Foster kids get a helping hand from FSU's Myron Rolle

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Foster kids may as well be made of Styrofoam or plastic. They're disposable, recycled through this faceless animal called "the system." Their heartbreak is thoroughly documented in the Florida Department of Children and Families case files, some that contain unspeakable sins.

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Mabel

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Jun 23, 2009
 
what a nice story to start the day with - kudoes to all involved.

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Jun 23, 2009
 
As a proud Seminole fan, I like this story...a whole lot. From day one of recruiting this young man FSU got it right.

Now forget about the football aspect, this is a great story about people helping people. If only we could have more stories about people like Myron; people who will do for those who are in need. It shouldn't matter what school they are from!
Gator4life

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Jun 23, 2009
 
What a great story about a person that will make a difference in this world! Great job Myron.
MagicJED

Orlando, FL

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Jun 23, 2009
 
It is great to hear when the Rolle family does such great things. While at UF, I lived in the dorm room next to one of his brothers, and they are a great group of men who were raised right. Their parents and both FSU and UF should be proud.
SarahJohnson

Tallahassee, FL

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Jun 23, 2009
 
I just wanted to say a few words...well maybe more than a few,
As a mentor, being with children for 16 hours a day was challenging at times, but it proved to be a wonderful experience. We had to counsel our group of girls in regards to resolving conflict amongst each other within the first day of camp... actually twice in that first day. We dealt with a crying youth that wanted to go home because her friends were talking about her and not being nice...twice in two days. As the days went by, attitudes of the children changed and inspiration ensued. By the last day, all the conflict seemed to resolve itself and I saw many of the kids crying because they wanted to stay and would miss their friends from camp. I saw several youth stepping up and being mentors themselves to the younger children on their team. They offered words of encouragement and I heard one youth say to another, "I just want you to make right decisions." There was one team that came together like they were meant to be and did a motivational cheer for the rest of the teams during closing ceremonies. EVERYONE was so impressed by this that I had to listen to our girls chant "How motivated are you..." all the way home and to their foster parents as they arrived for pick up late Friday night. I was very impressed that all staff members to include Myron Rolle, the DCF- Secretary, Asst. Secretary, Chief of Staff, Director of the Hotline among many others were present and participated throughout the entire camp. Mr. Rolle spoke during the closing ceremony and was brought to tears by the overwhelming appreciation, dedication, and strength of all the children. This had a great impact on the children as they were talking about this on the way home and also admitted to crying during Mr. Rolle's speech. I saw the children completely turn around in their attitudes as compared to the first day. The children went from not wanting to participate in the camp activities or socializing with the mentors to eagerly seeking competition as well as searching for their mentor's approval, company, and advice.
I am very proud to be apart of this, and like the children, I can't wait until next year (though my right leg thinks differently)!
Sincerely,
DCF Sarah Johnson Mentor at MR Camp
Lunasea

Orlando, FL

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Jun 23, 2009
 
"Little lost souls." The gravity of those three words makes me ache and brought tears to my eyes.

I salute Myron Rolle, his shepherd's heart and his compassion for these precious foster children. God bless Camp Blanding and all who provide funds, donations - and everyone that participates in the camp.

These kids have been dealt raw deals in their lives. They've been robbed by neglect, indifference and abuse. They crave, need and deserve goodness in their lives...stability, trust, normalcy, love, and respect. To know that they really are important. That someone really cares and sees them - and wants to lift them up. That they are not just minute grains in the system sifter...slipping through the holes unnoticed.

Thank you so much for this story, George. It is such an important one to share. God bless the children - and use our hearts and hands to help.
george diaz

Cocoa Beach, FL

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#7
Jun 23, 2009
 
Thanks so much for everyone's kind words. It's refreshing to read blog posts that are etched in sincerity and kindness and not the other type of things we tend to see in these spaces.
God bless the children, indeed.
Whitey Whitecracker

Moultrie, GA

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#8
Jun 23, 2009
 
It's nice to see a positive story about the young men in our college football programs.

George,

You might get more kindness and sincerity in the replies to your and other Sentinal bloggers/reporters if you all were to write more positive stories and quit spreading negative rumors, innuendo and speculation just to get folks to reply.

I'm just sayin......
Anon

New Smyrna Beach, FL

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Jun 23, 2009
 
Looks like George Diaz "laid low" after his predictions went out the window. Maybe he was hoping people would forget by doing a good story?
Whitey Whitecracker

Moultrie, GA

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Jun 23, 2009
 
Anon wrote:
Looks like George Diaz "laid low" after his predictions went out the window. Maybe he was hoping people would forget by doing a good story?
"Laid low"
BWAAHHaaaaw Haaaw, snort!

Thats a good one, have you seen the size of him, little bitty dude
Percysmokesdubie s

Winter Haven, FL

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#11
Jun 23, 2009
 
He's a great role model but there's only one Tebow......
Brian Patrick Clarke

Apopka, FL

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Jun 23, 2009
 
george diaz wrote:
Thanks so much for everyone's kind words. It's refreshing to read blog posts that are etched in sincerity and kindness and not the other type of things we tend to see in these spaces.
God bless the children, indeed.
What a sensational story about an absolutely phenomenal young man! Thank you for investing the time and talent you did in order to share it with us, George! A GREAT read it is!!
Dihydrogen monoxide

Chicago, IL

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#14
Jul 8, 2009
 
off topic but i must ask has any body in Florida or the most southern parts of Texas noticed any strange appearances in the western sky around sunset

or in the eastern sky around sunrise

i am asking for a local form that area to confirm a theory

even if a debunker wants to give a false negative i am sure i will have 10-100 postive conformations if i am correct

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