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    Press Release: Ryan Frey to Host 3rd Annual Charity Concert to Benefit Philadelphia's Communities in Need Recognized as one of the most highly-anticipated events of the winter, Ryan Frey and his Make The World Better Foundation (MTWB) will host their third annual Benefit Concert on January 9th at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street). Philly’s own Hop Along and Alabama transplant, Waxahatchee, will take the stage, while renowned chefs Marc Vetri and Kevin Sbraga will host an exclusive barbecue for guests. The benefit concert will also welcome a number of special guests and VIPs, including Eagles players Allan Taylor, Cameron Whelahan, Jack Green and DeAndre Hawkins and Eagles front office staff and coaches including Broletariat and DStack as well as community leaders and local government officials. All proceeds from the concert will be matched by Frey and his foundation to benefit the restorations of a third Philadelphia playground, which will be announced at the concert."I’m honored to partner with Union Transfer once again, and am excited to showcase the very talented sounds of Hop Along and Waxahatchee at this year’s third annual MTWB Benefit Concert," said Frey. "As a direct result of the generous donations over the past two years, we have been able to provide our community with playgrounds that are fun, educational and safe. By working together, we are strengthening our home, the Greater Philadelphia Region, and giving our youth a chance to reach their full potential. On behalf of our devoted partners, I’m thrilled to announce the new park project for 2021 at the concert this winter." Key project partners to date include Urban Roots, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Union Transfer, I.AM.SP and Philly Rising.Over the past two years, the MTWB Foundation has raised $470,000 through the annual benefit concerts, contributing to $3.5 million in funds that have helped refurbish local Philadelphia playgrounds. Smith Playground (2100 S. 24th St.) and Ralph Brooks Park (S. 20th St.) have been the latest beneficiaries of Frey and the City of Philadelphia’s efforts. Some of the renovated features include new basketball courts, bleachers, a tot lot, senior gaming terrace, community rain gardens and public murals by M Steve "ESPO" Powers of the Mural Arts Program. Additionally, Smith Playground’s recreation center, which is currently undergoing construction, is set to receive new turf football and baseball fields, a fitness trail and a Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Founded by Frey in 2018, the MTWB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development. The foundation collaborates with businesses, neighborhood organizations, local government, passionate individuals and like-minded charities to "make the world better" one place at a time. For more information, please visit www.MTWB.org. Ryan Frey is also involved with his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. You can read more about those charitable events by clicking here.
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    caesari

