Jordin Sparks Brings Songs, Smiles and Teddy Bears to Houston

This month we celebrated 10 years of the Jordin Sparks Experience at the Super Bowl in Houston.  It was amazing!  The best part were the three Teddy Bear Picnics that we held during the week.  The photos and videos speak for themselves.

We all hung out with the kids making Valentines, eating pizza, playing basketball and racing outside and at each one she presented the bears with an inspirational message and sang songs.  It was super encouraging for everyone there…even the grown ups!

If this doesn’t warm your heart, we don’t know what else will!  Check out all the smiles that were created!

Teddy Bear Picnic #1 at Bo’s Place:

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Teddy Bear Picnic #2 at The Women’s Home:

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This little girl LOVES her Teddy Bear! Click here to watch!

Teddy Bear Picnic #3 at The Forge for Families:

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Make sure to watch this video!

Doesn’t it look like fun? Don’t all kids deserve a special Teddy Bear?  If you’d like more info on how you can make a difference and sponsor a Teddy Bear Picnic, contact us!

xo,

Jordin, Jodi, & Nichet

The M.A.D. Girls

P.S.  A special thank you to Houston Texans’ Christian Covington and Wiesner Auto for graciously donating their time and transportation!  We love you!

FREE Teddy Bears! 

We are giving away two FREE Teddies left over from the 2017 Jordin Sparks Experience Teddy Bear Picnics! Bears have an inspirational notecard signed by Jordin in a removable lanyard.  All you have to do is go to www.instagram.com/themadgirlsinc and follow the directions! 

#JSE2017 Teddies from our Teddy Bear Picnics



If you’d like to secure one of these cuties, you’ll get one free as a thank you for supporting our endeavors with any tax deductible donation of $250 or more. 

❤,

The M.A.D. Girls 

Thank You Larry Fitzgerald, From Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. Jordin Sparks Experience 2015.
Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. Jordin Sparks Experience 2015.

(THIS IS A REPOST FROM JORDIN SPARKS INSTAGRAM POST.)

I want to take a moment to acknowledge my friend, Larry Fitzgerald. You all know what he does on the field. His work ethic, production and focus. Then the commercials, the lights and the interviews. You know he’s one of the best in the NFL right now & definitely one of the best to ever play. But it’s what he does when the cameras are off, when the fans go home and uniform is hung up to dry for the next game.
His heart is bigger than anything you’ve seen displayed on the field. Putting the game on his shoulders, in the playoffs last year, against Green Bay? His heart is bigger. Taking it to the house in the last two minutes of Super Bowl 43? Yep, his heart is still bigger. Standing tall, at the podium, after one of the biggest disappointments in his sports career? His heart is bigger still.
No matter where he is, Larry is always wanting to make an impact on the community and the youth.

Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. Starkey Hearing Mission 2011.
Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. Starkey Hearing Mission 2011.

Whether it’s in his hometown of Minneapolis, the AZ community, across the country or abroad. We both traveled to Rwanda, with Starkey Hearing, to fit & give free hearing aids to anyone who needed them. Hours would pass and he, just like the incredible Bill Austin, would still be fitting kids or parents until the last person was seen. I was inspired by that and challenged to give until I can give no more.

He was my friend before anyone knew my name and has always been so supportive of me, my family, career & charity work with The M.A.D Girls & Jordin Sparks Experience. He’s been to almost every single one, with that trademark smile of his, and with a willing spirit. Looking back through these pictures, it’s amazing to see how much time has passed…and we’re still running on fumes!
Today, as you are one of three finalists up for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, I want to say congratulations. It would take days to list all the amazing things you do for others but I’ll let people discover that on their own. You deserve it more than anyone I know.
You may be ‘the man of the year’ to some but, to me, you’re just my confidant and friend and I’m honored to call you so.
Thank you for all you do,

~J.

