How to create an ongoing service mindset

first_imgLast week, I was fortunate enough to participate in Hyland’s annual Summer of Service volunteer event – one day dedicated to giving back to the local communities where we live, work and play. It seems like every year the volunteer day grows bigger and the activities more rewarding, and this year was no different.In one day, more than 400 Hyland volunteers gave their time working at 16 Cleveland nonprofits and donating more than 1,100 volunteer hours.Those hours were dedicated to landscaping, beach and community beautification, painting, repurposing toys for children with disabilities and putting together meals for the homeless, to name a few activities.It’s truly humbling to see the impact one day can make for Cleveland nonprofits in need. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Women’s tennis team closes out fall season

first_imgCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In its final tournament of the fall season, the Wisconsin women’s tennis team used the University of Illinois’ Midwest Blast VII as a vehicle for continuing to test doubles pairings, work on singles games and, for the remarkably young Badger squad, gain valuable competition experience.”It gives us a chance to see where [players] match up next to other teams,” assistant coach Erin Boisclair said. “It helps just to introduce them a little bit to what it’s going to be like in the spring.”Boisclair oversaw the squad for the weekend while head coach Patti Henderson traveled with the team’s top-flight player, Caitlin Burke, to Ohio State for the ITA National Indoors tournament.In Friday action, the pairing of sophomore Chelsea Nusslock and freshman Elizabeth Carpenter proved Wisconsin’s only victorious doubles team, as they handily defeated the Illini’s Momei Qu and Emily Wang 8-6.”My play has been pretty well this weekend,” Carpenter said. “It’s our last tournament and I finally felt like playing my game more, and now that I feel comfortable, I started winning.”Nicole Beck and Kaylan Caiati fell to the host school’s Brianna Knue and Macall Harkins, 8-1, while Wisconsin’s Morgan Tuttle and Ali Salomone dropped 8-2 to Shivani Dave and Alejandra Cuadra.That afternoon, Beck and Carpenter both proved winners on the singles court, defeating Louisville’s Robyn White and Ariana Marshall, 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-3, respectively.”The match is good for my confidence,” Beck said. “I feel like I’ve been playing well.”Saturday would prove grimmer for the Badgers, as all three of their doubles tandems — scrambled after Friday play — dropped to Notre Dame, and only Carpenter emerged victorious on the singles court, defeating Illinois’ Dave 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(5).Sunday play wouldn’t fare much better, as Nusslock and Salomone dropped their doubles match 8-1 early in the day to Louisville, followed closely by wins from the other two Cardinal squads facing Wisconsin’s again reshuffled doubles pairings.”I think we’re having a difficult time figuring out who is going to play with who,” Boisclair said of the squad’s doubles play. “I think we’ve been moving around a lot … Patti and I need to sit down and figure out teams. And we just need to practice with those teams.”Despite a troubling win/loss record on the frame, the weekend was not without value to a Wisconsin squad filling six of its nine roster slots with freshmen and sophomores. The Midwest Blast VII was the first competition of the year to allow the Badgers to mock out a traditional team-based spring format, as opposed to the largely draw-based nature of other autumn competitions.”It’s different coming from junior tennis for the freshmen.” Boisclair said. “This is why you play a tournament like this in the fall — so that they can get exposed to how it is; it is a little bit more intense than other tournaments.”last_img read more

Saints’ Sean Payton rips trend of hiring young head coaches

first_imgSaints coach Sean Payton believes NFL teams that target young, offensive-minded coaches are making a mistake by ruling out other qualified candidates without giving them a chance to prove themselves.During an interview with NFL Network, Payton explained this year’s hiring process left out worthy candidates simply because teams were searching for the “next Sean McVay.” Based on the eight teams that hired new head coaches this season, there’s a notable trend as six of those coaches led the offense. I asked @Saints Coach Sean Payton about the trend of teams hiring young, offensive-minded head coaches. He delivered a strong, honest response, capped by him saying some teams are making mistakes and the Saints can’t wait to play them. This is damn good. 🔥🔥🔥@nflnetwork— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) March 28, 2019Payton pointed to Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy as examples that came from the defensive side before seeing success as head coach. NFL Network notes only two of those six hires (Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians and Jets’ Adam Gase) have had previous head coaching experience. Denver’s Vic Fangio and Miami’s Brian Flores were the only two hired during the latest coaching cycle from the defensive side, with Flores being the only non-white male.”I think we’ve got a diversity problem, like this season, what took place, that’s hitting us square in the face. I think that not a lot was written or discussed about it,” Payton explained. “There are a handful of coaches that I know that if I was a GM who I would be interested in hiring.” Related News Greg Schiano abruptly steps down as Patriots defensive coordinator “The thing that can be disappointing though is when you talk to someone and they give you the profile (of their desired new coach) and then I’ll say ‘well you’re not interested in a young Bill Belichick or a young Tony Dungy?'” Payton said.”They get so pigeonholed into — cause this is cyclical, right, this goes — and ultimately you would say if we did a little history, successful head coaches probably come from the east and the west and north and south. They probably come of both color and they probably come on defense and on offense. And they’re good leaders. They’re great leaders. And, so, if you say ‘well I just want the one that coaches quarterbacks and they’re on offense,’ well, then, you’re going to end up with a smaller pool and you’ll probably have less of a chance to be right, because already of eight hired there’s going to be three that survive three years.”Payton, 55, added he’s excited to play those teams that hired a new head coach because he “see(s) a lot of mistakes made in that process.”last_img read more