Athlete Fund – Crew Gonzaga http://crewgonzaga.com/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:32:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://crewgonzaga.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon.png Athlete Fund – Crew Gonzaga http://crewgonzaga.com/ 32 32 Are Olympic Athletes Paid? How do you pay for the trip to the games? https://crewgonzaga.com/are-olympic-athletes-paid-how-do-you-pay-for-the-trip-to-the-games/ https://crewgonzaga.com/are-olympic-athletes-paid-how-do-you-pay-for-the-trip-to-the-games/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:49:29 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/are-olympic-athletes-paid-how-do-you-pay-for-the-trip-to-the-games/ With the 2021 Summer Olympics just around the corner, we know tons of athletes have trained for years to get to this point. They made their bodies get bigger, better and stronger in order to represent their countries as best as possible. But what do you get in return for all your work? Being an […]]]>

With the 2021 Summer Olympics just around the corner, we know tons of athletes have trained for years to get to this point. They made their bodies get bigger, better and stronger in order to represent their countries as best as possible. But what do you get in return for all your work?

Being an athlete is not an easy task considering the amount of time and effort it takes to be in tip-top shape. And because it probably takes so much time, fans wonder if they still have time for much else. Being Olympians is definitely a job, but are the athletes paid? Here’s what we know

Are Olympic Athletes Paid?

US Olympic athletes don’t make a lot of money, according to a 2018 article by CNBC. Not only are they paid to be considered one of the best athletes in the country, but they can receive performance-based scholarships that cover things like rent and food. Some have said they have part-time jobs, and like many other public figures, some of them receive advertising contracts or sponsorships to keep them afloat.

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Due to the demanding Olympic training schedules, many athletes do not have time to devote to other jobs. This leaves them with few options when it comes to making ends meet and paying bills. In addition, they have to bear a lot of travel expenses themselves. This could easily add to their financial burden when you factor in the cost of plane tickets and the transportation of all their equipment.

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Do winning athletes get paid?

Medalists can be paid more depending on the country they are from. Some countries, such as the US, offer something called a “medal bonus,” which is an additional amount of money to be placed in the top three. According to a 2016 article on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) website, U.S. Olympic athletes would receive $ 37,500 for each gold medal, $ 22,500 for silver, and $ 15,000 for bronze as of 2017.

Those who take part in the Paralympic Games receive even less money. For example, according to the USOPC article, gold medalists would only make $ 7,500 per medal.

Many athletes have also commented on how they are struggling financially. US figure skater in 2018 Adam Rippon tweeted that he stole apples from his gym around 2013 because he had no money for groceries. He has been winning Olympic gold medals since the early 2000s.

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In 2021, Olympic track and field sprinter Allyson Felix, her sponsor Athleta, and the Women’s Sports Foundation will help other Olympic mothers pay for childcare during the Games. Nine athletes, including six who are going to the Tokyo Games, will receive a total of $ 200,000 from the Power of She Fund childcare grant.

“We are striving to remove barriers for mom athletes and holistically celebrate who they are,” Athleta posted on Instagram with a picture of Allyson and her daughter.

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Excluded from the Olympics because of a bad burrito? Anti-doping efforts should not be based on blame https://crewgonzaga.com/excluded-from-the-olympics-because-of-a-bad-burrito-anti-doping-efforts-should-not-be-based-on-blame/ https://crewgonzaga.com/excluded-from-the-olympics-because-of-a-bad-burrito-anti-doping-efforts-should-not-be-based-on-blame/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 20:10:49 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/excluded-from-the-olympics-because-of-a-bad-burrito-anti-doping-efforts-should-not-be-based-on-blame/ It’s been a rough year for doping control officers trying to gain access to athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics disrupted by COVID. Test numbers dropped dramatic due to COVID restrictions, although testing organizations claim to be operating at normal levels now. A number of suspected doping cases flow into this mix, which result from […]]]>

It’s been a rough year for doping control officers trying to gain access to athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics disrupted by COVID. Test numbers dropped dramatic due to COVID restrictions, although testing organizations claim to be operating at normal levels now.

A number of suspected doping cases flow into this mix, which result from increasingly sophisticated laboratory analysis methods that detect fewer and fewer prohibited substances.

However, rather than being evidence that an athlete intentionally used a performance enhancing substance to cheat, these results are more likely to be due to contaminated food, supplements, or medication.

Even more worrying is the evidence that German journalist Hajo Seppelt and the ARD documentary team in Doping Top Secret: GUILTYshowing how casual contact can potentially sabotage athletes.

All of this begs the question of whether anti-doping agencies are using one “Ethics of Nursing”who want to support “clean” athletes instead of automatically assuming guilt.

One suggestion that we are advocating is to refer extremely low positive cases likely due to contamination to an independent body. This panel could then determine if an attempted fraud occurred, rather than placing the burden of proof on the athlete to prove his innocence.

“Eating pork can lead to a false positive result”

Last month, Shelby Houlihan, the American record holder on both the 1,500 and 5,000-meter tracks, announced on. known Instagram that the court of arbitration (CAS) upheld a four-year suspension for testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

The court denied their claim that the positive test in December could have been caused by eating a pork burrito hours before giving their urine sample. The findings denied her the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

in the FebruaryKenyan long-distance runner James Kibet was also banned from the Athletics Integrity Unit for four years after testing positive for nandrolone and anabolic steroids. He asserts he had ingested pork fat from a Kenyan farmer who admitted to feeding his animals dietary supplements.

In contrast, the American long jumper Jarrion Lawson was banned for four years for taking the banned anabolic steroid Trenbolone overturned last March when he argued his positive test was likely caused by eating rotten beef in a restaurant.

Similarly, the Badminton World Federation’s Doping Hearing Panel acknowledged that it is very likely that contaminated meat in Thailand was the cause of Ratchanok Intanons positive drug test in 2019.

