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Students work to stop AIDS

first_imgThis winter break, several USC students will travel to Africa with a team of 40 people to take part in “Steps over Swaziland.”SOS is a campaign intended to bring relief and awareness to Swaziland, a small country in Africa that has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS.According to Abhirukt Sapru, a sophomore majoring in business administration who will be taking part in the trip, statistics predict that by the year 2020, the AIDS epidemic could be responsible for the death of Swaziland’s adult population.“A lot of the funds and resources are going to much bigger countries with problems of less magnitude,” Sapru said. “What we hope that SOS will do is draw people’s attention to Swaziland and actually help people understand the real dire problems that are going on there.”One World Futbol Project collaborated with FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit organization co-founded by USC students Garrett Weiss and his brother, Kyle, to organize SOS.The organization fundraises to build soccer fields in impoverished communities. The One World Futbol Project joined FUNDaFIELD to provide highly durable — if not entirely indestructible — soccer balls to complement the fields, Garrett Weiss said.“We’ll be going to about five [community centers] and holding soccer tournaments there, doing clothing exchanges — that kind of thing for the orphanages — as well as giving out AIDS awareness information the entire time and lots of AIDS prevention resources,” said Garrett Weiss, a sophomore majoring in business administration.The USC students on the FUNDaFIELD team will be dribbling one of One World’s soccer balls across Swaziland — a journey that is approximately 130 miles.They will run about 10 to 15 miles each day and deliver the One World soccer balls, jerseys and HIV/AIDS resources at community centers for orphans along the way, Weiss said.FUNDaFIELD plans to construct a field at El Shaddai orphanage, the last stop on their trip.To some, the idea of devoting funds to developing soccer fields and distributing balls might seem to detract resources from solving the severe problems at hand, such as HIV/AIDS, said Tim Jahnigen, inventor of the One World Futbol.However, both FUNDaFIELD and the One World Futbol project acknowledge the significance soccer has on children in poverty, Jahnigen said.“Play and sports reinforce community and conflict resolution and all kinds of things,” Jahnigen said.Jahnigen said he was inspired to create a lasting soccer ball for the One World Futbol Project after watching a documentary about the children in Darfur refugee camps who resorted to playing soccer with balls made of trash. Although many relief efforts have been put in place to help these children, the soccer balls provided don’t last long before they are punctured or otherwise destroyed, he said.“Our vision is to support the work of organizations like FUNDaFIELD,” Jahnigen said. “If you can provide a ball that doesn’t go flat into an environment that is incredibly poor but full of children, it allows the children to play to their hearts’ content instead of until the ball is destroyed.”One World hopes to distribute one million balls to poor communities across the globe within three years, Jahnigen said. So far, around 15,000 balls have been provided through donations and their “buy one, give one” commercial program.“When I had the idea for the ball, it was only meant for children in harsh environments and the idea of making money off of it or making a business out of it was the last thing on my mind. It was just really thinking about children, their needs,” Jahnigen said. “That part of the story has always been the major driving force behind the project.”For SOS, Jahnigen said he hopes to be able to provide between 500 to 1,000 balls for the FUNDaFIELD team to deliver to Swaziland.“We’re all ecstatic, we’re all really looking forward to it,” Sapru said. “We all just can’t wait.”Weiss said he is also enthusiastic for the upcoming SOS trip.“Once you go to Africa, you are able to realize the effects of your work and you’re able to see what else needs to be done,” Weiss said. “When you go, you just get so excited to do more and I’m hoping that’s what comes out of this for everyone else on the trip.”last_img read more

Wellington girls win at Andale for first time in like forever; boys lose

first_img26 Wellington girls 58 Andale 42 Wellington 18 17 Andale 43 59 Wellington Wellington: Cade Phelps 5, Connor Phelps 8, Snipes 5, Hamel 2, Long 2, King 3, Ybarra 1. Total: 11 (2) 2-4 26. 12 11 11 8 Wellington: Rusk 9, Mitchell 31, French 9, Snipes 10. Total 22 (8) 7-10, 59. 11 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball program has accomplished many things over the past decade. But one of things the Lady Crusaders have not been able to do is win an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.Tuesday was a great start as Wellington defeated Andale 59-43 on the road. Senior Grace Mitchell scored 31 points in the victory.Wellington boys would lose to Andale 63-26.The game almost seemed ho-hum, but it was historical on so many fronts. This may have been the first time in Wellington girls basketball history that the Crusaders have started a season at 4-0. This also may have been the first time in years that Wellington has gone to Andale and beaten the Lady Indians at their place.Even during the Charlie Angels years, Wellington could not win in Andale. The Crusaders oftentimes would beat Andale at home in February, but never in Andale in December. Typically, a trip to Andale comes two days off the Kingman Tournament and a combination of fatigue and it being Andale makes it a disastrous night for the Lady Dukes.Not this time. Wellington struggled early, falling behind in the first quarter. But an Avery Rusk 3-pointer at the buzzer would give the Crusaders an 18-17 lead.“We didn’t play well in the first quarter at all,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “We really need to work on playing well for all four quarters.”But in the second quarter, Wellington would explode on an 18-4 run, that was concluded with three steals and two layups by Mitchell and Lauryn Snipes in the final minute. Wellington was in front 36-21 at the half.The Crusaders would up the lead to 48-32 at the end of three quarters and would go on to win this one by 16. Whatever celebrating Wellington may have made after winning for the first time in Andale since Nam, was not displayed afterwards.It seemed like another day at the office.According to official WHS Maxprep stats, Wellington was 22 of 55 from the field for a 41 percent shooting success rate. Wellington was very effective beyond the arch, going 8 of 13. Mitchell led Wellington on rebounds with 11 while Tayland French had 8. Mitchell had three steals and four blocks. Snipes had four steals three assists.Wellington travels to Mulvane on Friday for the final game of 2015.center_img 8 20 4 18 Andale 63 ———Wellington boys Andale held Wellington scoreless in the first quarter 18-0 and led 48-8 at the half en route to an easy win. Pete Carney led all scorers with 14 and Clint Walstad had 11.Wellington was led by Connor Phelps with 8.Andale boys 63 Wellington 26 13 17 Andale stats were not available. Andale: Dagenais 2, Richter 5, Meyer 6, Carney 14, Walstad 11, Bruce 5, Jansen 3, Fairchild 2, Ast 11. Total: 23 (7) 3-5 63. 18 0 5 Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Costa Rica draws with Spain 11 at FIFA Womens World Cup opening

