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Small Act of Kindness Felt ACROSS the World

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How far can a small act of kindness travel?  If you ask Chris Rosati he will tell you around the world.  Chris has ALS which has left him in a wheel chair and is taking away his ability to speak.  This did not stop Chris from dedicating the rest of his life to making the world a better place!

Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect?  It is a physics concept that states a butterfly flapping its wings could create a hurricane on the other side of the world (in theory).  This is what lead Chris to ask the question, just how far can a single act of kindness travel? 

Find out how his act of kindness traveled
across the world here!

When Chris was asked what he would do now that he has proven the Butterfly Effect. He said, "Oh man, you get a whole lot of butterflies to flap their wings." 

Every action you make carries with it the potential to become something great.  It is easy to overlook how powerful of an impact our actions can have on this world. Often it is the smallest of actions that have the biggest affect on those who need them. 

- Story provided by CBS News


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Lauren O'Nan.  She is rockin her #Believeinit shirt in Rosemary Beach, FL for a bachelorette Party.  Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® Attitude Lauren!


Motivational Quote

"We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone." - Ronald Reagan

From 2 Leg Amputee to 2 Time Gold Medalist

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Pictured above is Josh Pauls.  He was born without tibia bones and had his legs amputated at 10 months old. Despite this tragedy Josh was destined to be great.  

He started playing sled hockey as a kid.  He told CBS reporter Meg Oliver, "It was one of the first times he was just like anyone else.  Nobody is limited once you get on the ice."

Josh become the youngest player ever to make the US Men's Sled Hockey Team. He has now won two gold medals and three world championships. By the way, he is only 22!

During the summer, Josh coaches hockey players in New Jersey that do not have disabilities.  When asked what it is like to coach kids without a disability Josh said, "Hockey is hockey. Their standing up and I'm sitting down.  That is really the only difference".

It is powerful to witness the strong impact he has on the players he coaches.  Josh transformed his disability into a beacon of inspiration for all hockey players, disabled or not, that want to be great.  It does not matter how severe the disability or challenge you are dealt.  If you believe in your goal and work hard to achieve it.  Anything is possible. 

Watch the inspiring video produced by CBS News here.


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Erik Soine and his two children.  They are helping their dad work out by providing some extra weight and inspiration.  
Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® Attitude Erik!


Motivational Quote

"If you want to look good in front of thousands,
you have to outwork thousands in front of nobody."
 
- Damian Lillard

Surprise Scholarship for Walk-on Trevor Sweeney

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Trevor Sweeney is a junior on the Division I Western Michigan Broncos Football team. Trevor turned down Division II offers to be a walk-on for the team he grew up cheering for. It took him years to go from the scout team in practice to the Special Team's leader on the field.

At the end of a practice he was surprised with a full ride scholarship for his hard work.  The way he received the news could not have been executed any better.  Well played Broncos, well played.

Coach P.J. Fleck said, "It's that simple. He shows it every single day and he's consistent. He's way past deserving of this."

Trevor said it wasn't about earning a scholarship, "I just wanted to play. The biggest thing for me was about the team. How could I help the team out?".

Like Trevor, we don't always know when the reward will come for our hard work.  If this story is an example of anything, it is that you can be confident the wait will be worth the reward. 

Keep believing in your "it" and putting in the hard work it takes to achieve your goal.  

Watch the 2 minute video released by the Broncos here!


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Allison Schenk.  She is wearing her #Believeinit shirt while watching her daughter Sydney's championship soccer game.  Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® Attitude Allison!


Motivational Quote

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an
unbeatable combination for success.”
– Napoleon Hill

Mission to Deliver Smiles

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Six year old Jaden Hayes has already had to cope with the death of his parents.  His dad died when he was four and his mom recently passed away in her sleep.  Jaden said after finding his mother, "I tried and I tried and I tried to get her awake -- I couldn't".

Jaden is deeply upset and heart broken by the death of his parents.  He told reporter Steve Hartman "Anybody can die, just anybody,".  Jaden could easily have become overwhelmed and consumed by his grief. Instead he has taken a much different approach. 

He told his aunt Barbara, who he is living with, that he is tired of seeing so many unhappy people on the streets.  This is when he got the calling to go on a mission to deliver smiles. That's right, something so simple yet so powerful to those that receive it.  His goal is to deliver 33,000 smiles.  How is he planning on bringing all those smiles to strangers?

Find out by watching the video created by CBS News here!

Jaden might be young in age but his experiences have given him a unique perspective on life.  He has every reason to be depressed and feel as if there is no happiness in the world.  Instead, he has found a purpose, his goal, to bring happiness to others.  We all have our reasons to be unhappy in our present situation.  If six year old Jaden can find the courage to keep a positive attitude through tough times than so can we.


