Friday, May 29, 2009

Emory Tennis Players Win NCAA Championships

Emory University senior Michael Goodwin and sophomore Lorne McManigle captured the men's and women's singles crowns at their respective NCAA Division III Championships over the weekend.

Goodwin defeated Ben Stein of Bates College, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 to win the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Singles Championship on Sunday in Claremont, Calif. Goodwin, who was seeded fifth in the 32-player field bracket, became the first player in the history of the Emory men’s tennis program to win an individual national championship. Goodwin rattled off five victories en route to the crown including three three-set matches in his final three outings. His efforts closed out an outstanding four-year with Eagles that saw him earn All-America honors on nine occasions while ranking among the school's all-time top 10 performers with 75 singles victories.

McManigle became the second individual champion in the history of the Emory University women’s tennis program, as she defeated Ploy Suthijindawong of Saint Scholastica, 6-2, 6-1 at the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships.

McManigle, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed, was pitted against the unseeded Suthhijindawong of the College of St. Scholastica.

McManigle becomes the second individual in Emory history to win the NCAA Division III Women’s Championship, joining former Eagle Mary Ellen Gordon, who won the singles championship in both 2003 and 2004. McManigle had the opportunity to earn the championship in front of a large number of Emory supporters, who made the trip up I-85 to Lawrenceville, Georgia, to see the title match.

Goodwin's and McManigle's championships mark the third time in NCAA Division III history that the men’s and women’s individual champion has come from the same school. Principia’s Toby Clark and Courtney Allen accomplished the feat in both 1985 and 1987.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

XTERRA Georgia Trail Running Race: 2nd Annual Deep South 15K

Dauset Trails, Jackson, Ga. Jun 7th, 2009.

We’re excited to present the 2nd Annual Deep South 15K Trail Race at Dauset Trails! For directions to the park: click here
Dauset Trails 360 Mount Vernon Road Jackson, Georgia 30233

15K through May 27 -> $35
May 27-Jun 5 -> $40 (LATE)

Race Day Registration -> $45 Dirty Spokes is excited to offer Zorrel Dri Balance Shirts at our races this year! That's right a $25.00 value with your race registration! To be guaranteed of getting one of these awesome shirts - we recommend you register early ( or mail in registration). Again, NO GUARANTEE of a Zorrel Dri Balance Shirt with late or race day registration.

On-Line Registration:
Download A Mail In Entry Form: Entry Form (PDF)

Packet pickup will be the morning of the race starting at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m SHARP!

This is great single and double track off-road running experience. The race will start in an open field (required for spacing) but will soon lead into the woods. The terrain is made up of a little bit of everything, rolling hills, climbs, single track, double track, roots, gravel and concrete drive along with some technical sections. The course is beautiful and offers something for every runner truly wishing to 'ditch the city'.

Dauset Trails Course Map
Click here to view the race course map!!!

Dirty Spokes will be handing out cash, medals and prizes to our overall top 3 male and female finishers for each race. We will also be handing out medals to our top 3 male and female finishers in each age group (14&U, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70&U).

Awards will be given out when we have enough finishers in to fill the categories. Medals will be given out to the top three20finishers in each category. Walkers are encouraged to participate; however, you should be able to complete the 15k at a 16 minute mile pace or under to receive an official time.

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Georgia State Baseball Headed to Atlanta Regional

Making its first trip to an NCAA Regional, the Georgia State baseball team will stay close to home and play at Georgia Tech as part of the Atlanta Regional beginning Friday. The Yellow Jackets will host as the top seed, while Elon and Southern Miss round out the four-team, double-elimination bracket.

The fourth-seeded Panthers will play Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The entire team and coaching staff watched the NCAA selection show at local restaurant Six Feet Under near the Georgia State campus, along with numerous Panther fans.

“It’s a fantastic day for our baseball organization,” commented head coach Greg Frady. “The opportunity to play in an NCAA Regional is the culmination of a full body of work for the season. Seeing our name called on ESPN and going to our first-ever Regional is a wonderful experience.”

Each of the 16 four-team regionals will be played Friday through Monday, with the regional winners advancing to NCAA Super Regionals.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets should call the Georgia State Athletics ticket office at 1.866.GA.STATE beginning Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

The Panthers (39-20) earned an automatic NCAA berth, the first in school history, by winning the Colonial Athletic Association championship with four straight victories. Georgia State has already posted a school-record victory total and enters NCAA play with an eight-game winning streak, equaling a school record. The Panthers have won 13 of their last 15 games.

