The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence
Dubbed “America’s New Climbing Capital” in 2016 by Climbing Magazine, Eastern Tennessee is a home to some of the best rock climbing in the nation.The East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, a non-profit organization from Knoxville, is working with volunteers from across the Southeast to maintain that reputation. Within five years, the organization plans to replace all 4,000 bolts on the East Tennessee Crag of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. During this first stage of the effort, a total of 504 man hours from 63 volunteers was needed to replace over 400 bolts across 40 routes.Stretching along the Cumberland Plateau, “The Obed” is part of the National Parks Service. With over 350 sport (permanently-bolted) routes, climbers come from around the world to challenge the crag. The area is home to some 500-foot-deep gorges, offering visitors unspoiled, rugged terrain and exceptional climbing opportunities. The crag receives a lot of assistance from local climbers who volunteer to help educate visitors on the park rules and good climbing ethics.The Cumberland Plateau is a 300-mile ridge that runs from Kentucky, across Tennessee, and into Northern Alabama. Along the plateau lies a wide variety of high-quality sandstone rock climbing opportunities including tiered roofs, crack systems, ledges, and more.You can follow the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition on Facebook to learn more about volunteer opportunities or to stay up to date with their latest efforts on maintaining the climbing scene in their area.For their work in the Obed, the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition will be awarded one of 6 Sharp End Awards by the Access Fund at their annual summit meeting in New York City this September.Photos by Mark Large and Kevin FlintJustin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.
NZ Herald 31 March 2012About a third of Pacific Island high school students binge-drink and many say they started after joining a sports team or club. A study published in the NZ Medical Journal yesterday looking at binge drinking and alcohol-related behaviours among Pacific youth surveyed 974 Pacific students aged 13 to 17 from around the country. A total of 31.6 per cent of students were identified as binge drinkers, having answered questions about their drinking habits. The study found that those teens who participated in sports teams or were connected to a sports club were more at risk of binge-drinking. And it has since surfaced that a number of parents in South Auckland are refusing to sign their children up to local sports clubs as they don’t want them caught up in a drinking culture.In the study, 47 per cent of students said they consumed alcohol “to get drunk” and 45 per cent said they drank “to relax”. About 36 per cent said they drank because of boredom while 23 per cent said they did so “because my friends do”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795691See also: The UK takes action on alcoholThe Lancet 31 March 2012Bold policy moves to promote public health have not defined the current UK Coalition Government. Last week, however, saw signs of a new approach to alcohol that could finally make health professionals breathe a sigh of relief. The government’s latest alcohol strategy states that a minimum unit price for alcohol will soon be introduced in England and Wales (it is already poised for introduction in Scotland). £0·40 per unit has been mooted as the price but the government will consult on the level in the coming months with “a view to introducing legislation as soon as possible”. Additionally, the government will consult on a ban on multibuy promotions in shops, clamp down on alcohol marketing deemed unacceptable by regulators, and work with regulators to ensure alcohol advertising is not shown during television programmes with high appeal to people younger than 18 years of age.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960491-7/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=Public%20Health
— Sonny Milano made a big splash in his first game for the Ducks by scoring twice, including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime decision over the Oilers. Milano spoiled the Edmonton debuts of forwards Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo), who collected a goal and an assist apiece.— The Canucks celebrated a 4-3 win at Montreal after Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) scored 1:35 into overtime. Bo Horvat, Alexander Edler, and Jake Virtanen (vur-TAN’-ehn) also scored as Vancouver won for the fourth time in six games since a four-game slide.— Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BROHV’-skee) turned back 36 shots and Mike Hoffman scored for the third straight game as the Panthers got past the Coyotes, 2-1. Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) was solid in his return after missing 28 games with a lower-body injury, stopping 23 shots.— Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each scored power-play goals in the second period to push the Predators past the Senators, 3-2. Ellis tied it and set up Arvidsson’s go-ahead tally in Nashville’s second straight win.