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Ryan Hreljac – Giving Clean Water to the World, One Well at a Time

When he was in first grade, Ryan Hreljac learned that there were people in the world who had no clean water, and it moved him. Right then and there, he decided he wanted to help people get clean water. So Ryan started doing extra chores and raising money to provide wells for people in underdeveloped countries. In 1999, at…

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Rory (Craig) Koonce – Making the Impossible Possible!

In many ways, Rory Koonce is just an ordinary young man. But in one very special way, Rory (who also goes by Craig) is anything but ordinary. You see, Rory is a talented athlete – an avid competitor in the sport of weightlifting. His weightlifting success is an amazing feat in and of itself. But it…

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Ashley Rhodes-Courter – Helping Foster Kids Find Families!

When Ashley Rhodes-Courter was a young girl, she didn’t know what it was like to have a family. Placed in foster care as a toddler, she ended up being shuffled to 14 different foster homes before she was 12 years old. In some cases, Ashley was subjected to physical and mental abuse. But when she was…

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A Brilliant Idea – A Special Soccer Ball That Provides Energy to Developing Countries

The idea for sOccket came from four inspiring young women at Harvard. In the developing world, energy is often not available. And what is available often comes from dangerous sources like kerosene lamps. Often, school kids resort to studying near kerosene lamps, fires, or even street lamps.  They often come to school with soot on their noses from using such methods for light. At the same time,…

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Maurice Cheeks – Basketball Player, NBA Coach and….Singer?

Maurice Cheeks is best known for his basketball skill – he is a talented, famous NBA coach and player. However, on April 25, 2003, Maurice took on a different role. On that day, he played the role of good Samaritan….. Before the start of the Trail Blazers NBA game that day, a young girl named Natalie Gilbert…

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Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa – From Poor Immigrant to Renowned Brain Surgeon!

In 1987, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa was a poor boy from Mexico who was desperate to help his family. Out of this desperation, at 19 years old, Alfredo crossed the border from Mexico into America and took a job as a farm laborer. Originally, his goal was to make money and return to Mexico. But once in America, he…

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Divine Bradley – At 17, He Was Already Trying to Change the World!

When Divine Bradley was 17, he already knew he wanted to change the world. He began his quest by founding Team Revolution, a group that enlisted young people from ages 13 to 23 to participate in his program and do their parts to help change the world for the better. This video tells the inspirational…

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Ben Underwood – He Defied the Odds Just To Be a Normal Teenager!

Overall, Ben Underwood was your ordinary teenage boy – he liked to ride his bike, play video games, and hang out with his friends. But in one major way, Ben was anything but ordinary….. At a very young age, Ben lost both of his eyes to cancer. However, Ben decided that he wasn’t going to…

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Erik Weihenmayer – Achieving The Peak of Success, Literally!

In 2001, Erik Weihenmayer achieved a goal that many have sought but only a few have attained – he scaled Mount Everest. This feat is amazing in itself, but it is made even more incredible by the fact that Erik is blind! Despite his blindness, and with help from an amazing support team, Erik defied the…

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Jessica Cox – Surefooted and Defying the Odds

Jessica Cox is a young woman who has already accomplished a lot in her life. She has graduated college, begun a career as a motivational speaker, earned two blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, and even learned to fly a plane! But even more amazing is the fact that Jessica has attained these goals despite the fact…

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