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Football Player Surprises Stepfather by Taking His Last Name

football player changes name for step-dad
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What’s in a name? For 22-year-old George Grimwade Musto, it’s about paying homage to the man who raised him as his own.

Since the age of eight, George’s stepfather Michael Musto has been by his side, mentoring and guiding him as any father should. While step-parents can often face pushback from their kids, George wanted a way to show his father how much he truly means to him. The collegiate offensive lineman had a brilliant idea, and his school, Samford University in Alabama, wanted to help him share it with the world.

“He’s always been my dad,” George shared during an extremely heartfelt video posted recently to Samford University’s social media, adding “He raised me ever since I was in second grade.”  He goes on to address his father, looking at the camera and saying “You really do mean the world to me. Without you I don’t know who I am nor do I know where I’m at.” While heartfelt sentiments are a great start, especially for us men, George knew he wanted to take his father’s last name as a sign of his love and respect. “I feel like I owe it to him to carry on his last name,” he shared. “I just want his legacy to live on forever, I don’t want it to end with him.”

Although George Grimwade legally changed his name in September, he held the secret until Samford University’s family weekend. It’s a fitting occasion for such monuments news and allowed George to showcase the name change in the most awesome way possible.

On game day, George approached his dad with a camera and paperwork in-hand. “You know how much I love you, right? And how I always treasure the time I have with you? And how you’re my world? I got my last name changed.” 

George turns to reveal the back of his jersey, where emblazoned in stitched letters was the name MUSTO. His father, already adorned in team colors and beaming with pride, breaks down in tears, embracing his son in a moment that has everyone who watches tearing up too.

MUSTO. Just five letters with the power to move hundreds of thousands of people who have viewed, shared and commented on the video. A loving tribute to a step-dad who stepped up, just as millions of others do each and every day.

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This Former Paralympian’s Halloween Costumes Are Clever as Hell

Josh Sundquist's Costumes
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At just 9-years-old, Josh Sundquist lost his left leg to cancer. It’s difficult for anyone to imagine a way to move forward after such a life-changing ordeal.

Josh, however, decided to take up skiing.

After successfully representing the United States in the IX Paralympic games, Josh left skiing to pursue a business degree from William & Mary, followed by a Master’s degree in communications. If being an accomplished Paralympian, motivational speaker, comedian and author isn’t enough to impress you, then perhaps Josh’s amazing sense of humor when it comes to his disability will seal the deal.

Beyond using humor to motivate and inspire others, Josh discovered yet another surprising way to have a little fun with his lack of a left appendage. For the past several years, Josh has found some incredible ways to incorporate his disability into several very clever Halloween costumes.

Each fall, Josh comes up with another creative way to have a little fun while flipping the standard costume on its head. Quite literally back in 2013 for his reimagined Flamingo.

Instead of masking his situation, Josh often has a lot of fun playing with different ideas that mostly draw extra attention to the fact he has just one leg. For example, fans of “A Christmas Story” will immediately recognize and appreciate this gem from 2012.

It’s a tradition that has been going on for almost a decade. Here’s Josh’s very first one-legged costume back in 2010:

But somehow each year, Josh seems to outdo himself, always pushing limits, just as he’s done his entire life.

So what could Josh possibly have in store for this year’s festivities? Judging by past years, chances are he’ll reveal it soon via his twitter account, @JoshSundquist.

While you’re there, check out his comedy and motivational speeches and ask yourself when he finds the time to be so damn creative on top of everything else.

Mattel and National Federation of the Blind Release Uno Braille Edition

Uno Braille Edition
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If there’s one thing we just can get enough of, it’s familiar toys becoming even more inclusive. So when Mattel recently announced a new version of Uno that would allow those who are blind or visually impaired to join in the fun, we just had to share the details.

While it may look similar to the original game, Uno Braille Edition has been designed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind to be a completely inclusive experience.

Starting with the cards, each number, color, and direction is spelled out in Braille on both the front and back sides, making gameplay accessible like never before. In addition, the company has launched UnoBraille.com, a site that will allow players and their families to download braille readable instructions.

The company has even gone a step further by releasing voice-enabled audio instructions and help available on both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Players can ask questions throughout the game, and also be reminded of the rules — something that will likely come in handy for families everywhere who frequently disagree on the finer details.

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, says steps like these not only make games more inclusive but also encourage others to learn and understand more about communicating in general. “UNO Braille is doing more than making this beloved game more accessible. It’s also helping promote the importance and normalcy of braille by putting it in places people might not expect, and integrating it into the play of blind children.” 

