Jonna Burgess, 6 years old, doesn’t let her physical disability take away from enjoying life

Rockaway Beach, NY- Life sometimes throws us curveballs and we have to be ready to handle them.  On July 11, 2012 twin brother and sister Derek and Jonna were born to parents Donna Cornett and John Burgess.

Jonna was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease, and later developed cerebral palsy along with other health issues.

This little pride and joy have gone through so many things and at one point the doctors didn’t think she would make it.  But through love and prayer, strong parents and support system Jonna is living life although her life isn’t our normal it’s hers.

Jonna is a happy little girl that loves to feel the air blow in her face, smiles at the touch of the family cats when her brother Derek brings them to her.

Jonna Burgess living her best life

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Samaya Clark-Gabriel is Taking Basketball to a New Level

Brooklyn, New York – Samaya Clark-Gabriel a nine-year-old athletic phenom who can dribble two basketballs and do a full split while blindfolded.  Most adults can’t even dribble two basketballs at the same time.

Samaya is a fun, loving and humble little girl who loves helping people.  Aside from her athletic ability, acing her academics in school, Samaya gives back to her community as well as donates her time to raising funds for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Samaya’s ultimate goal is to one day become a nurse or a doctor because she wants to help cure children with cancer.

Samaya’s dad, Wayne Gabriel stated, “Samaya always says when she gets older, if it’s not sports, she wants to be a doctor.”

Ultimately, Samaya has some time before choosing her path but right now she is doing many things and the public is excited to see what else she has in store.

You can catch Samaya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Spoken Word Artist, Distinguish, Helps to Educate Youth

Jamaica, NY –  Sometimes in life you look for the influence of superstars, but in reality, you can look right in your own backyard.  Henry Gray known as Distinguish is an entrepreneur, writer, poet, and advocate for today’s youth.

Henry Gray takes a lot of pride by showcasing an upcoming artist who might not get noticed but gives them a platform to perform.  Henry helps out with both young people as well as the mature.

Henry Gray’s company Disnetwork Inc. is a brand-building company.  It contributes to the showcasing of new talent and seasoned people who might not get the recognition they deserve.

The various brands that are a part of Disnetwork Inc are Tea Time with Distinguish, Bars N the Barbershop, and Dad Hats & Bowties.  These are some of the brands that Henry is the owner of, but it doesn’t stop there.

Currently, the Bars N the Barbershop are going on tour.  They’ve already been through New York, they just got back from Atlanta and the next stop is Miami.  This tour is a showcase for poetic rap artist looking to spread their knowledge on life.

Tea Time with Distinguish is about to go into the fourth season and this time they are going into a different type of audience.  The culture and diversity of the new show will soon be revealed, and the public will be waiting for it.

Henry Gray had this to say, “Let’s just say that, ah, that path is not over yet!”

“We got some stuff in the works, ah so stay tuned!” said Henry Gray.

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Coach Stroud takes Erasmus HS football players to Maryland Football Camp

Brooklyn, NY – When you meet Keith Stroud, you meet a friendly coach who is all about mentoring young athletes to better themselves.

Keith Stroud, offensive coordinator for Erasmus Hall HS took some of his skilled position players to a football camp at the University of Maryland this weekend, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  It was strong competition with 43 teams from all over.  Erasmus made it to the second round of the finals after winning 5 games in a row.

Stroud takes a lot of pride when coaching and mentoring student athletes.

Stroud’s background in football is very diverse due to the fact he has been playing since youth league days.  His resume list Fort Hamilton HS with two championship wins, along with being recruited by Rutgers Scarlet Knights football and then later on transferring to Bethune-Cookman finishing out his last two seasons of football.  In 2013 Stroud was signed to the NY Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Stroud decided to take his love for the game and his craft and give back to student-athletes.  If you are ready to work and want to advance Stroud is there to support and push, you to the finish line.

Stroud also known as Coach KJ has helped to get nine students recruited for Division I schools and plans to help more this coming season.  He’s been coaching HS students for the last six years.  Stroud started out coaching at Grand Street Campus in Bushwick, Brooklyn and then took the offensive coordinator position at Erasmus Hall HS in 2017.

The athletes look up to Coach KJ Stroud because he is very upfront with them about life, school, and sports.  Stroud looks to his athletes to work hard and understand what it takes to win as a team but to also handle when they lose.

Coach Stroud stated, “The team that makes the most small wins, will be the team that wins.”

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