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Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. Celebrity Fight Night 2011.
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Larry Fitzgerald & Jordin Sparks. JSE Tampa 2009
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Larry Fitzgerald & Jordin Sparks. JSE Miami 2010.
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Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. MLB Celebrity softball game. 2011.
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Larry Fitzgerald, Jordin Sparks, Calais Campbell, Rowlan Hill. JSE Arizona 2015.
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Dan Williams, Calais Campbell, Jordin Sparks, & Larry Fitzgerald. JSE Arizona 2015.

 

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Jordin Sparks & Larry Fitzgerald. 1st Down Fund event at Dominick’s Steakhouse 2016.

Using Football to Leave a Footprint…and a Teddy Bear

This year is our 10th Super Bowl. Every year we spend the week doing community service in the Super Bowl city. Our goal is to leave a positive footprint in each city. One of our signature projects is the Teddy Bear Picnic where we go into a children’s hospital, hospice, shelter, etc. and hand out teddy bears and encourage the kids, parents, staff and volunteers.

This year we are doing three TBPs and also supporting other charitable events while there.  We’ve had tremendous positive feedback and want to expand and do MORE in 2017…not just during Super Bowl week!

If you would like to make a difference and underwrite one or more of these “picnics” we’d love your support! Please contact us!

Teddy Bears have arrived for Bo’s Place, The Women’s Home, & Forge for Families 2017
PJ Sparks and kids at the Mission Arlington 2011
Volunteers for Miami Teddy Bear Picnic 2010
Jordin & PJ Sparks Miami Children’s Hospital 2010
Jordin Sparks at NY Presbyterian Hospital 2014
Jordin Sparks at George Mark Children’s Home 2016

xo,

The M.A.D. Girls

Jordin Sparks Experience 2017

Jordin Sparks Experience 10 Year Anniversary
Jordin Sparks Experience 10 Year Anniversary

Here we go again!  We are celebrating 10 years of making a difference during the Super Bowl!  Since 2008 we, along with Jordin and PJ Sparks have dedicated the week prior to the Super Bowl to community service and promoting awareness for various causes. We call it the Jordin Sparks Experience.  Our mission is to leave a positive footprint in each Super Bowl city we visit, and we believe we have done that!  From the Miami Children’s Hospital, to Sheltering Wings in Indianapolis, to the Ryan House in Phoenix, to George Mark House in the Bay area…we’ve been “around the block” to these wonderful places and more.  What a blessing!

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years…for pushing us to keep doing what we’re doing.  We appreciate you and all the people we’ve met along the way.

xo,

The M.A.D. Girls

 

A Day in the Life … A Jordin Sparks Diary

jordin-0to60-nfl-play-60A Day in the Life of Jordin Sparks

How the award winning singer & songwriter sped up the quest for healthier kids at the #0to60 Event with the NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60, and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition…

6:30 AM: Rise and shine Denver! I woke up extra early this morning to get ready for today’s event. After grabbing a healthy breakfast of my shake and a banana, I met with my hair and makeup artist to get glammed for the show.

7:30 AM: I’m picked up from the hotel and driven to Allendale Elementary School in Arvada, Colorado. I marvel at the mountains we pass by during our drive – the scenery here is truly breathtaking!

8:00 AM: We arrive at Allendale Elementary, and start our sound check to make sure that our equipment is set up properly. We finish right before we get word that the kids are about to get here, so we run to a room in the back where I can get ready before the big surprise.

8:45 AM: I was a little sleepy on the way to the school this morning, but as soon as I heard the voices of all the excited students filling up the gymnasium, I perked right up! I sneak a peek at all the kids and start to get nervous. Even though I’ve performed hundreds of times, seeing the energy from the crowd always gives me an adrenaline rush.

9:15 AM: I watched the announcement of the 2016 NFL Hometown Grant from the back of the room, and heard the great news that this year, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition will match the NFL’s contribution to promote health and wellness in schools through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The Foundation’s contribution will enable more schools to get active by adopting the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Since playing outside and participating in sports were an important part of my childhood and my charity, The M.A.D. Girls #madkids program, I’m really happy that these school districts will be able to support their students through use of the grant money and the fitness program.

