Kelly Brush ride raises $199,000 for ski safety and adaptive sports

first_imgThe fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations. A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year. This level of support from riders and our sponsors is tremendous, said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. The Kelly Brush Century Ride continues to grow each year, allowing the foundation to expand efforts to improve ski racing safety and better the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.This year s ride included Team Ride-On, 13 adaptive athletes riding hand cycles lead by Patrick Standen, president of the board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association. The team included Sarah Will of Edwards, Colo. and Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah. Both mono skiers are the most decorated Paralympians in their disciplines. Team Ride-On raised $15,470, which means three handcycles, or similar adaptive sports gear, will be donated in the team s name to athletes with spinal cord injuries. In total 17 handcyclists participated in the event. All of us on Team Ride-On welcomed the opportunity to give others with SCI the ability to get adaptive sports equipment. Many of the members of our team purchased the hand cycles they used in the ride with help from Kelly Brush Foundation grants and we re happy to pay it forward, Standen said.The 100-mile Kelly Brush Century Ride benefits spinal cord injury prevention and awareness and funds grants for adaptive sports equipment for those with SCI. The ride also supports the foundation s grants for improving ski racing safety. For every $5,000 raised by an individual or team taking part in the Kelly Brush Century Ride the foundation donates a hand cycle or other adaptive sports equipment on behalf of the team or individual.The Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury College graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush, raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury, works to increase ski racing safety through grants to clubs throughout the USA and supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors including: Audi, KeyBank, Saatchi and Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with herfamily, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injurywhile racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. is external)Source: Kelly Brush Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 17, 2009)last_img read more

State championships help add 27 to Fast Shafts All-Star ballot

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Another 27 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports drivers are new to the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Twenty-one of those additions are Allstar Performance State champions and include Brandon Beckendorf in Minnesota, Dean Deming in New Mexico, Kreg Dobson in Oklahoma, Greg Durbin in Illinois, Joe German in Washington, Steven Glenn in Missouri, Wyatt Howard in Utah, Paul Jones Jr. in Wyoming, K.C. Kubichek in Nevada, Mike Petersilie in Kansas, Dale Schweikart in Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Streeter in California, Jesse Taylor in Colorado, Ricky Thornton Jr. in Arizona, Curtis Towns in Oregon, Daniel Waldemar in Idaho, A.J. Ward in Michigan, Tim Ward in Nebraska, Randy Weaver in Arkansas, Keith White in Texas and Marcus Yarie in Wisconsin. Special event winners now vote eligible include Chase Allen at the Southern Challenge, Brian Mullen at Thunder On The Hill, Brad Pounds at the Dirt Track Nationals, Mike Van Genderen at the Desert Classic, Jeremy Payne at the Duel In The Desert and Randy Thornell at the Day After The Duel.Already on the ballot were state champions Robert Hellebust in North Dakota, Matt Roberts in New York, Jesse Sobbing in Iowa and Jim Thies in South Dakota. Thunder On The Hill winner Jordan Grabouski was also already on the ballot. The final qualifying event on the 2013 calendar is the Nov. 22-24 Cactus Classic at Central Arizona Raceway. By home region, the 75 drivers on the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now include: Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Mark Carrell, Brian Cass, Zane DeVilbiss, Joe German, Dustin Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Wyatt Howard, Paul Jones Jr., David Karst, Eddie Kirchoff, K.C. Kubichek, Brad Pounds, Jeremy Shank, Brody Spangler, Jeffrey Streeter, Randy Thornell, Ricky Thornton Jr., Zachary Thorp, Curtis Towns, Daniel Waldemar, Jesse Williamson and Justen Yeager. BillsBuilt South Central Region – Chase Allen, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Chad Melton, Vince Ogle and Keith White.Jet Racing Central Region – Kreg Dobson, Jeremy Frenier, Cody Gearhart, Steven Glenn, Jordan Grabouski, John Hansen, Jared Landers, Bill Leighton, David Murray Jr., Jeremy Payne, Mike Petersilie, Johnny Saathoff, Dylan Smith, Jesse Taylor, Tim Ward and Randy Weaver. Belleville Motorsports North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Brandon Beckendorf, Ray Cox Jr., Eric Dailey, Todd Dart, Darin Duffy, Greg Durbin, Richie Gustin, Robert Hellebust, Sean Jerovetz, Benji LaCrosse, Tyler Limoges, Josh Meyer, Brian Mullen, Jason Schueller, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Dustin Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Jim Thies, Mike Van Genderen, Luke Wanninger and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Myron DeYoung, Chris Fleming, Matt Roberts, Dale Schweikart, Kyle Strickler and A.J. Ward.last_img read more

