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Thanks to you the I Choose Life Foundation donated over 260 pounds of food to the Southeastern Virginia and Peninsula Food Bank! It is because of the generosity of so many that we are able to make a positive impact on our community. Special thanks to all of you who made donations, picked up food from various locations and contributed in other ways to make this Food Drive a success. It truly is more blessed to give than receive. We couldnt do this without you, again, THANK YOU!!!!
It’s been more than about six months since this whole #ChooseLife lifestyle started. A lot of events, forums and efforts have been set in motion in our effort to affect our community in a positive light. So much negative energy happens around us and is glorified by the world that I think at times that good and encouraging efforts can go unnoticed.
The holiday season is approaching us. The season of giving !!!!! The Choose Life Campaign will kick off this season with the Choose to Give Food Drive. The drive will donate non-perishable food items to the local food bank. This year our food banks are low on food and trying to handle an increased request for assistance.
There are people all around us that need our support, people who are in need this holiday for various reasons. Does that mean they don’t deserve to have a joyous Holiday season? Of course not. We will be working with many people, organizations and companies to help put this food drive in motion. I’m asking that anybody who has a little extra during these upcoming weeks join us in helping those who really need it.
In the spirit of making this a truly fun and rewarding experience, we will be running this drive as a competition. And the team that collects the most pounds of food wins bragging rights for 2011!!! If you would like to volunteer as a team captain, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All you have to do to be a captain is collect food from your network of family and friends and turn it in. It’s that simple, and your efforts will make a difference in the lives of families in our local area. Let’s join together and make an impact.
For those who want to make donations, starting on Black Friday, Buffalo Wild Wings in Newport News and Suffolk, VA (Harborview Blvd) will serve as drop off locations. Or you can turn your items in to your team captain.
I came across this poem and when I read it, I was impacted and wanted to share it with those on this #ChooseLife journey with me and hopefully encourage others to join the #ChooseLife lifestyle. Please take a moment to read it and if you are a visual person like I am feel check out the YouTube depiction of it. The video is only 4 minutes long, but the 4 minutes is worth it. I Went to a Party Mom
The decisions we make not only affect us, but those around us. Let’s keep working towards helping those around us show love and respect to ourselves and others #ChooseLife!!!!
I Went to a Party, Mom
I went to a party, and remembered what you said. You told me not to drink, Mom so I had a sprite instead.
I felt proud of myself, the way you said I would, that I didn’t drink and drive, though some friends said I should.
I made a healthy choice, and your advice to me was right as the party finally ended, and the kids drove out of sight.
I got into my car, sure to get home in one piece, I never knew what was coming, Mom something I expected least.
Now I’m lying on the pavement, and I hear the policeman say, ‘The kid that caused this wreck was drunk, ‘ Mom, His voice seems far away.
My own blood’s all around me, as I try hard not to cry. I can hear the paramedic say, ‘This girl is going to die.’
I’m sure the guy had no idea, while he was flying high, because he chose to drink and drive, now I would have to die.
So why do people do it, Mom knowing that it ruins lives? And now the pain is cutting me, like a hundred stabbing knives.
Tell sister not to be afraid, Mom tell daddy to be brave, and when I go to heaven, put ‘Mommy and Daddy’s Girl’ on my grave.
Someone should have taught him, that its wrong to drink and drive. Maybe if his parents had, I’d still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter, Mom I’m getting really scared. These are my final moments, and I’m so unprepared.
I wish that you could hold me Mom, as I lie here and die. I wish that I could say I love you, Mom So I love you and good-bye.
I have to admit that I’m feeling some type of way today….
I woke up feeling fine and refreshed, ready to tackle this new day and week. However, about ten minutes after waking up my great mood was shattered by what I viewed on my cell phone. A news clip about the death of Dominique Frazier, the young lady that was stabbed at Bowie State University by her roommate, had been discovered by me on accident; but after watching it twice I realized that it had actually come to me for a purpose. As the story has been further investigated, I have learned that the altercation took place over argument about an iPod. This is disheartening to me. It just seemed so thoughtless that the reason Dominique is no longer on this earth is because one person turned off the others iPod. Scary right. What was sadder was seeing the mother of the victim speak about how she would never see her daughter again. How she planned on celebrating with her as yesterday would have been her only daughter’s 19th birthday. So young, so full of life….Gone away because of the senseless split second decision of a fellow young woman.