9:20 AM: My hands start to shake as I listen for the emcee to announce my name, and when he does, I run into the gymnasium to hundreds of energetic students! I can’t help but smile when I see how excited they are, and I take a few minutes to let them know why being active is so important to me. This is all being streamed live on my Facebook page…shaking and all! Finally, I get to perform “One Step at a Time” and dance with the audience, which is a perfect introduction into the next part of my appearance, which is…

9:35 AM: …the debut of my new song, which is called, “#0to60!”. I recorded this song for the new #0to60 campaign from the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition. We played the song while we lead the kids through some warm up stretches and then a fun exercise routine to get their hearts pumping and bodies moving! It’s surreal to see so many people being physically active to a song I recorded, and I’m glad the crowd seems to enjoy the song as much as I do!

10:00 AM: Now that the assembly is over, we head outside to participate in a physical0to60 nfl jordin play 60.jpg activity clinic with the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and Miles, the Broncos mascot. I volunteered to lead some of the exercise stations, and in the process, worked up a sweat myself! I think chasing after students should definitely count as my workout for the day…

10:50 AM: After the clinic, I meet up with a few reporters to do some interviews on behalf of the NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60, and the #0to60 campaign. I get to talk about my 3 favorite things, which is music, football, and helping kids, so the interviews are fun and go by quickly.

3:15 PM: After swinging by the hotel to grab my luggage, I get ready to fly back home. I’m exhausted, but had an amazing time premiering the song and getting active with the students. Thank you to the National Foundation, NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 for their efforts to support students across the country. I’m excited to continue our work to inspire students and adults across the country to go from #0to60 every day!

~Jordin

For more information about #0to60, visit 0to60fitness.org.

xo,

The M.A.D. Girls

Spark A Tattoo Revolution with Jordin Sparks!

The M.A.D. Girls have partnered with Tattoos for a Cause and Jordin Sparks to help save a child’s life.  Little Zahara is in need of a bone marrow transplant.  Now through October 31st, 2016 you can help start a revolution!  Here are the ways you can help:

1.)  Go to www.tattoosforacause.com and follow your heart!  You can download a tattoo designed by Jordin Sparks and her tattoo artist of choice, A.J. Larson. It really  is beautiful and the artwork has many hidden meanings within it!

2.) “Go” to this Facebook event!  Don’t worry, you won’t get a million notifications.  It’s informational.  But when you DO “go” it shows up in your timelines and you can help create a buzzzzzz!

3.) Share these images on social media with the hashtag #sparkatattoorevolution and when you get inked with the tattoo (or color it with crayons,) take a pic and post it!

 

THANK YOU!

xo,

The M.A.D. Girls

 

Get your SMILE on with Jordin Sparks & Crest to Make A Difference

She has the  most beautiful smile we’ve ever seen.  We’re biased, but it’s true!  Now she is lending those pearly whites to help make a difference in the lives of kids and bring awareness to poor oral health and it’s connection to self-esteem in kids.  She has teamed up with Crest for their Healthier Smiles Project!  Yay for Crest and Jordin for using their platforms for good!

So take a pic and post it with #healthiersmilesproject through 9/30 and Crest will donate another 5 tubes of toothpaste.  It’s so easy! And then ask your peers…Jordin’s slogan and campaign, “I’m M.A.D. Are You?” and encourage them to do the same!

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” Hey guys…need your help. I’ve teamed up w/ the @Crest #HealthierSmilesProject to support a toothpaste donation to @FeedingAmerica. Why? Because I found out kids w/ poor oral health are 3X more likely to miss school – we can help change that! Crest is already donating half a million tubes of toothpaste to those who need it most, but WE can donate even more! Just take & share a pic of your healthy smile w/#HealthierSmilesProject on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter through 9/30 & Crest will donate another 5 tubes, up to 100,000. Get your smile on! Learn more: http://bit.ly/HealthierSmilesProject

xo,

The M.A.D. Girls

We know that Sickle Cell Sux. Do you?