“We feel great that we played baseball at a high level to win our conference championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.” It’s a most wonderful time to be at Georgia State University. There is so much excitement and enthusiasm about about our University and our athletic department, and it feels great to be a big part of that.”

Georgia State is one of five teams making its first appearance in the tournament.

The Panthers split with the Yellow Jackets this season and have won at Russ Chandler Stadium two times in the last three years. State earned a 10-1 win against No. 3 Georgia Tech back in March, the highest ranked opponent that the Panthers have ever defeated.

Junior Bradley Logan, who earned CAA Most Outstanding Player honors at last week’s CAA Championship after hitting four home runs in four games, leads the veteran laden team. A total of 11 seniors round out the roster, led by senior catcher Marc Mimeault who led the Panthers with a .394 batting average and 14 home runs.

All postseason games will air live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with Panther Sports Talk, 30 minutes prior to game time. Live stats will be provided via and

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Auditions for Atlanta Hawks A-Town Dancers Set for Sunday, June 7

Fabulous Finalists Mixer slated for June 11; Final Auditions set for June 13

The Atlanta Hawks A-Town Dancers are looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals with a love of performing to become part of the 2009-10 squad. Preliminary auditions are slated for Sunday, June 7 on the Philips Arena Practice Court. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

The Atlanta Hawks A-Town Dancers are a group of energetic, personable and talented dancers who perform at Hawks home games and hundreds of community events each year. Those planning on trying out should be at least 19 years of age and bring a recent photograph (photos will not be returned), a copy of a valid driver’s license, a light lunch and drink, completed application and waiver form, and dance résumé. Attire should be a two-piece leotard, skin-toned/matte tights, socks, and sneakers or dance shoes. Cost is $25 per person to audition.

More information regarding the auditions, along with registration forms, can be found online at or by calling (404) 878-3800. Final auditions are set for Saturday, June 13.

A pre-audition prep clinic is being offered on Thursday, May 28 (6 – 9 p.m.) in the Turner Athletic Club Aerobics Room at CNN Center. The clinic will consist of dance instruction and a Q&A session with members of last year’s squad and team management. Cost is $25 per person and application materials are available at

Additionally, the team will host a special “meet and greet” with the finalists on Thursday, June 11. All of Atlanta will be invited to The Fabulous Finalists Mixer (location TBA), where fans can meet and mingle with the dancers, who will be available for photos and autographs. More details about final auditions and The Fabulous Finalists Mixer will be released in the near future.

Preliminary auditions are closed for viewing to the general public. Media wishing to attend should contact the Hawks Media Relations Department at (404) 878-3800.

Atlanta Hawks 2009-10 season tickets are on sale now at just $55 down per month and can be purchased by visiting the Hawks website or by calling 1-866-715-1500. The Hawks, a member of the National Basketball Association since 1949, play in the Southeast Division, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Anniversary of Masters Waterski & Wake Board Tournament at Callaway Gardens Starts May 22‏

50th Anniversary of the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament™ and the 17th Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Robin Lake Beach, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.

Friday, May 22
9:00 a.m. Junior Masters Elimination

Saturday, May 23
8:00 a.m. Junior Masters Finals
11:00 a.m. Masters Elimination Round
8:00 p.m. Movie premiere “Out of the Pond,” Mountain Creek Ballrooms (Free)

8:00 a.m. Chapel Service, Mountain Creek Ballrooms
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies featuring the Red Bull Extreme Jump Team
10:30 a.m. Masters Finals
End of Tournament signaled by Red Bull Extreme Jump Team
7:00 p.m. (until 8:30) Beach Olympics with Michael Blair (Free)

Spectators enjoy the awesome, often breathtaking competition while lounging in the sun; playing in the water’s edge and celebrating the beginning of summer at Callaway Gardens. Young and old alike can enjoy the many attractions at Robin Lake Beach including the miniature train, miniature golf, shuffleboard and more.


In celebration of this golden anniversary, special activities including:

* Premiere of a new movie “Out of the Pond” by Billabong which takes wakeboarding to new territory
* Parachute jumps by the Red Bull Extreme Jump Team
* Fireworks display
* Movie on the Beach – a family-favorite “Goonies”
* Robin Lake Beach is open for the Summer (paddleboats, shuffle board, swimming and more)
* Free Admission for military to both Masters and Callaway Gardens
* And more

What a great way to spend the long holiday weekend!

