TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature One Women, One Mission, Two Campaigns Linkedin Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printCaylin Moore woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.Moore, a junior transfer quarterback at TCU, had the vision to create an organization composed of TCU athletes that would travel around Fort Worth schools and encourage children to reach their dreams.Moore said one of his academic advisors encouraged him during his first semester at TCU to create something that would have a positive impact on both his teammates and the community.“One night, right after the bowl game, the idea of helping the youth and leaving a positive legacy hit me so strongly that I woke up out of my sleep at 3 a.m., and I just put a pen to paper and started writing out the schematics,” said Moore.He called TCU football teammates Aaron Curry and Michael Carroll that night with his idea. The next morning, he contacted numerous other people to get his organization started.The organization’s goal stated in their constitution is to: “Inspire the youth to rise above their circumstances, build bridges to success and ultimately spark a change in their communities.”The constitution also states that the organization has a multifaceted purpose: “We are looking to develop leadership in Student-Athletes at TCU as well as bridge community relations between the athletic program and the surrounding community.”Moore’s story is unique. From homeless to a Fulbright scholar to a janitor to a TCU football player, he now hopes to encourage kids that were in the same situation as him to chase their dreams.“Caylin is one of those guys that has an idea and then he makes it happen,” said sophomore TCU wide receiver Michael Carroll.“As TCU football players, we have such a strong impact on people and the community,” Carroll said. “The young kids now are the future leaders of this world so we decided to use our influence to bring something positive and to spark a change in these kids.”On Jan. 3, 2016, Moore’s idea became a reality. His official student organization is named SPARK: Strong Players Are Reaching Kids.SPARK members speak with local youth (elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and community organizations) about the importance of education, reaching back to the community and staying on a path towards success.SPARK members have already spoken to N.A. Howry Intermediate School, J.D. Hall Learning Center, and Jacquet Middle School in Fort Worth.There are currently twelve members in the program. Moore said most of the group’s members are football players, but SPARK is open to students who are passionate about inspiring the youth to excel in academics, athletics and those who are “interested in positively sparking a change in their community.”The program is also open to students who are looking to further develop their leadership and public speaking skills.Moore said speaking to elementary children has not only influenced the kids, but has strongly affected the TCU athletes.Rocket Ismail, freshman slot receiver, said when it was his opportunity to talk in front of the students he discussed redefining “cool.”“Never in my life—like ever, did I think that I would be able to motivate kids of that age… and it’s all because of Caylin,” said Ismail. “I was nervous the night before and Caylin called me and told me to get ready. He said that I could make a difference to these kids… and I did.”Junior defensive tackle Aaron Curry said when he was growing up in Oklahoma City he was surrounded by drugs and gangs; however, he had good influences in his life that kept him out of danger.“I like SPARK because I can be the positive influence on these kids, that might not have influential people at home,” said Curry. “It makes me feel better helping these kids and giving them the opportunity that I had.”Curry added he had a similar experience with a role model football player when he was growing up.“I remember [Adrian] Peterson from the Oklahoma Sooners coming to talk to our school,” said Curry. “I wanted to be just like him and now I just want to be that light for the kids we talk to.”And Moore said his experiences with SPARK have helped him realize his dream job.“Dream job—not the job that would make the most money, not the job that would bring the most fame—but dream job? That’s easy, it would be coaching football for young kids.” Twitter The 109 The 109 Facebook TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt Facebook The 109 Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! The 109 Fort Worth braces for more severe weather Twitter The 109 Previous article#CHEATEATS: read more

Brosnan confirmed for steering committee

first_imgNewsLocal NewsBrosnan confirmed for steering committeeBy admin – May 24, 2012 523 Facebook Twitter Advertisement Previous articleO’Dea moves to keep 70 jobs at ShannonNext articleEnts notes admin Linkedincenter_img FINANCE Minister, Michael Noonan has confirmed that the new airport steering group will be headed by Denis Brosnan, as reported by the Limerick Post last week.The Minister was in Limerick for a tree-planting ceremony at the site of the new unit for the Midwest Regional Hospital.Asked about the make-up of the new steering group which will determine the future of Shannon airport, he said:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It hasn’t been confirmed but as far as I know, the names that are published are correct”.The minister added that the relevant government departments “will be well represented on the board”. Email Print WhatsApplast_img

