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Jimmie Johnson to wear Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope at Kentucky

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will highlight the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend during the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. In addition to wearing the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which honors five charities working to improve K-12 public education, a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation (JJF) paint scheme will be featured on his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. As a show of support for Johnson’s efforts to raise funds for K-12 public education, a number of his NASCAR Cup Series competitors will join him in displaying JJF-branded decals on the visors of their helmets.“I’m thrilled to be able to share and celebrate the work of the Foundation this weekend,” said Johnson. “Chandra (wife) and I are so grateful to Lowe’s for allowing us to run the Foundation paint scheme for the thirteenth time, Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program again this year, and all of the drivers participating in the visor campaign. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our partners and the NASCAR community, we are able to provide much needed financial support to some outstanding non-profits and schools through Foundation programs.”The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate and vote on not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education.  Each of the recipients was also awarded a $25,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party.The five grant recipients are:●  Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation in Arcadia, Indiana●  Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Washington, DC●  Read Better Be Better in Phoenix●  Siouxland Ag in the Classroom in Moville, Iowa●  The Pencil Box in Tulsa, Oklahoma“We are extremely proud to once again support the incredible work and commitment displayed by each of the organizations to assist K-12 public education,” Mike Wells, President & CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream said. “The passion around the mission of each of these organizations is evident through the rallying of their supporters to vote and ultimately secure additional needed funding. It never ceases to amaze me at how creative and driven all of the organizations are to securing the votes needed.”A number of competitors will sport a specially designed JJF strip on the visors of their respective helmets. At the conclusion of Saturday’s 400-mile race at Kentucky, participating drivers will sign the visors. The signed visors will be available in an online auction to raise funds to support K-12 public education. Participating drivers include: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr. Drivers Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray will donate visors for the auction.In addition to the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, the Foundation operates the Champions Grant program, which provides cash grants to schools in the Johnsons’ hometowns and where they currently live; and Team Up For Technology, a $48,000 technology makeover open to schools nationwide.  Each of these programs will be featured on the special JJF paint scheme.About the Jimmie Johnson FoundationChandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $11 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education.  For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.last_img read more

Price takes second in the Griak

first_imgPrice takes second in the Griak Derek WetmoreSeptember 26, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the GophersâÄô biggest home meet of the season, junior Steph Price highlighted the competition for Minnesota with a second-place finish at the Griak Invitational on Saturday. PriceâÄôs finish led the No. 28 women to a seventh-place finish. The No. 27 Gophers menâÄôs team âÄî who competed for the first time after star runner Hassan Mead took a medical redshirt âÄî finished fifth. Senior captains Ben Blankenship (10th) and Mike Torchia (14th) were MinnesotaâÄôs top finishers, and sophomore Pieter Gagnon (15th) also clocked inside the top 20. Price beat her personal best by more than a half minute, finishing in 20 minutes, 41 seconds âÄî just two seconds behind North Carolina StateâÄôs Laura Hoer. Behind Price, the teamâÄôs youth stepped up to round out the top five. With the exception of senior Nikki Swenson (49th overall, fourth Gophers finisher), the rest of the top five were all underclassmen: freshman Missa Varpness (28th, second), freshman Ashlie Decker (39th, third) and sophomore Kayla Wagner (67th, fifth). âÄúIt was a good day âÄî it wasnâÄôt a great day,âÄù assistant coach Sarah Hesser said. âÄúWeâÄôre not thrilled with it, but we did a good job.âÄù Head coach Gary Wilson added: âÄúI told the girls, âÄòIf you ran this race two weeks from now, weâÄôd see another 20 seconds [shaved off] from all of you.âÄô âÄù As with any young team, the womenâÄôs coaches know that thereâÄôs a learning curve and that a high-level race like the Griak is the way to speed along that process. The team has three meets left before the pre-NCAA race Oct. 16, when runners have a chance to qualify for nationals. âÄúThe girls will run better at pre-nats for having had this experience at Griak, we just need to iron out some of the mistakes as a team,âÄù Hesser said. âÄúBut the talent is there.âÄù The 25th running of the annual Roy Griak Invitational drew huge crowds, with thousands of participants and even more spectators. Participation numbers werenâÄôt released, but the team said last week that they expected to break their previous record of 3,505 runners. After a light rain in the early morning, conditions cleared to allow for a clean day of racing, aside from some mud after portions of Les Bolstad golf course were torn up by a high volume of runners. âÄúIt was a lot of fun having such a home crowd here,âÄù Price said. âÄúIt was really fun having everyone cheer me on. I really drew that energy from the [home] crowd.âÄù For the men, competing without Mead âÄî who was on hand to cheer on his team âÄî has become an accepted reality. They spread the burden around, finishing fifth as a team despite the fact that their best individual finisher, Blankenship, came in 10th. Blankenship got a late start on conditioning due to competing for USA Track and Field this summer and taking a short break afterward. That in mind, his finish was encouraging to a team that will now look to him as a leader. âÄúWe think we know where Ben Blankenship can compete when heâÄôs healthy,âÄù head coach Steve Plasencia said. That could become a theme for the rest of the season, and so far, there are no injury concerns with the rest of the team. Griak means more The power that an invitational as heralded as the Roy Griak holds is most evident on race day. To observe the look of excitement, especially among the high school athletes competing, sums up the Griak experience. âÄúRight from the get-go [in 1985] we decided we were going to do this first class âĦ and make it special for the kids that come,âÄù Wilson said. Since the race was created, Wilson said there was ultimately one purpose. âÄúItâÄôs not about anything other than, do [the kids] come and have the best cross country experience theyâÄôve ever had in their life?âÄù he said. WomenâÄôs redshirt freshman Caitlin Olson said she was convinced to walk on and join the team simply by watching the Griak last year. âÄúItâÄôs amazing,âÄù she said of the power the Griak Invitational holds. âÄúSeeing it last year just really made me want to be a part of it and come out for the team.âÄù Related: – Roy Griak Invitational 2010 (video) – Thousands of runners coming for Griak Invitational (9/22)last_img read more

