D-III Springfield embraces 9-year-old cancer patient

first_img Published on October 23, 2013 at 12:59 am Contact Kristin: klross01@syr.edu | @kriskross22 Facebook Twitter Google+ When Springfield (Mass.) College takes its home field, at the front of the pack is one of its most valuable team members, right next to the team captains and seniors: a 9-year-old boy, dressed in his very own uniform.Throughout the month of October, the Division III Pride is raising funds for Griffin’s Friends Children’s Cancer Fund at Baystate Health Foundation Inc. in honor of Luke Bradley. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but assistant football coach Marc Riccio said the football program likes to open up its scope for more than just one form of the disease.“We like to just bring awareness to everybody and to the whole community,” Riccio said. “We brought him on the team. He has his own jersey. Sometimes, we’ll go to his school. We send him letters. He really is a member of our football team.”Bradley suffers from a form of cancer and with the help of Team Impact, a college sports adoption program for kids with life-threatening illnesses, the Pride football team has taken the boy in as their own.This time, though, the football program decided to “draft” Bradley. They gave him his own media day, and set up a press conference with all of the players and coaches in attendance. They even made him sign a contract that promised that he would eat breakfast, make his bed, listen to his parents and do well in school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We gave him a locker in the locker room, and we put his name up on the scoreboard,” assistant coach Cody Flanigan said. “We tried to show him how important he was going to be to our program.”On Oct. 12, the Pride played its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day game, this year against Hobart. Each year, the football team raises funds for a different cancer research organization.This year, Springfield decided to donate the money raised through selling pink T-shirts and souvenir helmets to the foundation where Bradley regularly receives treatments. Currently, he is in remission for his cancer.Bradley regularly comes to team practices and trains alongside the players. Sometimes he calls plays from the playbook, other times he is called on to tackle in a scrimmage.For games, Bradley is there for the coin toss and is in charge of taking the tee off of the field after kickoff. Then, he stands and cheers from the sidelines, often next to teammate and running back Andrew Alty.When Bradley was first adopted by the team, Alty had more one-on-one time with him than others because Alty was sitting out due to an injury. Since then, the two have developed a close relationship.“At first, he’s pretty shy, but once you get to know him, he’ll talk your ear off. He’ll say whatever comes to his mind, whatever is funny,” Alty said. “He’s really positive. If people are feeling down, then they’ll see him and they’ll cheer up.”Because Bradley goes to an elementary school a half an hour away, he doesn’t make it to all of the team’s practices. Sometimes, though, the team comes to him instead. The players have gone to play with him at recess or read a story to his class.They’ve built a strong bond with each other since the beginning of the football season, making him as much a part of the team as possible. And they’ve raised just less than $1,000 for his treatment center, still with a week to go in the month of October.“He does just as much for our guys, if not more than what we’re doing for him,” Flanigan said. “Our guys don’t understand, but they have an idea of kind of what he goes through on a daily basis with those treatments.“Our guys are learning a lot from him. It’s pretty special.” Commentslast_img read more

Men’s water polo runs win streak to nine

first_imgFanfu Shentu | Daily TrojanRounding off another perfect weekend, the second-ranked men’s water polo team continued its winning run to advance to 9-0 on the season after facing No. 15 Cal Baptist and MIT on Saturday and Santa Clara and No. 6 Long Beach State on Sunday. Despite facing two top-ranked teams, the Trojans were not fazed and continued sticking to their system to get the wins. USC started off the weekend with a bang as different players scored the team’s first nine goals against Cal Baptist. The Trojans showed their depth of skill not only on the scoring front, but also in the cage. Senior goalie McQuin Baron had seven saves by the end of the game and became the program’s all-time saves leader, passing previous holder Joel Dennerley, who played on the team from 2008 to 2011.By the end of the tournament, Baron had not only passed the previous record of 855 saves, but had also gone well on his way to exceeding that record. He finished the tournament with his 869th goal and is quickly proving it will be difficult for anyone to match his tally. Throughout the tournament, the Trojans did not hold anything back. On Sunday, 12 players scored against Santa Clara, and eight made their mark against Long Beach State. Many players, like sophomore 2-meter man Matt Maier, ended with 10 goals by the end of the tournament. Others, like senior 2-meter man Lachlan Edwards and redshirt sophomore driver Daniel Leong, who put up 17 goals combined, made their mark on the games this last weekend.Their closest match of the tournament came at the end against No. 6 Long Beach State. The two finally faced during the season after a handful of scrimmages over the summer. The game was tied in the first half three separate times by the 49ers, but the Trojans finished the half with a strong run to give them the lead before finishing the period. USC returned with the same energy in the second half that would eventually shut the 49ers out for the entirety of the fourth period and clinch the Trojans their final victory of the tournament.After a long, but successful weekend, the Trojans have to turn around and prepare for both a solo game on Thursday and hosting the MPSF tournament this weekend at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

CSEC, CAPE examinations alternative centres for May 26

first_imgAs plans evolve for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Independence, the Ministry of Education seeks to advise candidates sitting Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) on May 26, that they will be accommodated at different educational facilities so as to not have any disturbances.Please note the names of the schools that will be accommodated at each examination centre.last_img

Montserrado District #13 Rep. Aspirant to Open Vocational Hub

first_imgMr. Jallah makes remarks at the occasion.Ahead of the pending representative by-election in Montserrado County’s Electoral District # 13, a representative aspirant has promised to open a vocational hub for youth in the district.The hub, according to Andy B. Jallah, when completed, will benefit community dwellers, specifically school-age youth who do not have the opportunity to enroll at the various colleges, universities or vocational institutions.Jallah made the disclosure recently at a program marking the commencement of the first ever inter-community quizzing competition, organized by the friends of Andy in collaboration with the Bassa Town Youth Organization. The ceremony was held in New Georgia Estate, Gardnersville, a suburb of Monrovia.The quizzing competition, which was held under the theme, “Navigating the District Through Academic Discourse,” brought together community leaders, high school students from New Georgia Estate, Chocolate City, and Shoe Factory.Mr. Jallah told residents that his team, comprising several youth, has been working very hard with stakeholders, to ensure that his dream becomes a reality.He said that young people nowadays continue to be carried away by peer pressure (“bad friends”) to engage in illegal activities, thus making some of them to be found in community ghettos.Jallah said the vocational hub, which is excepted to open any time soon, will buttress government’s effort to minimize the proliferation of ghettos around communities.In order to achieve this dream, there is a need to collectively work together, “because if the youth are busy doing something positive, some of them will not go in the ghettos or follow ‘bad friends,’” he said.Jallah then assured the youth of his commitment to ensure the continued provision of more scholarships.Over the years, Mr. Jallah said he has been one of the persons who has provided scholarships for more than 26 young people, some of whom have continued their academic sojourn.He stressed the need to rehabilitate drug users in the district and have them integrated into society, something which he said will help the country youthful population.Jallah further promised to get rid of ghettos in the coming months, in collaboration with authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and other security apparatuses, to ensure that young people are not carried away by peer pressure.“In order for some of the young people to get a better education, we need to invest into their education and transform their lives,” he said.Ramsay T. Sudeso, II, a resident of the New Georgia Estate, lauded Jallah for being farsighted in his search to empower some of the youth.Sudeso said over the years, no aspirant ever thought of opening a vocational hub in the district; therefore, Mr. Sudeso encouraged some of the youth to take advantage of every learning opportunity to improve their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more