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Patrick Daubert.  He is a staff member at a summer camp in California and wore his #Believeinit shirt.  Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® Attitude Patrick!


Motivational Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Friend Ever?

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A lot of young girls like to make bracelets for fun. Nine year old Bethany Walker has fun making bracelets too but she started making them for a more important reason.  She makes bracelets as a way to raise money for her best friend, Anne Marie.

Anne Marie has a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. The disease will cause her to break out into blisters if you even lightly touch her.  This makes it challenging for her to play with friends and live a normal lifestyle. There is no cure for this disease but a salt water pool is suppose to be a great treatment for healing the blisters. 

Bethany created "Bracelets by Bethany" as a way to raise money for her friend. She has been selling them on Facebook to generous people all across the nation. Bethany was able to raise enough money to help Anne Marie's family build a salt water pool in their back yard.  Anne Maria said, "spending time with my family" is her favorite part about having the pool. 

This story is a reminder that the power of friendship transcends age. Bethany took action when she knew her friend needed help.  Bethany believed she could make a positive difference and was not afraid to act on that belief.  Don't let fear keep you from taking the action needed to help those in your life.


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Carlos Barahona.  He was born in Puebla, Mexico and now lives in Birmingham, AL.  He has been working hard on completing his MBA!  Keep studying Carlos! 


Motivational Quote

“The first step before anybody else in the world believes it,
is that you believe it.” - Will Smith

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Alabaster Assault

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Shout out to Coach Ashley and the young men of the Alabaster Assault Soccer team from Alabama for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - GSC Boys Blast White

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Shout out to Coach Simon Possin and the young men of the GSC Blast White Soccer team from Illinois for having a great Team Sponsorship.  Fun to see the parents getting involved in the action too!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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Lauren Hill: Her Last Game - Playing for a Purpose

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Watch ESPN's Video about Lauren's Story Here.

In 2013, during her senior season, Lauren Hill, committed to play basketball for Mount St. Joseph University.  A couple weeks later she started to feel weak, dizzy and occasionally numb.  Soon after that she received the diagnoses that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctor said she had two years at best. 

Lauren hoped for a miracle as she continued to play the rest of her high school season.  That miracle never came. Instead came a new purpose for her life.  Lauren's doctor told her pediatric brain cancer is under funded and needed a face.  Lauren accepted her calling to become the face and voice of all kids who are battling cancer. 

Despite her terminal illness, Lauren still wanted to attend college and play on the basketball team.  A big moment for every college athlete is their first game, but for Lauren it held more meaning than most of us could ever imagine.

Lauren's goal was to play in a college basketball game. This was a courages and inspiring goal that would help her raise awareness and support for cancer research. Lauren was showing the world that just because you are dying does not mean you have to stop living. On November 2nd, 2014 Lauren played her first college game in front of a 10,000 seat arena that sold out in less than an hour.  

The expression on Lauren's face as her name gets called over the loud speaker will have you smiling through your tears. You can see this is so much more to her than a basketball game.  It represents a purpose and fulfillment to a life that has been cut short.  Lauren said "Today was the best day I have had probably in my entire life.  Today I wanted to play basketball and that is what I did". 

Lauren passed away on April 10th, 2015.  Her  non profit has raised over one million dollars  for cancer research. Lauren had to over come  many obstacles to achieve her goal.  Let her  story inspire you to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goal. 


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

This weeks Believe in it® Athlete spotlight is Rondo from Sacramento, CA.
He is rockin his Believe in it® shirt well! 


Motivational Quote

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” - Helen Keller

Paralyzed Motocross Rider is Making History

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Watch the Inspiring Story of Darius Glover.

Darius Glover's goal is to win a national title.  He is the first paraplegic motocross racer to compete in the Amateur National Series.  He is one race away from qualifying for the National Championship later this summer.

At 15 Darius suffered a life changing crash during a race that left him without the use of his legs. He said the first thing the
doctor told him was that he would never
be able to ride again.  Darius simply responded, "You are wrong."  He spent the next year in a hospital bed dreaming about making his answer a reality.

His family helped him build a customized bike, and he relearned how to ride without using his legs for balance and support.  Learning how to ride again has not been the only obstacle keeping him from competing.  He also had to fight for his eligibility to ride in the Amateur National Series as a paraplegic. 

Despite the adversity, Darius still has an infectious smile and positive outlook on life. 

When people say they feel sorry for him Darius replies, "I don't know why you feel sorry for me.  I still do more things than most people who can use their legs."  Darius knows he is here for a reason, for a purpose.  He is never going to stop loving life, chasing his dreams and inspiring others along the way.

You can visit Ride with Darius to learn more about his charity Live and Learn.


