of thanks — by way of the forthcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017.”

To his credit, Loper not only has inspired countless individuals with whom he has crossed paths through his business but, for his immeasurable efforts, it seems they are destined to extend to him a vote of thanks — by way of the forthcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017.”

“Being a leader in this community, it’s very important that we keep doing what we are doing, because the importance of fitness is being lost with the ‘I’ mentality,” said Loper, who has business-related event scheduled in Jackson, Mississippi on January 13. “With the help of social media, there are so many fitness experts, motivational speakers, and look at me…I’m fit (for those) type of trainers. I feel that the people that struggle with weight loss, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and comparison, leave most people feeling like failures. Therefore this person would rather not even try, because no one likes to feel defeated.”

By and large, through Jay Lo Fitness, everyone wins, Loper acknowledged.

“What I’m most grateful about today are all the people that have allowed me to continue building Jay Lo Fitness while at the same time being a husband and a hands-on dad with my kids,” Loper said.

Yep, there’s no other way to put it.

Johnny Loper has always been a team player.

 

JOHNNY LOPER’S NOTABLE ACCOLADES 

Published Author of book,  “Fired Up, Ready To Go”

Nike Contract for Eight Years

Featured as Memphis’ Fox 13 and News Channel 3 Fitness Expert (2005- through 2013)

Member of Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speaker for Desoto County Business Women’s Association (two years in a row)

AdvoCare’s Rising Star Award

Four-time winner of Desoto County  Best “Personal Trainer Award”

Producer of Jay Lo Fitness Express Workout DVD

Starred in Advocare Nutrition Can U 24 Workout DVD

Pinnacle Professional Member in Who’s Who in Health And Wellness

Featured in New York ICE Magazine as one of the top Fitness Professionals in America

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

National Arena League player Glen Rowell making favorable impressions, aiming to generate looks from NFL scouts

PRAYERS BEING ANSWERED — Besides exemplifying a wealth of faith in his Creator, Glen Rowell, like many NFL hopefuls who are aiming to cash in on the big leagues, has hired an agent, a development that has contributed mightily to his being afforded the opportunity to put his football skills on display in the minor leagues. A former Kentucky Christian University standout, the 26-year-old Rowell in 2015 signed with Bloomington Edge of the Champions Indoor Football before ultimately accepting an invitation to join Tri-Town the following year. So far, he’s auditioned for two National Arena League teams with another one scheduled for late October.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell is.

Take, for instance, how just before midday on Monday, Rowell, a minor league football player who last played for the Tri-Town Titans of the Midwest Professional Indoor Football league, staged to his Facebook page an informative pie graph that featured the percentage of individuals who wound finding their way onto a National Football League roster.

Surprisingly, the largest piece of the graph cited that 39 percent of undrafted free agents end earning a spot on an NFL 53-man roster.

A pretty galvanizing discovery for the 26-year-old Rowell, who’s steadfastly clinging to lofty aspirations of auditioning for an NFL team down the road — hopefully much sooner than later.

“I think I have a good chance (of auditioning for an NFL team) because I got God on my side,” Rowell, a Danville, Illinois native, told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

Besides exemplifying a wealth of faith in his Creator, Rowell, like many NFL hopefuls who are aiming to cash in on the big leagues, has hired an agent, a development that has contributed mightily to him being afforded the golden opportunity to put his football skills on display in the minor leagues.

A former Kentucky Christian University standout, Rowell in 2015 signed with the Bloomington Edge of the Champions Indoor Football League before ultimately accepting an invitation to join Tri-Town the following year.

However, it wasn’t until January 25 of this year that Rowell made his professional debut.

HE’S BEING WATCHED — Rowell was invited to work out for both the Columbus Lions and the Lehigh Steelhawks of the National Arena League. As if that’s not enough to turn heads, he is scheduled to audition for the NAL’s Jacksonville Sharks in late October.

Given the developments that followed, it’s safe to assume that he essentially made the most of that monumental opportunity.

That’s because just recently, Rowell was invited to work out for both the Columbus Lions and the Lehigh Steelhawks of the National Arena League. As if that’s not enough to turn heads, he is scheduled to audition for the NAL’s Jacksonville Sharks in late October.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell, a middle school teacher assistant who knows full well he’s been thrust in a favorable situation, considering it appears that pro scouts have him under their radar.

