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Raiders Legend Jim Plunkett Inducted Into California Hall Of Fame

Achievements of nine remarkable Californians - including Jim Plunkett - celebrated in Dec. 5 induction ceremony and new exhibition opening Dec. 6

Oakland Raiders News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, in partnership with the California Museum, today announced the 11th class of the California Hall of Fame. The new inductees will join 104 inspirational Californians previously inducted for embodying the state's spirit of innovation.


The inductees of the California Hall of Fame 11th class are: entertainer Lucille Ball; bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann; artist and activist Mabel McKay; atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina; quarterback Jim Plunkett; poet Gary Snyder; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; musician Michael Tilson Thomas and vintner Warren Winiarski.


"These Californians represent the dynamic spirit and imagination that is the hallmark of the Golden State," said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. "Their exceptional skill and craft enrich our culture and inspire us all."


California Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the Governor and First Lady for achievements and contributions in areas such as science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, the arts, literature, technology, activism and politics.


Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will be presented with "Spirit of California" medals by the Governor and First Lady in an official state ceremony held at the California Museum on Tues., Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. In addition, their lives and legacies will be commemorated in an all-new artifact exhibition opening at 10:00 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 6 at the California Museum.


"We thank the Governor and First Lady for selecting another extraordinary group of Californians," said Richard Costigan III, California Museum Board of Trustees Chair. "We are also grateful to lead sponsors Frontier Communications and Visit California for supporting the 11th Annual California Hall of Fame."


"The inductees embody California's innovative spirit, diversity and culture of possibility," said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. "These trailblazing pioneers bring the California dream to life and inspire people from all over the world."


Members of the public are invited to watch 11th Annual California Hall of Fame red carpet arrivals on Tues., Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. at http://www.facebook.com/californiamuseum, followed by the induction ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at http://www.californiamuseum.org/webcast.

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NFL Players Assoc. Educates Students on Financial Literacy

NFLPA former players

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) -- Studies show, that young adults who display higher financial literacy early on, are less likely to exhibit high-risk financial behavior. Balancing a checkbook and paying bills on time are basic activities, but essential to establishing and maintaining good credit, to buy a home, to purchase a car or to start a business. APEX Leadership Academy’s "GAME of LIFE Financial Series" is specifically designed to address these concerns.


 After two full Saturdays of workshops, held at The University of Phoenix in Southfield, nearly 30 high school students received both formal and informal training on becoming more financially astute. Former NFL Players, including Benny Blades, Jim Thrower, Alfred Fields, George Jamison, Scott Conover, Ron Rice, and President of the Detroit Chapter NFLPA, Tim Walton, shared real-world techniques for believing in themselves, reasons for gaining a strong sense of how business works along with personal stories of what it was like to earn and spend the kind of money they did.


As part of this "Activate MY Greatness" program, the goals were to:


 * Strengthen their awareness of financial opportunities

 * Develop financial confidence in everyday transactions

 * Utilize banking services and other financial institutions effectively as well as

 * Increase knowledge of their personality traits and how to exhibit personal leadership


 Antonio Stokes, a Financial Advisor for Antonio Stokes Advisors, delivered two 3-hour long sessions on topics that included; Credit Scores, Managing a Bank Account & their Income, Strategies for holding on to more of their money along with How to Write a Check, Complete a W-4 and understand deductions on a Pay Stub. During the Personal Leadership segments of the trainings, Edward Foxworth, CEO and Head Coach of APEX Leadership Academy, provided instruction on understanding themselves better through some essential personality traits, the purpose and importance of personal leadership along with how they could synthesize personal success strategies with being good stewards of their money. "I can't think of a better use of our time as men, but especially as former professional athletes, than giving back to young people who are eager to learn," said Tim Walton.


 As part of this program, students, who came from different Metro Detroit High Schools, received workbooks, lunch each day, book bags, incentives and Certificates of Completion all because of sponsorships from Comerica Bank, Doug Walls and the Eagle Excavation Team, the Detroit Lions, the NFLPA, Henry Ford Health Systems, and proceeds from a Former Players, Detroit Chapter sponsored fundraiser held this past summer. "I am grateful to have had these professionals come and participate in this meaningful series," says Mr. Foxworth. "As we plan for additional trainings on College Preparation, Leadership Education, and Career Planning in the coming months, sponsors are needed to support delivering the same level of quality to more Metro Detroit youth."


 Organizations and individuals interested in this "Activate MY Greatness" Program for youth can visit www.APEXLeadershipacademy.com for more information or to make a tax-deductible donation!

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A's fans can tweet then swing to win 2018 season tickets during

Mash for Membership

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's fans will have a chance to take a swing to win a pair of 2018 season tickets during the team's social promotion "Mash for Membership." Fans that engage with specific messages from the A's Twitter (@athletics) or Facebook (facebook.com/athletics) accounts will be entered into a drawing to take batting practice on the field on Thursday, Sept. 21. Any fan who hits a home run will win a pair of 2018 season tickets.

Fans will be asked to retweet a "Mash for Membership" message on Twitter or comment on the Facebook post. Fifty winners will be randomly selected from each platform. The 100 winners will be invited to the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon to take one swing from home plate. All current Season Ticket Members who hit a home run will receive their current plan for free. All other fans who hit a home run will receive the Pick 'Em 24 Season Ticket Membership package.


The Oakland A's recently launched a new Season Ticket Membership program to provide members increased benefits, such as concession discounts, exclusive event opportunities, and unparalleled ticket exchange flexibility. For more information on 2018 Season Ticket Memberships, visit athletics.com/2018.


"Mash for Membership" runs from today until Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m. One entry per person. More information is available on the team's Twitter and Facebook platforms. Official rules are available at athletics.com.


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