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NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Named Laureus Sport For Good Ambassador


Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, has announced it is joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and naming him its newest Ambassador.

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David Beckham Visits the Overtown Youth Center


Miami, FL – On Wednesday, May 7, the Overtown Youth Center Inc. (OYC), a program of the Mourning Family Foundation, welcomed Major League Soccer owner and former player, David Beckham. Hundreds of students in the program met the international soccer star, who was greeted by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning.

“Soccer is a game that is still new to African American youth in urban communities, however, in Miami there is great excitement around David Beckham bringing a team to our city,” said Tina Brown, OYC Executive Director. “Our students immediately recognized Beckham, and they were very anxious to have him sign autographs and talk with him.”

Beckham toured the academic and recreational areas of the facility with the Mourning family, learning about OYC’s mission and services for local kids and teens.

During the last ten years, OYC has served as a safe haven for hundreds of students in the Overtown community, an area most known for all its negative factors; a place where children encounter numerous obstacles that hinder their future.

OYC’s mission is to inspire, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and families in the Overtown community. On a daily basis, the program strives to transform the lives of youth people by providing an array of services ranging from academic support and enrichment opportunities to meaningful life skill lessons/ activities. OYC’s team is dedicated and committed to providing children with countless opportunities to maximize their full potential.

About the Overtown Youth Center, Inc. (OYC)
The Overtown Youth Center is a year-round youth development program providing; in-school, after school, summer program services, a parent enrichment program and post-high school support to over 400 students in the Overtown neighborhood and surrounding areas.  The program offers a full range of services including educational enrichment, recreational activities, mentoring, literacy initiatives, performing arts, prevention, and life skills/training for at-risk youth.

The mission of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services.  Co-founded by real-estate developer Martin Z. Marguiles and former NBA star, Alonzo Mourning, the Overtown Youth Center is a youth center located in the heart of Miami’s inner city. Since 2003, OYC has provided services to youth from in grades 2nd through 12th. OYC’s ultimate goal is that 100% of its students become positive contributing citizens of our community.

For more information, visit www.overtownyouth.org or contact (305) 349-1204 x.228

Overtown Youth Center, Inc.
Yance Torres
Development Manager
yance.Torres@overtownyouth.org
450 NW 14th Street • Miami, FL 33136
305.349.1204 ext. 228

DJ, artist team up for kids in Overtown


Not every DJ in town for the Winter Music Conference was solely spinning. EDM star Martin Garrix and artist Alexander Mijares spent Thursday afternoon teaching kids at Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center the art and basics of music mixing and painting and how music and art work together. Garrix and Mijares danced with the students to Garrix’s worldwide hit Animals and then made the surprise announcement that each student would leave with Limited Edition Beats by Dre headphones. Mijares also created an original piece for the event titled “Animals” after Garrix’s biggest hit with proceeds going to the Overtown Youth Center.

DJs were, however, a dime a dozen over the weekend, with sightings everywhere — from Paul van Dyk and Deep Dish dining at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin, to Deadmau5 jet skiing and lounging at the Mondrian minus his creepy mouse head. Also spotted: Carl Cox at Zuma, Tiesto at the Shore Club and Armin van Buren plugging headphones at Bâoli. On Sunday, the Swedish House Mafia trio had a late dinner at Prime 112. Busta Rhymes gave a surprise performance Friday at just-opened Adoré Nightclub.

Paris Hilton was spotted Thursday at one of the VIP tables “rocking kitty ears,” says our spy, at The Avicii Hotel at SLS Hotel South Beach.

After entering the Sony Open as a wild card in the women’s singles tournament, Miami resident and tennis pro Nadia Petrova bowed out in the early stages of Sony Open Tennis and used the remaining tournament time to catch up on some brow maintenance at Rik Rak Salon.

Shark Tank’s Daymond John was seen being a good son on Sunday when he took his mother out for a dinner at Catch Miami at The James Royal Palm. The mother/son duo dined outside on the restaurant’s patio while sharing a number of dishes. John, says our spy, “seemed really happy to be spending the night with his mother,” as the two were seen smiling and laughing.

With the controversy and horrific accident involving a security guard at Ultra heating up the social media airwaves over the weekend, Miami-based filmmaker Billy Corben, known for his outspoken views on the Miami zeitgeist, couldn’t help but make comparisons to the recent hip-hop documentary he and partner Alfred Spellman directed and produced for VH1.

There won’t be an Ultra documentary in Corben’s repertoire, but not because he agrees with Mayor Tomás Regalado and thinks it should leave town for good.

“Ultra is not for me. I’ve never been, nor is it likely I’ll ever go. But that’s what makes Miami Miami: there’s something for everyone. We should not allow one tragic incident to derail the 15-year tradition and impact of an internationally recognized event. Ultra is far more culturally relevant and economically stimulating than the soccer stadium proposal that local politicos are presently salivating over (by the way, if you’re interested in reducing trampling incidents, you should probably avoid soccer stadiums). Getting rid of Ultra is a myopic, generationally tone-deaf solution. Mayor Regalado sounds a bit like John Lithgow in Footloose. And, like Rev. Moore, I hope he will someday see the light (of the glow stick).”

