The pastor kept repeating a biblical phrase – "Above all else, guard your heart." But, seated with the congregation, the mother of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps knew how easy it was to lose focus on the maintenance of her own beating heart.
Jodi Levitan still gets choked up when she talks about her father, who died of dementia on Father's Day of 2012. Her mother, the caretaker, died of cancer and was buried on Mother's Day, 2013. On Saturday, April 8, Levitan and her husband, Scott, will be dancing the cha cha and Western swing at the annual Memory Ball, a fundraiser for memory loss and Alzheimer's research.
Michael Phelps, along with his sisters Hilary and Whitney, spoke to an audience of hundreds about their love for their mother and joked about Debbie's one flaw – her lack of cooking skills – at a Saturday fundraiser for the Education Foundation for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Deborah Phelps, mother of retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and a lifelong educator in Baltimore County, accepted the role as director last summer, and has spent the last year learning about her new role and helping to expand the supplemental resources available to her former peers in the schoolhouse.
Webb was honored Thursday night at the Inner Harbor Marriott for his support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Baltimore. Webb, who has a charity softball game annually at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, was given a sportsmanship award at the second annual Be Great Champions for Youth Gala.
Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes from Maryland will be honored at a celebration at the Inner Harbor Monday afternoon, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team's season opener.
We know what Michael Phelps is going to do next. Golf anyone? Fresh off of winning six medals at the London Olympics, Phelps is going to tackle the world's best golf courses with help from the Golf Channel.