Profile of then-Hiroshima Carp (and former MLB) player Chad Tracy a few weeks after 3/11/2011

Ed Odeven Reporting

This feature appeared in the Kinston (North Carolina) Free Press on April 17, 2011

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Former Pirate Tracy making an impact in Japan on and off field

By Ed Odeven
Special to The Free Press

TOKYO — While pro baseball is under way in Japan after the catastrophic natural disasters on March 11 forcefully and unexpectedly created a number of unique challenges for an entire nation, former East Carolina baseball standout Chad Tracy is eager to make an impact for the Hiroshima Carp this season.

The red-and-white clad Carp hope to improve on their 58-84-2 record and climb into playoff contention in Japan’s Central League. On the other hand, Tracy won’t set targets for home runs, RBIs, batting average, etc. To him, that’s not the proper approach.

“I usually don’t set number goals,” Tracy said by phone from Hiroshima as he geared up for the Carp’s season-opening series against the…

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Gridiron flashback: Steve DePriest hasn’t let lack of hands stop his officiating

Ed Odeven Reporting

This feature story appeared on Page 1 of The Birmingham (Alabama) News on Dec. 3, 1999.

2A title game signals victory for referee without hands

By Ed Odeven
News staff writer

DOTHAN — Steve DePriest won’t let his physical limitations stop him from doing what he loves: raising dragsters and officiating high school football games.

He is undeterred because he realizes that, even without hands, he isn’t as disabled as some other people he has met.

“The best thing that happened was where they sent me after my accident — UAB (hospital),” said DePriest, who had to have his hands amputated following an on-the-job accident in 1989. “Because, as I walked around up there, you could see people that were in worse shape than I was.

“I thought, ‘You can sit around and feel sorry for yourself, but you are still going to be disabled. You just got to carry on…

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Q&A with Olympic runner Lopez Lomong

Ed Odeven Reporting

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, who was born in Sudan, was the U.S. flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, who was born in Sudan, was the U.S. flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (July 2, 2013) — Lopez Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, has grown into a world-class runner and humanitarian with an important story to tell. He details this story in “Running for My Life,” his autobiography that was published last year.

Lomong is a two-time Olympian, specializing in the 800- and 1,500-meter races and the mile.

Lopez was kidnapped at age 6 during Sudan’s civil war, and later lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for a decade before resettling in Tully, New York, with Catholic Charities providing support.

Lomong became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2007. He attended Northern Arizona University, where I first met him in 2005 while reporting on the NAU Lumberjacks cross country and track…

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