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Rainbow Village offers impoverished families tools for self-sufficiency

first_img Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By Michelle HiskeyPosted Jun 20, 2013 June 26, 2013 at 10:58 am The Atlanta Diocesan Assembly of The Brotherhood of St Andrew has now partnered with Rainbow Village and spent our National Service Day on April 27, 2013 there transplanting bushes and plants and boarding up older unused apartments, in preparation for the new community center and apartments to begin this year. I can say without any hesitation that this place is the real deal – it is a model for all to follow to teach folks to fish, not just give them fishes. The people who work here are amazingly gifted and tireless. This is a place of the Holy Spirit’s making, there is no doubt in my mind. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Margaret Fletcher says: Comments are closed. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cassie Bullabaugh says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Deacon Nancey Yancey peeks out from the downstairs window of a playhouse at Rainbow Village, which serves homeless families with children in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Photo/Nan Ross[Pathways] The congestion in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is hard enough to manage by car. Steven Jackson’s family of six had it even worse the night they had to leave their motel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.They were broke. They had no car. For Jackson, then a junior at Norcross High School, and his three younger siblings, this was the latest crisis faced with parents who battled various addictions. They had known days where they split up to find beds at various shelters, then reunited the next day to seek meals at soup kitchens.Where would the Jacksons go? How would they get there? Even more importantly, how could they live a more stable life, without so much drama?In transition, like more than 250 other families in the past 20 years, the Jacksons arrived at Rainbow Village – at first in Norcross then in Duluth – which became their vehicle to a new life. Started as an outreach ministry in 1991 by parishioners at Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross, Rainbow Village is a comprehensive program that provides fully furnished homes and support services for homeless families with children. They stay between one and two years as they start over.Rainbow Village required the Jacksons to sign a covenant to live in their community, to contribute up to 30 percent of their income for housing, to attend and complete courses in life skills such as budgeting, parenting, debt repayment and credit repair, to volunteer in the community and to develop a self-sufficiency plan.Most importantly, the Jacksons learned to trust their new patterns of stability, and their children saw what it took to live self-sufficiently. After the Jacksons left, like 85 percent of Rainbow Village graduates, they never were homeless again. Today the entire family is employed except for their father, who recently left a job working for Delta Air Lines as a chef.“Rainbow Village taught my family responsibility and accountability,” says Jackson, now 29 and the children and youth program coordinator there. “With my parents’ addictions, I took on a leadership role with finances and budgeting, to better them and us. I learned that change happens to all of us, but with a village you can pull it together.”The intense structure required by Rainbow Village attempts to meet the significant need of families and children in transition across Atlanta and its northern suburbs. In 2011, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development found that Georgia combined with four other states is home to half the country’s homeless.The team at Rainbow Village includes former residents who’ve since become staff members.Comparing all states since 2010, Georgia experienced the third-largest increase in homeless people. On a single night in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties, more than 1,000 families were homeless. Nearly 8,000 more families were homeless across the state. One group, the National Center on Family Homelessness, ranked states on how well each cared for homeless families; Georgia came in next to last.Because so many families with young children are homeless, the average age of a homeless person in the United States, and in Atlanta, is 9. To help families transition permanently out of homelessness, parents must model better habits for their children. To create this vision at Rainbow House, a Christ Church parishioner named Nancy Yancey stepped in, having learned the hard way what positive change requires.In 1991, Yancey relished a sliver of time to herself each week while her young children were in school and day care. She eagerly gave that up, however, after meeting a needy family through Christ Church’s Christmas outreach. Born and raised in Norcross, she wanted to help her community.“It was a classic thing that churches do: take a basket of food to the family,” she recalls. “When I opened the door, I was appalled. I could see the ground through the floor. The elderly couple lived with their grandson, whose parents were drug addicts. After I dropped off the food and said a prayer and went home, I couldn’t bear it. I had to go back.”For the next six months, the more needs she saw in their lives, the more she helped. She arranged for all the public assistance for which they were qualified, a subsidized apartment, and donated furniture. She helped them gain custody of their grandson.A year later, when she returned, the family was “right back to their normal M.O.,” she recalls. “The son moved in and took all the money, did drugs and lost the apartment. I had taught them nothing about self-sufficiency, but only to be dependent on me. It was a huge learning curve.”Yancey could no longer set a trained eye on what she was sure someone