Sending a child to camp is big business. To a child, the experience means increased confidence or self-esteem, experiencing an adventure or trying new things. To a parent, it can mean that their child can learn new leadership skills or increase skills in friendship.   The American Camp Association, a national organization that accredits all Read More →

Endorsements for brand products from celebrities are not rare. A famous name attached to a product can boost credibility and brand awareness to a company. This year, two recognized leaders in professional sports have partnered with  specialty pharmaceutical companies to highlight medicines to treat various types of asthma.      Vikings running back Adrian Peterson  recently Read More →

The groundwork for Leadership, (Taylor Wilson Thompson, 2013) first started on a playground. Taylor Wilson Thompson, then age 10, wanted to repair broken swings, teeter-totters, and other playground equipment, so her peers could have a safe place to roam and be creative. The problem Thompson faced was that she lacked money to purchase materials for the new Read More →

One of the reasons why I wanted to write this blog was to inspire children to believe they can reach their goals, despite the obstacles that surround them. Golf is a largely competitive sport; participation by minorities is about 5.5 million. According to African American Golf Digest, golf represents an untapped pool of an emerging demand, but participation Read More →

Sheila Johnson, who played a pivotal role in founding Back Entertainment Television, is helping to increase diversity in golf. Johnson is the first black woman on the United States Golf Association’s 15-member executive committee. Before she made history on the USGA, Johnson made an investment in athletic teams by purchasing the Washington Mystics, and became the vice chairman of Read More →

I am not a sports mom; my sister has that area covered. I’m a fanatic sports aunt, who proudly watches her 14-year-old niece play tennis at her weekly clinics at a tennis center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My niece Sarah is an excellent tennis player, but she doesn’t play great all time. Like many other youth her age, she Read More →

We Could Be King directed by Judd Ehrlich, is a documentary of life at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia. The documentary follows the fallout of massive school district closures and chronicles the academic struggle of student-athletes.   Student-athletes often struggle to find the balance between their love of sports and making the grade, Read More →

A Young Gardener’s Journey… At the age of nine, garden camp wasn’t exactly at the top of my list of summer recreation. By June, my heart was set on doing doggie paddles in the city pool, making beaded jewelry, and chasing down the ice cream truck. Garden camp, however, was my mother’s crafty plan to give Read More →

Many resources are available to provide assistance in building a community garden. To get started, theUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that you bring people and other organizations together and develop a plan. Managing our families’ garden took work. I enjoyed it, but years later, my sister headed off to college and the enthusiasm Read More →

Garden Stir-Fry by Kaitlyn Kirchner – 9 Minnesota The entrée is made with seasonal vegetables, has 100 calories and can be served with rice. GARDEN STIR-FRY INGREDIENTS ½ cup of low-sodium chicken broth ½ tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium wheat-free soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 2 cups chopped Read More →

What this area needs, I thought, is a community garden. Community gardening programs aim to address problems of hunger and nutrition, but children who participate in gardening can learn new skills and benefit from diverse forms of physical activity. Children ages 5-12 should spend at least one hour of physical activity every day. Add a Read More →

Sometimes all you need is a little CREATIVITY! Some time ago I watched a family move into a new neighborhood. It was the mother’s first home. She couldn’t have been more excited.  Her four daughters had their own bedrooms; another first. Outside, children from neighboring homes played in the street. The block wasn’t the most picturesque. Read More →

Kale, chicken and broccoli salad by Kindall Sewell-Murphy, 10 Alabama For the third consecutive year, First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge. The Healthy Luntime recipe challenge was designed to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth. Parents, or guardians Read More →