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An Army of Normal Folks

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Our country’s problems will never be solved by a bunch of fancy people in nice suits talking big words on CNN and Fox, but by An Army of Normal Folks just deciding “hey, I can help.” Hosted by Coach Bill Courtney from the Oscar-winning Undefeated, this podcast is building the Army and celebrating its extraordinary members. New episodes are released every Tuesday.

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United States

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Our country’s problems will never be solved by a bunch of fancy people in nice suits talking big words on CNN and Fox, but by An Army of Normal Folks just deciding “hey, I can help.” Hosted by Coach Bill Courtney from the Oscar-winning Undefeated, this podcast is building the Army and celebrating its extraordinary members. New episodes are released every Tuesday.

Language:

English


Episodes

Scott Strode: Rising From The Ashes… Together (Pt 1)

2/27/2024
After struggling with addiction for almost 2 decades, Scott Strode found hope while ice climbing. The healing power of nature and community radically transformed his life. And Scott couldn’t not share his secret with the rest of the world too. The Phoenix was born and this year their sober movement is expected to serve more than 400,000 people! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:44

Scott Strode: Rising From The Ashes… Together (Pt 2)

2/27/2024
After struggling with addiction for almost 2 decades, Scott Strode found hope while ice climbing. The healing power of nature and community radically transformed his life. And Scott couldn’t not share his secret with the rest of the world too. The Phoenix was born and this year their sober movement is expected to serve more than 400,000 people! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:23

I Buried The Man Who Shot At Me

2/23/2024
For our “Shop Talk” series, Coach Bill Courtney shares one of the most vulnerable stories of his life. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:38

Trina Frierson: “I’m a 17-Time Felon Employing a Doctor” (Pt 1)

2/20/2024
After racking up 17 felonies, Trina finally had enough and had a vision for a resource center to help other women like herself. Today, her nonprofit Mending Hearts has grown into something far beyond her wildest imagination, owning 15 homes in Nashville that provide shelter, hope, and healing to women who are homeless due to addiction and mental health disorders. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:05

Trina Frierson: “I’m a 17-Time Felon Employing a Doctor” (Pt 2)

2/20/2024
After racking up 17 felonies, Trina finally had enough and had a vision for a resource center to help other women like herself. Today, her nonprofit Mending Hearts has grown into something far beyond her wildest imagination, owning 15 homes in Nashville that provide shelter, hope, and healing to women who are homeless due to addiction and mental health disorders. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:07

Ask Me Anything: Should Privilege Stop Us From Serving?

2/16/2024
Coach Bill Courtney answers this question from a premium member of An Army of Normal Folks. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:08:28

Ellen Yarborough: From Schoolhouse to Firehouse (Pt 1)

2/13/2024
There are 677,000 volunteer firefighters across America and Ellen Yarborough joined their ranks at 45 years old. The history teacher then accidentally pioneered giving her students academic credit for their service as fire cadets, which they can do as young as 14 years old! Her model called “Schoolhouse to Firehouse” is inspiring the next generation of firefighters and community leaders. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:13

Ellen Yarborough: From Schoolhouse to Firehouse (Pt 2)

2/13/2024
There are 677,000 volunteer firefighters across America and Ellen Yarborough joined their ranks at 45 years old. The history teacher then accidentally pioneered giving her students academic credit for their service as fire cadets, which they can do as young as 14 years old! Her model called “Schoolhouse to Firehouse” is inspiring the next generation of firefighters and community leaders. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:50:12

Melvin Cole: Saving Kids Just Like Me (Pt 1)

2/6/2024
In Melvin’s family, you were either a drug dealer or a junkie. At 8 years old, he remembers choosing between these two options and joined his family’s cocaine ring that was arguably the largest in West Tennessee history. It led him to one of the most desperate situations you could imagine and making a deal with God to get out of it. He promised to save other inner-city Memphis kids just like him and that’s exactly what PURE Academy has done. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:44:55

Melvin Cole: Saving Kids Just Like Me (Pt 2)

2/6/2024
In Melvin’s family, you were either a drug dealer or a junkie. At 8 years old, he remembers choosing between these two options and joined his family’s cocaine ring that was arguably the largest in West Tennessee history. It led him to one of the most desperate situations you could imagine and making a deal with God to get out of it. He promised to save other inner-city Memphis kids just like him and that’s exactly what PURE Academy has done. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:37:18