needed. That had worked in her career as an interior designer for the home furnishings coordinator at a department store. When she agreed to lead Rainbow Village 20 years ago, her task was helping families envision a new life for themselves – not do it for them.The name for Rainbow Village hearkens to the biblical story of Noah, who suffered a traumatic transition when a tremendous flood wiped out his home and all the others as far as he could see. The rainbow serves as a reminder that God is constant throughout transitions, and that this particular village serves a rainbow of people as well.A new 12-unit apartment complex on Duluth Highway was dedicated debt-free in March as phase one of Rainbow Village. A capital campaign has raised $4.6 million of its target $9 million to build 30 apartments and two common spaces. Photo/Bill MonkThe original inspiration came from Ida Costell, who always took in her teenaged son’s friends who had been kicked out by their families. When Ida died, her son, Josh, gave $25,000 to Christ Church to form a ministry for homeless families in her honor.The church donated an additional $10,000 and labor to convert a condemned home into a duplex that began serving families in 1991, and Christ Church continued to furnish and maintain the homes. In 1993, Yancey became executive director and CEO; in 1995, Rainbow Village incorporated as a nonprofit.(Eventually, in 1998, the work would lead to Yancey’s ordination as an Episcopal deacon. “She went from designing interiors of homes to interiors of souls,” the Rev. Joel Hudson, the founding rector of Christ Church and chair emeritus of Rainbow Village, likes to say.)Initiative, development, accountabilityEarly on, Buckhead Community Ministries would send people to Rainbow House, and church members served on the screening panel. Later, school social workers provided referrals of families whose hungry children wore the same clothes to school each day. To live at Rainbow House, a family agreed to three principles: initiative, development and accountability.The three tenets grounded Rainbow Village’s classes and counseling that address physical, emotional, financial and educational needs. Families acquire the tools to dig out of the quicksand that has sucked them down before: lack of affordable housing, employment and day care; cycles of poverty and domestic violence.Some families at Rainbow Village struggled to overcome their own resistance to change, too. Says Yancey, “The biggest challenge has been to choose families that are ready and willing to make significant life changes.”Transitions can be messy.“We were one of the only families to leave and be allowed to come back,” Jackson recalls. “When we came back, our dad couldn’t come with us because he was pulling us down.”Other families, including Bishop Keith Whitmore and his wife, Suzie Whitmore, have pitched in to help those at Rainbow Village. Between 800 and 1,000 volunteers a year help with, among other things, home maintenance and furnishings, special events, meals, administrative assistance, school supplies, tutoring and after-school activities.“What I loved most was that they were not just worried about helping my mom, they actually paid attention to the kids and helped us,” says Tyera Braud, whose family – a single mom with six children – lived and learned to thrive at Rainbow Village. “What a lot of people fail to realize is that it’s not just the parents that have a rough time, the kids do as well.”Lynnette Ward, a former resident who, like Jackson, now works at Rainbow Village, recalls arriving in 1997 without “a clue what I was getting myself into and not sure I could make it.” Before that, Ward had been in an abusive marriage for five years and moved from a battered women’s shelter in North Carolina to one in Georgia.Consistent loveHer life further unraveled, but as she moved through that valley she experienced the transformational power of consistent love.“Rainbow Village provided a place for myself and [my] children to heal. They provided assistance when my third child was born with major birth defects, by way of rides to the hospital and child care for my two young children at home. They stood by me when my second child was also diagnosed with major health issues,” Ward recalls.“They found an attorney who helped me get a divorce. They worked with me on my financial goals and provided access to a Stephen minister. Rainbow Village helped me find matching funds for a down payment on my first home. They also worked with me as I began understanding my own self-worth. … My children and I have had a stable home for over 10 years because of what I have learned through Rainbow Village. My children have grown up watching God’s love by the actions of others. I have been given the gift that many mothers have naturally. I have a loving and caring relationship with my son, and after what I had been through with my ex-husband, I was not sure I would be able to have with any male.”The gaining of trust, more than any other material belonging or tangible asset, impresses Franklin Rinker, a Christ Church member from Braselton who became a two-time Rainbow Village board member.“I heard Nancy preach a Sunday sermon at Christ Church about needing money, and by writing a check, I got involved,” he says. A retired hospital CEO who coped with the rise of indigent care, Rinker knows about shepherding the needy through transitions. Hisexperience with building new hospitals helped Rainbow Village expand into a new apartment complex where 12 families now live.The 12 apartments and Family Service Center are phase one of a three-phase campaign launched in 2010.“In the health world, we talk about continuum of care, from the time you get sick and need to be hospitalized to post-hospital care,” he says. “There are a lot of similarities with Rainbow Village. We find broken people on their paths and help educate them and send them out as regained citizens who have good things in life to look forward to, instead of being beaten down and taken advantage of.”