Tags: Baldwinsvillebasketballcanceribelievemaureen’s hope By Ashley M. CaseyAssociate EditorBaldwinsville’s varsity basketball teams both claimed victory over Liverpool in last Tuesday’s double–header, but they had something more to celebrate than just the points they scored.The basketball Bees raised $2,900 for Maureen’s Hope Foundation, a Baldwinsville-based organization that supports families dealing with cancer and other life-altering diagnoses. The teams presented their donation to Susan Bertrand, founder and president of Maureen’s Hope, on Feb. 6. “We’ve been doing the fundraiser for maybe 18 years,” Morse said. “One of the girls lost a parent [to cancer] early on in my coaching career.”Jordan Roy, a senior on the girls team, said the teams sold T-shirts and donated the ticket sales from the Feb. 4 game. The teams also held a rubber duck-throwing contest and a half-court shot with a pink ball at the game.“It’s a good feeling knowing it’s going to a good cause,” Roy said.Daniel Fabrizio, a senior on the boys team, said he was already familiar with Maureen’s Hope through the football team, which participates Carry a Bead, part of the Beads of Courage initiative at Maureen’s Hope. Athletes bring a bead with them onto the court, field, or rink, and then send the bead back to Maureen’s Hope with a note of encouragement for cancer patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.“It’s nice to give back,” Fabrizio said.Morse and Bertrand said it is important for kids to learn how to give back to their community.“I think it’s important for them to see how they can help out,” Morse said. “Most of these kids have known somebody that’s had cancer, which is obviously a terrible disease.”“The good feeling goes both ways. The families are helped and the kids get to know they’ve given back,” Bertrand said.To put the basketball Bees’ donation in perspective, Bertrand said the teams’ donation could pay for nearly half of the Easter baskets Maureen’s Hope provides for kids at Golisano.“We do 75 baskets. A donation like this would cover 29 baskets for kids,” Bertrand said.Maureen’s Hope began providing Easter baskets at Golisano about 12 years ago.“So many people do things at Christmastime and I reached out to the hospital. The kids would think, ‘Does the Easter Bunny not come to the hospital?’” Bertrand said.To learn more about Maureen’s Hope, visit maureenshope.org. The organization’s popular iBelieve event returns March 29 at the Palace Theatre. This year’s iBelieve will feature guests such as Dr. Kaushal Nanavati, medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate Cancer Center; Jason Smorol, general manager of the Syracuse Mets; and Tom Varano, speed painter and motivational speaker.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Bertrand called the teams’ contribution “incredible.”“There’s so much we can do with $2,900. It goes a long way,” she said.Kathy Morse, girls varsity coach, said the basketball program’s partnership with Maureen’s Hope is a longstanding one.
Football writer Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz breaks down the Pac-10.With the potential return of LeGarrette Blount, will Oregon be able to contend with USC for a Pac-10 championship this year? Pundits change their minds about Oregon more often than the Ducks change their uniforms.After the Boise State debacle, the multicolored crew seemed destined for a rebuilding season. Then Oregon coach Chip Kelly strung together a few wins against capable Purdue and Utah teams. After dismantling Cal, the Ducks are being mentioned as USC’s top contender for the conference throne.Junior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has led the resurgence with confident play that was lacking from the offense earlier in the year. And even though its defense has been hobbled by injuries, the Ducks have found answers to early-season issues on that end, too.A Halloween trip to Autzen Stadium looms large for the Trojans, especially given the recent buzz about the potential reinstatement of senior Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount.The Ducks’ top offensive threat was thought to be sidelined for the year after punching Boise State linebacker Byron Hout and engaging in a postgame melee with Boise State fans. But Kelly announced last week that Blount had an opportunity to return to the playing field if he fulfills certain requirements.But even if the star running back can meet the conditions, Blount has been ruled out to return before Nov. 7 — a week after the Trojans go to Eugene, Ore. Kelly has drawn criticism for retreating from the supposed season-long ban, but the coach deserves praise if he’s willing to keep Blount out of what might turn out to be the Pac-10 game of the year.The Ducks can beat USC without Blount — the team’s other running backs have found their stride and “The Zoo” is a notoriously treacherous setting for road teams. And because the team gets USC, Arizona State and Oregon State at home with Cal already in the rearview mirror, Oregon can see its path to the Rose Bowl ahead.But even if Oregon gets Blount back, the Trojans will likely enter the game as the favorite — assuming both teams win out over the next two weeks.Can Stanford keep on winning?Quick — name the team at the top of the Pac-10 standings.It’s a bit of a trick question, because three teams are still undefeated in conference play. But at 3-0, Stanford finds itself in unfamiliar territory — first place.The Cardinal has gotten off to a fast start by establishing a clear team identity. Senior Toby Gerhart is the offense’s workhorse at running back and freshman Andrew Luck comes up with enough critical plays in the passing game to keep the attack balanced. A scrappy defense and great special teams play have made the early going easy.But Stanford might be in for a rude awakening in the second half of the season.The team’s schedule is backloaded, with games against USC and Oregon still to come. By the time the Cardinal faces Cal and Notre Dame at the end of the season, it might be lucky to have barely made itself bowl eligible.This is coach Jim Harbaugh’s best team in his three years at Stanford. But the team’s lone loss at Wake Forest shows how far it has to come.Until the Cardinal can beat the conference’s best on the road, it won’t be able to break through to the upper tier of Pac-10 teams. Barring that breakthrough, the team should be happy to simply compete for a shot at the postseason.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a waiver request allowing Florida food stamp recipients to purchase their groceries online.The approval was announced on Saturday, April 11, just one day after Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin developing plans to implement an online purchasing program for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.The current federal regulations prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing groceries online with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Last week, Florida submitted a waiver to participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot, which ensures Floridians can access nutritious food online through the currently authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart.“Allowing Florida families to purchase groceries online instead of venturing into a public store is a sound practice during this public health emergency and yet another step that will help Florida flatten the curve,” DeSantis said.With the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are concerned that forcing low-income individuals — who are more likely to have serious underlying health conditions — to shop in-store could expose them to unnecessary risk. After the USDA’s approval was announced Saturday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried praised the feds for making an exception for Floridians.“I thank the USDA and Secretary [Sonny] Perdue for granting the state’s request to bring safer grocery options to Florida’s families in need,” Fried said.According to USDA, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, about 1.5 million households, and totals nearly $4 billion annually in federal funding.
Galvanized by an unprecedented deal with Showtime that guarantees him at least $32 million per fight, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. sits atop the 10th annual Sports Illustrated Fortunate 50, which ranks the 50 highest-earning professional athletes in the U.S.With $90 million in projected earnings for 2013, and that’s with $0 in endorsement income. Mayweather tops the list for the second consecutive year.Floyd sat down with executive editor Jon Wertheim for a Q&A, featured in this week’s SI, before his victory over Robert Guerrero on May 4. He says, “Surround yourself with the right team. It takes brains to make the money.” When asked how his time in prison affected his view about money, Mayweather adds: “I got offers and huge deals when I was locked up, with CEOs writing me, wanting to do business with me, Fortune 500 companies wanting to do business with me.But my main focus was just coming home and being free. You can have all the money in the world, but if you’re not free, it’s like being poor, because you can’t do anything.”Mayweather is the only boxer in the top 50 earners.