Donald ‘Spider’ Willis
A new sport show debuted Nov. 28 in the North Texas area with a bird’s eye view of Cowboy Stadium and The Ballpark of Arlington. The show, “Sport Talk with Spider,” can be heard on the Fish Bowl Radio Network from 7 to 9 p.m. FishBowl Radio Network is an internet radio network which is the brainchild of Sammi St.John-Martinez ,a veteran radio personality with over 20 years experience. She opened FishBowl Radio Network L.L.C. in September 2009 after teaching at the American Broadcasting School.
The host, Donald “Spider” Willis, is the former co-host of Talking Sports with Roger B. Brown on KKDA 730 AM. For 11 years, he interviewed many celebrities, sport personalities, politicians and media executives. He is currently the media director for Drexel Media Group, a small public relations marketing firm that represents several clients in Dallas, Muncie, Ind., and Philadelphia. Willis has covered the NFL, NBA, Essence music festivals, college football and currently a high school correspondent for media publications.
The show will take phone calls, e-mails via Facebook, Twitter and the latest mobile phone technology. In-depth interviews with sports personalities, amateur athletes, and the everyday sport fan are planned.
“I’m extremely excited,” Willis said. “I have been looking for the right opportunity for some time now, and it came together with the FishBowl Radio Network family.
A segment called “Caught in the Web” will focus on issues in the world of sports that are not mainstream but do need to be address.
The Nov. 28 show featured three North Texas high school district athletic directors who talked about the playoffs, new rules changes, economics, re-alignment, and other topics. The guests were Goree Johnson of the Dallas Independent School District, Troy Mathieu of Grand Prairie ISD and Kevin Greene of Fort Worth Independent School District. The second hour featured Pittsburg Tribune-Review columnist John Harris Jr.
To suggest show ideas, contact Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-335-6668.
Jason Cole, a resident of Lewisville, Texas, ended his first year in natural bodybuilding with the top win in his division — “Mr. Fitness Natural Olympia” in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, November 13.at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association Natural Olympia International Multi Sports & Expo at the Grand Sierra. Cole’s competition platform was “Stomping Out Obesity.”
The natural bodybuilding movement has grown in recent years and drug free athletes are receiving more exposure and opportunities than ever. The “Natural Olympia” is recognized as the most prestigious natural competition in the World. Winning an Olympiatitle is considered to be the highest accolade in the sport of professional bodybuilding.
At the Natural Olympia International Multi Sports & Expo, bodybuilders representing other countries came from: New Zealand, Africa, Australia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, Albania, and Egypt. Bodybuilders from the USA came from the states of: Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, and Utah.
This latest victory was part of Cole’s successful year with the INBA. On November 6, Cole, a Master Certified Fitness Trainer who resides in Lewisville, Texas won 1st Place for Male Fitness Natural Universe (Mr. Fitness Natural Universe) and 1st Place for Male Sports Model Natural Universe. Cole also holds the 2010 International Natural Bodybuilder’s Association’s (INBA) “Mr. Fitness USA”, “Male Sports Model USA”, and Mr. Fitness Texas.
Cole is seeking teenage males between the ages of 15 – 17 who want to enter the sport of natural bodybuilding. He will train them and provide an opportunity for them to travel with him next year to compete in the teenage division of the INBA.
Innovation has been part of the INBA approach to become and remain the world-wide leaders in Natural Bodybuilding. INBA is the largest natural organization in the world promoting drug free competition in 40 countries and expanding through Europe and Asia. The association is approved and supported for international events by the U. S. Department of State.
INBA will continue its organic growth, reaching for greater heights and make the sport appealing by evolving, moving with the times. INBA creates more excitement for competitors, better events to make competing more rewarding.
Dr. Shelia S. Walker
Road Scholar is pleased to award the Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning to Sheila S. Walker, Ph.D. The award provides $5,000 toward a learning adventure offered by Road Scholar, and honors the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian, psychologist, and advocate for learning through travel. Kathy Taylor, Associate Vice President at Road Scholar, presented the award on behalf of Road Scholar and the Hilliard family during the National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) Annual Conference recently held in Fort Worth.
Walker, a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, is the Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that is developing a documentary series and educational materials about the global African Diaspora. In 2010 she co-produced a documentary, “Slave Routes: A Global Vision” for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and published the edited volume, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los afrosudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias (Knowledge from the Inside: Afro-South Americans speak of their Communities and their Histories), in La Paz, Bolivia. She also edited the volume, African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas, and produced the documentary film, “Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora.” A longtime member of the Association for the study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Walker served as Director of the Center for African and African American Studies, and was the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. More recently she was the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College.
“Education and lifelong learning are crucial to African Americans,” says Dr. Walker. “I am thrilled to receive the Road Scholar Hilliard Award. Researching African American culture and its historical and contemporary links has been and continues to be my life project. Participating in a Road Scholar program to an area where there are little-known Afro-descendant populations — such as the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Turkey — would give me an opportunity to research these populations in advance so as to learn more about them during the program. I look forward to developing lectures and documentaries about my experience and sharing my newfound knowledge with my community and with others.” Road Scholar awards this competitive scholarship annually to an educator with at least 10 years of experience in education, who is a member of NABSE; a member of ASALH; is on the faculty of a Historically Black College or University; is a professor of African American studies; or is a supporter of lifelong learning. The scholarship provides an opportunity to experience a Road Scholar program anywhere in the world. “Through the Asa Grant Hilliard Award, Road Scholar recognizes the contributions of educators with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning,” says James Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar/Elderhostel. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Walker on a Road Scholar learning adventure.”