Inaugural Matarkai Female District Games kicks off tonight with double-header

first_imgTHE first-ever Matarkai Floodlight Football Female District Games, organised and promoted by Port Kaituma Football Foundation (PKFF), in collaboration with National Sports Commission (NSC), will kick off tonight with a double-header.The event, which is expected to attract several top female football sides, concludes on October 26 after the grand finale at Fitzburg ground in Port Kaituma, Region One.The winning side will pocket $100 000, while runners-up will collect $50 000.The maiden event will see 2019 National Heritage Games semi-finalists Sebai Invincible Talons FC, PK United FC, Oronoque FC and Matthews Ridge FC battle each other on the opening night.Some of the females who will be in action are Sebai’s Star striker 18-year-old Feona Benjamin, PK’s Verita Caesar-Jeffrey, Oronoque’s Zorina Baptiste and Matthews Ridge Janice Moses. According to PRO of PKFF, Sherlon Rodrigues, the two days of competition, which is scheduled to commence at 19:00hrs, is mainly geared at reviving the female football rivalry amongst teams, from Matarkai, with the aim of recognising individual talents and skills on the field, so that players can be recommended to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).“It’s PKFF vision to see female footballers from Matarkai included in the GFF Lady Jags team”. Meanwhile, tomorrow, a lone T/20 friendly hardball cricket competition between Ronaldo Rodrigues X1 and Hercules X1 is also on the card which is scheduled to begin at 10:00hrs. There is also the annual Pinktober Cancer Awareness Walk, organised by Sharmain Henry, which will get underway from Airstrip, Citrus Grove at 16:00hrs to Fitzburg.Residents are encouraged to wear pink and join the walk. On the final night, there will be a friendly football match between Five Star FC and Fitzburg FC, which is scheduled to kick off at 20:00hrs while the female football final will seal the maiden event.According to Rodrigues, “The PKFF would like to extend our gratitude to National Sports Commission; Mr Enoch Benjamin, AREO Matarkai; Mr Ignatius Adams, DEO; Mr Orlando Thorne, Chairman NDC; Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry, Banks DIH, International Imports and Supplies, Marlon Boyer, Platinum General Store and Three Brothers Sports Bar.”last_img read more

