UWF Presents Pack it Pink

first_img Oct. 11, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. The University of West Florida’s Women’s Volleyball team may be wearing a new color this season – Pink! On Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m., the women’s team will host Eckerd College in a special game benefiting the Pensacola Chapter of the Breast Cancer Association. The first 500 fans will be given a pink t-shirt to wear and all donations accepted will go to benefit the Pensacola Chapter. Their goal is to pack the place pink!”October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month and last fall this hit home for our women’s volleyball team when one of our own battled the disease,” stated Todd Davis, Athletic Director for UWF. “Melissa Wolter, our head volleyball coach, was diagnosed in early September, and was in treatment through April 2007. This cause is extremely important to her, and our department shares her urgency in getting the word out about this disease.””By having first hand knowledge of the severity of breast cancer, our volleyball program is excited to bring awareness and raise money to help find a cure,” said Wolter. “If we can bring hope and have a positive impact on someone’s life, the day will be worth it!”Help UWF’s women’s volleyball in the fight against breast cancer, and pack the place pink! The team will host Eckerd College on Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the University Field House. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Presents Pack it Pinklast_img read more

BCEF to fund BMS flexible learning space

first_imgBatesville, IN— For the third straight year, the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is donating a sizable sum to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) to expand its flexible learning spaces (FLS) initiative, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. In addition, BCEF is helping pilot a new career assessment tool for select students at Batesville High School (BHS).“Sixth-grade classrooms at Batesville Middle School (BMS) have been chosen by the school administration to receive $15,000 from BCEF for this next round of items,” Wilson said. “These classrooms follow our complete English room at BHS (2017) and components in all first and third-grade classrooms (2018). Our goal is to eventually impact a majority of BCSC students by introducing flexible learning items in more spaces every year. In 2018 alone, our FLS initiative impacted 14 additional classrooms. We think that’s a worthwhile cause.”Flexible learning space components can include items such as adjustable-height desks, chairs with motion feedback, and tables with integrated technology features. Local exit studies of BCSC students who have used flexible learning spaces have shown that student interest and engagement is higher when learning takes place in such an environment. “This donation brings our three-year grant total for this signature project to $65,000,” Wilson added.  “With technology changing so rapidly, BCEF continues to give our local public schools more flexible classroom environments that work with a variety of assignments. When teachers are provided with these pieces, they can move from a traditional classroom atmosphere with rows of desks to clusters for small group projects or one big group for full class participation—all within seconds.”A new BCEF-sponsored program at BHS will be piloted this year, coordinated by principal Andy Allen and the two guidance counselors, Arika Burck and Jen Steinkamp.  A number of BHS students will be identified to participate in a career pathway assessment program. While BHS is funding the cost of the administration of the assessment tool, BCEF has agreed to sponsor follow-up small group sessions for these students with a certified professional who will help provide information useful in making informed post-graduation plans, based on their assessment results.“The job fair we hosted for BHS students with some of our corporate sponsors last May was just the beginning of a broadened BCEF effort to help students while assisting employers in meeting critical local employment needs,” BCEF president Jama Linkel-Cleghorn remarked. “As the education foundation, our board thinks that we need to be a driving force to ensure that our students are succeeding not only while in school, but after graduation as well. Providing them with guidance about their practical skills, personality attributes, strengths, and communication styles is a way to help them narrow their focus and perhaps even match them with a local employer where applicable. We’re pleased to be able to expand our workforce development programs.”The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides funding for additional learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $200,000 to BCSC. BCEF’s main program areas include innovative learning, scholarships and sponsorships, workforce development, and alumni relations.For more information about BCEF or to find out how to support its initiatives, contact info@BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or 812-934-2194.last_img read more

