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Caitlyn Jenner Receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

posted by Angela Guzman
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The 2015 ESPY Awards recognized Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The award is a sports-oriented award, but is not limited to sports-related people or actions, that recognizes individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Figures like Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Pat Summitt, and Robin Roberts have received this award in previous years.

Jenner recently announced to the world that she resonates as a transgender individual. Unannounced to the media and even family members, Jenner has struggled with identity issues for her entire life. At the age of 65, Jenner has finally decided to go public with her transformation and the truth that she has been living with for so many years. The ESPY’s recognized Jenner’s struggles and the bravery that it has taken to be so honest with the world.

Jenner is known as the only American to win gold in the Olympics for the Decathlon. Now Jenner is embarking on a new journey to help others who struggle with gender identity issues and most importantly to assist the world in accepting these differences that make everyone unique.

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So Long, FAO Schwarz

posted by Corine Gatti

 

FAO Schwarz was once the most prestigious toy store in the nation will close its flagship store July, 15 on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.  Many of us remember the store from the film “Big” and then only dreamed of jumping on elephant-sized key boards to play “Chopsticks,” buying a life-sized giraffe, or a $1,500 Jeweled Classic Etch-A-Sketch. FAO Schwarz was founded in 1862, and is the oldest toy store in the US. By 1870 the German immigrant opened at NYC location named “Schwarz Toy Bazaar” on Broadway, and moved 10 years later to 14th Street in Union Square. By 1931, the store was moved to 745 Fifth Avenue for 55 years, and landed in its current location in the General Motors Building in 1986 after changes in ownership. The Schwarz family sold their shares in the company in 1963.

Toys “R” Us purchased the flagship store in 2009, and reported the iconic store was closing down due to higher rental costs in New York City. They are currently looking for another location, possibly in midtown before 2016.

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Get Ready, ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ Is Coming And It Will Take You By Storm

posted by lwhite

The follow-up to the blockbuster faith film God’s Not Dead is wrapping up production this week and just as it took the world by surprise following its initial release, the sequel will do the same.

Scheduled to be released in theaters this Spring, God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive, takes audiences back to Hope Springs, Arkansas home not only of Hadleigh University, but also of Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher of the year Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) helps students understand and enjoy history while. Grace’s love of teaching, her love of life, and her love of people all come from the same place: her love of Christ. But when a student asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s answer lands her in big trouble, with a student (Hayley
Orrantia) who holds firmly to the idea of “separation of church and state” challenging everything she stands for. What happens next could cost her not only her career, but also expel God from the classroom…for good.

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Melissa Joan Hart stars as a Christian high school teacher who fights for her right to answer a student’s question about Jesus in class, and Jesse Metcalfe co-stars as her sympathetic and charismatic lawyer, in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2: HE’S SURELY ALIVE, the sequel to last year’s surprise hit film, set for release in Spring 2016.

Just like the first, God’s Not Dead 2 will leave you standing unashamedly and firmly in your faith. Make sure to watch see this blockbuster when it hits theaters Easter 2016. You don’t want to miss it!

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How One Basketball Player is Dreaming Again

posted by Corine Gatti

Isaiah Austin was a Baylor basketball standout  who was primed for the 2014 NBA Draft, until he was sidelined with a rare disease. His book Dream Again shares his story of faith and his courage to dream again.

What does it mean to you to dream again?

IA: To me it means to takes life’s challenges and run with them. Though your plans may not turn out the way you want them to you can still use those obstacles to strengthen yourself to be able to find a new passion in something else. God has a Plan for everyone trust it and you’ll go as far as you can imagine in life.

dream-again-9781501107399_hrWhat can we learn by letting go of our old dreams?

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IA: You learn to become strong and to never let anything get you down. You can adjust to what life throws at you and it can help to build you into the strongest person that God wants you to be.

Marfan syndrome does not define you, what did you do to overcome this and not let it define you?

IA: I just kept my head on straight and didn’t let it hinder my life. I used it in a positive way and now I’m able to inspire people around the world because of it. I don’t see Marfan syndrome as a crutch in my life but as a blessing in disguise.

What is the number one question people ask you?

IA: The number one question I get is “How tall are you and do you play basketball?”

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How did you allow God to help you dream again?

IA: I gave my heart to him and let him carry me to the path that he wants me to walk. My mom always told me it’s one thing to have faith but it means something really different when you trust in HIS plan for your life.

The Isaiah Austin Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it. Learn more about this amazing man and his organization in Dream Again.

 

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