Track and field Bees claim individual sectional titles

first_imgThough neither of the Baldwinsville track and field teams was able to make it all the way to the top of the standings in last Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, there was still plenty of individual glory to spread around.For example, the Bees swept both the boys and girls 400-meter hurdles. Sam Kellner won the boys race in 59.07 seconds as Nick Kruger (1:00.43) finished third, while Justus Holden-Betts rolled to the girls title in 1:05.61, nearly two seconds ahead of the field.Also, in the girls pole vault, Ella Smith matched C-NS’s Kaley Bristow in clearing 8 feet 6 inches, but did so with fewer misses, so Smith earned the sectional title. Kyra Sattler cleared 7 fee to tie for fifth. Overall, the B’ville boys earned 82 points and took third place behind Liverpool (132) and  Utica Proctor (102), while in the girls sectional meet the Bees finished fourth with 68.5 points, with Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius and C-NS in the top three.In the boys 4×800 relay, the Bees chased Liverpool all the way to the end as Kellner, Connor McManus, Jon Formoza and Garrett Vannatta finished second in 8:07.24 to the Warriors’ 8:05.45.B’ville also was a runner-up in the 4×400 relay, where Kruger, Formoza, Michael Lawrence and Connor Waldron went 3:30.19, beating everyone except Utica Proctor’s 3:28.68. Kruger also finished fourth in the triple jump with a top attempt of 40 feet 9 ½ inches. Aidan Priest cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, second to the 12 feet of C-NS’s Nate Osborne. Steven Miller had a fourth-place discus throw of 120’5” as Owen Weaver cleared 5’6” in the high jump for sixth place, also finishing sixth in the triple jump with 39’8 ¾”.Mike Letizia went to third place in the 100-meter dash in 11.42 seconds as Nottinghams’ Jamel Nellons (11.12) won. Letizia, fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.45 seconds), joined Malik Davis, Sam Mellinger and Anthony Delvecchio to take third place, in the 4×100 relay in 45.10 seconds.Jack Michaels ran 3,200 meters in 9:55.15 to finish third, adding a sixth in the mile in 4:31.17. Formoza was fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:02.74, with Vannatta ninth and McManus 10th. Tyler Rawlins was fifth in the boys pentathlon with 2,153 points as Tom Hagopian finished seventh.Waldron, in 52.57 seconds, beat out Michael Lawrence (52.81) for fifth place in the 400-meter dash. Kruger got fifth place in the 110 high hurdles in 16.52 seconds, with Colin Delaney fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:30.51.The B’ville girls had Karen Ekure take second place in 25.95 seconds behind Liverpool’s Haven Hicks (25.71) in the 200-meter dash, while Courtney Bostic was seventh in 27.54 seconds.In the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Justus Holden-Betts got to second place in 7:30.27 behind Liverpool’s Madison Neuner (6:57.23) as Vivian Holden-Betts was sixth in 7:56.41.Lauren Addario contended in the triple jump, as her best attempt of 38’5 ¾’ beat everyone except C-NS’s Brooke Blaisdell, who won with 39’3”.Ekure also finished third in the 100 sprint in 12.81 seconds, just behind the winning 12.57 from Liverpool’s Marissa Baskin. Ekure, Bostic, Lauren Addario  and Allyson Surowick got to third place in the 4×100 in 50.96 seconds. Surowick was seventh (17.27 seconds) and Catherine Iven (17.96) 10th in the 100 hurdles. Courtney Clute was eighth in the 400 sprint in 1:03.57.Taite Archer was eighth in the girls pentathlon, while Megan Brecht 10th in the high jump and Leah Carpenter 12th in the 3,000-meter run.Many of these same B’ville athletes will return to Bragman Stadium this Friday for the sectional state qualifying meet.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilletrack and fieldlast_img read more

Jeffers leading way for Badger offense

first_imgThe Badgers have been pretty consistent over the last month, just not in a great way.For the fourth consecutive weekend, the UW volleyball team came away splitting two matches with one win and one loss. Wisconsin took down the Iowa Buckeyes easily, 30-20, 30-28, 30-23, on Friday night; however, the Minnesota Golden Gophers got revenge in beating the Badgers 21-30, 30-24, 30-19, 31-29 the next night.”We were pretty pleased with our match at Iowa,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “I thought we played a solid game, we took their players out of their system better than we did when they played here, so we were pretty happy with that.”Against Minnesota, we played a great first game. We did everything we were trying to do offensively, we were … playing with a lot of confidence,” Waite continued. “After that, Minnesota came out and made some changes, and we weren’t able to adjust. It’s something we have got to be better at.”Wisconsin was tied with the Gophers at 20 in the second game, and at 29 in the fourth, but was unable to come up with enough points at the end to get the road victory.”There’s just a few things that we’re not quite capitalizing on in critical times, that we just have to do to get those wins,” Waite said.Doubled up: Wisconsin has kept a balanced attack all season, as five Badgers continue to average over 2.3 kills per game.However, redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers is beginning to look more and more like the centerpiece of the UW offense. Jeffers, following a 17-kill performance at Minnesota, has hit double-digit kills in her last 11 matches to reach a team-high 3.48 kills a game.”Audra’s doing a great job, our setters have been learning to get her the ball in better situations,” Waite said. “Physically, she’s capable of doing some great things against any team in the conference.”On the defensive side, sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack is just seven matches away from setting a record for consecutive double-digit dig matches. With 26 digs against Minnesota and 22 at Iowa, Wack has 56 straight matches with at least 10 digs. Griselle Lopez-Pereira of Virginia Commonwealth has the current record, with her streak ending at 63 on Sept. 2.So long, seniors: This weekend marks the last regular-season home matches for Wisconsin’s two seniors, Aubrey Meierotto and Sheila Shaw.”They’ve both been great,” Waite said. “The last two years, we’ve been a pretty young team, and they’ve been leaders all the time for us.”Meierotto is a fifth-year senior, who redshirted her freshman year to take care of knee problems. Fighting through illness this year, Meierotto has managed to put down just under three kills per game played.”She’s just put up some great numbers for us, and been tough as a leader,” Waite said. “It’s unfortunate she had pneumonia this year, it was a bit of a bump in the road for her, but she’s been fantastic.”Shaw was honored as a member of the 2004 All-Big Ten squad last year, and has contributed 2.77 kills and 1.53 blocks per game with a .303 hitting percentage in 2005.”Sheila, from the beginning, started in the middle as an undersized middle blocker in the Big Ten, and her physical abilities just had her standing out all the time,” Waite said.Stretch run: With just four matches left, Wisconsin (19-6, 11-5 Big Ten) remains very much in the hunt for second place in the conference, currently in a three-way tie for the spot with Minnesota and the Ohio State Buckeyes.”We’ve been lucky that with the conference standings, [teams] are beating up on each other,” Waite said. “Purdue just went to Ohio State and lost to them, and we beat Ohio State both times we played them.”The team that’s playing spoiler right now is Northwestern,” Waite added. “They’ve gone out and beaten a couple of the ranked teams and have really shaken up the standings. [Next week] we have to go to their place and play, and hopefully we’ll take care of business there.”Wisconsin has played a lot of volleyball against their upcoming contenders. The Badgers beat the Michigan State Spartans and lost to the Michigan Wolverines in mid-October. Both matches went the five-game distance.Waite knows if his team wants to go after home court matches in the playoffs, it will be imperative to get some wins over the final two weekends of the regular season.”You never know, sometimes the NCAA surprises you,” he said. “But if we do finish out 4-0, we should finish second in the Big Ten. With our attendance figures, everything should come together for us.”last_img read more

