Winning Hearts and Winning Trophies: Introducing the “Heart as Big as the Ocean” Award

Meet Mariann Asbury, Trophy Central's winner of "A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award."

Meet Mariann Asbury, Trophy Central’s winner of “A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award.”

Mariann Asbury, our January Random Acts of Trophy-ness winner, deserves a trophy for almost every reason we could imagine. It was hard to find a suitable name for her trophy, but we think we found it in this: A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award.

And it was a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” that inspired Katherine Kotaw, a previous Random Acts of Trophy-ness winner, to nominate Mariann.

Sue Heck, the inspiration for our #ShowUsYourSue award, is enjoying success at college. It seems that her indefatigable spirit, which never failed her despite humiliating defeats as a child, is finally being rewarded. She’s chosen a career that fits her personality, resides in a posh apartment paid for by her roommate’s father and feels so independent that she made through an entire episode without visiting or calling her parents.

Honoring a Sometimes Painful Past

But Sue hasn’t forgotten what it was like to be an outsider for most of her life. When, during the episode, her friend Brad suggested that their no-cut acapella group become more discerning to better their chances at winning a contest, Sue reminds him about the importance of inclusion, something they both sought but rarely achieved during high school.

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Sue and Brad practicing for the no-cut acapella competition. (Photo courtesy of ABC’s “The Middle.”)

When most members of the group bail at the last minute – fearing embarrassment – Sue and Brad brave the competition alone. Their performance is terrible but, in true #ShowUsYourSue fashion, the pair encourages the audience to mock them. Brad holds up the mike and tells the audience to jeer them on with “Boo” and Sue holds out the mike and asks them to chant “You suck!” The audience shouts “You suck. You suck. You suck. Boo!” as Brad and Sue gamely finish their song and dance. The audience applauds them at the end. They didn’t win the competition, but they won everyone’s hearts.

Heart that Stretches Across the Sea

And Mariann won ours. Mariann moved from Scandinavia to Oregon as a young woman. She married the “best husband in the universe,” and, after having a son of their own, they adopted four siblings whose mother could not care for them. Between rearing the children largely on her own (her husband is a long-distance truck driver) and launching a photography business, Bambino Zoom & Shootz Photography, she could have easily said “I’m too busy” when a childhood friend reached out to her about a woman in their community who needed help.

Like the fictional Sue, the real-life Mariann did not ignore her roots. As Katherine, whose life story became a Lifetime movie, “Run for Your Life,” tells it:

“Mariann reached out to me about a year ago seeking my advice about an abused woman who was battling the court system in Scandinavia to protect herself and her children from a man she had fled. She thought, giving my background, that I could help. And I did. For a while, I acted like Cyrano de Bergerac, providing behind-the-scenes advice that Mariann translated for the woman in Scandinavia.

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A Song for an Unsung Hero

“Mariann gives me a lot of credit for the successful outcome (the woman won both a criminal and civil case and the father’s rights to his children were permanently severed). But she’s the unsung hero here.

“She not only helped this young woman and her young children fight a daunting legal battle, she also sent them care packages of food, bedding and clothing. More important, she stood up to community leaders on the woman’s behalf, which was a major challenge for Mariann.  Because of trauma in her own childhood, Mariann was unaccustomed to standing up to male authority. But her concern and compassion for a mother and her children overrode her fears. She was literally tireless – counseling the woman and her family on Scandinavia time and taking care of her own on Oregon time, 9 hours behind.

“And she is so humble about her role. She put much of her life on the backburner in order to help a woman she barely knew. She listened to gruesome, heartbreaking details about domestic abuse without flinching or turning away. She acted in true #ShowUsYourSue spirit, and I’d love for Trophy Central to recognize her as someone whose heart is a big as the ocean and who put social media to social good. Actually to social greatness – the lives of an entire family changed for the better because of her selfless deeds.”

Nominate Your Candidate for a Random Act of Trophy-ness

We agree and are thrilled to add Mariann to our growing list of #ShowUsYourSue trophy winners. But we don’t want this important campaign to end here. Please send us your nominations for a Random Act of Trophy-ness in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Rainbow Bright ‘Sweetsie Sue’ Becomes Youngest Winner of Our Random Acts of Trophy-Ness Award

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Meet Ily Scott, Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness: Show Us Your Sue award for “Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love.”

This holiday season, Trophy Central wants you to bring your some year-end joy. Ten-year-old Ily Scott, this month’s winner of our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award, will help everyone ring in 2017 with a big smile.

