Friday, October 20, 2017

Email blast with lots of invites

Divorce of a sports coop

Posted to Facebook about the looming discussions of sports team in Pittsburgh Public Schools with students from U-Prep, Sci-Tech and Obama. 

This (above) does not need to be the case. It is an option. The students, parents and community can make another, better demand.

Sci-Tech could field its own sports teams too. 

CAPA does have X-Country and Track as a HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS. 

Sci-Tech could do the same and pick and choose what sports to support -- and then other sports could be left for students to join with their neighborhood schools.

I think it is POSSIBLE that Sci-Tech could have the #1 boys and girls varsity swim teams in the city -- and a team that could climb in the ranks to the top 10 in the state.

Sci-Tech does have a swim pool. It would need to swim its HOME meets elsewhere, but there are plenty of options. Most of the other schools in the WPIAL would be happy to always host swim meets if against Sci-Tech. Or, some of the meets could be squeezed into other suitable pools within PPS, such as at Obama, Perry, Oliver, PCA, and even Dice. Tri-meets (with 3 teams) are also possible and would be encouraged.

As for other sports, it would be GREAT to have Sci-Tech kids join with other city kids to play WATER POLO with Obama as well. That is a fall sport and it leads into winter swimming.

Furthermore, the Sci-Tech middle school swim team should move its season to the SPRING, and not the winter. In the winter, the Sci-Tech MS kids are in the way of the HS kids. And, in the spring, with swimming, the Sci-Tech kids could compete against the other MS programs around the WPIAL, such as at Montour, WA, Carlynton.

Furthermore, it would not be out of the question to have the Sci-Tech kids KEEP the sports Co-Op with other individual sports teams. For example, Sci-Tech boys and girls could play BASKETBALL with U-Prep. I imagine the U-Prep gym is not suited for varsity games. Go figure. So, the practices and games could be at Sci-Tech, with its better gym. The issue is then where to put the MS hoops teams at Sci-Tech? Perhaps one of the squads should practice before school?

On a sport by sport basis, facility by facility, -- this needs to be examined by an athletic sports reform task force from PPS, in a district-wide effort as was done in the past. We made great strides in some areas with the PPS Sports Reform Task Force in the end of the Roosevelt era. Linda Lane killed it. Now it is time for it to resurface. And, if needed, I'd be happy to serve as the chair, without any consultant fees.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fwd: Help us tell the story of high school sports and activities

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High school sports and activities are important.
Help us spread the word.

You know the value of education-based athletics and activities. Every day, you see students demonstrate leadership, dedication and respect in the classroom and on the field of play. Help make sure everyone else knows their value, too. Please post the messages below to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

In addition, we've made a website at to highlight the benefits of high school sports and activities. Throughout the school year, you will have the opportunity to share new stories with your followers! 

Thank you for your support! 

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Go to and download the marketing toolkit for your school. It includes print and web graphics you can use in school publications. You can also order posters to hang in your school.
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Fwd: WSF Press Release: 38th Annual Salute to Women in Sports

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Trailblazing Female Athletes and Coaches Celebrated at Women's Sports Foundation's 38th Annual Salute to Women in Sports

Billie Jean King, Condoleezza Rice, Katie Ledecky, Maya Moore, Tara VanDerveer and 2017 U.S. Women's National Hockey Team among Leaders Honored


New York, NY (October 18, 2017) - Tonight the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) —the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in athletics — hosted the biggest night in women's sports at its 38th Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

WSF Founder Billie Jean King and WSF President Grete Eliassen were among the high-profile and accomplished attendees at the gala, co-presented by Chevrolet, espnW, FOX Networks Group, Gatorade and NBC Sports Group. They were joined by notable athletes such as Gabrielle Douglas (Gymnastics), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Laurie Hernandez (Gymnastics), Heather Mitts (Soccer), Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing), Alana Nichols (Paralympic Alpine Skiing), Chiney Ogwumike (Basketball), Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (Track & Field), and Ilana Kloss (Tennis).

The WSF's coveted 2017 Sportswoman of the Year award was given to 14-time World Championships gold medalist and 14-time USA Swimming national champion, Katie Ledecky (Swimming) in the individual sport category; two-time Olympic medalist and four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore (Basketball) in the team sport category. The award is presented to athletes who have exhibited supreme athletic performance over the past year and distinguished themselves in their sport. Past winners include Abby Wambach (Soccer), Simone Biles (Gymnastics) and Venus and Serena Williams (Tennis).

The Billie Jean King Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the advancement of women through achievements in sport and the workplace, was awarded to former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice for her extraordinary career in academia and public service. The 2017 U.S. Women's National Hockey Team was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award for their landmark fight for equitable treatment.

"This year marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark legislation, Title IX, and now, more than ever, it is critical for us all to be united in continuing to uphold and support the rights that it provides to all people, not only student-athletes," said Women's Sports Foundation Founder Billie Jean King. "As we come together tonight to celebrate the groundbreaking achievements and progress made in women's sports this year, let's continue to look forward and work smarter and harder for women and girls in sports each day."

Accomplished ESPN commentator and three-time Olympic medalist soccer champion Julie Foudy and ESPN analyst and two-time Olympic softball medalist Jessica Mendoza co-hosted the event. The evening opened with the inspiring Grand March of Athletes with more than 70 World Champions, Olympians and Paralympians representing an array of sports, abilities, and backgrounds. The gala also paid special tribute to Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University women's basketball head coach who reached 1,000 NCAA career coaching victories in 2017.