Syracuse spends Thanksgiving at Leonid Yelin’s downtown apartment

first_img Published on November 15, 2018 at 10:11 am Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img During a meal last year, Syracuse players gathered as then-junior outside hitter Mariia Levanova plugged her phone into a speaker and cued up contemporary Russian pop music. With a football game playing in the background, she showed her American teammates Russian pop artists Elka, Gradusy and Vintage. Her teammates were intrigued and started to ask more about Russian culture and language.Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin overheard as Levanova told her teammates “дерьмо,” (der’mo) the Russian word for sh*t.“What are you telling them?” Yelin asked.“They asked me to teach them the word,” Levanova said. “It was funny.”For much of Yelin’s coaching career, he has hosted a Thanksgiving celebration for his team at his house. Players from all different countries come together to share aspects of their culture, from food to music. Syracuse’s (16-7, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) final three games take place over the academic break, when the majority of the SU campus is vacant. In his time at Syracuse, Yelin has hosted his annual Thanksgiving dinner in his downtown Syracuse apartment. He provides his players with a Thanksgiving experience, no matter if they’re American or not.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s always an open invitation to my house,” Yelin said. “Some kids have nowhere to go.”The tradition began when Yelin was the head coach at Louisville. Yelin is an Uzbekistani immigrant, so he makes sure to recruit at least a few European players every year, he said. On one Thanksgiving in the mid 1990s, Yelin decided to show them how Americans experienced the holiday. For Americans with nowhere to celebrate, he provided them a home for the night.When Yelin retired from Louisville and was hired at Syracuse, it continued.Every year, Yelin hosts “seven or eight” players for dinner, Levanova said. His wife, Yelena, does the majority of the cooking. She prepares traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing, as well as pelmeni: a Russian dumpling filled with minced meat (pork, lamb, beef, fish or chicken) and mushrooms.Last year, Levanova and the seven others arrived at Yelin’s apartment early. They worked with Yelena to prepare the turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, cornbread and baklava: a European and Asian delicacy layered with nuts, syrup and honey.Yelin’s annual Thanksgiving gathering is more than just a holiday to Levanova. A native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, she doesn’t really care about Thanksgiving. In fact, she only started celebrating it three years ago. Many players who went in 2016, Valelly said, hadn’t experienced it before. But to Levanova, it’s about spending time with her teammates.“We always see each other on the court,” Levanova said. “Coming back and to have dinner, it’s much more relaxing.”last_img read more

