Registration Open for Flint’s Jackson Park Youth Baseball League

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Spring has officially arrived and that means local youth are gearing up to participate in one of America’s favorite pastimes – baseball. This summer, boys and girls ages 4-to-12-years-old are encouraged to participate in Flint’s Jackson Park Youth Baseball League. Supporters said this is a great opportunity for youth to learn to work together as a team while having fun and developing important social skills, self-confidence, and leadership skills.  Participating youth will receive one-on-one training from seasoned coaches and instructors. Training clinics…

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DNR urges boaters to ‘Spring Aboard’ for safety classes

Education is key to ensuring a fun, safe boating season With spring approaching, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to avoid the rush and enroll in a safety course prior to the boating season. The reminder coincides with the national Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign that runs March 18-24. “Michigan and boating go hand in hand,” said 1st Lt. Tom Wanless, Michigan’s boating law administrator. “But being on the water carries responsibilities, especially when it comes to safety. The best way to ensure an enjoyable experience…

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Melissa Harville-Lebron: First Black Woman to Own a NASCAR Team

Melissa Harville-Lebron Makes NASCAR History (The Network Journal) – NASCAR is known to be an all-male (and mostly white) space, but Melissa Harville-Lebron has changed that. After taking her sons to NASCAR in the hopes of talking them out of becoming NASCAR drivers, she ended up investing in a team of her own (comprised of two Latino and four Black drivers). She created E2 Northeast Motorsports under the umbrella of her existing company, W.M. Stone Enterprises, Inc. In an interview with The Huffington Post, she spoke of her goals. “To…

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Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey Program Exposing Kids to Other Sport Options

Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer Flint, Mich. – On Saturday mornings at Dort Federal Event Center you can find kids, ages 8-to-11-years-old, taking on a new and exciting sport challenge – hockey. The Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey program is in its fifth week. Founder Rico Phillips, Quartermaster with the City of Flint Fire Department, grew up in Flint and wanted to start a hockey program for inner-city kids to expose them to another sport outside the traditional sports like football and basketball. Phillips played hockey for Southwestern High School as a…

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MPJF Foundation Announces Spring Break Week for Local Youth

Flint, Michigan – The Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation in partnership with the United Way of Genesee County, the Boys & Girls Club of Flint, and Mott Community College is launching the first annual MPJF Spring Break and “A Night at the Theatre!” for youth. The Spring Break event will take place Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6. More than 200 Flint-area youth, ages 4-17, will have an opportunity to participate in a week-long structured, physical and confidence building program at the Boys & Girls Club and Mott Community College. Programming…

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Claressa Shields Shares Her Spiritual Journey with Flint’s Area Youth

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County hosted Flint’s own, Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12 at Bethel United Methodist Church. Shields came to speak to Flint’s youth about the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ. Shields (T-Rex), was born and raised in Flint and graduated from Northwestern High School in 2013. She was introduced to boxing by her father Bo Shields who also was a boxer. By the time she was 11-years-old, she began to pursue boxing at Flint’s Berston…

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Women’s Boxing Champion Claressa Shields to Share Importance of Faith with Flint Students

FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County will host a free presentation by Flint’s own Super Middleweight Women’s Champion Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Shields will be sharing the importance of her faith with Flint area high school students. All Flint area high school students are invited to attend. Young Life is a world-class non-profit mentoring organization for youth serving Flint area teens and pre-teens for more than 50 years. “Claressa Shields is truly an inspiration for…

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The Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A press conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Flint Public Library to officially announce the 2018 inductees to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame. The newly honored inductees are Mance Broome Sr., Terry Crews, Norman J. Graham Jr., Keith Gray, Lisa Horne, Ervin Leavy Jr., Beecher High School, 1985 Basketball Team and Flint Southwestern, 1975 Track Team. Founder Norm Bryant announced the six individuals and two teams that made up the group. Broome was a two-way starter…

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Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame to Announce 2018 Inductees

Flint, Mich. – The community is invited to join members of the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for the official announcement of its 2018 inductees, which include: Mance Broome Sr. (Central High School, 1981, football and coaching), Terry Crews (Flint Academy High School, 1980, football), Norman J. Graham, Jr. (Flint Southwestern, 1978, track), Keith Gray (Flint Central High School 1978, track), Lisa Horne (Hamady High School 1985, basketball and track),…

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Green Is Golden, the Tigers Are Prowling, but a Tiger Is Lost

Green Is Golden, the Tigers Are Prowling, but a Tiger Is Lost  By Alex LaGrone   Now that the NBA Finals are over let's look at a couple of story lines. Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, capped off a standout third, NBA season, with a triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assist) helping the Warriors win the title over the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the season, Green finished second in voting for most improved player and defensive player of the year. He was also named to the leagues all defensive first…

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