Our HeartsBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarMade of only soft flesh without a boneMade to be flexible and ready to bendMade of how we see the world aroundmade to swifter big problems suddenlyOur hearts plead to go on……………………Made to shed tears as a vent for hurtMade firm by the sound of pleasantriesMade bubbly when your smile radiatesMade weak by actions of the unfriendlyOur hearts sing a song…………………….made a hero by the loud acclaim of allMade to rock against all the odds in lifeMade green as a lawn new spring timeMade to glow as candles behind a glassOur hearts rests in a cradle……………Made to break when placed in shockMade to rejuvenate its self-healingMade to rosy again after the deep fallMade to tango in lilac and purple yetOur hearts soft but stronger than goldTwo Blind MenBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarAlong the metal wall of the presidential groundsTwo blind men felt their way down a clean pathThey multi stepped as slowly their hands gropedWith swinging white canes to navigate graduallyMuch vigor was placed into getting to destinationMy heart skipped a beat to see them do their bestThese…………. Two Blind MenOne wore slacks while the other was suited fineThe ironed black pant with white shirt was sharpSeemed like the suited guy was a office workerHis pal in slacks was matching in red and blueThey were sure to get to duty as they huggedIn close commune their goal was singular hereThese……. Two Blind MenInspiring puffs rise from their journey of a dayHands on each other back serves as self-beltsGuarding each from the cars busy Capitol HillTen thirty daily means commitments to themReady to face the pains and drains of todaySentiments float over why there is little careThese………. Two Blind MenHer SacrificeBy Varney L. S. GeanFrom the instant she knew beforehandA child growing her small belly heldThe sings all there she knew the truthHappy was she months later she boreThe moment when joy had no boundaryHer SacrificeHer love her nursing for the child she boreForsaking many things for the child’s futureToil and sweat for the child must be nurturedHer aim to make better won’t be ruinedThroughout times she did the best she couldHer SacrificeThat youngster will be greater she acclaimedFor all her efforts smiles her sweet face carriedShe did not falter not even in dire momentsHer newborn she prayed should be betterShe knew how far and whatever it tookHer SacrificeToday she laughs when mothers wailToday she smiles when people ask herWho is that greater man or woman with you?For all her efforts it is time to beam motherFor without YOU life would have been futileHer SacrificeA Whole New LevelBy Varney L. S. GeanStarted out like a blur out of nowhereStreaming down so rapid like cascadeA whole new levelHeadlong to get the paramount of allNot halting as everything spiral fasterA whole new levelIn this time minds jump start like boltsLike thunderbolts the sharpness mattersA whole new levelIn the long run results will be probableSomething to make frowned faces smileA whole new levelShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Youth Soccer will hold its 8th Annual Field Day and 3v3 Tournament on Sunday, September 15, 2019 (rain date September 22th) from 10am to 4pm at the Shawsheen School fields.As part of Field Day, Wilmington Youth Soccer will be holding its Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament. All athletes from Grades 1-8 are welcome; players do not have to be enrolled in Wilmington Youth Soccer to participate. Teams can include 3 to 6 players with a registration fee of $120 per team – which includes Field Day entry for all players and coaches. For more information, visit http://wilmingtonyouthsoccer.org. Registration will be open on the website soon.Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING SOON: Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Field Day & 3v3 Tournament Set For September 15In “Community”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 10In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 9In “Sports”
Shavannia Williams launched Heels and Helmets which uses sports analogies through its football training camps to help level the playing field for women in business. (Courtesy photo)At one of the great temples of college football Shavannia Williams learned to play the game with the big boys.Williams began her career in sports marketing as an undergrad at the University of Michigan across the hall from legendary coach Bo Schembechler when Tom Brady was fighting for time at quarterback. Though Schembechler had long since hung up his whistle and put down the clipboard by the time she got to Ann Arbor the Hall of Fame coach uttered a game changing salvo in passing that would resonate with her as she began her career.“Don’t let the boys make you afraid,” Williams remembers.With that in mind Williams launched Heels and Helmets, an organization that helps women succeed and advance in the corporate world by breaking down communications barriers through the prism of sports. The philosophy is to teach women how to speak and understand sports vernacular while using it to create gender equity in America’s workforce by helping them interact with male decisions makers and level the playing field for professional advancement.Williams launched Heels and Helmets as a blog in January 2010 hoping to give women the competitive advantage in the workplace by helping them direct business conversations in the context of sports. The ability to comprehend sports analogies was something that she learned was intimidating to even most successful most women through conversations with friends who were lawyers and lobbyists on Capitol Hill.“I want women to be true to themselves,” said Williams. “We’re not trying to change who they are. This is just another tool in the toolbox to help compete in business”.Her friend Tiffany Moore was the inspiration that turned her concept into a company. Moore, who was on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at the time, asked her to explain what the football analogies meant after a corporate presentation she attended where they resonated with the larger audience. Williams, who was a corporate sales representative with the Washington Wizards at the time, realized that her sports acumen and those in her inner circle gave them an advantage in relaxed corporate settings that could help lead them to greater professional success dealing with men.“That’s when the light bulb went off for me,” said Williams. “The ability to communicate on a level that men can relate to helps break down barriers in the workplace. Often it’s not about discrimination that hinders advancement it’s really about getting more women into the loop”.The Heels and Helmets mission brings women into that loop through professional development opportunities during sports themed workshops, events, and philanthropy. Football and golf are the premise for the Football For Business Ladies Training Camp and the Afternoon Golf Tee. Since the NFL is the most popular sport in the United States and golf is corporate America’s most popular recreational pastime Williams not only gives women the acumen to compete and communicate about those sports she prepares helps bridge the gap with men .“Relationships are key in business,” said Samira Cook, Vice President for Business Development at the National Reinvestment Coalition. “The football training camp and golf clinic] provided our clients at the D.C. Women’s Business Center with tools to interact with their male counterparts.”Though 50 percent of America’s workforce is women less than 15 percent are in management. Williams hopes Heels and Helmets will close the gap by giving them confidence to communicate effectively.“It’s a matter of breaking down language and cultural barriers that impede team building,” said Williams. “Learning how to talk football and golf in particular teaches women how to chop it up with the big boys”.