Australian cruises to UK Snooker title

first_imgHe made the maximum in the sixth frame as he dominated the final against the Chinese outsider.Robertson was the 2010 world champion and a former World Number 1.last_img

Federer, Nadal Breezed into a Record 14th-time Fourth Round

first_imgFrench OpenRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal are safely through to the fourth round of the French Open for a record 14th time.The pair moved ahead of American former world number one Budge Patty for most fourth-round appearances in Paris. Federer, a French Open champion in 2009, also became the oldest person to reach this stage of a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors at the US Open in 1991.The 37-year-old beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) and is the first to play 400 Grand Slam matches.Nadal, who recorded a 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over Belgian 27th seed David Goffin on Philippe Chatrier, will play Frenchman Corentin Moutet or Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero.Federer’s victory over Ruud was fairly routine after the Swiss broke twice in the opener and went on to win nine games in a row, taking a 5-0 lead into the second.Nadal was also made to work for his win despite easing to a two-set lead in an hour and 15 minutes.Goffin, a quarter-finalist in 2016, was broken twice in the first two sets but broke late in the third to take Nadal into an unexpected fourth set.The Belgian ran out of steam though, as Nadal showed composure to regain his dominance and wrap up the win in just under three hours.It is only the second time in 17 matches in Paris that defending champion Nadal has dropped a set and he remains on course to face Federer in the semi-finals.The Spaniard, who is bidding to become the first player in history to win 12 singles titles at any Grand Slam event, last dropped a set against Argentinean Diego Schwartzman in last year’s quarter-finals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA summer league 2019: Who’s hot and who’s not

first_imgHowever, the Cavaliers haven’t gotten much from him in the 27 minutes he has averaged through three games.The 6-10 forward is averaging 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds but is only shooting 26% from the field. That’s a big drop off for a player who was the first option in college and hovered around 50% shooting. Mavericks will ‘certainly’ load manage Kristaps Porzingis, Mark Cuban says Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Heat, Thunder ‘in a stalemate’ about deal for star The NBA summer league is winding down, as the preliminary round of games ends Thursday.Only the top eight seeds will advance to a single-elimination tournament set to begin July 13, so quite a few prospects will have to wait until the preseason begins in October to return to the court.center_img Some players have surpassed expectations in July while others have not. Success in the summer league doesn’t necessarily translate to the regular season, but let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not so far.HotTyler Herro, Miami HeatHerro’s criticism ahead of the 2019 NBA draft was based on his poor defense and lack of efficiency, despite his reputation as a sharpshooter. The summer league has allowed him to showcase that he has more to offer than shooting, though. Related News The 6-5 guard initiated the Heat’s offense early and often and helped lead the team to a 3-1 record in the preliminary round. He showcased his playmaking ability out of pick-and-roll sets and has averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals so far.Herro probably isn’t close to being a primary option for the Heat, especially since Miami already has Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler and Justise Winslow on board. But Herro’s versatility is a good sign.Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio SpursWalker had his rookie season derailed by a meniscus tear, but he appears like he’s poised to have a great sophomore campaign.The 6-5 guard entered Thursday tied for first in the summer league in points per game (30.0) and he’s been ridiculously efficient. Walker shot 58% from the field in his two appearances.His team went 2-2, so it’s not likely he’ll play again in the tournament.The Spurs will have some serious battles in their 2019-20 backcourt, as Walker will compete with the likes of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and DeMar DeRozan for time after playing in just 17 regular season games last season.Chris Boucher, Toronto RaptorsThe Raptors have found yet another diamond in the rough.Boucher, 26, has played in 29 regular season games and is routinely dominating the summer league by averaging 22.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. Toronto has the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player in Pascal Siakam, and Boucher could be up next. The 6-10 big man is fresh off a season in which he was crowned MVP and Defensive Player of the Year of the G-League, playing for Toronto 905. He won his second straight NBA title with the Raptors in 2018-19, as he played for the Warriors in 2017-18.The departure of Kawhi Leonard could clear space for him to break into Toronto’s rotation.NotRJ Barrett, New York KnicksNew York was initially favored to win the summer league championship, but went an underwhelming 1-3.Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, averaged 14.0 points and 8.8 rebounds but shot 30% from the field with genuine rotation players around him.The Knicks could be in a lot of trouble if his shooting struggles linger.Nassir Little, Portland Trail BlazersMany felt Portland got a steal when it selected Little with the No. 25 pick in 2019 but he definitely has some work to do.The 6-7 wing has tallied 22 minutes per contest through three games. He’s averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 33% from the field. Little has shown flashes of his athleticism and is still figuring out how to fit in offensively.Dean Wade, Cleveland CavaliersWade went undrafted after four years at Kansas State, so there weren’t lofty expectations for him.last_img read more