While it is important to look at the facts in each case for their merits, applying the rules and punishing athletes in these circumstances can seem frustratingly inconsistent.



Read more: Why Shayna Jack will likely successfully defend her doping ban appeal – but still won’t be at the Tokyo Olympics


Burden on athletes to prove their innocence

Although the farming of steroids and hormones is illegal in most countries, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) warning Athletes have been talking about the risk of contaminated meat, particularly from China and Mexico, for more than a decade.

A WADA study 2015 also highlighted the risks of steroids found in pork.



Read more: Doping has become inevitable at the Olympics. And whoever wins gold in Tokyo may not be sure until 2031


At the same time, WADA laboratories discover more and more tiny traces of prohibited substances. What a laboratory can’t tell from a sample is whether a positive result is due to accidental contamination (e.g. from meat) or indicates the end of a sophisticated microdosing scheme designed to cheat the system.

Similar to a police breathalyzer, athletes who return a “positive” test start from a position with no-fault liability. The burden of proof for the origin of the prohibited substance is theirs.

Even if the amount of the substance could not have resulted in a performance advantage, athletes have to save their reputation and their careers with a proverbial “hunt for a needle in a haystack” to determine the origin of the contamination.

This can be a major challenge for athletes. As the case of Australian swimmer Shayna Jack shows, appeals, media hype and social media trolling are taking their toll. Jack warned Anti-doping authorities that “someday someone won’t get through”.

New reforms do not solve all problems

Cases like these raise questions about the effectiveness of current anti-doping policies.

Realize the challenge that current WADA code still leaves the burden of proving innocence to the athlete, but allows the standard four-year ban to be reduced to a reprimand.

WADA has it Reporting threshold used by laboratories to determine a possible violation of the WADA Code. This would presumably reduce the incidence of accidental meat or medication contamination.



Read more: The Russian Olympic doping saga shows the need for a radically different approach


From the beginning of June also WADA requires Laboratories to conduct additional tests for positive tests resulting from a limited number of prohibited substances. It is unclear whether all laboratories have the capacity to carry out these tests, so we are calling for an independent testing agency to provide support.

Former WADA General Director David Howman says these changes don’t go far enough. It supports forensic testing methods such as hair and saliva tests, which are used in anti-doping cases. (These could also provide additional evidence of long-term drug use rather than contamination.)

There are numerous heartbreaking examples of athletes who do not have the financial resources or access to independent legal advice or sound science to prove their innocence. Most are still banned after testing positive, making them vulnerable to media speculation as they fight for their corner.

A new “ethics of care” approach

While the first rule of cheating is deny, deny, deny, most athletes are not scammers. However, they can easily and unintentionally stumble through the rigidity of anti-doping rules.

It is no accident that many of the athletes who have conflicted with the system also come from most of them disadvantaged countries.

Rather than starting from a position of “guilt”, is it time for an athlete-centric approach to the “ethics of care”?

Cases of extremely low levels of banned substances could be referred to an independent third party for investigation rather than financial and inevitable burdens on the athlete.



Read more: Banned from Tokyo Olympics for Pot? Let the athletes decide which drugs should be allowed


International sports federations are already funding gun-length testing programs through institutions like the International Assessment Agency (ITA). If all positive, low-level cases were automatically referred to an independent reviewer, the focus could be on determining if there was real fraud – and not just a violation of rules and arbitrary thresholds.

Would this offer the sports viewer more comfort in the armchair AND restore the athletes’ confidence in the anti-doping system? Quite possible.

Athletes are not the enemy. It is time to recognize the central role of the athlete in the anti-doping system.

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Toldright secures multi-million dollar Series A funding led by Oneteam partners and Vertus Ventures https://crewgonzaga.com/toldright-secures-multi-million-dollar-series-a-funding-led-by-oneteam-partners-and-vertus-ventures/ https://crewgonzaga.com/toldright-secures-multi-million-dollar-series-a-funding-led-by-oneteam-partners-and-vertus-ventures/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/toldright-secures-multi-million-dollar-series-a-funding-led-by-oneteam-partners-and-vertus-ventures/ ORLANDO, Florida., July 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Toldright, a unique platform for on-demand video production resources and technology of its kind, today announced the completion of a multi-million dollar Series A investment with major investors OneTeam Partners and Vertus Ventures. The funds will be provided to identify development opportunities and to support tellright’s […]]]>

ORLANDO, Florida., July 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Toldright, a unique platform for on-demand video production resources and technology of its kind, today announced the completion of a multi-million dollar Series A investment with major investors OneTeam Partners and Vertus Ventures. The funds will be provided to identify development opportunities and to support tellright’s further growth.

Providing an end-to-end video production solution that offers accessibility, efficiency, unparalleled value, and compelling content, Tellright empowers businesses of all sizes to get their story right.

Created by world-class industry leaders, tellright has produced compelling content for well-known brands such as Adobe, CDW, Citi, Dell, Draft Kings, ESPN, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), Showtime, The Tiger Woods Foundation, Twitter, United, Olympic and Paralympic Committee of the States (USOPC), Xerox, and many others.

“It was important for us to work with the right investors who reflect our mission and really understand the value of our brand,” said Max Heinemann, CEO and co-founder of tellright. “We are very pleased to have OneTeam Partners and Vertus Ventures as two key investors in our Series A round who confirm our success and provide us with the resources to expand and accelerate our growth.”

The lead investor, Vertus Ventures, is an investment group founded by a team with over 45 years of experience in private equity, banking and equity management. Vertus works with small and medium-sized companies to finance and develop strategies that unlock potential and transform industries.

