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Worthy Cause Countdown: Get The Lady Tigers To Chicago [EXTENDED]

Here’s how you can help this inner-city softball team have the experience of a lifetime

In December, GOOD Sports featured worthy school athletic programs in need of support. There was the softball team in need of scorecards and softballs, the soccer team needing pinnies, and the track team trying to acquire hurdles, just to name a few. And we’re happy to report that all 12 of the campaigns have been fully funded.


So we are offering up one more—and the campaign has been extended to January 9!

The JHS Jordan L. Mott 22 school, situated in a high-poverty area of the Bronx, has the opportunity to send its softball team to a tournament in Chicago. It’s the latest in a series of aspirations and accomplishments for coach (and cancer survivor) Christopher Astacio and his Lady Tigers team.

“Battling an environment plagued with poverty, drugs and gang violence, our school strives to provide these young girls with hope,” Astacio writes on DonorsChoose.org. “Softball has become a way of life, a means to escape the harsh reality of their circumstances and simply enjoy being a teen.”

The Lady Tigers need help getting to Chicago, where they also will be participating in college tours while being exposed to a world far removed from the one in which they live. Writes Astacio:

Accustomed to dismal housing projects, streets riddled with filth, gang presence nearly on every street corner, etc., most of my girls do not realize places like Bandits Stadium and Chicago University exist nor do they believe that they could one day step foot on a ‘real softball field’ made of grass and dirt and not concrete riddled with broken glass.

The softball team needs a big assist to the tune of $28,816 in order to make it to the tournament, and the campaign already has received more than $2,000 toward the cause. You can donate here.

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.





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A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

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