Tickets Now On Sale for Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob (Letts) and Jennifer (Collette) and their new neighbors, John (Hall) and Pony (Tomei), two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. The Realistic Joneses Star Files Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for the starry Broadway premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. Sam Gold directs Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, Emmy winner Toni Collette, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts in the production, which will begin previews on March 13. Opening is set for April 6 at the Lyceum Theatre. View Comments The Realistic Joneses originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day. Tracy Lettslast_img

Ticket distribution need reworking

first_img“Grateful Red.” This is usually in reference to the red Grateful Dead-style tie-dye T-shirts worn by the students, but after the student tickets for the upcoming season were distributed, there is now more justification for the nickname. Despite over 7,500 requests for student season tickets, those sitting in the student section this year will be part of the 3,000 that beat the odds to get partial or full-season tickets. The student section has become a grateful group indeed.With a limited number of seats available for students (fewer than 2,000 out of the Kohl Center’s capacity of 17,000+), regardless of how the tickets are doled out, it’s inevitable that some students are going to be left disappointed. Admittedly, the athletic department is put in a tough position when it comes to figuring out a way to please as many students as possible without causing complete chaos.This year, students’ chances at tickets were weighted by their class standing and the number of times they’ve tried to get tickets in the past. Trying to give an advantage to some students when determining who gets tickets and who doesn’t is a good start, but it can be taken a step further.At the University of Maryland, another high-profile basketball program, students do not even have the option of buying season tickets. Instead, students are encouraged to order them online prior to the game they want to attend. When the supply exceeds the demand, everyone’s a winner. When more students want to attend games than there are available seats, the school weighs each student’s loyalty to the athletic department (by attendance at any UM sporting event, not just basketball) in determining who gets the coveted tickets. Additionally, those students who receive tickets but do not show are penalized for future games (this point becomes especially relevant later in the column.)This policy takes into account the type of student applying for tickets. After all, if someone’s a big enough fan of the university’s athletics to attend soccer games and volleyball matches, don’t they deserve some sort of priority over students who can’t tell you who Bo Ryan is?When applying to the school of business or journalism or just trying to get into UW to begin with, students are judged on more than just their class standing. A group of specific criteria is used in deciding who’s worthy of admission and who is not. Under a new system, students could be forced to submit an application to the athletic department that would explain why they are worthy of being awarded tickets.Or, the athletic department could try a different approach and get rid of lottery systems and applications entirely.Students at Big Ten rival Northwestern trying to attend Wildcat home games merely need to show up early enough on the day of the game to get in as part of the school’s “first come, first serve” admissions policy. Granted, the policy would have its drawbacks at a school like UW that has a bigger fan following, but the advantages would outweigh the disadvantages. Even though students would undoubtedly line up hours before noteworthy games against opponents like Indiana and Illinois, missing class or work in the process, it’s hard to believe too many students would camp out to see schools like Edgewood College or Wofford.Criticizing those who put the system in place is easy enough, but there is a second culprit worthy of mention that’s making it difficult for many UW students to enjoy basketball games this season: those students who are abusing the less than perfect system that is currently in place.The start of the season is still a few weeks away and already some lottery winners have started cashing in by putting their season tickets on eBay. For a price much greater than they bought them for, these students are hoping to capitalize on the die-hard basketball fans that didn’t win tickets. Students like these eBay sellers are exactly the type that a different system would eliminate.If you want to win tickets just so you can sell them on the Internet, fine. But instead of just clicking a few icons on a website, the alternative distribution policies would force students like these to either wait out in the cold for a few hours or attend lots of other UW sporting events; these entrepreneurial students would really have to earn their profit.Perhaps even worse than those hawking their tickets, though, are those that don’t use their tickets. Unless every single basketball game involves a packed student section this season (highly unlikely considering the Badgers’ non-conference schedule), there are going to be fans out there who won tickets despite having little interest in the basketball team. If the team can’t continue with the success they had last season, these students will quickly be exposed.In an ideal world, those students who received tickets should have to attend read more