It’s not the first time Uno and other popular games have made strides towards becoming more accessible. Just a few short years ago, Uno released their ColorADD cards for those with color blindness. Mattel joins other toy giants such as Lego who continue to advance gameplay for all children as well as their parents who refuse to grow up.

It’s a step in the right direction and shows just how far we’ve come as a society when it comes to fostering a more caring and understanding world for our children. It’s a trend that you’ll keep seeing over and over in retail, and one we hope continues to trend for years to come.

6-Year-Old Boy With Autism Becomes Youngest Student at Oxford, Ever

Joshua Beckford
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Autism is many different things, and the people who are on the spectrum are often as unique as the varying levels of autism itself.

Enter 13-year-old Joshua Beckford. At the age of two he had mastered reading and by three was speaking Japanese. While many professionals misdiagnosed certain forms of Autism early on as learning disabilities, cases like Joshua show it can be that exact opposite. So when Joshua’s father Knox heard that Oxford University offered a program for gifted children between 8-18, he signed up his then 6-year-old prodigy to see if he’d make the cut. He did, becoming the youngest student ever at the prestigious institution.

Joshua has what’s commonly referred to as high functioning autism (HFA). While HFA isn’t a medical term or official diagnosis, it’s a term used to describe those on the spectrum without an intellectual disability, but who may suffer difficulties in other areas such as social interaction and emotional expression.

In recent years it’s been uncovered that some of the greatest minds of history would have likely been autistic if the medical community in their time had known what we do today. Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Mozart, and many more all presented signs and symptoms we now know to be found on the spectrum.

Although he’s already accomplished more than most of us could ever dream to achieve, Joshua now dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and shows no signs of resting on his laurels. He also serves as the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority campaign, highlighting the challenges minorities face when attempting to find support and services relating to autism. In 2017, Joshua was named one of the 30 most remarkable people in the world with Autism. In January of this year, he was appointed an ambassador Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network, an organization that provides educational opportunities for children in Africa.

The brilliant Mr. Beckford is also penning a children’s book on Egypt, a locale the young scholar has been fascinated by for much of his life.

A genius, a role model, and an example for those young and old, Joshua Beckford is an inspiration and a reminder that each person is unique. Finding ways to highlight and bring out that individualism is often the key to fully discovering an individual’s best self and helping them to share it with the world.

NFL Running Back Sponsors 500+ Mammograms in Honor of His Late Mom

DeAngelo Williams sponsoring breast cancer screenings
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Watching players take the field on Sunday, it’s hard to imagine the individual struggles they each face outside the bright lights and cameras of the National Football League. While their paychecks and circumstances may differ from average Americans, many face the same ups and downs each family faces in the course of a lifetime.

For former Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, it’s the loss of his mother to breast cancer in 2014. Williams has lost another four aunts to the disease and vowed to turn his notoriety into a positive force against such a crippling epidemic.

So in 2015, the former footballer began covering the cost of mammograms through his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation. Over the past 4 years, the foundation estimates it has covered more than 500 mammograms at facilities across multiple states. Williams lost his mother when she was just 53, so his initiative, “53 Strong for Sandra” covers costs for 53 women at a time at events from Pittsburgh to Alabama with a goal to host events in every state over the next several years.

“To be able to help all these women is amazing. This can be life-changing for these women,” Williams recently shared with The TODAY Show. “We are enabling them to get this care that no one should ever be denied or not have access to.”

It’s only the latest in a career spent trying to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Back in 2009, Williams was at the forefront of an effort to allow players to wear pink cleats through October and even petitioned, albeit unsuccessfully, to wear pink on his uniform all season long.

Thanks to Williams and many others who have lent their voice to the cause, the NFL now has an active partnership with the American Cancer Society that focuses on prevention and early detection in addition to general awareness. The organization’s “Crucial Catch” program has raised an estimated $20 million that has helped fund screening and community-based cancer prevention initiatives across the country.

So hats… or helmets… off to Williams, and every other professional athlete for not only raising awareness for causes close to their hearts but for reminding us all that they are human just like the rest of us.

LEGO Launches Initiative to Help Donate Your Old Bricks to Charity

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LEGOs have been entertaining generations of young and old alike since 1932. Typically, sets or remaining pieces often live on for generations thanks to the ease of play such a simple but extraordinary toy offers. But all too often, the iconic building bricks end up shoved in the back of a closet, sitting idle for years and years. Well here’s a bit of good news for parents with leftover legos hanging around their crawl space or attic with no one left to enjoy them.

