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Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Returns To San Bernardino Alma Mater Friday for Special Homecoming

Mark Collins on the field (then)

Mark Collins on the field (then)

SAN BERNARDINIO, CA- Former New York Giants defensive back and San Bernardino native Mark Collins will return to Pacific High School on Friday, September 25 to celebrate the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary by presenting his alma mater with a gold football.

Collins, who graduated from Pacific High in 1982, is returning as part of a special NFL celebration honoring every high school in the world that has produced a player or coach who appeared in a Super Bowl. Collins was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1986 NFL draft. He played for the Giants from 1986 to 1993.

Mark Collins (Now)

Mark Collins (Now)

The NFL estimates that over 3,000 players have played in the Super Bowl, along with 52 coaches. The league invited some of those 3,000 players to personally deliver the gold football to their individual high schools.

Collins’ homecoming will take place at noon on Friday during a special student assembly in the Pacific High Auditorium. It’s been 33 years since Collins graduated from Pacific High, a school he continues to support by participating in the development of the District’s Athletic Strategic Plan. The plan aims to increase student participation in sports by providing state-of-the-art facilities and academic support to athletes.

For Principal Hector Vazquez, Collins’ return to Pacific is an opportunity to remind all students, not just athletes, that setting goals and believing in themselves will take them far in life.

“Mark Collins is an amazing role model for our students,” Vasquez said.  “He’s proof that great things are possible when you set goals, work hard, and persevere.”

Inland Empire Organization Named 2015 CNN Hero

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) under the leadership of Kim Carter has been named a 2015 CNN Hero!  The CNN Heroes initiative is a year-long initiative that honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others.  The campaign is now in its ninth year.

In the past eight years, CNN Heroes has received more than 50,000 nominations from more than 100 countries.  Since 2007, the campaign has profiled more than 200 CNN Heroes.  They‘re working in more than 80 countries around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of people.  Follow CNN Heroes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  To view the CNN Hero Award video please visit www.Timeforchangefoundation.org and click on the CNN Heroes button.

“I’m happy that CNN is shining an International spotlight on our organization.” says Phyllis Scott, TFCF Case Manager. Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of TFCF stated, “I am so grateful that I answered God’s call on my life.  My homelessness, substance abuse and incarceration experiences fuel my passion to help others succeed.  It’s that calling that started Time for Change Foundation.”

To celebrate, the organization is hosting a “CNN Watch Party” to celebrate the success of the community. The event will be held at the Feldheym Library at 555 West 6th Street
in San Bernardino on October 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided by Kim Carter and the TFCF Team.

Jack & Jill of America Foundation co-sponsors free college fair

PASADENA, CA- Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is co-sponsoring a free college fair at the Pasadena Convention Center on Wednesday, September 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with over 200 college and university representatives. They can attend college prep workshops on SAT versus ACT, college sports recruiting and writing a personal essay for college applications.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  Since 2008, the Pasadena Chapter of the organization has brought representatives from several colleges, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), to Pasadena to expose more area residents to a broader array of college options.  The Jack and Jill-sponsored events have always included information regarding admission requirements and financial aid.

“While we are an organization for mothers, when we started out, it was our fathers’ auxiliary that took the lead on organizing our college fair,” says Annette Starks, Foundation Chair for the Pasadena Chapter.  “As our event grew, we moved the venue from Polytechnic High School to Pasadena City College to the Pasadena Convention Center.”

In recent years, Jack and Jill has expanded the number of students reached by partnering with Pasadena Unified School District on the event.  Additional sponsoring partners for this year’s event include the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Learns.