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Athletes International is a non-profit organization that focuses on reaching active & retired professional athletes, collegiate athletes, coaches, other athletic affiliates and future athletes. It is their mission to use the extensive platform that athletes are given to influence the community.
“Athletes International is reaching the athletic community with a message of faith, hope & victory!” Larry Kerychuk Founder of AIM
I became aware of Athletes International last summer, after my son worked his way on to the field. My oldest son came home one day and told me he was going to play football at the church, at first I thought that he just put together a game with some friends. I didn’t realize that it was a legitimate league, until I went to watch them play. I found out later that he had been going to the church and watching the team practice, and “asking” the coaches to let him play. He was so board waiting for the fall football season to start that he was dying to get on the field and play. They finally gave him some pads and a jersey and put him on the team. I am grateful they did, because that is how I found out about Athletes International and how they help kid’s through sports. I think it is important to understand that many of these kids would not be able to play organized sports without the help of (AIM) Athletes International. AIM founder Larry Kerychuk and his team take their work beyond the field helping many athletes and their family’s.
The Football Camp
In addition to offering organized team sports to kids, they also have a youth football camp in the summer. During the camp these young athletes will have 3 days of training with professional athletes coaching them. The kids will stay 3 nights at the Pointe Hilton, have meals provided and get to have fun at the resort water park. Wait…. it gets better! They also get to attend the Annual Award Banquet with a room full of professional and collage athletes. Some how, they are able to do all this for only $100. per child. Any parent that has sent their child to sports camp or even paid for personal training will tell you that is extremely cheep.
There are a lot of costs involved with sports programs. Many youth programs have volunteer coaches, but they still have to pay to have the games officiated and the fields painted. There is also the expense of equipment and uniforms. Athletes International sponsors many of their athletes to participate in organized sports programs and camps, they have never turned a child away. They are only able to cover the cost of these expenses through donations.
Registration Fees: Soccer & Flag Football $65.
Tackle $120 plus $150. per athlete for pads & equipment
27th Annual Awards Banquet:
Athletes International hosts a Celebrity Golf Classic and Annual Athletes Awards Banquet & Auction. They recognize Americas most outstanding Christian athletes. The guests of the banquet not only include collage and profesional athletes, but many of the kids they help are invited to attend as well.
Partners also receive a table for eight at the Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by an Athlete and their spouse.
This years speakers will include:
Aeneas Williams, Cardinals- All Pro
Darrell Green, Washington Redskins – Pro Football Hall of Fame
Brian Jennings, San Francisco 49ers
Bill Mc Cartney, Former Head Football Coach for the University of Colorado
Last summer we attended the 26th Annual Athletes Award Banquet. The Annual Awards Banquet, honors chosen athletes, coaches, and administrators for their professional achievements, as well as their action taken to positively reach their community.
The 2010 award recipients were:
Channing Fry, Phoenix Suns
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
Mary Ann Miller, Rodeo
Kermit Alexander, SF 49ers
Hillary Bach, ASU Softball
Chris McGaha, ASU Football
M.L. Harris, Bengals
[ Kermit Alexander: A real life story that will change the way you think ]
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
To learn more about Athletes International, visit their website at www.athletesinternational.com
Like so many things, I learned about the three month rule from a client. (Yes, parenting tips are another perk of the job.) One of my clients told me about creating the three month rule when her daughter was a teenager and I think it may be one of the best parenting tips I ever learned. It’s pretty simple: If your teenager has done something and didn’t get caught, they can tell you at the three month point and not be punished. Its sort of like a statute of limitations for teens. It’s important that parents hold up their end of the agreement, or their teenager will never tell them anything again. Let your teenager know that you will still want to discuss the issue with them but no matter what they tell you they will not be punished. This is a great way to open up communication with your teenager and to understand what is going on in their life. It also gives you an opportunity to have a mature conversation about what they are doing, and hopefully influence them in a positive way.
I think that many parents are in denial about their teens and have a ” not my kid” attitude. I remember being a teenager and I can tell you that some of the kids that had really strict parents were the most rebellious. Teens may be tempted to try things, and have regrets after the fact. If they are comfortable talking to their parents, then you can provide them with the tools to avoid a similar situation in the future. I don’t believe as parents we should be our children’s friend, but we should try to not be so intimidating or judgmental that our kids can’t talk to us. Often our kids want to tell us things but are afraid. The teen years are difficult, it’s the time in your life that you try to find your identity and face the pressures of your peers. Teenagers are also dealing with the transition from child to adult. If we want to prepare our children for the adult world, we need to be able to have adult conversations.
Parents should be prepared for anything from skipping class to drugs, alcohol and sex. Remember, you can’t flip out! Listen to what they say, stay calm while you discuss your views and invite them to ask questions. If parents use the three month rule fairly, it can be an amazing parenting tool. Try it, let me know what you think.
