Majority of Americans have the ability to hear and to see but how about if you didn’t have those abilities? Would you be able to do the things that you do now? In the sports world, the answer now is, YES!
Much like America’s favorite pastime, Baseball, Beep Baseball is for the visually and hearing impaired all around the world.
In the recent week, Rochester was fortunate to host the 2015 NBBA World Series of Beep Baseball. Twenty-four teams from around the U.S., Canada and Taiwan are playing in this series.
In total, there are more than 500 men and women playing for a championship and the idea of inspiring others.
Beep Baseball, of course, is played a little different. For instance there are only two bases instead of three, first and third, and you have four strikes instead of three. The pitcher, and the catcher are all on the same team as the hitter. The pitcher is usually their coach or a person that is not visually impaired.
The manager of the Red Wings Beep Baseball team stated, “I was bad enough when I played little league and baseball and high school that I could see, but with a blindfold, it gives you a new sense of respect for all of these players.”
These individuals are always looked at with pity because they assume they don’t have a job and can’t do a lot of things but to everybody’s misjudgment they are typical people living typical lives with some even excelling.
They are today’s inspiration.
Ever imagine life growing up without hands or feet? It is hard to imagine right? There is no way you can do everything a normal individual can do. It’s heartbreaking.
Luckily for Zion Harvey, those restricted days are finally over!
Zion Harvey, 8 years old from Maryland, is the first child in history to receive a double hand implant
When Zion was 2 years old he developed an infection which caused him to develop gangrene and the doctors were forced to amputate his extremities.
After looking at Zion you would not expect that he spent a majority of his early childhood without hands or feet. He is a very outgoing young boy who smiles all the time.
During an interview his mother Pattie Ray stated “I see my son in the light I haven’t seen him in five years,” she said. “It was like having a newborn. It was a very joyous moment for me. I was happy for him.”
A team of 40 doctors and nurses worked 10 hours to replenish Zion with his lost extremities.
They released this statement regarding the surgery.
During the surgery, the hands and forearms from the donor were attached by connecting bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin. The surgical team was divided into four, simultaneous operating teams, two focused on the donor limbs, and two focused on the recipient. First, the forearm bones, the radius and ulna, were connected with steel plates and screws. Next, microvascular surgical techniques were used to connect the arteries and veins. Once blood flow was established through the re-connected blood vessels, surgeons individually repaired and rejoined each muscle and tendon. Surgeons then reattached nerves and then closed the surgical sites.
Zion stated that he can’t wait to hold his sister and wants to play the guitar, football and become a doctor after his healing process.
In the words of Zion:
I’m the same person who I still used to be, but with some cool new hands.
As the month of July dwindles down the month of August is coming into focus. What does that mean for individuals ages 17 and up? College classes are soon to begin.
Whether you’re going into your first year of college or merely returning, college brings about many emotions of Americans today.
- COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE PERIOD
- DO NOT PANIC BUT AT A POINT IN TIME YOU WILL FEEL BROKE!
- There are many job opportunities that schoolS offers such as employment work study
- Work study is a financial aid program and in accordance to the amount of aid you receive the school will allow you to make a certain amount of “X” dollars to pocket or help pay for your school
- Ex: Gym Attendant, Library Worker, Mail Sorter, Desk Assistant and etc.
- FIRST YEAR STUDENT: *Hint Hint* Graduation parties bring in a lot of money so you can buy everything you need for school
- Make as much as you can in the summer, WORK, WORK, WORK
- Before you go to school, make sure everything is A OK with your housing assignment
- Talk to your roommate via email or Facebook
- Your schedule should be made but check out your school academic calendar for class drop dates and withdrawals
- Shop for your books before you get to school and you are left in class with no books
- DO NOT STRESS! THERE ARE PEOPLE TO HELP YOU THROUGHOUT.
- Don’t worry. Go in being yourself and they will come
- COLLEGES DO MAKE MISTAKES
- Arrange room decisions and split room expenses *SAVES MONEY*
- Ex: Professors, Counselors, Advisors, R.A., and etc.
College is full of experiences, it is up to you to live it up and work hard to become who you truly want to be. The countdown starts NOW!
Drake has released his second diss track to Meek Mill called “Back to Back” and straight bodied him. Ended his whole career! Meek better stop tweetin’ and get to writing cause it’s not looking good for him haha. Click “Continue reading” to listen to the career ending diss track.
My favorite lines: “You love her, then you gotta give the world to her
Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?
I know that you gotta be a thug for her
This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more
Yeah, trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers
Yeah, you gettin’ bodied by a singin’ ni**a
I’m not the type of ni**a that’ll type to ni**as
And shout-out to all my boss b*tches wife-in ni**as”
If only our society valued education as it does athletics.
The video for Janet Jackson’s No Sleep featuring J Cole dropped on the 24th. I like the song but I don’t love it. It’s a little too slow for me but it’ll be a nice song to have playing in the background while I complete my homework this semester. It has a nice old school R&B vibe to it though. I was hoping the video would make me fall in love with the song but I guess I was asking for too much.
The video is a little too bizarre for me. I didn’t understand why she had pictures of herself when she was little projected on the wall when she’s talking about keeping someone up all night. I also didn’t get the whole magnifying glass thing. It was just odd to me.
Janet looks and sounds amazing though. She made sure to add her coined giggle during J Coles verse. He was a good pick for the song, I think. His flow matched the vibe of the record well and his verse was solid. I did like effect they used on him in the video! Seeing 6 J Coles… a girl can only dream.
Overall, I’m excited Janet’s back & I cant wait to see what else she’ll be releasing in the coming months.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late music legend Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died on July 26, surrounded by her family, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was 22.
“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in statement to ET. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
This new Nature Valley commercial is super powerful. It shows the disconnection between children and generations.
After watching and listening to the commercial it led me to this one question. How do we adjust to all of technological advancements as a society, and as humans so we don’t lose our connection with each other?