‘Rise High’ not just about basketball

first_imgSecondly, and this should come as no surprise, he has built this nationally recognized operation with the “Best of the Best.” They include former Penn Hills star Chris Horne; City League legend David “Quick Draw” Strothers (why did they call him Quick Draw? Just check with all the great City league players he scored double figures on and they’ll tell you that they never saw the ball leave his hands); Assistant Director Dennis Boyce; along with some of the area’s greatest basketball minds in Chey Tyler, Director of Basketball Operations; Vince Natoli, Assistant Director; and Coach Toni Allen, former Allderdice star and wife of former Pitt great George Allen; plus former star players, Coach Cory Fulton, Quinzez Taylor and Reggie Tolliver.This all volunteer organization and its coaches established early on a no-nonsense approach to the game. Get good grades, be a good person, do something to help others, work on your game and we’ll let you be a part of our program. Sounds easy enough?Not as easy as you might think. Coach Wright will tell you life is tough and making this team is tough, but your efforts will only serve to make you a better person. Out of the 200 or more kids that try out, only 80 are lucky enough to make it.In the end, the rewards are well worth it. If you attend the tryouts and meet the standards and are between the ages of 10 and 15 years old, or 4th thru 9th grade, you get to be a part of one of the state’s best run organizations who travel the country all summer long to locations such as New York, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia to compete against some of the nation’s best players.The success of the program can be recognized through the likes of Lincoln Davis of Central Catholic, Dante Forte of Obama Pittsburgh, John LeGrande of North Catholic and Will Supowitz of Shadyside Academy.But even more importantly, the reality of the quality of this program can be told from the parents. Bernard Mathis, of Homewood, has two sons on the squad, Malik and Hollis; Danielle Halloway, of Penn Hills, also has two sons aboard, Darrell and Devon; and Louis DeVito knows this is the best program for his two boys, Jonathan and Marc.They all echo the same feeling that the Rise High program offers their kids the best opportunity to have a safe, well structured, highly organized, disciplined, fun and competitive environment. They are not only developing as student athletes, but also as quality people. And the last time I checked, that’s what it’s all about.The Rise High program is always looking for potential sponsors, coaches and volunteers. For more information call 412-874-8762. Rise High is also on Facebook at [email protected] RISE HIGH PLAYERS AND COACHES (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) The first thing you need to know is that the man behind this operation is one of western Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets. Coach Marvin Wright, now in his 10th year as founder and director of the Rise High AAU Youth Basketball Organization, has made it his life’s work to use basketball as a means to a successful end for young boys to become great young men.last_img read more

Use globalisation to grow: JHI

first_img20 December 2007South African property companies need to plan for their futures now, while taking global factors into account and using such factors to their advantage, says property services company JHI’s chief executive, Marna van der Walt.“The future is very different from the past, with globalisation playing an increasingly dominant role,” Van der Walt, who is also president of the South African Property Owners Association, said in a statement by JHI earlier this month.“It is up to us, as an industry, to use globalisation to our advantage and for growth.”According to JHI, there has been a marked contradiction between the listed property market in South Africa and that of the US and UK. Whereas the SA market showed growth of about 20% this year, the latter markets declined by between 20% and 40%.A significant difference, and one the local property industry needs to harness, JHI says, is to realise that although the SA market has experienced such excellent growth, globalisation will start to have an increasing impact on local markets and companies.Van Der Walt says that although property is a local asset, it operates in an environment that is influenced by global factors, such as the sub-prime crisis, the credit crisis, currency movements and growth cycles.In addition, she says that international investors entering the local market have a different mindset and parameters, which also influence property pricing.“We undoubtedly need to open our paradigm to globalisation – but that needs to be further defined,” she says. “We cannot look at it simply as the Western world – we need to face the reality that our competition of tomorrow will come from non-Western countries such as China, India and the Middle East.”Van der Walt says the change in view is vital, as South Africa will be competing against those countries for skills, as well as for investment opportunities for world funds moving around the globe.Unique challenges“Yes, we’ve been experiencing excellent growth – and we continue to be poised for further growth,” she says, warning, however, that the industry faces uniquely South African constraints in realising its full potential.“One just has to look at the issue of meeting local expectations on transformation, the gap between poverty and wealth, crime, uncertainty in the political environment and legislation such as foreign exchange constraints,” she says. “Added to these we have skills shortages, land issues, an absence of a clear Real Estate Investment Trust structure, infrastructure constraints such as electricity, transport and roads, and environment issues.”Van der Walt calls for co-operation in the industry, asking all players to work together to address and eliminate the constraints inhibiting growth.“We need to work together, first and foremost to make South Africa a strong market, before focusing on our own companies,” she says.“Let’s partner with government associations, such as Johannesburg Property Company and Eskom, as well as co-industry players, including property funds and the listed sector, to ensure growth for our property market in a global market.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Your front row seat at Soccer City

