Basketball has been apart of my life ever since I was a baby. I started playing organized basketball at age 8 or 9. In my elementary school, Mother of Divine Providence, I played organized basketball from 5th to 8th grade. After that Played Varsity basketball from 10th grade, up to and including my Senior year of High school. I have also played on multiple AAU teams throughout my career in basketball, traveling to different places to play against different competition and as some as you know I have the opportunity to be apart of 3% to continue from high school into college to play basketball.\n http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/percentage-high-school-athletes-ncaa-college.htm \nThrough my years of playing basketball, I have been privilege to have great coaches, who not only helped me on the court but off, in other words, they gave back. Helping the youth and trying to pass there wisdom or advice to someone in need of it. This year I have had more advice then I ever had in my life. Helping me persevere and overcome anything I was going through. \nWith Giving back I got the idea of giving back to a certain cause. The Jimmy V. foundation is cancer organization that was started by former Men&#x2019;s College Basketball coach, Jimmy Valvano.\nJimmy was diagnosed with Bone cancer in June 1992. By March 4th 1993, he was struggling with his disease, but had enough will power to accept the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award. he gave his. A few Months later in November 1993 Jimmy passed away, his legacy lives on every year with the start of Mens College Basketball having four teams compete in the Jimmy V. classic.\n http://www.jimmyv.org/remembering-jim/espy-awards-speech.html \nhttp://www.jimmyv.org/events/jimmy-v-mens-basketball-classic.html\n\n\n
http://www.ultimate-youth-basketball-guide.com/jim-valvano-quotes.html \n\nBoth of these quotes were said by Jimmy Valvano, the once NCAA head coach of North Carolina State. Before Passing away from Bone Cancer in 93&#x2019;, Jimmy gave a speech at the ESPYS, both these quotes were in that touching speech.\n
In other words the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions. You sympathize with their situation and be there for them.\nhttp://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/empathy\n\nhttp://www.waisman.wisc.edu/twinresearch/newsletters/spring2008.pdf\n\nCognitive empathy is the ability to understand a distressing situation. To recognize another&#x2019;s emotional state. An example of that would be if your parent stubbed his or her toe on a chair, the child might study and examine the chair closely to understand how it could have hurt another person.\n\nEmotional Empathy is the experience the feelings that have been expressed by another person.\nAnd behavioral empathy, is when you try to help another person in distress.\n\n
http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/twinresearch/newsletters/spring2008.pdf\n\nIn a recent study, babies one to two years old, were brought into laboratory at various ages and stages of development. The primary caregiver of that child was instructed to\npretend to pinch his or her finger in a clipboard and simulate pain for 30 seconds. It was stated that while two-year-olds do not respond with sophisticated forms of empathy, they displayed empathic responses such as showing facial expressions of concern, kissing their caregivers.\n\nIn that study Girls displayed more concern and helping behavior then boys. However, boys engaged in slightly more cognitive empathy than girls. These findings suggest that although girls show greater emotional empathy and helping behavior, boys are capable of showing cognitive empathy as girls.\n
An optimistic take-home message from this research is that a warm, nurturing family environment could foster both positive affect and empathy in young children.\n\nhttp://www.waisman.wisc.edu/twinresearch/newsletters/spring2008.pdf\n\n
http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0811/charity.athletes/images/tiger-woods.jpg \n\n---Tiger Woods Foundation was founded November 18, 1996 and is still up and running today. The idea of it was inspired by Tiger Woods and his father Earl. It was to create and support community-based programs that improve the health, education, and welfare of all children in America. This foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities for youth worldwide. This foundation has multiple parts of it, having different events every year such as &#x201C;Tiger Jam&#x201D; and annual &#x201C;Tiger Block party&#x201D;. \n\nhttp://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/news/article/2011012416490522/tiger_jam/.\n\nThe Tiger Jam has Grammy award winning musicians to help raise money for underprivileged kids, For 12 years, he has hosted a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians like Sting, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Van Halen and No Doubt. The first Tiger Jam was held at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, Calif., and featured The Eagles, Babyface, Hootie and the Blowfish and comedian Jay Leno. Special guests included Kobe Bryant, Bill Maher, John Elway and Scott Hamilton. Through out the years special guest appearances have come from many people such as Ray Romano, Dwayne Wade, Joe Pesci, Quincy Jones, Michael Jordan, Jessica Alba and many others.\n\nhttp://web.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/aboutTWF/annualReport \n\nAnd 25 bright, young students are now attending college through the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. We also awarded 109 grants to amazing youth-based organizations around the world.\n
http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/news/article/2011012416490522/tiger_jam/\n\n\nTiger Woods has always been interested in music, from hip-hop, to rock&roll, to jazz. He wanted to have a way to raise money for children involving music, He did that with Tiger Jam\nThe Tiger Jam has Grammy award winning musicians to help raise money for underprivileged kids, For 12 years, he has hosted a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians like Sting, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Celine Dion, and others. The first Tiger Jam was held at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, Calif., and featured The Eagles, Babyface, Hootie and the Blowfish and comedian Jay Leno. Special guests included Kobe Bryant, Bill Maher, John Elway and Scott Hamilton. Through out the years special guest appearances have come from many people such as Ray Romano, Dwayne Wade, Joe Pesci, Quincy Jones, Michael Jordan, Jessica Alba and many others. This year, musical talents John Mayer, and Keith Urban\n\n
