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Wilson’s holiday giveback focuses on enabling access to play at the YMCA; Special event for NYC kids to feature surprise athlete appearances

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — With the holiday season upon us, Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports equipment, apparel and accessories, will be celebrating the “Gift of Game” by partnering with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the 2,500+ YMCAs across the country, to enable access to play for kids of all skill levels and backgrounds.


“At Wilson®, we believe the spirit of the holiday season is about so much more than just the traditional exchange of presents. That’s why we’re encouraging our global sport community to give the ‘Gift of Game’ this year,” said Amanda Lamb, Global Vice President of Brand at Wilson. “Shared experiences in sport offer a unique opportunity to build bonds, foster camaraderie and enable access to play in a way that is truly representative of the holiday season.”

Wilson and its global sport community will give the “Gift of Game” to YMCA kids across the country through a donate and match program online and in-stores from mid-November through the end of the year. Consumers will have the opportunity to add $1, $3 or $5 to their order at checkout to be donated to the Y. Wilson, in year three of its national partnership with Y-USA, will match up to $25,000 in customer donations.

Money raised through Wilson’s “Gift of Game” donation will benefit local YMCAs in 20 key markets around the U.S. Funding will be used to provide more Y scholarships, enabling access to play by subsidizing more membership and youth sports fees for under-served kids in 2024.

As a celebration of the “Gift of Game” campaign, Wilson will host a day of play with New York City kids at the La Central YMCA in the Bronx on Saturday, Dec. 2. Each attendee will receive a Y membership, have the chance to experience different sports throughout the event and leave with special holiday gifts from Wilson. The participating kids will also get to interact with athletes and special guests expected to make surprise-and-delight appearances.

For holiday shoppers looking to give the “Gift of Game,” Wilson offers an assortment of best-in-class equipment across a variety of sport categories, including basketball, football, tennis, pickleball, golf, baseball and more, as well as Wilson’s iconic sportswear collection, featuring technical apparel for both men and women. Follow along @Wilson and visit Wilson.com for more information.

About Wilson
Chicago, USA-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., part of Amer Sports Group, is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company brings more than a century of innovation, history and heritage across many sports including Racquet Sports, Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Golf. The brand also offers Wilson Sportswear inclusive of lifestyle and performance apparel for all to live like an athlete. Leveraging player insights to create products that push equipment and apparel innovation into new territories, Wilson empowers athletes at every level to perform at their best. Visit www.wilson.com for more information.

About the Y
Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide. Learn more at ymca.org.

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Get Creative with Easter Sweets



Kid-friendly crafts that bring loved ones together

(Family Features) Holiday hams and deviled eggs may take center stage at Easter gatherings, but edible crafts offer a reminder of the magic of the season that’s found in moments spent together. Simple recipes that call for a dose of creativity are perfect ways to bring the kids to the kitchen, made even easier when all that work leads to sweet treats.

While plastic eggs may have led to a decline in good, old-fashioned egg-dyeing, there are still fun ways to bring crafts back to Easter celebrations. Consider these Kids Krafty Easter Cake Pops, which call for little ones to help dip seasonal shapes in chocolate, use cake molds and more.

Children of virtually any age can relish in the joys of using cookie cutters and decorating Easter Sugar Cookies, all with a little supervision and short list of instructions. This version shows how to make the cookies and homemade icing so you can create any color you desire for maximum creativity.

Remember, these delicious crafts don’t have to be perfect – having fun and making memories that last a lifetime are what make Easter truly special.

Visit Culinary.net to find more Easter inspiration and recipes from “Cookin’ Savvy.”

Kids Krafty Easter Cake Pops

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 can frosting
  • 1 bunny chocolate mold
  • 1 cakesicle mold
  • ice pop sticks
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips or melting chips
  • cake pop sticks
  • 1 bag orange melting chips
  • 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil, divided
  • 1 bag green melting chips
  • pastel sprinkles
  • 1 piece hard foam (optional)
  • edible markers
  1. Bake cake according to package instructions and let cool completely.
  2. Crumble cake and mix with 1/2 can frosting until dough forms. Add more frosting, if needed. Using small cookie scoop, form dough into balls and set aside. Place dough in bunny molds then pop out and set aside with balls. Place dough in cakesicle mold, insert ice pop stick in each slot and freeze 5-10 minutes.
  3. Melt handful of white melting chips. Stick tip of each cake pop stick in chocolate then insert into every cake ball and bunny until each has one stick. Set aside to dry.
  4. Remove cakesicles from freezer and pop out of molds. In bowl, melt orange melts then mix in 1 tablespoon oil and transfer to cup. Dip cakesicles and scrape off excess using rim of cup. Place on parchment paper to dry.
  5. In bowl, melt green melts then place in zip-top or piping bag. Cut tip off bag, pipe carrot leaves onto piece of parchment paper and let dry.
  6. Melt remaining white melts and mix in remaining oil. Transfer to cup and dip ball-shaped cake pops and bunnies then tap stick on edge of cup to remove excess.
  7. Over separate bowl, sprinkle ball-shaped pops with pastel sprinkles. To keep ball shape, let dry by sticking in piece of hard foam. Bunnies can dry face side up on parchment paper. After bunnies are dry, use edible markers to make face and color in ears.
  8. When carrots and leaves are dry, remelt orange melts and place in piping or zip-top bag. Cut off tip and drizzle orange over carrots. Add small line of orange on each ice pop stick and place leaves on each stick. Let dry.