first_img23 March 2010It was the venue where former South African President Nelson Mandela addressed South Africans after his release from a 27-year prison sentence, and it was where South Africa lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996, just a few years after readmission into international sport.As Soccer City stadium has risen from the ground after undergoing a massive refurbishment ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, so the curiosity from the South African public has grown around the historic Johannesburg stadium.Set to be the centre-piece of the World Cup as the host of the opening and final match – with the final attracting a television viewership of over one-billion people – the stadium is already proving its power to pull crowds with the opening up of public tours through the stadium.With five tours running each day during the week and four per day over the weekend, running between 60 and 70 minutes, anyone interested in catching a sneak peak at the stadium before the thousands of visitors flock in, now is the time.“We started the tours in mid-January this year and we have had a great response. Already since the beginning of March we have had 4 000 visitors to the stadium,” says Jacques Grobbelaar from Stadium Management, who run the tours that take visitors through Soccer City – from the players’ changerooms to the stands, the VIP areas, the pitch area and the tunnel that will soon lead the players onto the pitch.For Grobbelaar the popularity of the tour, which costs R80 for an adult, shows that Soccer City will never be left to rust after the World Cup has finished.World Cup legacy“We are positioning Soccer City as a multi-purpose venue for the legacy of the stadium; we take tours as well as hold events at the stadium, and after the World Cup it will get even more interesting.“The stadium will become an interactive sports museum, displaying the history of Soccer City and showcasing sports memorabilia,” says Grobbelaar, explaining that the whole stadium will be kitted out with screens displaying footage from the World Cup to visitors.“For example, we will have LCD screens in the changerooms with footage of Bafana Bafana inside them before a match, and when the visitors walk through the tunnel we will have audio from the World Cup crowds playing.”Tourist attractionSibongile Mazibuko, Johannesburg 2010 Host City coordinator, believes that Soccer City will soon become the top tourist attraction in Johannesburg.“You simply cannot visit Johannesburg now without visiting Soccer City; the demand has been so great and will only increase,” says Mazibuko who can point to the very moment when Soccer City became a tourist destination of choice.“When we started to put the roof on, the demand suddenly increased to the point where we needed to hire tour guides to take people around the stadium.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Walmart team meets UP CM; discusses agri, food processing

first_img(Eds: Adding a word in headline) Lucknow, Sep 26 (PTI) A high-level delegation of Walmart Wednesday discussed with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath various matters related to investment by Walmart in the state. At the meeting, the UP chief minister spoke about focussing on agriculture sourcing, food processing industry and One District One Product (ODOP) to support local traditional art forms. Walmart International CEO Judith McKenna, Walmart India CEO Krish Iyer and Flipkart Group chief executive Binny Bansal apprised the chief minister of the steps to support through cash-and-carry stores local kiranas, small farmers from sourcing perspective as well to impart agricultural knowledge and help traditional manufacturing like brass in Moradabad, sports goods in Meerut and saree clusters in Varanasi, among others. They also briefed the chief minister about the potential employment opportunities the new ventures would create, an official said after the meeting. Bansal talked about helping small sellers access the market and also partnering government for its flagship ODOP project. He also said that through ‘phonepe’ app, they are helping kiranas become part of digital India. The US retail major had in July opened its second fulfilment centre here after Mumbai and is also in the process of opening more such centres to cater to online business-to-business customers to tap the fast growing e-commerce in India. Walmart has signed an agreement with the Uttar Pradesh government to have 15 stores in next few years in the state. It has already finalised three sites and six more are in the pipeline.advertisement Walmart plans to set up its ‘Best Price’ stores at various locations in the state, including Kanpur Muradabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Sharanpur, Lucknow and Ghaziabad. The US retail major also plans to open 20 wholesale cash-and-carry stores in India in the next three years and add 50 stores in next five to seven years. The company operates 21 cash and carry stores under the ‘Best Price’ brand in 9 states across India. Uttar Pradesh Chief secretary Anoop Pandey was present at the meeting, also attended by Walmart Inernational Chief Admin Officer J P Suarez, Walmart India Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajneesh Kumar and Walmart Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs Paul Dyck. PTI SMI MKJlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his style

