According to an article on US Olympic Committee website, “Olympic hopefuls, 85 percent of whom make less than $15,000 a year” http://www.gazette.com/sports/usoc-96396-athletes-workforce.html
Soounds about right. Most Olympic hopefuls in the US are living below the poverty line and we’re still bring home tons of medals at each Games!
This invite is on behalf of Fencing Olympians (Keeth Smart, Cliff Bayer, Jason Rogers, Peter Devine, Tim Morehouse and Erinn Smart) and fellow benefit committee members (Jackie Astier, Scott Buccheit, Sam Hamadeh, Linda Rizk, Matt Snatnick, David Clay, Wendy Doyle and Dana Sydney) for a special evening with them in support of the charity Right To Play at the Barneys Penthouse in NYC on May 13th from 6:30-830pm.
We’ll be displaying and auctioning exclusive fencing photographs from sports and fashion luminaries Nigel Barker, Howard Schatz, David Burnett, Phillip Moy, Patrick McMullan, Serge Timacheff, Chiun-Kai Shih, Joe McNally and Gigi Stoll with all proceeds going to charity. Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses the power of sport and play to create a healthier, safer environment for children in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Right To Play’s work is supported by over 300 world class athletes, including Jason and Tim, who raise funds and awareness for our programs in 23 countries.
Tickets are $150 and the evening includes cocktails, hors d’ouevres, plenty of Olympic spirit, amazing photography and a few fun surprises!
TO RSVP and Purchase Tickets Contact: Jay stirling, development officer
More Info: http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=3115&mid=8&se=1
Please feel free to reach out to me as well with any questions or media inquiries. We NEED YOUR HELP to support this tremendous organization!
Proud to call Coach Cesar Morales a friend. Great story. Great stuff.
British Beijing Olympic Saber Fencer Alex O’Connell!
Seen here at the Manhattan Fencing Center where he has been spending his time fencing with the US team. He has been stranded in NYC since the volcano erupted in Europe. He’s got a flight tentatively scheduled for Friday…
This story just highlights how our country’s graduate schools of education are not getting the job done in terms of training teachers to educate our neediest students. Linda Darling-Hammond is quick to criticize Teach For America, which is actually making a difference, but can’t seem to back up herown talk with results using “traditional” teachers trained by Stanford’s Ed School.
I can’t wait until the movie “Waiting For Superman” comes out next year…It will be the Inconvenient Truth for Public Education.
Charter Extension Founded by Linda Darling-Hammond Denied to Low-Scoring Stanford School
Stanford New School has the best of credentials and focused on academics and students’ emotional and social lives and was persistently a worst-performing school.
Responding to low test scores, the Ravenswood school board denied a charter extension to a K-through-12 school created and overseen by Stanford University.
A charter school created and overseen by Stanford University’s School of Education was denied an extension of its charter on Wednesday night after several members of the school board labeled it a failure.
Read Full Article: http://www.educationnews.org/educationnewstoday/89695.html
It’s been pretty much one great thing after another for Steven Holcomb since winning the bobsled gold at the Vancouver Olympics. Well, at least until this week.
Holcomb, who is a big-time computer nerd and video gamer, discovered that his prized Xbox 360 and games had been stolen out of his car. And while the $4,000 worth of gear and games has him a little queasy, what really makes him sick are the hundreds of hours of saved games that he had on the console.
(Full Article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20002612-56.html)
In other Holcomb News…
Shelter Dog Reunited with Olympian
While he was visiting the Today show after the Olympics on March 5, he fell head over heels in love with a dog. During the weekly rescue segment, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever caught Holcomb’s eye. At the end of the show, the show announced Holcomb had offered to adopt the dog.
(Full Article: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/pawprintpost/post/2010/03/shelter-dog-is-reunited-with-olympian-holcomb/1)
China’s Zhong after winning the gold in men’s saber at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.