The Duke of Sussex Invictus Games Foundation Helps Wounded Soldiers!

Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, has been very busy these last few months. Mainly getting married to the beautiful and talented former TV Actress, Meghan Markel. As expected, their personal and public lives has kept them both busy.

 Prince Harry, now Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex on their beautiful wedding day.

Prince Harry, now Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex on their beautiful wedding day.

The newly minted royal couple has a variety of charitable responsibilities to uphold, but one of the charities close to Prince Harry’s heart is his Invictus Games Foundation.

The Invictus Games Foundation is a paralympic sport charity that allows wounded, injured, or sick armed personnel and associated veterans to participate in wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing and sitting volleyball. The Duke of Sussex founded the charity in 2014. The paralympic styled games gives wounded veterans an opportunity to to continue to work as a team as well as continue to excel in sports beyond their injuries. The games have helped many wounded veterans heal more mentally as it has physically. Which in some cases is more important as the physical healing.

 Harry, The Duke of Sussex, founded the Invictus Games Foundation in 2014.

Harry, The Duke of Sussex, founded the Invictus Games Foundation in 2014.

The First Invictus Game was held in London and has covered the globe. The next Invictus Games will be in Sydney, Australia and will feature 500 competitors from 18 participating nations. The nations include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France. Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Wounded veterans can compete in as many individual and team sports as they like, as long as they meet the Invictus Games requirements. Every participant is picked by their respective country.

 All of the veteran participants are already champions!

All of the veteran participants are already champions!

This global or international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veterans and active service personnel has had a lasting and positive effect on its participants. From having served his country for over 10 years in the military, it is easy to see why fighting for and having this Charity is important to the former Prince Harry, now Duke of Sussex.

For more information log onto www.invictusgames2018.org

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Awesome Conference!

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is one of the oldest 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit Organizations in the United States of America! 

The Non-profit has been around since 1912 and it has been very instrumental in helping students at majority Historically Black Universities and Colleges to receive the very necessary scholarships to help them with college costs.  

 Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

This year's intercollegiate conference activities took place in Charlotte, NC.  The CIAA Organization states that in over a 10-year time span, the CIAA has generated over $325 million in economic empowerment for the city of Charlotte North Carolina.

In a little over a decade, The CIAA Conference has obtained $20 million in scholarships for its collegiate members; Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University, Fayetteville University, Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Lincoln University, Livingstone College University, Saint Augustine's College, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston Salem State University.

 CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams  Photo Credit Metrolina Media

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams

Photo Credit Metrolina Media

The CIAA annually produces championships in the men's and women's sports in the categories such as cross country, volleyball, bowling, golf, baseball and softball.

This years CIAA Conference in Charlotte, NC proved to be a major event again for the city.  There were a whole host of events that took place during the week long conference. Supporters of the evening basketball games had a variety of daytime activities and restaurants they could patron before attending the evenings exciting games.

There were celebrity hosted day parties and celebrity hosted charity events and activities that definitely added to the cities economic empowerment.

It was great to have an opportunity to speak with successful graduates of historically black colleges and universities that attributed some of their success to their HBCU and its' unique environment.

 VH1 Black Ink Crew Reality Star "Dutchess"  Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

VH1 Black Ink Crew Reality Star "Dutchess"

Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

Black Ink Crew VH1 TV Reality Star Cristana "Dutchess" Lattimore attended a variety of celebrity charity inspired events during the week long CIAA athletic Conference.  As a fHBCU NC A&T graduate she stated, "The CIAA is a big part of her family.  She stated that it is always great to come to the CIAA because it is like being at a homecoming and family reunion at the same time!  The CIAA is big on academic success.  The  HBCU graduate is also big on academic success.  She and her sister, who also graduated from a HBCU provides scholarships to two deserving students, both of which are on the Dean's List!

The CIAA Basketball games and fun day activities were also great!  The games provided a lot of fun and excitement for families. Nevertheless, it's important for people to know that the ticket sales from the games are a crucial element that helps to directly fund the scholarships of the students at all of the universities and colleges. 

The support of the host city of Charlotte, the community and the corporate sponsorships by Coca-Cola USA, Nationwide, Food Lion, Toyota and Russell Athletic is a tremendous help to the students and the continued growth and success of the CIAA and all the colleges and universities supported by this Non-Profit Organization. For more information about the CIAA, log onto www.theciaa.com.

Posted on March 27, 2017 .

The Menaye School of Hope

Menaye Donko-Muntari, the Canadian born Ghanaian businesswoman and wife of football superstar Sulley Muntari has broken ground to provide the children of Ghana with a new school. The "Menaye School of Hope.  Four days after her 34th birthday the philanthropist and beauty queen met with Konongo Chief,  Nana Batafo Acheampong, where in gesture, he donated the land to the Menaye Charity Organisation for the Menaye School of Hope.  Sulley Muntari, Menaye's soccer husband is from the town of Konongo.  This school in Ghana will be the second school that Menaye and her husband Sulley have provided to rural and deprived children.   The first school is in Agona Asafo, Ghana.   The mission of both schools is to help combat high poverty and illiteracy in Central Ghana's rural communities.

The school will educate children from kindergarten to junior high level and will provide them with quality and free education.  The Menaye Charity Organisation provides everything for the school.   It pays for the teachers salaries,  for the building,  for the equipment to keep school running, for the books,  for the paper,  for the school uniforms,  etc.

It is obvious by her dedication and commitment to building schools for deprived and rural children,  that Menaye is not just another pretty face, but is a philanthropic business woman who is providing educational opportunities and making a better future for the children of Central Ghana. For more information,  log onto www.modernghana.com.

Posted on November 9, 2014 .