Thanks to a new initiative introduced by the LEGO Company, people everywhere will now be able to donate those unused blocks to some incredible causes in neighborhoods both here in the United States and abroad.

LEGO Replay, a new pilot program announced earlier this month, will accept previously played with bricks and donate them to children’s organizations in coordination with charities already on the ground including Give Back Box, a charity that distributes used clothing and goods to those in need. Teach for America will be the first recipient in addition to Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, but the company says that’s just the beginning. They plan on evaluating the pilot in early 2020 with hopes to roll it out nationally thereafter.

“Learning through play can have a tremendous impact on a child’s cognitive development. Through play, children develop fine motor skills, think creatively, and can learn how to problem solve through teamwork,” Teach For America’s chief operating and program officer Susan Asiyanbi shared. “But not everyone has access to such resources. LEGO Replay, and the instructional resources they provide educators, will help give more students access to this opportunity.”

LEGO has agreed to pay the postage for donated bricks, and Give Back Box will sort, clean and distribute the blocks.

The move is just the latest from LEGO to ensure more children get their hands on the simple, yet powerful educational engineering toys. Their recent Braille bricks have helped those with visual impairments to play in ways never before possible, and their plant based plastics show LEGO is certainly thinking about the future. The company says many people keep legos in play for decades, but are aware that recycling and sustainability are key issues they need to address. “The vast majority hand them down to their children or grandchildren. But others have asked us for a safe way to dispose of or to donate their bricks. With Replay, they have an easy option that’s both sustainable and socially impactful.”

As always, we’re fans of anything that makes play and life in general more accessible and inclusive for kids everywhere. You can find more details about LEGO replay on the official campaign website.

Assistant Principal Lays on Ground to Help Boy With Autism

Mr. Smith and LJ
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Being a teacher or school administrator takes a special set of skills. A passion for educating children is important. Patience is essential. But perhaps the most important traits one can possess are empathy and compassion. Those were both on full display recently when a photograph of an Ohio assistant principal went viral for all the right reasons.

Students at Garfield Elementary in Marion, Ohio were preparing to head home for the day, but an issue caused their bus to be delayed. It’s enough to make any youngster frustrated, but 8-year-old LJ was particularly perturbed. LJ is a third-grader who lives with Down syndrome and autism, but his mom Steph says he’s usually happy and outgoing, telling local affiliate WCMH “If he’s not smiling or laughing…which is most of the time, there’s something really wrong.” LJ was laying down on the sidewalk and was understandably exhausted from the long day.

So newly appointed administrator Mr. Smith, who had previously been a teacher in the district, saw an opportunity to get on his students’ level… literally. Smith dropped down to the concrete and laid down next to LJ while they waited. Another Garfield educator snapped a photo, sending it to LJ’s mom who later posted it to her Facebook page.

The post has since been shared hundreds of times, with several local parents commenting on how awesome of an impact such a small gesture can truly make.

LJ’s mom Steph sharing in an interview “It’s really awesome to know from a parent’s standpoint, that there are people that care that much about your child. To get down on the ground, and lay on the ground with them to make sure that they’re alright.”

Florida Deputy Pulls Over Car For Speeding Then Helps Deliver Baby

Dep. Robert Pounds Delivers Baby
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Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Pounds has been on the job for over a quarter century, but last week, the veteran officer experienced something he has never encountered before.

On duty near Naples, Florida at around 4 a.m., Pounds clocked a vehicle doing 63 miles-per-hour in a 45 mph zone. Upon approaching the car, Pounds quickly realized this was anything but a run-of-the-mill traffic stop. Wilfrid Jean-Louis was behind the wheel, his wife Fabienne next to him in the passenger seat, already in labor.

Dash-cam footage on the patrol car captured the interaction. “Officer, you have the right to stop me, I’m not gonna even lie,” 36 -year-old Jean-Louis tells Pounds. “We have a baby coming out. That’s the reason why I’m speeding.” Any suspicions the deputy had about the story vanished when Pounds saw the baby’s head beginning to crown.

Pounds calls for backup, then grabs latex gloves and supplies from his vehicle. Audio from the dash-cam capturing the officer assuring the soon-to-be father “I’m coming bud, hang on!”

Just moments later, Pounds, a father of three himself, delivered his first child while on duty. “(The baby) gripped my forefinger, which really made me feel good because it was a nice tight squeeze and I knew she was going to be OK,” Pounds recently shared with TODAY. “Even though I looked calm, I was probably a little more scared on the inside than I appeared,” he said. “But my training and my agency’s training really helped me out quite a bit.”

