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My Razzball commenter tag is BSA and my real name is Brian Armstrong.  I have a vision of making a significant difference in the lives of children, adults who have health concerns, and the elderly who struggle with Alzheimer’s.  I was a special education teacher until this past July and quit to make a bigger difference than possible in the classroom.  We have started a company called Synergy Center Corporation, as well as a nonprofit called Sensations Charitable Foundation.  The synergy of these two companies and individuals recruited to our cause will initially create programs aimed at increasing positive social interactions and opportunities for those children who struggle in getting along with others.  We also will create a center (one for now) that will include an inclusive indoor playground (everyone will be able to use it regardless of ability or disabling condition-working with GA Tech to create a universally designed system), multisensory spaces for children and adults who need a relaxing environment rather than the craziness of an indoor playground, therapy rooms, and meeting spaces for parent workshops and sibling support groups.  The technology we will include has been found effective in the recovery of stroke victims, even those who can only blink, and has a calming effect on those with Alzheimer’s, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and Attention Deficit among other conditions.

Right now we are mobile, meaning we conduct social groups at a local aquarium (Mystic Aquarium), art studio, and with a local parks and recreation organization.  Our website is www.synergycentercorp.com and I encourage you to go see what we are doing now, as well as in the future.

Toward that end, scratch that.

Toward that goal, we were accepted as one of the projects in the running for $250,000 at the Refresh Everything Project with Pepsi during the month of May.  The money will be going toward infrastructure costs.  The equipment and space I have selected are phenomenal and allow for us to plan a future toward walking trails, vocational training center, therapy, and play all in one location.

Today, I am asking that every day this month you include a new daily task in your Razzball habit.

1.      Read Razzball and add some comments before Grey wakes up on the West Coast.
2.      Vote for Synergy Center Corporation at http://pep.si/abEtbm, add a comment “a vote from Razzball” then vote for several other projects you like in other financial categories (5k, 25k, and 50k) and add a comment “Vote from Synergycentercorporation – good luck”
3.      Enlist families, friends, and fantasy team managers to the cause.
4.      Update roster

Points 2 and 3 take only a couple of minutes but go a long way in Paying It Forward and making a huge difference in the lives of many families.

Thank you for your help and, with your permission, I look forward to sharing daily updates with “Thank you, Razzball voters” and we are now ranked #___ today?

How many votes can show up at http://pep.si/abEtbm with Razzball comments?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead, Anthropologist/Scientist (1901- 1978)

  1. Eddie says:
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    Godspeed.

  2. Stephen says:
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    Done and done.

  3. Cain Fan says:
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    Donezo.

  4. MindiCohn says:
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    DONE!

  5. BSA says:
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    NICE everyone very nice! You know there are other projects saying, Where is the project named – razzball?

    OK, at the time of this posting we are at 120. Updates and heartfelt gratitude throughout the process -

  6. Back to Minors says:
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    another vote!

  7. Brandon says:
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    That’s great!

  8. matthew says:
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    Done…good luck

  9. Professor Chaos says:
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    Done, good luck with this

  10. sean says:
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    @BSA: I’m an attorney on the CT shoreline. I’d be happy to pass on some fundraising literature or information around my firm if you have anything. Contact me off the blog at ogma107@yahoo.com

  11. mc serch says:
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    done and done…good luck!

  12. nmdunkel says:
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    done, good luck

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    voted again and passing it along,thanks

  14. vinko says:
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    glad to help…

  15. You were 148th when I first voted on the 5th or 6th.

    Up to 118th. That’s pretty good progress.

  16. amscalone says:
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    done.

  17. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    117 now, good luck!

  18. uhhhjboy says:
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    completed!

  19. BSA says:
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    Alright everyone nice work –
    Now that people are saying “what the heck is razzball?”
    Can we share the love through the night?”
    Since the original post we jumped 4 positions.
    What can razzball nation do for some of our other supporters – this is how your few votes turn into a pay it forward idea.
    Please head over throughout the night and add some votes for Whitman Middle School, APE, Ataxia, Horse Ability, and EC Iowa Autism saying commenting with somethign like “Synergy Center sent Razzball to vote for you.”
    Now if only Big Papi could hit a homerun like you all.

  20. BSA says:
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    ooops forgot to mention PANDAS research…..

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Great stuff summerdog. See, you didn’t need me to help at all.

    Wow, Razzball Nation, you really made a difference. Brian, I’m gonna post your link on f’book.

  22. BSA says:
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    Half right Hippo – I need everyone now and in the coming days.

    Our organization salutes your heart and response to the call for action, with me at the front with a very humble thank you.

  23. ScoutAbout says:
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    Will do! And by the way, from one of the 3 female readers who actually appreciates the crude sense of humor I find here. It’s like the grown up version of the fart jokes my 10 year-old nephew never ceases to find amusing.

    Anywho, I’ve been approached about a straight up trade my Heyward for his Brandon Phillips. I’m currently starting Wiggy at 2B and have Braun, Soriano, Span, Pence, Willingham, and Maybin (who will be dropped as soon as, if not before, Stanton is called up–Stanton in my minors slot) to use in my 5 OF spots. I think this is a no-brainer, but like to run trades through the comments to make sure I don’t do anything too boneheaded in a drunken or baked stupor some evening.

  24. Steve says:
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    I may not have voted early, but I have voted often.

  25. BSA says:
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    We saw you spreading the love to others.

  26. Mic says:
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    hum-bub…

    @ScoutAbout: yeah do it…

  27. Clyde Prompto says:
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    A serious tip o’the cap to you, Brian. I hope Razznation can band together to win you the grant, because I know centers like the one you’re proposing are very much in need. My girlfriend(GASP!) is a Special Ed teacher and she’s told me many times how she wishes there was more help outside of schools for special needs kids/familes.

  28. BSA says:
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    OK – talk about impact, who wants to have some more fun. This was a comment left for me on facebook.
    Pepsi Refresh Project P.A.N.D.A.S.

    Hi. We had a comment saying Razzball was sent our way by you. Thank you! But we can’t find them anywhere to reciprocate. Do you have a link?

    The Mystique is growing because vagnof.

    Get out there and vote for Whitman middle, PANDAS, APE, Horse Ability, ATAXIA and leave the mark of Razzball – synergy center.

  29. Real Tom says:
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    I love that you just said Vagnof. Brian, I salute your cause. I’m a social worker currently working with young kids on the autism spectrum. Keep up the good work.

  30. BSA says:
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    BSA signing off and sending out a big thank you for taking up the cause.
    Wouldn’t a Razzball room at Synergy Center be fun?
    I’ll ping in random reminders to click the red white and blue logo and let you all know how the count is (in case the vote slips your mind).
    Thank you Grey for letting Synergy Radio take of the Razzwaves.

  31. BSA says:
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    PS – For those who voted tonight one of my families passed on a big thank you.
    I asked how she liked the vote tonight to kick off the second part of the month. Her response, RAZZTASTIC!!

  32. Jackie says:
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    Good work BSA. You have my vote!

  33. p0rk burn says:
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    My name is p0rk burn and I support this message.

  34. Mrmalcs says:
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    Brian, thanks for your commitment to those with disabling conditons. I live in CT and have a 4 yr old with autism. I look forward to bringing him down to your facility.

  35. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Everyone has a facebook account and many have Twitter accounts. Spread the word to your friends.

  36. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I wish we could get Nick Swisher to tweet about it or something like that.

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