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Norman Vaughan – "Dream Big and Dare To Fail"

Adventurer Norman Vaughan was a member of Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1928 expedition to the South Pole, serving as a dog handler. In 1930, Admiral Byrd named one of the peaks he conquered during his expedition after Norman and two other dog handlers. And it was then that Norman decided he wanted to scale the peak that had been named after him….

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Make Today Great – Read These Short Stories to Inspire You!

When you wake up in the morning and start to think about your day, what kind of day do you want to have? Naturally, everyone wants to have a great day everyday! To make your day great, decide what you can do to make it so. For inspiration, read the short stories in the video and…

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Patrick Henry Hughes – Inspirational Story

Patrick Henry Hughes is a student at the University of Louisville. He was born blind and crippled in both his legs and arms. Yet now he plays the piano beautifully and “marches” in the Louisville marching band. This video tells Patrick’s inspirational story. Additional Resources: Here is an article all about Patrick. Find out more about Patrick at…

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These Guys Make Giving Back "Child's Play"!

Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins make a living drawing an online comic strip called “Penny Arcade”. But they also have a passion for video games. So in 2003, along with their business manager, Robert Khoo, they decided to start a charity called Child’s Play that sends video games to sick kids in more than 60 hospitals worldwide. Since 2003, over…

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Derek Jeter: Amazing On and Off the Baseball Field

Derek Jeter is well-known as an outstanding baseball player. But Derek is just as outstanding in another area – community giving. In 1996, Derek founded the Turn 2 Foundation, a group that encourages kids to turn away from bad choices like drugs or gangs and “turn 2” positive, healthy lifestyle choices. In 2009, Derek’s generous,…

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Inspiring Project – Alex's Lemonade Stand

By holding an Alex’s Lemonade Stand of your own, you can help fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time. Alex’s Lemonade Stand provides a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in the lives of others. As Alex once said, “holding your own Alex’s Lemonade Stand is easy and fun!” It is also…

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Blessings in a Backpack – Feeding Hungry Kids, One Backpack-ful At a Time!

Stockbroker Stan Curtis realized that there are many kids in America who have food provided to them at school during the week but who have little or no food on the weekends. And so, in 2005, Stan began a wonderful program that helps provide weekend food to kids who need it. His program is called Blessings in…

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The Ultimate Act of Sportsmanship

Here is an inspiring story of sportmanship, on the field, in women’s college softball. To see the actual events as they unfolded, check out the video taken by one of the players’ moms: Additional Resources: Here is a video about what happened at the game. Here is an article that tells the story. Topics for Discussion:…

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E:60 Power of One

Here is a video about Adam Bender, an active 8-year-old boy who lives with one leg. Additional Resources: Here is an article about Adam and his amazing story. Topics for Discussion: What would it be like if you had only one leg? How would your life be different? What do you think makes Adam able to be great…

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Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was asked to give a standard lecture. The lecture was to be one in which he would imagine he was dying and this would be his last chance to speak. However, Randy didn’t have to imagine he was dying – shortly before his lecture, he found out…

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