Ily lives in a crowded, sometimes chaotic household. But she never lets any of the natural turmoil get her down. Ily is so much like Sue Heck, whose indefatigable spirit keeps ABC’s The Middle from becoming just another typical family sitcom, that her mom calls her Sweetsie Sue.

“Ily brightens up the day of everyone around her because of her positive energy, silliness and encouraging attitude,” Lisa Scott wrote in a note to Trophy Central. She says that, like Sue, Ily is an ENFP – the free spirited and passionate personality type identified on the Myers-Briggs personality indicator.

Mom’s Cheerleader

“Nothing gets her down,” says her mom. “She has four brothers and sisters, including 5-year-old twins and whenever I have a hard day, which is often, I can ALWAYS count on her to cheer me up. It is her natural tendency to just come up to me and take my hand and say, ‘Mom, we love you no matter what and we know you are doing the best you can.'”

Still harbor doubts that Ily deserves December’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness award?

Here’s what else her mom had to say:

“I love her kindness, and her spirit and the fact that she cries when she hears Bruno Mars sing Just The Way You Are because she thinks it’s so beautiful.”

Mom’s Opposite

And Lisa Scott did not nominate her mini-me. She says she doesn’t recognize her personality in her daughter’s.

“I am the opposite of Ily – a pessimist and a negative thinker and I thank God every day that he gave me Ily to bring some color and sunshine into my world.”

With these words in mind, Trophy Central is beyond pleased to award Ily “Sweetsie Sue” Scott our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love.

When we told Lisa her daughter had won, she thanked us and added, “She has wanted a trophy so badly that she started keeping one of my old trophies on her night stand so she will be beaming from ear to ear when she finally gets one of her very own.”

Ily’s Gratitude

And she was right! Lisa sent us this tweet of Ily with her Trophy Central trophy.

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Team Trophy Central is delighted to hear that Ily’s trophy is her new “favorite thing!”

And Ily further proved her trophy worthiness by sending us a thank you note, “Dear Trophy Central. Thank you so much for the shiny trophy. I love how pretty it is.”

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This beautiful handmade thank-you note put the biggest smile on the faces of team Trophy Central!

You’re very welcome, Ily. But it’s really we who should be thanking YOU. Your bright spirit is shinier than any trophy and deserves a mantel of its very own. You light up the world – making every day seem like a holiday.

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Oh-So-Sue and a Trophy Too! Meet Our Latest Random Acts of Trophy-ness Winner

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Sherry Lee White: Mom, Founder and Chief Bliss Officer at Trulee, Joy Junkie & Wellness Activist, and now — Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness award winner!

Trophy Central is delighted to announce the latest winner of our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award.

Congratulations, Sherry Lee White, on winning Trophy Central’s award for “Excellence In Inspiring Others to Say ‘Yes’ to the Life of Their Dreams.”

A mother of four, Sherry Lee White is a self-proclaimed “Joy Junkie and Wellness Activist” who is on a mission to inspire people to live a happier, healthier life by encouraging them to breakup with relationships, habits and thoughts that don’t serve them.

Her own moment of clarity came after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

“After years of suffering with a debilitating autoimmune disease and clinical depression, I found a natural path back to health and happiness through lifestyle changes in the areas of eating, moving, thinking and showing up in everyday life.

“It took stakes this high for me to dig in and say “no” to things that didn’t serve me or my children (pharmaceuticals with scary side effects, unhappy relationships, sitting on the sidelines of my own life), and the courage to say “yes” to chasing bigger dreams that seemed out of reach (writing a book, starting a superfood company, stand-up comedy).”

Sherry Lee White shares her wisdom for creating a blissful life on her blog, which focuses on four main components: meals, mind, movement and mom stuff.

Trophy Central is in awe of Sherry Lee White’s determination to create a life she loves. We also appreciate her desire to help others find their own unique path to happiness as well. These honorable pursuits are oh-so-Sue! (For those of you who don’t already know, Sue Heck from the hit sitcom “The Middle” is our campaign muse. We love her can-do spirit and the fact that she never, EVER gives up! Sue Heck may not be a “winner” in the traditional trophy-giving sphere (athleticism or artistic talent for example) but she makes the world a better place just by being the terrific person she is. And that is what makes a true winner in our eyes.)

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Team Trophy Central would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sherry Lee White on her win and thank Krystian Leonard, founder of the non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S., for nominating Sherry for this award.

