Olympia Businesses Unite to Empower Young Lives in West Africa

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Alaffia“Bicycles for Education” Bike and School Supply Drive co-sponsored by  Alaffia and The Fish Tale Brew Pub Olympia based Fair Trade natural body care company Alaffia is collecting bikes for their Bicycles for Education program at Olympia’s Fish Brew Pub this Saturday. Olympia and surrounding communities can drastically change the life of young students in Togo, West Africa by bringing adult sized bikes, bike parts, and school supplies to The Fish Tale Brew Pub Saturday, August 31 between 10 am and 3 pm. Since 2004, Alaffia has distributed over 4,500 used bicycles to secondary school students in need of transportation.Students in rural Togo must often walk 5 to 15 miles a day to get to school. Because of this, 91% of girls and 48% of boys drop out of school before the sixth grade. In contrast; 95% of the students who receive an Alaffia bike stay in school and graduate.Alaffia was founded in 2004 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala and his wife and partner Rose Hyde as a means to alleviate poverty and promote gender equality in Olowo-n’djo’s native Togo. They established a Certified Fair Trade Shea butter cooperative in Togo that focuses on employing women to traditionally handcraft premium quality Shea butter. The couple selected Olympia as the location for what began as a ‘cottage industry’ operation; both partners working together to create and promote the Alaffia line. By meeting and exceeding rigorous Fair Trade standards and investing sales back into Community Empowerment Projects, they were embraced in local food co-ops.Today, Alaffia can be found in over 2,000 stores nationwide and has greatly expanded their natural body care lines, their workforce in Olympia, and Community Empowerment Projects in Togo. The members of their Fair Trade Cooperatives have grown from 50 to 500. In March of this year, Olowo-n’djo was publically recognized when he received a Washington State Jefferson Award for public service.  On Monday, September 2,  Alaffia is commemorating its ten year anniversary by sending Olowo-n’djo on The Empowerment Tour; a two month, 8,780 mile, couch surfing tour across the US in a biodiesel van. Olowo-n’djo will personally travel the US thanking stores and consumers for their support. The money saved on hotel rooms is being donated to their Maternal Health Project in Togo, which provides post and prenatal care for 1,000 women each year.In addition, Alaffia plants 10,000 trees each year through their Reforestation Project, builds schools, and empowers thousands of students through Bicycles for Education. Fish Brewing Company has hosted several Alaffia bike drives in the past 10 years. With the longstanding support of Fish Brewing Company and Northwest communities, Bicycles for Education is making a lasting impact and reducing poverty in Togolese communities.“Fish Brewing is proud to help sponsor Alaffia and their Bicycles for Education program.  Our goal is to have a focus on sustainability here in the NW, and we love the ability to share that with the global community.  Cheers and prost to all our participants and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!” shares Sarah Turnquist, Marketing Manager Fish Brewing CompanyThose donating a bike will be entered to win an Alaffia gift basket. All donations are tax deductible.Event Details:Saturday, August 31, 201310 am to 3 pmFish Tale Brew Pub 515 Jefferson Street SE  Olympia WA 98501Members of the community that would like to donate a bike at a later date may call (360) 866-0080.last_img read more

