These kids (Above) are amazing, self-less, and since my wife & I haven’t had any kids of our own yet, they are our surrogate children! They are called Gravity Youth Ministries and I’ve been an asst leader for 5 1/2 years. The kids do Acts of Random Kindness missions. The organizations funding hinges on our once a year fund-raiser which is the 3-hour walkathon this Saturday at 9am Texas time (Central).
All pledges can be paid as able (after the walkathon is over) but the pledges have to be made to me by Saturday 7:30am. I can do 55 laps in 3 hours! A pledge of just a quarter would be $13.75, fifty cents would be $27.50 and a dollar per lap would be $55 assuming I did the 55 laps!
How to Help?
Pledge through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put walkathon in subject line, as well as basic info like your full name and mailing address (phone number is optional); as soon as Monday I will send you the final amount, the address to mail it to and simple instructions.
100% goes to the youth budget (not a penny goes elsewhere), and we make the money stretch as far as possible! Also, if you would like to pledge a set whole dollar amount they can just say the dollar amount and type, “flat” after the amount!
p.s. you can also text pledges to 972-467-7003
Known as the “Oscar” of sports awards, and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union. Hosting this years award show will be Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse and Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes will present the award.
The finalists are Clint Moore (Baseball), Amy Pamiero-Winters (Ultra Marathoning), Megan Hodge (Volleyball), Erin Hamlin (Luge), Angela Blizzari (Cross Country) and Zak Boggs (Soccer). These talented athletes were nominated for their outstanding athletic abilities and accomplishments as well as their qualities of sportsmanship, leadership & character that are evident in his/her lifestyle.The top 14 nominees were selected from submissions to the AAU Sullivan Committee. Then America voted for their favorite athlete online at USA Today combined with ballots from National Governing Bodies’, Members of the Media and D1 Sports Information Directors.
The Amateur Athletic Union has presented this award annually since 1930 when the honor was given to Robert T. Jones for Golf. Since then many exceptional amateur athletes have been awarded the Sullivan title including: Wilma Rudolph (Athletics), Mark Spitz (Swimming), Greg Louganis (Diving), Jackie Joyner-Kersey (Athletics), Jim Abbott (Baseball), Peyton Manning (Football), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Michael Phelps (Swimming), Jessica Long (Paralympian), Tim Tebow (Football) and in 2008 America’s Sweetheart, Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics), was presented with this award.
This year’s winner will be announced on April 14th at the ceremony taking place at the New York Athletic Club. The event will include an autograph session with the athletes from 5:30-6:30pm, buffet and beverages from 6pm-7pm and award ceremony starting at 7:15pm.
To Purchase Tickets: http://aausullivan.com/dinnerreg.html
Team USA Fencing is in 2nd place behind Russia and ahead of France and Hungary in the race to win the Jr. Worlds Nations Cup. Team USA has never won the all-around tournament at any World Jr. Sr. or Olympic championships and with only a few events remaining it’s looking like this could be a historic year!
Bronze medal performance by the Jr. Men’s Saber Team and a silver medal in women’s Epee team propelled the team closer to Russia. Congratulations to the feners, coaches and cadre!
You can check the scoreboard (yet another fencing scoring system. I don’t understand this one!)
Great updates from www.fencing.net here:
Pictures courtesy of Serge Timachef.