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Ex NFL Linebacker/ Ivy League Professor Behind Athletes.org / A Players Assoc. For College Athletes

The Debbie Nigro Show

Release Date: 01/04/2024

Haven’t Seen a Fazzino? You Should - Makes People Happy show art Haven’t Seen a Fazzino? You Should - Makes People Happy

The Debbie Nigro Show

I’ve been focusing on people who make the world a more beautiful place this week. People who through their work, their ethics, their integrity, their talent, their genius just makes it happier for the rest of us.   Charles Fazzino has been called one of the most famous pop artists in the world.   I've been a huge fan of his style of pop art since the minute I first saw it in a window decades ago in New York City. I would stand there and stare in the window amazed at every little intricate pop-up thing he thought of to make a piece come to life. Often because I was in NYC it would...

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Alvin Clayton Paints Humanity Colorfully to Take Color Out of The Picture show art Alvin Clayton Paints Humanity Colorfully to Take Color Out of The Picture

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I can’t get enough of my friend Alvin Clayton. He is bursting with talent and great energy, and I think he makes the world a more beautiful place through all he does and especially through his art through which he tries to speak to people’s humanity.  Recently I felt compelled to introduce Alvin to as many people as possible who may not know about him just to be able to see the amazing art he creates. Famous people collect his stuff. People like Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington and Halle Berry just to name a few. Alvin has a fabulous restaurant in New Rochelle, NY called...

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We’re at The Beginning of The Next American Business Revolution show art We’re at The Beginning of The Next American Business Revolution

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I'm All About Innovation and Innovators So I Love This Story. In his new book “Clean Economy Now: Stories from the Front Lines of an American Business Revolution" Bob Keefe the Executive Director of E2 a national nonpartisan business group of 10,000 business leaders which has been around for 25 years, describes his recent travels across the country.    He wanted to witness first-hand all the clean energy projects in motion because of the significant private sector investment and job creation that’s happened incredibly fast over the past 20 months since The Inflation Reduction...

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I’m Stuck on Following Stephanie Stuckey’s Comeback Road Trip show art I’m Stuck on Following Stephanie Stuckey’s Comeback Road Trip

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Stephanie Stuckey a lawyer by trade, who spent 14 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and was also appointed along the way by the mayor of Atlanta as Atlanta’s 'Chief Resilience Officer', is sure showing how resilient she is. And how resilient her family business is!   Stephanie is now on the road herself promoting Stuckey’s Corporation - the iconic roadside stops famous for its pecan candies and souvenirs that her grandfather founded in 1937. She bought the company in 2019 for $500,000 and has been spearheading the brands big return.   It’s a big year for brand...

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7M People in U.S. Living with Alzheimer’s 2X As Many Family & Friends Are Providing Care But There's' Hope show art 7M People in U.S. Living with Alzheimer’s 2X As Many Family & Friends Are Providing Care But There's' Hope

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Seven Million People Are Living with Alzheimer’s Disease in the US. 80,000 in CT alone & twice as many unpaid family members and friends are providing their care. But the money being raised is making a difference.    Nobody signs up for a brain disorder that gets worse over time. Alzheimer’s is a gradual decline in memory, thinking, behavior and social skills. These changes completely affect somebody's ability to function.    The bad news is the number of people with Alzheimer’s is increasing, but the good news is there are real advancements in treatment. These...

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At Prospector Movie Theater: Employees with Disabilities Sparkle & Transform Passions into Professions show art At Prospector Movie Theater: Employees with Disabilities Sparkle & Transform Passions into Professions

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Have you heard about the AMAZING Prospector Theater in Ridgefield CT?   The Prospector Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing competitive and inclusive employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater.   Employees of the Prospector, referred to as Prospects, are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and transform their passions into professions.   The Prospect Productions team creates high quality digital content for the Prospector Theater. Prospects working on the Production team learn in-demand trade...

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How To Stand Out By Going All In? Just Ask Tiffany McQuaid show art How To Stand Out By Going All In? Just Ask Tiffany McQuaid

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There are surely a lot of real estate people in the country, but Tiffany McQuaid figured out a way to really stand out.  Her real estate agency in Jupiter Florida has been called the most innovative agency in the country. What makes her stand out above all others in the space? She said all her efforts have ‘caring at the core'. Tiffany does ‘little things’ in her business that bring people joy. It’s something she’s been doing since she was a little girl.  She decided to write a book about what works so well for her, to share with others Her book just out is called “The...