The event is for anyone who enjoys a fun in the sun setting. The entertainment is the best water-skiers and wake boarders from around the globe who have gathered to compete for the world’s most coveted title of their sport – the Champion of the Masters!

Dusk Fireworks Display

Following Fireworks Kickoff of the Summer series “Movies on the Beach (following fireworks) presenting “Goonies”


Single day beach pass $20; 3-day beach pass n/a
Single day pavilion pass $40 each day; 3-day pavilion pass $105

Single day beach pass $10; 3-day beach pass n/a

Special: To show appreciation to our nation’s armed services Memorial Day Weekend, Military Appreciation Day at the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and Callaway Gardens. Both will provide free admission to those presenting valid military identification including active duty, reserve, National Guard, retiree and dependents.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Play Ball with the Braves June 6 at Ladies-Only Baseball 101 Clinic, Presented by Publix Super Markets

Women who want to learn more about America's favorite national pastime and hone their baseball skills can register now for Baseball 101 presented by Publix Super Markets. The clinic will take place on Saturday, June 6 at Turner Field, and ladies 18 years of age and up can sign up online at or contact the Braves Community Affairs Department at (404) 614-1435 by June 1.

Baseball 101 offers women the opportunity to learn batting, fielding, and pitching skills from Braves players and coaches. In addition to the on-field clinic, a variety of Braves "guest professors" will host a panel discussion on topics such as scouting, player development, the nuances of baseball, nutrition, and fitness. The clinic will end with an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Turner Field.

Women are encouraged to register soon as space is limited. Registration, which includes two tickets to that night's 7:00 p.m. game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, is $80 for the Upper Box Package and $110 for the Outfield Package with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Braves Foundation and the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Hospital. In addition to the on-field clinic with Braves players and coaches and two tickets to that night's game, the registration fee includes lunch, a Baseball 101 t-shirt, and a Braves gift bag with an autographed item.

The Atlanta Braves Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Atlanta Braves that actively supports community organizations and their programs within the metro Atlanta area. Since its inception in 1992, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support to thousands of metro Atlanta based organizations and has contributed more than $3 million dollars in financial assistance to the community. Through the generous support of Braves players, employees, sponsors and fans, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Mathematics of Hitting Streaks

By Chris Gorski
Inside Science News Service

The 30-game hitting streak of Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman came to an end Wednesday, after a hitless game against the San Francisco Giants. He is, however, one of only 21 players have hit in 30 straight games in the past 50 years.

The rarity of such a streak means it could be the longest in major league baseball not just for this season, but for years to come.

It’s impossible to predict how long any streak will continue. Many baseball players depend on superstition to keep hitting streaks going - the “lucky socks” theory. Scientists, specifically statisticians, rely on hard numbers to predict the future. Neither group has developed a reliable forecasting method because superstition can’t be quantified and, as it turns out, there is an as-yet unexplained factor in hitting streaks that defies the best statistical models.

Trent McCotter, a baseball historian, published an article in the 2008 Baseball Research Journal explaining that considerably more hitting streaks have actually occurred than statistical models predict. That simple finding is raising questions about both baseball and the field of statistics.

Mathematicians usually compute the chances of a hitting streak by multiplying a player's chance of getting a hit in any given game, about 76 percent for a .300 hitter, by itself repeatedly. McCotter examined the real historical record of hitting streaks. Then, he took each individual season of every player from 1957 to 2006 and pulled out all the games where players did not record at bats. He used a computer to reorder the remaining games 10,000 times and calculated the average number of streaks.

He counted far more hitting streaks in real life than in his model. McCotter couldn't find any numerical explanation for the discrepancy.

"We've kind of gotten rid of all these obvious things that might explain it, so what else is there?,” he said. “[A player's] probability of a hitting streak isn't what it might seem given the final batting average at the end of the year.”

This leaves statisticians with a number of possibilities that are difficult to study mathematically. A hitting streak could affect the behavior of the hitter, the pitcher, managers, or even the official scorer, who determines if plays are hits or errors.

Steven Strogatz, a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, said "first the dogma was that players are hot, players have streaks. Then the dogma was, no that's not right, everything is just coin flipping. And so, McCotter is saying, no, that's not right either. It's not just coin-flipping, there is some correlation from game to game, that players do something to keep their streaks going."

