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Class project raises more than $40,000 for World Bicycle Relief

first_img Read Full Story When Myra White issued a charity challenge to the 13 student teams in her Managing Virtual Teams spring course, asking them to raise money for World Bicycle Relief (WBR), she never expected them to raise $40,000 in less than two months.Each semester, groups of five or six students compete in a series of challenges, with the final challenge of raising money and awareness for a charity. This year’s chosen charity, WBR, empowers individuals, families, and communities in remote areas of Africa by providing them with bicycles. With such transportation, children no longer have to walk hours to school, and communities can access medical supplies with greater efficiency.Outlining a clear fundraising strategy through the Get Involved page on WBR’s website, the students enlisted corporate matching and grants from their employers, created Facebook pages, and used Twitter to raise funds. The funds from a virtual race alone, which allowed participants to find sponsors for a 5K at a location of their own choosing, raised $7,000 – enough for WBR to buy 52 bicycles. The students’ efforts raised WBR to new donation records, raising funds from individuals on six continents; only Antarctica was missing.Even though the semester has ended, the students are still raising money for WBR – a phenomenon that White says often happens. “Students find that helping others enriches themselves as well as the people they help,” White said. “It shows them that they can have a positive impact on the world.”last_img read more

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ASU seeks revenge on Washington St.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington State (15-15, 6-11) vs. Arizona State (19-11, 10-8)Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, Arizona; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona State seeks revenge on Washington State after dropping the first matchup in Pullman. The teams last met on Jan. 29, when the Cougars shot 41.1 percent from the field and went 10 for 25 from 3-point territory en route to the 67-65 victory. ASU seeks revenge on Washington St. Associated Press March 6, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com STEPPING UP: Arizona State’s Remy Martin has averaged 19.2 points and four assists while Romello White has put up 9.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. For the Cougars, CJ Elleby has averaged 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while Isaac Bonton has put up 13.2 points.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Martin has made or assisted on 46 percent of all Arizona State field goals over the last three games. Martin has accounted for 21 field goals and 13 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Sun Devils are 0-7 when they score 65 points or fewer and 19-4 when they exceed 65 points. The Cougars are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 62 points and 15-6 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST RATIOS: The Cougars have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Sun Devils. Arizona State has 32 assists on 74 field goals (43.2 percent) over its past three contests while Washington State has assists on 28 of 61 field goals (45.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Arizona State is ranked first in the Pac-12 with an average of 72.9 possessions per game.last_img read more

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Cornerback Devin M. Butler has thrived in his switch from the outside to the nickel

first_imgDevin M. Butler stood with bent knees, ready to pounce. Syracuse’s graduate transfer cornerback was in the nickel, lined up against Middle Tennessee State’s wide receiver Richie James, who has caught more than 100 balls in each of his first two seasons.MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill handled the snap and dropped back. To his left, James slid backward and turned toward him, anticipating a screen pass. Butler burst toward James as Stockstill released the ball, disrupting the third-down play and getting the Orange the ball back via a punt.At least once more, Butler thwarted a similar screen pass intended for James. Disappointment filled Syracuse’s (2-1) Week 2 loss to Middle Tennessee State, but Butler’s emergence as a nickel corner — a position he had not played before — was a bright spot. To maintain its top-10 third-down defense, SU needs Butler to sustain this level of play.“(The nickel) has to have a lot of coverage skills,” head coach Dino Babers said. “But he’s still got to be able to come up and play the run just in case they decide to run the ball. I think Butler’s got both of those skills, and I think he’s doing a nice job for us.”Butler transferred from Notre Dame to play his graduate season with the Orange. He said he primarily played on the outside at UND, but that SU coaches thought he could fit as the nickel.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe nickel presents a set of challenges. Sometimes, teams shift their best receiver from the outside into the slot on third down. Mostly, the nickel corner guards the opponent’s slot receiver.For Butler, that meant shifting from covering receivers who were more in the mold of Steve Ishmael (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) to covering receivers who have frames similar to Ervin Philips (5-foot-11, 181 pounds).The slot receivers are often faster than outside counterparts and have more room to work with by virtue of working in the middle of the field, Butler said. He attributes the success he’s had in his transition to using his hands and playing physically to reduce the amount of space receivers have.“It was a little tough,” Butler said. “There are a lot more things to look at, a lot more keys to read. But just with repetition, I got better with time.”Syracuse had increased competition among its cornerbacks in the offseason. Two relatively inexperienced players — sophomore Scoop Bradshaw and redshirt sophomore Chris Fredrick — won the starting jobs on the outside. Juwan Dowels, who started last season at cornerback before going down with an injury, has rotated with them.After Fan Fest in mid-August, Babers said SU had a “nucleus” of four players who could see the field at that position. He said the Orange might run six-deep there. That was in part because of the three outside cornerbacks, as well as graduate transfers Butler and Jordan Martin. Martin has since moved to safety.Redshirt junior safety Rodney Williams said there was a different atmosphere in the defensive-back room this offseason. He said he felt the unit was better and deeper, and part of it was because of the influx of new veteran talent, including Butler.“We have added some older guys with experience,” Williams said. “They’re not freshmen coming in. They understand how they need to learn the playbook. They played football so they played at a high level against really tough players … it feels like we have a group of veterans.”Even at a new position, Butler seems to play like a veteran. Comments Published on September 20, 2017 at 12:06 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more