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Meet Neal, A California Skateboarding Mentor In His 60s

Skateboarding isn't always associated with positivity and motivation. But Neal Unger and a non-profit called Next Up Foundation is rewriting the rulebook on how kids interact with skateboarding and skate culture.


Here's something that might surprise you: Neal is in his 60s. With shoulder-length white hair and expressive eyes, the lifelong skateboarder seems youthful despite his age, and he credits his dedication to skateboarding as part of what keeps him fit and feeling young.

"My greatest skateboarding accomplishment is that I'm still skating," Neal says.

Given his positive personal experience with skateboarding, Neal knew that an organization like Next Up Foundation—which hosts skateboarding after-school activities—could make a big difference in young people's lives as well. Next Up Foundation focuses on helping kids in low-income areas who lack parental guidance or struggle with negative peer pressure. Neal and his fellow mentors like Vina and Misael believe that skateboarding lessons can not only distract teenagers from temptations like alcohol and other drugs, but can also teach perseverance and confidence.

"Kids with nowhere to go end up going nowhere," is how Vina explained the need in Anaheim.

Skateboarding's challenges are part of what makes it so powerful: "When a kid falls down... you have a good excuse to talk to them," Neal says. "And say 'hey, keep trying to get that, that's pretty cool.'"

This awesome video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Jackie Turner. To see more videos like this, check out our HooplaHa YouTube page!

Cops Stop And Shop With Kids In Need

Back to school has a whole new meaning in Yarmouth, MA. One of the Yarmouth Police Department's back to school programs, Shop With A Cop, pairs up an officer with a child to prepare students for their school year.

"I think the most important part of the program is showing the kids that we're not always coming in to arrest somebody," noted Officer Brain Morrison. "We're here to help them and be friends with them."

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Turkey Carving Tips So You Won't Miss A Bite!

Yum... it's Thanksgiving. We set you up with some tips to cooking the perfect turkey, now on to the carving!

You may think it is easy... but you'd be surprised at how much meat you are actually missing. Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, for Stew Leonard's – the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery store chains in the U.S., gives some carving tips to make sure you savor every bit! Along with enjoying it, you want it to look presentable, too!

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Watch How These Goofy Gobblers Spend Their Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is near and the turkeys of Millstone Farm are ready to get moving! Although they're not sure where they're going, their hilarious banter and barnyard strutting is fun to hear and see! Onward, to the Thanksgiving table!

Millstone Farm is a seventy-one acre private, family-owned farm focused on regenerative farming, educational opportunities and innovative technologies that improve the health of our community, our animals and our land.

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These Heroes Are Providing Their Community with a Market of Hope - Only Good Heroes (E23)

In this OnlyGood TV original series 'Only Good Heroes', you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with Keith Tankson and Azariah Baker, the co-founders of Austin Harvest, a youth-led open air fresh-market that provides fresh produce, flowers, as well as a positive spirit and hope for the residents of the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

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A Celebration For Turkeys On Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey/Thanksgiving Day! We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, family, friends, and loved ones!! Gobble, gobble!

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7 Tips To Cooking The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is the most anticipated cooking/eating event of the year. But don't let the stress of creating a perfect meal get you down. Have a calm, stress free holiday and spend more time with your family by following these simple tips!

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A Greener Ride Why Biking Beats Driving To Work

Marianne is a Lowell, Massachusetts native who loves to commute to work on her bike.

"I often come to work or go to meetings and here people talking about how bad the bridge traffic is or how bad it was to be stuck behind a school bus.," she noted. "I often just think to myself how thankful I am for my bike commute because that never, ever happens to me."

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Announcing Breaking Beauty: Reality Series NOW on Crackle

BREAKING DOWN BOUNDARIES OF CONVENTIONAL BEAUTY - AN ORIGINAL REALITY SERIES, 'BREAKING BEAUTY' - Watch Free NOW on CRACKLE!

The seven-part series from OnlyGood TV follows viral sensation turned television host Josh Varozza across the country as he redefines the meaning of beauty

NEW YORK, N.Y., November 10, 2020 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today the U.S. premiere of its original series, Breaking Beauty, launching on Thursday, November 19.

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