Aging in Place Requires Special Retirement Planning

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social ServicesSaving enough money to support ourselves throughout our golden years is key to planning for a comfortable retirement. Retirement planning should also include preparing for where we live when we retire, as well as when we age. Because of healthier lifestyle choices and medical advancements, more of us are choosing to “age in place” in our pre-retirement homes.Since we are living longer, we need to plan for things we will need for longer than our parents and grandparents did, knowing that the choices we make today will influence how we are able to live in the future. And, although our homes may be paid off by the time we retire, we will still need to maintain our homes after we stop working.Consider that your home is a system made up of many inter-connected parts that work together. There are structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical parts that all need to be maintained to keep them in good working order.When you purchased your home, you probably made payments that included principal, interest, taxes and insurance. You also paid your monthly utility bills (gas, electricity, sewer, water, etc.). But, depending on the age of your home when you bought it, you may not have been investing much into maintaining your home’s systems, because many of them can last 20 years or more. As you enter retirement, you may no longer be making principal and interest payments, but you will still be paying for taxes, insurance, utilities, and repairs and replacements.As a home ages, many repairs and replacements are needed and these expenses should be factored into retirement planning.If you’ve been in your home for close to 20 years, major systems in your home may be reaching the end of their useful lives. This could mean repairing or replacing the roof, the water system, , the electrical system (panel, outlets, light fixtures), the heating system, the floor coverings and countertops, siding, steps, porches, decks, paint, gutters and downspouts, cabinets, appliances, and the waste disposal system (septic or sewer). Paying for all of these on a fixed income will require planning ahead.If we plan to stay in our homes as we age, we also need to think about and plan for accessibility issues, which may include adding exterior ramps, grab bars, lever faucets, making bathroom modifications, lowering kitchen countertop and appliances, and widening of hallways and doorways. We can also invest in making our homes more energy efficient, fix leaking plumbing and drafty windows, and improving ventilation—these investments will not only help keep our housing costs affordable, but will also help keep us healthy by preventing mold growth and improving indoor air quality. Making these modifications will make us safer and more comfortable in our homes as we grow older, but will take significant financial resources at a time when they are limited.Planning and saving for future housing system repairs, improving our homes’ energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and making our homes more accessible now—while we are still earning an income—will improve how we live out our golden years. If you can, begin saving some money now; create an emergency fund to address the unforeseen roof leaks or plumbing problems, and start upgrading systems and making your home more accessible. Do this while you are working to prevent problems down the road, when your resources are limited.Thurston Thrives Housing for Health Strategy calls for creating safe and affordable housing for all in our community—with careful planning, we can get closer toward achieving this goal, one home at a time. Plan, save and prepare your home now so that your retirement can truly be golden. Facebook53Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Ridgeline Middle School Teacher Ryan Healy Named 2019 Regional Teacher of…

first_imgFacebook75Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capital Region ESD 113Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 last week named Ryan Healy as their 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year. Healy teaches character development classes at Ridgeline Middle School in Yelm Community Schools.The selection committee chose Healy for this award because of his clear vision for how he would serve the state as our regional teacher of the year and the alignment between his educational values and classroom practice.Ryan Healy now serves as one of nine candidates chosen by their respective ESDs, who will be considered for Washington State Teacher of the Year. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will select and announce the state winner this fall.“In my 18 years as an educator, I have never worked with a teacher who has more positive impact on kids than Ryan Healy.”— Craig Curry, Ridgeline Middle School PrincipalFor More InformationWashington State Teacher of the Year ProgramYelm Community SchoolsAbout Capital Region ESD 113The purpose of Capital Region ESD 113 is to ensure excellent and equitable education for all students through service and collaboration. Led by Superintendent Dr. Dana Anderson, ESD 113 provides services for 44 school districts, one tribal compact school, and approved private schools in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.last_img read more

See why Glenn McGrath just batted for the Indian bowling attack

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANS/APAdvertisement wlyg9nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs120Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3hux( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3puWould you ever consider trying this?😱rbeCan your students do this? 🌚h6a9Roller skating! Powered by Firework A lacklustre performance from the batting order saw Team India failing to cross the 200 run mark in both innings of the first Test against New Zealand. On top of that, the hosts were able to put up a gigantic total of 348 in the first innings, which helped them achieve an easy 10 wicket victory in the fourth day. While critics are bashing India’s overall performance in the first match, former Australian cricketer and icon Glenn McGrath has come forward to show his commendation for the Indian bowlers, calling them ‘world class’.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANS/APThe legendary bowler, who is hailed as one of the greatest seamers of all time, commended India’s renowned bowling prowess, and indicated that one bad defeat is not enough to topple them off from their reputation, as he spoke in a recent interview.At the Tourism Australia event, McGrath expressed his confidence on the Men in Blue bowlers: “I still have total faith in the Indian (bowling) lineup. They had a few injuries off late. Sharma is coming back and he did get five wickets. Bumrah had a couple of injuries and he is coming back. So, yeah, I think the Indian bowling attack is world class and there is no doubt about that.”Advertisement The first Test set the stage for Ishant Sharma’s 11th five wicket haul in the Test format, in addition to Ravichandran Ashwin picking three. Bumrah broke his wicketless run with picking Kiwis wicket keeper BJ Watling, and Mohammed Shami dismissed the skipper Kane Williamson, who was on a stunning knock of 89.McGrath continued: “I don’t have any issues with the bowling attack, you don’t lose form overnight. It was just one of those things where the toss made a huge difference, but you still got to get and score runs.”Advertisement The 50 year old specifically praised Sharma, the veteran pacer who put up a stunning figure of 22.2-68-5-3.04 in the first Test: “Ishant has a lot of experience, the way he’s comeback in the last couple years, it’s been impressive. I thought his career might have been finished at international level, but he has reinvented himself and he is bowling well.”McGrath also gave his input on the New Zealand pitch behaviour. “In New Zealand it swings more, it seams a little bit more. So that first pitch there was fair bit of grass and India lost the toss.” He also suggested India to have patience to turn things around in the second Test this Saturday.“You’ve got to bat really well and on those pitches that are doing a bit, as a bowling unit, you have to do less. Just be patient, just get the ball in the right area,” McGrath concluded.Also read-Poor showing against New Zealand has seen Virat Kohli lose number 1 Test spot Advertisementlast_img read more