— Mikko Koivu (MEE’-koh KOY-voo) ended a 30-game goal drought by scoring twice in the Wild’s 5-4 verdict over the Blue Jackets. Eric Staal added his 18th goal and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made 24 saves as Minnesota won for the third time in five games under interim coach Dean Evason (EH’-vah-suhn). February 26, 2020 — Nikita Gusev (GOO’-sehv) had a goal and an assist as the Devils downed the Red Wings, 4-1. Corey Schneider played for the first time in over a month and stopped 27 shots for the first victory in 12 games since last March 25.NHL-OILERS-YAMAMOTOOilers lose wingerEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto (KAY’-lur yah-mah-MOH’-toh) is listed as week to week with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s win over the Kings.Yamamoto has been a huge surprise for the Oilers since being recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL, providing nine goals and 21 points in 21 games. The 22nd player taken in the 2017 draft scored eight goals and eight assists in 23 games for Bakersfield. Coach Steve Kerr says the hope is that Curry will be able to play against Washington. The two-time NBA MVP has been practicing in recent weeks and will be re-evaluated on Saturday before a final decision is made.In other NBA news:— 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss at least two more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. The All-Star played just a few minutes in Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee before leaving with the back injury.— Grizzlies rookie forward Brandon Clarke hurt his right quadriceps and will be re-valuated in two weeks. Clarke left Monday night’s 124-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after playing only three minutes with what was called hip soreness.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL Associated Press The Olympics are set to open on July 24 with 11,000 athletes. The Paralympics open Aug. 25 with 4,400.Pound told the Associated Press that the fast-spreading virus could cancel the Olympics. Suga says Pound’s opinion does not reflect the official view of the IOC, which has repeatedly said there are no plans to cancel or postpone the Tokyo Games. Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James pumped in 40 points and Anthony Davis had a double-double as the duo led the Lakers to their sixth consecutive win, 118-109 against the Pelicans. Los Angeles improved to a Western Conference-leading 44-12 despite New Orleans rookie forward Zion Williamson, who reached the 20-point plateau for the ninth straight game. Williamson finished with 29 points and Brandon Ingram had a team-high 34 for the Pelicans.— Jerami Grant scored a career-high 29 points on 12 of 16 shooting as the Nuggets whipped the Pistons, 115-98. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) furnished 16 points and a season-best four steals for the Nuggets, whose 40-18 record matches their best 58-game as an NBA franchise.— Jayson Tatum nailed a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 of his 36 points in the second half of the Celtics’ 118-106 victory at Portland. Jaylen Brown added 24 points in Boston’s 13th victory in 16 games.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) contributed 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to highlight the Pacers’ 119-80 thrashing of the Hornets. T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Justin Holiday had 16 points as the short-handed Pacers won for the third time in four games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTENNIS-SHARAPOVA RETIRES5-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1. — Matthew Mayer delivered 19 points and second-ranked Baylor bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Kansas by thumping Kansas State, 85-66. Jared Butler finished with 16 points and Davion Mitchell chipped in 14 as the Bears improved to 14-1 in the Big 12 and 25-2 overall.— San Diego State barely avoided its second straight loss since a 26-0 start by getting past Colorado State, 66-60. Malachi Flynn finished with 17 points and Matt Mitchell had 15 for San Diego State.— Dayton clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) had 19 points and seven rebounds to carry the fourth-ranked Flyers past George Mason, 66-55. Jalen Crutcher had 13 points to help the Flyers extend the country’s longest current winning streak to 17 games.— Immanuel Quickley had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 30 points in leading eighth-ranked Kentucky to its seventh straight win, 69-60, over Texas A&M. Quickley is the first Wildcat with consecutive games of at least 25 points since Malik Monk in 2017.— Austin Wiley had 15 points and 11 rebounds as No. 15 Auburn held off Mississippi, 67-58. The Tigers improved to 11-4 in the SEC and benefited from the return of Isaac Okoro, who scored 10 points in 27 minutes after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury. — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will hold two induction ceremonies this year. The five modern-day players, plus the two coaches and three contributors elected separately as part of the NFL’s centennial celebration, will go into the Canton shrine on Aug. 8. Ten senior players also chosen by a special committee as part of the centennial, will be inducted on Sept. 18, the day after the actual 100th anniversary of the league.