Sports and Our Kids is this week’s #DadChat topic on Thursday, July 25 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. I remember when sports were the province of our schools. My parents had little involvement in my participation in sports. Heck, we even got Driver’s Ed in school back in the day. It’s a whole different world today with parents carrying the lion’s share of responsibility for many of their kids’ sports activities.
There are so many issues to cover within this topic. What do you do if your kid doesn’t take to sports? Do you push it on them? What do you do with a lousy coach or a kid that may not get much time playing? What is appropriate? How do you teach your kids good sportsmanship when we read and hear about so much steroid use among our elite athletes? Where are today’s Sports HEROES like Sandy Koufax and so many others from the past ? Does anyone look up to Lance Armstrong anymore or ANY of the dozens of baseball players who drugged up?
We have a unique and special co-host this week with Glenn Toby, who is the perfect “sport” for this discussion. Read on and learn why:
Glenn Toby (also known as Sweety G), was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Queens County. He has had a wide and varied career expanding from music producer, entertainment, and sports marketing agent for the nation’s top athletes, to working in the business world. He is known as an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, and Author. He currently resides in New York City and Atlanta Georgia with offices in several other States.
Glenn Toby co-managed LL Cool J for three years with Charles K. Fisher, Glenn also managed, Rapper- Saigon, Rapper / Producer David Banner, Rapper Positive K and more. Glenn eventually merged with Sports Agent, Alonzo Shavers to create Infinite Sports Technology (IST). Their firm has managed, advised or represented over 50 professional athletes including Asante Samuel (Philadelphia Eagles), Damien Robinson (Seattle Seahawks), Antonio Freeman (Green Bay Packers), Josh Evans (New York Jets), Tutan Reyes (Buffalo Bills), Rashad McCants, (Sacramento Kings), Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World – O’Neil Bell “The Supernova”, Don King of Don King Productions, Saigon (rapper), Olympian, Samyr Laine (triple jump) and more.
In 1998 he created The Book Bank Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable underprivileged youth to achieve personal goals, develop self-confidence and prepare themselves for productive roles by focusing on the importance of literacy. They provide our youth with tutoring, counsel, alternative education, and career development services. To date the foundation has serviced over 100,000 children nationwide and contributed over 450,000 hours of community service.
One day, a seed was planted by business mogul and philanthropist, Glenn Toby, who rose from an early childhood of homelessness to achieve greatness. An ideal for a documentary dealing with the issues of how one can overcome poverty was born. The concept grew and soon became a global story–with a group of concerned citizens around the world, sharing their stories of how poverty plays out in their communities and their solutions for how to overcome it.
Poverty is at epidemic proportions around the globe. Almost half the world; over three billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day and at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. There are 2.2 billion children in the world and 1 billion (every second child) live in poverty. As difficult as it is to believe in this day and age, nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. Less than one per cent of what the world spends every year on weapons could be used to put every child into school and yet it doesn’t happen.
S.T.O.P. (Solutions to Overcoming Poverty) tells the story of everyday people living in far less than ideal circumstances around the world. A dynamic team of producers shot footage in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia in Brazil; in Cambodia we were on location in the city of Phnom Phen and we covered several cities in North America. In each country, we discovered that regardless of cultural differences, everyone is faced with the same obstacles—how does one get out of poverty, with limited resources, education and access to job opportunities. S.T.O.P. uncovers the solutions from a diverse group of individuals, including those afflicted by poverty as well as activists, philanthropists, and scholars.
Global leaders from around the world speak from the heart on how to lend a “hands up” approach rather than a “hand out.” What has been tried in the past, what works and what needs to be fixed. The time is NOW to get involved and make a difference for the human race.
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