Fighting the Heroin Epidemic

first_imgBy Marion LynchLisa and Rick Stavola sat in the comfortable den of their riverfront home in Middletown last Saturday morning. Over the fireplace is a portrait of the eldest son, Richard J. Stavola Jr., known as Tigger to his family and friends. He looks like a typical young man in a blue-checkered button-down shirt, head tilted slightly down, looking into the camera with the faint touch of a smile.
Two years ago this month, Tigger lost his seven-year battle with addiction and died of a heroin overdose at age 25.A tragedy for the people who loved him, Tigger’s was one of 557 heroin deaths – more than 10 each week – in New Jersey that year. In 2014 the numbers were worse, with the state medical examiner reporting 664 heroin deaths statewide, 68 in Monmouth County alone, a staggering 51 percent increase in the county. And there’s every indication that those numbers are continuing to climb in 2015.
“It’s an epidemic hiding in plain sight,” said Rick. “If someone went into a school and killed 15 people, it would be all over the news all over the world, but yet, just in the Middletown, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver area, 20 kids died from opiates in 2014.”Even with so many people dying from opiate addiction, “It’s hard to believe because you don’t see it.”The couple sees it when they open a newspaper and read the obituary of a young person who “died peacefully at home.” They know the stories, the years of cycling through addiction and arrests to detox and rehabilitation back to addiction, because they lived through it and fought it for seven years of their son’s short life.“LARGER THAN LIFE”Lisa described Tigger as a “big-hearted human being” who loved animals and people.“He was always standing up for the little guy,” she recalled. “He had compassion for everyone, but not for himself.”He struggled in school, first at Rumson Country Day and later in Marlboro, where he eventually was transferred to an alternative school run by the Freehold Regional school district for teens who have difficulty in school.Those problems in school led to struggles with his self-esteem, his parents believe.“He didn’t feel good about himself,” Lisa said.Outside of school, he loved the outdoors; whether it was the woods near their Marlboro home or the woods of Vermont, where the families often spent their time off.“He was a larger than life kind of kid,” Lisa says. “But drugs made him a different person.”Low self-esteem is a familiar theme that she’s heard from mothers of other addicts, she said.“When they take these drugs they feel good about themselves. They don’t feel shy. They don’t feel intimidated.”FROM PILLS TO HEROINLisa and Rick say their son began using drugs when he was 17, and like most heroin addicts he started with prescription drugs. Rick described the assorted opioids that are readily available to young people.“They all tend to start with pills: Oxycodone, Roxycodone, Percocets,” he said, and others, all highly addictive drugs that kids get a hold of through their own doctors or by taking them from family members and friends.“It only takes a couple to get addicted.”It’s an all-too-familiar story: When access to the pills they need runs out, heroin becomes a cheap and available alternative. With prescription pills costing around $30 on the illegal market, heroin costs between $5 and $10 a dose, and it’s easier to get.When it became obvious that Tigger had a problem, Lisa said, “We didn’t have anyone to guide us.”“You can’t help and you don’t know how to help,” she said.They took their son to doctors and psychiatrists trying to find answers and get help.When addiction tightened its grip on Tigger, they became more desperate to save their son’s life. They sent him to rehab facilities all over the country, from well-known programs frequented by troubled Hollywood stars and wilderness programs – any place that gave the family a glimmer of hope that they could help.They begged a local hospital to admit him to the psychiatric ward. They asked a judge to have his rights taken away so that they could transport him to a rehabilitation facility.They took him out of the country for experimental treatments that aren’t available in the U.S.The only way to get Tigger the help he needed was to call the police.