Honors and Dedications
As Good As She Imagined Wins Character Building Counts Book Award
We are very pleased to announce that Roxanna Green’s book with Jerry B. Jenkins placed number two in the Gold category of the Character Building Counts Awards. The CBC Book Awards runs one book award competition and several essay and design competitions each year. It pays tribute to books and essays that teach character-building lessons through fiction or nonfiction writing categories.
In As Good As She Imagined, Roxanna Green shares her family’s journey of faith and their quest for redemption amid unspeakable tragedy. It is a story that touched a nation and the world
Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Skate Park
Kids in the Midvale Park area have a new place to do an “ollie” or “curve” on their boards.
In June 2012 the Tucson Parks Foundation and the City of Tucson unveiled the new Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Skate Facility at Grijalva Park on Tucson's Southwest side.
A resident who was inspired by the youngest victim of January 8 made an anonymous donation.
The Midvale Park Homeowners Association matched it, and the skate park was a reality.
Neighbors worked hard to gather signatures in their community to support the naming and dedication.
“This is such a wonderful story,” said Councilor Regina Romero. “The generosity of the resident inspired by Christina's life is going to leave a legacy for years to come at Grijalva Park.”
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Open Hearts Foundation Honors the Green Family
April 21st, 2012
The Open Hearts Foundation is a nonprofit charity established to promote selfless giving, even in the face of adversity.
The Foundation honored the Green family in April 2012 for establishing the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation and its mission to honor the life and memory of their daughter through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
Actress Jane Seymour is a founding board member of the Open Hearts Foundation. Seymour says, "Living with an Open Heart allows you to overcome adversity and create something positive in your life. The Open Heart has become a universal symbol for giving and receiving love and represents the way that we should live our lives." Seymour was a guest on MSNBC to talk about honoring those living with an open heart.
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Little Hands Playground At Mesa Verde Elementary
September 24th, 2011
The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground is an amazing place for children to play at her elementary school. As a member of the student council, Christina-Taylor had said "I want to build the students a red, white and blue playground. " She wanted it to have soft ground, a big slide and lots of butterflies.
Christina-Taylor's dream came true.
A new state-of-the art playground replaced the 35-year-old play area that had been at Mesa Verde Elementary School since it opened.
On a warm Saturday morning in September 2011, project organizers dedicated the playground and named it after Christina-Taylor.
They released butterflies into the air in Christina-Taylor's memory, but funny thing, many of them stayed around for the celebration.
The children at Mesa Verde picked out all the equipment, and the colors: red, white and blue, exactly what Christina-Taylor wanted for her fellow students.
Financing for the playground came from a $140,000 gift from The Allstate Foundation, plus donations from the Little Tikes Corporation, the Sundt Foundation and the Johnjay and Rich Care For Kids Foundation. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health also was a partner in the project.
Teachers and others from the Mesa Verde community assembled the playground in one day. It features a transfer station with safety rails for children in wheelchairs, a rock challenge wall, several slides and climbing areas. It is shaded on top and has a soft surface below.
It is a place for kids to run, jump, laugh, and heal.
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Crystal Cornea Award
May 24, 2011
Christina-Taylor gave the precious gift of sight to others when she passed away.
The Green Family donated their daughter's corneas so that someone else could see.
It was a decision they knew Christina-Taylor would support.
The Crystal Cornea was awarded to Christina-Taylor posthumously, with Mrs. Green accepting it on her behalf.
In June of 2011 the Eye Bank Association of America presented Christina-Taylor's mom with the Crystal Cornea Award.
The EBAA Crystal Cornea Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advance the EBAA's vision of restoring sight worldwide.
This award has been handed out eight times in twenty years.
Christina-Taylor's spunky and strong personality gave other people inspiration while she was alive.
Now her gift continues to inspire people in Arizona and around the world to help those in need.
Christina-Taylor "Green Field" Dedication
April 1st, 2011
When children play baseball at Green Field in James D. Kreigh Park, there is an angel watching over them.
The Town of Oro Valley named the field in Christina-Taylor's memory.
It's where she and her CDO Pirates team played ball.
Only a few yards from the outfield is a steel angel sculpture called "Freedom's Angel of Steadfast Love."
Sculptor Lei Hennessy-Owen crafted the statue from material from the World Trade Center ruins.
The boulders next to the statue are from the field where United flight 93 crashed on 9/11.
The statue and field are tributes to Christina-Taylor, and her love for baseball.
She was the granddaughter of baseball legend Dallas Green, who led the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series victory as manager back in 1980.
Christina-Taylor told her dad one day, "I am going to get a baseball scholarship. And I'm going to be the first girl to be in the big leagues, too."
It was a feeling of community coming together that day. In the spirit of that, representatives from the Dodgers and Diamondbacks announced their plan to donate a new scoreboard, and to help with renovations on the fields and dugouts.
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Cañada del Oro Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park
Christina-Taylor love being outdoors, whether it was snorkeling with her big brother in the ocean, or hitting baseballs at a northwest side park in Tucson.
It was a wonderful tribute to Christina-Taylor's adventurous side when Pima County renamed part of the Cañada del Oro River Park, the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Park in February 2011.
The park stretches from the north end of the Omni Tucson National Golf Course on the east bank to Magee Road. The portion of the park from Thornydale to Magee Road is named in Christina-Taylor's memory.
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