ALS advocate and former NFL player Steve Gleason awarded Congressional Gold Medal

first_imgJanuary 16, 2020 /Sports News – National ALS advocate and former NFL player Steve Gleason awarded Congressional Gold Medal Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCaroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Amid the historic impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders paused the partisan battle to honor former New Orleans Saints player and disability rights advocate Steve Gleason. Gleason, 41, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress gives to a civilian. “I suppose I don’t see my story as a football story or even an ALS story, but rather a human story,” Gleason said during the ceremony. “The truth is that we all experience pain in our lives, but I believe that the problems we face are our opportunity to find our human purpose.”After his football career, Gleason contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle movement and in late stages can cause paralysis and even death.He became an advocate for patients with ALS and in 2015 he worked to pass “The Steve Gleason Act” and later the “Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act of 2017,” laws that give Medicare patients access to “eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices” to patients of ALS and other conditions. Gleason founded the Gleason Initiative Foundation, also known as “Team Gleason,” with the mission of showing that patients can live and thrive after an ALS diagnosis. The foundation helps provide leading technology, awareness and care for ALS patients. Gleason worked with Microsoft in 2015 to develop technology that allows people who are paralyzed to control their wheelchairs with their eyes.In December, when he learned that he was to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, he said he and his family have come a long way since his initial diagnoses in 2011.“In many ways, I feel I’ve conquered ALS.” Gleason said. “Not only that, our foundations help others to be fellow conquerors – until we find treatments and a cure.” Gleason was joined at the ceremony on Wednesday afternoon by his wife, Michel, and son, Rivers. “I am honored and accept the Congressional Gold Medal for all the families who have been diagnosed with ALS, as well as anyone struggling to overcome life’s inevitable adversities,” Gleason said. In addition to Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were among the politicians from both sides of the aisle who attended Wednesday’s ceremony. “Truly Steve’s faith and goodness have given many people hope,” Pelosi said in her remarks. “Hope and a better future for those with ALS and for those all struggling in the face of adversity.” McConnell, who sat directly next to Pelosi during the ceremony, drew attention in his remarks to how many people looked up to Gleason as an inspiration.“They’ve got their saint alright,” McConnell said, adding “number 37 to be precise.” And on the day of current Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his son Baylen’s birthday, Brees said there was no place they’d rather be than attending Gleason’s ceremony.“There is no person on earth with the strength, courage, passion and tenacity to overcome all obstacles and make the lasting impact that Steve has made,” Brees said. “A true American hero.” From 2000 to 2008, Gleason was a safety for the New Orleans Saints and is best known for blocking a punt that led to the Saints’ first victory in the teams’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome stadium following Hurricane Katrina.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s connects with Asia

