Houston Forward Times

04 June 2014 Written by  Tyrone Willis

Houston Buzz

 

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Blue Cure

Healthcare is one of the main thrusts today that our community is promoting awareness through organizations such as Blue Cure is a lifestyle movement educating men, young and old, about prostate cancer and chronic disease prevention and to offer support for those affected by prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is not just an old man’s disease anymore, and it hits one of every six American men today. Blue Cure is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing information on integrative approaches to prostate cancer prevention and treatment. Gabe Canales if the founder of this organization and his hope is to help raise awareness, educate, connect, and post news links because this is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American among men.

Many of Houston’s VIP were buzzing at the benefit party for Blue Cure at Hotel ZaZa including Houston Texan player(s) Duane Brown & Chris Myers. Also spotted in the crowd included many of KHOU Channel 11 Personalities such as Lily Jang, Chita Johnson, Mia Gradney, Ron Trevino, Houston Socialite Dr. Carolyn Farb, Elizabeth Whitehead & many others who made this evening a sensation. The entire evening just blue me away 

Join the movement!

From another worthy cause we go to one of "America’s Game," that is baseball…

Baseball is one of the first in sports that broke color barriers in America. Beginning on April 15, 2011, by fans, players and Major League Baseball marked the 64th anniversary of the Hall ofCary Yates and Atty Algenita Scott Davis caption Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier. All uniformed personnel at 15 different ballparks were asked to wear Jackie’s retired No. 42.

Participation in sports such as baseball can help to effectively develop character and is critical need for interpersonal development and success. Sylvester Turner is a State Representative of Texas and one of the sponsors of The Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy is the second such facility in the nation to offer free year-round baseball, softball and education programs for approximately 2,500 youth to all in the Houston area between the ages 7-17.

Where can you find this….

It is located at Sylvester Turner Park on Houston’s north side and is modeled after the original facility established and operating in the Los Angeles area of Compton, California. Through this Academy it is hoped to build championship major league players and contributors to society by developing integrity, respect, accountability, character, self-discipline, personal responsibility and teamwork among the youth.

That is one way the city of Houston is contributing to continuing to integrate sports.

Texas State Rep. Sylvester Turner along with the Houston Area Urban League, Elite Change, & Change Happens hosted a special Civil Rights Pre-Game Reception sponsored by Bracewell & Guiliani that was held at the Houston Area Urban League where the Houston Area Urban League & Change Happens were the beneficiaries of proceeds of the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon that was held prior to the Civil Rights Game at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston. Mr. Berry Gordy was the recipient of the Major League Baseball Beacon of Change Award and Robin Roberts Good Morning America Anchor was the Keynote speaker and accepted Maya Angelou’s award. Spotted at the Civil Rights Pre-Game reception included Mr. Judson Robinson III, Mr. Cary Yates, Mary Benton of KPRC Local 2, Algenita Scott Davis, Rita Washington, & many others. ThMary Benton and Tyron Willis captionanks & a special shout-out to the Houston Area Urban League for an awesome reception & I even scored a ticket to the game! Thanks lots & lots & lots!

Another way the city of Houston is continuing the challenge of promoting sports and leadership in our community by hosting The Civil Rights Game. The Civil Rights Game is an annual Major League Baseball game that pays tribute to the history of civil rights in the United States.

The intent of The Civil Rights Game was to "embrace baseball’s history of African-American players," stated Bud Selig, Baseball Commissioner, as well as to generate interest for future black players, and baseball must do more to promote the game in inner cities.

The Civil Rights Baseball Game was started in 2007 as annual Major League Baseball game that honors the history of civil right in the United States. Starting in 2009, the game became a regular season game.

The first two games were held at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee. The intent of the game was to "embrace baseball’s history of African-American players," as well as to generate interest for future black players, after a demographics survey revealed that the percentage of black players in the league has dwindled over the past twelve years to just 8.4 percent. The Houston Astros did win the game where George Foreman threw the first pitch that was played on Friday, May 30th against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Go Astros!