Olympia Mortgage Lender Creates Lasting Relationships With Home Buyers

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 It’s the personal relationships that mean the most to William Tuning.  You may not think of your mortgage lender as a close friend, but according to Tuning that’s just because you have not met him yet.When Tuning stepped out of the corporate banking world, it was because he missed the face-to-face interactions he had with customers.  He wanted to return to making people’s dreams come true through home ownership.  Along the way, he has formed lasting relationships with his customers.Take Char for instance.  Tuning explains that she was under a time crunch to facilitate a VA loan.  “I threw out all the stops and during the process we became friends.  Throughout her loan process, when she was getting her car serviced, she stopped by and we shared lunch,” explains Tuning and did so on more than one occasion.  (His West Olympia office is located near the Olympia Auto Mall.) After her loan closed I was among her friends at her house warming party as if we had known each other 40 years.“That’s why you get into the business.  It’s for the relationships,” says Tuning.  It’s doesn’t matter to me if it’s a $1 million mortgage or a loan for $100,000, it’s all the same to me.”The joy that Tuning experiences when the transaction is complete and the family moves into their new home is just as great.“Recently I helped a young family buy a modest home in Shelton. They had grown frustrated working with a big bank due to a language barrier and the bank being too busy to help them.  They didn’t speak English well and I was stretching to remember my high school Spanish.  The couple worked hard and had saved all their dollars for the down payment for their dream home.  I worked very hard to close by an extended holiday weekend so that they could move into the home when they already had a few extra days off,” recalls Tuning.In Tuesday’s mail was a handwritten thank you card.  “The couple recognized my effort to get the home closed so that they could move in and not take extra time off,” he says.To many that home may not be much, but to them it was their castle.“For me, it’s those victories that make this career so worthwhile.  These are the things that keep me coming back every day regardless of how many regulations and processes change in the mortgage industry,” he summarizes.To learn more about William Tuning and his approach to helping people achieve home ownership, click here.You can reach William Tuning directly at 360.539.4687 or via email at wm@williamatuning.com.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Students are Recognized at the Circle K District…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityFive students at Saint Martin’s University recently received several awards and two scholarships totaling $3,000 during the Annual Pacific Northwest Circle K District Convention, which was hosted in DuPont and attended by approximately 12 clubs from the Pacific Northwest area.The 24-member Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club also was recognized with the Outstanding Single Service Award for 2014-2015 for assisting the residents of the RooLan Retirement Home.Circle K International (CKI) is the collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International.  CKI has more than 12,000 student members on more than 500 campuses worldwide.  It is a student-led organization with an elected International Board of Representatives.  CKI tenets are leadership, fellowship and service at the club, district and international levels.  The concept of present-day Circle K began at the collegiate level in 1936 at Washington State University.The following individuals, as well as Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey, were honored during an awards ceremony hosted February 21.Bailey Cammann (junior-senior) received the Volunteer Scholar Award in recognition of her number of service hours while maintaining a high GPA (3.81), the Most Service Hours by a Single Member Award, in recognition of her 400 hours of individual service for the year, and the Gene O’Brien Scholarship for $1,500.Jeremiah “JJ” Olson (senior) received the Charles Hindes Humanitarian Award in recognition of his compassion in contributing to the greater good of society and community with no need or desire for recognition. He also received the President’s Walter Zeller Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to bring awareness to others and raise funds for the Kiwanis International/UNICEF Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus Project in developing countries. He also received the Roy Frisch Scholarship for $1,500.Emy Suazo (sophomore) was awarded the International Service and Awareness Award in recognition of her efforts to increase awareness and understanding of international issues affecting underdeveloped countries and for service to the global community.  Emy is originally from Honduras and speaks six languages.Maddison (Lotz) Lee (senior) was given the Outstanding Club Member Award in recognition of her commitment to the Saint Martin’s Circle K group through involvement in club meetings, service projects, district and international events and service projects.Bianca Lupercio (junior) received the Outstanding Club Scrapbook Award for maintaining a written and visual history record of club service activities and events for each calendar year.  The events and service projects required to be included in the club history are district events, campus service projects, community service projects, fundraising projects, social events, interaction with high school K Clubs and sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, international events and service projects.Toni Christy was recognized with the Outstanding Staff/Faculty Advisor Award for her participation in and leadership of the Saint Martin’s club.  Christy is staff advisor and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey. She is also an active Kiwanis Club member.The Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey received the Outstanding Sponsoring Club Award for its support of the Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club.This year’s Club President, Jeremiah “JJ” Olson, is graduating in May.  Bailey Cammann has been elected as the incoming Club President and will step into the role in May. Facebook58Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Siblings Collect Athletic Footwear for Children in Haiti

