Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fwd: Join Us Thurs., Oct. 10 for a Fun, Free Event About Children's Health

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From: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Join Us For a Discussion about the Importance of Physical Activity and Play for Children and Families!
Thurs., Oct. 10; 5:30 p.m. | Free to attend; R.S.V.P. required
The 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series is an opportunity to network with community members, Phipps staff and professional guest speakers who will present their important work and share the latest recommendations for how to build healthy environments for the children they serve each day. Free snacks and refreshments will be served and complimentary childcare is available upon request!

Physical activity and play are important elements of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Sharon Ross, an assistant professor of health and physical activity in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, will provide an overview of the benefits of physical activity and play, what federal guidelines recommend regarding daily physical activity for children, and tips and best for how families can be active together across age groups. University of Pittsburgh doctoral candidate Ariana Brazier will discuss play deprivation and its relationship to Black children by exploring the stages of play and the ways that Black children are deprived of critical and developmental play opportunities, as well as the use of play to respond to and protest against institutionalized racism. Kit Concilus PT, MS of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh will provide insight as a physical therapist who works with children and families. Participants will also discuss facilitators and barriers to play in their own lives and engage in an active play break while considering different ways to challenge play deprivation in early childhood settings.

Directions and Parking

This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility's first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.
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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fwd: Delaware State Open Water Championships (9/23)

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From: FRENCH CREEK RACING <info@frenchcreekracing.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 6:09 PM
Subject: Delaware State Open Water Championships (9/23)
To: <mark@rauterkus.com>

Time is running out! Online registration closes tomorrow at noon for the Delaware State Open Water Championship and Aquathlon. Race date is Monday 9/23 at 6PM at the Newark Reservoir. Races include: 800m / 1600m swim, along with the aquathlon - 1600m swim, 2.2 mile run. Click below for more details!

Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fwd: NEWS RELEASE: Matt Drozd will challenge County Exec Fitzgerald to 5 debates

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From: Matt Drozd



              Matt Drozd, Republican Candidate for County Executive, will hold a news conference tomorrow in the Courtyard of the Courthouse to explain why he will challenge County Executive Fitzgerald to five (5) Debates.  One such reason is to better inform the residents of Allegheny County as to the true status of the County and what they will expect in years to come if the County continues a spiraling downward path

              He will propose to hold the debates in the North, South, East, West quadrants of the County plus one at a central city location for city residents.  This is in keeping with Matt Drozd's philosophy that the public has a Right to Know and always provides the News media ready access to himself.  To quote Drozd "The news media is our window to the people and their coverage makes the actions of elective officials transparent to their constituency and the voters informed on all issues".   


For further information, contact Matt Drozd at 412-496-0034


WHEN:          Tomorrow, Tuesday September 17 at 1:00 in the afternoon

WHERE:         Courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse


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       Matt Drozd







Mark Rauterkus
412-298-3432 = cell
Mark@Rauterkus.com, Mark@Bloofield-Garfield.org

Boys Varsity Swim Coach at Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Executive Head Coach for BGC's Swim & Water Polo Camp with PPS Summer Dreamers
Women's Water Polo Coach for Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


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FYI. Variation on a 24 hr fundraiser ride.

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If you desire to make a difference in the lives of children and students in need, then the opportunity is right here at your fingertips! Ron Snyder, an educator and cycling director at a local college prep school for at risk youth located in Stanton Heights, has organized a fundraiser to help benefit three very worthy causes that are near and dear to his heart. 

WHEN: On September 21st and 22nd, three cyclists will be attempting to ride for 8 hours each across two days to complete as many miles as they can in 24 hours. The ride will run from 7:30am-7:30pm both Saturday and Sunday.

WHERE: The Bud Harris Cycling Track, located next to the Zone 5 Police Station on Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA


The Neighborhood Academy is a faith-based, college preparatory, independent school whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by empowering youth and preparing them for college and citizenship.

Pittsburgh Youth Leadership (PYL) is a non-profit organization established in 2006. Since its founding, PYL has been taking inner-city, low-income, at-risk youth on all expenses paid biking adventures across America's most breathtaking roads. When told what they would be doing, the children laughed and deemed it impossible. In thirteen years all participants have prevailed, and accomplished the seemingly impossible, showing them that they can do anything they set their mind to.

Our mission is to support hospital complex care units, fund research for children with medical complexity, and provide family support for children who require complex and critical medical care.

Our vision is to improve the survival rate and quality of life for children with medical complexities. We strive to increase the availability of medical breakthroughs within our community and support families battling to meet the needs of their medically needy child.


There are two options to donate! The first one is a direct donation through the website GoFundMe. Below are the links to each respective organization.

The Neighborhood Academy

Pittsburgh Youth Leadership
Matthew's Gift

Option two is making a pledge PER MILE that our three cyclists will travel over their 24 hour endeavor! In order to help people gauge their contributions, the cyclists have set their sights on 500 miles total for the 24 hour period (that's an average of just under 21 mph!).

