In an effort to promote intercollegiate Special Olympics, Notre Dame hosted a soccer tournament last Sunday in collaboration with Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Senior Ted Glasnow, co-president of Special Olympics Notre Dame, said Special Olympics Unified Sports combines an approximately equal number of athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition. “Unified soccer avoids what can sometimes be the patronizing relationship between volunteers without intellectual disability and athletes with intellectual disabilities,” Glasnow said. “This event shows that the former is not the only party that can bring something to the table and highlights the equality that should exist in society in general.” Glasnow said the tournament took place Apr. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Alumni Field. There were three games, and each team played the other two teams. The team from Western Michigan won the tournament, Michigan’s team came in second and Notre Dame placed third. The players dedicated eight weeks to training after the teams took shape in January, Glasnow said. He said the participation of the athletes was more important than the outcome of the games themselves. Glasnow said the soccer tournament, while perhaps only a small start, attests to the rising involvement in Special Olympics activities at the college level and the passion students bring to these activities. “A few years back, Special Olympics International did not think it was worthwhile to promote the type of volunteerism they do for younger demographics,” he said. “So, we felt the need to prove that college students can bring the same, if not more, passion to their service through Special Olympics.” Glasnow said his passion comes from serving as a coach of Special Olympics track and field since high school. He said events like the unified soccer tournament will galvanize colleges around the country to consider adding and expanding Special Olympics programs for their students, incorporating teams like the ones that participated in Sunday’s tournament into their full athletic lineups. “We are already working with schools across the country, in accordance with the Special Olympics nationa-l office, to spread the event even further,” Glasnow said. “Eventually, we hope to have state, regional and national collegiate Unified sports seasons.” Glasnow said he felt the event ought to have received more support from the Notre Dame student body. “Many friends and family members of the athletes showed up from the community,” he said. “But we had a disappointing number of students.” Glasnow said Special Olympics Notre Dame intends to continue and hopefully expand the united soccer event next year. “We are definitely going to have the event again next year,” Glasnow said. “We are hoping for at least four teams next year, but we are certainly shooting for as many as we can get.” Glasnow said Adidas and Special Olympics Indiana sponsored the tournament.
Northern District Bankruptcy Court to amend its rules The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida has proposed changes to its local rules.Beginning June 5, the text of these changes may be found on the court’s Web site at www.flnb.uscourts.gov.Comments from members of the Bar and public are invited and should be directed to: Local Rules Committee, c/o William J. Miller, Jr., 106 East Fourth Ave., Tallahassee 32303, e-mail [email protected], no later than noon on June 30. June 1, 2006 Regular News Northern District Bankruptcy Court to amend its rules
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Sound Credit Union employee who allegedly discriminated against a black Muslim woman that ignited a social media firestorm is no longer with the Tacoma, Wash-based cooperative.The $1.4 billion Sound CU posted its announcement on Facebook Monday night, but it did not say whether the employee resigned or was fired.On May 5, Jamela Mohamed recorded a discrimination incident at the credit union’s Kent branch, which drew hundreds of thousands of comments from outraged Facebook users. Many of them demanded that the employee involved be fired immediately, in part, because of the way she angrily confronted Mohamed, threatened to call police and followed her out to the credit union’s parking lot.Mohamed said she was discriminated against because she was asked to remove her headpiece, but her video showed at least two men in the branch who were wearing baseball caps. It’s unknown whether they removed their hats when they were served by tellers or were asked by tellers to comply with the credit union’s policy of not wearing hoods, hats or sunglasses for “safety reasons.” continue reading »
