Pink Game to benefit charity

first_imgThe Fighting Irish football team will don its traditional blue and gold uniforms when it faces Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, but players will add a bold color to their game day look: pink.   During the annual Pink Game, sponsored by the Kelly Cares Foundation (KCF) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, players and coaches will accessorize with pink wristbands, shoelaces and other items to show their support for both the foundation and breast cancer awareness in general, KCF executive director Lisa Klunder said. The Pink Game also gives the Foundation an arena for raising awareness of its commitment to health, education and community, and its particular focus on breast cancer education and research, Klunder said. “This is a great opportunity for the foundation to get its name out there and let the community, fans and alumni know what we do,” she said. “Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a perfect platform to do that.” Founded by Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his wife, Paqui, the Foundation dedicates much of its work to causes related to breast cancer awareness due to Paqui Kelly’s personal connection to the cause as a two-time survivor of the disease, she said. “As part of the three pillars of the organization, we focus on breast cancer awareness, education and research,” she said. “We continue to help organizations in any of those facets, whether it’s assisting research facilities with funding or me doing speaking engagements and encouraging people to be proactive about their health.” The Foundation also supports other non-profit organizations, Paqui Kelly said, as it recently donated $10,000 to Notre Dame swim coach Brian Barnes’s Coaches vs. Cancer event in honor of Barnes’s late wife, Alyssa. This year’s Pink Game holds special significance for Paqui Kelly, as she celebrated being five years cancer-free in September. “The first time around, I didn’t get to celebrate because I was diagnosed again before the five-year mark,” she said. In addition to the visual display of support from the football team and sales of Adidas licensed pink gear on game day, Klunder said the Foundation will be selling facemasks of Brian Kelly’s pink-visored face to fans as part of a partnership with the Logan Center in South Bend. “The proceeds will be split 50-50 between the Logan Center and the Foundation. They do wonderful things for their clients, and in keeping with our pillar of community, we can give back to an organization that could use the additional funds,” she said. “The Logan Center’s clients helped assemble [the masks], so they’ve been really proactive and involved in this. I don’t know if there are more or bigger Notre Dame fans than the Logan Center clients.” The upcoming game is a continuation of the Foundation’s other breast cancer awareness efforts, including last week’s second annual Think Pink with Paqui golf outing, which hosted 250 guests and raised more than $75,000 in net proceeds, Klunder said. Although the noncompetitive event was “lighthearted,” Paqui Kelly said its educational value was the real focus of the outing, as two Michiana oncologists spoke to attendees about breast cancer treatment, early detection and research. “The event was quite successful, and we got positive feedback from people who came,” she said. “The oncologists discussed current treatments, and so many things have changed that what people were told 10 years ago is a lot different now. From my first to my second diagnosis, my treatments were very different.” Paqui Kelly said her experience motivates her to share her story and raise awareness of the disease year round, not just in October. “It’s personal to Brian and me. I feel like I had a red carpet with cancer treatment because we had everything we needed along the way,” she said. “It’s also very important to understand that breast cancer doesn’t just happen in October, but using the same platform of awareness as the country and the NFL helps.” For more information about the Kelly Cares Foundation, visit kellycaresfoundation.org.last_img read more

10 Children’s garden

first_imgVolume XXXIIINumber 1Page 10 It’s sometimes difficult to get children to eat their veggies.But they may be more receptive to eating broccoli and beans ifthey grow and harvest them. Bodie Pennisi, a floriculture specialist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, sayschildren are naturally excited about nature. It’s a short step toget them interested in gardening.“There are two ways to introduce children to gardening and to getthem excited,” she said, “from the animal perspective and fromthe food perspective.”Pennisi suggests appealing to a child’s sense of curiosity towardwildlife. Start by talking about butterflies, hummingbirds andbees and how important they are to the life cycle of the garden. Next, think about how you set up your garden. An interesting tipPennisi gives is to use unique containers. “You can use anything:buckets, teapots, tires, football helmets, dump trucks, wagons oreven old shoes,” she said.Old shoes can easily become planters. Just put the soil in,sprinkle in the seeds and add water. Suddenly you have a uniquecontainer kids will enjoy.Children’s gardens can also follow several different themes. Frombutterfly gardens to vegetable and herb gardens, the possibilities are endless. However, don’t keep all the fun to yourself. Letting your childdecide which type of garden she wants to plant adds a whole newelement of excitement.Children can grow all types of vegetables. Beans, broccoli,carrots, eggplant, onion, peppers and tomatoes are all easy togrow. Make choices based on your child’s personal tastes.Because there are several different types children can work with, Tomatoes are a great hit with kids, Pennisi said, becausedifferent varieties produce an array of fruit in numerous colors,shapes and sizes. “Herbs, too, are easily grown from seed,” she said. “All theyhave to do is sprinkle the seed, cover them with soil, water themreally well and in a few days seeds emerge. A few weeks later theherb’s scent develops.”If your children love flowers, there are plenty of unique andcool flowering plants kids can grow. General options includeimpatiens, pansies, sunflowers and snapdragons. Bulb planting can also be a fun and educational way to teachchildren how different types of plants are grown. Children areamazed to see flowers on a plant they grew from tiny seeds or abulb they planted.“An early spring container of bulbs could consist of daffodils,hyacinths and tulips,” Pennisi said. “Summer bulbs include calalily, short gladiolus and caladium.”Encourage your children to keep a daily or weekly gardeningjournal. Describing how the plants are growing, what tools theyused that day or what kind of wildlife they saw while out in thegarden engages children in creative writing. By taking andincluding photographs, the gardening journal can become a keepsake.“Harvesting herbs is especially great as they can write, ‘Ihelped Mom cook the pesto sauce with the fresh basil.’ This canlead to an interest in cooking and helping in the kitchen aswell,” Pennisi said.Plants to stay away from while gardening with children areangel’s trumpet, castor bean, climbing lily, foxglove, morningglory and flowering tobacco, she said. The seeds or leaves ofthese plants are toxic and should not be planted near homes withchildren.Other safety reminders involve growing and planting.“Be careful with sharp instruments, and make sure kids don’t hurtthemselves while clipping blooms or handling heavy containers orbowls,” Pennisi said.Pennisi discourages parents from using pesticides aroundchildren. Instead, use organic fertilizers and compost whicharen’t harmful. By Kristen PlankUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

