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.”
DES MOINES — A world record highlighted the final day of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines. Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad smashed the 16-year-old world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52-point-20 seconds.Muhammad broke the record about two weeks after suffering a mild concussion after a fall in practice.Muhammad admits the record has been on her mind this year.Sioux City native Shelby Houlihan was a double winner for the second straight year. Houlihan took command on the final lap to win the 5000 meter run after winning the 1500 on Saturday. Des Moines native Karissa Schweizer finished second.Houlihan stayed with the leaders before taking control on the final lap.The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Sunday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Sanó hit a three-run homer in Minnesota’s five-run first inning, and the Twins pounded Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox 11-1 to strengthen their hold on the AL Central. Jorge Polanco, Jonathan Schoop and Max Kepler also connected as Minnesota ran its major league-leading total to 205 home runs. The Twins went deep 11 times while taking three of four in the series and moved two games ahead of second-place Cleveland, which lost 9-6 at Kansas City. == 2A quarterfinals today11:00 — #2 North Linn 38-5) vs. West Branch (20-7)1:30 — Central Lee (21-2) vs. Des Moines Christian (28-8)4:30 — #7 New Hampton (28-9) vs. West Sioux (21-5)7:00 — #5 Van Meter (31-3) vs. Underwood (26-4) NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Chase Briscoe passed Christopher Bell with seven laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first victory of the year.Briscoe’s only other Xfinity victory came last season on Charlotte’s oval.Bell led a career-high 235 out of 250 laps, but old tires allowed Briscoe to take over and clinch a playoff berth in the No. 98 Ford.John Hunter Nemechek was third, followed by Noah Gragson and points leader Tyler Reddick. Cole Custer, who entered the race in third place, got loose and crashed into the wall with 90 laps to go. CHICAGO (AP) — The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins have acquired veteran reliever Sergio Romo in a trade with Miami, hoping to boost their beleaguered bullpen for the stretch. The deadline for making deals to have players eligible for the postseason is Wednesday. The Twins got the 36-year-old Romo, minor league pitcher Chris Vallimont and a player to be named for minor league first baseman Lewin Diaz. Romo was 2-0 with 17 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 38 games this season. Romo joined the Minnesota Twins in Chicago on Sunday after he was acquired in the trade. The Twins begin a three-game series in Miami on Tuesday night, but the veteran reliever wanted to get started right away with his new team. CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake senior Jaylen DeVries has verbally committed to Southern Illinois University to play football. DeVries threw for 1828 yards and 22 touchdowns without an interception in his junior year with the Lions. In a tweet, DeVries thanked his family for everything they’ve done, shaping him into the person he his today. He also thanked his teammates for pushing him every single day, as well as the programs that believed in his abilities and morals as a person. The Salukis were 2-9 last year, finishing 1-7 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. DES MOINES — After escaping Pekin on Friday afternoon, the Newman baseball team now knows all the details about the semifinal round of the Class 1A state baseball tournament. The Knights survived a comeback attempt by Pekin, holding on for an 8-7 victory, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Knights will now face 6th-ranked Don Bosco at 11 o’clock on Thursday morning at Principal Park in Des Moines. Don Bosco beat Coon Rapids-Bayard 3-1 in the first quarterfinal on Friday. In quarterfinal round games played on Saturday, 3rd-ranked Alburnett beat South Winneshiek 13-4, while 10th-ranked St. Mary’s of Remsen beat 2nd-ranked Martensdale-St. Marys 4-2. Alburnett and St. Mary’s of Remsen will play the second semifinal game at about 1:30 on Thursday.
BRAZILIAN-BRED JOLIE OLIMPICA IMPRESSIVE IN HER U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY MANDELLA, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.00ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–Bet to favoritism in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica was equal to the challenge, as she tracked the early leader and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old daughter of Drosselmeyer got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01 flat–a new track record for Santa Anita’s recently adopted turf sprint distance.“I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning,” said Smith, who made the lead just inside the sixteenth pole. “He said ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer. I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride…The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself and she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Jolie Olimpica had been idle since winning a Group I stakes on June 9 in Brazil and was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, returning $4.40, $4.00 and $2.20.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super quick…Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock. Mike got her calmed down in the post parade, had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that.”Now unbeaten in four career starts dating back to Feb. 23, 2019, Jolie Olimpica, who is out of the Trempolino mare Jolie Celina, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $111,520.Kentan Road, who showed the way to the sixteenth pole, finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Storm the Hill for second money with Jorge Velez up and paid $5.40 and $3.00 while off at 5-1.Storm the Hill, a Grade III winner who was shortening up out of five consecutive turf routes, never threatened for the top two placings and finished third by 1 ½ lengths over An Eddie Surprise. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Storm the Hill was the second choice at 3-2 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.00, 44.22 and 55.32.