The couple made it safely to the hospital, naming their new baby girl Leila Robert Jean-Louis, a lifelong reminder of the sheriff’s deputy who helped to welcome her into the world. “It was only right,” Wilfrid Jean-Louis says. “It was only fair. He was there, and he did what I wasn’t able to do.”

As for the speeding ticket, Pounds noted on the report that no citations would be issued “Due to the nature of the circumstances.”

While law enforcement can sometimes receive a bad wrap, stories such as this remind us how lucky we are to have trained professionals in our communities, vowing to protect and serve each and every day.

The Heartwarming Origin Story Behind the Viral 9-Yr-Old ‘Anthem Girl’

The Anthem Girl Story
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Having a chance to sing the national anthem is a dream for performers of every age. Being able to do it multiple times likely means you’re one of the most well-known musicians in the world — or nine-year-old Madison Baez.

While her name may not ring any bells, Madison is known as “The Anthem Girl” by fans at Dodger Stadium, a monicker that may come as a surprise considering the talented young performer only began singing six short years ago. But it’s the reason why she started that has people around the world singing her praises.

Back in 2013, Madison’s father Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. The next several years were riddled with chemotherapy appointments and surgeries, but Madison was right by her father’s side. “Madison starting singing to me at my hospital bedside, at home though all my chemo treatments,” Chris told Los Angeles affiliate CBSN. “Her amazing voice developed from the last six years of her singing to me to help me get though my diagnosis.” She began learning new songs to pass the time. “She saw how uplifting it was, even at 3 years old,” Chris told Dodger Insider last July. “She understood I’m making dad feel good.”

At age 7, Chris taught his daughter the national anthem. Flash forward two years and watch as Madison belts out a rendition that would have even the most seasoned progressional in awe of her raw talent.

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Last Friday, over 50,000 fans watched as the brave girl give it her all, leaving all in attendance amazed by the soulful sounds coming out of such a young performer. A moment that began with a daughter just wanting to spend time with her dad has now spread to television screens and news sites across the country.

While her latest rendition has gone viral, the nine-year-old is now a vocal veteran, having performed the anthem for the LA Rams, the Los Angeles Lakers, the LA Galaxy, and even the Harlem Globetrotters.

While this may be the first time you’ve heard of Madison Baez, it’s likely not the last. As for Chris, the proud papa has been cancer-free for just over a year now, with all signs indicating he’ll be around to see her perform for many years to come.

Costumed Teen Greets Younger Brother at Bus Stop Every Day

Bus Stop Brother Dresses Up
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It’s no secret that sibling relationships can run the full spectrum, often ranging from best friends to mortal enemies. That range is often much wider when the difference in age is more than a few years. So when an older sibling prepares to leave the nest, there’s often a certain nostalgia for familiar surroundings and a renewed appreciation of family.

That appreciation was recently manifested by one Louisiana teen who decided to give his 12-year-old brother a few final memories to hold on to after he’s moved out. Sure, embarrassing him was also part of the plan, but Noah Tringle says that was just a small part. “Knowing I’m going to college next year and won’t see him on a daily basis, I thought this would make things memorable and strengthen our bond as brothers,” he recently told USA Today.

So Noah decided to greet his younger sibling at the bus stop after school, only he’d do it dressed as Santa Claus. But that was just day one. Since then Noah has donned dozens of different costumes, all designed to give Max, and the other kids on the bus, a few laughs. Sure, it was supposed to be embarrassing too, but the tradition has now caught the attention of community members and national news outlets alike.

Tingle’s mother started filming the encounters and has since started a Facebook page and YouTube channel to share in the boys’ antics.

With tens of thousands of people watching each day to see what Noah will do next. The family says costumes have been arriving at the doorstep since the first week, and with Halloween just around the corner, even a few costume shops have sent their best models in hopes of a little airtime.

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But lest you forget, they’re still brothers, so the touching roadside greetings typically evolve into something much more reminiscent of the average sibling relationship.

But don’t let the playful tussling let you think these boys aren’t on the same page. Max now thinks the costumes are cool and the two brothers have posted a video on YouTube to remind kids everywhere that bullying isn’t the answer, and want everyone to be kind to one another.

Thanks to Noah’s idea, the two have shared many laughs. Thanks to the internet, those laughs have spread to thousands of others who — like the brothers — will still be laughing for years to come.

Legoland’s New York Theme Park Is Set to Open in 2020, Here’s the 411

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Parents and kids of all ages have new reason to celebrate thanks to a brand new theme park set to open next year. Located just 70 miles outside New York City on 150 sprawling acres, Legoland New York is now scheduled to open on July 4th, 2020.