“We are very excited to be working with tellright to scale their business,” said Tyler Brown, Partner at Vertus Ventures. “I am consistently impressed by the unique business model that Max and Adam (President & Co-Founder) have built and the incredible team that they have built. We are proud to support tellright’s leadership team in developing a strategic plan for further growth and support the company’s mission to open the doors to a new level of video production. “

OneTeam Partners, the joint venture between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) and RedBird Capital Partners, works with world-class Players Associations to help athletes maximize their naming, image and likeness rights by changing the way athletes interact with companies.

“Toldright is a leader in video production innovation, opening doors to new levels of access, efficiency and quality,” said Brent Stehlik, President of OneTeam Partners. “We are excited to support the company’s growth as it brings to the table its incredible network of talent and operational resources to help any company achieve their content goals, especially when it comes to athlete storytelling.”

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About telling right
Toldright is the first on-demand production resource of its kind, transforming the video industry, empowering businesses of all sizes to tell great stories with an end-to-end solution that has accessibility, efficiency, unparalleled value and amazing content. With our exclusive “neighborhood” of 1,600 fully audited production and content creators across the country, including Emmy and Oscar winners, tellright has the flexibility to provide 5-star experts to meet the needs of any project. Founded by world-class industry leaders, well-known brands such as ESPN, Tiger Woods Foundation, NFLPA, LPGA, Twitter, Showtime, Adobe, Citi, Xerox and Dell trust tellright. For more information on Tellright, see www.toldright.com.

About Vertus Ventures
Vertus Ventures is a Jacksonville, Florida based investment group that works with small and medium-sized companies to develop growth potential. Drawing on over 45 years of private equity, banking and equity management experience, they create value by helping companies with skilled management teams and unique product or service advantages identify opportunities to accelerate growth and optimize profitability. By providing investment capital and growth expertise, they work with founders to develop and fund strategies that transform industries and have a positive impact on communities.

Via OneTeam partners
Made in November 2019, OneTeam Partners is a joint venture between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) and RedBird Capital Partners. OneTeam helps athletes maximize the value of their naming, image, and image rights by transforming the way athletes interact with companies in four industries: group licensing, marketing, media, and venture. OneTeam serves a variety of commercial business interests on behalf of the NFLPA, MLBPA, MLSPA, the US Women’s National Team PA, the WNBPA, and the US Rugby PA. To learn more, please visit www.joinoneteam.com.

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New documentary follows an NBA athlete’s adventure in overcoming addiction and nervousness through the use of psychedelic medicine https://crewgonzaga.com/new-documentary-follows-an-nba-athletes-adventure-in-overcoming-addiction-and-nervousness-through-the-use-of-psychedelic-medicine/ https://crewgonzaga.com/new-documentary-follows-an-nba-athletes-adventure-in-overcoming-addiction-and-nervousness-through-the-use-of-psychedelic-medicine/#respond Sun, 18 Jul 2021 16:20:06 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/new-documentary-follows-an-nba-athletes-adventure-in-overcoming-addiction-and-nervousness-through-the-use-of-psychedelic-medicine/ As the public notes, Odom’s demanding habitual situations are neatly documented, but what is much less well known is the deep-seated pain and trauma he continued with the absence of his mother as a child, according to which the untimely lack of his personal son, Jaden, at just six. Months ago. Lamar admits self-medication and […]]]>

As the public notes, Odom’s demanding habitual situations are neatly documented, but what is much less well known is the deep-seated pain and trauma he continued with the absence of his mother as a child, according to which the untimely lack of his personal son, Jaden, at just six. Months ago. Lamar admits self-medication and staying away from qualified interventions as it stigmatizes psychological wellbeing.

“Admitting that you’re depressed or asking for help is a problem for everyone,” says Odom. “My hope is that I can take my adventure in Reborn will open a discussion for tens of millions of other people. The opposite drugs that I discover in the film changed my existence and gave me the energy and tools to develop higher alternatives, rebuild relationships, and shatter dangerous patterns. Just a few months after my first ketamine and ibogaine therapies, I felt physically fit enough to play basketball skillfully again. ”

“Even if ibogaine is a crime in various nations, it is not in the USA, but still ”, says Zappy Zapolin, director of Reborn and psychedelic concierge for the celebs. Alternatively, ketamine is an FDA cleared anesthetic that has been hailed as a miracle for treating despair, anxiety, PTSD, habit, and more. Yale College of Drugs has proven {that} an unmarried dose of ketamine can abruptly counteract stress-related damage to the cellular connections of the brain. ”

“Zappy and I have been promoting some of the great benefits of the ketamine clinical drug for a number of years,” says Warren Gumpel, Producer of Reborn. “As a co-founder of the non-profit association The ketamine fund, We were ready to donate more than 500 medically supervised open ketamine therapies to veterans with PTSD, greatly reducing their despair and suicidal thoughts. ”

Today, Lamar continues to bolster his mental well-being with ketamine therapies domestically through an organization known as Corporate KetaMD, the development of the company The Ketamine Fund, additionally based on Zappy Zapolin and Warren Gumpel. Recently in beta, the duo formed KetaMD to provide affordable and available clinical ketamine therapies at home to the tens of millions of American citizens plagued by anxiety, despair, PTSD, and thoughts of suicide. For more information, please contact www.ketaMD.com.

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This week’s passages | The Seattle Times https://crewgonzaga.com/this-weeks-passages-the-seattle-times/ https://crewgonzaga.com/this-weeks-passages-the-seattle-times/#respond Sat, 17 Jul 2021 03:00:00 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/this-weeks-passages-the-seattle-times/ Harry Rosenfeld, 91, who narrowly escaped the Holocaust as a child in Nazi Germany and became a major editor of the Washington Post during his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate break-in and scandal, died on Friday at his home in Slingerlands, NY Complications from COVID-19. As a burly, gruff and demanding editor, Rosenfeld saw […]]]>

Harry Rosenfeld, 91, who narrowly escaped the Holocaust as a child in Nazi Germany and became a major editor of the Washington Post during his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate break-in and scandal, died on Friday at his home in Slingerlands, NY Complications from COVID-19.

