Nick Lowery Foundation to host Concussions: 2017 Future of Football Lunch and exhibit the revolutionary MVP Mobile Dummy

Part of 6th Annual Current Topics in Sports Medicine Conference

Phoenix, February 11, 2017 – For the 2nd year, The Nick Lowery Foundation is hosting the Future of Football Town Hall luncheon joining recognized thought leaders at the Sixth Annual Concussions: 2017 conference in Phoenix, AZ at Barrow Neurological Institute’s Goldman Auditorium.  Mr. Lowery joins with notable medical professionals from all across the country, including Chris Giza of UCLA, Dr Javier Cardenas of Barrows Neurological Center, Dr P. David Adelson of Barrow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Dr Hirsch Handmaker of the CACTIS Foundation, at the conference on topics that include: Basic science of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions, chronic consequences of TBI, diagnostic approaches to TBI, TBI symptom management and other important informational topics.  This event plays a vital role in the evolution of the treatment for brain injuries in sports medicine and across disciplines…..

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2017 Native Youth Leadership Video

All-new, outstanding 2017 NBNY Native Youth leadership video – Courage, Creativity, Empathy and Positive Leadership will Change the World.  Please watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QSKtn1y5rY

Nick Lowery Hosts JAAM Classic Tournament

The weather looks to be cool in the morning but a beautiful day for golf. We suggest you arrive early to ensure time to shop in the mobile pro shop provided by Straight Down – shop from packages to suit your needs.

Also, the Phoenix Suns Junior Wheelchair basketball team will be out showcasing their skills – extra sport chairs will be available for you to try your skills from the chair.

Event Details:
9:00 am – Registration Open
Straight Down Mobile Pro-Shop Open

Wheelchair basketball exhibition
Breakfast from Chick-Fil-A
Gourmet Coffee Cart by Appassionato Coffee
10:30am – Short Game Clinic with Stan Utley
11:00 am Shotgun Start
Lunch on the course
4:00 pm – Reception and Presentation
Host Bar
hors d’oeuvres by Toro
Presentation, Raffle & Awards
MC – Nick Lowery
Equipment Drive – bring your checkbooks!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great day at TPC Scottsdale. Practice your 170 yard shot for a chance to win a BMW from BMW North Scottsdale on Hole 12.
IMPORTANT: If you haven’t sent Liz your foursome names and handicaps – please do so ASAP – Thank you!

Any questions? Liz Williams – liz@jaamfoundation.org

Gatekeepers 6 Alarm Firehouse Cook-off Showdown

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (January 4, 2017) – Firehouse Cooks and Local Restaurant Chefs throughout the Valley are set to battle each other in the kitchens of the Allstate Appliance Showroom, located at 15250 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.  The 6 Alarm Cook-off  will showcase a Sizzling Spectacle of Tasty Treats as seasoned chefs are paired up with firehouse cooks in attempts to win the coveted first prize metal!

Read more: Press Release Firemen & Phoenix Childrens Hospital

 

10th Annual Christmas Champions for the Homeless sings GRATITUDE with 20 NFL Legends, Cece “Finally” Penniston, Bob Corritore, Paris James, Jimmie Primetime Smith, Cece Ya, Les Paul Roque and much more at St. Vincent de Paul’s

Well over 1000 of the area’s homeless will be treated to a remarkable display of love in flowers, music, and gifts at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless shelter on Christmas Day. The Nick Lowery Foundation’s (www.nicklowery.org) 10th annual Thanksgiving 29th “Champions for the Homeless” takes place on Christmas 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 1075 Jackson Street location, just West of the Suns and D-backs stadiums (NOTE: use 15th Avenue entrance off Harrison as the 10th Avenue street is blocked off to traffic). 1000 flowers and 1000 gift certificates will be handed out, but most importantly, more than 1000 people will share gifts of more than 200 volunteers whoare bringing a new priority to theplight of Phoenix’ growing homeless population with NFL players and incredible music embracing the simple message that “We all are powerful, equal, loved and important, “all under the new Champions for the Homeless mural that covers one wall of St Vincent de Paul’s.
Every year, NFL Stars like former Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Giants Super Bowl Champion Lionel Manuel,Raiders All Pro Lincoln Kennedy, Seth Joyner, Michael Bankston, Syd Justin, Ray Perkins, Damien Anderson, John Bronson, Raiders Super Bowl Champion Mike Davis, All Pro QB David Krieg, Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, NBC sports Radio’s Dan Manucci, All Pros JT Smith, former #1 pick Andre Wadsworth, Ed Smith, Scott Player and Steve Holden come together as “Champions” and give an extra special HUMAN touch to Christmas. As an added bonus, The Champions for the Homeless Orchestra, with The Rhythm Room’s legends Bob Corritore, Paris James, Dave Riley, Jimmie Primetime Smith, and BillBoard Music star Cece Peniston, Whitney Steele, Cece Ya, Jennifer Smestad, and Jessi Gradillas and keyboardist Les Paul Roque will be performing.
According to Valley resident and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, Champions for the Homeless has a simple goal: “To shower unconditional Love, which is the core mission of St Vincent De Paul’s. ” Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of St Vincent de Pauls, said, “Our goal is to remind thousands of Phoenix homeless that they have a purpose with us together to create a human music – that is what a great community is all about.” “Champions for the Homeless” was founded by the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation (www.NickLoweryFoundation.org) in 2006, is an Arizona 501(c)3 non profit. This is the 30th Champions for the Homeless event for St. Vincent de Paul’s.