“To be in a situation where you’ve been abused continuously and your children have been deprived, you don’t trust a whole lot,” he says. “But by the time families graduate from Rainbow Village, the parents and children give testimonials of what this has meant to them, and there’s not a dry eye in the house.”A model for othersToday, Rainbow Village’s operating budget is about $900,000. The capital campaign has raised $4.6 million of its target $9 million toward completing an entire village with a family service center, community center and 30 apartments. The goal is completion by 2015 and becoming a model for others to replicate to support families who need to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.As former residents circle back to work at Rainbow House, their stories are powerful templates for current families in transition. Jackson says he recognizes the same fearful eyes and nervous disposition that belonged to him when he did not have a permanent home.“You might be smiling, but you’re scared it will all change tomorrow,” he says. “You don’t know if you can be comfortable, especially after so many transitions.”Amid foreclosures and unemployment, Rainbow Village’s largest segment remains single mothers and children. “However, in the past year we have served three single-parent fathers and their children as well as one two-parent family with eight children,” Yancey says. “This is largely due to unemployment for long periods of time.”Rainbow Village is most resonant in its recognition of suffering as a portal to a richer life in which one’s past experience can benefit others.“In looking at my life, I pray that it was to prepare me for something better,” Jackson says. “With what I have gained, I am very humbled, and I hope I will always have this feeling that I am still not too far away from being homeless. I want to stay humble and know that I can always give back, that I can reach back and reach others.”— Michelle Hiskey is a freelance writer in Decatur, Georgia, and a member of St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta. This article first appeared in Pathways, quarterly journal of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA martha knight says: June 26, 2013 at 11:13 am It is so wonderful to hear about this organization. It is clearly changing lives and showing us all how to live the gospel message to love one another. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA June 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm Fantastic story. 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Charity trading and VAT covered at national conference

first_img Two financial experts from Lancashire-based accountants Moore and Smalley spoke on charity trading and the pitfalls of VAT for charities at this week’s annual conference and AGM of the National Association of Local Societies for Visually Impaired People (NALSVI).Partner and head of the firm’s specialist charity team, Christine Wilson, and Stephen Adams, head of VAT, addressed more than 130 delegates at the two-day conference held at Chester University campus this week.Christine Wilson said: “Charities are increasingly subject to rigorous legal requirements, accounting rules and taxation statutes, and the more hoops they have to jump through the more they need expert advice and ./guidance from people who understand the specific requirements of the sector. Advertisement Tagged with: Finance Trading  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 July 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Charity trading and VAT covered at national conference “Moore and Smalley’s experience in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations is extensive and we advise some of the best known organisations in the region, some of which have been with us for more than 50 years.”Moore and Smalley acts for more than 61 charitable organisations in Lancashire and Cumbria, with a combined annual income in excess of £39 million, including Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Deafway and St Catherine’s Hospice. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Dead Fish Piling Up on Long Island’s Shores Are a Warning Shot for Our County Execs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s water quality crisis was on display in a very public way throughout the month of June, when tens of thousands of fish began washing ashore from Port Washington on the North Shore of Nassau County to the Peconic Bay on the East End of Suffolk.“Vast numbers of dead and dying fish were bobbing in the water and stretching to the opposite bank, like a silvery floating bridge,” as The New York Times described the carnage. “Carcasses were piled at the river’s edge and clumped in the marsh grass.”An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 bunker fish have died since the fish kills started, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The grim scene was compounded by the hot summer weather, with observers saying that the fish were “throwing themselves up on the boat ramp of the Riverhead Yacht Club in a desperate bid to get oxygen.”It was a gruesome display. But will it be enough to get policymakers to take serious action to protect LI’s waters?Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s recent pitch for federal assistance was a good start. Although the county’s planning priorities have been imperfect, the current administration is shrewd, proving very capable at getting funding for their initiatives. If those efforts can be put to work for additional wastewater infrastructure in the Peconic watershed area and its environs, the region would be better off as a whole. The economic impact of the Island’s tourism and fishing industries is too significant to let it go fallow, while recreational usage of the coast affects the residents’ quality of life.To support Bellone’s pleas for funding, we need more effort from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as well as from state and local policymakers to collectively support improvements that will curb nitrogen contamination in the waters off LI and prevent future fish kills. While the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe is much needed in Nassau, Mangano should go further. According to the Long Island Press: “The outfall pipe, which would redirect treated waste many miles into the Atlantic Ocean instead of being dumped in the vulnerable Western Bays, is needed in order for the new plant to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water regulatory standards. According to the governor’s office, the Bay Park plant currently treats about 50 million gallons of sewage a day, discharging the treated water into the back bay north of Long Beach.”The lack of a Bay Park outfall pipe and Suffolk’s nitrogen woes are one in the same. LI needs fiscal help addressing its water quality crisis, and it’s time both Nassau and Suffolk pushed hard together for action.In largely unsewered Suffolk, the front line of the war on nitrogen, policymakers must realize that pristine water quality cannot be won with sewers alone. Bellone would be wise to continue Suffolk’s widely praised historical efforts to preserve open space. In particular, the Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, the entity tasked with ensuring the integrity of the 100,000-acre preserve, should seek to find a renewed life under Suffolk County’s stewardship. The Pine Barrens Commission has faced many challenges regarding development pressures in the area, and strong leadership and representation from the county is needed in order to maintain protected nature of the “compatible growth” areas.Governmental actions such as the preservation of the Pine Barrens maximize the effectiveness of hard infrastructure solutions like sewers, and policymakers would be wise to put whatever funding is available towards both efforts. As the Pine Barrens act, which was passed in 1993 in order to protect the Island’s aquifer by preventing development in the pristine, geologically sensitive woodlands, ages, the institutional memory of its importance fades. The entire fragile preservation act hinges on the integrity of its zoning boundaries, and localities are not up to the task of continued preservation, despite their zoning powers. Suffolk must curb the towns’ addiction to variances and hold the line on the strict zoning that preserves the integrity of the region.What it comes down to is dollars and sense: what is the true environmental benefit of sewering versus preserving pricey tracts of open space? Compared to a mile of sewer pipe, it might be more cost effective to purchase additional large open space parcels for aquifer recharge. And, just as important, whose answer should guide policymakers’ hands and what is more beneficial to the environment in the long run?An important concern must also be addressed: Are the sewers purely for protecting the environment, or for promoting more growth? Philosophically, the sewer efforts should be focused on targeted areas where the environmental impact will be the greatest, not where additional development is desired but improper infrastructure in place is an obstacle. We must address our water quality issues, not create more of them.The fish kills were a tangible example of what will continue to happen if Long Island as a whole fails to protect the sole source aquifer system, and the surface waters that surround our region.Whether you live in Glen Cove or Mattituck, we all drink the same water. It’s time to start acting like it.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

USC and Los Angeles to host the Special Olympics

first_imgUSC will play host to both athletes and events of the Special Olympics Summer Games coming to Los Angeles at the end of July.The Games will be held from July 25 to Aug. 2 and will kick off with a grand opening ceremony on the evening of July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is incidentally the only venue in the world to have hosted two Summer Olympics, in 1932 and 1984. It has also played host to two Super Bowls, I and VII, and one World Series, in 1959. This is Los Angeles’s second Special Olympics, the previous one being held in 1999.Nearly 7,000 athletes will compete for glory in these games across 25 sporting disciplines spread across 27 venues. Aquatics, basketball and track and field will be held at USC at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Galen Center and Cromwell Field, respectively.The Special Olympics began as an initiative of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of former President John. F. Kennedy, who started the Special Olympics as a way of breaking barriers for individuals with intellectual disabilities. What began in Chicago in 1968 is now a movement that encompasses more than 170 countries around the world and touches millions of lives.The last Summer Games were held in Athens in 2011.  The next Special Olympics World Games event will be the Winter Games, to be held in Graz and Schladming in Austria in 2017.Though no formal announcements have been made about the opening ceremony, Steven Vanderpool, senior vice president of communications and media operations for the Los Angeles Special Olympics 2015, said that it’s being handled like similarly large-scale events.“We’ve roped in Five Currents, a production firm based in Redondo Beach, for the ceremonies. They have extensive expertise in handling events of such scale, and they’ve handled ceremonies for World Cups and even the London Summer Olympics among others,” Vanderpool said. “But the marquee event of that evening will be the march of the 7,000 athletes who are going to be participating in these games.”Vanderpool confirmed that the ceremony would be a three-hour event that will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN network.Vanderpool said that upon the athletes’ arrival, they will be integrated into the local communities as part of the “Host Town” program of the games.