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COMCAST TO INVEST $250,000 IN GRANTS IN FLORIDA TO ENHANCE DIGITAL LEARNING; COMPANY ALSO EXTENDS ITS NATIONAL BROADBAND ADOPTION PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES


Non-Profit Partners in Miami Dade, Palm Beach and Collier Counties to Receive Comcast Grants to Create Internet Essentials Learning Zones Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide

West Palm Beach, FL – March 4, 2014 – Comcast announced today it is providing $250,000 in grants to non-profit community organizations in Miami Dade, Palm Beach and Collier counties to create “Internet Essentials Learning Zones” within these Florida communities.  Community partners play a critical role in enhancing broadband technology access as well as offering family-focused digital literacy training.

Honoring the efforts of its community partners, Comcast has established a Gold Medal Recognition Program in which it is making more than $1 million in grants to dozens of non-profit partners in communities across the country that led the way in connecting families to home broadband through Internet Essentials.   Florida communities will be receiving three of those grants totaling $250,000 for non-profit partners in Miami Dade, Palm Beach and Collier counties.

Also, Internet Essentials eligible families in these Florida communities who are not currently customers can receive six months of complimentary Internet service if they apply for the program by March 18, 2014.  The families simply need to call 1-855-846-8376 or visit www.InternetEssentials.com. For Spanish, they may call 1-855-765-6995 or visit www.InternetBasico.com.

The grants in Florida will enable these communities to create a continuum of connectivity— or “Internet Essentials Learning Zones” — that begin in the classroom with wired schools, follow the students to wired libraries, wired computer centers, and wired after-school programs, and end in wired homes when the day is done.

“I believe that the moral imperative before us at this point in time is a connected way of living,” said Miami Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.  “Those that are not connected to the internet at home are at a significant educational and economic disadvantage compared to those who are.”
Additionally, Comcast also announced it has extended Internet Essentials indefinitely – beyond its initial three-year commitment.  In just two a half years, the initiative has connected more than 1.2 million low-income Americans to the power of broadband Internet at home.  In the State of Florida, through Internet Essentials Comcast has connected more than 160,000 low-income Floridians of which nearly 120,000 live in the South Florida area.

Announced in May 2011, Internet Essentials is designed to meet the needs of a specific population – low-income families with school-age children who are not currently connected to broadband Internet at home. However, no single program will completely close the digital divide.

To download broadcast quality b-roll featuring comments from Miami Dade and Palm Beach County officials and community partners, click here:  B-Roll DOWNLOAD LINK

Miami-Dade County

Tina Brown, Executive Director, Overtown Youth Center in Miami:
Link to view interview: http://youtu.be/eYow4JxhKKI

“Having Internet access levels the playing field for students and families in our community. The average income being $20,000, many families can’t afford internet access. Internet Essentials brings an opportunity to students and families in our community to be able to afford internet, but more importantly to aide students and to aide them in their quest for a better life.”

Link for Comcast interview: http://youtu.be/0pLFb0kHdH0

Derek Cooper, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment stated that “Internet Essentials plays an important role in helping to bridge the digital divide but we recognize we still have a long way to go.  We knew this was not going to be an easy task, but by extending the program and continuing to make enhancements, we remain firmly committed to the important cause of helping low-income families get online at home and take advantage of all the Internet has to offer.”

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About Internet Essentials:

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program.  It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person. Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private, and homeschooled students. We estimate a total of approximately 2.6 million eligible families live in our service area and therefore could apply for Internet Essentials.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995.

Visit the Internet Essentials Media Center at http://comcastcorporation.com/internetessentials

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Autographed, game-worn Way Of Wade 2.0 Overtown edition’s up for auction


Earlier this month Dwyane Wade and Li-Ning released the Way of Wade 2.0 Overtown edition of Wade’s signature sneaker along with a new website, www.wayofwade.com.

The highly anticipated release of these kicks available for the first time in the U.S. and Canada did not disappoint as the limited quantities that were available sold out fast.

However, all hope is not lost for those diehard sneaker heads who struck out the first time. Promoted via Li-Ning USA’s Instagram account, a pair of autographed, game-worn W.O.W.2.0’s are now up for auction on eBay with proceeds benefiting the Overtown Youth Center just in time for the holidays.

Item Sold for $10,000

Item Specifics:
Brand Wade / Li-Ning
Way of Wade 2.0 – Overtown Edition
US Shoe Size – 15

Game worn & autographed by Dwyane Wade.

No insoles (D-Wade’s custom insoles have been removed).

TEAM WADE WILL BE DONATING ALL PROCEEDS TO THE KIDS AT THE OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY.

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