Abilene Christian’s Shay Johnson Changes Lives One Word at a Time

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Many student-athletes receive attention for the work that goes into honing their craft, or attention from fans or attention in the classroom. But there is another aspect of attention that can easily go unnoticed to the outside world. With so many matters pining for the consideration of a student-athlete, it is often difficult to add in a service to the outside world. Through team-initiated events or personal ones, these collegiate athletes have shown time and time again that they are willing to represent their institutions by serving others and continue do so with a smile on their faces.Shay Johnson of the Abilene Christian women’s soccer team is the latest example of a Southland Conference student-athlete taking time to provide attention to those in need. Johnson recently spent an entire month of her summer vacation traveling to Kampala, Uganda, for a mission trip with Hope Speaks.Hope Speaks is a nonprofit organization based in Uganda that seeks to provide speech therapy, education and advocacy to children with disabilities. While a major aim of the organization is to seek out and assist children and families that live in poverty, their reach is not limited to any one specific socioeconomic group in Uganda.Shay initially heard about the Hope Speaks organization after the group made a visit to the Abilene Christian campus during her freshman year. However, her schedule at the time did not permit her to meet with the group about their internship program. But, with a seed planted in her mind, Johnson took it upon herself to get in touch with the organization in order get her foot in the door.After joining a pool of 250 applicants, Johnson was selected in February to be a part of the Hope Speaks team. Upon arriving in Uganda, the junior joined a group of seven other interns from around the United States to begin working with local children in need of speech assistance.As the only undergraduate pupil in her Hope Speaks group, Johnson was initially unsure of how much practical experience she would be allowed with the clients enlisted in the program. However, after two intensive days of training coupled with the collective knowledge gained in her time at Abilene Christian, she was given the opportunity to create speech assessments and therapy plans for her very own clients.Upon their arrival, Shay and her group members faced a language barrier with the native families that they were serving. Lugandan stands as the inherent language for the Kampalan people. However, the local children are also taught English by the teachers at their respective schools. With that being said, a large portion of the clients who sought out the help of Johnson and her co-workers were often impaired past the point of spoken language. Fortunately for Shay and her group members, there were always translators present for each therapy session in order to properly communicate with family members while also assisting in the instruction of activities for the clients.Abilene Christian speech language pathology majors are required to log a minimum 30 hours of practical application in the undergraduate program. In just one month, Johnson was able to breeze through the program-mandated application time, working five or more hours per day on a Monday through Friday schedule. Although her weekdays were packed with creating therapy sessions and assessments, her weekends were not simply limited to leisure activities. Johnson immersed herself in the local culture on her off days while still meeting with select lower-income families.After a month packed with fulfilling moments, the speech pathology major returned home with a revitalized enthusiasm for her program and her future as a speech and language professional. “I knew I wanted to be a speech pathologist, but I was kind of wavering in how I wanted to do that or even if I wanted to do that,” said Johnson. “So, going out there and spending that month in Uganda really solidified that this is the career that I want to do for the rest of my life.”Johnson and the Wildcats are back in action Friday afternoon at the Southland Conference Tournament in Beaumont, Texas. ACU is the tournament’s No. 5-seed and will square off against the No. 1 Central Arkansas in the first of two SLC semifinal matches. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Following shortly after, No. 7 Stephen F. Austin will take on tournament host No. 3 Lamar in a 7 p.m. kickoff. The semifinal rounds can be viewed on the Southland Digital Network.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $356,332 INTO SUNDAY

first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $356,332 INTO SUNDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD IS 1 P.M. ON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,450 TURNS OUT FOR KENTUCKY DERBY & 11-RACE LOCAL PROGRAM ARCADIA, Calif. (May 4, 2014)–With a festive Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 21,450 on hand for mint juleps and tremendous racing, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Saturday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $356,332 into Sunday at The Great Race Place.With $185,732 in “new” money wagered, Saturday’s total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $499,540, and although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 40 consolation tickets with six, each worth $2,496.80.With a nine-race card on tap for Sunday, the Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time of 2:31 p.m. PT.First post time tomorrow is at 1 p.m. and admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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BENJAMIN & SALLY WARREN’S HOMEBRED WARREN’S SHOWTIME UNLEASHES FURIOUS RALLY TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS BY 3 ½ LENGTHS

