Happy Friday, y’all! Hope you are doing well wherever you are, me, I’m looking forward to the Oscars Sunday as always. We saw “A Star is Born” the other day and I’m here to tell you, it’s worth all the hype it got. Bradley Cooper was outstanding, Gaga was fantastic as both actress and singer, and Sam Elliott chewed on every scene he was in. I didn’t see all the best picture nominees but “A Star Is Born” was fabulous. As always, I’ll give you a probably way-too-long Oscars review on Monday (Host? Who needs a host?)
OK, now on to Good News Friday, although I have to say I was tempted to lead with Duke star Zion Williamson only suffering a mild knee sprain when his shoe exploded 30 seconds into the Duke-Carolina game Wednesday night. Craziest injury I’ve ever seen.
But some real good animal news leads us off today. Check out the reaction of these two lions at a zoo in Slovakia, as they see the trainer who helped rear them for years, a woman named Michaela Zimanova.
Just beautiful love shown by two animals we always think of as so fierce. (BTW, the info on this Tweet is incorrect, Michaela sees them every few weeks, not for the first time in seven years.)
**Next up today, this is a really sweet story of a neighborhood coming together for one of their own. A 2-year-old girl in Massachusetts named Samantha Savitz is deaf, but loves talking to everyone she can, using sign language.
Her neighbors decided to learn sign language just to talk to her. Like, all of her neighbors. They got together and … just watch yet another gem from Steve Hartman of CBS News.
**And finally today, I missed this story last weekend during the usually-silly NBA All-Star weekend, but I should’ve known if something cool and charitable off-the-court stuff was going on, Steph Curry would be a part of it.
Such a nice gesture he made to his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. He told his sponsor, Under Armour, that instead of throwing a lavish all-star party like usual, that he’d like them to make a sizable donation to help fix up his childhood rec center there in Charlotte.
As a result, the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armour joined forces with Chase Bank to make a “seven-figure commitment” to the Carole Hoefener Center.
As reported by ESPN, the NBA Players Association is set make a $150,000 donation over the next three years towards the project.
The money will help the Center teach kids about good nutritional habits
According to this story, the new and improved Carole Hoefener Center includes a “Curry Court” and a “Curry Kitchen (which was inspired by Ayesha Curry’s culinary career) where residents can learn healthy eating habits. The center was also gifted with new computers to put in its education center for STEM students.
Steph added: “I’m excited to see my hometown community engage with the space. I really believe that this is going to have an ongoing impact that’s way beyond this weekend.”
Dell and Sonya Curry raised their son the right away. Yet another great gesture by a guy who seems to do everything right.