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Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee Gary Hall Jr. Joins International Board of Advisors

C3® International, a biopharmaceutical company that has played a leadership role in the emerging cannabinoid therapeutics health sector, today announced that Gary Hall, Jr. has joined the Board of Advisors for C3 International.

Gary Hall, Jr. is a healthcare-focused board member, patient advocate and key opinion leader with expertise in strategic alliance, marketing, clinical distribution, sports science, medical research and patient engagement. Hall has over 80 keynote presentations internationally, 10 Olympic medals in swimming and is an Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee. Using accomplishment in sports as a platform to advance diabetes advocacy for over 20 years, Gary amassed an influential network of policy makers, politicians, healthcare industry executives, diabetes care specialists, medical research, nutrition, philanthropic, sport, physical activity, obesity prevention, sports medicine and sports science organizations.

Gary has testified three times before Senate subcommittees on healthcare related issues and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Vatican hosted Cellular Horizons conference on stem cell therapy. He is the first recipient of USA Swimming’s Humanitarian Award. One of his health community health initiatives was recognized at the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit. He has presented at the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American College of Sports Medicine, International Olympic Committee Medical Commission and National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute conferences.

Idrasil is the first standardized form of medical cannabis. It offers all of the medicinal analgesic and therapeutic benefits of cannabis but is a superior alternative to opiates and life-threatening narcotics because physicians and caregivers can provide patients with safe, non-addictive, measurable dosages.

“The health benefits of CBD seem apparent and C3 International is the only company I’ve found that has Cannabinoid in a divisible, consistently dosed tablet,” said Gary Hall Jr. “It’s an honor to join the team. I look forward to providing perspective on potential athletic and healthcare applications. Idrasil aims to be the worldwide leader in medical cannabis.”

“We are incredibly excited to welcome such an influential medical activist like Gary Hall Jr. onto our Board of Advisors,” said Steele Clarke Smith III, Chairman and CEO of C3 International. “Hall will bring his vast expertise to our innovative biopharmaceutical company and we can’t wait to work with him!”

Conditions treated with Idrasil include, but are not limited to, AIDS; anorexia; arthritis; autism; anxiety/depression; cancer; chronic pain; glaucoma; migraines; persistent muscle spasms; Parkinson’s; seizures; severe nausea; Tourette’s Syndrome, and any other chronic or a persistent medical symptoms that substantially limit major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Idrasil consists of a proprietary blend of concentrated cannabis extract that is 100% natural and organic. C3’s proprietary process isolates all of the cannabinoids from the cloned cannabis plant, resulting in pure natural extraction in pill form to eliminate the unwanted euphoria and social risks associated with smoking cannabis products and unpredictable dosages of edible confections. Idrasil is a natural product that looks like any pill on the market.

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The Official Glove Of The MLB is Already a Household Name

Rawlings, a time-honored name in Baseball and to generations of players at all levels throughout the world, will soon enjoy a title that celebrates the true essence of the brand itself – The Official Glove of Major League Baseball.

A new licensing agreement between Major League Baseball and Rawlings makes the brand an Official Glove partner in 2020 and provides them exclusive on-field rights beginning with the 2021 MLB Championship Season.

Rawlings has long supplied the Official Baseball and the Official Batting Helmet of MLB to all 30 Clubs. However, Rawlings’ association with the game is just as closely associated with its baseball gloves and the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Since its establishment in 1957, this award has honored “The Finest in the Field” in Major League Baseball, as voted by the managers and coaches across the league.

“Rawlings and baseball have been synonymous for well over a century, and the Rawlings glove has been and continues to be at the heart of our relationship with the game,” said Mike Thompson, Rawlings Chief Marketing Officer. “The designation ‘official glove’ of Major League Baseball cements our ties with the best game and the best players in the world, while honoring the people behind the best baseball glove in the world.”

Rawlings, established in 1887, is the No. 1 baseball brand globally for gloves, protective headwear and balls. More MLB players wear Rawlings gloves than all other brands combined, while more than 60 percent of the winners of the annual Rawlings Gold Glove award also use Rawlings gloves. The 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove winners included many of today’s MLB All-Stars, such as Nolan Arenado, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor.