http://www.randyfoye.org/images/foye-foundation-classic.jpg\n\nhttp://www.therandyfoyefoundation.org/about.html\n\nhttp://www.nj.com/newark/index.ssf/2009/04/randy_foye_returns_to_newark_t.html\n\nDuring the 1990&#x2019;s, kids watching basketball wanted to &#x201C;be like Mike.&#x201D; Today they wanna be life Lebron James, or Kobe Bryant. Its a different story for kids in Newark NJ. A Villanova University Graduate, Randy Foye was drafted into the NBA by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2006, later was traded and now plays for the LA Clippers. It raises money for programs and projects aimed at helping Newark Residents. \nRandy isn&#x2019;t a stranger to going through adversity, and over coming it. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, around drugs and violence, Randy had to do it without his parents. They both had died by age 6 and he had to go back and forth to live at his grandmothers house and also his aunt and uncles.\nHis foundation is primarily him giving back to where he came from. In a poor, Urban area Foye makes as many visits back to Newark \n
http://www.nba.com/preview2007/journey_foye.html \n\n \n\nAssist 4 life is a program in the RFF. that helps 7 certain students in the Newark school district, to achieve more. Foye and members of the foundation work closely with seven different students from Randy&#x2019;s elementary school, Dr. E. Alma Flagg school. His goal is to make sure those students are trying hard in school and striving to achieve their goals for the future.\n\nOne of those seven students shared her own story. 7th grader are the Flagg school, she said &#x201C;Before participating in &#x201C;Assist 4 life,&#x201D; I didn&#x2019;t push myself to do extra work, but since the program, I&#x2019;ve been involved in a lot more.&#x201D; Since then she is also now participating in medical programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers because she wants to be a pediatrician. Those in the program who achieve high standards are then awarded. Aloma made the high honors at her school so the RFF sent her to see Randy play in Philadelphia when his team came into the city.\n&#x201C;I used to always think it was impossible for me to be on honor roll,&#x201D; Brooks said. &#x201C; Now I always try to think of the positive and believe in the impossible.&#x201D;\n\n\n
\nBorn March 10th, 1946, Jimmy Valvano, was once a National College Champion coach at the University of North Carolina State.\nJimmy Coached college basketball for 19 years, until he was forced to stop by an terminal disease, Bone Cancer. Besides his 346-212 recored as a college coach, a National championship and also playing division 1 basketball, Jimmy is known for the inspiring speech he gave few months before he passed away. The speech was giving after he received the first Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award.\n\nhttp://basketball.about.com/od/coaches/p/valvano.htm\n\n\n
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5867122\n \nhttp://www.illinoisloyalty.com/i/20090201-illini-basketball-iowa/mbiowa-130.jpg\n\n\nThis speech is still famous today, as it was in 1993. Inspiring people left and right. Jimmy now has a tournament every year dedicated in his name. Along with that, one week in every basketball season, college and high school coaches will wear basketball sneakers to make a higher awareness of cancer.\n
http://www.jimmyv.org/about-us/our-story.html\n\n\nThe V Foundation started with the dream of Coach Valvano, Wanting to see the battle through to victory, Valvano recruited friends and family to lead The V Foundation in his road to eradicate the disease that ultimately claimed his life.The V Foundation has raised more than $100 million and awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia.The V Foundation has set specific goals for performance,&#xA0;including, but&#xA0;not limited to:\nMaintaining the lowest overhead among cancer research fundraising organizations \nContinue to&#xA0;increase&#xA0;funding for cancer research year&#xA0;after year \nMonitoring performance of scientists through annual reporting \nThe V Foundation has an excellent track record for finding and funding elite young scientists. Between 1994 -- when the first V Scholar grants were awarded -- and 2003, The V Foundation awarded 109 V Scholar grants to promising young researchers nationwide to help them establish their laboratories. Of those V Scholars, 93 percent have received additional funding and are still working in independent labs. An additional five percent are currently working in related research.\n
Giving Back:Every shot matters Ryan McGee
ThesisGiving back to the community is an essentialelement of society. Athletes, Philanthropists,and most humans participate in this action.It is important to display empathy, helpingthose who are less fortunate achieve a highquality of life and lead to happiness.
Personal RelevancePlayed basketball my whole life.Want to give back to a good cause (Empathy)Jimmy V. Foundation
Quotes"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every dayof our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. Youshould spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotionsmoved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, andyou cry, thats a full day. Thats a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, youregoing to have something special."--- Jimmy Valvano"Dont give up, dont ever give up."--- Jimmy Valvano
Every Shot MattersEmpathy- The action of understanding, being aware or sensitive toand vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, of anothereither past or presentThree kinds of Empathy Cognitive Emotional Behavioral
EmpathyFour Main Findings with Empathy in ChildrenFirst two Findings Empathy seen as early as age two Girls & Boys display empathy differently
EmpathyTwo other Findings Empathy at age two can be somewhat predicted by smiling and laughing The environment is important in shaping empathy.
TWFTiger Woods FoundationOver $1 Million donated.