Sickle Cell Anemia

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and we’ve got something fun for you coming soon!  Did someone say Tattoos, a cute little girl, and Jordin Sparks?  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, read up on it.  Go here to learn about it: www.sicklecelldisease.org

Make a difference!  Check out Bold Lips For Sickle Cell, take a selfie in some lipstick and post it on social media!  Use these hashtags  #boldlipsforsicklecell and #sicklecellsux (the name of our awareness campaign.)

Or encourage someone fighting this painful disease with a kind word or gesture.

Or buy a t-shirt, put it on, and post a pic on social media with the hashtag #sicklecellsux.

xoxo,

The M.A.D. Girls

Where Do We Begin?

Teen helping elderly womanToday, more than ever we are being called into community with one another. We are being called to notice what is going on around us, within our immediate circles, as well as within our neighborhoods. Life is passing us all by at a lightning fast speed and all too often we become wrapped up in the frenzy of our daily routines and endless to-do lists. Where and how do we find time to make a difference in such a busy, striving world? Where do we begin?

Bridging the gap in each day between our personal pursuits and serving others can be as simple as smiling at a stranger in the grocery store or another student in the hallway at school. So often in the haze of our day, we become so self-absorbed that we forget we have the power within us to create, love and inspire greatness in others. Building community is about taking responsibility for what we see all around us, being personally accountable for our fellow man, or the young woman we see eating alone in the corner table of the cafeteria each day. We are called daily to risk what’s comfortable, and “be the change we wish to see in the world”.

Last Sunday, at a local church here in the greater Phoenix area, I had the privilege of joining 50 high school teens and a handful of adult volunteers for two hours to discuss, and brainstorm how they could improve their faith-based youth ministry program. These teens wanted feedback, ideas and support from the adults on how they could provide “Radical Hospitality” to another 100+ teens during the upcoming school year.

These amazing young people clearly recognized that many kids today truly struggle to feel accepted, wrestle with their beliefs and ideas about themselves and desperately need to find a place where they can feel safe and at home with their peers. The daily social and academic challenges of high school have not changed, perhaps they are even more challenging now in our current digital age, but these 50 kids were in no way discouraged from reaching out and opening their hearts to their fellow high schoolers. I was blown away by their commitment, these teens gave up their Sunday night, right after their first week back to school to see what they could do within their faith community to make other teenagers feel less alone.

During this two-hour meeting, which was the second of three scheduled, no one was on their cell phone, no one was participating in gossip or bullying, and no one was left out.

Everyone in attendance agreed that more could be done to make the atmosphere of youth nights more welcoming, interactions more meaningful and the spirit of friendship more abundant. It was inspiring.

Teen helping with home repairsAll too often we are more concerned with the “things” we must accomplish within the frame of our day to surrender self-promotion for a greater purpose. “There is never enough time in the day,” we often say when we have fallen victim to our schedules and self-imposed demands. The excuses are endless. Yet last Sunday 50 teens knew where to begin. 50 teens committed themselves to making the world a better place, and stepped out of their comfort zones to begin.

Where do you see a need? Where should you begin?

It can be overwhelming to focus in and be present to the world around you when a person with a sign and an open hand is standing on every corner. However, we instinctively know we were designed to do great things, to see what others choose to ignore, to stop instead of walk past, to help where others have given up hope.

Teen pulling weeds as party of a service projectBe brave! Start small, start here! Become a M.A.D. Ambassador and invite your friends to join you! Perhaps you can start a M.A.D. Ambassador Club at your school? Start somewhere! Start now! The world is waiting…I’m M.A.D. Are you?

 

 

Jennifer Beichner

The M.A.D. Girls, Inc. Board Member