first_imgFollowing the goal, La Sele had their best moments of the game, with more opportunities to score, but Spain slowly regained control of the match.Spain’s offense, however, was innefective as countless shots went wide or were repelled by Díaz, who saved her teammates on several occasions.The second half was dominated almost entirely by Spain, and Costa Rica had almost no offensive plays.Just 30 seconds into the second half Spain nearly took the lead when Sonia Bermúdez sent a crossed pass from the left that slipped through La Sele’s defensive line. Luckily, Natalia Pablos was unable to send the ball in.Four minutes later, a header by Jennifer Hermoso went wide, and a strong shot by Spain’s star and team captain Verónica Boquete went long the next minute.Boquete had at least three more opportunities to score, but her bad aim, good saves by Díaz and even the pole kept the score tied until the end of the match.Following four unsuccessful participations at U17 and U20 World Cups, Costa Rica’s debut in Canada finally garnered the country its first point ever in a FIFA Women’s World Cup.Las Ticas on Saturday will face South Korea at 5 p.m. Costa Rica time, while Spain will play against the South American champion Brazil. Costa Rica’s Raquel Rodríguez, left, celebrates after scoring against Spain, with Carolina Venegas during a Group E match at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, on June 9, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFPSpain 1-1 Costa RicaGoals:Spain: Vicky Losada (12’)Costa Rica: Raquel Rodríguez Cedeño (13’)Lineups:Spain: Ainhoa ​​Tirapú, Celia Jiménez (Ruth García, 62), Marta Torrejón, Irene Paredes, Leire Landa, Natalia Pablos, Vicky Losada, Alexia Putellas, Sonia Bermúdez (Marta Corredera, 72), Verónica Boquete, Jennifer Hermoso (Borja, 84’). Coach: Ignacio Quereda.Costa Rica: Dinnia Díaz, Diana Sáenz, Carol Sánchez, Wendy Acosta, Lixy Rodríguez, Melissa Herrera (Guillén, 87), Shirley Cruz, Katherine Alvarado, Raquel Rodríguez, María Barrantes (Karla Villalobos, 74), Carolina Venegas (Granados, 80). Coach: Amelia Valverde.Yellow cards:  Celia Jiménez, Spain (44’)Referees: Salomé Di Iorio (ARG), María Rocco (ARG), Mariana De Almeida (ARG) and Marilin Miranda (PAR).Stadium: Olympic Stadium in Montreal Facebook Comments Related posts:Las Ticas beat Mexico 1-0, advance toward Canada 2015 World Cup Costa Rica’s Ticas one match away from FIFA World Cup Canada 2015 6 top Costa Rica sports stories of 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Brazil’s only goal is enough to eliminate Costa Rica The Costa Rican women’s national football team, known as La Sele, split the points with Spain in a 1-1 draw during both teams’ first match ever at a World Cup. For La Sele, it also was their first point in aFIFA World Cup competition.The match, played late Tuesday afternoon at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in Canada, was mostly dominated by the Europeans as Costa Rica, looking a little nervous at the start, showed little offensive game.That control allowed Spain to score an early lead just 13 minutes into the match. Vicky Lozada received the ball from a corner kick, turned to get rid of a Tica defender and sent a diagonal shot impossible for goalie Dinnia Díaz to stop.A key factor for Costa Rica was their ability to overcome that challenge and score an equalizer just one minute later, while some of the Spanish fans were still celebrating.Lixy Rodríguez received a long pass from Wendy Acosta, drove the ball along the sideline, entered the area and sent a centering pass from the end line in a crosser that slipped through five Spanish defenders on its way to Raquel Rodríguez, who was wide open and scored with a soft touch.last_img read more