Young Hearts Run Free…

Good morning, ProviderNation.

What’s the matter with kids today? Here’s a doff of the cap to Josh Sosebee, a Tennessee high schooler who has been named “Volunteer of the Year” by the fine folks at the American Health Care Association.

“Josh’s intention is to better the lives of men and women who may feel as if society has passed them by,” Life Care Centers of America President Beecher Hunter tells The Chattanoogan. “He acknowledges the residents’ importance by his gifts of time, attention, compassion and kindness. He is a builder of intergenerational bridges.”

The Chattanoogan tells us that Master Sosebee “created Canning for a Cause, a weekly program to can vegetables and other items to raise money for organizations that residents support. He also formulated a men’s discussion program and organizes activities like poker and model car events. Residents particularly enjoy helping with the local animal shelter’s adoption events through Josh’s Pet Adoption Program.”

The lad said he was “shocked” to receive the award. “I really like helping the residents and getting to do different things with them that I don’t normally do,” he says.

While we’re worrying about teenage wasteland, here’s to NASCAR wunderkind Tyler Dippel, who last month took his show on the road to the fine folks down at Trinity Oaks in North Carolina (whomever they are…). He spent the afternoon with staff and residents “before firing up [his] car’s 600-horsepower racing engine and rattling the windows of the facility,” Trinity told us.

“Everyone was really interested in the race car, and one lady asked me to give her a ride around the parking lot,” the teenaged Dippel says. “It was like having 50 grandmas and grandpas, all at the same time.”

The race car, a custom Ford Fusion Super Late Model, bears Trinity Oaks’ logo and its motto, “Never Slow Down.” Boogity, boogity, boogity, amen

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