January 10, 2011

True Champion: Captain Ivan Castro U.S. Army

Posted: 11:06 AM ET

"True Champions" are people using sport or sportsmanship to make the world a better place. Today we're spotlighting U.S. Army Captain Ivan Castro.

After 17 months of rehab Captain Castro ran his 14th marathon. In fact he ran the Walt Disney World marathon AND half-marathon... back to back winning him the coveted "Goofy Award." The 43-year-old ties a string to his guide Jeff Bryan who runs with him step for step. They finished the marathon in about 5 hours.

Captain Castro is one of only three blind active duty officers in the Army and the ONLY blind member of the elite Special Forces Unit.

Tell us about YOUR "True Champion." Send an email to (or click here), put the words True Champion in the subject line, and tell us all about the person in your life who is making a difference through sport!

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Bob Peckham   January 18th, 2011 8:33 am ET

Robin: A few minutes ago you and Jen exchanged some comments about the value of being bilingual. Someone questioned the value of high-school French. Look at the census figures by state about exports. There are 22 states where at least a third of export revenues come from countries where French is an official language. Since every $billion of export revenues supports 6000 jobs, French still seems pretty important. There is equal voice for French's importance in foreign direct investments. If you are interested in some of the other instrumental values of foreign language study, check out my web essay:

Foreign Languages: An Essential Core Experience


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