We would also like to close this blog with an uplifting message from Sherry Lee White, one we believe would make Sue Heck proud:

“Sometimes life is hard, and we can feel overwhelmed or alone. I’m here for you. I hope stopping by my little corner of the internet makes you feel like you’re in your best friend’s kitchen. Come as you are, let’s share stories, laughs and encouragement. The life of your dreams is right around the corner and I would love to have any small part in helping you make it happen!”

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

 

A Trophy-Worthy Dedication to Combating Hunger: Meet Bagel Mom, our Latest Show Us Your Sue Winner!

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When Sue Heck, Trophy Central’s muse, first entered college, she became overwhelmed with all of life’s social injustices — from racism to gender biases to environmental hazards to fair wages to Barbie’s proportions being such that no real woman could ever have those measurements without falling over.

This is typical college behavior. Suddenly you’re out in the world on your own, being inundated with message after message, cause after cause, and you realize for the first time that you have your own voice. So you sign that petition, join that rally and write the most vehement essay for your writing class about how each person has the power to change the world.

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Sure you’re in this bubble, an idealized version of real-life where anything and everything seems possible, where you can feel like you have perpetual good karma for signing your name on five different liberal causes in one day, but idyllic bubbles aren’t a bad place to live.

Unless, like Sue, you go from feeling like you’re helping everyone with your college-empowered indignation and end up feeling powerless over how many inequities and injustices there are in the world.

Awarding Altruism

Some people decide to give up at this point. Like Frankie Heck (Sue’s mom on ABC’s The Middle) says: “Look, I used to be your age. I understand righteous indignation, but eventually you get to be my age, and you realize you can’t fix everything. And sometimes you just got to kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie with too many white people in it.”

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Trophy Central has no doubt that Sue Heck will never give up her pursuit to make the world a better place. And we believe that one day she will stop being overwhelmed with too many causes and too much unfairness in the world. Sue will find her own cause to stand up for without letting all the world’s stresses get to her.

How could we not believe in Sue, the optimistic go-getter who inspired Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award?

Sue Heck makes the world a better place simply by being in it, just like our latest “Show Us Your Sue” trophy winner, a woman who feeds hungry middle school and college students with bagels and other wholesome goodies. She is known as Bagel Mom, and won our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Outstanding Achievement in Altruism.”

Feeding the Hungry and Saving Lives

Bagel Mom has turned into somewhat of a legend, particularly at UCLA and Paul Revere Middle School.

A mom to four kids of her own, Bagel Mom has become a surrogate mom to so many, delivering a plethora of bagels, bread and other healthy goodies from places like Bristol Farms, New York Bagels, Whole Foods and Sprouts to hungry students. And if she has any bagels or other food items to spare, she donates them to homeless shelters.

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Bagel Mom says, “You don’t have to be Oprah to save lives,” and we at Trophy Central could not agree more.

Bagel Mom’s commitment to feeding students (with food that is still fresh but would otherwise get thrown away) is the epitome of trophy-worthy.

Trophy Central would like to thank former “Show Us Your Sue” winners Jill Cofsky and Gomee Girl for nominating Bagel Mom for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award.

Now it’s YOUR turn to Show Us Your Sue! Please nominate a trophy-worthy person in your life who makes the world a better place simply by being a part of it. Someone like Sue Heck, whose “I can and I will” philosophy outshines the jocks and the cheerleaders who win awards for their athleticism and popularity. We are looking to award the underdogs, the dreamers and the everyday heroes who inspire.

You can nominate someone for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue.
Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Let Your Inner Beauty Shine: Rewarding Body Positivity with our Latest “Show Us Your Sue” Trophy!

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Trophy Central is thrilled to announce our latest winner of our “Show Us Your Sue” Random Acts of Trophy-ness award.

Show Us Your Sue peeps: please give a warm welcome to Krystian Leonard, who won a trophy for “Excellence in Inspiring Girls of All Ages To Love Their Bodies and Let Their Inner Beauty Shine.”

Krystian, nominated for the “Show Us Your Sue” award by former “Show Us Your Sue award winner Gomee Girl (who won our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Excellence in Girl Empowerment”) is more than a beauty queen. So much more.

The 19 year old student is an award-winning author and advocate, TEDx Talk speaker, and founder of the non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S. — the acronym standing for Strength, Character, Acceptance, Rise and Stigma — and is dedicated to promoting self-acceptance and helping children rise above the stigma of their scars.

