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A Final Farewell for Hank Aaron

Hall of Famer and baseball legend Henry Louis Aaron nicknamed Hammerin’ Hank was laid to rest today. Aaron died of natural causes (not COVID related) last Friday at the age of 86. Regarded of as one of baseball’s greatest players of all time, he played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), 21 of those seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. While enduring racists threats and using hate mail from fans as motivation to surpass Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, with a career 755 home runs, Aaron held the home run record for 33yrs before it was broken by Barry Bonds who was later investigated for possible enhancement drugs violations.

Many have paid their respects to the legend including former Presidents Jimmy Carter, 96; Bill Clinton, 74; George W. Bush, 74; and Barack Obama, 59. To the world Aaron was more than a baseball player, he was a pioneer in the sport, a cultural icon, civil rights advocate and barrier breaker. He broke records and held many titles and his record of representing the Braves at the All-Star games 25 times remains untouched to this day.

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Ime Udoka Lands Head Coach Position

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According to ESPN, the Associated Press, and other sources, retired NBA player and former assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Ime Udoka is set to become the Boston Celtics new head coach and the first Nigerian-American head coach in the the NBA. During his time in the NBA Udoka played seven seasons with five different teams before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retirement he joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2013-14 season when they won the NBA title. In 2019, Udoka was the assist coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Brooklyn Nets. This upcoming season will be Udoka’s first shot as head coach in the NBA.

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And Another One….

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Simone Biles, aka “the GOAT,” set another record Saturday, May 22, 2021 becoming the first women ever to land the extremely difficult Yurchenko double pike vault move during competition at the GK US Classic in Indianapolis. The move is a roundoff onto a springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vaulting table, and ending with a piked double backflip into the air to landing. Historically this move has only been completed by just a few male gymnasts.

Biles, 24, successfully defended her GK US Classic all-around title. This was her first competition since October 2019.

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DRAFTED!

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Still elated from winning the 2021 Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship in front of her hometown crowd, San Antonio native, Wagner High School alumna, and Stanford University standout Kiana Williams is moving on up. Just recently Williams received a key to the city and now she is headed to the defending champion WNBA Seattle Storm. Williams was a drafted 18th overall in the second round of the 2021 WNBA Draft. Congratulations Kiana Williams!

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