Manhattan, Kansas-born Jordy Nelson is a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. In Super Bowl XLV, Nelson helped propel the Packers to their first world championship win in 15 years with 9 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. In the biggest game of his career to date, the 9 receptions and 140 receiving yards were career highs. Prior to joining the Packers, Nelson played four years for the Kansas State University Wildcats. In his senior season, he was a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff award, after catching 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the 36th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Nelson will be entering his fourth season for the Packers when the 2011-12 season kicks off.
Twelve-year-old USC fan Jake Olson, who had his left eye removed when he was only one due to retinal blasphoma, learned in September that his cancer had spread to his other eye. He recently had the right eye removed after attempts to treat it with chemotherapy and radiation had not been successful. Before he lost his eyesight, Olson wanted to see one more USC game and take that image with him into surgery. What started out as tickets to a game has turned into a relationship with the Trojan family that Olson says is helping him endure his battle. Watch a video about Olson's journey.
The Katinas are a contemporary Christian music group of five Samoan brothers. They use music as a universal language to transcend culture, generations, and social and economic classes. Their album, Still, released in August of 2008, is a timeless array of songs that worship God and inspire people to hope and love. They write their own music out of the breakthroughs and challenges of their own journey, standing strong together as a brotherhood and unified in Christ. For more information, visit The Katinas' website.
One Man Volleyball
Bob Holmes, a one man volleyball team, competes and entertains with a thrilling volleyball exhibition. He uses his platform to be a powerful motivational speaker, encouraging students to "stand alone." Bob has faced more than 400,000 opposing players in front of more than three million people since 1986, and has conducted more than 5,000 motivational assemblies. He has won more than 16,400 games with less than 400 losses. For more information, visit Bob Holmes' website.