☀ Catching A Puck Saves A Life

AND Brewing Inclusion At Manhattan Cafe

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Here’s what to know for Wednesday:

  • A man protects a four-year-old from a hockey puck

  • A French hero is promised an Australian visa

  • The Manhattan cafe that’s changing lives one cup at a time


A Cleveland mom, Asia Davis, couldn't be more grateful for a man who turned into a real-life goalie to save her 4-year-old son, Nasir, from getting bonked by a puck.

Davis and Nasir were catching all the action at a Cleveland Monsters game when, in the nail-biting third period, disaster nearly struck.

With just minutes left on the clock, a hockey puck decided it wanted to join the spectators at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

But instead of high-fiving Nasir's noggin, it met the swift hand of Andrew Podolak, the unsung hero sitting beside them.

In an interview with WOIO, Davis recounted the heart-stopping moment, calling the puck's trajectory a divine intervention.

"This puck comes out of heaven, straight toward my son’s head. If you know anything about a hockey puck, it’s more dense than a baseball. This dude literally saved my son’s life."

Post-rescue, Davis, Nasir, and their newfound guardian angel posed for some epic snapshots before heading home.

But the gratitude didn't stop there.

Davis took to TikTok to launch a manhunt for Podolak, and the internet didn't disappoint.

Thanks to Davis' TikTok detective work, the trio received an invite back to another game, this time as VIPs.

They got to hobnob with the Monsters' players and even participated in an emotional puck-drop ceremony before the game.

Podolak intentionally chose to sit beside Davis and Nasir despite knowing the challenges of keeping a 4-year-old still during a game.

"But he stayed in that seat, and he was like, ‘I was meant to be here,’" Davis shared on TikTok. "And he was. You cannot tell me God is not real."

Despite the Monsters taking an L on the ice, Davis, Nasir, and Podolak left with a victory bigger than any scoreboard could measure.

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Café Joyeux is a new coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan, where every cup comes with a side of inclusion and joy.

With over eight million people across the nation living with intellectual or developmental disabilities, finding employment can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

But Café Joyeux is changing that story faster than you can say "cappuccino, please!"

Started in France back in 2017, Café Joyeux has now landed in the Big Apple, opening its first U.S. location on Lexington Avenue.

And it's not just about the coffee.

It's about creating a community where everyone feels valued and supported.

So, next time you're craving a caffeine fix with a side of feel-good vibes, swing by Café Joyeux.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

Alice Walker

Ever felt like you're just a small fish in a big pond, without much say in the matter?

Well, Alice Walker is here to remind us that we've got more power packed into us than we think!

It's all about believing in yourself and recognizing the strength you hold within.

So, next time you're facing a challenge, remember: you've got the power to tackle it head-on!

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