FILE PHOTO: Raheem Sterling Share on: WhatsApp His grandmother, who did not wish to give her full name, told The Times that Sterling’s gesture had done wonders for Ross’s morale.“When I took the package over to him you should have seen the look on his face —- he was overwhelmed,” said the 62-year-old.“There is nothing I could say to Raheem to thank him enough because it has really boosted Ethan’s confidence.“I can hear it in his voice. He has shown the letter to his friends and it has just gone absolutely mad.”Ross’s grandmother said she had written to Sterling when she read about the alleged racist abuse incident at Stamford Bridge which led to Chelsea banning four supporters pending further investigations.The grandmother said she hoped the letter from Sterling — who was born in Jamaica but came to England aged five with his mother after his father was gunned down — had been read by others and would serve to do some good.Despite the abuse Ross showed the same steeliness 24-year-old Sterling — capped 47 times by England — has done on the pitch.“After all he has been through last year, Ethan’s grades still went up —- so we are immensely proud of him,” his grandmother said. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City star Raheem Sterling sent a letter to a 13-year-old goalkeeper after hearing he had been racially abused advising him to “stand tall and be proud of who you are”.Sterling himself was the subject of alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans in a Premier League match in December.He wrote the letter on club headed paper when informed by Ethan Ross’s grandmother he had been “through a tough time with racial abuse.”Ross, a goalkeeper with the Under-14 team at fourth-tier NewportCounty, had been racially abused at his school.“Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse,” wrote Sterling, who also enclosed signed photographs of the Manchester City squad.“Remember to stand tall and be proud of who you are and don’t let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave, and your Nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid.“Remember speaking up doesn’t always make life easy, but easy never changed anything.”Ross took to Instagram when he received the letter on Saturday.“OMG just got this in the post from Raheem Sterling! Signed by all the Man City players. Thank you so much Raheem Sterling for the support,” Ross wrote on Instagram.
:10 For those who know and for the few that don’t, here’s a standing ovation from now on for one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians Pittsburgh…or the world for that matter… has ever known. God “Will” bless you, Mr. Nate Smith, thank you for all you’ve done to make the world a better, safer and more fair place. :09 Allow me to clean something up. I had the pleasure of speaking to some of Pittsburgh’s finest at yet another one of Luther Sewell’s outstanding events, the African American Political Convention. In doing so, I took the liberty of identifying several in attendance and neglected to acknowledge County Councilman William “Bill” Robinson. Here’s all you need to know about one of our area’s all time great representatives…Without Bill, there may not have been a Champions Association. Period, end of story!! And while I am covering my butt, be reminded that without Elder Statesman Joe Preston, we might still be trying to find a way to survive. Thanks gentlemen for all you do!! :08 Top 10 lists are coming in from those of you who think you have a better greatest all time area hoopers list. Some are good, several are worthy of conversation, but most of them…not even close. Don’t send in a list with all your cousins. C’mon man!:07 The best entry so far is from good brother D.B. Bush, who by his own admission is on a “brief vacation.” (Yo man you know you’re large when the fella’s are reading your article while on “vacation.”) Here’s his line-up. Not the winning list yet, but I thought you might want to see it. Besides, he can’t get the Pittsburgh Power tickets anyway…he’s on vacation mmmaaannn!!!1. Tony Horne 2. Montell Brundrige 3. Darrell “Rocky’ White 4. Kevin Young 5. Deondre “Bookie” Smith 6. Kenny Reynolds 7. Marvin Bailey 8. Steve Snider 9. Albert Williams 10. Black Marr. Honorable mentions: Boo Ford, Derek Suber, Jack Higgins, Andre Kane, “Killer” Kane, Bill Billingsly, Ramar Thett, Eddie Benton, Shawn “Magic” Ellis, Ty Beck and Damon Wade.Now if you have a problem with this list, take it up with Drekie Bush, AKA D.J. from the Hill…Oh my bad, you can’t…he’s on vacation! (Hang