Special Olympics to host End the R-Word Day

first_imgThis week, Special Olympics Notre Dame is hosting their annual End the R-Word Day event as part of the awareness campaign Spread the Word to End the Word.Junior Shannon Golden, a member of Special Olympics Notre Dame, said the End the R-Word campaign asks students to pledge not to say the “R-Word,” retard or retarded.“We hope to raise awareness of how the R-word can hurt people and we want to promote respectful and inclusive language on the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campus,” Golden said.Senior co-president Laura Gardner said the club hopes to reach more students with the online pledging system it will use this year.“We traditionally have pledge stations all over campus collecting signatures from members of the Notre Dame community as they pledge, in short: ‘As a member of the Notre Dame community, I pledge to end the hurtful use of the word retard,’” Gardner said. “We’re using an online platform this year, instead of the traditional banner signing. We’re hoping we will be able to reach a wider audience online.”Gardner said Special Olympics Notre Dame is teaming up with other groups on campus, including Best Buddies, Special Friends and Super Sibs to promote the awareness campaign Spread the Word to End the Word.Golden said Spread the Word to End the Word began in 2009 at the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit.“The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign was created by Soeren Palumbo [a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame] and Tim Shriver as a national awareness campaign to end the hurtful and derogatory use of the word ‘retard(ed)’,” Gardner said. “The goal is to highlight the dignity of people with intellectual disabilities and make the world a more positive place in the process. We hope to raise societal consciousness about the effect of our words.”According to Golden, the campaign is meant to encourage people to watch what they say.“It is an extremely derogatory and hurtful word,” Golden said. “The campaign hopes to create a more accepting and understanding attitude towards those with intellectual disabilities.”Tags: best buddies, Special Olympics Notre Dame, spread the word to end the word, Super Sibslast_img read more

Campbell pleased with form, captaincy

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – West Indies opener John Campbell says he is pleased with his form in the Regional Four-Day Championship even though he did not achieve his personal targets.The left-hander has so far gathered 491 runs at an average of nearly 33, hitting two centuries and a half-century for Jamaica Scorpions.“Although I didn’t score the number of runs that I would have liked, to fall short of 500 runs by just nine runs is not bad,” the 26-year-old told the Gleaner newspaper here.“I will take three scores over 50 with two centuries any day.”Campbell, who has led Scorpions for the first time this season, struck 101 against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second round fixture at Sabina Park here and followed up with 112 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the eighth round last weekend in Antigua.He endured a run of poor form during the third, fourth and fifth rounds when he managed just 108 runs from six innings.Campbell, who has played six Tests following his debut against England last year, said his captaincy had improved throughout the season.“In terms of my captaincy, I think I did a decent job and I would say it was very smooth as most of the guys supported me and the decisions I made,” he noted.“Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you don’t, but overall we did well in the end.”Scorpions are currently tied for third with reigning champions Guyana Jaguars on 91.8 points, following the eighth round of matches last weekend.They endured a rough start to their campaign with two losses and a defeat before blossoming to win three of their next five matches.“It’s been a season of ups and downs. We started out not doing so well with two draws and a loss and was in the last place but we fought back in the second half of the tournament and played some good cricket,” Campbell said.“We got more confident as we went on. First innings was a major problem for us but we turned that around on several occasions and started to put runs on the board and I must give credit to the young bowlers like Patrick (Harty) and Marquino (Mindley) who started off slow but in the end, Mindley and Harty finished with the first and second most wickets for us in the tournament.”Fast bowler Mindley has led the Scorpions attack with 24 wickets at 22 runs apiece while Harty, a left-arm spinner, has picked up 22 wickets at an average of 32.Scorpions have had two batsmen with over 500 runs with Test star Jermaine Blackwood gathering 768 – including a monumental career-best 248 last weekend – and Nkrumah Bonner compiling 523 runs.Cricket West Indies (CWI) has suspended the tournament for 30 days because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): US Thrash Panama To Boost Faltering Hopes

first_imgRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama QualifyOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Honduras’ Qualification Hopes Dented With Late GoalOctober 8, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Mexico Complete Last 16 LineupOctober 16, 2017In “FIFA” The United States of America (USA) boosted their chances of booking a place in Russia 2018 after they thrashed rivals Panama 4-0 at home.They had started the qualifiers on a poor note but the team has recovered  well to move closer to a spot at next summer’s World Cup.Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore (2 goals) were on the scoresheet for the Americans, who have now leapfrogged Panama into 3rd place (the final automatic qualification sport).Still in the region,  Mexico sealed top spot on the league table with a 3-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago. New summer signing for London club West Ham United, Javier Hernandez ‘Chicharito’ was one of the scorers for the 2-time World Cup hosts.Matchday 9 Results:Mexico 3-1 Trinidad and TobagoUSA 4-0 PanamaHonduras vs. Costa Rica (postponed till Saturday)Current Standings:Mexico 21 pointsCosta Rica 15 pointsUSA 12 pointsPanama 10 pointsHonduras 9 pointsTrinidad and Tobago 3 pointslast_img read more