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

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first_imgWhere: Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road General: Classical Heroines in Literature What: This program celebrates women in history and literature as part of National Women’s History Month. Moving from Chekhov to Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Strindberg, Turgenev and Moliere, women characters in classical literature will be portrayed, with special attention given to relationships with other women, men and society. The characters will be performed by Stephanie Nash. For information, call the Valencia Library at (661) 259-8942. When: 2-3 p.m. Where: Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Today Charity: Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser What: The Valencia Car Wash will sponsor a two-day fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. All customers identified as friends and supporters of the club will pay the full $10.99 charge for the carwash, which will be rebated back to the organization. To receive a fundraising flyer, please send an e-mail to [email protected] When: Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday Music: High school students sing the oldies What: High school singers who like the spotlight and have the skills to perform have been coached by the local Harmony Hills Chorus and will compete with other local quartets in this eighth annual barbershop contest. These talented young singers bring their energy and talent to perform songs that are lively, fun and have joyful lyrics and melodies that ring with the heart-warming chords from simpler times. Admission is free. When: 7 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus Tuesday Health: Talk and tea with Ronda B. Posted by: Kaiser Permanente What: “Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit” will be discussed by Dr. Jonathan Scott, internal medicine. Meet in the second-floor Conference Rooms 1 & 2 in the Main Clinic Building. Please RSVP to Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Last-minute attendees are welcome and a continental breakfast will be included. When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Where: Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia Day Activities: Princess Party What: Come and enjoy princess stories, play games, and learn how to become a princess. Call (661) 259-8942. When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Meetings: Historical Veterans Memorial Committee What: Come be a part of history and honor our veterans. We need your input and help in planning the future of the Historical Veterans Plaza in downtown Newhall. We meet at the Senior Center in Newhall the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please call Pam Hogan at 661-251-7870. When: 7-8 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Senior Center, 24900 Market St. Newhall Thursday Classes: Help for families of mentally ill What: A 12-week series of classes covering information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communications techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self care around worry and stress. The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The course is free, but registration is required in advance. For more information or to register, call (661) 269-1425 or (661) 951-1757. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Saturday General: The Soldiers Project What: Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82, and the American Legion Post 507 are pleased to present Judith Broder and Barbara Schochet of The Soldiers Project. Broder and Schochet will be discussing the free counseling services aimed at active and veteran military personnel who have participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and their extended families, as well as for families who have lost a loved one. For information, contact [email protected] When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: American Legion Hall, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall Nightlife: Las Vegas Cabaret Take a trip to Vegas without leaving Santa Clarita! Come to the Canyon Theatre Guild’s annual Cabaret fundraiser and enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun. Elvis, Marilyn, Frank, Sammy, Dean, Totie, Rodney…. you thought they were gone forever, but they’re back for one night only at the Las Vegas Cabaret. The theatre will be transformed into a Casino and Night Club with a full bar, dinner, casino games and a live variety and comedy show. Dancing to a live band after the show. Tickets start at $40 and there are tables on the stage available for $150 per person. Remember: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Call (661) 799-2702 now for reservations. Where: Canyon Theatre Guild 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for stolen truck

first_imgThe truck had a Saskatchewan license plate attached to it at the time of the theft with the plate number 038 IUM. The truck also had a water tank along with a fabric mesh tail gate in place of the stock tail gate.RCMP would like to remind citizens not to apprehend or follow the vehicle if seen. Instead, call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 with the necessary details.- Advertisement –last_img


first_imgCllr MacGiolla Easbuig talks to Irish Water workers.A county councillor is encouraging the Donegal public to stand on or drive their cars over manholes to stop Irish water installing meters.Independent councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig made the call after seeing off an Irish water team in West Donegal today.The workers from the GMC Sierra company, who are contracted to Irish Water, called to a number of villages including Meenaleck, Annagry, Crolly and Loughanure in a bid to fit water meters. But Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig stood over the meters and refused to move.The workers called their supervisors who told them to continue working but Councillor MacGiolla Easbuig refused to move.He told the workers he did not want confrontation but was refusing to move.The workers again called their supervisor and he informed the men to move out of the area. The Independent councillor told Donegal Daily he has nothing against the workers but his gripe is with the Government and Irish Water.“I have nothing against these men personally and I appreciate they are only trying to make a living but we are opposed to what they are doing.“I would not condone confrontation and I certainly would not condone violence but I believe people can protest peacefully.“If that means standing on manholes or driving our cars over them to stop this work, then so be it,” he said.Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig said he was encouraging other councillors to take a similar hardline stand against the installation of water meters. “We need to stand together on this issue and the likes of Fianna Fail need to come out and stand by the people and let them know where they stand on this issue.“If we can stop Irish Waters from installing water meters then we can stop them trying to push this charge through on us,” he said.COUNCILLOR CALLS ON PEOPLE TO DRIVE OVER OR STAND ON MANHOLES IN WATER DISPUTE was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

‘Stranger danger’ – Donegal Gardaí warn parents over personalised school items

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have issued a warning to parents not to add their children’s names to their school bags as they prepare to go back to school in September. The warning comes following a new initiative by Donegal gardaí, ‘Stranger danger’, warning parents that their child could ‘automatically presume that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger’.A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána in Donegal said: “That time of year is upon us all again and we are out buying bits and pieces for back to school in September. “When buying a school bag for your child please do not have any personalisations added with their name visible.“A child will automatically presume that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger.“There are so many choices out there from personalised pencil cases to stickers for books with the child’s name added and that is fine as they won’t be seen when the child is travelling to and from school.”‘Stranger danger’ – Donegal Gardaí warn parents over personalised school items was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Game 5 takeaways: Why another Sharks comeback seems unlikely