As a burly, gruff and demanding editor, Rosenfeld saw journalism as an opportunity to keep suppressive forces in check, “to hold the accountable to account, the more powerful the better,” he wrote in 2013 in his memoir “From Kristallnacht to Watergate”.

He worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years, but his most enduring legacy came from his years as the Post’s deputy editor-in-chief for metropolitan news. In that capacity, he was the direct supervisor of two young reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who persistently covered the unfolding Watergate saga that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

In the early days of the scandal, Rosenfeld passionately defended Woodward and Bernstein when Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Bradlee sought to replace them with more experienced staff in Watergate history. “You’re hungry,” he reportedly told Bradlee. “Do you remember when you were hungry?”

Margaret “Peggy” Richardson, 78, a Washington, DC tax attorney who served as Internal Revenue Commissioner during President Bill Clinton’s first term and the second woman to serve as the nation’s chief tax collector, died on July 13 at her home in Delaplane, Virginia. The cause was complications from lung cancer.

Shirley Fry Irvin, 94, a 1950s tennis star whose speed and groundwork helped her win singles and doubles titles in all four Grand Slam tournaments, died Tuesday at a Naples, Florida hospice center.

Irvin was one of only 10 women to win individual titles in every major championship. A tiny 1.70 m tall right-handed woman, she was one of only six women who also won a double title in every major, according to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which she inducted in 1970.

Edwin W. Edwards, 93, the only four-time governor in Louisiana history, a swashbuckling villain who charmed voters with his antics and survived a string of grand jury investigations and two corruption trials before going to prison for extortion in 2002, died on Monday in his House in Gonzales. Louisiana. Leo Honeycutt, the author of his authorized biography, “Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana,” said the cause was respiratory failure.

William Smith, 88, an actor best known for his portrayals of villains in action films such as “Any Which Way You Can” (1980) and television shows such as “Laredo,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” and “Hawaii Five-O”, is on Died Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, said his wife, Joanne Cervelli Smith, who did not give the cause.

Smith, a polyglot, bodybuilder, master discus thrower, and an Air Force pilot during the Korean War who did many of his own stunts, had more than 300 acting credits listed on IMDB from 1954 to 2020.

Charlie Robinson, 75, the veteran actor whose best-known role was Mac, the good-natured and pragmatic court clerk, on NBC’s long-running sitcom “Night Court,” died on July 11th in Los Angeles. The family said the cause was a heart attack and organ failure caused by septic shock, and Robinson also had adenocarcinoma.

Robinson’s acting career spanned six decades and included roles in television, film and on stage. His first well-known screen appearance was in Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut in 1971, “Drive, He Said”.

Paul Huntley, 88, hairdresser and wig designer who featured Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly! in London.

In his 60-year career, Huntley has styled hair and created wigs for more than 200 shows, including The Elephant Man, Chicago and Cats. He was so respected that Betty Buckley, Jessica Lange, and others had contracts that stipulated that he would do their hair. Tony Awards are not given for hair design, but in 2003 he was given a special Tony.

Walter T. McGovern, 99, a Seattle star prep athlete, World War II veteran and senior federal judge who played competitive tennis well into his ninth decade, died on July 8.

In addition to his athletic skills, McGovern was the founder of the federal bar in the district. During his 12 years as chief judge, he made structural changes that, according to US District Judge Robert Lasnik, “have made us a national model for innovation and excellence”.

“The Western District of Washington has lost a local treasure,” Ricardo Martinez, chief US district judge, said in a statement. “He has worked on so many important cases in his long career that it is not an exaggeration to say that his decisions have shaped our community.”

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Highly Recruited Athlete Ready to Lead Warren Harding This Season – WKBN.com https://crewgonzaga.com/highly-recruited-athlete-ready-to-lead-warren-harding-this-season-wkbn-com/ https://crewgonzaga.com/highly-recruited-athlete-ready-to-lead-warren-harding-this-season-wkbn-com/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 20:57:50 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/highly-recruited-athlete-ready-to-lead-warren-harding-this-season-wkbn-com/ Highly recruited athlete ready to lead Warren Harding this season Video Lisbon Fire Brigade receives funding for new equipment and training Video Heavy rain flooded Trumbull County Fair pt. 2 Video New location for YSU’s Summer Festival of the Arts hopes for a larger audience Video “I want to make sure this guy gets a […]]]>

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Redbird Baseball announces scholarship recipients for the period 2021-22 https://crewgonzaga.com/redbird-baseball-announces-scholarship-recipients-for-the-period-2021-22/ https://crewgonzaga.com/redbird-baseball-announces-scholarship-recipients-for-the-period-2021-22/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:29:56 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/redbird-baseball-announces-scholarship-recipients-for-the-period-2021-22/ Story links NORMAL, sick. – Each year, Deserved Illinois State Baseball Student-Athletes are selected as recipients of prestigious Illinois State University Scholarships. This year, five outstanding Redbird baseball players were selected by the fourth-year head coach for the award Steve Holm. The winners of the five 2021-22 baseball grants for the academic year are R.yan […]]]>

NORMAL, sick. – Each year, Deserved Illinois State Baseball Student-Athletes are selected as recipients of prestigious Illinois State University Scholarships. This year, five outstanding Redbird baseball players were selected by the fourth-year head coach for the award Steve Holm.

The winners of the five 2021-22 baseball grants for the academic year are R.yan Cermak, Jordan lussier, L.uke cheng, Colin Wyman, and Jake McCaw.