“There is no system in place,” Rick said. “The only way you can get help in New Jersey and particularly in our area is to be arrested. You have to be arrested – and go through drug court – before you’re eligible for any kind of help.”With few or no detox facilities for addicts, the small number of spaces available are for those who are mandated by the courts, he said.In detox, addicts are admitted for a few days so they can withdraw from the drug in a supervised setting. Detox is supposed to be followed by rehabilitation.The court mandated that Tigger enter a sober living facility, but there were no spaces available for him.“We couldn’t find an Oxford House,” said Rick. Oxford House is a network of more than 2,200 sober living houses, with 19 houses in Monmouth County. Each house is self-governed and holds approximately 10 people.“It was mandatory, and he couldn’t get in,” Rick said. “So we opened one in Middletown.”He started to rebuild a property he owned in Middletown for use as an Oxford House for Tigger and others in need of a place to recover.“Unfortunately, my son passed away before it opened.” In early October that year,the family had sensed that Tigger was doing better. He was working. He had agirlfriend.
“We thought he had turned a corner,” Rick said.
Lisa felt a “kind of a lull”from the usual tension in their family life. He was living at home, on Thursday night, Oct. 10, and after he watched a football game on television he told his parents he was going to bed. That was the last time they saw their son alive.Sometime that night Tigger received a phone call from a 50 year-old man he met in a recovery program in Middletown. They went to a bar in Paterson, and later that night Tigger was dead from a heroin overdose.Oxford House in Middletown opened two months later, and the 12-bed facility has been at full occupancy ever since.INCREASING AWARENESS, HELPING OTHERS THROUGH TIGGER HOUSEIn the two years since Tigger’s death, the Stavolas have turned their family’s tragedy into a mission to save the lives of other people’s children.They established the Tigger House Foundation to increase public awareness about opiate addiction and to help others struggling with addiction. Additionally, the organization has established relationships with law enforcement and hospitals to strengthen the services for those who need help.This Friday, Oct. 9, Tigger House will hold its first fundraising event at Edgewater Beach and Cabana Club in Sea Bright. The sold-out clambake will raise funds to help addicts in need of treatment and to launch a public awareness program.The Stavolas know the statistics all too well, and they want everyone else to know that heroin is a deadly epidemic. They know that New Jersey lies at the epicenter of the nation’s heroin crisis, with a death rate that’s triple that national average.“This is where a lot of heroin comes in,” Rick said. “More heroin is transported up and down the New Jersey Turnpike than any other highway in the world.”Cities like Paterson and Newark are at the heart of a multibillion-dollar industry run by organized gangs, he said. And heroin in the Garden State is the most powerful in the country – 60 percent pure compared to about 20 percent pure in other areas of the U.S.Through Tigger House, the couple wants to spread the word about the crisis of opiate addiction and to help families through the recovery process. Through its website and social media the organization disseminates information about opiates and resources for those looking for help.As part of his goal to increase awareness, Rick would like to see electronic billboards on area roads and highways illustrating the growing death toll from opiates.It takes an average of two years to beat the addiction, they said, and addicts usually have to cycle through detox and rehabilitation multiple times before they are successful. Tigger House is working with a number of community-based recovery organizations so there is a solid network of available resources when people need help.The Stavolas are not without hope. They know that their efforts will help others who suffer like Tigger did.“It’s a curable disease,” he said. “We need to work harder to have a better system.”“If we can prevent some families from going through what we went through it will be a success,” Rick said. “We’re hoping to save some lives.”Tigger House has a confidential hotline – 732-707-0017 – for those who need help. For more information visit the website, tiggerhouse.org or on the Tigger House Foundation Facebook page.last_img read more