William Paul Young: They Saved My Life (Pt 1)

1/30/2024
25 million books sold, a film starring Tim McGraw and Octavia Spencer, and tens of millions of lives touched. But the extraordinary impact of The Shack never would have happened if 3 different people didn't save the life of the author, William Paul Young. For our special "Supporting Greatness" series, Paul pays tribute to these unsung heroes. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:54

William Paul Young: They Saved My Life (Pt 2)

1/30/2024
25 million books sold, a film starring Tim McGraw and Octavia Spencer, and tens of millions of lives touched. But the extraordinary impact of The Shack never would have happened if 3 different people didn't save the life of the author, William Paul Young. For our special "Supporting Greatness" series, Paul pays tribute to these unsung heroes. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:08:49

Christina Mendez: The Fashion Designer Who Wound Up In The Trades (Pt 1)

1/23/2024
While working as a fashion designer, Christina found herself being the only girl volunteering with an army of tradesmen to renovate buildings for nonprofits—and she loved it! The amazing work of Servant’s Heart Ministry has turned out to be her true calling that she never could have expected. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:18

Christina Mendez: The Fashion Designer Who Wound Up In The Trades (Pt 2)

1/23/2024
While working as a fashion designer, Christina found herself being the only girl volunteering with an army of tradesmen to renovate buildings for nonprofits—and she loved it! The amazing work of Servant’s Heart Ministry has turned out to be her true calling that she never could have expected. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:26

Jane Borochoff: Special Olympics for Jobs (Pt 1)

1/16/2024
After marrying her husband whose son Bradley has an intellectual & developmental disability (IDD), Jane heroically gave up her own job to try to help train him for one. In our broken culture where 66% of adults like Bradley are not employed, Jane’s nonprofit called The H.E.A.R.T. Program has broken the mold and helped more than 1,000 adults with IDDs operate 90 vending machines, concession stands at Rockets and Texans games, and achieve their full potential. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:11:48

Jane Borochoff: Special Olympics for Jobs (Pt 2)

1/16/2024
After marrying her husband whose son Bradley has an intellectual & developmental disability (IDD), Jane heroically gave up her own job to try to help train him for one. In our broken culture where 66% of adults like Bradley are not employed, Jane’s nonprofit called The H.E.A.R.T. Program has broken the mold and helped more than 1,000 adults with IDDs operate 90 vending machines, concession stands at Rockets and Texans games, and achieve their full potential. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:59:29

Tim Sittema: Money Isn’t The Only Scorecard (Pt 1)

1/9/2024
After decades working as a traditional real estate developer, one day Tim Sittema was shocked by a study that ranked his city of Charlotte as dead last in upward mobility out of the top 50 cities and he couldn’t unsee this reality. Tim felt called to dedicate 50% of his time on a type of development that you would never do if your goal was to make money: affordable housing. He’s since built around 500 affordable housing units, with another 500 on the way! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:07:20

Tim Sittema: Money Isn’t The Only Scorecard (Pt 2)

1/9/2024
After decades working as a traditional real estate developer, one day Tim Sittema was shocked by a study that ranked his city of Charlotte as dead last in upward mobility out of the top 50 cities and he couldn’t unsee this reality. Tim felt called to dedicate 50% of his time on a type of development that you would never do if your goal was to make money: affordable housing. He’s since built around 500 affordable housing units, with another 500 on the way! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:34:10

Alice Marie Johnson: Bloom Where You’re Planted… In Prison (Pt 1)

1/2/2024
In 1996, Alice decided to “bloom where you’re planted”—in prison. After receiving an unexpected life sentence, she got to work serving her fellow prisoners by helping them with vocational training, organizing plays, the very first Special Olympics events in a prison, and even loving some as they died as a hospice volunteer. And once she got pardoned, Alice’s service has only accelerated. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:58

Alice Marie Johnson: Bloom Where You’re Planted… In Prison (Pt 2)

1/2/2024
In 1996, Alice decided to “bloom where you’re planted”—in prison. After receiving an unexpected life sentence, she got to work serving her fellow prisoners by helping them with vocational training, organizing plays, the very first Special Olympics events in a prison, and even loving some as they died as a hospice volunteer. And once she got pardoned, Alice’s service has only accelerated. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:53:29