Many times, we like to feel angry at the missed opportunities and become envious of those who succeed in the wake of our downfall; however, there is more to be said for the person who rises above the losses. The person who remembers to find love and compassion and sees the bright side in every situation is the person to admire. Author, producer, inspirational speaker, and New York Yankees Executive, Ray Negron is someone who chooses to see only the positive side of situations.
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Throughout his life, Leon Spinks lived through the highs and the lows. A gold medal in the 1976 Olympics, later becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ after upsetting the legendary Muhammad Ali in 1978. After losing a rematch with Ali, there were 16 more losses, the murder of his son, Leon Calvin in 1990, and numerous health issues.
The Thurman Munson AHRC New York charity conducted its annual event last night. This event is done in honor of the great Yankee, Thurman Munson, who was lost in a tragic airplane accident in 1979. Donations from this event helps children and families that are dealing with difficult health issues, including autism, etc.
The next time you’re in a Walgreens take a peek at the photo montage behind the cash registers. The black and white photos feature a smiling man standing by the pharmacy section. The man is wearing a lab coat and tending to customers. If you do not recognize that man, it’s okay, nobody else does.
Tommy Lasorda had a potty mouth that would make one smile. If there was such a category, he would have led the league in curse words. Back in 1990 I was at Mark Light Field watching the Miami Hurricanes when I got to witness Mr. Lasorda’s F-Bombs. They were all aimed towards me and I was loving the verbal abuse.
Second chances don’t come often in life. But when they do, they can be spectacular. And in this case, spectacular may be an understatement. In 1973, a group of teenagers in the Bronx decided to graffiti a wall at Yankee Stadium. While they were vandalizing, a car pulled up, which caused all the teens to take off except for one.
Antoine Mason, son of Knicks legend Anthony Mason, is a professional basketball player, currently playing overseas in Spain for CB Ciudad de Valladolid of the LEB Oro. Growing up in the 90s in New Rochelle with a father on the Knicks inspired Antoine to one day play in the NBA. To this day, he has never given up hope on this dream.
Hank was one funny dude. He was quick witted and had perfect timing with his comeback lines. Ray and I would always try to convince him to host “Saturday Night Live.” His dad hosted the show one time, and all it would take for Hank to get on that stage was one phone call to the producer Lorne Michaels.
From competing in high school to competing in college to making it to the Olympics, Courtney Mathewson gave her all to the sport of women’s water polo. Graduating from UCLA with a sociology degree, Mathewson not only took her water polo career to incredible heights but also learned about all the hard work and dedication it takes to get there.
On Wednesday, October 7th, I was given the opportunity to speak with one of the most inspiring athletes of all time. Victor Martinez is a pro bodybuilding legend with a story like no other. An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Victor has had to face obstacles that would chew up and spit out a normal person.
It can be hard to imagine how Karla De Epstein juggles her busy life. Not only is she a mother and a wife, but she works full time, has a side business, and keeps up with a vigorous training schedule. Although there are only twenty-four hours in a day, she manages to fulfill her many different responsibilities and still fits in time to train for next year’s NPC Bikini Competition.