To make a pledge per mile, simply email ron.snyder@theneighborhoodacademy.org with your pledge. Upon completion of the ride, you will be emailed with the total donation amount based on your figure. From there, you can choose to donate the entire total to one organization, or split it up amongst the others!

As of right now, we have a total of $2.95 pledged per mile. While any amount helps as these cyclists power through the miles, the goal is to get a total of $10 per mile pledged! Every little bit helps! Even if it is a penny per mile, your contribution MATTERS.

Thank you again for your time and attention to this wonderful cause, and we hope you can help turn this event into something that will make a difference in the lives of these children in need!


Ron Snyder Jr.
Founder, Power of Three Fundraiser
Ron Snyder Jr. 
The Neighborhood Academy Middle School
Geography, US History and Civics Instructor
Cyclocross/Cycling/Bike Maintenance Program, Running and Weightlifting
412-445-9150  (Cell)


Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com 
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 


412 298 3432 = cell

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Fwd: NISCA Announces the U.S. Para Swimming All America Program

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Announcing the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America awards program
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NISCA is Proud to Announce the
NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America Program

The NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America Program is new for the 2019-2020 school year.  Similar to the NISCA Swimming All America program, the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America team will annually recognize the fastest high school Paralympic swimmers in the country. 

Here is what you should know about this exciting new NISCA program:

1. Applications are for the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America award are free for NISCA coaches.  Each application will cost $30 for non-NISCA members.  Please renew your membership now, and encourage others to join to receive the benefits throughout the school year.

2. In order to be eligible for the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America team, athletes must be classified by U.S. Para Swimming, and a copy of the classification must be submitted with the application.  Paralympic swimming competition is open to athletes from all three impairment groups (visual, intellectual and physical).  A system of letters and numbers is used to distinguish the sport classes:  "S" is for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly; "SB" is for breaststroke; and "SM" is for individual medley. Swimmers with physical impairments compete in sport classes 1 - 10.  Swimmers with visual impairments compete in sport classes 11 -13.  Swimmers with activity limitations due to an intellectual impairment compete in S/SB/SM14.  To familiarize yourself with the classifications, please visit https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/athlete-classifications/swimming/
3. After reviewing state meet results for states that currently include paralympic events, we have seen many "unclassified" athletes in those results.  Please work with any para athlete in your program to get their classification documented as soon as possible.  For further information on U.S. Paralympics national classification policies contact U.S. Paralympics at 719-866-2030 

4. In order to be eligible for the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America team, the qualifying time must have been accomplished in an interscholastic competition.  This does not have to be a championship meet, but meet results from the interscholastic competition must be submitted to NISCA for verification of the performance.  THE TIME MUST HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED IN A HIGH SCHOOL MEET. 

5. The time standards for each event are listed for both short course yards and meters.  There are different time standards based on a swimmer's classification for each event.   View the time standards here. 

6 The application deadlines will be as follows (late fees will apply):
Fall applications are due by December 31, 2019
Winter applications are due by March 31, 2020
Spring applications are due by June 15, 2020 - this is the absolute last day for submitting applications

Certificates will be mailed to the athletes in July 2020.

Please help spread the word about the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America program.  Share the time standards with high school and club coaches, as well as swimmers, so those swimmers who may be close to the standards can use these times as motivation for the upcoming season!

Best wishes for fast swimming! 

Eve Julian
NISCA Secretary/Webmaster
Copyright © 2019 NISCA, All rights reserved.
You are a high school Swimming, Diving or Water Polo Coach

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Fwd: Kick Off The New Swim Season With Some Great Open Water Racing @ Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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From: Int Swim Coaches Assoc <info@swimisca.org>
Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Kick Off The New Swim Season With Some Great Open Water Racing @ Smith Mountain Lake, VA

SUNDAY, September 22, 2019
(Please note this is a single-day, multiple-event open water swim)
Mariners Landing @ Smith Mountain Lake
1245 Graves Harbor Trail
Huddleston, VA 24104
"A Great Way To Kick Off Your Season!"

Looking for an early-season racing opportunity? The ISCA East Coast Open Water Championship is a fantastic event to bring together new teammates and get some extra conditioning in at the start of the new season.

This event also welcomes Masters swimmers and Triathletes!

Lodging and accomodations available at Mariner's Landing Resort Hopitality starting Friday September 20th, for teams looking to organize retreats or get some early Open Water practice on Saturday before the race day!

Call 540-297-4100 for details and mention the "ISCA Open Water Swim Event."

9:00– 5K (Open to All Ages)

11:30 – 1/2-Mile (Open to 9 & Under Athletes Only)

12:00 - 1-Mile (Open to All Ages)

  • 1/2 Mile: 9 & Under Only
  • 1-Mile: 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & Over
  • 5K: 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & Over
Please contact info@swimisca.org
Please visit our Event Page for updates and information
Int'l Swim Coaches Assoc | 2721 Brambleton Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24015