Raymond W. Fairchild Fellowship // Ryan Cermak, 3-year Sun., OF, Riverside, Ill.
Cermak was named Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MVC of the Missouri Valley Conference in his first season in the outfield, having played third base in 2020 and early 2021. Cermak was also named a Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. With numerous sensational highlight reel games, Cermak scored a fielding percentage of 0.992 in the outfield and added six outfield assists on the way to earning MVC All-Defensive Team Awards. Cermak held a batting average of 0.284, while leading the team for batting percentage (0.553), extra base hits (26), home runs (11), total bases (114) and RBIs (38) in 2021.

The Fairchild Endowment is a scholarship given each academic year to a Redbird baseball player who excels in the classroom and on the field. It is named after the former President of the State of Illinois, Raymond W. Fairchild, who ran the university from 1933 to 1954.

Duffy Bass Scholarship // Jordan lussier, 3-YR So., RHP, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Lussier received Honorable Mention All-MVC awards after becoming a dependable starter mug for the Redbirds. Lussier owned a 4.36 ERA, striking 67 bats in 74.1 innings. Lussier turned an impressive 3.49 ERA in MVC action and recorded four wins against MVC opponents.

The scholarship is named after the former Illinois state head coach who led the program to more than 700 wins and the 1969 College Division National Championship. It is awarded each year to a junior or senior ISU baseball player who most shows the legacy of Bass.

Foundation scholarship from the Schuster family // Luke Cheng, 2-YR So., INF, Olney, Md.

Cheng struggled with a hamstring injury in the 2021 season, started in 22 games and appeared on all four infield courses. Cheng played mostly shortstop and offered impressive range and highlight reel skills. Cheng hit 0.185 in 2021 with a base percentage of 0.324.

The Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship was launched in 2009 in honor of Andrew Schuster, a four-year-old a Letter winner in baseball for the Redbirds and Danielle Miller-Schuster, a member of the Redline Express. The scholarship was sponsored by Robert and LaNita Cobbler and is awarded annually to a junior or senior member of the State of Illinois baseball team.

Herschel Brock Scholarship // Colin Wyman, 5-YR Sr., RHP, Pflugerville, Texas
Wyman was a strong mid-late discharge option for the Redbirds in 2021. He appeared in 19 games and made two starts. Wyman posted an inflated ERA of 5.60 and offered multiple five-innings goalless games in 2021 (3/9 against Western Illinois, 4/16 against Milwaukee). Wyman recorded 39 strikeouts in 45 pitched innings.

The Herschel Brock Scholarship was launched in 2008 by Jeff Brock. The scholarship honors his father Hershel. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior athlete from the state of Illinois.

Stephen Heaton Endowment Scholarship // Jake McCaw, 5-YR Jr., 1B, Bloomington, ill.
McCaw, who graduated with a 3.92 GPA in business informatics in the spring of 2021, was named First-Team All-MVC in 2021 after a breakout season. McCaw led the MVC in the batting average (.417), hits (43) and doubles (10) during the conference play. McCaw finished second in the MVC batting average (.367) while his 66 hits and 14 doubles led the Illinois State team. McCaw also received the Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award from the MVC.

The scholarship was launched in March 2010 by the Heaton and Nancy Heaton family in honor of their late husband Steve. Steve studied baseball from 1965 until he graduated in 1968. He studied business education and received honors as dean for six of his eight semesters. Steve dedicated his life to teaching business and coaching baseball. His commitment and leadership inspired many students and players to pursue careers in training and coaching. Nancy is also a proud graduate who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University. The scholarship is for a male student-athlete in college of business with a penchant for baseball and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

These endowed scholarships are among Illinois State’s 31 student-athletes funded by private donors. For more information on setting up or participating in a foundation scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803. To learn more about each current foundation, visit the WSF website at www.weisbeckerscholarshipfund.com.

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Full details of Schumer’s federal cannabis law published (newsletter: July 14, 2021) https://crewgonzaga.com/full-details-of-schumers-federal-cannabis-law-published-newsletter-july-14-2021/ https://crewgonzaga.com/full-details-of-schumers-federal-cannabis-law-published-newsletter-july-14-2021/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 09:34:34 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/full-details-of-schumers-federal-cannabis-law-published-newsletter-july-14-2021/ New drug czar touted the benefits of medical marijuana; NJ Resolves 88,000 Cannabis Cases; CA Psychedelics Law Voting; SC GOP Senator defends Dem over marijuana Sign up to receive the Marijuana Moment newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know what cannabis stories are running through your […]]]>

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the full text of their long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana. It would move cannabis, clear past records, fund stock programs, eliminate side effects, and transfer marijuana regulator to the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies.

President Joe Biden nominates Rahul Gupta, who previously oversaw the implementation of West Virginia’s medical cannabis program and touted the health and economic benefits of marijuana reform, serves as director of the White House’s bureau for national drug control policy. Under his leadership, the state program added smoking as a legal form of consumption.

  • However, advocates of harm reduction have concerns about how he oversaw the decertification of a program for access to syringes.

The California Convention Health Committee Approved a Senate-passed bill legalizing possession of psychedelics such as psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA. But the panel added new ownership limits that split proponents.

Places in New Jersey have released or cleared nearly 88,000 marijuana cases since a decriminalization law went into effect on July 1.

A Republican Senator from South Carolina came in defense of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham after he was attacked by the state’s GOP for helping legalize marijuana. Senator Tom Davis (R) said his party’s stance was “intellectually lazy” and “failing”.

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One of the assassins of the Haitian president is said to be one day Drug Enforcement Administration confidential informant.

Candidate for the New Jersey Democratic Congress Tim Alexander tweeted, “As a former law enforcement officer, I know it is time to legalize marijuana and clear the records. We should invest in our communities and not imprison them for non-violent drug offenses. “

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a law regulating delta-8 THC. Separately, Regulators 3843 Euclid, LLC’s license suspended for allegedly endangering the health or safety of customers through a series of violations.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) vetoed a bill that would have allowed medical cannabis companies to reorganize as for-profit companies.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill setting standards for medical cannabis testing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) appointed his longtime marijuana advisor as director of the newly formed Cannabis Control Department.

South carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R) said he was against legalizing marijuana, but medical cannabis was “a different story”. Meanwhile Democratic candidate for governor Joe Cunningham will participate in a virtual cannabis chat with South Carolina NORML on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) tweeted: “Marijuana is now legal in three other states (CT, NM, VA). In Pennsylvania, I’m still waiting for lawmakers to put a bill at my desk. Pennsylvanians want it. I am in favor. And it is long time that we did justice to those injured by criminalization. “

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King, a former US Secretary of Education, tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis is only the first step. We also need to ensure that businesses run by colored people and women are able to participate fairly in licensing and selling. “

Wisconsins The Senate minority leader said the Democratic faction was “as a whole in favor of marijuana reform, decriminalization and eventual legalization.”

New Mexico Regulators are proposing to more than double the limits on marijuana plants for licensed manufacturers.

Nevada Regulators have issued a notice to marijuana retailers to inform them that they may be eligible to open consumption lounges. Separately from it Cannabis Advisory Commission held his first To meet.

Alaska Regulators have finalized rules for cleansing the social use of marijuana.

Oklahoma Regulators said part of a medical cannabis company’s lawsuit against the state’s prosecution system should be dismissed and the rest should be transferred to another court.

Missouri Regulators released data on the minimum standards for medical cannabis companies.

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Pima County, Arizona The district attorney filed motions with the court to overturn marijuana convictions.

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Kansas Athletics Appoints Booker as Assistant AD External Affairs and Revenue Generation; Funds Corcoran and Pierce II – Kansas Jayhawks https://crewgonzaga.com/kansas-athletics-appoints-booker-as-assistant-ad-external-affairs-and-revenue-generation-funds-corcoran-and-pierce-ii-kansas-jayhawks/ https://crewgonzaga.com/kansas-athletics-appoints-booker-as-assistant-ad-external-affairs-and-revenue-generation-funds-corcoran-and-pierce-ii-kansas-jayhawks/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 23:28:51 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/kansas-athletics-appoints-booker-as-assistant-ad-external-affairs-and-revenue-generation-funds-corcoran-and-pierce-ii-kansas-jayhawks/ LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas graduate Jason Booker has been hired as assistant track and field director for external affairs and revenue generation, track and field director Travis Goff announced today. Booker will take over his role immediately. Goff also announced that Nicole Corcoran has been promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Administration and […]]]>

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas graduate Jason Booker has been hired as assistant track and field director for external affairs and revenue generation, track and field director Travis Goff announced today. Booker will take over his role immediately. Goff also announced that Nicole Corcoran has been promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Administration and Student and Athlete Welfare (Senior Woman Administrator). Paul Pierce II will also take on a newly created position as Associate Athletics Director for Inclusive Excellence to enhance Kansas Athletics’ efforts in diversity and inclusion.

Jason Booker – Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs and Income Generation

Booker joins KU after serving as Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships and Broadcast Sales for Kansas City Royals since 2014. Booker brings back over 24 years of professional experience to Lawrence.

“Jason Booker is a preeminent leader in the sports business with a long track record of growing brands, generating revenue, driving traffic and building partnerships,” said Goff. “As a KU scholarship holder, Jason has a passion for the university and is committed to a shared vision for our athletics programs. He will play a critical role in sourcing the resources that will fuel the pursuit of our student-athletes in the classroom, community, and competition. I am very excited to welcome Jason, his wife Susan and daughter Ava back to the University of Kansas. “

In his role with the Royals, Booker oversaw the day-to-day functions of the corporate partnership sales and activation teams, as well as media sales and affiliate sales for the Royals Radio Network.

Prior to joining the Royals, Booker was Executive Director and General Manager for Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing for seven years. In his role at Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing, he oversaw the daily corporate partnership program and operational functions with the University of Kansas, including the Jayhawk Radio and TV Networks, on venue, digital, print sponsorship and advertising rights for Kansas Athletics head coach.

Prior to joining IMG College, Booker was general manager for Action Sports Media at the University of South Carolina and the Colonial Life Center. He previously worked as an Account Executive for Learfield Sports at the University of Oklahoma and was Assistant Director of Marketing in the TCU’s Athletic Department. In addition to his role at IMG, Booker served as an adjunct professor in the sports management program at the University of Kansas.

Booker received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Kansas and his master’s degree in sports administration from Wichita State University.

Nicole Corcoran – Deputy Head of Athletics for Sports Administration and Student Athlete Welfare / SWA

Corcoran represents the KU as Senior Woman Administrator at the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, oversees NCAA governance issues and contributes to the university’s position on new NCAA laws. Corcoran is the Title IX point of contact for the athletics department and works closely with the University’s Title IX coordinator. Corcoran provides administrative oversight for the KU women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, athletics and cross-country skiing programs and works with all 16 sports on the behavior and accountability of students and athletes. She is the liaison with Kansas Team Health, the partnership with the University of Kansas Health Systems and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, which is responsible for the health of student athletes. Corcoran leads the development unit for students and athletes, also known as KU LEADS.

“From the moment I arrived in Lawrence, Nicole has shown herself to be an outstanding administrative director and dedicated Jayhawk,” said Goff. “Their commitment to improving the lives of our student athletes and serving our coaches and programs is inspiring, and the depth and breadth of their work can be felt across the department and across the university. She has been a trusted member of the KU Athletics administration team for 12 years and I am delighted with her continued development and impact. “

Corcoran joined Kansas Athletics in February 2009 as Chief of Staff to the Athletics Director. Corcoran was named Director of Operations in 2011 and promoted to Associate Athletics Director, Operations in 2014. She was later promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator in July 2017. In a reorganization in 2019, Corcoran was promoted to Executive Associate Athletics Director.

