Purpose2Play’s top five inspiring stories: September 2018

There were some big names that hit Purpose2Play headlines in September. Our top stories from the month that was:

5. Kevin Hart running Chicago Marathon to send kids to college

Kevin Hart is no stranger to running marathons. He ran the 2017 New York City Marathon in just over four hours. However, he’s taking it up a notch in 2018, and not just by tackling another 26.2-mile course.

The 39-year-old comedian announced on his Instagram page Thursday that he will be running the Chicago Marathon to raise money so more kids can attend college.

4. NFL: Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer will be first female broadcasting team

Sports broadcasters Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will make history Thursday night, as the Minnesota Vikings take on the LA Rams, when they become the first female duo to call an NFL game.

Storm, who serves as an anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and Kremer, who serves as chief correspondent for the NFL Network and is a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” will be in the booth for Amazon Prime Video and its live streaming coverage of 11 Thursday Night Football games.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 17: Hannah Storm attends Heroes at the ESPYS at City Market Social House on July 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

3. Peyton Manning, Riddell fund safer football equipment for 18 schools

Peyton Manning may be retired from football, but he’s still impacting the game in positive ways.

The two-time Super Bowl champion and sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback teamed up with Riddell to reward 18 schools that are committed to teaching smarter football tactics on and off the field.

The “18 in 18” Smarter Football equipment grant was given to one college team, 12 high school programs, two middle school teams and three youth organizations across America, so they could buy safer helmets, pads, and more for their respective programs.

2. Skateboarding prodigy Sky Brown, 10, eyes 2020 Summer Olympics

There aren’t many 10-year-olds who can quickly garner international attention. Then again, there aren’t many kids who are skateboarding like Sky Brown, a girl who is already beating grown men in competitions.

Sky, who’s from Miyazaki, Japan, started skateboarding (much to her parents’ dismay) at two years old.

“I didn’t want her to get on a skateboard,” her father, Stu Brown, told Women In The World. “You have a little girl and you want to wrap her in cotton wool. But it was the one toy she kept going back to.”

1. Brittany Wagner continues working her magic beyond Last Chance U

Imagine playing a football game down five players on the field and without helmets. With a 6 v. 11 disadvantage and a direct road to Concussion City, there’s no way a team wins a game, let alone contends for a national championship.

That’s the logic Brittany Wagner, a nationally-known athletic academic counselor, is using when she makes the argument that without the absolute basics — adequate food, shelter and support — a student’s ability to learn is finite.

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