first_imgThe Art Troupe of the North China Electric Power University performed at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind. on Sept. 22, and Alice Siqin Yang, Saint Mary’s assistant director of global education, said the event reflected the growing opportunities for Saint Mary’s students to learn more about Asian cultures, particularly through the College’s study abroad programs.Yang said the performance at Northridge High School was not only meant for attendees to see a high-quality performance but also for the increased visibility of a unique culture. The Confucius Institute, which coordinated the performance, primarily “seeks to promote Chinese culture,” Yang said. The organization has established relations with more than 400 universities worldwide, with three located in Indiana at Indiana University Bloomington, Purdue and Valparaiso, Yang said.The Confucius Institute focuses on increasing Chinese and American students’ knowledge about one another’s cultures through education and performance, which is a goal Yang said she also shares. She said she helps promote these types of cultural events in the South Bend area through advertising at Saint Mary’s.“For Saint Mary’s, we emphasize internationalization and diversity, so I’m glad that students are interested in Asian cultures, for China is now the second largest economy … and developing fast,” Yang said. “It is essential that we help students make mutual understandings with different cultures.”This idea of mutual understanding parallels some of the activities in which the Saint Mary’s study abroad groups in Asia are able participate through excursions into other parts of the region, Yang said. One example of this is a visit students make to the Guizhou Shenghua Vocational College, Yang said.“This college … is Christian based, and they recruit students from the poorest provinces in a mountainous area … for almost free tuition,” Yang said.Yang said the Confucius Institute, which strives to provide realistic education centered on vocational learning, supports the Guizhou Shenghua Vocational College’s mission.“[The Vocational College] now [has] five majors; a few are: technology, hotel management and travel souvenirs,” she said.Yang said this college is also special because the institution recruits 20 to 30 international volunteers every year to help teach students English. She said many of the Saint Mary’s students abroad in the past expressed an interest in being a part of this program and were able to participate.Saint Mary’s students also played a role in the U.S.-China Student Summit in May, Yang said. The Summit brought together students and top leaders from both countries to speak on topics having to do with the relationship between America and China from a political, business and cultural perspective.“Saint Mary’s being a part of this is a big deal, for there had been around 200 American students attending, and Saint Mary’s itself had nine representatives including the faculty,” Yang said. “… [This was] an interactive session. The focus [was] student leadership, cross-cultural learning and business.”Yang said the dialogue created by the summit was effective in bringing the students of both countries together in “cross-cultural team building activities.”Dionne Bremyer, assistant professor of English, went on the study abroad trip to China. She taught travel writing as a course to help the students better understand certain aspects of their experience.“We looked at what it means to be a traveler versus what it means to be a tourist,” Bremyer said. “We also think about what it means to engage with experience and different cultures and how we process that through a lens in which we study and look at different cultures.”Bremyer said she found Saint Mary’s students were admirable because they were willing to live in a place with very little connection to western culture where they might at first be uncomfortable.“I think more than anything the open attitude to new experiences is more important than having a full understanding,” she said.Bremyer advocated cultural exchange and the importance of the China study abroad program for students.“I think it is the goal of study abroad for students to learn and understand the world better, than they should go places that challenge them,” she said. “The world can be very small and we are at a small school, so I think sometimes we feel very interconnected and interlinked, and I think one thing that is important about study abroad is seeing the world as a larger place where people have all kinds of experiences.”Like Yang, Bremyer sees the relations between the people of China and America as vital to global understanding and expansion. She said these growing relationships were reflected in the U.S.-China Student Summit.“It was amazing for [the students] to make connections with people from China and to think about all the places in which cultural exchange could happen … [not just through business and politics, but] through language through literature, through wanting to have a better understanding of each other as human beings,” Bremyer said.Tags: Asia, China, SMC, study abroadlast_img read more

DC United captain Wayne Rooney’s MLS career by the numbers so far

first_img“I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi Field.”- @WayneRooney #DCU— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 6, 201943 – Rooney might now be 33, but he is a near ever-present for DC, playing 43 matches for the club so far, tied for second in MLS during that time.23 – The former Manchester United star played in a deeper role at times before moving to MLS, but he has been a striker at DC and has scored 23 times in MLS. Only three players have scored more in that period.21.3 – Rooney, by scoring 23, has bettered his xG, although that statistic also has him fourth in MLS over that time.19 – Of his strikes, Rooney has scored 19 times with his right foot. That is the most of any MLS star since he left Everton.6 – The ex-England ace is renowned for his ability to shoot from distance and that is evident in another two statistics in which he has led the way in MLS. He has scored more goals from outside the box (six) than any other player, with more of those (four) coming from direct free-kicks than any rival.14 – Rooney can be a creator, too, though, and he has 14 assists in a DC uniform. He has created 101 chances in all. Wayne Rooney’s MLS career will be cut short in January after he agreed a deal to leave DC United for Derby County.The former England captain has turned around DC’s fortunes since moving stateside just over a year ago, but he will take up a player-coach role with the Championship club in 2020. MLS in ‘very advanced discussions’ with St. Louis about expansion, commissioner says MLS postgame fireworks show canceled because of … the plague? MLS on Alejandro Bedoya’s anti-gun violence moment: ‘We understand’center_img 37 – The combined figure of goals and assists puts Rooney tied for second for goal involvements since joining DC. Los Angeles FC’s runaway MVP candidate Carlos Vela (50) is the only player with more. He has been involved in 53.6 percent of his team’s goals.13 – DC has won 13 points thanks to Rooney’s goals this season, a figure that puts him second in MLS. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (20), his former Manchester United teammate at LA Galaxy, has had a greater hand in his team’s success.121 – Rooney has been effective without needing to have every match run through him. Of those MLS players to play at least 16 games since his arrival, Rooney (56.5) ranks 121st for touches per game. Wayne Rooney to leave D.C. United for Derby at end of MLS season United will hope he can continue to perform in the mean time as it chases a playoff berth this season.And Rooney’s displays to date suggest he may well prove inspirational, as these Opta numbers show. (If you like what you see here, go to @OptaJack on Twitter and give ’em a follow.) Related Newslast_img read more

