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Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

Community activists Josh Nadzam, Tanya Torp offer two takes on healing powers of art

Activist Josh Nadzam, right, appeared on Renee Shaw’s ‘Connections’ on KET. He joined another activist, Tanya Torp, in discussing how disadvantaged individuals in Lexington can find healing through the arts.(Photo from Facebook)   By John Gregory Special to KyForward   Creative expression might not seem like a high priority when you’re struggling to feed your children...

Everyday Heroes: Track star Josh Nadzam beats poverty, sets sights on life of service

Josh Nadzam graduated from UK in 2011 with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. He followed by receiving the Masters Degree in Social Work in 2013 and he now lives in Lexington, where he is regularly involved in positive community initiatives (Photo Provided)   This story is included in Steve Flairty’s book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By...

Rogers Scholars program benefits from record number of active 5K Glow Runners/Walkers

(Photo provided)   The second annual Dollars for Scholars 5K Glow Run/Walk to support the Rogers Scholars program drew a record 143 registered participants last weekend at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.   Joshua Nadzam of Lexington was the overall male winner and Tabitha Bell of Jamestown was the overall female winner. Joshua finished the race with a time of 16:44.39. Tabitha...

Fly a kite to remember drug overdose victims in Kites4Hope memorial at Jacobson Park

(From Kites4Hope)   Staff report   In the face of an epidemic, many are tempted to turn away in defeat and impotence. But, not The Fayette County Heroin Task Force. They’re going to go fly a kite!   To observe International Overdose Awareness Day, on Aug. 31 this year, the task force will sponsor a free local event this Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. in Jacobson Park. There will...

Josh Nadzam running (literally) to Frankfort to show support for dating violence legislation

  Josh Nadzam, former University of Kentucky track athlete, is on a mission and he’s running to prove it.   Nadzam will run from Lexington to Frankfort on Thursday, March 6, to raise awareness and support of Kentucky House Bill 8, the proposed legislation to protect victims of intimate partner abuse in dating relationships.   This is a one-man run to improve Kentucky’s response...

Lexington's Manchester Bidwell Replication Project founder to update public in meeting

Staff report   Lexington’s Manchester Bidwell Replication Project is close to meeting its fundraising goal and wants to invite the public to a update presentation on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6-7 p.m. in the Farish Theater of the Lexington Central Public Library on Main Street.   Josh Nadzam works with children in the beginning stages of his idea for the Manchester Bidwell Replication...

Philanthropy summit, Making Connections, explores ways to meet needs in state together

  Making Connections, the fifth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy, will be held Sept. 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. This year’s Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative event features Josh Nadzam, the founder of Lexington’s Manchester-Bidwell Replication Project, and Kristin Faust, director of Lending and Network Services for Partners for the Common Good.   The...

Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy explores funding partnerships, connecting for charity

  The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will convene the fifth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11-12. This year’s Summit, entitled Making Connections, is presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and St. Louis.   The two-day event will include workshops and sessions designed to introduce and explore...

UK track-sponsored shoe drive third annual tally blows away totals of previous two years

The final count for the third annual shoe drive originated on the University of Kentucky campus by track stars Josh Nadzam and Luis Orta is in, and the tally is impressive.   A grand total of 6,000 pairs were collected this spring, easily outdistancing the total of 2,100 pairs in 2011, and the 2,900 pairs collected one year ago.   Nadzam, a UK graduate and former track and field standout,...

Demand to hear social visionary, Pittsburgh entrepreneur so great talk now open to public

Bill Strickland teaches a student in the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. (Photo from Strickland)   Staff report   The saying goes: All roads lead to Pittsburgh. Right? That may not be the saying, but since social entrepreneur Bill Strickland created the Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh and made it a national business model for organizations seeking to impact underserved populations,...

UK social work graduate launches Lexington project to help escape tough circumstances

Josh Nadzam works with children in Lexington. (Photo from UK)   By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward   Josh Nadzam knows firsthand what it’s like to grow up in “the projects,” surrounded by crime, poverty and drug abuse.   Faced with circumstances growing up that many people can’t imagine, Nadzam is taking his life experience and the education he has received...

UK Social Work graduate launches Lexington project to help escape tough circumstances

Josh Nadzam works with children in Lexington. (Photo from UK)   By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward   Josh Nadzam knows firsthand what it’s like to grow up in “the projects,” surrounded by crime, poverty and drug abuse.   Faced with circumstances growing up that many people can’t imagine, Nadzam is taking his life experience and the education he has received...

UK tracks stars had an ‘epiphany,’ and now their annual shoe drive is making great strides

The UK Track and Field Shoe Drive began when two distance runners had an 'epiphany' about all the shoes they wastefully threw away each year. (Photo from UK Track and Field Shoe Drive)   The third annual University of Kentucky Track and Field Shoe Drive is under way, through May 10, and organizers are intent on making this the biggest one yet.   Josh Nadzam Founded by former Wildcat track...

UK cross country team finishes season with top 20 finish at regional meet

The University of Kentucky men’s and women’s cross country teams each concluded their respective seasons Saturday with top 20 finishes at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville. The men’s team, racing in a 10,000-meter race, finished in 16th, while the women’s team, competing on a 6K course, finished 12th.   The men’s team was paced...

UK men's cross country finishes fourth at SEC tourney; Orta named all-conference

Paced by a fifth-place finish from Luis Orta in the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, the University of Kentucky men’s cross country team finished fourth Monday, earning its highest finish at the conference meet since coming in third in 1992.   Orta, who ran the 8,000-meter race at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn., in 24:28.36, has finished in the top 10 overall...

UK distance runner credits athletics, coaches with keeping him on path to beat adversity

Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky social work senior and distance runner Josh Nadzam is no stranger to adversity.   Raised by a single mother battling a chronic mental illness, Nadzam credits athletics and great coaches with keeping him out of trouble as a child.   Senior year in high school, Nadzam lost his best friend in a car accident, coming back from Spring Break at...