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Athlete spotlight is Tori Christ.  Tori's "it" was to play professional soccer. Through hard work and the Believe in it® Attitude Tori recently signed her first professional contract to play for Vasteras BK30 in Sweden.  Congrats Tori and best of luck! 


Motivational Quote

"The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible." - Richard M. DeVos

Principle Diagnosed with Cancer is Brought to Tears by Student's Gift

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Watch this Touching 2 Minute Video Created by WMUR9.

The seniors at Profile High School in Bethleham were planning their senior trip when they heard the terrible news. Their principle, Courtney Vashaw, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. 

Instead of just feeling sorry for her the senior class decided to do something unbelievable.  They gave their principle all the money they raised over the past four years for their senior trip.  This money will help cover medical expenses.

The students described Principle Vashaw as selfless, caring, strong and determined.  One student said, "She is very selfless and we wanted to be selfless too".  

Principle Vashaw said, "She teaches her students it is important to do something that is bigger than yourself and this act of kindness is proof they are listening" 

Principle Vashaw has a tough battle ahead of her and the outcome is uncertain. What is certain is that she has succeeded in teaching her students the importance of being selfless and generous to others.

Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Kayla (Left) and Abigail (Right). They both had an incredible Track and Field season at Powell Middle School in Brooksville, FL. The Believe in it® team wishes them the best of luck as they start their high school career next year!

Motivational Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - ARFC Freedom

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Shout out to Coach John and the young ladies of the ARFC U-11 Freedom Soccer team from California for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Haddonfield Red Dawgs

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Shout out to Coach Scott and the young men of the Haddonfield Red Dawgs soccer team from New Jersey for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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How To Learn the Skill of Self Confidence

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Pictured above is Dr. Ivan Joseph.  Dr. Joseph is the Head Coach for the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University.  What he wants out of his players most is self confidence.

In his TED Talk, which has been viewed 4+ million times, he talks about how to develop self confidence, how to keep it going and how to harness it as a coach.

It's an interesting talk and one worth watching over lunch.  

Enjoy! 

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Lees Summit Soccer Team

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Shout out to Coach Sam and his young ladies of the Lees Summit Soccer Team soccer team from Missouri for having a great Team Sponsorship. Those are some BIG smiles! :) 

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

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Why This Coach Catches His Runner at End of Every Race

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This story will make you smile, it will make you cry, it will give you goosebumps and it will inspire you.  It's been viewed over 10.5 million times. 

“Running makes me feel normal, and whole.  It’s difficult to live with a disease where your own body’s fighting against yourself; so when I’m running I feel like I’m battling that, I feel like I’m safe from myself.  As long as I’m running, everything’s fine.”

These are the words of Kayla Montgomery.  Kayla is a freshman at Lipscomb University.  At age 14 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  For 8 months after her diagnosis she couldn't feel her legs.

Instead of being depressed and mad; she decided to run.  She went from a slow runner to the faster in the State of North Carolina.  MS causes her to be in pain every time she races and she can't feel her legs.

This means when she stops moving her legs after a race, she crumbles and her coach has to catch her at the finish line.  

Watch Kayla's full story on this ESPN E:60 video.  

Motivational Quote

“Don’t wish for it, work for it.” – Unknown

Have a great rest of your week and go make your "it" happen!

Caroline Makes USA Handball Team

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Caroline Voelkel grew up playing soccer and played in college.  She had a dream to be an Olympic Athlete.  That dream never worked out in soccer, but it hasn't stopped her from still thinking about it. 

One day she decided to step out of her comfort zone and try out for the United States Women's Handball team.  Despite being 28 and a complete rookie in the sport she made the team.  She is now living full time in Auburn, Alabama and training with Team USA Handball.

Caroline will be 30 by the next Olympics and still needs to earn a spot on the travel team, but she's not letting her dream die and she is giving it her all. 

Read her story on page 112-115 of Inside Northside Magazine here

Check out her personal blog here

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Lincoln FC Red Team

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Shout out to Coach Linda and the young ladies and men of the Lincoln FC Red Soccer team from Lincoln, IL for having a great Team Sponsorship. Those are great Believe in it® fist pumps!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - T-Rex

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Shout out to team mother Cassidy and the young men of the T-Rex Soccer team from Tennessee for having a great Team Sponsorship. This photo was taken after they won the first game of the season. Congrats boys!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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Believe in it® Sponsorship - Newton Wellness Program

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Shout out to Laurie and the young ladies and men of the Wellness Program from Newton, IA for having a great Believe in it® Sponsorship. They held a kick ball game that was a lot of fun!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Laurie! Keep up the great work!

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Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Blades FC

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Shout out to Coach Paul and the young men of the Blades FC soccer team from California for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
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