Westhill, WG girls face tough holiday tests; Solvay wins tournament

first_imgFor much of the last two decades, the balance of power in area Class B girls basketball hinged on games between Westhill and South Jefferson.A season ago, it was the Spartans beating the Warriors in the sectional final. And they met again last Friday night as part of the More Than A Game Foundation tournament at SRC Arena.It turned into a thriller, Westhill fighting its way back from a double-digit deficit and catching up near the end of regulation, only to have South Jefferson pull it out 55-53.South Jefferson entered the game atop the state Class B rankings. Westhill was 3-3, having gone up and down throughout December.The first half reflected the season’s pattern, with the Spartans’ Jackie Piddock torching the Warriors with five 3-pointers on her way to 17 points before intermission, nearly matching Westhill’s total.Down 32-19 at the break, the Warriors clamped down on defense and, led by Jenna Larrabee and Erica Gangemi, cut into the deficit all through the second half.By the time they reached the final minute, a basket pushed Westhill even, 53-53, but with six seconds left the Warriors fouled Piddock, who hit both free throws. Then Emma Schafer forced a Warriors turnover on the final possession.Piddock finished with 24 points, just ahead of Larrabee, who paced Westhill with 20 points. Gangemi had 13 points as Emily Masterpole got seven points and Mary Gibson got six points.In the first round on Thursday South Jefferson needed to rally late and get 35 points from Piddock to beat Owego 64-61, while Westhill had a far easier time of it handling Canton 50-26.West Genesee, like Westhill, was part of the More Than A Game Tournaent, and got going Friday at SRC Arena with a 59-46 victory over Section V’s Fairport.The game was close until the Wildcats outscored the Red Raiders 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Meredith James earned 12 of her career-high 20 points at the free-throw line as Catie Cunningham had 15 points, with Molly Coyne getting seven points and Ellen Kearney six points.Far more important, in the long-term, was WG’s 53-40 victory over Rome Free Academy in Saturday night’s final, since it matched up two area Class AA sides and featured the Wildcats recovering well from a slow start.A low-scoring first half saw the Wildcats gradually overcome the Black Knights’ early 14-8 lead. Then WG decided matters by dominating on both ends in the third quarter, stunning RFA with a 20-4 push.Cunningham led this time, pouring in 20 points as Molly Benetti stepped up with 13 points. Julia Logana added eight points as Tailyn Frost paced RFA with 14 points.Not far away from this, Solvay took a 4-1 record into its own holiday tournament and continued to show its vast improvement by claiming the title.In the first round, the Bearcats made a big comeback to top Cato-Meridian 50-40, completely turning things around after allowing the Blue Devils to build a 29-18 halftime advantage.Solvay’s defense clamped down and, by the fourth quarter, the Bearcats were in front, led by Haley Muehl, who earned 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.Kiki Watts and Gianna D’Agostino each got 10 points, while Ryleigh Bidwell had eight points and 10 rebounds. Myah Platler contributed nine rebounds.In the final, Solvay faced Mexico, who had topped Henninger 46-38. It turned into a tense, low-scoring affair, but the Bearcats did enough to edge the Tigers 32-30.Olivia Petralito led Solvay with 11 points. Muehl got six points to go with her eight rebounds as Watts earned five assists, with Bidwell and Platler each gaining 10 rebounds.Skaneateles played in the Chittenango Holiday Tournament and, after falling 66-51 to the host Bears in the opening round, recovered to beat Auburn 45-35 in the consolation game.Maddy Ramsgard (13 points), Kate Aberi (10 points), Tatumn Pas’cal (nine points), Lexi Cotttrill (eight points) and Maeve Canty (seven points) all scored well against Chittenango, but no one broke out the way Sarah Lanphear did for the Bears as she earned a game-high 18 points.Defense was the story against Auburn, with the Lakers limiting the Maroons to four points in the fourth quarter to gradually draw clear. Canty, with 18 points, and Ramsgard, with 12 points, accounted for most of the Skaneateles attack as Cottrill added eight points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: girls basketballskaneatelesSolvayWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more

Student, alumnae walk corridors of power in D.C.