(updated 9:45 a.m., Monday) Over 100 Sumner County homes affected from last week’s flooding

first_imgK-55 flooding Saturday afternoon, west of Belle Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair estimates there are over 100 Sumner homes damaged from flooding from last week storms. Most of those homes are west and south of Belle Plaine.The Ninnescah River, which starts at Cheney Lake and eventually cuts a swath through the northeast section of Sumner County, crested Saturday afternoon at an estimated 30.6 feet.“I can’t tell you on a historical perspective of whether this was the highest the Ninnescah has been,” Fair said. “But people keep comparing this to the Halloween flood of 1998. Some think it is worse.” (Video produced by 254 Productions, which worked in conjunction with the Sumner County Sheriff.) South-Central Kansas received anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of rainfall that started Thursday and lasted until Saturday morning. Most of the water flowing into Sumner County came from rainfall from Kingman and Sedgwick County.As a result, water flooded the northeastern part of Sumner County, and made travel to Belle Plaine from the west and south impossible. Residents living in the town, originally built on the Arkansas River bed, were forced to go north if they wanted to leave the community up until Sunday.K-55, the east-west highway going into Belle Plaine from the west, has periodically been flooded. But few people remember the Belle Plaine Y being as far under water. But by Sunday, the water rescinded and travel was normal again.Belle Plaine Y has been re-opened but on Saturday it was far from being drivable.Sumner County Emergency workers worked around the clock for 72 hours rescuing people who were stranded by the high water.“I think in the last 72 hours, some fire/EMS workers had a total of 4 to 6 hours of sleep,” Fair said. “The second they would get home, then there was another call for a rescue. They couldn’t catch a break.”Most of the homes that were damaged were built before Sumner County was zoned and declared a flood plain. Many of those who were rescued did not adhere to warnings that they needed to evacuate.There were no injuries or deaths caused by the flood. A firefighter from the city of Belle Plaine got caught in the current and was being carried downstream. He was able to grab on a rock or tree limb and drag himself out of the current.In Wellington, water accumulated to levels unseen in years. The municipal golf course which serves as a barometer for flood levels during had water covering the No. 3 fairway Saturday. Woods Park to the south was closed as of Sunday.People who see a damaged road should call 211, give the location and describe the problem.Anyone who has a water well that they think has been affected by the flooding is asked to visit or call the City of Wichita Environmental Health Department at 316-268-8351. Officials also gave this caution: “Drink only treated water and wash your hands after contact with flood waters or items that have been in flood waters.” Another storm system is projected to come through stating late Tuesday evening. Meteorologists are predicting it will be more fast moving than the one that came through last week which stood still. For full photo gallery of the flooding click here.———UPDATE: Wellington Fire/EMS sent a press release stating staff assisted multiple agencies with boat rescue operations in northern part of Sumner County over the weekend.“The department sent two staff with a boat to perform rescues of people who were either trapped in their home, vehicle and trees. Staff responded on three separate occasions over the weekend with most rescues occurring in the Ponderosa Estate area off U.S. 81 near the Ninnescah River.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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