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As we celebrate Black History Month, one figure who was a trailblazer in the game of baseball died today at the age of 83.

Frank Robinson, who was born in Beaumont, Texas, was a World Series champion, finished his baseball career with 586 career home runs, and led the way for minorities in management in the game.

At the age 20, Robinson was rookie of the year for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, which began a 21-year career in which he played for five teams and became the first to win the MVP award in both leagues.

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career.”

The Cleveland Indians gave Robinson his chance at managing in 1975 when they made him player-manager and gave him the distinction as the first black manager in the Major Leagues. He earned the AL’s Manager of the Year Award in 1989 after leading the Baltimore Orioles, which famously lost its first 21 games the year prior to an 87-win season. At his Hall of Fame induction in 1982, Robinson paid homage to Baltimore, Memorial Stadium and its fans.

Plans for funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations in Robinson’s name to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about Robinson, visit: https://www.mlb.com/news/frank-robinsons-top-10-mlb-moments/c-300017338

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Chad Briscoe and his son, Jamir, have created a basketball training tool called Ball By Yourself® Strap, the world’s first and only basketball training tool that allows players to train 100% of the time without ever chasing after loose balls, focusing on fitness, basketball skill development and safety while creating muscle memory through repetition.

Being a former European Professional Basketball player, former college All-American & former college and high school coach, Chad knows a thing or two about how important skill development is. His product works effectively for all players from age 5 up to adults.

He comments, “With the help of my son, I created Ball By Yourself® Strap to give kids an opportunity to see someone who looks like them who also had similar aspirations as them growing up to play professionally. My goal was to also help those who to want to ‘go pro’ to realize that they can do so in something other than just playing sports.”

“The reality is that only 1.3% of college players get drafted by the NBA, and they need to know that there are other career paths in the sports industry,” Chad adds. “Through our impact they will be inspired to formulate ideas that will possibly create products that will enhance the whole sports industry.”

Ball By Yourself® is currently being used by AAU, High School, College and D-league players across the country and has been sold to players in Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Australia and the UK. The product is also used as a physical fitness tool by kids and adults. It supports rehabilitation of injured players as well as patients with muscle restrictions (helping with arthritis to loosen muscles with passing & dribbling repetitions) and those who are wheelchair users.

With the collaboration between the NBA and the continent of Africa, children and adults from all 54 countries will have an opportunity to use this new training tool which promotes fundamentals without requiring a basketball court or even a partner. The product allows players to use their own 27.5, 28.5 or 29.5 basketball with the strap for convenience.

Ball By Yourself® is currently being sold online at www.BallByYourself.com as well as at AAU tournaments, camps and clinics across the country. The company was a vendor at last year’s Jam-On-It tournament in Reno, Nevada – the largest AAU basketball tournament in the country, hosting over 1,100 youth basketball teams. They sold out of their products after the first day of the event.

For investment opportunities, send an email to chad@ballbyyourself.com or call 925-698-2384.

Watch their Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS79OwLWg7o&feature=youtu.be

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6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala

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San Antonio, TX— The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21 st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

Rance “Sonny” William Olison used his athleticism to open doors that led to an advanced education and a lifetime of philanthropy. “He had a lot of great one-liners I find myself repeating, like: ‘To be a gainer, you must be a giver,’” former NFL and University of Texas running back Priest Holmes said about his friend. Olison called himself a “suitcase” player because he played in four professional football leagues including the NFL. He was a cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers in 1976. He also played for the Texarkana Phantoms in Arkansas from 1977-78, the Kansas City Chiefs in 1979, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980, among others.

Olison also served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys and instructed many young people in sports throughout the years. Wanting to empower others, Olison also become a history teacher and philanthropist. During his reign as president of the NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter, the organization worked with the San Antonio-based Priest Holmes Foundation to provide scholarships for students to help them step into promising futures.

On March 11, at age 65, Olison died of heart complications. To honor all of his accomplishments, The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

The event will feature a dinner, dance and silent auction. There will be several Former NFL, NBA and MLB players in San Antonio, Texas to take part in this event.

Proceeds will benefit the Mrs. Carrie Kendrix Buggs Turkey giveaway in Rance hometown in Arkansas and in San Antonio on December for families in need.

Tickets can be purchased on Event Brite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-rance-olison-celebrity-sports-trivia-night-gala-tickets-65676737891

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