first_imgAs summer approaches, many students are doing their best to find internships around the City of Los Angeles or closer to home. However, three USC graduates and one current student set their sights further, working as part of the Obama Administration during internships this semester.Alex Glazer and Lucy Moore graduated in December 2015 and are completing a White House internship before pursuing graduate school. Glazer and Moore both majored in political science. Another recent graduate, Linda Wang, and Christina Wilkes, a current junior majoring in communication and political science, also were selected for the internship program.Both Glazer and Moore obtained the White House internships through online applications posted on the White House Internship Program’s website. Glazer has previously held internships in other levels of government, but did not expect to be given the chance to work in the White House with the Obama Administration.“This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience to not only intern in the executive branch, but to intern for a president who I deeply admire,” Glazer said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I vividly remember watching then-Sen. Obama give his victory speech on election night in November 2008 when I was just a freshman in high school. I never imagined that seven years later I would have the privilege of interning in his administration during his last year in office.”Moore also worked in a political setting during her time at USC, and hoped for an opportunity to work in the field of public service at this level.“Throughout high school, and while I was at USC, I had a number of political internships but always had the White House in the back of my mind for the future,” Moore said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “As someone who is interested in pursuing a career in public service, there is no better experience, and it was always my dream. Having the opportunity to intern for the Obama Administration, which has made great progress on many of the issues I care most about, is a huge privilege.”Glazer is interning in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, one of the oldest and largest offices in the White House.  The office is responsible for all correspondence with the President, and President Obama has requested ten letters from the public each day to gauge how his policies affect people.Moore is interning in the National Economic Council, which is a forum on economic issues utilized by the President himself.“I help with research, scheduling requests, administrative support and meeting coordination. I also work closely with staff doing in-depth research and logistics,” Moore said. “Working in such a fast-paced and dynamic environment, I have had to learn how to manage my time and prioritize the most important things, even more than I had to in college. That is a really important skill that I will carry with me throughout my career.”Glazer’s future plans include a law degree and possibly a career in political communication. Moore plans to stay in the Capitol, and pursue public policy issues, especially those which concern women.“I think I will likely still be in the D.C. area, working in the public policy realm, but whether that’s in the federal government or elsewhere, I’m not sure.” Moore said. “I’m really passionate about working on policy that expands women’s access to economic opportunities, so hopefully I can find a way to work that into my career.”last_img read more

What made you participate in Carnival 2017?

first_imgBrianna (spectator)Brianna:  Jamaican-American/Pembroke Pines – I attended Carnival for the first time this year from the persuasion of my best friend and cousins, and it was one of the best events I have ever attended. I never want to miss another one. My favorite part was walking behind the trucks and looking at all the different costumes. I didn’t play mas because I couldn’t afford it at the time, but I definitely want to next year. To find out more about Carnival 2017, visit their website: http://miamibrowardcarnival.com/ CNW Talk Up takes it to the streets! Every week, the Caribbean National Weekly highlights issues of interest to the Caribbean American community. This week’s topic on Carnival 2017 relates to attendees and participants in the Miami Broward One Carnival held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds on October 8th. #carnival2017 #miamicarnivalThis week’s question: What made you decide to participate in Carnival 2017?Adeshola (Group: Ramajay)Adeshola:  Trinidadian-American/Brooklyn, NY – (Ramajay) I do it for the culture.  My Mom’s from Trinidad and she always participates in Carnival. This was my first year doing it in Miami. I love Miami, so I came to celebrate.  I’ve done Caribana and Barbados carnival. This one was awesome, the weather is great, the people are great, there’s a lot of Caribbean community here in Miami. Everybody’s from Brooklyn here!Priya (Group: Generation X)Priya:  Belize/Plantation  – (Generation X) This is my first year in Carnival itself, jumping with a band. I chose Gen X, the Music section. I’ve been to Carnival many years with my family and I thought it was a great idea for me to finally jump and experience Carnival. I’ve been to Kiddie’s Carnival, I’ve been to Miami Carnival before, but I’ve never jumped. So this is my first official Carnival and I have to say it was amazing. It definitely was worth it for me!Nicole (Group: DJunction)Nicole: Guyanese-American/West Palm Beach – (DJunction) I am a first generation born American. I participate every year. This is my 12th year in Carnival, I love being in Carnival, I love the spirit of Carnival, I love the culture of Carnival. I love Carnival. It was wonderful, I had a great time. I played with DJunction this year, my first time and I had a wonderful time. I usually play with One Island, but I had a beautiful time.Sharmaine (Group: Fun Generation)Sharmaine:  Guyana/Tampa – (Fun Generation) My family is Guyanese, my husband is Jamaican, and my father is Trinidadian. I love my culture and just being able to dress up and come out, and enjoy and show off what the Caribbean culture is all about, I was so down for it. This is my first time in probably 20 years, I played mas as a child and I haven’t played as an adult, so I was just all for it this year. I’m with Fun Generation in the section Crave.Kimberley (Group: Mascot International)Kimberley:  Jamaica/Fort Lauderdale – (Mascot International, Full Moon section) Honestly, it’s actually my first time jumping in Carnival. I got the opportunity from a friend of mine, she designed all of this and she said “I want you to model for my band,” and then she said “would you like to jump in Carnival this year?” and I’m like, “Yes” because I never jump in Carnival before, so that is how I ended up getting a costume. I went to Carnival in Jamaica only once. This is really a good experience.Quimey (spectator)Quimey:  Trinidadian-Uruguayan/Miami – It’s fun, I like the environment; everyone is dancing. I feel very comfortable. This is my first time. I’ve been to somewhat of a Carnival, not like this, but something like this. I’m Hispanic and Trinidadian, from Uruguay and Trinidad. I’ve never even been to Trinidad, but I will now! All of our friends go to Carnival. I didn’t play in a band, but I dressed up because I like to stand out and this is what I like to wear.Krystal (spectator)Krystal:  Guyanese-Cuban/Miami – I love how everybody just dresses up and comes out, has a good time, and nobody is judging anybody. We’re just here for a great experience, to be a part of Carnival. It’s something that we’ve been doing for generations and it’s amazing. This is my first time. I go to a lot of Carnival events that have to do with soca, dancehall, reggae; I’m always there so it only makes sense to come to Carnival 2017, to be a part of the moment.  I’m not with a band, I dressed up because it’s fun; you have to play the part.Matthieu (Group: Generation X)Mathieu:  American/Atlanta – (Generation X) My wife is from Trinidad so we decided to come out. Her whole family is out here, friends, everything. I did Carnival once before like three years ago, here. So I’m a sophomore. This year was awesome, I love it and I want to do it every year. I am with the group Generation X in the section Abstract.last_img read more

