Friday, May 30, 2014

Fwd: Dolfin & ISCA Present - 5th Annual Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic

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Date: May 30, 2014 10:59 AM
Subject: Dolfin & ISCA Present - 5th Annual Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic
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University of
Golden West 
Swim Club
University of
International swimming
Hall of Fame 
University of
Are you interested in improving your club, the performance of your swimmers and staff, or yourself as a coach? Then you must attend the 5th Annual Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic! 
The Clinic will take place
August 27-29, 2014 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel, located on the beach in Clearwater, FL.

Our unique presentation format cultivates an intimate atmosphere between attendees and speakers in which no question goes unanswered.  Short presentations and an open panel format of experts provide us with the perfect scenario for idea and topic sharing and overall interaction between all attendees and speak

We will have a full "Age Group Swimming" oriented agenda as well as a full "Senior Swimming" oriented agenda. 
Check out the links below for more information. Don't miss your chance to sign up for the best clinic this year!

University of
Southern California 
University of 
College Swimming Coaches Association
of America 
United States 
Swim Academy
Aquatic Team
Int Swim Coaches Assoc | (540) 397-0505 | | 2721 Brambleton Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fwd: Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council: Now Accepting Applications!

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Date: May 21, 2014 10:02 AM
Subject: Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council: Now Accepting Applications!
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Hello Friends,


We are now accepting applications and nominations for the Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council!


The Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council  (YAC) is a leadership development program comprised of diverse, talented and civic-minded youth that are committed to creating positive social change in their community. The YAC will serve as youth advisors on Pittsburgh Cares key programs and initiatives - acting as the voice for youth in the community, and inspiring others to do the same. 


Youth Advisory Council Activities:

  • Work directly with Pittsburgh Cares staff on projects/topics of interest.
  • Serve as grant reviewers for the Pittsburgh Cares mini-grants program.
  • Provide feedback on Pittsburgh Cares programs to ensure inclusion of youth perspective.
  • Participate in and mobilize a team of youth volunteers for Global Youth Service Day.
  • Plan and implement a service project engaging students not typically engaged in service.
  • Act as a leader in service in your school and community.
  • Participate in the selection of future Youth Advisory Council members.

 Youth Benefits:

  • Platform to voice matters and concerns important to youth.
  • Participate in decision making processes for the betterment of Pittsburgh Cares and the community.
  • Personal and professional developmental opportunities, including recommendations for higher education and/ or employment.
  • Opportunities to participate in workshops provided by Pittsburgh Cares and partner agencies.
  • Networking opportunities with other area youth, nonprofit professionals, and civic leaders.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be 14-18 years old and attend a high school in Allegheny County
  • Must have a passion for service
  • Must show evidence of creative ability and thinking outside the box
  • Must be able to devote an average of four hours a week to YAC activities and work
  • Must have strong communication, leadership, and organization skills

To Apply or Nominate an Young Leader


The Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council is accepting applications and nominations now through June 30, 2014. Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview. All applicants will be notified of application status by the end of July 2014.

For more information please contact: 

Pittsburgh Cares: Volunteering Made Easy
3505 Butler Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Mission: We increase community engagement through volunteerism and enhance the impact of regional service providers.
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Fwd: Louganis Documentary to Premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival

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Date: May 22, 2014 11:08 AM
Subject: Louganis Documentary to Premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival
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After three years of hard work, long days, and cinematic elbow grease, the moment has arrived!!! We are proud to announce that BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS will have its WORLD PREMIERE next month at the AFI DOCS Film Festival (formerly Silverdocs where Sync or Swim screened in 2008). Also in June our film will screen at the world famous Castro Theater at the Frameline LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco. We could not be more excited to share our film with the world!

See you at the movies,
Will Sweeney & Cheryl Furjanic

A generous donor has agreed to a "matching program" to help us get our film to the finish line. We are in the home stretch with post-production (online, color correct, music, sound mix) and we are still raising the funds we need to finish the film! This donor will MATCH every dollar that is pledged up to $25,000! That means you can double the impact of your tax-deductible contribution towards the film. With your help, we can make it through this last phase of important work on the film!  We'd be honored if you could kick in a few dollars (or a hundred, or a thousand) towards this goal!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Invite: Twitter Party- 2nd Annual Summer Dreamers Academy Night Out 5/29 3-5 PM

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Greetings All: 
In the hours leading up to the 2nd Annual Summer Dreamers Academy Night Out, Pittsburgh Public Schools (@PPSNews) and the Summer Dreamers Academy will be hosting an exclusive Twitter party.  On Thursday, May 29th, from 3-5PM, MGR Youth Empowerment (@MGRYouth) is partnering with the summer program to make this the BIGGEST Twitter party ever!  Using hashtags #SummerLearning14 and #PghSummerRocks, tweets will be filled with fun summer learning facts, summer program opportunities, giveaways and much more. 
The goal for this Twitter party is to promote positive awareness around summer learning in Pittsburgh.  Attendees are encouraged to tweet about their past summer learning experiences.  The party is also a virtual message board for all key stakeholders (parents, campers, community leaders, funders, and summer program leaders) to get on one accord about the importance of summer learning in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  Lastly, this Twitter party is an opportunity for summer programs, other than the Summer Dreamers Academy, to be heard on a larger platform.
To all of you new Twitter 'peeps', I have attached a Twitter guide with helpful tips on how to successfully be a part of the party.   Also, attached is the official invite.  Please feel free to share this email with others and post the invite on your social media pages.
If you plan to participate, please send me your Twitter handle by Tuesday, May 27th and I'll share everyone's Twitter information with the larger group.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the information below. 

Thank you,

Merecedes J. Howze

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fwd: Apply Now! EPLC's 2014-15 Education Policy Fellowship Program

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Applications are available now for the 2014-2015 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).  The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).


