Special Olympics Nigeria Celebrates 2016 World AIDS Day

first_imgAccording to Special Olympic Nigeria’s National Director, Naomi Saliu-Lawal, “the World. Aids day programme is part of our outreach to promote good health, prevent the spread of HIV\AIDS through awareness and medical test carried out on our athletes ‎. We thank our corporate partners who have made this event a success and look forward to their continued support as we go on”Special Olympics Nigeria, is part of a worldwide movement (Special Olympics international) that aims at changing the negative attitude and misconceptions  of people with intellectual disabilities. It’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletics competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continued opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; participate in sharing of gifts and skills; and share friendship with other athletes and their family members in their immediate community, country and in the world at large.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was fun and excitement as Special Olympics Nigeria recently hosted a series of activities in an effort to mark the World AIDS Day 2016. The initiative, supported by Exxon Mobil, partnering grassroots soccer, deploys soccer as an effective platform for bringing together and providing young Nigerians especially people with intellectual disability with relevant information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as basic life-saving skills.The event which was held at the Igbobi College, Yaba had in attendance tens of intellectually disabled children participating in unified soccer tournaments, family health forum, health talks with demonstrations, HIV and malaria tests plus provision of available treatment, voluntary counselling, award of medals and distribution of mosquito nets.This is part of the ExxonMobil HIV/Malaria Initiative which Special Olympics Nigeria has been implementing in Special Schools/Centers including some Regular Schools in Lagos State. ‎The Initiative involves working with Partners, to educate our athletes on HIV and malaria through a medium of sports.last_img read more

INSIDE OUT

first_imgA.J. Ouellette’s rise from walk-on to one of the MAC’s top threats Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img A.J. Ouellette was Ohio’s fifth-string running back on the bus to Kent State. The freshman walk-on was there to only play special teams in the team’s 2014 season opener.But three Ohio running backs fumbled a combined four times in the second half, blowing a seven-point halftime lead. Each was taken out. Then the fourth-string back got injured. Ouellette was the only option left.With the game tied at 14, Ohio had the ball in its own territory with a few minutes on the clock. Ouellette, in his first career drive, rushed six times, helping Ohio set up a game-winning field goal as time expired.Just four weeks earlier, the 5-foot-10, 203-pound Ouellette wasn’t even if sure if he’d be on the team. It took him all of 16 days into training camp to make the roster and earn a scholarship. The junior hasn’t stopped since, emerging as one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the Mid-American Conference. Once irrelevant, overlooked and battered by Division I schools, Ouellette is now the go-to option for the run-heavy Bobcats offense poised for its eighth-straight year of bowl eligibility.“Once he took the reins, he never let go,” said Dak Notestine, Ohio’s director of strength and conditioning. “We live and die by his sword.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOuellette has been holding footballs since he was six months old. In the family’s backyard in Covington, Ohio, about 80 miles north of Cincinnati, Ouellette and his father would set up mock defenders made out of whatever they could find to jump or knock over, said his mother, Jody.That helped lay the framework for a brute running back. One who rushed for 785 yards as a freshman, the second-highest total for a rookie in Bobcats program history. One who once scored a touchdown in high school with a broken collarbone. One who led Covington (Ohio) High School to four straight league championships.Still, he didn’t draw a single D-I football offer.,The recruiting interest came and then vanished. Purdue, Akron, Marshall, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio) each showed interest, but backed off. Ouellette submitted over 100 letters, filled out dozens of online recruiting questionnaires and sent game tape to D-I programs across the country. Save for a few Division II and Division III roster spots, he attracted no real interest. Too small, he heard.Ouellette jotted down the name of each school that overlooked him, using it as fuel. A coach at Akron quipped, “We have a lot of A.J.’s,” to Dave Miller, Ouellette’s high school coach.Ouellette added the Zips to the list.In a game against Akron midway through his freshman year of college, he ran for 74 yards, leading the Bobcats to a 23-20 win.“You just have to smile, keep moving on,” he said.Miller let schools know that Ouellette was the best player he’s coached in over 20 years. Tramain Hall, a former New Orleans Saint and Tennessee Titan who works with Ouellette at a fitness facility in Ohio, said Ouellette is capable of playing in the NFL. Hall, who’s trained Division I and NFL athletes including Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller, describes Ouellette as “hungry.”“He’s from a small town, but this guy makes big time plays,” Hall said.“Everybody kept saying, ‘I can’t believe how good he is,’ but nobody offered him,” Jody Ouellette said.,In December of Ouellette’s senior year, Ohio’s offensive coordinator Tim Albin saw film of Ouellette and knew he could play Division I. But Ohio had already promised commitments to other running backs in the class, so all Albin could do was keep Ouellette on his radar. When National Signing Day passed and Albin found that Ouellette still hadn’t committed, Albin offered him preferred walk-on status.“A.J.’s going to come in and he’s going to play on special teams,” Albin told Ohio head coach Frank Solich. “I didn’t know he’d play (running back) the first game of the season,” Albin later said.Nobody did.Known as a student of the game and quiet leader, Ouellette was unanimously named a captain this year. In a mid-season contest at Buffalo last year, Ohio needed somebody to fill in at middle linebacker. Within a week, Ouellette had learned the intricacies of the defense. For two weeks, he played both ways. He recorded tackles, made catches and ran the ball at Buffalo.“If he didn’t step up, we would have been in a world of hurt,” Notestine said.The past few summers, Hall opened his facility early because Ouellette wanted to work out for 90 minutes at 8 a.m. It’s the same at Ohio.“My phone would be blowing up on weekends for extra work he wanted to do,” Notestine said. “The kid just doesn’t rest.”,This offseason, Ouellette dropped two-tenths of a second off of his 40-yard dash time (4.56). He upped his squat from 480 pounds to 510, took his bench press to 415 from 360, improved his shuttle time and added a couple inches to his vertical jump. He wants to average 5 yards per carry this year and lead his team to a MAC championship.From no Division I offers to preferred walk-on. From preferred walk-on to clear-cut starter. From starter to integral force in Ohio’s offensive attack.“I try to let the pads talk,” he said.The pads are talking.Banner photo courtesy of Ohio Athletics Comments This is placeholder text Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse finishes nonconference schedule winless after 5-2 loss to No. 6 Cornell