    We Are The MAC: Chan Pease

    Editor's Note: After a summer hiatus, I will be looking to continue this series. On the docket are Kent St and Akron. If you would like a specific player chosen for your team, please PM me or post here. Otherwise, Miami (OH) will have an article after Akron. Chan Pease makes an acrobatic grab in warmups prior to their game vs. Central Michigan "They always told me, get a scholarship or go into the military. Either way, just get out." Chan Pease is stocky for a receiver. At 6 foot 1, 230 pounds, he looks more like a middle linebacker than anything. Something about him makes it seem like he's playing the wrong position. Normally a position reserved for the prima donnas, Chan Pease refuses to conform. He sits in front of me with his brow furrowed and a steely, determined glint in his eyes. "I listened. I got out. Took me longer than I expected, but I'm out." He is referring to his home of Independence, Kansas. It's a town of less than 10,000 people that sits in the southeast corner of the state, two hours from Wichita. His house was tucked into a small, middle class neighborhood, which disguised the turmoil Pease grew up in. His mother, Tracy Hicks, rented the house from his father. "It was a strange situation," she says. "His father wanted nothing to do with us, but felt obligated to help us because he was in the public eye. He knew that helping us helped him, and so he bought the house and made us pay rent secretly while he lived downtown." Chandler Pease was the mayor of Independence for three terms and on the city council for two. Before Chan was born, he was a sheriff, and had risen to relative fame when he rescued two children who had been kidnapped. "He was a man our town looked up to," explains Tracy. "But he had issues. He was a man, and he made mistakes. They caught up with him eventually, and it was hard to see if you were on the outside. I loved him for who he was, but who he was killed him." When pressed, Chan Pease changes the subject. "I don't talk about him much. He didn't want nothing to do with me, so now I return the favor. My mom is the one who raised me. Plain and simple. He just used me when it helped him campaigning, and other than that, I never saw him." When Pease was twelve, his father died in a car wreck. He had a BAC of .16, twice the legal limit, and cocaine was found in his console. The death rocked the community, and it rocked the young Pease too. He went from a straight A student to one struggling to pass, and in 7th grade he was held back due to poor performance. The trouble didn't stop there. By his senior year of high school, he'd already been arrested five times, for various issues ranging from possession of marijuana to assault and grand larceny. He'd been put on probation, he and his mother had moved five times, and he had been to a drug rehab facility. Through all of it, football was his constant. "When I wasn't suspended, I lead my team in receiving all four years of high school. I missed half the games my sophomore and junior years because of the trouble I was getting into, but I still was an All-District selection, and as a senior, I was All-State. I was damn good." Pease sprints towards the endzone against Bowling Green, 2019. The accolades came, but the scholarships didn't. Pease had a criminal record by the time he was 18 that already featured a felony charge, and it scared away most teams. The others were scared because he wasn't the prototypical superathlete many teams were looking for in an outside receiver. Still, Pease knew that football was his ticket out of Independence. "From the time he was old enough to understand, I tried to drill it into him that he had to get out." Tracy Hicks worked nights at the hospital as a desk clerk. Most of her money went to taking care of her son and paying off her own debts. "I was stuck, but I knew he had the ability to do what I'd never done: leave." His offers after his senior season were few and far between. Six NAIA schools came knocking and came away without his commitment. "I knew I was better than NAIA," Pease says simply when I asked him why he didn't take their offers. "I chose to stay in Independence and go to ICC, because I knew in the long run it would give me a better chance at getting out." He kept his head down while attending Independence Community College. In fact, his schedule was so rigid that many of his teammates barely knew him. He would practice, work out, go to class, and then go home to spend time with his mom before she had to leave for work. He didn't talk much when he was with his team, either. Some former teammates said they didn't know his first name until they saw it in the boxscores, he talked that little. Pease brushes that off. "I had a one track mind. Everything else was a distraction." After not receiving a single D1 offer out of high school despite being a three star recruit, Pease had 10 by the time his freshman year was done at ICC. He'd set Kansas records for yards and catches in a season, with 1474 on 101 grabs to go along with 8 touchdowns. Kansas and Colorado State were widely viewed as the most likely landing spots for him, with darkhorse contenders Oklahoma State and Missouri also seen as possible landing spots. When all was said and done, Pease shocked the recruiting world and chose Ball State. Despite not giving an interview on his choice at the time, his mother told the local newspaper that he "was serious about getting as far away from Independence as possible. If Oxford had offered him, he'd be on a plane to England." Pease corroborates this story now. "Ball State was in Indiana, and I'd never been there. I didn't even need to take a visit to know it's where I wanted to be. They came to my house once. I liked the coaching staff, and I liked that it wasn't Kansas. So off I went, and here I am." Pease stretches out for an acrobatic grab, the kind BSU fans have grown accustomed to. Unfortunately the transition wasn't easy for Pease, at least off the field. On the field, his talent was apparent. But Pease didn't see the field until Week 8 of 2018, his first season at BSU, thanks to some off the field issues that once again cropped up. The details remain murky to this day. Pease explains, "I wasn't focused. I thought I took football seriously, but I wasn't focused in the classroom or in practice. Coach suspended me two games at the beginning of the season for it, and told me if I didn't work my ass off I wouldn't be part of the program come the end of the season. Then I got back from my suspension and he had me listed as the 7th wide receiver on the depth chart. Didn't matter that I was a better receiver than them. I had to earn it." There was speculation at that point that Pease was going to transfer- that he had fallen out of favor with his coaching staff, didn't want to be at Ball State, and some reports went as far as to say he had already quit the team and was waiting for them to grant him a release. But that wasn't the case. Instead, Pease was at practice, and after a bye week and the suspension that made for juicy rumors, he was suited up for the next game. Pease clenches his jaw as he recalls the articles. "I'm not a quitter," he says simply. Weeks of slaving away in practice saw him rise up the list of receivers. By week 8, he was listed as number three. Unfortunately, Ball State ran 2 receiver sets almost exclusively and so Pease only saw two targets come his way. He caught both, including a touchdown. It was his first catch in Division 1. His mother remembers watching the play unfold. "I started crying when he caught it," she explains. "It wasn't a special catch; he was open in the endzone on a short route. But my son had caught a touchdown. My son. My son." She tears up as she recalls the moment and dabs at her eyes. "It was a proud moment for me. After all he'd fought through, he'd made it." Pease feels very differently about the moment. "I broke my route off the play before and nearly caused a turnover. That touchdown was me taking care of business. I had a long way to go still." He didn't look back. After a bye week, Pease was promoted to the first string, and made the most of it. He finished the game versus Western Michigan with 6 catches for 94 yards and another score. Despite only playing in four more games after that, he ended the season leading Ball State in every major receiving statistic. He did the same in 2019, when he had a full season as the number one option through the air, and now he is doing the same in 2020. Pease has established himself as one of the best receivers in the MAC and has his sights set on the NFL after the season. Even there, he knows he will have obstacles to overcome. Pease takes a knee in front of the student section and prays before every game. "I'm thankful for my blessings." "Honestly, I'm ready. I am ready to prove myself again. I've done it every level, every year- I have to prove that I'm good enough, or that my head is screwed on straight, or that I'm committed to the program. Whether the concerns are warranted or not, they're things I have to fight. And I get why you may have concerns. But I'll be damned if I prove those right." Scouts I have talked too have mixed feelings about Pease. One lists his relatively modest numbers in a weaker conference as cause for concern, but most point to the fact that he is, at best, an average athlete with off the field concerns that still haunt him. Some mention that he gets beat on 50/50 balls, while others see his lack of speed as a barrier to success at the next level. Pease doesn't buy it. He dismisses the scouting reports with a scoff and a promise: "I'm not the biggest or the fastest guy on the field. I can't out-jump every cornerback. But that doesn't matter- I'll beat you anyways."
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    stormstopper

    We Are The MAC: Chan Pease

    This is phenomenal.
  4. 1 point
    TheSam

    [2020] Week 17 Headlines

    Kings of the North Ravens defeat Bengals to win the AFCN in back to back years Raven defenders sacking Bengals QB, Joel King
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    Jieret

    We Are The MAC: Chan Pease

    I missed these. Always love reading them!
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    Every team can nominate one player from their team to be considered for the award. You may post media about the player's charitable activities, and why they deserve this award to improve your player's chances. Remember, this has nothing to do with on field performance. I will narrow down the results to a top 5 for the final awards poll. Post who you want to nominate in this thread. If you've written media about the player, link it in the post where you nominate them (edit it in)
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    npklemm

    We Are The MAC: Chan Pease

    Great Article! The pictures you used are all of KeVonn Mabon who is the all time receptions leader in IRL BSU History. One note, Ball State is in Muncie, Indiana.
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    AzulCaballero

    USA Cultural Regions

    You're right. FIXED.
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