Williston, Vt. Vermonts only home-away-from- home for cancer patients has received good news from the states largest banking institution: a major pledge to build a bigger, more functional building.Recently, the Campaign for a New Hope Lodge gained a pledge of $40,000 from the Chittenden Bank Community Fund. The pledge comes on the heels of notification that the campaign is eligible to receive a $400,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation.The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge has operated for more than twenty years offering patients and caregivers a home-like setting while they receive treatment in the Burlington area. The Campaign for a New Hope Lodge has a goal of $4.4 million to build and operate a state-of-the-art facility on East Avenue that will provide lodging and support for sixteen patients and their caregivers.Were very excited to hear this good news from the Chittenden Bank, commented Dr. Richard Branda, a hematologist/oncologist and chair of the Campaign for a New Hope Lodge. We have a very ambitious financial goal, and the Kresge challenge grant and Chittendens generous donation give us added incentive to reach out to other community groups and individuals to join us in this effort.Working in conjunction with Fletcher Allen Health Care, the American Cancer Society has planned the new facility to include private suites for all guests, room for support groups and accommodations for handicapped guests. The Campaign has made progress toward the goal, according to vice president for development Howard Goodrow.The Kresge Challenge, he explains, helps stimulate further fundraising while acknowledging the work done to date. The Kresge challenge grant stipulates that the campaign needs to raise remaining funds toward the goal by December 31, 2006. With the help of the Chittenden Bank and other donors, we are on our way. Goodrow notes that more than two-thirds of the project cost has been committed to the Campaign, and the Chittenden Bank gift is the first major gift to count toward the Kresge Challenge. Chittenden Bank Community Fund provides financial support to charitable groups and non-profit organizations throughout Vermont, according to Jan Marinelli, Community Service Director at Chittenden Bank. The Chittenden has helped Vermonters for over 100 years, and we have great respect for the Hope Lodge and the unique way it supports cancer patients, Marinelli explains. She says that the Campaign for a New Hope Lodge is making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families who are often without any support when they travel for treatment.The Campaign for a New Hope Lodge hopes to begin construction on the new building sometime this summer. For more information about the Campaign, contact Howard Goodrow at 802/872-6313, or online at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org(link is external).# # #
In an awe inspiring story of giving back to society, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, a former student of the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) and currently the Director of Sports of the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana Legon has fulfilled a long desire of making a significant contribution to his alma mater with the official commissioning of a sports court named after him (Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court) at Keta, Volta region on Friday, 22nd March, 2019.A 1983 graduate of KETASCO, Dr. Bitugu is the current Chairman of The International Scientific Network for Sport for Development and Peace. He has served and continues to serve in various international roles as an academic (University of Innsbruck, Applied University of Kufstein, University of Krems an der Donau, all in Austria). He also worked and continues to work as an expert and consultant for the UN, Africa Union, the Commonwealth, UEFA, FIFA, European Union, the Austrian Government, the Government of Ghana and selected African and European NGOs and institutions.A role model for sports and education, especially for the youth, Dr. Bella has had a passion to come back to his roots and give back to the society that helped shape his early beginnings. This was a crowning moment of years of hard work and perseverance.The multipurpose court is first of its kind in Ghana for a second cycle institution in terms of size, purpose and funding worth an estimated GH 167,000. Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court was constructed with funds from the Austrian Ministry of Sports, supported by the 1976 KETASCO Year Group, businessman and philanthropist Dr. Dan Mckorley (Macdan), Brigadier-General Dr. Chris Agbeka, Dr. Saviour Badohu and other individuals from the 76 and 83 Old Student Unions, among others. Welcoming dignitaries, chiefs, students and staff of the school, the headmaster of Keta Secondary School Mr. Charles Agbakey expressed his gratitude to all who had contributed to the success of the project. “I want to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Bella and all other contributors who made sure that this project did not stall,” he said. The project coordinator Rev. Herbert Nuworkpor, could not hide his elation at the completion of the project having spent much time and energy on it. He declared, at long last the battle has ended!!!!”At long last the battle is over and Ketasco has overcome an infrastructural deficit. The project was made much bigger than originally projected which meant more funds were required. At the official commissioning ceremony, it was revealed to the admiration of all that the court had been named after Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu.Dr. Bitugu played a pioneering role in the construction of the court, directly and indirectly, sourcing for the necessary funding for the project. It was announced that the Ministry of Sports Austria had contributed about 80 per cent of the total cost of the project while some groups and individuals had also made some contributions whose names are acknowledged on the official plaque in front of the court.Dr. Bella rolled back the years and told the gathering about his early beginnings at Keta.“I was once here at Ketasco. In house 1, Quao House…Sports is supposed to bring people together and create a holistic and well-fashioned person for tolerance, understanding, time management, focus and perseverance,…qualities hardly taught in the classroom” he said to wild applause from the student body. He continued, “Ketasco has made me who I am today. I started by contributing in various forms to the school including books, internet, sports kits etc. I think we should give back to where we came from. I want to say thank you to my juniors and seniors, teachers and everyone.”