View Comments Star Files Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan stopped by the Today Show’s fourth hour to sing an encouraging ballad to young musician Ken Conklin January 16. The Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted hour produces a weekly segment: Everyone Has A Story, that features a winner who submits a letter honoring someone close to them who has overcome a major struggle in their life. Smash star Jordan was in attendance to perform an original song by Gifford and David Friedman entitled, “Was I A Trouper, Mom?” written specifically for Conklin. The 25-year-old suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder that does not allow him to produce enough antibodies to fight disease. The singer-songwriter has had further health troubles but continues to find solace in his music. Grab the tissues and check out the video below of a dreamy Jordan (in great voice from 4:15 in) belting out the tune in honor of the Conklin family and Ken’s musical ambitions! Jeremy Jordan
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A blind golf champion has just become captain of his club, Royal Ashdown Forest in Sussex. John Eakin, who was the 2011 British Blind Open champion and who plays off a handicap of eight, commented: “It’s nice to show that being visually impaired doesn’t stop you being a full member of a golf club.” He added: “I’m looking forward to it. I was nervous, but I’m lucky because my brother was captain a few years ago and Royal Ashdown is a very friendly and supportive club. If I didn’t do this I would regret it for the rest of my golfing life.” David Holmes, the Secretary of Royal Ashdown Forest, commented: “We read lots of stories about the negative side of golf so it’s good to show how clubs can promote inclusivity and that a disability doesn’t stop you from achieving your goals. John is a very popular member of the club and the past captains would have thought he was the best man for the job.” John lost his sight eight years ago from a hereditary condition and is now visually impaired and registered blind. He has continued playing golf, reporting: “I can see a white ball in front of me and friends tell me where the flag is. I haven’t a clue where the ball has gone – although I can hear it in the trees! Then it pops up again when I’m about 20 yards away from it.” In competitions he has a caddy and in blind and visually impaired events he is accompanied by his guide, Christopher Vaughan, a member of Royal Wimbledon. “Blind golf is very much a team thing and I could not do it without him,” said John. His handicap was five before he lost his sight, when it went up to 12 before steadily coming down and he’s targeting a seven handicap. John is involved with England and Wales Blind Golf, both as a trustee and as an international player and he is keen to promote disability golf. Last year he also co-captained the Rest of the World blind golf side which narrowly defeated North America at a biannual match in Atlanta. Neil Baxter, the chairman of England and Wales Blind Golf, said: “Apart from being a very good golfer, John is a hardworking member of our Board of Trustees and is our handicap secretary and he thoroughly deserves this prestigious appointment. It is very pleasing to hear of a visually impaired golfer being honoured in this way.” Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Officer, added: “England Golf would like to congratulate John on his appointment as captain at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. John is a great advocate for the game and I am sure his club will benefit from his enthusiasm throughout his appointment. “England Golf are committed to working with the board of England and Wales Blind Golf to introduce more blind and partially sighted people to the enjoyment of the game of golf. I hope to see more disabled people following John’s lead in the future and take an active role in their golf clubs, and not just as players.” John’s appointment follows that of Peter Baker who became captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club in Cheshire last month. Peter was born deaf and is thought to be the first pre lingual deaf person to hold the office – someone who was either born deaf or became deaf before learning to speak. 24 Mar 2014 Blind golf champion becomes club captain
(NNPA)—Coolidge Colts football coach Natalie Randolph made headlines last season when she was introduced as the first female high school boy’s football coach in over 25 years. Despite achieving marginal success in her inaugural campaign, Randolph still drew heavy media attention. One season later, Randolph has her Colts atop the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association standings with a 7-1 record, a feat that earned her the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week award. Randolph received the award for the week of Nov. 1.“Coach Randolph supports and cares about the whole student-athlete,” Coolidge Athletic Director Keino Wilson said in a statement. “She pays as much attention to their academic, physical, and emotional health as she does to their performance on the field. She organizes effective, consistent support systems to ensure that all students have the tutoring, counseling, and other interventions they need to be complete healthy adolescents.”