Palm Beach County School District officials provide back-to-school updates

first_imgGearing up to start the new school year in Palm Beach County, school district officials provide an update during a news conference on Tuesday morning. Palm Beach County is set to start school on Monday, Aug. 31 with distance learning for all students.last_img

Search for Sala plane pilot to resume next week: family

first_imgThe fundraising page, which has so far raised nearly £250,000 (287,000 euros, $327,000), said there would also be “helicopter searches of the coastal areas”.The small aircraft, which was carrying the Cardiff City striker from his former club Nantes in France to Britain, disappeared from radar on January 21.Sala’s body was recovered on February 7 from the submerged wreck of the plane and his funeral was held on Saturday in his home town of Progreso in Argentina.The plane was located by a shipwreck hunting company, Blue Water Recoveries, hired by Sala’s family thanks to crowdfunding after a search for the plane was suspended.Ibbotson’s body was never found and investigators said they suspended the search because of bad weather.David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, said on Tuesday that he had been assisting Ibbotson’s family.“This search is technically very different to the underwater search for the Piper Malibu aircraft. It is dependent on good weather, neap tides and flight permits.“The ‘search’ will include a dive to the wreck to rule out 100% that David’s body is there and a helicopter search of inaccessible coastal areas in the Channel Islands using trained pilots and observers,” he wrote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FC Nantes supporters gather in front of a portrait of late Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala prior to the French L1 football match against Nimes Olympique at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France on February 10, 2019 © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – A search for the pilot of a plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala which crashed in the Channel last month is set to resume next week, his family said on Tuesday.David Ibbotson’s family said on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the search that divers would begin looking for the body “hopefully beginning of next week”.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has been on the road constantly since January. A gruelling limited-overs tour of Australia was followed by the Asia Cup T20, a short T20 series against Sri Lanka, the World T20 and the Indian Premier League. (Scorecard)Under pressure for poor form and questionable tactics as captain, Dhoni agreed to tour Zimbabwe with a young squad. Having overseen his first series victory in 20 months and a whitewash over the hapless hosts, the 34-year-old wicketkeeper finally spared a thought for his young family and little daughter. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)Dhoni, who has retired from Test cricket, will close off a hectic season with three T20s against Zimbabwe before switching off to spend time at home while India travel to the West Indies for a four-Test series. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper would not be needed on national duty till New Zealand come calling for a five-match ODI series in September. That gives him about three months to unwind and he could be forgiven for worrying about baby Ziva as time approaches to fly back home.”After a long time, I am getting a break. I will spend some time with the family and take time off cricket. Don’t think my daughter still recognises me,” Dhoni said after Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal hammered fifties to script a 10-wicket victory for India, who inflicted a 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe. But Dhoni perhaps knows that he would have to think more than just his family. Certain quarters in the Indian cricket fraternity believe it is time for Dhoni to step aside and let Virat Kohli take charge of the limited-overs sides. Dhoni’s detractors would not be impressed with three easy wins against the perennial minnows of world cricket but he was not overtly worried about the nature of his triumph.advertisement”I don’t mind winning games easily,” said Dhoni, who was happy with the way the team executed its plans.But Dhoni drew criticism for his decision to persist with Ambati Rayudu at No.3 for the first two matches. Consequently, Manish Pandey, who had smashed a match-winning hundred, got to face only two deliveries in the series. But the captain was happy that the batsmen who did get a chance, proved their potential. (Dhoni defies logic by choosing Ambati Rayudu over Manish Pandey at No. 3 in Harare)”Few more batters could have got opportunities but the guys who got the opportunities performed really well,” Dhoni said.last_img read more