Red Bank Group Tackles Gerrymandering

first_imgRED BANK — How state and legislative districts are drawn – seemingly to protect the elected legislators rather than to accommodate constituents – has become the latest cause célèbre undertaken by a local activist group.The Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative is working to bring about what it hopes will be more logically drawn geographic legislative districts for the future and minimizing politics in the redistricting process.“The more we looked at this issue, the more we felt that, while it would take time, for the future of voting in this country and to truly have people’s vote count, this is an issue that needs to be tackled,” said Ellen Herman, a Red Bank resident who is the initiative co-founder and also chairs the organization’s voting committee.This election season the Initiative began tackling the issue of gerrymandering – the process of drawing districts for the benefit of the officeholder or the holder’s political party. The group started by collecting signatures on a petition, getting about 1,200 names, and calling upon all of the candidates running in statewide elections this year to support an amendment to the state Constitution to change the way districts are drawn. The petition seeks to establish an independent, nonpartisan body that would create a set of criteria for drafting the districts.Congressional and state legislative districts are redrafted every 10 years, following the U.S. Census counts detailing population shifts. The districts are drawn and approved by state legislatures, supposedly taking into account those population changes. But the process has come under strong criticism that officials are really protecting their and their parties’ self interest, drawing the maps in a way that ensures their re-election. “We are kind of saying both parties are guilty of this gerrymandering,” Herman said.The next U.S. Census will be in 2020 with the redistricting process occurring after the census is completed.Others have argued that this alleged subversion of the process has compounded the extreme partisanship witnessed in the U.S. Congress. Incumbents, some noted, don’t worry about general election contests, but only fear primary challenges from their parties’ more extreme flanks; that, some say, discourages the incumbents from reaching across the aisle to the opposing side to make compromises, creating even more gridlock.The way districts are being drawn, “leaves the voters out in the cold in terms of holding elected officials accountable,” said Dan Vicuna, national redistricting manager for Common Cause, a national public policy watchdog group, headquartered in Washington, D.C.The Women’s Initiative had sent out its petition to hundreds of candidates across the state. The response, however, was less than encouraging, Herman acknowledged.“The response has been very, very small,” she said, adding they really only heard from third party candidates. “I was especially disappointed to not hear back from the gubernatorial candidates,” Herman said, given the role the governor plays in the process. The governor eventually has to sign off on the redistricting.The Initiative has decided to ramp up its efforts on this issue, with Herman indicating the organization is looking to partner with statewide organizations to hold officials accountable. “Hopefully, once this is brought statewide and the numbers are much larger,” in response to the petition, she said, “we may force people to speak to this issue.”“This is something that the organization feels strongly about. I feel strongly about it,” Herman said.This issue reaches well beyond New Jersey. “There is a lot of concern,” Common Cause’s Vicuna observed. “There are a lot of activists around the country who see gerrymandering as the root of why politics are broken.”There are those working on a ballot initiative in Ohio and in Michigan there are efforts to bring an independent citizens’ redistricting commission to the state, with similar efforts underway in Utah, Vicuna said.During its current session, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case involving Wisconsin’s state Assembly redistricting and whether the gerrymandering went so far as to violate voters’ constitutional rights.“The baseline requirement of democracy is that the voters can hold politicians accountable on Election Day; that the people can choose their politicians, not the other way around,” Vicuna said, “and that’s what’s happening here.”The Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative is an issues-based organization founded by Herman and Suellen Sims following the 2016 presidential election, because they were unhappy with the rhetoric and planned policies. Despite what its political leanings appear to be, Herman maintained, “I’d like to think of us as an organization that’s open and welcome to anyone who has an interest in the issues we pursue.”The group has grown to approximately 600, according to Herman.This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times. By John Burton |last_img read more