I was sitting there watching and thinking a mother should never have to endure that much pain. The tears, the cracking of the mother voice just took me back to seeing my friend’s mother’s pain when he passed away some months ago. As I laid in my bed and pondered this, I realized that the direction that we are headed as a society shows that we have many issues that have to be addressed with our decision making. The new report this morning shared that after the young lady realized she had just stabbed her roommate in the neck with a pair of scissors, she looked at her laying there and said “I didn’t mean to do it…you all don’t know what I have been through.” This speaks to me because we don’t know her experience. We don’t know what has happened to her in her life that lead her to that dark place where she picked up a pair of scissors and charged at her own roommate, because she turned off her iPod. Now there are those that will say-who cares about her, how she was feeling, what she was going through. But I say I care and I say God cares. While most of us would not have taken it there over something so trivial, there are those among us who have had a set of life experiences where we may be capable of a “fade to black” experience and many of us have had times where we have said and done something we shouldn’t have. Murder is the ultimate violation of a person-you take away their essence when you take away their life. But let me ask you have you ever said something to a person that you knew would hurt them, but you said it anyway. Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong before you did it, but you did it anyway? Anyone honest with themselves can likely admit that you have been guilty of not respecting another’s feelings or possessions at one time of another in your life. I know I have….and that is what is at the heart of this tragedy. One split second decision and two lives shattered forever. Two families will never be the same for two have lost their daughters. One to the death but another to the justice system and a life of torment because she is now a murderer- all because of ONE decision she made to take something from someone; all because she didn’t respect herself or her roommate enough to walk away. One decision has changed two lives.
I wonder do people think about the outcome of every decision they make, do they really think about the ones that care about them, do they even care about themselves? I feel like this is the exact reason that we are on this #IChooseLife path to make others aware that it’s a way to live and show respect to others. What if a forum was held at Bowie State prior to school starting, would this have happened? What if more awareness was put out to the youth about values? What if, what if, what if is all I have been thinking all day. More has to be done so that we can laugh and celebrate WITH our loved ones instead of mourning their departures from this life. I feel blessed and honored to be on this journey, if you haven’t already, I invite you to join me and those that stand with me. #ChooseLife #ChooseLife #ChooseLife
Special Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the I Choose Life Foundation Fundraiser last night at Buffalo Wild Wings, Newport News. Together we are making a difference in the lives of young people.
SLAM: One thing that’s different about your camp as opposed to most others is the emphasis that you guys are putting on the off the court stuff through your I Choose Life Foundation. Tell me a little about that…
AI: I mean, the whole thing is trying to save lives and send a positive message. I didn’t have people to be able to do that for me, and now that I have the opportunity to do it for someone else, it was an important thing for me in my heart to make sure I did it.
For the full Q & A visit: http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/07/allen-iverson-q-a/
Last week this time, I was both excited and nervous about the opportunity that had presented itself. I had so much responsibility on my shoulders as the Camp Director for the 2011 Camp Crossover and it was very important to me to make sure everything went well. At the same time, I was excited to be launching the I Choose Life movement in another state. Our foundation was highlighted as the benefitting charity of the Crossover Celebrity Weekend held in Greensboro, NC-which brought a lot of attention and national exposure to the movement.
Now that the week has ended, I have to say that I am humbled by all its experiences. Last Wednesday, I facilitated an I Choose Life Forum with my 2 best friends-Brandon Haygood and Kenny Jones- and shared my personal story of overcoming adversity and never folding. Afterwards, many of kids came up to me and thanked me for sharing my life story with them.
Through this week’s camp I was able to see my campers develop and sharpen their basketball skills. I was also able to see them grow personally. I have to admit that this week I also grew a lot. Those who know me already know I’m not much for a lot of words and even less for a lot of emotional expression. But I really grew to love each of the campers and even found myself thinking about how I can stay a part of their journey through childhood even though we are miles apart. I know now that my passion is mentoring young people and watching them grow. My life has been forever changed by the youth I was blessed to be able to interact with.
While myself and our event co-founder, Shayla Prince were in NC establishing I Choose Life there, my friends Justin Vias, Jeremy Banks, and Martia Holloway were here in Virginia representing I Choose Life at the 3rd annual Stop the Violence Tournament at Heritage High School. Thanks to a partnership we established with Ruqiyah Muhammad and her company Velvet Rope Entertainment we were able to set up an I Choose Life informational table and have a team play in the tournament.
AND, I am excited to report that our team led by Stefan Welsh WON the tournament!
The I Choose Life movement is so much bigger than just me and this week I saw that in action in so many ways. In connecting with college students at UNCG, Greensboro College and NC A & T, I was able to see others take ownership in the movement and pledge their support. Every time that we explained the concept to people you can see that they connected with what we are doing and pledged to help further the message. The volunteers we had work with us this weekend not only “said” they would help-but they put their words into action helping us in all aspects of the week’s events and that means so much.
Also, this weekend the Crossover Celebrity Weekend kicked off with a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser in High Point, NC. The restaurant was packed with guests there to support the effort. This event was a success and special thanks to everyone who came out to eat wings with us and support the cause.
This was a BIG week in the life of the Choose Life Movement and I am thankful to God for those He is sending to push this effort forward.
We have only just begun…
Next week, I need the 757 to join me at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Newport News as we do it again. Save the date-July 27- and plan to be there to Eat Wings and Raise Funds for #IChooseLife.
Until then, I am