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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.”

The Word Book Fair Comes to the Inland Empire

The Word Book Fair

By Naomi K. Bonman

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA- Calling all readers, authors, and book lovers! 3 Women Voices will be presenting a day filled with enlightenment and, knowledge on Saturday, September 26. Renowned authors from in and around the Inland Empire will be gathering together to speak, sign their books, and enlighten guests at Rancho Cucamonga Central Park, David Dreier Hall (East & West) located at 11200 Base Line Road in Rancho Cucamonga. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featured guest and authors include: Angela Alexander, Lori Bryant, Annette Hubbard, Susan Goodson, Lisa M. Black, Torrian Scott, Eliza Shansey Green, Don Coffeen, Shamilla Pennington, and Alex Byron. In addition to words of encouragement and enlightenment, there will also be entertainment from Comedian Mel Austin and Gospel Recording Artist Marlo Wells.

The Good News Coffee House Tour Kicks off in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CA — “Life in His Hands” Christian Newspaper will launch the first of many evenings bringing music and a message to different coffee houses throughout the Inland Empire. The first stop of The Good News Coffee House Tour is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, at Daily Brew Coffee House, located at 2955 Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside.

“There is something about the casual atmosphere,” says Pastor Chris Thompson. “There are many people who don’t go to church who may be more comfortable starting their Christian walk at a local coffee shop, especially when they can ask questions one-on-one.”

Each evening will begin with a time of praise and worship led by local worship leaders. A message will be given, and followed by a chance to ask questions. Each night of the “Good News Coffee House Tour” will focus on taking the gospel to the public in a casual environment.

Additional Saturday evenings throughout the fall and winter are now booking. For more information about tour, please visit LifeinHisHands.org/tour.