HOLDING HIS OWN — During his stint with Tri-Town, Rowell, a former NAIA All-American for Kentucky Christian, was as good as advertised. In a career-best five professional appearances, the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, and batted down 15 passes.

“I just signed with an NFL/CFL (type of) agent that really believes in me and my hard work and playing ability,” Rowell said. “All I have to do is keep training hard, stay focused, and stay ready for any opportunity.”

During his stint with Tri-Town, Rowell, a former NAIA All-American for Kentucky Christian, was as good as advertised. While making a career-best five professional appearances, the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, and batted down 15 passes.

To his credit, 10 of his tackles ended in loss yardage and two safeties.

A pretty versatile guy, that Glen Rowell is.

HEAD OF THE CLASS — A middle school teacher assistant, Rowell who knows full well he’s been thrust in a favorable situation, considering it appears that pro scouts have him under their radar.

“My latest tryout went great,” Rowell said of his August 26 invite to Columbus. They invited me to mini-camp. I got a lot of good feedback. They like my hustle, work ethic, and explosiveness and grind to never give up when I make mistakes. They like how I move athletically and fly around and how I catch the ball for a linebacker.”

For what it’s worth, that he’s being afforded the exposure of playing at the professional level is priceless, Rowell said. Still, he stressed, among other things, that now is not the time to delve off into cruise control.

Especially considering the NFL is his prized destination.

“The many ways that playing professionally has helped me is by being a motivation to others in my community, to (inspire them to) go back to school and reach for their dreams and to never to give up no matter what the situation is,” Rowell, last year’s MPIF runner-up for Defensive Player of  The Year, said. “What’s special about my pro career is that I get to showcase my mobility and versatility to scouts.”

All of which practically sums up why this NFL hopeful deemed it essential to stage that intriguing pie graph to his Facebook page just before midday on Monday.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell is.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Former Memphis Overton High football player Christopher Patterson savoring brand new start with GSFL’s Mississippi Brawlers

 

FINISHING THE FIGHT — Former Memphis Overton High football standout Christopher Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee last year.
Months after an injury that sidelined him for approximately eight months, Patterson suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a youth athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him. Patterson currently plays minor league ball for the Mississippi Brawler of the GSFL.

As far as life goes, it is not what happens to us that defines us.

Rather, it is how we respond in the wake of what happens to us that greatly defines — and redefines — us, especially adversity.

Surely, Christopher Patterson, Jr. can attest mightily to this notion.

Take, for instance, how the 19-year-old Patterson, a former Memphis Overton High football standout, responded after sustaining a devastating ACL tear a little more than a year ago while attending a camp nearby at Itawamba Mississippi Community College.

STARTING OVER — The Mississippi Brawler is a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).
According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport. In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, team that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

“During the eight-month recovering period, my love for the game grew stronger,” Patterson told Making Headline News this week.

That’s because Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his notable prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee.

HE’S BAAAACK — Patterson said such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.
And then, of course, the quality of athlete with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects.

Months later, he suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a young athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are still well ahead of him.

“One day after a workout, I received a call from my cousin who referred me to Jamerson Jones,” Patterson explained.

Jamerson, as Patterson found discovered during that phone call, is the owner of the Mississippi Brawlers, a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).

According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport.

In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, teams that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As Patterson explained, it was Jones who aided him mightily with regards to providing him with the golden opportunity to resume his playing career.

“He told me about the organization and I went to the tryouts and made the team,” Patterson said.

MOTHERLY LOVE — All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a larger athletic platform.
“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile.”

From there, one favorable thing led to another for a young athlete who contends he’s got so much more to prove.

According to Patterson, such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.

And then, of course, the quality of athletes with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects, he acknowledged.

“This team is special to me because it’s more than a team, it’s a brotherhood,” Christopher Patterson said. “And with all of the tragedies going on in the world, it’s always going to be special to me seeing all races come together and get alone.”

All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a much larger platform.

“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile. This exposure will benefit my son in a miraculous way. I feel that God will begin to open doors like crazy.”

UNBOTHERED — As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

The primary objective in the meantime, at least according to Christopher Patterson, is to learn all he can while he can.

You know, to never stop brawling as he steadfastly continues to audition on the stage in the very sport he’s come to adore.

So much a blown out knee.

“Playing for this team creates exposure, because not only is it a nonprofit organization, but after this season is over with, if you have good film, you could go play in college, the CFL, the AFL, or the NFL,” Christopher Patterson said.

All while responding to adversity the right way.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.