A Little Something Extra, with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi is the first video podcast hosted by an individual with Down syndrome!
Episode 17 - A Little Something Extra with Wendell Davis
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, and our I Have a Voice Gala happening in nearly 2 weeks A little Something Extra is releasing a surprise episode today, as a little sneak peek of season 2! Nancy and GiGi were joined by former NFL wide receiver, Wendell Davis and Tom Serpento, Executive Director of the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago
. Wendell and Tom, and the rest of the RPFPC have been HUGE supporters of GiGi’s Playhouse since 2015 and will continue to support at our 2022 I Have a Voice Gala!
Nancy, GiGi, Wendell and Tom discuss the importance of serving others, how to love, the impacts made by those most important and so many other important life lessons!
Visit the link in our bio to watch today’s episode on your favorite podcast platform, there you will also find more information on how to participate in this year's I Have a Voice Gala!
Learn more about the gala: https://gigisplayhouse.org/ihaveavoicegala/
Watch the video version of this episode: https://youtu.be/i5e5yHlwmHQ
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Episode 18: A Little Something Extra: Leadership Conference Pop Up Podcast
This episode was the first podcast popup, recorded at the 2021 GiGi’s National Leadership Conference! This episode is so special and close to the GiGi’s heart because it focuses on the people of our organization. It features 18 interviews and 27 guests from the GiGi’s network. Nancy, GiGi and Franco talk with model and actor Amanda Booth. Author and influencer Kelle Hampton, Adult participants; Farzin, Michell, Samir, Brian Daniel and Harry, GiGi’s Playhouse Canton’s Nick Doyle, INC Board members Scott and Steve, Dan a GiGi’s Chicago Board member, Jason the board vice president of GiGi’s Syracuse, Andre an employee at GiGi’s Annapolis, Laura the founder of the third every GiGi in McHenry, Kim Hanna the CIO of GiGi’s Playhouse, Zayne a grandfather from GiGi’s Madison, 4 members of the Sacramento GiGi’s Team, founders of the GiGi’s National Youth Board, and Erin 2 time volunteer of the year winner from GiGi’s Cleveland!
Watch the video version of this podcast here: https://youtu.be/D-vOs316j8E
Episode 17 – A Little Something Extra with Rick Smith
This episode of a little something extra features the rockstar father-son duo of Rick and Noah Smith! When Noah was born 10 years ago, Rick started a YouTube channel called Noah’s Dad and the sole purpose of the channel was to just highlight what it was like to raise Noah. Fast forward to now and Rick has amassed quite the following of over 300K followers across his social channels! Rick realized the need to share experiences and to provide hope for others in the same situation. This led to the creation of his non-profit, Hope Story. In this episode, hear all about how a dad with a vision to simply just share his experience with the world, turned into an organization that helps in providing hope and joy to families during the time that they need it most! This is what finding your something extra is all about!! Enjoy episode 17 of A Little Something Extra.
Watch the video version of this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd_B3J5sAW4
Episode 16: A Little Something Extra with Amy Smith
In this episode, we interview a guest who is a valuable member of the GiGi’s Playhouse family! Amy Smith is an adult ambassador at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland, a role that allows her to inspire people every day. The theme of this episode with Amy is Love & Respect. We discuss her life growing up in a time where individuals who were different, never received the love and respect that they so deserved. We also discuss the impact that GiGi’s Playhouse has had on her life, by having an entire community embrace her with love and respect! Amy’s sweet soul will surely touch your heart and leave you questioning how anyone can disrespect such a beautiful spirit. Enjoy episode 15 of a Little Something Extra with Amy Smith!
Watch the video version of this episode at: https://youtu.be/5rIjxFW-vrs
Episode 15: A Little Something Extra with Sarah Gordy
In this episode, we meet with Actress, dancer, model, and motivational speaker, Sarah Gordy! Sarah is best known for her in the British hit drama, The A Word, in a role written for her! As well as BBC shows, she has acted in short films, radio dramas, commercials, and many theatre productions.
In 2018 she became the first woman with Down syndrome to be made an MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the civil service.) and the first person with Down syndrome to receive an honorary degree from a UK university.
Sarah is one of the principal dancers for Culture Device Dance Project, an experimental dance company for professional dancers with Down syndrome. She has also given talks in schools and gave a talk called “Escape from labels. Be free, be different” at TedX in Hackney, London. Sarah embodies everything it means to be a trailblazer, as she shows the world that there is nothing she can't accomplish!
Watch the video version of this at: https://youtu.be/LJJgTtByUwU
Episode 14: A Little Something Extra with Dr. Chicoine
On this episode of A Little Something Extra, Nancy, GiGi and Franco interview Dr. Brian Chicoine of Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge IL. Dr. Chicoine is an expert on the Down syndrome diagnosis after working with Adults with DS early in his career, to then starting his own medical center in 1990. In this episode, Dr. Chicoine gives an extremely informative conversation on all things Down syndrome. We talk the growth of the diagnosis and how much has changed over the last 30 years. He provides expert advice to families and supporters of the diagnosis on maximizing potential. He talks about all the resources that his center has to offer for teens and adults with Down syndrome. Plus, we are also joined, at the end, by Linda and Mike Mussallem, who have been loyal supporters and friends of Brian’s since their brothers too visited his center. Lots to take in, on this amazing episode of A Little Something Extra!
Catch the video version of this podcast at: https://youtu.be/bvwC18x5wKM
So excited to learn more about how people have you what makes them
Special to change the world around them!