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-DAYBuckeyes reward football coachCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a berth in the CFP semifinals in his first season at the helm.Day made a base salary of $4.5 million plus bonuses in 2019. His pay will increase to $7.6 million by 2022, with the remainder of his deal to be decided later. The contract runs through 2026. — The Blues posted their fifth straight win as Zach Sanford had two goals and an assist in a 6-5 decision over the Blackhawks. St. Louis scored four times in the third period, with Sanford providing the game-winner on a power play with 6:25 remaining.— Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored his 701st goal before providing the shootout winner as the Capitals nipped the Jets, 4-3 to take a four-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. Goals by Jakub Vrana (vah-RAH’-nah) and Garnet Hathaway helped the Caps take a 3-0 lead before Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) provided a goal and an assist to rally Winnipeg.— Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz collected a season-high three points on a goal and two assists as the Stars knocked off the Hurricanes, 4-1. Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 40 shots for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in nine games despite being outshot 41-16.— The Flyers won their fourth in a row as Kevin Hayes scored twice in their 4-2 decision over the Sharks. Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) and Nicolas Aube-Kubel provided the other goals to support Carter Hart, who stopped 26 shots and improved to 13-1 over his last 14 home starts.— The Rangers coughed up a 3-1 lead in the last 5 ½ minutes of regulation before Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) tallied 28 seconds into overtime to send the Blueshirts to their fourth win in a row, 4-3 over the Islanders. Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) netted his 32nd goal of the season before feeding Zibanejad for the winner. Wake stuns Duke in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — Seventh-ranked Duke is suddenly struggling to beat in-state opponents.Brandon Childress buried a go-ahead, 3-pointer on the first possession of double-overtime as Wake Forest surprised the Blue Devils, 113-101. Childress missed his first 10 shots before hitting the tying 3 with 15.5 seconds left in regulation. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Demon Deacons defeated the Blue Devils for the first time since March 2014.Freshman Wendell Moore Jr. had a season-high 25 points for the Blue Devils, who absorbed a 22-point loss at North Carolina State last week.In other top-25 action: She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years.Sharapova played only two matches this season and lost both.The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016. Since that suspension, Sharapova managed to reach only one major quarterfinal.Sharapova burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.NBA-SCHEDULE Harrison started in 15 games last season, but had a career-low 49 tackles and two sacks for the three-win Lions. Detroit acquired Harrison from the Giants in the middle of the 2018 season for a fifth-round draft pick. The 31-year-old Harrison was a 2016 All-Pro selection.Also around the NFL:— The Colts say longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo is expected to return next season after contemplating retirement for more than a month. Castonzo has been the anchor of the Colts line since he was a first-round pick in 2011. He made his first Pro Bowl last season and can become a free agent in March.— The league negotiating committee met with players union representatives for about four hours at Indianapolis without commenting on progress in negotiations. They got together to hash out their differences in a new labor agreement that was approved last week by owners and was rejected by the union.— The NFL’s video review system for pass interference calls could be scrapped after one season. An offseason survey by the competition committee shows strong opposition to the system installed last year. The biggest complaint is that subjectivity has been added to the equation, which many owners believe has handcuffed officials. — Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 21 points and made a huge defensive play in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder secure their fourth straight win, 124-122 at Chicago. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which blew a 24-point lead before setting a team record with its ninth straight road win.— Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox each had 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 19 off the bench as the Kings defeated the Warriors, 112-94. Sacramento has won three straight and nine of 13 after sending the Golden State to its seventh consecutive loss.NBA-NEWSCurry eyes Sunday return…Simmons out at least 2 weeksUNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry is aiming to return to the Warriors lineup on Sunday for the first time since breaking his left hand in October. — Cassius Winston scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half and Rocket Watts matched a career high with 21 in helping 24th-rated Michigan State rally to beat No. 18 Iowa. The Spartans are second in the Big Ten at 11-6, 1 ½ games behind Maryland.