Corcoran joined KU after serving as press officer and communications director for then-governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, from 2002 to 2009. Corcoran was Director of Public Information for Sebelius from 1999 to 2001, while Sebelius served as State Insurance Commissioner.

Corcoran graduated from Washburn University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus on public relations. After graduation, she worked in the community relations / marketing department at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka before moving to the insurance commissioner’s office. Corcoran is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports and serves on the State Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Paul Pierce II – Associate Athletics Director for Inclusive Excellence

Pierce is moving to a newly created position after his work as Assistant Athletics Director – Compliance & Interim Chief Diversity Officer. In this new role, Pierce will step away from compliance responsibilities to lead all diversity and inclusion initiatives for Kansas Athletics and to work with student and athlete development in KU Leads. This will ensure inclusive excellence and development efforts for all student athletes through programs and education to promote and engage an inclusive atmosphere.

As head of the Diversity Leadership Council, Pierce will lead the development of the educational program and training curriculum for student athletes and staff. In addition, he will work with Human Resources and lead the Diversity Recruitment Committee to ensure the targeted recruitment of under-represented demographics with the aim of creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the athletics industry.

“Paul’s commitment and passion for improving our diversity and inclusion efforts is evident every day,” said Goff. “This new position and our increased commitment to diversity and inclusion will provide Paul with the platform and support needed to further influence our student athletes, coaches and staff in the coming days. He is a serving director who cares deeply about the University of Kansas and we look forward to strengthening his work. “

In February 2021, Pierce was named Interim Chief Diversity Officer, charged with leading the sports division’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, which are reflected in student and athlete education, institutional staff training and community-wide programs.

Prior to returning to KU in June 2019, Pierce was Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Northern Illinois University, where he oversaw all operations of the Huskie Athletics Compliance Office (HACO) as Head of Compliance. While in Northern Illinois, Pierce implemented a comprehensive rules education program for its coaches, staff, and community, and worked with key members of the campus and track and field communities to implement effective policies and procedures. Prior to Northern Illinois, Pierce held compliance positions at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Pierce earned his bachelor’s degree from KU William Allen White School of Journalism and his master’s degree from Kansas State College of Education. Pierce is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance (NAAC), the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and is a founding member of the Athletics Compliance Elite (ACE) Mentorship Class from 2015-16.

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As St. Thomas moves to Division I athletics, their facilities must follow suit https://crewgonzaga.com/as-st-thomas-moves-to-division-i-athletics-their-facilities-must-follow-suit/ https://crewgonzaga.com/as-st-thomas-moves-to-division-i-athletics-their-facilities-must-follow-suit/#respond Sat, 10 Jul 2021 20:44:00 +0000 https://crewgonzaga.com/as-st-thomas-moves-to-division-i-athletics-their-facilities-must-follow-suit/ In fact, they will be in Mendota Heights, the location of the St. Thomas Ice Arena, the 1,000-seat venue that the Tommies share with the St. Thomas Academy. Or maybe the teams will meet in Minneapolis, either at the 10,000-seat 3M Arena in Mariucci or the 3,400-seat Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. […]]]>

In fact, they will be in Mendota Heights, the location of the St. Thomas Ice Arena, the 1,000-seat venue that the Tommies share with the St. Thomas Academy.

Or maybe the teams will meet in Minneapolis, either at the 10,000-seat 3M Arena in Mariucci or the 3,400-seat Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Other arenas in the Twin Cities could also be involved.

Yes, the situation is fluid, and to a lesser extent the same is true of the other two major sports the Tommies compete in – basketball and soccer.

St. Thomas Athletics Director Phil Esten and the other high-ranking officials at the school, when asked to move to Division I, were aware that some facilities needed upgrading. These upgrades were highlighted in a business plan presented to the NCAA as well as their new hockey (Central Collegiate Hockey Association), basketball (Summit League), and soccer (Pioneer League) conferences.

The goal of offering fans and student athletes the best possible experience coincides with the need for additional income that enables competitions at the highest level.

St. Thomas did not have to meet a minimum capacity for any of its track and field venues from the NCAA or any of the three conferences to win its application to be promoted. But as Esten emphasized: “There will certainly be expectations if we take this path.”

CCHA Commissioner Don Lucia and Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple both embraced the Tommies with open arms, knowing that a facility modernization plan was in place.

“We saw it as some kind of investment,” said Lucia. “You will end up with some better facilities than you already have, it will only take time. Just as our new conference wants to grow and prosper, so is St. Thomas.

“They will have this financial commitment and the ability to support and raise funds to modernize their facilities. It won’t happen tomorrow, but we are very confident that it will happen in the next few years. “

Douple spoke of step-by-step measures with a five-year plan, which includes the possibility of expanding the Tommies’ basketball home, the Schoenecker Arena with 2,000 seats.

“Of course we’ve talked about all the facilities, and the basics are there for training,” Douple said of basketball and the other sports that will be competing in the Summit League. “And that’s so important. As you expand your program, you can do a few things to add more seats or build new arenas. “

While the changes are imminent, Esten said it will be a season or two before the university has a clear picture of what its priorities will be.

“We will be able to better see where the demand is, where the gaps are and how we can better fill the demand,” he said. “In a year we will be a lot smarter than we are today, having visited home events, away events, and other venues to see who has the advantages and disadvantages of the conference.

“But I think one of the things that we have to look at more than others is our hockey situation.”

The following takes a closer look at the three sports – and their venues – that are likely to change the most due to the move to Division I.

The St. Thomas Ice Arena served the Tommies well as a Division III school, but it just doesn’t meet the requirements of a Division I program. Every other school in the CCHA plays in an arena with at least 2,500 seats. And when it comes to hockey, the Tommies also want to compete against Gophers, Minnesota Duluth, and St. Cloud State, and the institutions will play an important role in recruiting against those schools.