first_imgBENJAMIN & SALLY WARREN’S HOMEBRED WARREN’S SHOWTIME UNLEASHES FURIOUS RALLY TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS BY 3 ½ LENGTHSRACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRE HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–With a recent minor illness a concern, Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime assuaged any doubts as to her readiness with a powerful stretch kick that resulted in a runaway 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita.  Ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez and conditioned by Craig Lewis, the 3-year-old chestnut filly by Clubhouse Ride got one mile on turf in 1:36.50.Breaking from post position five in a field of 12, Warren’s Showtime was a reserved fifth at the rail, about four lengths off the lead at the three furlong pole, she hugged the rail while unleashing a devastating turn of foot through the lane in what was arguably the most impressive win on the day.“She’s got a terrific turn of foot and it helped her today,” said Lewis, who conditioned Warren’s Showtime’s sire and dam, Warren’s Veneda.  “It got a little tight around the turn, but the jock waited and the rail opened up and we got through.  She had a fever and we had to back off for a while.  I’m hopeful that we haven’t got to the bottom of her potential yet…“This sire has kept me alive.  We are reaping the benefits of the offspring.  He a wonderful sire for California and we couldn’t be more excited about the future with him.”Third in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs on dirt Nov. 1, Warren’s Showtime, whose dam was a Grade I stakes winner at Santa Anita, was off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $4.80 and $4.20.“She’s got a really good late kick,” said Velez, who has ridden Warren’s Showtime in all six of her starts.  “She likes to run inside, so it makes it easier to save ground…This is my biggest win and I feel really happy to have the opportunity.”A one mile turf stakes winner two starts back, Warren’s Showtime now has two stakes victories and three wins from five overall starts.  With the winner’s check of $110,000, she now has earnings of $236,271.Bulletproof One, set the all the early pace, was off at 7-2 with Ruben Fuentes and paid $4.60 and $4.00 while finishing a neck in front of Warrior’s Moon.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Warrior’s Moon was off at 21-1 and paid $8.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.14, 48.11, 1:12.78 and 1:24.75.last_img read more

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Man Utd could block Spurs’ £50m Depay move as they have first option on striker

first_imgMEMPHIS DEPAY’s potential £50million move to Tottenham could be blocked by Man Utd after Lyon revealed that they have first refusal on their former striker.Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are planning a £50million bid for Utd flop Depay to bolster their attacking options as they lie 14th in the Premier League having won only three of their 12 matches.2 Lyon’s Memphis Depay could return to his former club Man UtdHowever, Lyon have revealed that Man Utd have the first option to buy Depay, if he moves on from the French club, as a buy-back clause was agreed when he left Old Trafford to sign for Lyon in January 2017 for an initial £16million.Lyon’s director of football, Juninho, says Depay is happy at Les Gones and hopes to extend his contract beyond its end in June 2021, but admits Utd will have priority over other interested clubs.Netherlands international Depay has resurrected his career with Lyon in Ligue 1, scoring 11 goals in 14 games this season.Depay struggled in Manchester after Louis Van Gaal signed him from PSV Eindhoven for £25million in 2015, scoring just seven goals in 53 games for Utd.The Dutch forward had built up a stellar reputation in his homeland, finding the net 28 times in his last season at PSV.2 Memphis Depay has excelled away from Man UtdLyon have slipped to 14th place in Ligue 1 this season and their poor form could tempt Depay into making a sensational return to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.If Depay declines a contract extension it is likely he will be sold before his existing one runs out so Lyon can recoup some of their investment, and in that case Man Utd would have the first chance to re-sign the Dutch star. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad in January, with a striker thought to be one of his main targets with Utd having only managed 16 goals in 12 league games this term.If Utd don’t choose to exercise their right to bring Depay back to Manchester then Spurs and Pochettino are willing to give him a second chance in the Premier League.Depay has established himself as the first-choice striker for the Netherlands and Spurs reckon now could be the time for him to deliver on his talent in this country.last_img read more