With about 400 graduates in its first fifteen years, this Program is a premier professional development opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and community leaders.  State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credits are available to certified public accountants.


Past participants include state policymakers, district superintendents and principals, school business officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community leaders.  Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another organization.


The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 18-19, 2014 and continues to graduation in June 2015.


Applications are being accepted now.  


Click here to read about the Education Policy Fellowship Program.


Since space is limited to approximately 30 positions, it is advisable to submit an application as soon as possible.  The application may be copied from the EPLC web site, but must be submitted by mail or scanned and e-mailed, with the necessary signatures of applicant and sponsor.


The Program coordinators for 2014-2015 are Ron Cowell and Mattie Robinson.  If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Fellowship Program and its requirements, please contact Mattie Robinson at 717-260-9900 or

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

KABOOM! Time to think again about PLAY and PITTSBURGH's new philosophy

In response to a P-G article,

No, no, no. This is just a tip, play is. We need to brand, believe and succeed in turning our town into as a place where we "play well with others." It has to be great play. Uplifting play. Healthy play. Play that is on the side of wellness and community interactions. 

Play has some less than ideal outlets: Play with guns. Perverted play. Need more? Boy racers in New Zealand play with cars and can be found going 100+ MPH on city streets. Or, we could return to a mayor that played politics by closing Recreation Centers and outdoor swim pools. That mayor's game was like "chicken" between city hall and the state house yet the kids were the ones in the backseat waiting for the inevitable crash. 

More? Tons of hearing loss and concussions come in play's realm, outside of OSHA's reach. 

"Playing well with others" needs to be the theme. Perhaps Mayor William Peduto can come to understand that we need to make our parks the best places where we TEACH our kids and OURSELVES how to play well with others. This is a learned skill. This isn't a passive, greenway only, Eco walk revelation for teens who are more motivated by peers (gangs). 

I want positive gangs running our parks and shared spaces such as swim teams and orchestras, not thugs. 

Understand the big difference between hardware and software, physical spaces and programming. One is easy to see while the other is where the sustaining, compelling value resides.

Furthermore, "playing well with others" has a sibling or two, "parenting" and "stewardship."

Feel free to contact me. 412-298-3432. Hope to hear from the Foundation folks and KABOOM! CEO. Especially, Bill, Kevin, Curtiss and Jim Griffin, Citiparks new Director.

Be sure to read the position paper about play and sports for PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS,

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fwd: The Eagle

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The Eagle

Softball team perseveres in season of few games and lots of rain

Posted: 17 May 2014 07:12 AM PDT

The girls softball team is a group of hard-working, dedicated and risk-taking young women. Thanks to the addition of a few new players, the team has had a better season than in previous years, but with a record of just 2-1 in a time when most suburban schools are entering the playoffs. The weather has been full of rain and cold, and games have been canceled, and of course, being one of only three remaining "city league" teams, there just weren't many games to begin with. But the new players, combined with better hitting and better, winning vibe have all helped make the season a success.

Kayla Hitchcock is Obama's superstar shortstop. A travel ball player who competes at the 18U Gold level for the Pittsburgh Power, she says the team has been much better this year but not as good as she knows it can be. She knows that City League softball is simply not as serious as WPIAL softball (which, for that matter, is nowhere near Gold level travel ball), but she enjoys playing for fun and certainly wants that letterman's jacket next year. She understands the challenges of playing for a school like Obama. "It takes  an incredible amount of effort," she says.

In comparison with 18U Gold ball, Kayla knows the limitations. "The sport is more rigorous. You meet so many people. You have a number of exceptional coaches and you are constantly practicing." She understands that at Obama, like at so many city schools, girls don't have the background in fast pitch from a young age. Still, she has enjoyed her time with the Lady Eagles and wants to continue playing at the college level. She has already had scholarship offers but is not looking to commit anytime soon. Her goal is to be a coach after her playing days are done.

Hitchcock knows that the Obama program has grown over the past couple of years. "The new players have brought a lot more energy this year," she says.  At the same time, "we have some experienced players who have tried to spread their knowledge  and skills."

Coach Wagner acknowledges that this has been "one of our best teams so far." She says this "despite some of our players quitting towards the end."

Playing softball is a challenge at Obama. Bad weather and few games make it a practice-oriented sport and it takes that dedicated individual to succeed.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fwd: Show us the memos

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Date: May 15, 2014 9:36 AM
Subject: Show us the memos
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Dear Mark,

President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial, to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Recently, I wrote Harry Reid a letter declaring my intention to place a hold on his nomination until the drone memos I knew existed were made public.

Since that letter, it has been disclosed that at least 11 memos on targeted drone killings exist.

While we don't know if Barron wrote all of these memos, we do know that his classified memos provided the President a legal argument to target an American citizen for killing without them being convicted by a jury and without due process.

A vote could come at any time so I hope  you'll sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.

I'll circulate your directive to my colleagues to urge them to demand the Obama administration come clean and release all of these memos.

Our Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights to due process and a trial by jury do not vanish on the legal whim of any administration.

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If an American abroad commits an act of treason then they should be tried and convicted.

If an American commits an act of treason on a foreign battlefield then they may be lawfully killed.

But this administration needs to answer why they believe in noncombat situations the executive branch can assume the role of the judicial branch and play executioner.

That's why I hope I can count on your immediate action.

A vote could come at any time so I hope you'll complete your emergency  "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.

Thank you for your action.

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul

P.S. President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

So please sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive immediately and help me urge my colleagues to demand the Obama administration release all of their memos outlining their legal arguments for targeting American citizens for assassination by drones.

After you complete your directive please chip in a contribution so I can continue to lead the fight in the Senate to defend the Bill of Rights.

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