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Pinky Cole aka “Slutty Vegan” is a Class Act  Her Celeb Backed Restaurant Chain Has a BIG Mission show art Pinky Cole aka “Slutty Vegan” is a Class Act Her Celeb Backed Restaurant Chain Has a BIG Mission

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Pinky Cole aka Slutty Vegan is WOW. There are a thousand reasons why. She’s a very innovative gal, entrepreneur, and really good human.   Pinky Cole owns and operates the celebrity backed restaurant chain ‘Slutty Vegan’ with 11 locations and counting including Atlanta, Birmingham, Baltimore, Dallas, and NY. She’s opening a new location in NYC this weekend on Bleecker Street making that 3 spots now in NY with the others in Harlem and Brooklyn.      “When you walk into Slutty Vegan, you will see yourself “, said Pinky. “It doesn't matter if you are white,...

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When a Psychic Is Thinking of You & Calls Out of The Blue show art When a Psychic Is Thinking of You & Calls Out of The Blue

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I’ve had some very interesting experiences with psychics and psychic mediums throughout my life. I’m always open-minded and do believe that some on this planet can see farther than the eye can see. On more than one occasion, I’ve had a psychic contact me out of the blue for one reason or another. (vs me asking them to contact someone. LOL) I probably haven’t seen Francine Tesler in over 20 years. She’s a psychic medium and medical intuitive, best known as the psychic, for people who don't usually go to psychics. She’s been making psychic predictions since she was 6 years old....

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Kindness IS Trending  Thank Saratoga NY and THIS Guy! show art Kindness IS Trending Thank Saratoga NY and THIS Guy!

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 I need to shine a light on Saratoga NY one of the kindest places in America.  That’s where the idea for a viral event that took place across the country this year called “Leap of Kindness Day’ emanated from. It was held on …you guessed it…Leap Day! I love Saratoga. Been there enough times to know I could live there.  I invited Todd Shimkus the President of The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, and originator of the kindness idea, to join me on The Debbie Nigro Show to talk about ‘The Kindness Movement’ they started in 2016.  Leap of Kindness was such a great...

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Brandon Copeland is on a mission to educate and protect the futures of the next generation of sports stars.

This Ex. NFL linebacker and Ivy League Professor, is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of an organization called Athletes.org.,a Players Assoc. For College Athletes.

Brandon who played pro football or the Baltimore Ravens, and New York Jets, among others also got a terrific education at Wharton and is in his sixth year an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

He's passionate about creating a legacy beyond his football career is is dedicating his time and knowledge to help others unlock their potential. Brandon is fully dedicated to helping the next generation of athletes and children in need. 

His non-profit Athletes.org, focuses on providing financial literacy to college athletes, helping them handle their finances as they potentially deal with lucrative deals. College athletics have changed, and college athletes are essentially going pro earlier due to TV deals and other revenue streams. The NCAA has recently been discussing proposals about compensating those athletes. But Brandon knows too well how unprepared most young athletes when interest and money comes their way. Athletes.org, essentially acts as a players association for college athletes, providing services such as legal and mental health support, sometimes pro bono.

Financial literacy for athletes is what Brandon Copeland thinks is critical. He’s well aware just how many athletes have gone broke and spent all their money without consideration for their futures, Which is why, he and athletes.org aim to provide solutions so that doesn’t happen.

But that’s not all Brandon Copeland is working on. Did you know he and a slew of other NFL Players bought Christmas presents for hundreds of unsuspecting children in need this year? (The kids thought they were showing up for community service. )

 Beyond the Basics, Inc., is Brandon Copeland’s family foundation he started with his wife. The foundation began by holding football camps and then organized "A December to Remember," where NFL players provide Christmas shopping sprees for children.

 Future Goals? Copeland hopes to expand the holiday initiative nationwide and encourage community involvement in every state, regardless of the presence of an NFL team.

 What a wonderful conversation we had on The Debbie Nigro Show. It was myto showcase Brandon Copeland's commitment to using his platform and experiences to positively impact the lives of young athletes and children, with a strong focus on financial education and community service.

 BTW: He credits his grandfather, Roy Hilton, who played in the NFL for 11 years, for his inspiration and for giving him perspective on life after football.