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I’ve been a sports fan my entire life. Having grown up about an hour from Detroit, Michigan, I have been a loyal Detroit Pistons fan for years. I still remember standing at the games and yelling “Sheeeeeeeeeed” when Rasheed Wallace would block a shot or hit his famous fade-away post shot. As I have grown up and gotten a little more into “real life” social issues I have another reason to stand and yell “Sheeeeeeeeed”.
The recent Flint, Michigan water crisis was shocking to many Americans. I had heard about aging, failing infrastructures in cities but never had any idea that the problems were not only so bad, but so close. Like many issues that come across our twitter feeds and our phone and TV screens, we feel empathy in the moment for all of the suffering people, but quickly move on to the next big issue or the next great problem. I was inspired by seeing so many people jumping in and helping Flint when the crisis first happened. I’m inspired again because my childhood hero has become one of the loudest voices to ensure that people know this problem is still very real.
Rasheed Wallace earned millions of dollars during his career in the NBA. He was a once-in-a-generation talent who rose above many obstacles to become a star. He, along with former NBA players Stephen Jackson and Flint’s own Morris Peterson, has made multiple trips to Flint with trucks full of bottled water. Many other NBA players have offered to buy water when Rasheed makes these trips, but he doesn’t want their money for water; he wants them to see the disaster themselves. He has given a loud voice to the thousands of people who still have to boil water daily so they can shower and do other tasks I take for granted every day. He has given hope to an entire community who feels forgotten and de-humanized by a lack of governmental support.
Yeah, Rasheed will always be one of my favorite basketball players but more than that, he has become one of my favorite people. As horrifying as this crisis still is, it’s inspiring to know that one of my favorite players ever has found a new passion in his retired life. Hopefully Flint collectively yells “SHEEEEEEEEEEED” next time he makes his way up there. I know I will.
To learn more about the Flint water crisis or to find out how you can help, please visit http://www.helpforflint.com/
Pictured: Rasheed Wallace with local residents (photo courtesy of The Players Tribune)
We are heading into April and conference season is in full swing!
After a wonderful time at the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference we are now preparing for a road trip to the Indiana Campus Compact 6th Annual Service Engagement Summit! We look forward to catching up with returning attendees and greeting newcomers at this Indianapolis event beginning Thursday, March 31. See more regarding the Service Engagement Summit by clicking here!
Following the Service Engagement Summit in Indianapolis Lyon will be looking forward to a mid-April convening of higher education faculty, students, and service professional interested in promoting a culture on engagement both on their campuses and throughout the nation. The Gulf-South Summit will be hosted by Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia this year. The conference will begin April 13 and run through April 15. Learn more about the Gulf-South Summit here!
Get ready California, in one week Lyon Software is flying cross-country! Come see us in Long Beach, aboard the historic Queen Mary for the 18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Stop by our booth anytime during the event to meet Brittany Younts and Crystal Randolph, get your Lyon Software goodies and learn about CBISA Plus for Higher Education! Thursday, April 9th be sure to join our session “Creating an Impact Report: How to Effectively Tell Your Community Engagement Story” hosted by our very own Trina Hackensmith and CBISA user Michelle Barker, of Saint Mary’s College of California. Trina and Michelle have some great information to share with you all. We hope to see you there!
Click here to learn more about the Continuums of Service Conference.
Lyon Software team members Brittany Younts and Crystal Randolph will be traveling again! Join Crystal and Brittany in Indianapolis for Indiana Campus Compact’s 5th Annual Service Engagement Summit. Come celebrate the commitment made by Indiana Campus Compact members and the great community engagement work they have done this year. The theme this year for this two day event is “Supporting Students in Social Ventures: Preparing students for a life of career and service.” Stop by our booth to meet Brittany and Crystal, stock up on Lyon Software goodies, and learn about how CBISA Plus can help your campus create its institutional impact report!
Learn more about this year’s Service Engagement Summit here!