Australia’s first Esports High Performance Centre launches at the Sydney Cricket Ground

first_imgAustralia’s first “Esports High Performance Centre” has been launched at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The centre will play host to League of Legends Oceania champions LG Dire Wolves as well as female development team Supa-Stellar.Sydney has already played host to an Intel Extreme Masters. Credit: Helena Kristiansson, ESLThe esports outfits will now be embedded and join the SCG Trust’s traditional sports partners including the Sydney Swans, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC, Cricket NSW, Rugby Australia, AFL, NSW, NRL and the NSW Waraths.The centre is designed to aid grassroots development in esports. It’s kitted out with the latest technology and sport science, including eye tracking technology and other performance analysis tools through a partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney. The training centre will also be used as a place for visiting domestic and international teams to practice when they’re competing in Australia.Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chief Executive Jamie Barkley commented: “It will be a game changer to have Australia’s leading esports professionals in a dedicated high performance centre in the same precinct as the best athletes and officials from the SCG and Allianz Stadium’s traditional sports. Our venues are rapidly expanding their technology offerings and partnering with professional esports entities and establishing the state of the art training centre presents an exciting opportunity.”The LG Dire Wolves became the first teams from the Oceanic region to compete at the League of Legends World Championships, showing the progress the region is making. It comes as Riot continues to push grass roots initiatives across the world, with more regional offices from the company working in local communities to drive grassroots esports initiatives. “Some international and local League of Legends esports teams already tap into traditional sporting organisation training facilities, but the SCG High Performance Centre will be one of a kind in the Oceania region. I’m excited to see how the centre will help the LG Dire Wolves elevate their game and raise the playing level for the OPL,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of Esports at Riot Games Oceania.Esports Insider says: Great initiative here over in Sydney. The grassroots level is so vitally important for the sustainability and continued growth of esports and this is a lovely step. Even though Australia was arguably a tad slow on the esports uptake, initiatives like this show the instant acceptance of the industry. When will Lords become a UK esports hub?last_img read more

Senad Lulic leaving Lazio in January

first_imgNational team player of B&H, Senad Lulic, recently refused to extend the contract with Lazio.One of the key reasons why Lulic made this decision was a misunderstanding with Federicio Marchetti.According to claims of media in Italy, Lulic, whose contract expires in 2017, will almost certainly leave Rome and start playing for some other club in The January transitional period.Senad Lulic is one of the favorite footballers of Lazio for fans of this club. He acquired sympathies of fans mostly because of the goal he scored to AC Roma in the final of the Coppa Italia. He came to Lazio four years ago, from Young Boys. He is currently one of the captains of this club from Rome.(Source: klix.ba/ Photo: klix.ba)last_img read more