The longest hitting streak in baseball history is Joe DiMaggio's legendary 56 gamer in 1941. Strogatz investigated the probability that anyone in baseball history would have achieved a similar record. What he found indicates that, no matter the underlying reason, the odds of anyone challenging DiMaggio are long indeed, as Zimmerman can now testify. Though not as unlikely as many had previously suggested, statistically speaking streaks longer than 55 games should happen about once every 500 years.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One-On-One Doubles Coming To Atlanta

A Junior One-On-One Doubles Shootout tournament is planned for Sunday, May 31st, from 3-6,pm, at the Racquet Club of the South. Divisions of play are Boys and Girls 12s, 14s and 16s. The Entry fee is $25. All participating players will receive a One-on-One Doubles ranking on the game's website. The online registration link for this tournament is:

An adult One-on-one doubles event, the brand of tennis sanctioned by the USTA Georgia, will be showcased at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. on Friday, May 29.
A $1,000 Men's Open prize money tournament, named the Georgia One-On-One Doubles Shootout, will bring out some of the area's top teaching and playing professionals to try their hand at the new game.

One-on-one doubles is the half-court, serve-and-volley Singles game played on a regulation tennis court. The game brings back the excitement of the serve-and-volley and all-court game to competitive tennis.

The USTA Florida section sanctioned the new game for tournament play in 2006 calling one-on-one doubles the first, alternative game to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the 1870s. The game's rules call for the server to serve-and-volley on both first and second serves or there is a loss of point Half-volleys are permitted. The returner can stay back or come in. All points are played crosscourt with the alleys included. There is a middle line drawn from the center of the service line to the center of the baseline.

Since the game's inception in 2003, one-on-one doubles has been played as part of ATP, USTA, USPTA and ITA national/international tournaments. One-on-one doubles collegiate tournaments were nationally televised on Fox College Sports in 2005.

The game's tournaments are played within a 3-4 hour timeframe and the matches are played to prerecorded rockin' blues music. All tournaments are played in the round-robin or compass draw format, based on number of entries. Many of the tournaments have live concerts as afterparties.

The Georgia One-On-One Doubles Shootout will offer a prize money event for the Men's Open division. There will also be a Men's and Women's 4.0 NTRP division offered, as well.

The TPC Sugarloaf tournament will start at 4 p.m. and finish around 7 p.m.

Georgia's premiere rockin' blues national recording artist, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson and band will perform at the tournament's afterparty from 7-10 pm. Wilson has produced 8 CDs and has performed with Stevie Ray Vaughan. "One-On-One Doubles will become a great compliment to our USTA and ALTA League play since Atlanta is very much a Doubles driven town. Players, spectators and rockin' blues fans alike will be in for a special treat with a Roger "Hurricane" Wilson blues band performance," states Andrew Minnelli, Tournament Director for the One-On-One Doubles Tournament at TPC Sugarloaf.

The $1,000 Prize money, Men's Open and 4.0 NTRP One-On-One Doubles tournaments to be played at TPC Sugarloaf, has registration online at: (Tournament ID# 703493109). Tournament proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Tennis Foundation. Entry fee is $41.35 and includes a dinner buffet, rockin' blues concert and tournament t-shirt.

For more information about the One-On-One Doubles tournaments coming to the Atlanta area, contact the Adult Tournament Director, Andrew Minnelli at or the Junior Tournament Director, Turhan Berne, at

To read more about the new game of Tennis, One-On-One Doubles, visit and

The founder of One-On-One Doubles Tennis is Coach Ed Krass, Director of the College Tennis Exposure Camp, the world's only junior tennis camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp's website is To contact Ed Krass, call (813) 684-9031 or e-mail him at .

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vince Dooley To Receive Paul 'Bear' Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

/PRNewswire / -- The Paul Bear Bryant Awards committee of the American Heart Association has announced that former University of Georgia Head Coach and Athletic Director, Vince Dooley has been named the 2010 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dooley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Paul Bear Bryant College Football Coaching Awards Dinner Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 at the Omni Houston Hotel. The award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Barry Switzer, Tom Osborne, and Glenn "Bo" Schembechler.

Dooley served as head football coach at the University of Georgia from December, 1963, to Jan. 1, 1988, and as Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. Dooley is the most successful coach in Georgia history. He guided the Bulldogs to a career record of 201-77-10 becoming only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The Bulldogs won one national championship (1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction. He took his teams to 20 Bowl games and coached a Heisman Trophy winner (Herschel Walker, 1982), a Maxwell Award Winner (Walker, 1982), an Outland Award Winner (Bill Stanfill, 1968), 40 First Team All-Americans and 10 Academic All-Americans.