Easter Sugar Cookies

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”


  • 1/3 cup meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water, plus additional for thinning (optional), divided
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 bag (2 pounds) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • assorted food coloring


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  1. To make icing: Mix meringue powder, 1/2 cup warm water, vanilla, powdered sugar and corn syrup. Separate into bowls and add food coloring; mix with water, as needed, to thin for piping.
  2. To make cookies: Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time to form dough. Roll dough out to 1/4-1/2-inch thickness.
  4. Cut into shapes, place on baking sheet and freeze 10 minutes. Bake 8-12 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  5. Place icing in zip-top or piping bags and cut off tips. Put cookies on parchment paper. Trace outline first then fill in middle. Use toothpicks to smooth out.
  6. Let dry 6 hours and finish decorating with different icing colors or edible markers.


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Merry Christmas from STM aily News!

Merry Christmas from STM Daily News/ TNC Network

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5 consejos para viajar de forma segura durante las vacaciones



(Family Features) La temporada navideña puede ser estresante cuando se agregan viajes a la mezcla. Coordinar los viajes terrestres o aéreos y planificar el alojamiento, incluso si simplemente se hospeda con sus seres queridos, a menudo es solo el comienzo y las preocupaciones de salud y seguridad que pueden quedar en el camino.

Por ejemplo, la tasa de incidencia más alta de mortalidad cardíaca durante todo el año ocurre entre Navidad y Año Nuevo, según la American Heart Association (Asociación Americana del Corazón), y cada año ocurren más de 350,000 paros cardíacos extrahospitalarios en los Estados Unidos.

Si se encuentra entre el 62 % de los estadounidenses que planean viajar en esta temporada navideña, según una investigación realizada por IPX1031, considere estos consejos para proteger su salud y seguridad.

Planifique con anticipación
Una planificación adecuada puede ayudarle a garantizar que esté preparado para afrontar cualquier desafío o retraso inesperado cuando salga. Verifique el clima antes de salir, incluso en su destino, y evite las tormentas anticipadas. Salga temprano para tener en cuenta el tráfico potencialmente pesado y trace su camino con anticipación para asegurarse de estar al tanto de cualquier cierre o construcción de carreteras, lo que puede permitirle encontrar rutas alternativas, si es necesario, en lugar de intentar adaptarse sobre la marcha.

Asegúrese de que su familia esté al día con las vacunas
La vacunación sistemática puede ayudar a protegerlo de enfermedades infecciosas que pueden transmitirse fácilmente cuando se encuentra cerca de un grupo grande de personas. Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recomiendan la vacuna antigripal estacional para todas las personas a partir de los 6 meses de edad. Otras vacunas, como la vacuna contra la COVID-19 o la vacuna de refuerzo y la vacuna contra el sarampión, pueden ayudar a proteger no solo su salud, sino también la de sus seres queridos.

Aprenda CPR
Según la American Heart Association, solo un 40 % de las personas que sufren un paro cardíaco reciben reanimación cardiopulmonar, o CPR, por parte de un transeúnte. Sin embargo, la CPR inmediata puede duplicar o triplicar las posibilidades de supervivencia de una víctima de un paro cardíaco.

Justo a tiempo para la temporada navideña, en aeropuertos, hospitales y otros lugares del país se encuentran disponibles quioscos renovados de capacitación en CPR solo con las manos, que brindan una descripción general de la CPR solo con las manos seguida de una sesión de práctica y una prueba de 30 segundos. Con la ayuda de un maniquí de práctica, los quioscos brindan información sobre la profundidad y la velocidad decompresión, así como la colocación adecuada de las manos (factores que influyen en la efectividad de la CPR) y enseñan los dos sencillos pasos:
1. Llame al 911.
2. Empuje fuerte y rápido en el centro del pecho de la persona que sufre un paro cardíaco hasta que llegue la ayuda.

Muchos de los quioscos de CPR solo con las manos, así como la campaña de CPR solo con las manos, cuentan con el apoyo de Elevance Health Foundation. Para encontrar un quiosco a lo largo de su ruta de viaje, visite heart.org/handsonlycpr.

Prepare su vehículo
Problemas con el auto son un culpable común durante los viajes de vacaciones. Para ayudar a evitar problemas, revise su vehículo antes de emprender en un viaje prolongado. Revise los neumáticos, la batería, los faros, los limpiaparabrisas y cualquier otra pieza que pueda verse afectada negativamente por el clima invernal. También asegúrese de que su vehículo esté equipado con elementos esenciales como una llanta de repuesto o un kit de inflado, un gato, cables de puente, mantas, un botiquín de primeros auxilios y una linterna en caso de una emergencia.

Empaque un botiquín
Si toma medicamentos recetados o de venta libre, puede resultar difícil obtener un resurtido rápidamente en su destino, así que asegúrese de empacar lo suficiente para todo el viaje, además de extras en caso de que experimente algún retraso en el viaje. También puede resultar útil llevar otros elementos esenciales, como desinfectante para manos, un botiquín de primeros auxilios, medicamentos para el resfriado, aspirinas y su tarjeta de seguro médico en caso de lesiones o enfermedades inesperadas durante el viaje.

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American Heart Association

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