first_imgMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire says his style fits well with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system.Maguire will not be changing is his willingness to bring the ball out from the back and link play with the midfield and forwards.”I definitely feel like it’s the modern game, bringing it out from the back and it’s something I do thrive on,” Maguire told United Review.”I want to step in and help the team going forward by starting attacks well and threading balls through the lines, to try and get people on the half-turn to play forward.”I think it’s a big part of the game now, for centre-backs not just to defend, but to have a big part in keeping the ball, controlling the game and starting attacks.”My game will improve the more I know my team-mates and the more I experience I have of playing with them, the position they take up, the way they want to receive the ball and the areas in which I receive the ball so I know where my team-mates will be without having to look and try to find them.”It will improve and I’m sure I’ll improve throughout the season, playing with my team-mates more and improving my relationship with Vic (Victor Lindelof). We will improve as a team as well and we’ve got to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College Spun Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Social Media Manager

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209College Spun is expanding.College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over three million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time social media manager to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. Candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have a love for all-things college sports. The social media manager will work closely with the CEO and the editorial team to optimize College Spun’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in the field.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be well-versed in all forms of social media.You must be creative. We’re looking for someone to bring fresh ideas on how to market College Spun’s product.You must have experience with both photo and video editing.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume.last_img read more

Former Michigan State Punter Mike Sadler Also Killed In Car Crash That Took Nebraska Punter Sam Foltz

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramFormer Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also reportedly killed in the car crash that took the life of Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz this weekend. The two special teamers were reportedly attending a weekend punter’s camp. Foltz, 22, and Sadler, 24, were reportedly killed in an accident in Wisconsin. Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Foltz and the same is being done for Sadler, who played for the Spartans from 2011-14. Sadler was a four-year starter at MSU and is second all-time in punts for the program. You were the definition of inspiration, leadership, intelligence, wit, and above all us my brother. RIP @Sadler_3 pic.twitter.com/m2QhaOHzSJ— Darien Harris (@DHarris_45) July 24, 2016 Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed in the car crash with Sam Foltz. What a horrible, horrible day.— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 Mike Sadler was one of the funniest, most brilliant and hard working guys I had the honor of knowing. He will be missed greatly by many.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) July 24, 2016 Rest in peace Mike Sadler the funniest punter MSU has ever seen #GoGreen— Mitchell Hayes (@mitchellhayes_1) July 24, 2016 Sending prayers out to @MSU_Football and the Sadler family.— Kavon Frazier (@Kay_BlackSimba) July 24, 2016 R.I.P Sadler— Damion Terry (@DamionTerry) July 24, 2016Rest in peace, Mike and Sam.last_img read more

Gerrard discusses Merseyside and Glasgow derbies

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard talks about the high stakes involved that make derby games special occasions.The former Liverpool captain took part in his fair share of Merseyside derbies during his time at Anfield, with little camaraderie displayed on or off the pitch when the Reds face Everton.The clashes between Liverpool and Everton are often dubbed ‘the friendly rivalry’ but Gerrard insists there’s no chance the Glasgow derby between Rangers and Celtic getting such a tag.“There were certain times when we were both pushing for the top four and there were some juicy ones in there,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“But form and where you lay in the table seemed to go out of the window. It was about bragging rights, the build-up and it just felt different as a fixture.”“That’s how this has felt. More people stop you around the city. You have a little bit more verbals on the street and some more good luck messages.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“That’s just the way it is. It’s a huge fixture and will never change.”“There was certainly hostility. Certainly to me, anyway. But that’s what makes them – the banter, the rivalry.”“I used to go out of my way to come and watch these games when I was on the outside. To now be part of it is a great feeling.”last_img read more