“It’s hard to say what it will be,” said Esten of the next home for the men’s program, “whether it would be a joint facility or a new off-campus facility in St. Thomas.”

Rico Blasi (left), trainer of the University of St. Thomas, and sports director Phil Esten showed a Tommies hockey jersey when Blasi was presented to the media on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, on the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul .  Liam James Doyle / University of St. Thomas

Rico Blasi (left), trainer of the University of St. Thomas, and sports director Phil Esten showed a Tommies hockey jersey when Blasi was presented to the media on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, on the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul . Liam James Doyle / University of St. Thomas

Meanwhile, Esten said it was possible that one or more marquee games could be played in a different location this season and in future seasons, but added that no discussions have taken place so far. In addition to hosting St. Cloud State on their opening weekend, the Tommies will play home games against conference opponents Minnesota State Mankato and Bemidji State.

“Whether it’s the University of Minnesota, one of the bigger professional arenas in the Twin Cities, or municipal facilities, I think there are a lot of really nice options for us,” said Esten. “If it makes sense; If the ice is open at this point, if the partnership makes sense, if they are interested, if we are interested, we can continue the conversation. “

Esten said St. Thomas will look at public-private partnerships, off-campus facilities, and any other sensible option.

Lucia believes the Tommies should focus on making the most of their current arena until a new home is built or found.

“I told Phil that I would be totally comfortable with them playing at this facility as a short-term facility,” said Lucia. “I think it makes more sense to play in one facility than jumping around two or three facilities in the Twin Cities.

“I’m not worried; it’s a beautiful arena. They will spice it up nicely and it will be a nice home ice cream atmosphere. “

With 2,000 seats, the Schoenecker Arena is one of the smallest venues for the Summit League. Only Kansas City plays in a smaller arena (1,500). While expansion may be inevitable, how big are they?

“You try to find the sweet spot for reasons of capacity,” said Esten. “You’d rather have a slightly smaller facility that you fill regularly than a larger facility that you don’t fill regularly – even if you get a little more visitors from time to time.

“I think there is something to be said for the term scarcity. Even if you have a full arena or stadium, there is an X factor there. It becomes a home rink, home playground, home ice rink, and that becomes an important part of the college experience. “

Most mid-major men’s basketball programs draw an average of 2,500 to 3,500 fans per game, according to Douple.

“I’m sure St. Thomas will look at their footprint to see if they can expand,” he said, “but it’s more important for them to sell what they have.”

Estonian agrees.

“As soon as we demonstrate that we can fill it regularly and we have a demand for tickets, we’ll look at what it takes to expand or do something else,” he said.

O’Shaughnessy Stadium, in the heart of the campus, was built in 1947 and offers Tommies fans a quality experience and a crucial home advantage for the football team. Its 5,000 seats fit in well with the other football stadiums in the Pioneer Football League, with most seating between 5,000 and 6,000 spectators.

But how long the Tommies plan to stay in the conference, which is the only non-scholarship conference in Division I football, is a factor in their future stadium plans. Should they choose a more traditional route for a conference and recruiting Division I-caliber talent, 5,000 seats may not be enough.

A new stadium is not an option, but O’Shaughnessy could be expanded.

“The footprint is big enough that it is entirely possible to think about whether it could accommodate more fans,” said Esten. “We don’t need a stadium with 15,000-20,000 seats. There are other things that are equally important – making sure the fan experience is high quality.

St. Thomas head coach Glenn Caruso, center, a former North Dakota assistant coach, turned the Tommies into a Division III football powerhouse.  Holly Peterson / St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Thomas head coach Glenn Caruso, center, a former North Dakota assistant coach, turned the Tommies into a Division III football powerhouse. Holly Peterson / St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Perhaps the press box and other gaming establishments need to be addressed. I think it was about six years ago that we were holding the (St. John’s) Johnnies on campus and that day there were about 12,000 in attendance. But first and foremost, we want to offer the fans a great experience. “

The Tommies also know that they have to impress the Division I student athletes in all sports with their range of competition and training facilities.

“Recruits’ ability to jump online and look at facilities across the country makes it easier for them to assess who has what and who doesn’t,” said Esten. “Very rarely (a school) has everything, but a student-athlete looks for what best suits his interests and abilities and what he needs for a fulfilling experience.

“Student-athletes spend as much or more time training and training as they do competitions. Since we are in a neighborhood, many of our competition venues will also be our practice facilities. So here we really have to think about how we use our sports room. “

The St. Thomas business plan mentioned above would not have been so optimistic if it hadn’t been for a plan on the wish list to financially consolidate everything.

“We have some new editions that we have never had,” said Esten. “Instead of traveling a few miles in MIAC, we’re going to travel a couple of hours. We have scholarship expenses that we haven’t had in the past. Also some additional employees.

“So we have to weigh that against our earnings. Our earnings will come from three categories – matchday earnings, corporate partnerships and fundraising. “

From the point of view of the institutions, the “bucket” for fundraising must be deep. The move to Division I would not have been a reality without the certainty that the pockets of different alumni have their checkbooks ready.

“You are a private school; they are used to fundraising, ”said Lucia. “They do.”

Ben Fraser was hired as Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development a year ago to drive fundraising and he will oversee the Tommie Athletic Fund, which was founded last year.

There are programs for those interested in providing financial assistance at various levels. A foundation scholarship program is included. A minimum of $ 500,000 will fund a permanent scholarship.

“It’s an opportunity for us to have meaningful conversations with alumni and donors and others interested in investing in the impact we can have on student athletes,” said Esten of the fundraising aspect of the equation. “We balance the interests of various donors with the impact we can have and you find a really clean relationship.”

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