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Now down … SAN JOSE — The Sharks have been in this spot before, of course, and there was plenty of talk after a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday about using those experiences to their benefit as they face elimination one more time.The Western Conference Final feels different from the first two rounds, though.After Game 5, it feels like the Blues have assumed complete control.last_img

Using “Evolutionary Algorithms” by Intelligent Design

first_imgEvolution can’t be all bad if scientists can use it to optimize your car.  Science Daily said that scientists in Germany are “simulating evolution” to come up with ways to optimize difficult problems.  Using “Evolutionary Algorithms”, they can discover solutions for engineering problems like water resource management and the design of brakes, airbags and air conditioning systems in automobiles.  The simulated evolution program searches through a large number of random possibilities to make numerous successive slight improvements.    “The algorithms are called ‘evolutionary’ because the characteristics of evolution – mutation, recombination and selection – form the basis of their search for promising solutions,” the article claimed.  Solutions that show promise are mutated and further selected.    Conferences on Evolutionary Algorithms are held each year and the interest in them is spreading into other disciplines.  “The Evolutionary Algorithms are therefore a collective term for the various branches of research which have gradually developed: evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, genetic algorithms and genetic programming.”Every once in awhile we need to give a refresher course about these reports, to show why the terminology is ludicrous.  This has nothing to do with evolution and everything to do with intelligent design.  Calling these “evolutionary algorithms” is like calling Eugenie Scott a creationist.  Evolutionary Algorithm is an oxymoron – if it is evolutionary, it is not an algorithm, and if it is an algorithm, it is not evolutionary.  Why?  Because the essence of evolution, as Charles Darwin conceived it, has nothing to do with intelligent selection.  Evolution is mindless, purposeless, and without a goal.  These scientists, by contrast, have clear goals in mind.  They are consciously and purposefully selecting the products of randomness to get better designs – intelligent designs.  They may not know what the computer program will produce, but they sure well programmed the computer, and put in the criteria for success.  Employing randomness in a program does nothing to make it evolutionary.  The hallmark of intelligence is having a desired end and pulling it out of the soup of randomness.  This is something evolution cannot do – unless one is a pantheist or animist, attributing the properties of a Universal Soul to nature.  Undoubtedly, the NCSE would decry that.  They can barely tolerate theistic evolutionists – the well-meaning but misguided Christians who try to put God in the role of the engineer who uses evolutionary algorithms for his purposes (e.g., man).    Remember – if it has purpose in it, it is not evolution.  We must avoid equivocation.  To discuss evolution with clarity it is essential to understand the terms and not mix metaphors.  Charlie leapt from artificial selection (intelligent design) to natural selection (materialism) only as a pedagogical aid.  He did not intend for natural selection to have a mind like the goal-directed farmer or breeder uses.  To think evolution, think mindless.  Notice that sentence itself is a one-way algorithm.  You can think mindless, but the mindless cannot think.    For a definitive, in-depth treatment on why evolutionary algorithms cannot be mixed with evolution, see the book No Free Lunch in the Resource of the Week entry above.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlist

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a second spell.The Sunday Express says Inter are considering parting company Luciano Spalletti next summer after they crashed out of the Champions League and trail leaders Juventus by 14 points in Serie A.Mourinho is one of the names Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta is considering along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte should they not extend Spalletti’s contract which runs out at the end of the season.Mourinho arrived at United in 2016 to replace Louis van Gaal and he won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.But this season has seen up upset with the United board over their failure to sign a central defender before the summer transfer window closed. last_img

9 months agoReal Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solari

first_imgReal Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solariby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno refused to comment on Isco’s situation after victory at Real Betis.Real coach Santiago Solari left the midfielder on the bench for the 2-1 win.”It’s a decision of Solari, I should not enter it,” replied Butragueno when asked about Isco.”A coach makes those decisions and belongs to his world, I insist, we should not enter.”On new signing Brahim Diaz, he added: “He’s a boy with a lot of personality, we have a lot of hope in him, we have to give him time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

US agribusiness looks to boost sales to Cuba

first_imgHAVANA – Representatives from the United States’ agricultural sector arrived in Cuba on Thursday for a conference aimed at promoting sales, one of the few U.S. business areas allowed to deal with the island under a half-century-old trade embargo that Cuban leaders blame for most of its economic troubles.The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Coalition will explore potential opportunities for American agriculture producers seeking a market on the island. Cuba imports most of its food products from abroad, a multibillion-dollar market that has flourished despite U.S. sanctions.Relations between both countries normalized somewhat after former U.S. President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo while in office. But President Donald Trump has intensified sanctions, making it harder for Americans to travel to Cuba and conduct business.In 2017, the United States sold $260 million of food to the Cuba, but the figure was one of the lowest in this decade and paled in comparison to the $450 million of U.S. food sold in 2012.The island still cannot sell its own products in the U.S. and is not given credit to help pay for imports as a result of the embargo.Cuba spends about $2 billion a year to import food for its 11 million citizens, who are given almost free rations each month of products such as chicken, rice and milk.Phil Peters, a trip organizer, said U.S. agribusiness is interested in exporting more products to Cuba and improving regulatory conditions, and in “building a broader and more normal relationship in which there is investment and shared business.”About 30 participants were meeting with officials at the conference and visiting farms and co-operatives in the Caribbean nation. The group is scheduled to stay until Saturday.“Our country finds itself fully updating its economic model,” Cuban deputy agriculture minister Jose Miguel Rodriguez de Armas said at the opening of the conference. “The concerns of the agriculture sector are very important for the development of our country.”last_img