“Champions for the Homeless” features many NFL Legends, Cece Penniston at St. Vincent de Paul’s on Christmas

Well over 1000 of the area’s homeless will receive more than a warm meal and safe place to dine this Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless shelter.  The Nick Lowery Foundation’s (www.nicklowery.org) 11th annual Christmas Edition “Champions for the Homeless” takes place Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 1075 Jackson Street location, just West of the Suns and D-backs stadiums (NOTE: use 15th Avenue entrance off Harrison). 1000 flowers and 1000 gift certificates will be handed out, but most importantly, 1000 people will share a true Christmas with players and over 150 volunteers embracing the simple message that we all are powerful, equal, loved and important, all under the new Champions for the Homeless mural that covers one wall of St Vincent de Paul’s.

Every year, former NFL Stars like former Cardinals Michael Bankston, Ray Perkins, Giants Super Bowl Champion Lionel Manuel, Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Raiders All Pro Lincoln Kennedy, Damien Anderson, John Bronson, Mike Davis, All Pro QB David Krieg, All Pro Nick Lowery, Dan Manucci, All Pros JT Smith and Seth Joyner, former #1 pick Andre Wadsworth, Ed Smith, Scott Player and Steve Holden come together as “Champions” and give an extra special HUMAN touch to Christmas. As an added bonus, American recording artist Cece Penniston will be a special guest of Nicks at the event

According to Valley resident and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, Champions for the Homeless has a simple goal: “To model the unconditional Love and that are the deepest roots of a true community and the core mission of St Vincent De Paul’s. ”   

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of St Vincent de Pauls, said, “We seek to truly support and honor our clients, thousands of Phoenix homeless who have endured particularly hard times the past several years.  This human music is what a community is all about.”

Champions for the Homeless” was founded by the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation (www.NickLoweryFoundation.org), an Arizona 501(c)3 non profit. This is the 8th Thanksgiving for the St. Vincent de Paul’s event.

‘Champions for the Homeless’ Veterans Day Tribute Retired athletes honor veterans and unveil dedicated mural

PHOENIX (Nov. 8, 2016) – ‘Champions for the Homeless,’ in partnership with muralist Laura Thurbon, will be honoring homeless individuals (including veterans) by unveiling a painting in SVdP’s downtown Phoenix dining room on November 11 at 8:30 a.m. The dining room is located at 1075 W. Jackson Street and the gate code to enter the parking lot is 6388#.

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame football player and Founder of Champions for the Homeless, Nick Lowery, was the mural’s Art Director, working with gifted artist Laura Thurbon, and says, “Our mural is a way to beautifully express that WE ARE ALL ONE IN GOD’S LOVE. Champions for the Homeless celebrates 10 years of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter in all their forms — NFL players, reigning and former Miss Arizona’s, hundreds of devoted volunteers, often the children of the professional athletes, inspired music, serving food, flowers, a little fun and lots of unconditional love. It is the greatest joy and gift we receive to affirm to our homeless friends that no matter what path we have travelled, they are just as important as any of us, and they are loved no matter what…to melt away divisions and boundaries that separate us, and come together in love, and even more love. On Veteran’s Day, we celebrate homeless veterans who have sacrificed more than we can ever know, that we love and honor them more than we have ever known.”

The design of the mural will pay tribute to the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, as well as the men and women who have served this country. It will also honor all the people that are or have been involved with St. Vincent de Paul and the homeless individuals who come to the shelter.

“Everyone has a talent; everyone can serve… Everyone can be great in this world by giving a little of ourselves. We can change the world we live in, by making a small act of kindness at a time. Everyone can change the world we live in by serving, we just need a heart full or grace and a love for others,” says muralist Laura Thurbon.

During the event, guest speaker Rob Gordon, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and current President of Be the Change, will share a special message with dining room guests. Retired NFL stars, families and friends and many military vets will share in the event donating hundreds of gift certificates and raffle drawings and live music from the Champions for the Homeless Band.

WHAT:  Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame football player Nick Lowery, President of Be The Change and former deputy Secretary of Defense Rob Gordon, muralist Laura Thurbon, and former NFL stars to unveil the St. Vincent de Paul dining room mural and provide entertainment to dining room guests on Veteran’s Day.

WHEN:                November 11
8:30 a.m. to 10:15 am (serving lunch to our homeless guests to follow)

WHERE:              St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix Dining Room
1075 W. Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (Gate code 6388#)

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

Football Perspective: The Greatest Field Goal Kickers Of All-Time

Nick the Kick

Nick the Kick

On Tuesday, I explained the formula used in my system of grading field goal kickers, which is based on field goal success rate adjusted for distance and era.  Yesterday, I looked at the single-season leaders using that methodology. Today, we look at the best field goal kickers since 1960 on the career level.And frankly, it’s not much of a question as to who is the best kicker ever. Until presented with evidence to the contrary, that honor belongs to Nick Lowery (you can tell him about that here). The table below shows the top field goal kickers ever; let’s walk through Lowery’s line as an example.

Lowery played from 1978 to 1996. The length of his average field goal attempt was 36.6 yards, and the length of his average made field goal was 34.8 yards. Lowery attempted 479 field goals in his career; based on the distance of those kicks and the era in which he played, we would expect an average kicker to have made about 337.6 of those attempts. Instead, Lowery made 383 of them, a whopping 45.4 field goals above expectation. Thought of another way, Lowery’s expected field goal rate was 70.5%, while his actual was 80.0%, so he was successful an extra 9.5% of the time he lined up to kick. That’s remarkable. In short, Lowery was the most valuable field goal kicker in NFL history.