first_imgRUMSON – Brother and sister duo, Akash and Priya Verma, started Immortal Soles, a nonprofit organization that brings used athletic footwear to needy children in Haiti.The two Ranney School students, Akash, a freshman, and Priya, a seventh grader, founded Immortal Soles in 2013 after spending a year living in New Delhi, India, teaching impoverished children in the slums the kinds of children who their charity now helps how to play the universal game of tennis.Akash and Priya were so moved by the Indian children’s enthusiasm for sport, their athletic ability and the poor conditions they live in, that they felt that they wanted to help. They couldn’t bear to watch these good kids, some of whom were their own age, playing tennis barefoot or in broken sandals all in effort to keep busy and off the streets of India. All the while in America, children in affluent communities throw out a pair of cleats after their sports season is over and purchase new running shoes every year.“It was really sad to see them without shoes,” Akash said. “We take stuff like that for granted so often here, and it was so hard to see them not have the same opportunities as us.”They decided they needed to bridge this gap, which pushed them to start Immortal Soles when they returned to U.S.“Part of the bigger goal of Immortal Soles is to help the kids learn values taught through sports,” Akash said. “The shoes we send them help them get better, which teaches them that even though they’re in poverty they can make something of themselves.”The brother and sister originally planned for Immortal Soles to send shoes to India, to help the children that Akash and Priya witnessed begging in the streets on their walk to school each day, but India puts high duties on goods entering the country and that made it too expensive. Instead, Immortal Soles partnered with Goals Haiti, a nonprofit organization that teaches soccer to children in Haiti in hopes to better the children’s lives and teach them valuable skills.“Goals Haiti works so well with us, and they have such a huge need for what we can give them,” Monica Logani, Akash’s and Priya’s mother, said.After a child in Haiti receives a pair of cleats, a volunteer at Goals Haiti takes a photo of him or her with his or her new footwear. Goals Haiti sends these images to Immortal Soles, which posts the photo on its Instagram account (@immortalsoles) and tags the person from America that donated the shoes to show them who they are helping.“They can see how they are affecting the kids with their simple, little donation. They’re amazed when they see the kid’s smile in the photo because they probably didn’t realize that they’d actually be doing so much,” Akash said. “It really makes a difference, to the kids in Haiti and the kids here.”In 2014, the first year that Immortal Soles held shoe drives, it collected about 200 pairs of shoes to send to Haiti. The Ranney School, Rumson Fair Haven High School and the Rumson Recreational Program all contributed to this number.This year, Immortal Soles plans to add CBA to the list of schools where they will hold drives and hopes to more than double the number of pairs of shoes to send to Haiti. “It’s been getting bigger and bigger, better and better, but the ultimate goal is to get as many kids involved as possible in the future,” Akash said.last_img read more