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Lou Brissie: Baseball’s Wounded Warrior

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyDuring World War II, major league baseball stars who were called up to serve in the military often got relatively cushy assignments, working as physical education trainers or playing in exhibition games to entertain their fellow troops. But not pitcher Lou Brissie, at the time a promising prospect coveted by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Connie Mack. After leaving South Carolina’s Presbyterian College to enlist in the Army, the 20-year-old corporal nearly lost his life on an Italian battlefield in 1944, when a …

Sports and Feminism in an Artful Mix from Nike

Posted on 08/15/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe message? Never listen to those who say “you can’t” and never give up. Nike recently released a quick shot of inspiration that creatively and movingly illustrates the opportunities open to new generations of women and the strength of previous generations that continue to simply not give up. With just one statement from former gold medal winning Olympian, Joan Benoit Samuelson, the message hits home: “I’m 55 years old and I run close to 70 miles a week.” If London …