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Duane Starks helps rebuild elementary school playgrounds

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BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Volunteers came to Hilton Elementary School as part of the NFL's season kickoff program. Their goal is to convert an old, dilapidated and underused playground into something that children wouldn't be afraid to play on.

Fencing, cement and power tools are being used to replace splintered benches and outdated play equipment. Former Ravens and Superbowl champs Jamal Lewis and Duane Starks were among the many workers who helped renovate the playgrounds.

"You know if you're gonna do it you gotta do it right so I can't miss a spot," Duane Starks, former Ravens DB said.

The two have been very busy since retiring but haven't retired from representing the NFL and the Ravens. The NFL’s play 60 program encourages children to be active for at least an hour a day, something Starks highly supports.

" When I was a kid it was more about basically going out playing football going out playing sports you're always outside and then they came with all these video games and now a lot of kids are inside doing this and working their thumbs instead of working their minds and their bodies," Jamal Lewis, former Ravens RB said.

Youth also learned that eating balanced meals helps them perform at top levels on the field and in the classroom.

" If you have fast-food on every corner a lot of times that's what you resulted to, but I think if we educate these parents and educate the kids as well what they should be eating and what they should put in their bodies," Lewis said.

They also planted a garden to further emphasize the points of healthy eating.

" And then they'll take it right thru the crop and then my wife who's the art teacher does cooking classes with the kids she actually teaches them how to eat cooked foods and eat that they've never done like swiss chard and Brussels sprouts things like that," Kevin McCarthy, the art teacher’s husband said.

In the end the children showed their appreciation and cheered for their favorite team.


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Duane Starks joins Athletes for Loanlook

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Jan. 29, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Loanlook, Inc. today announced that former NFL cornerback Duane Starks has joined the Athletes for Loanlook program. Starks will join fellow athletes Wes Welker of the New England Patriots; Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears; Fred Taylor, former running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars; and Eric Winston of the Kansas City Chiefs in support of loanlook.com.

Through events at their alma maters, partnerships with the athletes' charitable foundations, and scholarship funds, Loanlook builds awareness among students regarding the importance of proper financial and credit management, particularly surrounding student loans.

"I'm excited to partner with Loanlook and the other athletes to help students get the most out of their education," said Starks.

Duane Starks played in the NFL from 1998-2007. After winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him 10th overall in the 1998 draft, Starks spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders.  Starks had his best season in 2000 as part of the Super Bowl champion Ravens. He was a consistent contributor on one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen (they allowed only 10.3 points/game).  During his career he maintained a reputation for making big plays totaling four interceptions in just six playoff games including one returned for a touchdown during the Super Bowl against the NY Giants.

With mobile apps for Apple and Android users, loanlook.com combines federal and private student loans (as well as grant information) in one convenient, refreshable dashboard that delivers up-to-date loan information to current and former college students. Users have access to payment optimization, income-based repayment, and consolidation calculators. The site also offers a monthly budgeting tool, customizable loan alerts (via email, text, and mobile app), and cloud storage for important documentation such as master promissory note and lender/servicer correspondence. For borrowers requiring additional support, the site provides access to loan counselors via its LIVE HELP chat feature and a toll-free number. Unlike other loan management sites, users receive information about both their federal and private student loans.

Loanlook™ uses bank-level security to safeguard student information. The site actively monitors compliance with, and conducts annual security assessments against, all applicable information security standards including the: Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA);

National Institute of Standards and Technology SP 800-53 (NIST); Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS); Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16); and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

About Loanlook™ Loanlook.com is used by college and college-bound students, borrowers in repayment, and parents with loan obligations to track, understand and manage their federal and private/alternative education loans from pre-enrollment into repayment. Based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Loanlook, Inc. is a subsidiary of CEANNATE Corp., a leading education finance organization employing over 500 employees with expertise that spans the entire student loan lifecycle.


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Gibson Park Named After Duane Starks

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From left, Commissioner Willy Gort, Thelma Gibson, former NFL standout Duane Starks, Mayor Tomas Regalado, and Commissioner Michelle Spencer-Jones cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Theodore R. Gibson Park. The new park opened its doors with the unveiling of a mural and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by City of Miami officials on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Miami.

Gibson Park named their newly renovated Football Field after Duane L. Starks (Field of Dreams).


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Warren Sapp, KC Jones & Duane Starks at Hotel Noir

Big Tigger and Warren Sapp Continue to make the rounds this time turning up at The Dream Hotel with fellow proCane and Denver Bronco’s SuperBowl Champ KC Jones all hosted by 99Jamz radio personalty Felisha Monet.

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PHOTOS: University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament

On February 27th the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame hosted its 1st Annual Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Splitsville in South Miami featuring former Miami Hurricanes and many proCanes including: Reggie Wayne, Brett Romberg, Duane Starks, Bubba Franks, Gino Torretta, Earl Little and many more! Each bowler had at least one former Miami Hurricane athlete on their team and not only got to interact with the former players but also got to take part in a Silent Auction full of Hurricane Memorabilia. It was a great time had by all who participated and if you missed out this year, make sure to sign up for next year's event! Check out the photos below: 

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