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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Detroit business couple Roderick and Mablene Gillison advancing the kingdom as resourceful recovery coaches


Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


STANDING IN AGREEMENT 

GOD-ORDERED STEPS — Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.

Roderick loves his wife to the moon and back.

Mablene undoubtedly shares the same sentiments.

Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.
A native of Detroit, Roderick Gillison is a longtime real estate broker whom, along with his wife of 27 years, is state licensed recovery coach, whereby they are routinely afforded the golden opportunity to offer strategic support and assistance, particularly through helping people make the necessary recoveries that will ultimately prove beneficial to them.
Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol additions.

“A recovery coach is a person who has lived experiences and can identify with the peers he or she is serving,” Roderick Gillison told Making Headline News this week.

A venture that is powered by Roderick’s wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

“Recovery means to gain back what was lost,” Roderick Gillison said. We offer support, assistance in helping persons to make a recovery that will work for them.”

AND THE BIBLE SAYS…

Interestingly and to their distinctly unique credit, the Gillisons’ Christian-based venture has become a fixture for attracting and accommodating today’s youth — or these millennial.

“We are trying to show the young generation it’s not what you do, it’s why you do what you do,” said Roderick Gillison, who accepted his calling to engaging in ministerial work in 1995.

Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

“These are my pastors, whom I love dearly,” Roderick Gillison said. “They accepted me and my family in 1995 at the lowest times in my life when I was struggling and hurt, and with their love and prayers, they raised us up to be who we are today — overcomers in Christ.”

Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the dreaded wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol addictions.

RODERICK’S COVERING 

POWERFUL WORDS —– “Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

But God…Whom this devout man of faith had ultimately discovered would emerge as the Author and Finisher of his faith.

Talk about a dramatic comeback from after having endured a major and potentially life-threatening setback.

“I’m working in the field that I once fell victim to,” said Roderick Gillison, recalling his life-changing testimony for probably the umpteenth time, yet for all the right reasons.

Aside for the valiant support of his spiritually coverings, he has his wife to thank more than anything.

“My wife’s impact as a business partner is very special,” Roderick Gillison said. ‘Not only is she a wife, but first and foremost, she’s my friend. (The fact) we can achieve and love each other at the same time is mind blowing to me. Our marriage of 27 years is based upon (the Biblical passage) Amos 3:3, which reads: How can two walk together except they be agreed? She knows everything about me…how I think, how I’m feeling…man, she is definitely a gift from God. None of this would be possible without her.”

WE ALL IN — A venture that is powered by his wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

Of course, Mablene Gillison likewise has a few favorable pleasantries to pass along while assessing her husband’s immeasurable impact as a business partner.

“Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

With God, their Helper, steering the way.


For more information about Detroit-area business couple Roderick and Mablene Gillison, connect with them via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/roderickmablene.gillison. Also, send email to: rodg71@yahoo.com.


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Houston entrepreneur Lisa Woods making her presence felt as CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES LISA WOODS


Lisa Woods’ reputation is such that she undoubtedly is a woman of integrity.

This notion especially rings true in her notable entrepreneurship endeavors.

“What I love about my designs are the reactions I get from the people whom I design for,” Woods told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “When I see and hear the excitement, it let me know that I am fulfilling the vision.”

The vision to which Woods is alluding is the one that headlines her up-and-coming business venture as the owner and CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC.

MORE ON LISA WOODS’ INTEGRITY APPAREL, LLC: https://integ-app.com

CALLING ALL CELEBS — A newly-established Houston-based venture that is officially in full operations, Lisa Woods’ Integrity Apparel centered largely on birthing the vision of consumers, not to mention enabling the world to see what Woods deems the “integrity and character of all facets of the people,” most notably those she customarily showcases within her designs.

A newly-established Houston-based venture that is officially in full operations, Woods’ Integrity Apparel is centered largely on birthing the vision of consumers, not to mention enabling the world to see what Woods deems the “integrity and character of all facets of the people,” most notably those she customarily showcases within her designs.

A business that is steadily making a strong case to emerging as an internationally fixture much sooner than later, Woods doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s strategically devising ways to target and grasp the attention of high profile celebrities and celebrity athletes, etc.


“I have always been curious about what’s behind the athlete, the actor, the business mogul, the iconic figure, the neighborhood leader. So as I get to know the subject of my design, I am able to help the world see past the cover of what they see.” — Lisa Woods, CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC


To her credit, Woods’ uniquely-assembled apparel venture isn’t something she came up with on a moment’s notice. Much to her delight, this endeavor is something about which she has invested a great amount of time.

“I have been building and setting goals for years on a specific line of clothing,” said Woods, whose business caters to people of all ages, as well as various cultures and nationalities. “However, just recently, I have discovered a process through a great friend and designer who has inspired me to move forward with my dream.”

And moving forward with her business is exactly what she’s doing in this, an ever-so-competitive apparel industry.