in there D.J., thanks for the support, and keep reading…as if you got something better to do…c’mon man just kidding.):06 By the time you read this, UConn has beaten Butler for the National Championship. And for you Woodland Hills escape artists…I mean graduates…that’s not Butler up the road, this Butler is in Indianapolis??? Duh!:05 I am not going to beat this horse to death, but I will continue to ride it. The only way the Lakers lose is if they beat themselves. And now that Andrew Bynum has woken up, they’re unbeatable.:04 The Pirates started the season… YEA!!! (you know what, my bad. They are 3 and 1).:03 Rumor has it that “Tiger” is dating 2 models, 4 playmates, all the Victoria Secret underwear babes, 3 Laker Girls, Hilary Clinton and the ex-hooker from around the way…That said, he will win the Masters next week. Take it to the bank!:02 Mark your calendar for April 21. Our own world light heavyweight champion Rayco “War” Sanders will host a book signing at Morgan’s Restaurant, 204 Rodi Road in the Penn Hills Shopping Center (412-241-1730). Don’t act like I didn’t tell you he wrote a book ‘cause I told you if you didn’t read it, he would knock you out! For real, the book is legit and very well received. The book/photo op/ autograph signing will run from 4 until 10 p.m. and will feature the Diamond models as guest bartenders, cash bar and cash menu, so come straight from work and get your eat and drink on. Proceeds will benefit Rayco “War” Promotions Charities and Champions “Safe Summer” programs. (Yes, Chuck Sanders, there will be models) and bring some money everybody!:01 Here’s your last notice for the 36th Annual Kenny Durrett Memorial High School All-Star Basketball Classic showcasing the best boys and girls high school players in western Pennsylvania, April 9, at Gateway High School-Monroeville. The classic is Sponsored by Chuck Sanders Charities, Spitzer Auto, State Farm, Savoy Restaurant, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Penn Ave McDonalds.“K.D.”… The Legend ContinuesThe Game is Never Over BILL NEAL
By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily There are major challenges facing the 2011 Senior Games before it comes to the West Kootenay region, but they are challenges that could see the region prosper, says the president of the Games committee. Pat Metge said with the Waneta Dam expansion project in Trail, all of the construction projects in Castlegar and the stream of tourists that are regularly coming into Nelson, the Games next August will be hard pressed to accommodate 3,500 athletes. The region is going to be very busy, he said, and people coming to the Games are going to go beyond the accommodations of the three cities. “Accommodations up in the Slocan Valley, Nakusp way, there is a great opportunity here. These people will be in our communities for over four days,” he said. “The economic spin-off is great for our area.” The Games does not provide accommodations, food or transportation to the events, said Games vice president Keith Smythe. It will be the largest event the West Kootenay has seen, he said, with 28 events being split between three cities of Nelson, Trail and Castlegar. With a headquarters now being set up in Castlegar, the Games committee has to raise $50,000 in corporate sponsorship to go with the core grant of $85,000 from the Senior Games Society, $112,000 from registration fees for 3,500 registrations, $55,000 in cash from each city and $55,000 of in kind donations. “But we are very positive and we see it as a big challenge and an opportune time to bring our three areas together,” said Smythe. firstname.lastname@example.org Not everyone is happy with the Games There is some ill will towards the Games since the West Kootenay area of Creston and the Creston Valley was left out of the hosting process. Area C director Larry Binks wondered why the town of Creston, the valley and that side of the mountain were ignored. “If they come to me asking for money, I give this push back right away. I’m feeling a little out of sorts the way this is looking,” he said. Creston and the valley were not part of the bid package, said Smythe. “But, with regard to economic benefit, I think there will be total economic benefit to all areas of the West Kootenay because people will be traveling through your communities,” he said. “And there is a limit with regard to accommodations so who knows where people will be staying,” added in Metge. RDCK chair Gary Wright said so far the Creston area has not been asked to front any money for the Games.