Hawks dump Leafs 4-1 in penalty-filled contest

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBeaver Valley avenged its only loss of the season to the Nelson Leafs Saturday night, building a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro had three points to lead the Hawks in a game that broke out into a street brawl with 2:07 remaining in the third period.Referee Jim Maniago, as the Murdoch rivals attempted to settle a few scores before the teams meet again in the New Year, handed out a total of 146 minutes in penalties during the third-period fight-fest.Sookro, the Hawks’ leader in points who was named the game’s first star, gave the Hawks a 1-0 first period lead with a power play marker. The Nelson product then assisted on two second period goals by Mason Spear and Tyler Collins to give the Hawks a stranglehold on the game.Gavin Currie snapped a shutout bid by Mike Vlanich with a goal in the second frame. Keanan Patershuk got that marker back in the third.Friday Nelson exploded for four third period goals to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 6-4 in the Bavarian City.Cody Abbey scored twice and Connor McLaughlin and Colton Schell, first star on the night, had two points, to lead the Leafs.Taylor O’Neil, Schell, Brennan Foreman, acting some revenge on his old mates, and Braeden Hikichi also scored for Nelson.Darren Hogg, getting the start in both games this weekend, stopped 19 shots to register the win in goal for Nelson Kimberley held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2. Nelson out shot the Nitros 33-22.Former Nelson Leafs Adrian Moyls, traded to the Eddie Mountain Club last month, did not play in the game for Kimberley.The Leafs complete the three-game weekend today when the club hosts Grand Forks at 1 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Terry Fox Nelson Organizing Committee

first_imgThat was quite a day, Sunday as Nelsonites flocked to Lakeside Rotary Park to participate in the 2016 Terry Fox Run.The event raised more than $10,000 to find a cure for cancer.Hats off to the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons for hosting the event. The committee deserves kudos for the work in organizing the event, and Mallard’s Source for sports is quick to honour the contingent as Team of the Week.The committee includes, Dorothy Hatto, Janet Stephenson, Sarah Quayle, Maggie Mulvihill, Pat Gibson, Cath Little, Mary Walters, Jill Jacobsen, Linda Hoffman and Diane Tulloch.last_img read more

Abilene Christian’s Pothier Picked As Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Mariia Kozachok, Nicholls. Pothier extended her singles and doubles winning streaks to six and five matches, respectively, as Abilene Christian went 3-0 on the four-day weekend. In Friday’s singles match against New Mexico at the No. 1 slot, the senior from Mouxy, France, rallied from an early second-set deficit to win it 7-5 after taking the first set 6-3. She then won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles later that day against Midwestern State. Playing at the top flight in the conference opener at Nicholls, Pothier posted a three-set comeback win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. In all three dual matches, Pothier competed at No. 2 doubles and came within two points of posting three shutout wins. She and her teammate Nini Memishishi defeated New Mexico 6-1, Midwestern State 6-0 and Nicholls 6-1. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Abilene Christian (7-3, 1-0 SLC) opened the Southland season Monday with a 5-2 victory over Nicholls (4-2, 0-1 SLC) in Thibodeaux, La. The Wildcats headed into the match with two victories over the weekend; a 4-3 win over New Mexico and a 7-0 sweep against Midwestern State. ACU hosts Houston on Friday at 10 a.m. CT before resuming league action at home Saturday against Central Arkansas at 11 a.m.   FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Lucile Pothier is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Lucile Pothier, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Mouxy, France This is the second weekly award for the Wildcats this season after Sarah Eleanor Adams earned the honor on Feb. 6.last_img read more

Ten Southland Student-Athletes Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

first_imgNominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2019, achieved a 3.2 cumulative GPA throughout entire course of undergraduate study and met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements. The league’s contingent includes five all-conference student-athletes from this past season, headlined by first-team defensive lineman Andre Walker of HBU. He is joined by second-teamers Chris Zirkle (NSU), Hunter Brown (SHSU) and Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund (SLU), and third-team honoree Tyler Edwards (SHSU). Northwestern StateChris Zirkle Stephen F. Austin Cody Williams NFF Release | Complete Honoree ListIRVING, Texas – Ten Southland Conference football student-athletes were named to the 2020 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, the organization announced Wednesday. Southeastern LouisianaIsaac Adeyemi-Berglund Houston Baptist Sterling SavellAndre Walker Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State each placed two on the list. Nicholls, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin each garnered one honoree. Sam Houston StateHunter BrownTyler Edwards Southland Conference NFF Hampshire Society Honorees NichollsDontrell Taylor The honoree list is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An impressive 1,431 players from 364 schools qualified for membership in the Society’s 14th year. The initiative has now honored 12,126 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. Central ArkansasD’Erek FernandezTrai Mosley The conference’s representatives were rounded out by Central Arkansas’ D’Erek Fernandez and Trai Mosley, Houston Baptist’s Sterling Savell, Nicholls’ Dontrell Taylor and Stephen F. Austin’s Cody Williams.last_img read more