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O’Neill brushes aside Games negativity

first_imgDuring the official opening of the Sir John Guise Outdoor and Indoor Stadiums today, O’Neill stated that he is determined to deliver the best Games against all the negativity from critics.He said the outdoor stadium was built before 1991 to host the South Pacific Games but over 25 years, it had decayed and as a result, he needed to spend some money to rehabilitate the facility.“When we came into Government in 2011 we were three years behind already and as a result many of our critics told us to cancel hosting the Games.“If we had cancelled we would have been the only country in the Pacific to have done so and that would create an embarrassment for PNG as a regional leader,” he said.K1.2 billion from the government has been spent on all infrastructures and 64 million kina in cash and kind has been given to the Games Organising Committee (GOC) from the private and public sector.“Sadly there were negative people who wanted to continually undermine the good work of our Games organisers, who made outlandish claims and tried to sour the national sentiment – but they are being proven wrong.“Congratulations to the Minister for Sports and National Events and to our games organisers for your tireless efforts. Thank you for your dedication to your jobs and to our country.“Of course now is not the time to take a break but to keep working hard and doing your best.“The finish line is in sight and we thank you for your efforts in delivering what I know will be the best Pacific Games ever.” “This is just the beginning and we’ll judge our performance and where our athletes will do us proud after the Games,” he added.In addition, the PNG police, soldiers and correctional officers will provide security during the Games.last_img read more

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Samoan referee ready for Games

first_imgThe young Samoan woman arrived today (Monday), and said the jet lag associated with the long journey had already made her to miss home and family.But the FIFA and Oceania certified assistant referee is not new to the international scene, having officiated in five regional Oceania sanctioned events already.  Salamasina said that the PNG women will be hard to beat on their home soil and are favourites to claim their fourth consecutive gold medal.    Samoa will be fielding a women’s team only in the Pacific Games.last_img read more

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Volleyball goes into semi-finals today

first_imgFour top teams from each division will battle it out for the medal play off on Saturday.The first match today at the BSP Arena is between home girls PNG and American Samoa.PNG will be looking to get all their support from the home crowd while the American Samoans are set to give them a good challenge.Gold medal holders Tahiti will play 2011 silver medallist, New Caledonian women in the next game. In the men’s, 2011 silver medallist Tahiti will be aiming to qualify for the gold play off when they take on New Caledonia at 3pm.Home team PNG will take on gold medal holders Wallis and Futuna in the last semi-final match at 5pm.This is the game to watch as Wallis and Futuna mean business as they’re out to defend their gold medal but PNG will have home crowd advantage so it could be anybody’s game.last_img read more

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Hunters lose Zeming and Amean to injury

first_imgZeming and Amean suffered serious injuries during last Sunday’s 24-8 loss to the Norths Devils.Zeming underwent an operation to his thumb while Amean is undergoing scans to his knee.Coach of the Hunters, Michael Marum will finalize the 18 man squad this Thursday before the team departs for Australia on Friday.The round 17 game against the Tweed Heads Seagulls on Sunday will kick off at 2pm at the Piggabeen Sports Complex, Brisbane.last_img

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Coronavirus: discover in real time the location and confirmed cases

first_imgImage: iStock Coronavirus is a type of virus whose origin is unknown. In general, people suffer at some point in their life and usually happens during childhood. It can generate from a simple cold to a serious respiratory problem similar to pneumonia. At present, this virus has become more known as an outbreak in the city of Wuhan, China emerged in late 2019. As a result of this situation, many countries were alerted to prevent the coronavirus from expanding through more places and taking appropriate measures to achieve it.Although the outbreak began in China, there are already some cases of people affected by the coronavirus in different parts of the world. The majority of sick people are in the Asian country, but due to the influx of tourists and business people who normally travel to China, there are currently sick people in other places. Knowing the real situation of this disease is not easy as it varies at all times, but thanks to Johns Hopkins University we can know.They develop a website that allows observing in real time the number of people affectedJohns Hopkins University, in the United States, has developed a website that allows you to observe in real time the number of people suffering from the coronavirus and its location. It can also know the number of deaths that have been caused by this virus and the number of people who have recovered. The image provided by the web we can see a map with red areas that represent each affected country and how the outbreak has already spread in different areas of the world. Currently it is the best way to know the reality of this virus and know in what state are people from different countries that have been affected.center_img Coronavirus is a type of virus whose origin is unknownDeveloped to track the number of people affected in real timelast_img read more

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