MAKING MASSIVE HEADLINES — “What I love about my designs are the reactions I get from the people whom I design for,” Woods told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “When I see and hear the excitement, it let me know that I am fulfilling the vision.”

Not only is she moving forward in a relatively impressive fashion, but she’s steadily devising ways to set her brand apart from others similar to it.

“In everything I do, I wish to always inspire others, both young and older, to follow their dreams and fulfill their goals,” said Woods, a native of Athens, Texas whose entrepreneurship tenure spans more than two decades. “We are all born to fulfill a destiny, but we must all take that first step to greatness and success.”

Fortunately for Woods, a graduate of Sunset High School’s Class of 1979, her immeasurable business-related mechanics have greatly given way to her walking diligently in her destiny.

That, to her credit, is no surprise, considering she is widely regarded as a woman of integrity.

PUTTING IN WORK — To her credit, Woods’ uniquely-assembled apparel venture isn’t something she came up with on a moment’s notice. Much to her delight, this endeavor is something about which she has invested a great amount of time.

“My personal goal in delivering such designs is to be a catalyst of expression for the world,” said Woods, a University of North Texas alum. “I am proud to showcase my business that I love.”

And not just showcase it. But rather she’s proud to share it on a worldwide display, accompanied by an array of integrity.

“But on a larger scale,” she said, “my dream and goal of helping others live a better life and find hope and promise is indeed the gift. I have been given (a great opportunity) to be a part of such a phenomenal humanitarian platform.”One that is steadily making a strong case to emerging as an internationally fixture.

Much sooner than later.

For more information Houston-area Businesswoman Lisa Woods, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Lisa Woods. Also, connect with her at: https://integ-app.com.


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Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. looking to add Slam Dunk champion to his banner rookie season

DALLAS — Approximately 90 minutes prior to the Dallas Mavericks’ final game before the All-Star break on Tuesday, Mavs point guard Dennis Smith Jr. sat in front of his locker, trying all he could to keep from basking in the glory of the moment.

Too late.

AIR DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will compete in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part the NBA All-Star festivities Saturday Night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. The former North Carolina State star is the third player in Mavs history to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. (Photo by Lecka/Getty Images North America)

That’s because Dallas’ prized rookie was a couple of days away from showcasing his skills on the NBA’s most celebrated and star-studded stage.

A former North Carolina State star, Smith Jr. will compete in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part the NBA All-Star Game festivities Saturday Night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

An event that will precede the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the JBL Three-Point Contest, Smith Jr. is the third player in Mavs history to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, joining Tony Dumas and Michael Finley.

Finley, who played for Dallas from 1996-2005, finished third at the event held in Cleveland in 1997. Dumas, whose four NBA seasons were spent mostly with Dallas from 1994 to 1996, failed to advance past the first round of the 1995 competition held in Phoenix.

The 67th Annual All-Star Game is Sunday at 7 p.m. CST on TNT and will feature Team Stephen versus Team LeBron.

For the 20-year-old Smith Jr., whose 48-inch vertical leap during a pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer reportedly tied an NBA record, if things go his way Saturday night, the possibility exist that he will emerge as the Slam Dunk champion.

According to odds makers, while labeling this year’s competition as an open race, they predict the winner of this year’s event will likely come to down to Smith Jr. and newly-acquired Cleveland power forward Larry Nance Jr., with the 6-foot-3 Smith edging out Nance in the finals.

Joining Smith Jr. in the Slam Dunk competition are fellow rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, the field’s only All-Star, and Nance Jr., a second-generation dunk contest participant, whose father won the contest in 1984.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said that Smith Jr. appearing on the league’s grandest stage this weekend for the All-Star festivities is testament of the solid work he’s put it prior to entering the NBA as the No. 9 overall pick last June.

“I’m humbled by it,” Smith Jr., during an interview with Making Headline News, said of being selected to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. “It’s a blessing to be there. You know, you work hard and dream about things like that and, finally, it’s a great honor for me. It’s a blessing.”

Though Mavs coach Rick Carlisle earlier this week was complementary of his star rookie being selected for a chance to become the first slam dunk champion in team history, he also took the time to pass along to the team’s second-leading scorer some pertinent advice that was comprised of just two words.

“Be safe,” Carlisle said.

Aside from joining arguably the NBA’s finest players this weekend in Los Angeles, where he will also compete for the U.S. Team in the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game Friday night, Smith Jr. described participating in the Slam Dunk Contest as a “dream come true,” considering he’s spent years watching YouTube footage of Michael Jordan and a host of other electrifying dunkers.

“I like Vince (Sacramento Kings veteran Carter), T-Mac (Tracy McGrady), Jordan,” Smith Jr. said. “You know, there’s a couple of others…Steve Francis. And Penny (Hardaway). That’s my dawg, but I’m not going to throw him in (on the list).”

