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May 2018
 
Sports and Fitness Month
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Challenged Athletes Foundation Helps Competitors Achieve their Dreams
The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides grants to Paralympians, supporting athletes like Ironman competitor David Rozelle, who lost his leg to a landmine and David Fangerow a six-year-old boy who, despite missing both of his legs and his right hand, has always dreamed of running races.
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Boat Racing Brings Together Inner City Youth and Law Enforcement
The “Dueling Dragons” program provides at-risk teens and police officers the opportunity to build relationships and strengthen the community. “They’re able to help kids that have no type of connection with police officers. So we can actually have a conversation and turn into a relationship, to turn into a bond,” says Participant Vionn Welcome.
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Join Education Nation's Parent Toolkit for May's #ToolkitTalk
Each year, millions of children participate and compete in organized sports, but by the time they reach high school, this number drops. In honor of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, Education Nation and Parent Toolkit are hosting May’s #ToolkitTalk to explore how parents, coaches and educators can work together to ensure children get the most out of their youth sports programs. Joining the conversation are The Aspen Institute’s Executive Director of the Sports & Society Program, Tom Farrey, as well as the District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy at the Miami-Dade Public Schools, Jayne Greenberg. Follow @EducationNation on Twitter, and join the live chat Tuesday, May 15th at 7pmET using the hashtag #ToolkitTalk.
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J.K. Rowling Delivers Commencement Address to Harvard University
The "Harry Potter" author tells the graduating class, "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
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President Obama Delivers Commencement Address to Wesleyan University
President Barack Obama tells the graduates, “there is nothing naïve about your impulse to change the world. Because all it takes is one act of service - one blow against injustice - to send forth what Robert Kennedy called that tiny ripple of hope. That's what changes the world. That one act.”
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David McCullough Delivers Commencement Address to Boston College
Historian and Author McCullough tells the class of 2008, "Make the love of learning central to your life. What a difference it can mean. If your experience is anything like my own, the books that will mean the most to you, books that will change your life, are still to come…read, read, read."
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Mother's Day: May 13th
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Mom Receives Honorary Degree after Attending Every Class with Paralyzed Son
For two years, Judy O'Connor went to every class with her son Marty, who is quadriplegic, to help him earn his M.B.A. from Chapman University. The university surprised her with an honorary degree on graduation day. “There’s no way I could have done this without my mom. You know, she has been there every single step of the way,” Marty says.
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A Mother’s Quest to Help Kids with Down Syndrome
After her daughter Gigi was born with Down syndrome, Nancy Gianni created Gigi's Playhouse, a place where kids with the genetic condition could realize their full potential. “I think the most important thing people need to understand about Down syndrome is the potential in that person,” Nancy says.
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Memorial Day: May 28th
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Raising Awareness of the True Meaning of Memorial Day
A veterans support group called “Carry the Load” organizes marches nationwide where volunteers carry the names of fallen friends on their fully-loaded backpacks to shine a light on their sacrifices. “My purpose now is to try to carry their mission on,” says Army Captain Glen Dare.
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Chronicles of Courage: Night Witches
As millions of German troops invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin authorized women to form the first female bomber regiments. These young female pilots and navigators flew the old-fashioned Polikarpov Po-2 on night missions to attack enemy targets, earning them the German nickname of Night Witches.
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Chronicles of Courage: Pearl Harbor
On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. military stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Stuart Hedley was a sailor on the USS West Virginia and witnessed the horror of the attack firsthand. "Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation" is a co-production of Vulcan Productions and NBC Learn.
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