“I am here to tell you that the court is ready to be used. I am very happy and this journey was a very long journey. This was a struggle. I see this as another favour from our God. Please note also that schools around as well as the community also have the right to use the court. The school management should design a procedure for outsiders to have easy access to the court.”Spurred on by their latest infrastructural addition, some students of KETASCO took to the court to showcase their skills in a special handball contest.Dr. Bitugu urged them to “Become the champions of basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, tennis and allow others from outside to use the court so Keta becomes a base to showcase Development through Sports… And he had a special message to the Austrian Ministry of Sports with whose support the project materialized.“I want to thank the Austrian Ministry of Sports, the Austrian Government and VIDC, Vienna and all the people involved in getting us here,” he said.The Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court is well equipped to host the major indoor events such as basketball, handball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis among others.The entire South Zone Schools and Colleges Sports Association and Volta Region stand to benefit from the use of the facility. It appears the commissioning of the facility has come at the right time to solve a major infrastructural deficit and hundreds if not thousands of school children would benefit from the use of the Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court well into the near future. —
Today is marked the eighteenth anniversary since the death of BH basketball giant Mirza Delibasic Kindje.Family members and friends will lay flowers on his grave in the Alley of the Greats at the Sarajevo cemetery Bare and commemorate the legendary basketball player of Bosna and Real Madrid, the last basketball romantic who was admired by basketball Europe and the whole world.Mirza Delibasic was born on the 9th of January 1954 in Tuzla. He started his brilliant athletic career back in 1968, when he became a pioneering champion of BiH in tennis. He replaced tennis by basketball in Sloboda from Tuzla and moved to “Bosna” in 1972. He played almost 700 matches and scored 14,000 points for “Students”.He was a Champion of Yugoslavia (1978 and 1980), the Club Champion of Europe in 1979, and won all possible trophies with the national team of the former state. He was twice Champion of the Old Continent (1977 and 1979), the World Champion in 1978 and Olympic Champion in 1980. He was proclaimed for the best basketball player of Yugoslavia in 1980. He wore the jersey of “Yugoslavia” 176 times and scored 1759 points. He was elected for the best athlete of BiH four times, and was declared for the athlete of all times in our country in 2000.In just two years at Real Madrid, Mirza Delibasic won so many friends with his gaming and human qualities that he will never be forgotten, and his former teammate Juan Antonio Korbalan wrote the book “Conversations with Mirza”.He remained loyal to Sarajevo during the siege as well, when he thanked on the invitation of the leadership of “Real” to replace besieged BH capital with Madrid “paradise”. He was a basketball team coach of BiH that won the eighth place on the European Championship in 1993. This is still the best performance of our national team at the European championships.Mirza Delibasic Kindje died on the 8th of December 2001 in Sarajevo.
This is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones’ answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.”In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” Jones said. Wait, what?MORE: Ranking Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesThis is an interesting “opinion” for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett’s employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.”First of all, he’s a good coach … one of the smartest coaches,” Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in place through 2019. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan he’s retaining Jason Garrett for rest of season because “first of all, he’s a good coach” and “one of the smartest coaches.” His experience level helps balance younger members of staff. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 3, 2019Added Jones on how Garrett’s experience benefits Dallas’ current coaching staff: “When I decided to go with a younger makeup of a coaching staff, I decided that. And we did get it. We got Marc Colombo, we got it with Richard really impacting our defense, we got it several areas out there. Our special teams coach, our linebacker coach, When we the year before made a change with our receiver coach, and Kellen Moore the obvious one at coordinator.”I felt strongly that we could do and do that with a young group that still had experience to get. I felt we could to that with Jason Garrett there, he could be the safety net in case the wheels came off.”Jones also mentioned he had seen the list of candidates who could replace Garrett should the Cowboys not extend their coach. (No word on whether it was Sporting News’ list he saw.) He said those coaches “can’t guarantee a Super Bowl.”Obviously, neither can Garrett, whose overall record entering Week 14 of the 2019 season was 83-65, not including a 2-3 mark in five playoff games. Dallas is still looking for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.MORE: Mapping out Garrett’s future in DallasThat Jones would say he thinks Garrett will coach “in the NFL” next season rather than “the Cowboys” is interesting, especially in light of an NFL Media report that suggests Garrett and the Giants would have mutual interest should the coach hit the open market. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.But what about after the season, when Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is set to expire? Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculated Garrett’s camp leaked that info in an effort to maintain leverage as the coach’s seat gets warmer. Perhaps Tuesday’s comment was a similar move by Jones.Diplomacy. https://t.co/NIJxz3gurV— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) December 3, 2019Regardless, Jones’ lack of commitment to Garrett with his words Tuesday matches his actions. Simply put: If Jones wanted Garrett to continue as the Cowboys’ coach regardless of how the 2019 season plays out, the team owner already would have extended the coach’s contract.The Cowboys, 6-6 and still leading the NFC East over the 5-7 Eagles, have a chance to get back on track with a Thursday night game against the Bears in Chicago this week. Jones on Tuesday claimed “there’s boxes to be checked” for Garrett over the next four weeks and beyond, but he wouldn’t say whether Garrett needs to win a specific amount of games or reach a certain round of the playoffs.