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looking forward to playing with LeBron James, other new Lakers

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “I’m excited to play with him,” Caldwell-Pope said. “He’s also going to help the young guys out, including myself. It’s going to open the floor. A lot of people are going to get open shots. Lonzo can learn a lot from LeBron as far as seeing the floor and making better decisions.“I think it’s going to be good.” At first glance, and maybe at second or third glance, too, it would seem the Lakers have more playmakers than shooters surrounding James. Rondo is renowned as a superb playmaker, as is Ball. Neither is known for his perimeter shooting, though.Caldwell-Pope isn’t concerned about perceptions of an imbalance.“I feel like we have a lot of shooters,” he said. “Josh Hart shot almost 40 percent (from 3-point range last season), Kyle Kuzma almost shot 40, me at 38, Brandon Ingram was at 39. We have shooters. You want to add more? I’m fine with that. But we have enough, I think.”LAKERS DEFEAT 76ERSJosh Hart scored 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, to lead the Lakers to a 96-79 victory over Philadelphia. Svi Mykhailiuk added 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Nick King had 15 for the Lakers.Mykhailiuk also had nine rebounds.Zhaire Smith led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points.The Lakers (1-0) led by as many as 23 points.“The focus the guys had was really off the charts,” Lakers coach Miles Simon said. “I think Josh found a good balance between scoring and passing tonight. He obviously hit some big shots for us. We want him to be a leader in this setting and tonight he set the tone.”Isaac Bonga made his Lakers debut and scored three points a little more than 24 hours after they completed a trade with the 76ers to get him. The 18-year-old from Germany had a few minutes of practice time with the Lakers before taking the floor, according to Simon.“What a great story,” Simon said. “At first, I just wanted Isaac to have fun. He’s 18 or 19 years old. He’s suiting up for the Lakers in front of 8,000 or 9,000 people. There was a calmness about him. You can tell he’s played pro basketball before.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img LAS VEGAS — One by one, they walked into the Thomas & Mack Center before the Lakers’ NBA Summer League opener Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then they took their courtside seats to watch and cheer and to be cheered by a pro-Lakers crowd.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager, sat next to Coach Luke Walton. Next to them sat Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and JaVale McGee. LeBron James was conspicuous by his absence, having left for a European vacation earlier in the week.Caldwell-Pope smiled broadly when asked about the new-look Lakers. He re-signed with them Friday, accepting a new one-season, $12-million contract that will enable him to play alongside James, a four-time NBA MVP and a three-time league champion.The addition of James, who agreed last Sunday to a four-year, $153.3-million contract, changes everything for the Lakers. The additions of McGee, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson give the Lakers a different and a more unpredictable look for 2018-19 and beyond. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It is completely different, a lot of new faces,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We’ve got a lot of new vets, so I think that will be good. We’ve got LeBron, we’ve got Rajon Rondo, we’ve got JaVale McGee. He won two championships, so he knows what it takes. And Lance Stephenson.“We got great pieces. I commend Rob and Magic (Johnson) for going out and getting them.”Caldwell-Pope said he expects James to serve many roles with the Lakers beyond the obvious.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more