Embracing Confidence with Award-Worthy Self-Esteem

Due to stitches just above her lip, Krystian got her first scar at only four years old. She remembers being embarrassed to smile because of it. At six years old, she got her second scar that ran nine inches down her thigh after having to get a lipoma surgically removed. The surgery didn’t end there. At eleven years old, Krystian developed her third scar — a 5 inch reminder of a potentially dangerous birth mark.

Krystian was bullied because of her scars and suffered from a low self-esteem. Until she decided to embrace who she is and let her inner beauty shine — and inspire others to do the same.

Krystian says, “Shining S.C.A.R.S. shows children how to embrace and love themselves, by sharing positive examples… like Dakota Swiger, a teen who continues to pursue her dreams of being a beauty queen, despite her continued battle with scoliosis and surgeries.”

Krystian hopes to expand the impact of Shining S.C.A.R.S. to all living creatures, battling both physical and emotional scars.

“I see a community that is global, and reaches not only people who are impacted by scars, but also those who are victims of abuse and war. My vision is to expand my idea to incorporate all who are in need of healing, not just people, but animals and resources, all parts of our world and landscape that are scarred due to misuse or natural disaster,” Krystian says in Huffington Post.

Redefining Beauty

Upon winning her “Show Us Your Sue” Random Acts of Trophy-ness award, Krystian took to her Instagram page to say:

So pumped to receive my Random Acts of Trophy-ness Award by Trophy Central, for the #ShowUsYour Sue Award!! Thank you Gomee Girl for the nomination! So humbled to be recognized for: ‘Excellence in Inspiring Girls of all ages to Love their bodies & let their Inner Beauty Shine’!! I truly love my foundation, and sharing my message of self acceptance, especially for those like me with physical scars. We are breaking stereotypes and proving that beauty is more than skin deep! 
Keep Shining Bright!

You’re so welcome, Krystian! Thank YOU for all you do to help promote self love and positive body image!

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Wondering about our campaign name? It’s inspired by the fictional Sue Heck from The Middle. Sue Heck is our muse. We love her can-do spirit and the fact that she never, EVER gives up! Sue Heck may not be a “winner” in the traditional trophy-giving sphere (athleticism or artistic talent for example) but she makes the world a better place just by being the terrific person she is. And that is what makes a true winner in our eyes.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.

Read the full article at: www.fastcompany.com

Have you ever wondered why some people appear to be better thinkers and are known to be visionaries? Clearly we are all born with certain strengths (and weaknesses), but research has shown that our brains can actually be trained to focus more and have deeper thoughts.

 

Not surprisingly, one of the recommendations is to stop multitasking.  Please read on to learn what else you can do to improve your thought leadership!

Five Tips that Helped Improve My Child’s Behavior

This guest post was written by Chrissy Kelly, a mom of two boys with autism. You can read more about her and her family on her blog, “Life With Greyson + Parker,” and also her Facebook page.

Read the full article at: www.autismspeaks.org

This article is a bit of a departure from our normal motivational reads, as it is a piece posted by a mom that has two children with Autism.  But as I read through it, the tips seemed quite straight forward and sound.  For example, the first tip is to give a warning (number of minutes depends on your particular child and situation) before transitioning to a new activity.  The other tips are equally helpful as well.

The One and Only ANGEL Award Goes to… a Velvet Hippo Who Is Making the World a Better Place — For Pit Bulls and For Everyone

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The one and only ANGEL award.

“Hip, hip, hippo!” That was Pit Bull lover and advocate Bri Prooker’s enthusiastic cheer when Trophy Central granted her and her family’s request to make “an extra special award for an extra special velvet hippo named Angel.”

Bri Prooker, her sister Kelsey Prooker and mom Katherine Kotaw are the human members of the “KOTAW Girl Gang,” a girl-powered creative marketing and brand storytelling team in Los Angeles.

KOTAW Girl Gang is rebranding Pit Bulls as sweet and loving dogs

With their Pit Bull Brand Ambassador Ivy leading the way, KOTAW Girl Gang members Katherine Kotaw, Bri Prooker and Kelsey Prooker are on a mission to rebrand Pit Bulls as the sweet and loving dogs they are. | Photo credit: KOTAW Content Marketing

The furry members of the KOTAW Girl Gang are three rescues: KOTAW Content Marketing’s sweet and loving Pit Bull Brand Ambassador Ivy, a Poodle-marsupial hybrid named LuLU (she has a big, black Koala nose and loves to cling on like a Koala while being carried) and an orange kitten-cat named Doosis with a daredevil streak (she loves to perform kitten-cat tricks —including flying off the KOTAW Girl Gang’s roof!)