“We’ve been running this program since 1995 and as part of this initiative, more than 100 communities across Southern California stretching all the way to San Luis Obispo have been engaged to help athletes feel comfortable and experience local cultures and hospitality,” Vanderpool said.Paige Peplow, a recent USC graduate, will be taking part in one of these Host Town programs in San Pedro. Peplow has been teaching dance classes to children with Down syndrome for the past eight years and has been asked to choreograph a dance for her students to perform at a dinner for athletes in San Pedro.“I’m so honored to be a part of the Special Olympics organization because it’s an organization that is close to my heart,” Peplow said. “It’s especially great because I’ve been able to experience two of my worlds colliding with USC hosting the games.”Peplow became involved in the Special Olympics through a contact she had met through the Marshall School of Business.“It really happened completely by accident. I was put in touch with a Marshall alumna and had told her about my experience teaching dance to kids with Down syndrome, and the next thing I knew, one of the Host Town programs was asking me to help with the proceedings,” Peplow said. “I’m so grateful for this whole experience, and it has just been another example of the strength of the Trojan family.”Transportation arrangements for athletes have been paramount to organizers, given the scale of events and the fact that the venues are spread across L.A.“Keeping the travel to a bare minimum for the athletes is vital, and USC and UCLA will be our athletes’ villages for the games,” Vanderpool said. “During the games, two thirds of the delegates, totaling nearly 6,500 in number, [will] be staying at USC and the rest [will] be camped at UCLA.”The organizers also realize the importance of having enthusiastic supporters in the stands, and the Fans In The Stands initiative aims to ensure just that. These Special Olympics will see volunteers captaining teams of spectators in the stands and doing their part to create an environment that will help athletes excel.Tickets for the Opening Ceremony went on sale on June 2. Vanderpool said he is extremely pleased with the response thus far and is confident that Los Angeles will be able to deliver a successful and memorable games.last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson embracing NBA All-Star weekend

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They want to satisfy their competitive fix.“I’m going to go out there and hoop,” said Clarkson, who has averaged 15.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. “I’m going to go out there and play like it’s a real game.”They want to find a balance between resting and learning from other potential and established stars. Russell, who has already appeared in 53 games in his rookie season, admitted feeling “tired.” He played in just 35 games last season as a freshman at Ohio State.Clarkson also planned to rest following the All-Star weekend amid an increased workload in his second NBA season.“There’s going to be a lot of important people there you can meet, pick their brains and get some knowledge,” said Russell, who has averaged 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 3.3 assists. “But I want to get out there, have fun and get off my feet.”Glass half fullTime has passed and wounds have healed for Shaquille O’Neal to speak glowingly about Bryant. O’Neal “commended” Bryant on how he has handled his farewell tour with grace.“I wish I had a Shaq tour,” said O’Neal, who retired after 19 NBA seasons because of an Achilles injury. “It would’ve been fun. I would’ve gotten a lot of gifts. But it happened the way it happened. You can’t complain. You have to move on.”O’Neal then thanked the Lakers for planning to unveil his statue outside Staples Center during the 2016-17 season.“It’s a great honor. I never expected to get a statue,” said O’Neal, mindful the Lakers have statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former broadcaster Chick Hearn. “I wasn’t going to ask.” Lakers coach Byron Scott hoped that will spur Russell and Clarkson to grow eventually into All-Star players.If you’re there and not aspiring to be one, to me, there’s no reason to be playing,” Scott said. “You want to be an All-Star and you want to be great. Some guys get there and some guys don’t. But at least you want to do everything in your power to give yourself an opportunity.” But Bryant, Russell and Clarkson all dismissed that such a weekend could strengthen the trio’s bond. The skepticism mostly stems from practical reasons.Bryant will stay with his family at a different hotel than Russell and Clarkson, so the Lakers’ 37-year-old star can maximize recovery time and privacy. The three have also kept a constant dialogue throughout a trying 2015-16 season that has entailed having the Western Conference’s worst record (11-43). Instead, Russell and Clarkson found different value in their weekend excursion.center_img TORONTO >> Plenty of their teammates will rest. Their head coach will vacation in Mexico. But for Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, the NBA All-Star break actually just means more work.Russell and Clarkson will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday at Air Canada Centre, a game that will feature 10 American rookie and sophomore players competing against 10 foreign rookies and sophomore players. Bryant has been selected for his 18th and final starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. In between events, Clarkson will spend his Saturday judging the Development League dunk contest and compete in the Skills Challenge, an event that entails shooting, passing and dribbling drills in an obstacle course. “It’s always good to break up the first year, especially for the young guys where you have that moment where you get away from everything,” Bryant said. “You’re around your peers and you get a chance to kind of compare stories and lean on each other.”last_img read more