(Representatives for NATION Red and NATION Blue Damar Bess, Marcus Robinson and Claudia Levey pictured with ALC Town Hall Meeting Panelist Corey Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey)

Student-Athlete Representatives of NATIONRed and  NATIONBlue were excited to attend one of the most highly anticipated events of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, the ALC Town Hall meeting. This year's theme for the conference was "It's Starts with You." Students representatives got the opportunity to understand, first-hand, the meaning of the theme by joining political, social, and education leaders across the country to hear Mayor Corey Booker of New Jersey, CEO and Motivational Speaker Dr Calvin Mackie, and Conference Chairs Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana speak about the prevalence of violence and poverty devastating the African-American community.  

"It was awesome to hear real issues discussed by our nation's leaders. The conference was eye-opening. I got to meet some really cool people and learned so much ." Said Damar Bess, Captain of NATIONRed

Student-Athletes also got to meet many of the panelists after the event, including Cory Booker and Dr. Calvin Mackie. Following the Conference, I am NATION participants will begin to prepare for another year of events, service and fun. (More Pictures Below)

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(NATION Red Captain Damar Bess receives words of encouragement from Dr. Calvin Mackie, Engineer, CEO, and motivational Speaker of New Orleans Louisiana) 


(Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida who also serves as Chair of the Democratic National Committee addresses poverty and violence as speaker for ALC Town Hall Meeting)













The ColorMob Music and Giving Festival CANCELLED due to slight chance of rain. WILL be RE-SCHEDULED to a later date in Fall. (August 17th) 
                                                                

The Student-Athletes of NATIONRedNATIONWhite and  NATIONBlue were excited to take their love for service to the next level with a spectacular event. The ColorMob Music and Giving Festival was to unite over 30 organizations, businesses, musicians and teams for a day of music, mobbing and fun. However, a slight chance of  rain and thunderstorms (30%) seemed to be the determinant in cancelling the event. The ColorMob event was set to be an exciting outdoor celebration of music and giving. From "Sticky Mobbing for Talia" to the Battle of the Bands, the outdoor events and the carnival games were solidified and exciting for participants. 

"It's just a tough call because the rain is so unpredictable. Freedom Plaza, in good weather is a perfect, open, uncovered space. But Freedom Plaza with even the slightest bit of rain, is a dangerous scenario regarding equipment and safety." Said Bukola Catherine Bamigboye, Co-Director of the I an NATION Campaign.

The events, although cancelled will be re-scheduled for a similar event to take space in an indoor space this fall. More details to follow. 

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After preparing meals, gathering 126 bags of clothing, and hosting the random games event,  the student-athletes of
NATIONRedNATIONWhite and  NATIONBlue have taken their love for service to the next level with a spectacular event. 

 On August 17th the student-athletes will host over 20 organizations, businesses and teams on Freedom Plaza for a day of giving, games, music, mobbing and fun. The event will include over $1000 in giveaways, a Battle of the Bands, and plenty of “ColorMobbing”.  Students ask that those attending bring a donation such as canned food, change, clothing and pledges. Attendees will celebrate organizations that service the community as well as kick-off of the "40 Days to 40k Team Challenge". This will be our chance to raise at least $10,0000 in one day to build schools and sponsor students in Ghana while giving back and celebrating the community. I’m especially excited about honoring Talia." Said Sam of NATIONRed.

Student- athletes will be "Sticky Mobbing for Talia" at 4pm. They will gather as many people as they can at that time to honor the life of a young 13 year old girl named Talia Castellano. The beautiful young lady was a cover girl and you-tube sensation who the students believed to be a fierce competitor against her battle with cancer.  The students will be completing #25 on Talia's Bucket List: “Cover a car in sticky notes" in a big way. 

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The I am NATION Campaign Teams up with DC Central Kitchen to Prepare Meals and Compete with Purpose (July 1st, 2013) 


After gathering 126 bags of Clothing and hosting the random games event,  Captains of NATIONRed, NATIONWhite and  NATIONBlue have gathered at DC Central Kitchen to Compete with purpose with preparing Meals for others. Students spent the day trying to prepare the most food with the best attitude for those in need. The chefs at DC Central Kitchen slected NationWhite as the winners of the competition. The "40k in 40 Days" Team Challenge and the ColorMob Music and Giving Festival will follow. Follow the team's progress and watch the competition unfold via twitter. Click @nationathleticsfor updates

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The I am NATION Campaign ends The Athletes Competing with Purpose : Multi-School Clothing Drive with 126 bags of clothing to Goodwill and Salvation Army (May 14th-21st, 2013) 
 


Captains of NATIONRedNATIONWhite and NATIONBlue have completed clothing drives at their schools in DC, MD, VA and CA. NationBlue won the event with 64 bags of clothing from Norwood High School in Irvine CA and 14 bags from Holton Arms School in MD. Students will move on the the DC Central Kitchen food Prep Competition on July 1st. The 40k in 40days Team Challenge and the ColorMob Music and Giving Festival will follow. Follow the team's progress and watch the competition unfold via twitter. Click @nationathleticsfor updates

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The I am NATION Campaign begins The Athletes Competing with Purpose : Multi-School Clothing Drive (May 14th-21st, 2013)

  Captains of NATIONRed, NATIONWhite and NATIONBlue will be organizing clothing drives at their schools in DC, MD, VA and CA to encourage students and staff to donate a combined total of over 40 bags of clothing to Goodwill and Salvation Army. Teams will be competing to collect the most clothing donations, beginning on May 14th and ending on May 21st. Students participating will also be encouraged to score points for their team by sharing their participation on social media outlets and mentioning @nationathletics #nationred, #nationwhite or #nationblue. This event is one of many I am NATION Campaign events that give athletes the opportunity to compete with purpose. Follow the team's progress and watch the competition unfold via twitter. Click @nationathletics for updates

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Student-Athletes from across the country come together to Compete with Purpose at the launching of the I am NATION Campaign (April 14th, 2013)

Athletes from New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Maryland, and Virginia came to participate in the "Random Games" event hosted by the I am NATION Campaign in Washington DC.  The event is the first of many fun and competitive events that empower student-athletes from across the country. By joining teams NATIONRed, NATIONWhite, or NATIONBlue and competing in creative activities to raise awareness and donations for non-profit partnership organizations like Bridges 2 Africa, athletes can support a cause while using their greatest strength, a love for competition.


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I am NATION Campaign confirmed to Host The "ColorMob Music and Giving Festival" at Freedom Plaza on August 17th, 2013 


The I am NATION Campaign, in conjunction with Bridges 2 Africa Foundation, will host the first annual I am NATION Music Festival. The Festival will be include a Battle of the Bands by the most talented, up and coming artists from across the country. In addition the Festival will be an awareness and fundraising event for both the campaign and non-profit partnership organizations. Attendees will be asked to donate $20.00 toward the Online Fundraising Campaign, Mob for Talia at 4pm or bring in canned goods/ clothing donations.  Athletes from across the country will come to Celebrate their efforts and enjoy live performances in the heart of Washington DC.
 

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