Trail for the Downhill Race TrebaDH 2016 on Trebevic is ready (Video)

first_imgPreparations on the downhill trail for the international race TrebaDH 2016 have been completed and the trail was ready for the best athletes who came from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and BiH.The first training of athletes for the final race was held yesterday, and you can take a look at how the hosts prepared the trail in the video by our competitors Tarik Hadzic and Kamer Kolar.Organizers of the race, Savages Crew Sarajevo, invite all lovers of adrenaline sports to support the brave competitors in the qualification and final race.Take a look at the trail in the video.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Peninsula Flag Football Tourney Held for the Hungry

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – While a trio of National Football League games are set for Thanksgiving Day, a more personal and charitable game on Black Friday will be the dinner table conversation in some peninsula towns this holidayAlthough Thanksgiving and football have a clear connection, it’s not what one annual flag football tournament is all about. The focus is on giving back to the less fortunate and supporting Lunch Break, a nonprofit social service center on Red Bank’s West Side.Known for 15 years around the Two River area as the White Road Cup, the Black Friday flag football tournament now called The Rivalry Series will pit Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Shrewsbury against one another for the first time in an all-ages day of competition.“It’s more than just a football game, it’s more than just a fundraiser,” said Rick Brandt, a life-long Little Silver resident who helped found the game. “It’s really rolling up your sleeves and becoming a part of your community to help those in need around the holidays.”For almost two decades, the White Road Cup was played between Little Silver and Shrewsbury residents, initially high school and college kids home for Thanksgiving break, Brandt said. As young adults, he said he and his friends decided to start collecting small entry fees and turning those proceeds over to Lunch Break.Fast forward to 2017. Brandt is now on Lunch Break’s Board of Trustees, and doing his part to grow the tournament. After changing locations from White Road Field to Count Basie Field last year to allow for more players, Brandt said the goal this year was to expand the game across the peninsula to include the Rumson and Fair Haven communities, both of which he said are known for their passion for football.And for the first time, the 11-on-11 tournament which evolved into The Rivalry Series will feature the four towns competing in the Peninsula Playoff Championship. Age brackets for fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, men’s 18 to 35, ladies 18 and older, and men’s 35 and older will take over Red Bank Catholic’s home turf Friday.The tournament will pit the Little Silver Warriors against the Shrewsbury Tigers on one side of the bracket. On the opposite will be the Rumson Bulldogs versus the Fair Haven Knights. Each game will be timed to a 30-minute running clock and whoever has the most points at the end moves to the next round. Games are played almost immediately one after another.But what makes this tournament different than others, Brandt said, is the impact it has on local charities. To raise awareness about the game, The Rivalry Series trophy made stops at some of the staple businesses in the area: BagelMasters and Shrewsbury Car Wash in Shrewsbury, Booskerdoo Coffee and Lupo Pizzeria in Fair Haven, and Brennan’s Delicatessen in Rumson were just a few of the places the trophy visited.Along with a suggested registration donation amount of $100 for adults, $75 for 18- to 34-year-olds and $50 for kids, each participant is encouraged to bring nonperishable goods and even clothing to donate to Lunch Break.Brandt said in the five to six years the tournament has been officially fundraising, it’s raised about $40,000 to $50,000, a level he never thought it could reach.“The peninsula is just one big family, and we’re all in it together,” Brandt said. “We’re out here to help and that’s what we do.”Although the football tournament is the biggest draw, about a hundred participants flocked to Lunch Break’s Red Bank headquarters on Nov. 18 to participate in a hot food line, preparing meals for hungry families.For the past few years, Little Silver resident Jennifer Borenius and her four sons have volunteered at the food line the week before the game. She said it goes a long way in teaching her children how to support their own community.Giving back is “the most critical piece in my view,” she said. “It’s fun to get out there and play a great game but at the end of the day you recognize there are bigger issues and things more important.”Borenius has also been instrumental in filling out the ladies’ rosters. She’s recruited about 50 women from Little Silver and Shrewsbury to participate in the game. Consisting mainly of mothers, contingent has been practicing every Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. at Sickles Park to prepare.She likened the team practices and game atmosphere to how the Two River area supports its local charities.“In order to progress the ball – move forward in life – you need to have the support of your team, your community,” she said. “That to me exemplifies exactly what Lunch Break is trying to do.”For more information about scheduling and registration for The Rivalry Series tournament, visit TheRivalrySeries.com.This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more