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Kitten-Cat Doosis and Poodle Doodle LuLU STAND UP FOR PITS! Both girls (pictured here with Bri Prooker and Kelsey Prooker) were adopted at the insistence of Pit Bull Ivy. | Photo credit: KOTAW Content Marketing

The KOTAW Girl Gang is the recipient of Trophy Central’s last “Show Us Your Sue” Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Excellence in Bravery, Determination, Creativity, Kindness & Pit Bull Advocacy”.

A Trophy with Many Accolades

While Bri, Kelsey and Katherine have effusively thanked Trophy Central and all the amazing people who nominated them for each and every word on their trophy (and the Trophy Central team did our very best to squeeze in as many accolades as possible on the engraved portion of their award) they have also made it clear that they are most honored to be recognized for Pit Bull advocacy.

The KOTAW Girl Gang has made it their personal mission to spread Pit Bull love wherever they go. They are the creators of Pit Bulls and Personal Branding, their passion project to rebrand Pit Bulls as the sweet and loving dogs they are: “Being our own bosses, we have the lucky luxury of combining our personal and professional passions. Which is why you will very often find tales of Pit Bulls woven into our lessons on personal branding. It’s also why many of our social media posts are devoted to spreading the Pit Bull love, either by sharing positive, feel-good Pit Bull stories, providing information on actionable steps you can take to support a Pit Bull cause, or writing stories and posting pictures of Ivy in her naturally sweet state, often with her adopted Poodle Doodle LuLU and magical kitten-cat fairy Doosis.”

The One and Only ANGEL Award

Who does the KOTAW Girl Gang look to for inspiration as they go about their life’s work?

A rescue Pit Bull named Angel, affectionally called a “velvet hippo” by her mom Rebecca Corry, the creator of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending abuse and discrimination of Pit Bull-type dogs — and saving velvet hippo lives.

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Angel’s sweet smile is more proof of this FACT: All Pit Bulls are born inherently good. | Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

So without further ado, the one and only ANGEL Award Goes to… Angel!

This is what Bri Prooker asked to be engraved on Angel’s award:

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Thank you for making the world a better, more loving and more happy place.  Thank you for giving millions of people daily joy and laughter and for inspiring us all to respect the now and live in the moment. Thank you for giving your mom the love and strength to Stand Up For Pits and save countless silly, sweet, inherently good velvet hippo lives. Thank you for being you, a real-life and forever Angel.

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Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

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Photo credit: Rebecca Corry via Instagram

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Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

Her sister Kelsey Prooker used her artistic design background to make a vector file containing Angel’s image so it could be etched onto her award. The Trophy Central Team is told Kelsey used a combination of Illustrator and hand drawing in order to turn a beautiful picture of Angel into a format that would correctly capture Angel’s beauty in 2D. It was a labor of love. Kelsey states:

“I’ve never met Angel but I love her with all my heart. She has brought daily joy into my life and because of her, my pittie-pie Ivy and all the sweet velvet hippos in need, I will spend the rest of my life standing up for pits.”

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Kelsey Prooker keeps this photo of Angel and her sandy snout on her laptop’s desktop so she can marvel at its sweetness every day. | Photo credit: Rebecca Corry via Instagram

If you look at Kelsey’s Twitter page, you will quickly see she stays true to her word, sharing posts about Angel and Stand Up For Pits on an almost-daily basis, even creating graphics of Rebecca Corry’s inspiring words, with the hashtag #ThankYouAngel.

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Rebecca Corry frequently uses her Instagram to remind everyone to enjoy all of life’s precious moments spent with furry family members. | Photo credit: Kelsey Prooker, KOTAW Content Marketing

Bri and Kelsey’s mom, Katherine Kotaw, states: “Ivy, KOTAW’s sweet Pit Bull Brand Ambassador, would love nothing more than to open her very own animal sanctuary. The KOTAW Girl Gang hopes to one day have our very own non-profit dedicated to helping save Pit Bulls and promoting Pit Bull love, and when we do, we will follow in Angel’s sweet velvet paw prints. The KOTAW Girl Gang wholeheartedly supports the Stand Up For Pits Foundation and encourages others to do the same on a daily basis.”