— Oklahoma earned a 65-51 win over No. 22 Texas Tech behind Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Brady Manek had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s, Bolts both fallUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to lead the NHL’s Atlantic Division by five points over Tampa Bay following losses by both teams. MLB-YANKEES-SEVERINOSeverino will miss 2020 seasonDUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees’ starting rotation has taken another hit.The reigning AL East champs say Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery that will keep him on the shelf until 2021. Severino served as the Yankees’ ace in 2018 while going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings. But he made just three starts last year while battling shoulder problems after signing a four-year, $40 million contract.The Yankees also open the season without starters James Paxton and Domingo Germán (hehr-MAHN’). Paxton will miss the first two months of the season following back surgery. Germán has been suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Gerrit Cole, Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) and J.A. Happ are the only hurlers penciled into the season-opening rotation.NFL-NEWSLions release HarrisonUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison.The Lions announced the move Tuesday, less than a year after signing him to an $11 million, one-year contract extension. Harrison went into the 2019 season with two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants. Bucks down Raptors for 50th winUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA’s first team to 50 victories this season after cooling off the Raptors in Toronto.The Raptors had won 17 of 18 before the Bucks dominated the third quarter of a 108-97 victory against the Atlantic Division leaders. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) provided 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, which trailed by two before outscoring Toronto, 34-19 in the third period.Khris Middleton finished with a team-high 22 points as the Bucks moved to 50-8.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 22 points for the Raptors. Sean Monahan scored twice in a 72-second span of the second period to spark the Flames’ 5-2 victory at Boston. Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which led just 3-2 until Mikael Backlund tallied twice in the final 90 seconds.Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal for the Bruins, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time since a four-game skid in early December.In Toronto, John Tavares scored twice and William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) notched his 28th goal of the season as the Maple Leafs topped the Lightning, 4-3. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) also tallied for the Leafs, who ended Tampa Bay’s 11-game home winning streak.The Lightning suffered their season-high, third straight regulation loss despite Nikita Kucherov’s (KOO’-cheh-rahvz) 30th goal of the season.Elsewhere on NHL ice: Day wasn’t even in the top 20 of the country’s highest paid football coaches last year.TOKYO-VIRUS OUTBREAKTokyo organizers, IOC going ahead as planned with OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — A spokesman for the Japanese government says the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going ahead as planned with the Tokyo Olympics despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.The comments from spokesman Yoshihide Suga follow the assertion by former IOC vice-president Dick Pound that organizers face a three-month window to decide the fate of the games. Update on the latest in sports:
Ghana coach Herbert Addo has refused to push the panic button following a rather slow start to his side’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) title ambitions.The local Black Stars let slip a first half lead by Larbi Koomson as South Africa rallied back to win 2-1, with goals from Zimba Collen Ellex on the hour mark and Shabangu Leonard’s winner with six minutes of play remaining in the Group B opener on Saturday.Herbert Addo admitted Ghana blew a major opportunity after seeing his side lose their opener to the CHAN debutants, South Africa.“We had all the play in the first half and were in charge really and l was happy with that but football is a strange game and we conceded goals from what were largely our own mistakes and that cost us. Football is football and it can happen like that,” Herbert Addo said in his post-game interview.Defeat means, Ghana, third on the table, need a win in the second group game against Zimbabwe on Wednesday to enhance their chances of progressing past the group stages.“No, not at all,” Herbert responded when asked about the possibility of not making it past the group stage. “There is still two football games left still and we can still make it, if we win the upcoming games. We could have done better here and you know the playing field was not suitable for football really, I am not using that as an excuse after-all it was the same for South Africa but we picked up two injuries which are largely because of the poor playing surface. South Africa made the most of the conditions and we did not.”The local Black Stars were losing finalist in the maiden competition designed by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for Africa-based players.Group winners and runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.Source: Ghanafa.org