Softball Field To Be Renamed In Honor Of Hope Jaramillo

first_imgJeff Segler’s ‘Boys of Pajarito Plateau’. Courtesy/LAC Hope JaramilloBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily [email protected] Alamos resident Hope Jaramillo, who died in January, was instrumental in the local softball program. As a result, her work and name will be etched into Los Alamos history forever.This is because Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to rename Minors A Field at Overlook Park in White Rock after Jaramillo. It will now be named Hope Field.Councilor Antonio Maggiore said, “Hope was a wonderful figure in our community, and she was well loved by many … I am proud to support memorializing her legacy in this manner.”Council Chair Sara Scott agreed. She said she appreciated the opportunity to honor Jaramillo’s memory and that it was really moving to read through all the public comments in support of naming the softball field after her.County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said that a public hearing committee was formed to consider renaming the softball field. She said the committee received residents’ comments for two weeks and held a public hearing Sept. 15.More than 100 comments in support of the new name were received and there wasn’t a single comment that opposed naming the field after Jaramillo, Habiger said. As a result, the committee was unanimous in its decision to recommend that Council approve the new name for the field.Jaramillo, who died from cancer, was extremely active in the high school softball program. She was a player herself in school and went on to be a coach and volunteer in the Los Alamos softball program.The recommendation to rename Minors A Field after Jaramillo was initially presented during a Parks and Recreation Board meeting in March. Board member Robbie Harris presented the idea of renaming the field in honor of Jaramillo.“The reason why I am approaching the board about renaming the field from Minor A to Hope Field is just recently, over a month ago, we had a valuable asset within our softball community pass away after a long, lengthy battle with cancer,” Harris said during the March Parks and Recreation meeting. “The thing with Hope Jaramillo – she was instrumental in the development of girls’ softball here in Los Alamos as far as coaching, little league softball, youth triple A softball, supporting the high school JV tournament … so Hope originally was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and from that period till she passed away, she had 10 surgeries for her cancer not including additional treatments that she also had but the thing about it is, if you knew Hope, even though she was battling this she never ever wore it on her sleeve; you never would have guessed that was what she was doing. She would go for treatment one week and be back the next week ready to coach softball … that’s the thing about Hope, she was extremely selfless in volunteering her time and also as far as being an example of volunteerism here, in the community, that is exactly what she was.”In other council business, the acquisition of several public art pieces was approved while one piece will be further investigated.Arts in Public Places Board Member Jennifer Baker presented several recommendations for council’s consideration.Council approved the purchase of a 3D maze mural, which will adorn a concrete wall at the splash pad near Piñon Park in White Rock. The purchase will not exceed $67,000.Baker said the art piece, which will be created by artist Carrie Quade, will be an interactive piece. People can trace their fingers within the wide, rounded grooves that extend the length of the wall. She added that the piece will be designed to resemble mountains and trees and will use colors that complement the ones in the splash pad.Councilors said they were excited for the art project.“First, I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation of the Arts and Public Places Board and their dedicated staff… as excited as I am about the splash pad I think this is a wonderful addition to it. I like that it is indeed so tactile … I fully support this project…,” Councilor Antonio Maggoire said.Additionally, council approved the donation of Ed Grothus’ “Sunflower”. The donation was made by Grothus’ daughter, Barbara.While the piece is a donation, there is a cost to restore the artwork and mount it; the expenses will not exceed $60,000.The piece, which is made from recycled materials, will fittingly be mounted at the Eco Station.Councilor Pete Sheehey said this is the perfect location for the art piece.