8 August 2003There has never been a boxing champ as small as South African boxing giant Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala. At just 4ft 10in or 147cm, he is not much taller than the average 3ft 6in or 107cm tall Lord of the Rings hobbit.This, he tells me, as I feel like a giant looking down on him from my 5ft 8in (in heels) or 173cm, is part of the reason why he quit boxing at the age of 40 last year. He had run out of small people to fight.In a career that spans 30 years, he has always fought boxers of the same weight – flyweight – but who were taller than him. But flyweight fighters have all retired, and the next generation are still in training. He says: “There were no big names left to fight”.Was it a case of a small man doing a big sport to compensate for his height? Not at all. An only child and born in Meadowlands, Soweto, he learnt boxing from his father, who used to box for relaxation. So when the young Matlala went to the gym at the age of 10, he knew the basic moves, and slipped into the gym boxing culture very easily.Matlala has a vital energy about him, a ready smile and a relaxed confidence, which boils down to him quietly bubbling with charm. It’s easy to understand, when meeting him one on one, why people approach him in shopping malls or at the movies or when he goes to a restaurant, and greet him like an old friend. He is never impatient with his fans, and they are everywhere – he is always ready to stop and talk, and give them that smile.“Height is not an issue, it’s in the mind,” he says. Because of his height, his modis operandi in the ring is carefully worked out: “I work the body, then the head will come.” By that he means that he constantly throws punches at his opponent’s body until he tires, then the head drops, and that’s when Matlala gets his final punches in.The evidence is there – in 1996 in Las Vegas he left opponent Michael Carbajal a beaten man after nine rounds, with both eyes badly cut.And, says Matlala, he has perfected a punch that is unique to him, because of his height: “I hit over-arm, it’s my best punch.” And of course, he’s learnt to avoid his opponent’s punches, and throw more punches.The record books are proof that he knows his stuff: 52 wins, two draws and 12 losses over his career, with four world titles to his name – the World Boxing Organisation flyweight title in 1993, the light flyweight title in 1995, the International Boxing Association junior flyweight title in 1997, and the World Boxing Union flyweight title in 2001.Matlala believes that boxing is an art. Boxers must be smart and enjoy the sport, and never fight outside the ring. “Mike Tyson just wants to kill, he isn’t a smart boxer.”Just for the record, “flyweight” means that the boxer weighs in at 50kg. But now, out of training and retired, Matlala weighs in at 59kg. He says that when still boxing, it would take him two months to get to the right weight: “The first month is used to drop weight, the second month to prepare tactics.” In addition, he would monitor his diet.Those tactics extend to “persistence and having a good plan”. In 1983 he won the South African flyweight title, but lost it the same year to Vuyani Nene. It took him seven years to beat Nene, losing to him four times in the interim.DisciplineFor Matlala, more important than these aspects of his training is “discipline, dedication and positiveness”. He doesn’t drink or smoke, and used to get to the Dube Boys Boxing Club – now the revamped Dube Recreation Centre – at 5.30am, skip for half an hour to warm up, and be ready for boxing training by 6am.He is impatient of those who are not disciplined in their training. “Now they get to the gym at 5.45am, and are not ready to start training at 6am as they haven’t warmed up yet.”His recounts that his wife of 13 years says that he won’t be good at training young boxers because he has a problem with people who are not disciplined. But that’s hard to believe – he is very good-natured and generous, particularly to his fellow Johannesburgers. Besides training youngsters at Dube gym, he gives talks on motivation and discipline, on Aids awareness, and promotes boxing.He recently gave a motivation talk to a group of policemen in Hillbrow, talking particularly about discipline. He talks to youngsters in Soweto, also to street kids in the city, about Aids. He is an official City Aids ambassador.His message reflects his disciplined philosophy on life – he preaches abstinence. “It worked for me and my wife. We courted for eight years, I paid lobola in 1988, and we got married in 1990.” He discourages young people from living together. “You must have pride and family values – we lack them these days,” he says.UpbringingHe had a very ordinary upbringing. “My parents taught me to be focused. I went to school in Soweto; when I came home I did household chores.” He went to Wits University after school, but completed his BCom degree at Unisa.When he started boxing, his father encouraged him. His mother didn’t – she worried that he’d get injured and possibly killed in the ring.Matlala is also involved in Johannesburg’s “Project 100 Spots”, an illegal dumping pilot project in Soweto. Along with other city