“The most significant bluebird meaning among all is its message for you to embrace happiness. When a bluebird appears, expect satisfaction and bliss to come your way as prosperity is due for a visit. It is an appeal to enjoy life and its wonders and to change the way you look at things, allowing you to appreciate every moment as well as our freedom that we often overlook.” Resource: Richard Alois
“Keep your eye on the ball.” ~Ford Frick
This quote is the first rule in former National League President Ford Frick’s “Ten Commandments of Umpiring”. It came immediately to mind when I heard young Emma Gonzalez respond to a question about what she thought of Trump’s tweets. She said “The best thing for us to do is ignore him and continue fighting our fight.”
Emma’s wise beyond her years comment also made me think “Out of the mouth of babes comes truth and wisdom.” Modified interpretation of Psalm 8:2, Kings James Bible.
“I am an Architect . . . I am drafting the plans to build my new life! Smart and healthy choices, positivity, learning more self-care and love will be my foundation.” ~Roz Obayemi Barbour
I asked my good friend CJ Stewart to share one of his favorite motivational quotes. Something he says to the L.E.A.D. Ambassadors, when necessary, that results in an obvious positive reaction from them.
There are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible. ~CJ Stewart
A succinct and effective reminder to “praise God and trust in him” everyday.
Remember 9/11 – To the families of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to those who were wounded that day, and to their families and loved ones; …we will never forget. It is still painful to think about the unbelievable horror that occurred 15 years ago tomorrow, I can not imagine how those who were more directly affected deal with it, and I know they do on a daily basis. My heart aches for you.
2nd Annual Safe At Home Game™ – Inner City Kids vs Inner City Cops
On July 5, 2016, the Atlanta City Council proclaimed the month of August Safe At Home month in recognition of the success of a program which culminated in the inaugural Safe at Home Game™ on August 1, 2015. The program was so successful that the organizers, APIVEO and L.E.A.D., Inc., in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation, and its participants committed to it again in 2016.
L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and Atlanta Police Department will compete against each other for the second time in the 2nd Annual Safe at Home Game™ on Saturday, August 6, at GA Tech’s Russ Chandler Baseball Stadium. The game is a culmination of fellowship and practice time spent between the L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and Atlanta Police Department officers during the 2016 SAH program. The goodwill that is generated by the SAH program is priceless.
L.E.A.D. Ambassador Cameron Giles had this to say about his experience playing in the inaugural Safe at Home game:
I learned that everyone is human and has different emotions. The police started to get a little frustrated when they made errors and I realized that we do the same thing on our own team. So no one should get mad at someone else because they didn’t do correctly on the field or at the plate. We should all keep our heads high and continue to have a great game.
And, Lieutenant Jim Hodges had this to say:
They were all very polite and genial. I could sense that they had hope and an idea that they are going somewhere in life. The hopelessness and its collateral effects that I normally see in kids from their neighborhoods doesn’t operate in them.
The relationship between APIVEO, Atlanta Police Department and L.E.A.D. is stronger now because of their work together on Safe at Home, and that is a big win for all three organizations, especially L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and APD police officers, as well as the families of both groups, and Atlanta’s inner city communities. Together our voices are stronger and more likely to be heard as we develop Atlanta’s next generation of leaders.
Please help us help spread the word about this year’s 2nd Annual Safe At Home Game™ and the strong support the Safe At Home initiative has received from the City of Atlanta.