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We are thankful.
Thanks to Coach John Fleming at Hiram Johnson High School for making his classrooms and fields available these past eight Sundays for Game Plan Academy (GPA).
Please VOTE for Hiram Johnson High School (by clicking here) in Kellogg's 'Plant a Seed' program to "Help Rebuild America's Playing Fields."
Here is a message from John Fleming, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Hiram Johnson High School, about this wonderful competition:
"Hiram Johnson has nominated our football field for a make-over by Kelloggs. Out of 3,400 nominations, we were selected as a semi-finalist. 30 of the 100 semi-finalists will receive a $15,000 upgrade to the facility. Now, it is in the hands of the public who vote at frostedflakes.com. Take a moment to cast your vote. You can vote 1 time per day for each e-mail address that you have. We are currently in 2nd place in the voting, and the students are energized. You can vote through the end of the month. Please also let your contacts know about this opportunity for Hiram Johnson High School and ask them to vote. Together we can make a difference!"
Vote each day, for each email address, through the end of the month. Thanks.
Game Plan Academy (GPA) wrapped up this past Sunday with flying colors. Guest speaker Marty McNeal -- a longtime standout and legendary sports journalist for the Sacramento Bee -- spoke to students about his colorful career interviewing and writing about the greatest athletes of all-time, ranging from Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, and many more. After Mary Mac regaled students, coaches, and parents with memorable stories, the Assistant General Manager and General Counsel for the Sacramento Kings, Jason Levien, shared tales from his career as a sports agent representing Udonis Haslem, Earnest Graham, Hedo Turkoglu, and Kevin Martin, among others. His presentation stressed the importance of persevering in the face of adversity, when others count you out, and the supreme value of relationships -- you never know when a friend, contact, or person will enter your life and present you with an opportunity that you never could have predicted nor imagined. Together, Jason and Marty did a fabulous job following in the big foot steps that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson left last week (watch KJ on YouTube by clicking here). Students -- the reason GPA exists -- enjoyed their final workout with Alex Van Dyke and Gio Carmazzi, laughing and smiling while working hard to improve their football skills and conditioning; and, then reflected while completing their final classroom session. At the end of the day, students participated in a special GPA Graduation Ceremony (*See pictures above), receiving diplomas, camp photos, and Player Packs in recognition of their awesome efforts throughout the program.
In its first rendition, GPA was a tremendous success.
Thanks to all those who made GPA possible.
It was Good.