Recently I received an advertisement in the mail for a local smoke shop, the add included a coupon for legal bath salts. Obviously, I wondered if there are any bath salts that are illegal, and why would a head shop sell bath salts. The truth is the bath salts are being used as a drug that creates an amphetamine like high and hallucinations. Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie are all a new type of drug that is being sold as bath salts in many smoke shops. The so called bath salts are being ingested, smoked and snorted to create a dangerous high. The drug has already been linked to several deaths including one young man that plunged 300ft to his death while suffering severe paranoid delusions. The drug is believed to cause severe swelling and irreversible damage in the brain. The bath salts drug can also cause the heart rate to increase to dangerous levels.
It seems as if there is always a new drug popping up, and now these drugs are being marketed as harmless products such as bath salts and herbal incense. I believe that the places that retail these products are very much aware that they are being used as a drug and teenagers are the targeted consumer. I don’t see any argument that they are unaware of their use or dangerous side effects, when it is all over the news and internet. Personally, I am outraged that these shops continue to put these products on the shelves when they know they that they are putting the lives of young people in danger. I would like to see the manufacture and retailers held responsible for the deaths that come from these drugs. Why has there not been a huge class actions lawsuit?
[ Read about: Salvia “The Teen LSD”]
Parents should take time to talk to teenagers about the dangers of using these drugs. I also think it is okay to look through you kids stuff to be sure that they don’t have any thing like this that can hurt them. They may get mad and say you are invading their privacy, but that is better than planning a funeral for your child.
Better the child cry today than the parent cry tomorrow.
[Read about: Teens - Sippin On Some Sizzurp]
Spice, Wicked XXX, and K2 are popular brands of synthetic cannabis (marijuana), an herbal and chemical product that mimics the effects of cannabis. Synthetic cannabis has become very popular with teenagers, mainly due to the fact that is easy to get. Teens can get the products online, it is also sold in head shops as an incense or “herbal smoking blend”. It even comes in flavors like blueberry and strawberry. Synthetic cannabis does not produce positive results in drug tests for cannabis, it acts differently than THC. The labels don’t say what is in it, since the product is sold as incense, it’s not regulated like a food or drug, so manufacturer could put anything they want in it. It has never been tested in humans, however there are reports of people having heart rates around 150 and blood pressure shooting up to 200 over 100. The DEA is makeing products like K2 and Spice a Schedule I controlled substances (illegal drugs with no permitted medical use), the new regulation will be effective after a mandatory 30-day waiting period.
Salvia has become a popular drug among teenagers, parents should be aware that it is easily available over the counter. Salvia is a psychoactive plant which can induce dissociative effects, it is smoked by teens to induce hallucinations. Salvia also known as Divine Sage and Magic Mint is a legal, natural hallucinogen. Teens can easily access Salvia online or over the counter at health and spirituality stores. Some states have outlawed salvia. In Delaware, the law was pushed by a mother who believed salvia contributed to her son’s suicide.
Sippin on some sizzurp
Like A G6: lyrics by Far East Movement
Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Purple drank ( aka sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, candy drank, purple oil, and Texas tea ) a slang term for a popular recreational drug, made with prescription-strength cough syrup usually containing codeine and promethazine or dextromethorphan (DMX). Cough syrup is typically mixed with ingredients such as Sprite and a Jolly Rancher candy. The purplish hue of purple drank comes from dyes in the cough syrup. It can also be made as an alcoholic drink. The drink has been popularized by rap and hip – hop music and has also become a trend among teenagers. A 2008 study found that one in 10 American teenagers has abused products with DXM to get high, making it more popular in that age group than cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and meth. Dextromethorphan (DMX) is found in common cough medicines. Popular slang terms for DMX include triple C, skittles, Robo, and dex. Tuss slang for the prescription cough medicine brand Tussionex which contains hydrocodone. Parents should keep cough medicine locked in a cabinet and be aware of side effects including drowsiness, especially falling asleep in class and bizarre, unexplained behavior. Keep cough medicines in a locked cabinet.
- Candy dipping is soaking or dipping marijuana joints (blunts) in syrup.
Marijuana, cannabis, pot, reefer, doja, cheeba, weed, herb, ganja, green, bud, K.B., hydro, T.H.C
Best of Both Worlds Az is introducing a “Teens” category dedicated to the special issues of raising a teenager. “Teens” will be a sub-catagory, of Family Affairs.
* Categories are found left side of page.
Teenagers have always had a language of their own, using slang words that leave parents clueless. Concerns about drugs, alcohol and sex are also nothing new, however today’s teenagers are much more tech savvy than their parents. Social networking and the development of cell phones with cameras and internet capabilities have changed the world of parenting. If a parent is to stand a chance raising a teen, they need to be “clued in” to the world of a teenager.
It truly does take a village to raise a child. This is a great opportunity for parents (and grandparent) to comment, ask questions, share advice and get informed. I encourage sharing these topics with any parent of a teen or tween.