KOTAW Girl Gang members Bri Prooker and Kelsey Prooker stand up for pits with Ivy their rescue Pit Bull and KOTAW's Brand Ambassador

Sisters and KOTAW Girl Gang members Bri Prooker and Kelsey Prooker wearing matching Stand Up For Pits ANGEL tee shirts and enjoying life with their adopted Pit Bull, Ivy. | Photo credit: KOTAW Content Marketing

How YOU can Stand Up For Angel

What are some actionable steps you can take to support Angel and the Stand Up For Pits Foundation — and in turn, help save Pit Bull lives?

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Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

Trophy Central will tell you (because Bri and Kelsey e-mailed us all the details in some very, very impassioned emails, so how could we not?!)

  1. Shop for adorable ANGEL and Stand Up for Pits Merchandise! All proceeds from purchases go directly to the Stand Up For Pits Foundation.
  2. Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile for Stand Up For Pits and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase directly to Stand Up For Pits.
  3. Use the “Walk For a Dog” app and select that you want to walk for the Stand Up For Pits Foundation. Bri and Kelsey state: “We get to feel like Angel is going on every walk we take with Ivy and LuLU — plus the app tracks each walk we take and then donates to the Stand Up For Pits Foundation.”
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Rebecca Corry and Angel making history at the first ever One Million Pibble March on Washington to help end Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and dog fighting. | Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

ANGEL Grants Awarded to Non-Profit Animal Rescues

As if the KOTAW Girl Gang’s heartfelt and vehement words about Angel weren’t enough for Trophy Central to grant their request to reward Angel with an award in a category of its own (and believe us, if we quoted all the nice things the KOTAW Girl Gang said about Angel in their emails to us this blog would be at least ten times as long!) here’s another amazing reason:

The Stand Up For Pits Foundation recently mailed out $13,000 in ANGEL Grants to nonprofit groups all over the US, as well as one in Australia.

Angel’s mom, Rebecca Corry, who organized the historical “One Million Pibble March” on Washington, D.C., states: “We look forward to seeing the many lives who will be helped and saved because of this and we thank our inherently good Angel for continually inspiring us to take the action needed in order to create much needed change.”

Thank you Angel, Rebecca Corry and the Stand Up For Pits Foundation for making the world a better place for Pit Bulls and for everyone. We hope Angel’s award does her life-saving and life-altering work justice.

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Angel and Rebecca Corry: Pure LOVE. | Photo credit: Rebecca Corry and Stand Up For Pits Foundation

To nominate the next everyday HERO for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award, please leave a comment below with the name of who you are nominating and what makes this person (or animal!) a hero. Or you can use the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue on social media to make your nomination. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter spreading Sue Heck’s positivity and awarding everyday heroes who make the world a better place.

ALSO: If you’re in Los Angeles looking to adopt a snuggly, sweet dog, Olive (who is currently being fostered by Rebecca Corry) is looking for her forever home.  If you think you’re her person, please email ghettorescue@gmail.com.

Adopt Olive the Pit Bull in Los Angeles

Sweet Olive is available for adoption through Downtown Dog Rescue in Los Angeles. | Photo credit: Rebecca Corry via Instagram

UPDATE: June 29, 2016: OLIVE HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!!!!!!! Olive will be going to her new forever home this upcoming Saturday and she already has her very own Instagram account, @ourpitbullolive!  Congratulations, Olive — and thank you Rebecca Corry, Angel and the Stand Up For Pit Foundation for being instrumental in her adoption.

We also thank you for including a picture of Olive next to Angel’s trophy in this touching video of her journey to adoption. We’re so happy to be part of her adoption story. It truly gives our Random Acts of Trophy-ness campaign meaning, and we recommend that everyone follow Rebecca Corry’s example and foster or adopt a dog. Look how magical it is:

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom

Do you use Twitter in your classroom as part of your lesson plans? If not, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
David W. Deeds’s insight:
Possible even behind The Great Firewall!

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One of the best ways to motivate children is to speak their language.  Kids, in fact all of us, relate better to things that are familiar.

 

While many of us think of Twitter as a way to receive news alters or to hear from celebrities, used correctly, it can actually be a very effective way to communicate with a class of students.

 

Here are fifteen innovative ideas that you might want to consider for your classroom.

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While academic institutions and higher-ed have been slower to change than have other industries, technology has increasingly been making inroads.  These changes are not only impacting kids, but also teachers.

 

If you are an educator, this article may provide insights into some of the tools and technologies that can help you stay in touch with your students.  The article also provides insight into non-technological ideas for teachers in the modern world.