According to odds makers, while labeling this year’s competition as an open race, they predict the winner of this year’s event will likely come to down to Smith Jr. and newly-acquired Cleveland power forward Larry Nance Jr., with the 6-foot-3 Smith Jr. edging out Nance in the finals. (Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

For what it’s worth, Carlisle said that Smith Jr. appearing on the league’s grandest stage this weekend is a testament of the solid work he’s put in prior to entering the NBA as the No. 9 overall pick last June.

“I want him to learn from it,” Carlisle said. “He’s hard to guard and he gets his teammates involved. You know, I love the way he’s being an aggressive scorer with the awareness of putting his teammates in position to score. From the perspective of how he understood the game even before coming to the NBA to where he is now, you know, he’s made tremendous strides there.”

If things go his way Saturday night, the Mavs’ prized newcomer will add yet another notable accolade to what is already a memorable rookie campaign.

What: Verizon Slam Dunk
When: Saturday, Feb. 17 | 8 p.m. ET  (3rd Event)
TV: TNT 
Where: STAPLES Center

 

Andre Johnson is the Founder/Publisher And Editor In Chief 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. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Organizers of North Carolina nonprofit organization pleading with Stephen Curry, other athletes to help eliminate homelessness amongst military veterans

Surely, one can say this about Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely:

They both undoubtedly and routinely display a compassionate heart for people, most notably military members and veterans.

WAY TA GO, Y’ALL — It is, by all accounts, through Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers. A North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

Consider, for instance, how upon having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management — with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology expected to be acquired someone in Spring 2018 — Archibald deemed it essential to combine her personal and professional experience and place them on a unique platform as a way to exemplify support of veterans — or what she appropriately labels a unique perspective and creative approach which, in essence, are geared largely on focusing on people as they work through the process rather than forcing the process on people.

It is, by all accounts, through Archibald and Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers.

A China Grove, North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

“Our vision is to provide a seamless learning experience for veterans as they navigate the often frustrating and overwhelming benefits channel in order to determine eligibility regarding their earned benefits,” said a spokesperson for AVWA. “If you know someone who is no longer active in the United States Military and wonder whether or not they are receiving all to which they are entitled, then Active Veterans With Answers will help those veterans determine the answers to this question and more.”

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

This, as a result, practically sums up why a credible 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization such as AVWA is absolutely essential.

“(I love that fact that we’re) being able to provide informational services and guidance for our veterans, family members, caregivers and survivors,” said Neely, when asked what’s she appreciates mostly about AVWA.

To Neely and Archibald’s credit, young Virginia businessman Christian Graves and two-time NBA champion and league MVP  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have chimed in mightily as it pertains to aiding America’s beloved veterans.

For starters, Graves, the young mastermind behind Youth Activist and Author Christian Samir Graves, has joined forces with Active Veterans With Answers to give back to a host of veterans organizations in the greater Hampton Roads, Virginia-area.

In addition, Graves and AVWA are challenging the community to save their dimes in a two liter soda bottle — which can hold up to $700 — and turn all donations in to a nearby TowneBank.

Graves, Neely, Archibald, and others recently held a community-wide reception held to present funds to seven area service organizations who are known for assisting in housing homeless Veterans.

The DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign has been extended to assist other organizations that help homeless veterans annually, Archibald said.

MORE ON DIMES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS CAMPAIGN: https://dimes4homelessvets.com/

AMERICA’S BALLER — Two-time NBA champion and league MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

Curry, on the other hand, drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

STEPHEN CURRY’S COMMENTARY: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/stephen-curry-veterans-day/

“When someone tells me that my stances, or athlete stances in general, are “disrespecting the military” — which has become a popular thing to accuse peaceful protestors of — it’s something that I’m going to take very, very seriously. One of the beliefs that I hold most dear is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops. I know how fortunate I am to live in this country, and to do what I do for a living, and to raise my daughters in peace and prosperity. But I also hear from plenty of people who don’t have it nearly as good as I do. Plenty of people who are genuinely struggling in this country. Especially our veterans,” Curry wrote.

WELL-DESERVED HONOR — Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program. A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

All things considered, Archibald, Neely, and Graves are hopeful Curry, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, would continue to speak out on his tireless support of veterans and, most of all, encourage other professional athletes to follow suit.

Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program.

A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

As for Active Veterans With Answers partnering with Graves and his organization, it is the kind of unity that Archibald and Neely fully welcome.

Graves’ parents are both veterans.

“We appreciate the fact that Stephen (Curry) wants to know about what veterans have been enduring for so long,” Archibald said. “Unemployment, mental health issues, racial inequality and homelessness have plagued the veteran community for decades, and we are asking for Stephen and any other NBA players to use their status to help Active Veterans with Answers and DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign Founder Christian Graves facilitate an environment that both educates our Nations’ Veterans and assists in eradicating homelessness once and for all.”

 

 

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