celebrities, like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, he has been appointed champion of the project.He donates pairs of boxing gloves for auction to various charities. He says: “Whatever I have I share with others. I love kids; if I had serious money I would sponsor kids.”Matlala has two boys, aged 13 and six, who enjoy sport, but he is not pushing them to box. But they do watch it on TV.His role models in the boxing world are Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali. “These boxers are not big-headed, they always keep a low profile.” Another role model is Nelson Mandela. The reason? “He is so humble and forgiving.”He is celebrated in his hometown in other ways. There’s a Baby Jake’s Diner in the Carlton Centre in the CBD, open since 1997. There used to be four Baby Jake Diners around town, but the others closed. Baby Jake does patronise the restaurant, but he says it is “always full”.At some outlets you can buy Baby Jake ice cream, and there used to be a soft drink available called Baby Jake. His famous nickname also appeared on a roll-on deodorant and razor blades.Writers Jack Blades and Theo Mthembu made their contribution with their biography, Baby Jake the legend.Johannesburg manMatlala is very much a Jo’burg man. He describes the city as the “best place”: “everything is happening here – boxers get sponsorship here, they train here, they live here”.He has broadened his sporting achievements: in 2001 he did the 120km Dusi Canoe Race; in 2001 he ran the Soweto Marathon; and this year he did the 90km Comrades Marathon as a celebrity. He’s planning to do the 2004 Comrades race more seriously, and the 56km Two Oceans race.There’s another aspect to his life: religion. He says he prays before every fight. “My wife taught me to give the glory back to the Almighty. One person is chosen by the Almighty to be outstanding. There is time for everything, God will know, we must wait our turn.”In the future he sees himself being a top businessman with his own brand of sports merchandise, including gloves, caps and t-shirts.I ask him what his favourite book is. It’s no surprise when he says it’s Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the giant within.Source: City of Johannesburg website Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Patricia P. “Patty” DeBruin, age 62, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at her home on Saturday, March 31, 2019. Patty was passionate about agriculture; she served as the Southeast Women’s Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and was a member of the executive board of the organization for 12 years.She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on September 12, 1956 and was the daughter of Robert Parham and Carole (Walter) Eckhardt, who survive her. Patty is also survived by her husband, Steven DeBruin, with whom she traveled the world and shared a loving marriage for 41 years.Patty graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Home Economics and went on to teach the subject at Amanda-Clearcreek High School and Fisher Catholic High School. She was the office manager of Feeder Creek Veterinary Svcs. in Millersport for 35 years and advocated for small business through the National Federation of Independent Business and the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce. She also served as a 4-H advisor, member of the Ohio Cattlewomen’s Assoc., member of the auxiliary committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Assoc., and a participant in Ohio State’s LEAD program.In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lung Cancer Research Fund at The James OSU Cancer Hospital (https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/OnlineGivingDonation.aspx?Source_Code=DEV_AG-MED_CHRI-JamesWeb-ON-S&Fund=3060590) or to the Patty DeBruin Scholarship account at Commodore Bank.Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Johnson-Smith Funeral Home in Baltimore, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Buckeye Lake, with Fr. William A. Hritsko Celebrant.To make an online condolence, and sign the guestbook, please visit www.funeralhome.com.
TweetPinShare0 Shares MINEOLA, N.Y. — A former New York Yankees outfielder has been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl.Rosendo “Rusty” Torres was convicted in a Nassau County court of five counts of sexual abuse July 31. He faces up to seven years in prison on each count. Sentencing is Oct. 7.Prosecutors say Torres abused a girl younger than 11 while acting as a youth baseball coach for the town of Oyster Bay, 20 miles east of New York City. They say the abuse happened in spring 2012 during baseball practice sessions in nearby Plainview.Torres’ attorney says he plans to appeal. The 65-year-old Torres was acquitted of abusing another girl younger than 11.Torres played for five major league teams beginning in 1971. He ended his career in Kansas City in 1980. He had a .212 lifetime batting average.