“Rawlings has long been a cornerstone of our game and a beloved brand that is respected by players and staff throughout Major League Baseball,” said Denis Nolan, MLB Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Products. “Welcoming Rawlings as the Official Glove of MLB adds a new dimension to how Rawlings support our league, our current players and the next generation of stars who aspire to be the among the best in the world.”

Rawlings is also the Official Baseball of Minor League Baseball, the Official Baseball and Softball of the NCAA, and the official ball and helmet of hundreds of youth leagues around the world.

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Colts and Vikings Alike Come Together to Fight Muscular Dystrophy

The National Football League unveiled the 2019 My Cause My Cleats initiative, which allows players to utilize their platform by customizing their gameday cleats to raise awareness for nonprofit organizations they support. Jeff Heuerman of the Denver Broncos, Nyheim Hines of the Indianapolis Colts and Dan Bailey of the Minnesota Vikings will wear cleats for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on gameday, Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, a national not-for-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases, serves over 250,000 people in the United States. MDA funds innovative scientific research and clinical care to find treatments and cures for over 43 neuromuscular diseases and has supported unprecedented breakthroughs. In the past five years alone, the FDA has approved eight new treatments for people with neuromuscular diseases allowing them to live longer and grow stronger.

This Sunday, Heuerman will wear the MDA cleats when the Denver Broncos play the Houston Texans. Hines will wear his MDA cleats when the Indianapolis Colts face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bailey will wear his MDA cleats when the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions at home.

Hines’ connection to muscular dystrophy includes family members and fans living with neuromuscular disease. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to use my platform to spread awareness of muscular dystrophy. There are so many types that affect so many families. I’m just happy to passionately represent a cause that’s bigger than myself,” said Hines.

Heuerman’s cleats feature the name “Jacob Jarvis,” who lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Jarvis has been a long-time fan of Heuerman since he played for Ohio State Buckeyes football.

“I have a very close friend in Jacob and the way he continues to fight and stay strong inspires me every day. Together, raising awareness about DMD will help the goal of finding a cure,” said Heuerman.

Players will have the opportunity to raise money for their cause by auctioning their cleats off at the NFL Auction. 100 percent of funds raised will be donated to the player’s charities. Fans may bid on game-issued player cleats to help players raise funds for their chosen causes. Fans can bid on Jeff Heuerman cleats here. MDA social media channels are supporting the auction of the cleats using the hashtag #mycausemycleats. Visit MDA’s channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“We are grateful for the passionate support of Jeff Heuerman, Nyheim Hines and Dan Bailey and their teams,” said Lynn O’Connor Vos, President and CEO of MDA. “The love and support they give to our community in honor of their friends and families living with neuromuscular disease is incredible, and the awareness they are raising is critical to fund research and care,” she continued. “Support for MDA enables us to fund researchers working toward breakthrough therapies, which may have a life-changing impact on patients.”

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Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores Helps Families in Need

Thanks to a generous contribution from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, approximately 10,000 toys, bicycles and helmets will be distributed to families in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and surrounding neighborhoods served by Marines and volunteers of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program this holiday season.

“Giving families hope and a reason to smile during the holidays is so important,” said Mr. Gores. “This should be a special time of year, filled with happiness and laughter. That’s why we launched this effort 13 years ago and have been working with Toys for Tots for a decade. It’s an amazing organization and we are proud to support the important work they do.”

Mr. Gores and his wife Holly support a number of Detroit-area causes focused on improving the quality of life for families in need and contributing to the revitalization of the region and the state. They both grew up in the area and have quietly supported holiday toy distributions across Michigan since 2006 and delivered over 110,000 gifts to families, according to a spokesperson for Mr. Gores.

The Gores family’s partnership with Toys for Tots began in 2009 and has delivered over 100,000 toys to more than 37,000 children. (Prior to aligning with Toys for Tots, Mr. Gores supported similar gift-giving programs through other organizations.) After supporting the programs as a “Secret Santa” for seven years, Mr. Gores agreed in 2013 to be identified in order to encourage others to join in with contributions of their own.

