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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis coach is investing in more than basketball games, he’s investing in people. Jamil Jackson is the head basketball coach for Patrick Henry High School. When he’s not coaching the team on the court, he’s teaching lessons about life, trust, and choice through Change Equal Opportunity (CEO). READ MORE: Car Hits House In Apple Valley (Credit: CBS) Jackson launched the CEO show in 2008. It focuses on education, employment, and showing kids and families opportunities beyond the basketball court. “CEO stands for Change Equal Opportunity, but what we focus on is being your CEO,” Jackson said. “You are your own brand. The way you present yourself and your character dictates the response you get and the opportunities that present themselves.” Since the show’s inception, Jackson has impacted hundreds of children, including Vonte Copeland. He met Jackson and joined the CEO program 10 years ago. “When I met him, I was just a normal lost boy, with no male orientation,” Copeland said. “I was going from high school to high school. I was lost. Since then, it’s been more of a “walk with me” type of relationship. When you come from a place where you don’t have that, it makes a big difference.” Copeland described his progress and Jackson’s impact on his life. “He is the type of person who is not going to fade away. He will know until he opens up to you. A lot of kids push back when someone is trying to come into their life because they never had it,” Copeland said. “Where I am is a milestone for many children who look like me.” In addition to serving as executive director of the CEO program, Jackson is a teacher in the office of Black Student Achievement for Minneapolis Public Schools. He is also a consultant to the City of Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention, specifically focused on youth violence prevention. “If a crime occurs in our community and they call the police, and they call and say there’s a young black man carrying a gun and/or drugs walking down West Broadway, and my son is on the side of the street, with a GPA 3.5, college grad, doing everything he’s supposed to, and there’s a young man across the street. street that actually has guns and drugs, what makes the police choose that young man instead of my son? Jackson said. “So if I’m not helping that young man succeed as well, removing the threat to either of them, then I’m basically putting them both in the same boat.” In 2010, Jackson started Run and Shoot Basketball. league. The league keeps kids who aren’t on their high school basketball teams active, engaged, and off the streets. It’s also an opportunity to build relationships and trust. READ MORE: MN Weather: Winter weather will hit Monday morning before spring temperatures hit “You can’t just walk around a corner and tell a kid to get away from that, without knowing the background of his situation,” Jackson said. “We really have to build authentic relationships so that we can help them transition from where they are to where they want to go. They have to be able to trust us. You don’t build that trust without having some kind of time together to build that relationship.” Through the program, participants take exposure trips that include college tours, concerts, and vacations. Internships, job opportunities, and mentors are also available to participants. “A lot of kids today need that mentoring, whether they’re male or female,” said former professional basketball player CJ Parker. “I never thought I’d be abroad playing basketball, let alone traveling to Europe and those places I used to see in our big little balloon growing up. Just going around and choosing a place he wanted to visit. Just going there and playing basketball showed me that anything can happen. Especially for a boy raised by his mother, a single mother, he could do whatever he wanted.” Parker grew up in Chicago and moved to Minnesota to attend school and college. He later played abroad in Spain, Africa, Eastern Europe and Mexico. He is now working with Jackson to create opportunities for Run and Shoot basketball players abroad. “I got involved in the men’s league a couple of years ago. I just liked the way Jamil and the whole organization moved,” Parker said. “They were also mentors to a lot of young people and that’s something I want to do to move forward in my future since I’ve stopped playing basketball.” In the past five years, Jackson has successfully placed 25 kids in college programs who never played. high school basketball. Over the past 7 years, he has given away hundreds of pairs of shoes to CEO participants who received good grades in school. The CEO is currently mentoring 15 incarcerated youth, working to build authentic relationships before their release. Outreach team members work within Minneapolis schools, building authentic relationships with students and staff. A recently purchased warehouse will provide work for 20 young people, helping to distribute food to other children in the community. Jackson recently leased a 14,500-square-foot space located at 905 4th Ave. N. in downtown Minneapolis. It will serve as the new Executive Center for Change, expanding programs and services for children in the community. When asked why the community should care about each child’s success, Jackson explained why. “They represent us as a whole. Anything they do is a reaction that happens within our community,” Jackson said. “Anything negative that happens within our community, we are all going to pay for it in one way or another. Whether it’s tax dollars to fix broken glass. Whether insurance rates are rising due to stolen cars or crime in our communities. Therefore, it is imperative that we all take a stand as men and women in our community to grasp a child and help them feel loved, appreciated and valued. I need boys who will become men to marry my daughter. I need women to become queens to marry my sons. If I’m raising kings and queens, I need them so I can find someone to live a happy life with.” MORE NEWS: Both sides return to the negotiating table on Day 6 of the Minneapolis Shoot High School Program educators strike or to connect with Jamil Jackson on the Change Equals Opportunity program, click here.

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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