Grete Eliassen, WSF President, four-time U.S. Open champion and six-time Winter X Games freestyle skiing medalist, took the stage in her first Salute as President. Eliassen shared with the attendees the ongoing initiatives that WSF has focused on in the past year, including the Athlete Leadership Connection, an umbrella initiative that provides champion athletes and student-athletes with mentorship, career guidance and professional training.

"The Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to empowering girls in sports and supporting the community programs doing the ground work to support and create tomorrow's leaders," said Grete Eliassen, President of the Women's Sports Foundation. "I am immensely proud to be part of such a strong network of female athletes, coaches and businesswomen that has positively impacted the lives of millions of girls and female athletes through research, grants and advocacy."

Award recipients include (full bios available here):

  • Team Sportswoman of the Year: Maya Moore, Basketball, USA
  • Individual Sportswoman of the Year: Katie Ledecky, Swimming, USA
  • Billie Jean King Leadership Award: Condoleezza Rice, PhD
  • Wilma Rudolph Courage Award: The 2017 United States Women's National Hockey Team

About the Women's Sports Foundation

The Women's Sports Foundation — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women's sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equitable opportunities for girls and women through Title IX, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. The Women's Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world's elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, expertise and influence. For more information, visit


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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fwd: Important tech article

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This link from The Guardian newspaper id extremely important.  It is not political (at least on the surface), but its implications are staggering and will impact every facet of our lives sooner or later and, in many ways it already has.  Please give it a read.




Tuesday, October 03, 2017


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Monday, October 02, 2017

Fwd: New Book Release – History of the Automatic Pool Cleaner

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Fwd: Not-to-Miss General Sessions!

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Not-to-Miss General Sessions!
Powerful. Provocative. Promising. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is pleased to announce its line-up of not-to-miss general sessions and featured speakers at Summer Changes Everything™, a national conference devoted entirely to summer learning and afterschool from October 23-25 in Phoenix, Arizona!

Read to learn more!
  • Powering Partnerships Through Philanthropy (opening general session)
  • Youth Sparks!
  • Parents as Learning Heroes
  • Keynote Speaker, Reggie Love (closing general session)
Powering Partnerships Through Philanthropy
Tuesday, October 24 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Investing that transforms. Some of the nation's top foundation and corporate leaders take center stage in the opening session of Summer Changes Everything™ offering insightful perspectives on education trends that influence their philanthropic investments and powerful partnerships that have helped to sustain summer learning across the country.

Panelists include:
  • Margaret McKenna, Moderator, NSLA Board Chair and Former President, Walmart Foundation
  • Gigi Antoni, Director of Learning and Engagement, The Wallace Foundation
  • Marlyn Torres, Corporate Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation 
  • Kari Pardoe, Associate Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Dan Levi, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas
Youth Sparks!
Tuesday, October 24 | 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:
Young people represent our future and their voices, ideas can power their dreams, along with the support of caring adults and mentors. They are our allies in changing the world so listen up!

Students of the Dysart Community Center Teen Arts and Action Program (TAAP) will share some of their thought-provoking multi-media projects around issues of violence, migrant families and other issues of local and national importance.

Parents as Learning Heroes
Wednesday, October 25 | 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

When we nurture and cultivate a child's natural brilliance and curiosity, there are positive ripple effects throughout every area of life--both for children and their families.

Families matter and the Parents as Learning Heroes plenary will help us all tap into the love of parents, grow the trust and support of the "village" in order to unleash the potential of every child, every day.

Presenters include:
  • David Park, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Communications, Learning Heroes 
  • Alejandro Gac-Artigas, CEO & Founder, Springboard Collaborative 
  • Aubrey White, Chief Strategy Officer, Springboard Collaborative
  • Keo Chea-Young, Director of Staff Development, Springboard Collaborative
  • Ken McFarlane, Parent & Documentary and Portrait Photographer
Closing Keynote Address and
Reception Speaker: 
Reggie Love

Wednesday, October 25 | 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Reggie Love served in the Executive Office of the President as personal aide to President Obama from 2007-2011, where he was responsible for assisting with the coordination and completion of the President's daily schedule as well as coordinating with other offices to set up long and medium range planning.

Mr. Love moved to the District of Columbia in 2006 to work for then Senator Obama after short stints in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Currently, Mr. Love serves as Vice President at the Transatlantic Energy Group and has been an equity partner since 2012.

Mr. Love will sign copies of his New York Times Best Seller, Power Forward, My Presidential Education during the conference closing reception.

NSLA Welcomes Youth Today as Official National Media Partner of Summer Changes Everything

For more than 25 years, Youth Today has offered youth service professionals, policymakers, advocates and funders in youth services with the latest news, information, grants, reports, professional development and research in the youth services field.

Check out the Youth Today OST HubThe OST Hub focuses on topics that address relevant and critical issues in the out-of-school time (OST) field, many of them linked with current news stories reported in the digital edition of Youth Today.

Each topic area has its own page with links to free and downloadable articles, research, curricula and other program materials grounded in practice for in-depth exploration and deeper learning.

"These young people inspired, empowered and encouraged
me to do more for today's youth to cultivate them
into loving, caring and hardworking citizens!"

- Youth Sparks Attendee


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