“Finding a present under the tree on Christmas morning is an experience every child deserves,” said Lieutenant General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “The holidays are an especially trying time for so many families struggling financially and the toys received through Toys for Tots for most of these children will be the only ones they receive this holiday. We are fortunate to have the generous support from the Gores family who will allow thousands of less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas who otherwise might have been forgotten.”

About Tom Gores
Gores, a Flint native, is Owner of the Detroit Pistons and Chairman and CEO of global private equity firm Platinum Equity. He and his wife, Holly, a Detroit area native, have for many years supported a broad range of initiatives in Michigan focused on education, mentorship, health care, economic empowerment, public safety and improving the lives of people throughout the state. In 2016, Mr. Gores launched FlintNOW, a $10 million private sector campaign to support short- and long-term relief and revitalization initiatives in response to the Flint water crisis.

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Kylin Hill wins 2019 Conerly Trophy as best college football player in Mississippi

Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill, the SEC rushing leader and the 12th leading rusher in the nation in Division 1 college football, won the 2019 C Spire Conerly Trophy Tuesday night as the Magnolia state’s top college football player.

Hill, a junior from Columbus, Mississippi, led the SEC in rushing with 1,347 yards and 10 touchdowns, including 132 yards in a thrilling 21-20 victory for the Bulldogs against Ole Miss in last week’s 92nd annual Battle for the Golden Egg rivalry game. He topped three other finalists for the award, including Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham and Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper.

The trophy was presented during a sold-out Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) awards banquet in Jackson, Mississippi, which also featured special remarks from former Southern Miss legend Reggie Collier. The award is named after Charlie Conerly, a Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer, college All-American, an NFL rookie of the year and NFL All-Pro who quarterbacked the New York Giants to a world championship.

The other six award nominees from Mississippi’s 10 public universities and colleges were Delta State defensive back Junior Faulk, Jackson State linebacker Keonte Hampton, Mississippi Valley State defensive back Tracy Thompkins, Mississippi College quarterback Detric Hawthorn, Millsaps College defensive end Liam Vincifora and Belhaven University quarterback Hunter McEachern.

Southern Miss fifth-year senior left tackle Drake Dorbeck won the 7th annual Entergy Kent Hull Trophy as Mississippi’s top college offensive lineman in 2019. Dorbeck is the first Golden Eagle player to receive the award, which is named for the late Kent Hull, a Mississippi State standout and Buffalo Bills pro football star. All six previous award winners play or have played in the NFL.

Hill also won the fan voting portion with 16,776 votes, which counted for 10 percent of the award. Plumlee finished second with 10,539 votes and Harper was third with 6,154 votes. College football fans cast a near record 43,837 votes online during the six day voting period sponsored by C Spire and the MSHOF. A panel of statewide sports media journalists decided the remaining 90 percent of the award.

Previous winners of the C Spire Conerly Trophy include former and current NFL players such as Dak Prescott, Eli Manning, Anthony Dixon, Patrick Willis, Deuce McAllister, Jerious Norwood, Michael Boley, Evan Engram, A. J. Brown and last year’s winner, Jeffrey Simmons. Prescott and Manning are the only two-time winners in the award’s 24-year history.

Hill also had 17 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield during the season, including an 88-yard reception against Abilene Christian, the longest catch in the SEC this year and tied for the longest reception by an FBS running back. He finished with eight 100-yard rushing games for Mississippi State, tying the single-season record and is third on the school’s all-time rushing list.

“I tell my coach, teammates and family that I love and thank them for all of their support, assistance and unconditional love. One of the best decisions I ever made was coming to Mississippi State. I had offers from every school in the country, but I choose to stay here and play for a school 20 minutes down the road,” Hill told the audience in accepting the award.

C Spire has sponsored the outstanding player awards program for all major college sports in Mississippi since 1998. “We’re very pleased with the caliber of players selected as nominees and finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy this year,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Marketing for C Spire. “Our winner is not only a great football player, but an outstanding young man with good character, a leader with a positive attitude and a terrific work ethic.”

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