first_imgEmma Polaski cut into the offensive zone with Abby Moloughney to her left with the puck on a 2-on-1. As the defense shaded too far toward her, Moloughney flipped a pass to Polaski in the slot. Syracuse’s leading scorer had space and capitalized, firing the puck home between the goalie’s pad and blocker.The goal gave the Orange a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Cornell wasn’t rattled. SU head coach Paul Flanagan said his team caught the Big Red sleeping, but following the second goal, they woke up.No. 6 Cornell (14-2-5, 11-2-1 ECAC) fired back with five unanswered goals, and Syracuse (6-18-2, 6-5-1 College Hockey America) fell, 5-2, to another ranked opponent in its last nonconference game of the regular season, dropping its record in such matchups to 0-13-1. The Orange also lost their ninth-straight game to a ranked opponent, and they have been outscored 47-13 in those nine contests. SU’s last win outside of CHA came on Oct. 13, 2017, against Providence.At first, Tuesday night started differently. In warm ups, Brooke Avery flapped her arms to a remix of “Breaking Free” from High School Musical. While gliding around the Syracuse half, she rolled her neck, keeping loose. The Orange had “nothing to lose,” Lauren Bellefontaine said, and they capitalized on that mentality early.In the first period, Bellefontaine dropped the puck off for Allie Munroe at the hashmark, and the senior defender circled the net with it. She then threw the puck in front, and it bounced off Anonda Hoppner and in. Polaski extended the lead a little over four minutes later with her 2-on-1 strike.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were really pumped to get the lead and were like, ‘We can do this,’” Bellefontaine said.Cornell responded just over a minute later through Grace Graham. SU goalie Allison Small got a piece of Graham’s slot one-timer along the ice, but it wasn’t enough to keep the puck out.Victoria Klimek had a breakaway chance to extend the lead in the second, but the Big Red tied the score with the frame’s only goal. A deflected wrist shot from the point gave Small no chance. Cornell then took its first lead of the night a little more than five minutes into the third with another wrister from the blue line.Talia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorLater in the third, Cornell deflated the Orange with a fourth-straight goal. Small thought she covered the puck, but it slipped in front for Micah Zandee-Hart to rocket home. The Big Red scored one more on a breakaway, as Amy Curlew went five-hole after a forehand-backhand move.“After they got a few goals, we held back a little,” Bellefontaine said. “We were playing scared.”Tuesday was not the first time Syracuse has blown a lead, and its inability to play a full 60 minutes haunted it again. Against RIT on Nov. 16, the Orange lost 6-4 after leading 4-2 going into the third. The Orange played even with Cornell for the first 40 minutes, at times outplaying a team with multiple former national U-18 players. But in the third, a combination of mental and physical downfalls allowed Cornell to take over.Stretch passes up the middle, a play Cornell continuously used, started opening up. Syracuse players became lazy in the defensive zone. And on Cornell’s power play goal, they didn’t react properly, Flanagan said.Avery and Hoppner credited the loss to a mental block. Syracuse lost confidence in the third period, they both said. Avery added that the Orange don’t react well to goals against them. It’s hindered them all season, and Tuesday night was no different.“We need to figure out how to play comfortably with a lead and not get so wound up if they score,” Avery said. Published on January 29, 2019 at 11:08 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

GLOBAL TRAVEL WEBSITE PUTS ARDARA IN 7TH HEAVEN!

first_imgArdara Sunset by Brian CampbellONE of the world’s leading tourist guide websites has just given one County Donegal town a huge lift – naming it among Ireland’s seven prettiest towns.Frommer’s website is used by millions of people every day – many from the United States.And in a feature on Ireland’s prettiest towns, Ardara was included. The article – with a picture taken from distance – says: “On the southwest coast of County Donegal, the tiny town of Ardara (seen here in the distance) looks as if it were carved out of a solid block of granite.“Its streets undulate up and down the rocky hills and are lined with little boutiques and charming arts shops, many selling clothes made of the famed Donegal wool. You can wander its entirety in a few minutes. It’s a bite-sized place.”Read more: http://www.frommers.com/slideshows/847940-ireland-s-7-prettiest-towns#slide848433#ixzz3080tv8RT  GLOBAL TRAVEL WEBSITE PUTS ARDARA IN 7TH HEAVEN! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraFrommer’sprettiest townlast_img read more