Dylan Campbell gets drafted to the Los Angeles Dodgers

University of Austin Baseball Star Dylan Campbell was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the 136th overall pick as their next Major League Baseball Rookie. Texas has had at least one player selected in every MLB Draft, first held in 1965. This year Campbell was a superstar outfielder who hit .339 with 13 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a team-high 65 runs scored. He also went 26-for-29 on his attempted steals.

During the season, Campbell accomplished the amazing feat of stringing together a 38-game hitting streak, a school and Big 12 record. Campbell has college eligibility left and will have until later this summer to decide whether to return to school or sign with the teams that drafted him. The assigned value for the 136th pick’s signing bonus is $473,700.

Dylan is an extraordinary athlete who has worked hard to achieve this fantastic goal. Still, he quickly acknowledges the support of his parents Andrea Odom, Co-Founder at Odom Group Consulting, and his father, Palomar Investment Group LLC Executive Vice President & COO and former Texas Southern University Baseball Star, Donovan Campbell, along with his extended family and friends. The Braves drafted Campbell’s father, Donovan, in the 22nd round in 1998. His parents, family, and close friends have been with Dylan since his little league years cheering him on and supporting him through this journey. They were all together on Monday to celebrate this momentous accomplishment.  Everyone is so proud of Dylan and excited for his bright future.

Afram News asked Dylan Campbell’s Mom, Andrea Odom the following questions:
How does it feel to see your son accomplish his wildest dreams at 21? 
“It’s still very surreal, but it actually is a dream come true for not only him, but for our family. It’s been a true family sacrifice and for years we have had to miss social and family obligations, traveling all over the country to support Dylan playing baseball. I am so excited for what’s next as we watch him work even harder as he prepares for the next chapter.”
How do you plan to help Dylan navigate these next steps? 
“Just being there for support as we have done for the past several years. I am very fortunate because Dylan is extremely grounded and independent, so I am at the crossroads as a parent where he doesn’t need me to help navigate these next steps, and that’s a great feeling because you know that you’ve done all that you needed to to prepare him for this moment. Off the field, I will continue to help manage and develop his brand.  He is a true example of an African-American-born baseball player, and that has become a rare breed. So we will find ways to continue to reach and inspire young African-American boys to continue to encourage them to play the game.”
 Afram News asked Dylan Campbell the following questions:
What advice would you want to share with aspiring professional athletes?
“I say you have to just gotta out work the man next to you and be better than the best player.”
What has your family and community support meant to you throughout your baseball journey?
“It has meant the world to me. It has motivated me to keep going throughout college and high school. Seeing the work they put in for me made it easy for me to go out there to be myself and play.”

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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