“Ed Grothus was a controversial figure, but he is certainly part of the history of this town,” Sheeehy said. “There were two things that Ed was about. One, he was a recycler long before recycling was much of a business, and two he was about turning swords into plowshares and this sculpture embodies that so wonderfully. I am delighted that we have a chance to put this up right over the place where he did a lot of business.”Regarding Arts and Public Places’ recommendation to purchase a painting titled, “Boys of Pajarito Plateau” by Jeff Segler and hang it in Fuller Lodge, council unanimously agreed that the recommendation needs to go back to the drawing board.Council moved that Arts in Public Places reconsider the location of the painting and reopen its purchase, which would not exceed $70,000, for public comment.Some councilors felt the subject matter, which depicts Los Alamos Ranch School students, is controversial.Maggiore interpreted the painting as paying homage to the early troops of the Boy Scouts of America, which he said is an organization that is not only financially bankrupt but morally bankrupt, too, given its numerous scandals. He said he felt it was wrong to approve the purchase of a painting that glorifies this organization.During public comment Segler noted that while his painting honors the boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School, the school had no association with the Boy Scouts of America.Furthermore, Sheehey said the mistakes of the Boy Scouts organization shouldn’t get in the way of Los Alamos celebrating a part of its history.“I will not deny there has been some unfortunate leaders in that organization; that said, I don’t believe that this historically accurate painting glorifies the Boy Scouts,” Sheehey said. “…I don’t believe the unfortunate aspects of some individuals in the Boy Scouts organization should get in our way celebrating the history of Los Alamos and the Ranch School.”Councilor David Izraelevitz said it wasn’t the painting’s subject matter that bothered him but the proposed location to hang the painting.He said he felt the painting didn’t fit with the aesthetic of Fuller Lodge and wondered if there was another, better location for it.“I just don’t see that this piece fits,” Izraelevitz said. A rendering of artist Carrie Quade’s mural for the splash pad. Courtesy/LACcenter_img ‘Sunflower’, donated to Los Alamos County by Barbara Grothus. Courtesy/LAClast_img read more

Seward Cruise Industry Growing: 10 New Dockings

first_imgMcKahan: “We rely on it, definitely. We also have a lot of winter activities, so there is winter tourism. Not having so much snow this year was tough. So we’re really looking forward to an extremely busy summer. Also, due to the mild weather, people are coming sooner and in larger numbers already. So it’s looking great. We’re really looking forward to having a wonderful season.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The first cruise ships have already been passing through Seward, one docked last week, with a total of 64 port calls planned this summer. Kari McKahan with the Seward Chamber of Commerce said that means 91,000 passengers and 42,000 crew members will be visiting the city… Norwegian Cruise Lines added Seward to their itinerary, with an additional 10 ships docking. McKahan said the boost is crucial for Seward’s tourism industry and the general economy… McKahan said Seward added a free shuttle to take tourists to the main attractions from May 17 through September 19. This year the city is also promoting a new zip tour of the forest. McKahan: “I think the word is out that Seward is a great port of call and it has great large adn small ship docking facilities.”last_img read more

Groves ready to add European belt to his title collection

first_imgGeorge Groves talks about his fight for the vacant European super-middleweight title, which takes place on 16 March at Wembley Arena. The unbeaten 24-year-old is the Commonwealth champion and previously held the British title. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)AdChoices广告See also:Groves to fight for title at Wembley ArenaTrio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill Groves lining up world title challengeThe press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley returnGroves warned ahead of title showdownTrainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fight 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more