Lego’s third US park, Legoland New York will be their largest so far, comprised of over 50 rides, shows and attractions. Familiar favorites such as the kiddie dragon coaster and Lego Driving School will appear along side several brand new attractions including Ninjago World and the Great Lego Adventure. The latter allowing kids to travel through the process of becoming a mini figure, following the manufacturing process from start to finish.

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From pirate themed water attractions to trains that traverse the park, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. If rides aren’t your speed, take a stroll through Miniland, complete with micro-sized versions of familiar landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. Contractors are busy building the attractions, piece-by-piece, brick-by-brick, paying careful attention to every detail. The park estimates that Miniland alone will take approximately 22,231,368 pieces to complete.

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If New York is a bit of a haul for your family, you can always book few nights at the Legoland Hotel, scheduled to open in 2021. With 250 Lego-themed rooms to choose from including “castle”, you’re sure to get a good knight’s sleep. The hotel also also tons of interactive play areas and of course is located just steps from the park.

While grand opening events are yet to be announced, Legoland New York Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman says it will be an event to remember. “The opening of the first major theme park in the northeast in decades is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you can be sure we’ll throw a star-spangled party to celebrate it!”

The park has also released ticket and annual pass prices, with daily tickets “starting as low as $62.99.” Perhaps it’s best to start saving up now.

Whether it’s in New York, or at one of the other two Legoland locations in California and Florida, consider taking your family for a little trip next summer and build a few memories together.

California Fire Department Welcomes 9 Newborns

California Fire Dept. Welcomes 9 Newborns
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Welcoming a new baby can often be a cause for celebration among an entire community. This rings especially true in tight-knit organizations such as fire departments. Serving side-by-side, day in and day out, makes your coworkers feel more like family than just casual work acquaintances.

Now imagine that besides sharing often life-threatening danger together, you and your fellow firefighters are also expecting newborns at the same time. That was the case for nine — yes, nine — firefighters in California. Between March and July of this year, seven girls and two boys joined the junior ranks of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District.

Recently, the proud new papas came together at their fire station for an awesome photoshoot that has now been shared thousands of times, making headlines around the world. A look at the resulting photos shows why they spread so quickly.

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“Say hello to Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s newest little family members! Between March and July of this year, nine babies were born in the department and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture this special moment.” RCFD shared in a Facebook post. “We are thrilled to see our RCFD fire family keep growing!”

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Dozens of commenters asking the department “What’s in the water?” Others requesting regular matching photoshoots as the children continue to grow up, something the department and the parents have likely already been plotting. Just imagine nine little Power Wheels all racing to an imaginary fire or climbing little ladders to rescue kittens in a tree or maybe— Ok, let’s just wait and see.

Although these brave men are all well versed in putting out fires, chances are with nine newborns in the mix, all that training will come in handy. We salute the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day, only to return home to the same diaper duty as the rest of us.

An Unofficial GoldenEye 007 Remake Is Coming to the PC

GoldenEye 25 Trailer
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In a time of such political unrest and social change, it’s hard to know exactly what the future will hold. If only we could get a glimpse of what lies ahead. Well, pack your bags, children of the ’90s, as we set off to the year 2022.

Fans of Nintendo 64’s Goldeneye 007 have a new reason to rejoice, as developers are hard at work rebuilding the classic first-person shooter. GoldenEye 25, named for the 25th anniversary of the original’s release, is scheduled to be completed in just a few short years. While that may seem like a long time to wait, the game’s developers are rebuilding each detail of the game from scratch, utilizing modern, updated graphics. Everything from the lighting, to textures and characters, are being retooled from the ground up for the PC utilizing Epic Game’s Unreal Engine.

Diehard players can look forward to crisp, sharp graphics, all while playing the same maps and missions as the original. New players will likely note the graphics aren’t all that amazing, but for us aging gamers who cut their teeth on the original back in 1997, it’s like night and day.

The developers behind the unauthorized reboot have been down this road before. The same duo released Goldeneye: Source back in 2016. It’s more of an homage to the original game’s multiplayer mode, with HD graphics and dozens of refreshed maps to play through.

However it, like the new Goldeneye 25’s future, lies in the hands of the game’s original maker. Due to copyright laws and legal mumbo jumbo, the games are technically illegal but live a gray area that major publishers don’t often venture into. Needless to say, when it finally drops, grab it quick.

We’ll continue to follow the progress and share new updates as they become available.

If all this talk has sparked a renewed nostalgia, head on over to our Goldeneye facts piece to brush up on the original.