Friends of Disabled Man Carry Him Up Mountain So He Can Go Volcano Surfing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreZach Anner is a comedian and an adrenaline junky. He also happens to have cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped him from living an exciting life.The man from Austin, Texas has done everything from bungee jumping to zip-lining. More recently, he went “volcano surfing” thanks to a little help from his friends.As a means of raising awareness for UCP Wheels For Humanity, a nonprofit organization that delivers wheelchairs to the poor, Anner traveled to Nicaragua. Over the course of an hour, Anner’s loyal friends took turns carrying him on their backs as they hiked up the side of the Cerro Negro volcano. Then, in three “magical” minutes, they all slid back down on a wooden boards.WATCH: Man Finds Puppies Abandoned in the Middle of the Desert and Takes Them on Epic Cross Country Road TripAnner not only hopes that his stunt raises money and awareness for charity, he hopes it will inspire other people with disabilities.“These are the kinds of things that Zach does. He really pushes his limits,” said Ron Cohen, CEO of UCP Wheels for Humanity. “He creates awareness about what people with disabilities are capable of doing.”“You really can’t talk about Zach with a disability because he does things that people without disabilities would be too afraid to try,” he added. “I wouldn’t do half the things that he does.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Inspiring Story With Your Friends AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bengals’ top 2 picks were locked on each other in bowl game

first_imgCincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) catches a pass during an NFL football photo opportunity practice, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) _ Tyler Boyd knows all about the cornerback who will be guarding him during the Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp this weekend. He saw what William Jackson III can do firsthand.The Bengals’ top two picks have already shared a big moment together. They were on opposite sides for one of the biggest comebacks in bowl history. Jackson was Houston’s top cornerback and Boyd was Pitt’s best receiver in the Armed Forces Bowl following the 2014 season.Boyd had a big game, but Houston rallied from a 34-13 deficit with 6:14 left to a 35-34 win, the largest comeback in a bowl game that didn’t go to overtime.Forget it? Hardly.“We had some nice battles,” Boyd said Friday.The two have lockers across the room from each other for the three-day minicamp, where they got to meet again. Jackson was the Bengals’ first-round pick a week ago, with Boyd going to the Bengals in the second round. Both appreciate how unusual it is for players who were matched up in a bowl game to end up together on the same NFL team as rookies.Both know a little bit about what to expect, too.“That’s real different, but I’m ready for the task,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player. He caught lot of balls in that game. Now he’s a teammate and the sky’s the limit.”Boyd was the Panthers’ do-it-all receiver, and he had a game-high nine catches for 112 yards, helping them get that big lead. The game was played in the rain, so Houston played softer coverages to prevent a big play. Jackson wound up guarding Boyd only a few times in man-to-man coverage.“There wasn’t a lot of man coverage because it was wet and slick,” Boyd said. “They played off us a little bit. I didn’t get matched up with him as often as people thought we would have.”They’ll get more closely acquainted during practices at Paul Brown Stadium with the rest of the rookies. Jackson has a chance to win a role on special teams while he learns to play cornerback in the NFL. The Bengals have starting cornerbacks Adam “Pacman” Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick back, along with No. 3 cornerback Darqueze Dennard.By contrast, the Bengals are hoping Boyd can move into a significant role right away. They lost two of their top three receivers, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, during free agency. Boyd reminds the Bengals of Sanu with his versatility.Sanu ran wildcat formations and threw the ball with the Bengals. Boyd lined up in the backfield and ran the ball at Pitt, and he threw it on occasion, too. He’d welcome the chance to do those things in the NFL.“I believe I can handle that role pretty well,” he said. “I’ve been doing it since high school.”He got a preview during a walkthrough Friday morning. The Bengals had him carry the ball on a reverse similar to one Pitt used. The main difference is that Pitt’s version allowed for the receiver throw it.“We tagged it in college with a pass,” Boyd said. “It was a very successful play. I think they might tag that on here as well.”Notes: CB Darius Hillary is one of 13 undrafted free agents signed by the Bengals. His father, Ira, was a receiver with the Bengals from 1987-89, catching 27 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 17-yard catch during the Bengals’ Super Bowl loss to San Francisco in the 1988 season. Darius attended high school in Cincinnati and went to Wisconsin. “I’ve been around this team since I was little,” he said. “Just to have the chance to put on a jersey with my name on the back is pretty cool.”___AP NFL website: and Joe Kay on Twitter: read more

Rocky start for ALP

first_imgBy Danny ButtlerLABOR’S election campaign in the federal seat of Flinders has got off to the worst possible start. ALP…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img