By Rebecca S. Jones

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

HOUSTON – In an excerpt retrieved from Youth Baseball and Life Lessons written by Coach Jon, he explains the varying ways the sport may empower and teach young people vital life skills.

Values such as learning baseball and life isn’t always fair, how to deal with failure and adversity, follow directions, handle success; and knowing how to be a positive team player and leader, are just a few of the things baseball can teach youngsters.

Having had exceptional mentors growing up in Acreage Homes, Mr. Larry T. Davis personally knows the benefits of mentorship. As such, Davis is the President of the Lincoln Park Rays Little League Baseball Youth Organization.

In 2009, Davis and a group of volunteers from the community established a youth baseball program in partnership with the City of Houston Parks Department and Harris County Precinct 1. The program is based at Lincoln Park Community Center located at 979 Grenshaw, Houston, 77088. It is free to the public and open to children ages 4-16.

The program was designed to use baseball as a tool to mentor area youth. Since inception, the Center has provided a safe and rewarding facility for the youth and volunteers to engage with one another. Annually, 25-30 volunteers assist with the program, which sponsors of over 100 children. Volunteers are not just limited to serving the baseball youth program; they assist the leadership team of Lincoln Park and its’ personnel in the Center’s after-school and summer programs and consistently work in any other areas needed.

The Lincoln Park Rays Little League Baseball Youth Program recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary by hosting a banquet. Officers of the program include: Elder Reuben Rice, Vice President; Janice Crawford, Secretary/Treasury and Lewis Crawford, Sergeant at Arms.

The organization’s goal is to “help youth acquire the necessary physical, mental, spiritual and educational skills needed to guide them to a productive future; by striving for excellence with grace and honor.” The year-round project teaches children how to play baseball and softball through its Grand Slam for Youth Baseball and Jr. R.B.I. programs, sponsored by the Houston Astros Foundation and Minute Maid Park.

When asked about the type of impact the organization has had on the community, the President explained how working with park officials has helped to strengthen the community and build closer family relationships.

He said, “Our presence at Lincoln Park has led to more participation of parents and youth at the park; the park has become a safe environment which offers quality programs for both parents and kids to participate in.”

Davis, who is a retired veteran and postal worker has over 50-years of experience in mentoring youth. He says, “The development of our youth is very important, and baseball is a good sport to teach kids life skills; because it teaches you how to think and use that and teach them different ways to approach a situation.” He continued, “The kids appreciate what we do, and we always try to use the mentorship approach – a little sternness and a whole lot of love.”

The Lincoln Park Rays Baseball Youth Organization is always looking for volunteers and participants. To learn more about how to get involved stop by Lincoln Park Community Center and pick up a form. For more information about the program, you may also contact Larry Davis (281) 537-0964 or Janice Crawford (832) 533-4110.

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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