Under his watch as athletic director, Georgia teams won 20 national championships (ten in his final six years) including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (women's swimming, gymnastics, men's tennis, men's golf). During Dooley's tenure Georgia athletic teams won 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men's and women's sports.

The Paul Bear Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke. Bryant himself suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs of the American Heart Association. For more information on the Bryant Awards, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, visit or call 713-610-5000.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Lady Hawks take home SSAC Softball Championship, beat Lee 6-2

It took five games and four days to do it, but the Shorter College Lady Hawks softball team can now call themselves the conference champions. On Saturday night, following a three-hour rain delay, the Lady Hawks beat the Lee University Lady Flames, 6-2, to be crowned champs and receive the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship beginning May 14.

This is the second straight year that the Lady Hawks have won the conference championship. Shorter entered into the tournament as the No. 3 seed, and beat No. 1 Brenau in the winner's bracket championship, and had to face No. 2 seed Lee three times.

"Just like any other tournament, you have to stay in the winner's bracket to have the best chance in the championship," said head coach Melanie Carter. "We really hit when we needed to, and our bats were the difference for us."

"It was do or die this weekend for us," said four-year senior Kali Milford, who played third base for the Lady Hawks in all five tournament games. "We knew our two choices were to win and make it to Nationals, or to go home in tears - and I'm glad to get the win."

The Lady Hawks wasted no time in proving their strength in the championship game, scoring two runs to open the first inning. Dandi Ammons hit an RBI single to shallow right-center field to score Amanda Albertson, and Amanda Rogers was walked to score Libby Munson.

Shorter doubled their lead in the third inning. Hannah Strength hit a fielder's choice to score Munson, an Elisabeth Barber scored the fourth run of the game on a error from Lee.

After Lee scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run from Caitlin Haley, the Lady Hawks added two insurance runs in the sixth inning. Ammons doubled to score Tiffany Adams, and an RBI single from Barber finished the game in Shorter's favor 6-1.

Munson (21-5), who was also named the Tournament MVP, was the winning pitcher in the game, pitched seven innings for six hits, two earned runs, and three walks while striking out six. Lee's Brittany Rowe (3-2) got the loss.

"After the rain delay, coach told me to make sure I was ready to end it," said Munson. "My adrenaline was going and I knew we weren't going to let them win."

Shorter now waits for the official word from the NAIA to see the championship field for the National Championship, and the eventual pool placement in their third straight trip to Decatur, Ala.

"If we keep playing the way we did this weekend, I know we will be a contender at Nationals," added Munson.

"We look to prove that we belong there," added head coach Carter. "This is the first time in three years that we haven't been waiting for an at-large spot. We played as a team and really came together these past few days, and we're looking forward to doing it again at Nationals."

Ammons was the hitting leader for Shorter in the championship game, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, while Barber was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI.

In the first game, Lee forced the final, if-needed game with a 5-4 victory over the Lady Hawks.

The Lady Flames got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning with a one-run sacrifice fly to left field.

In the fourth inning, Shorter tied it up with an Amanda Rogers solo home run, and took the lead in the next inning with an RBI single from Libby Munson scoring Tiffany Adams to make it 2-1.

Lee then scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, which proved too much for the Lady Hawks to recover from. Two runs from Shorter in the top of the sixth inning ended the game 5-4.

Amanda Albertson was 2-for-4 in the game and Adams was 2-for-2 with a triple and a run.

Munson picked up the loss in relief, going two inning for five hits, three earned runs and a strikeout, while Lee's Caitlin Beshears (6-2) got the win.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Walk MS Georgia 2009 May 16th Macon

WHO: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Georgia Chapter


WHERE: Macon, GEICO Corporate Campus

WHEN: Saturday, May 16. Registration opens at 9:00 AM and the walk begins at 10:00 AM


Walk MS brings together friends and families, individuals, and corporate teams who band together to raise funds towards the fight to end the devastating effects of MS. Last year, more than 4,000 walkers raised over $700,000. This year, Walk MS expects more than 4,500 walkers to raise $800,000.

Proceeds from the Walk MS series will help 8,500 Georgians living with MS. The Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides local educational and client programs and supports national research for a cure.

About The National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Georgia Chapter:
MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. The Georgia Chapter of the National MS Society reaches out and responds to Georgians with MS and their families and friends in 159 counties in Georgia. All funds for this work are raised privately. Along with hundreds of volunteers, the Chapter raises more than $3 million annually from events such as the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride, the Bike MS: Georgia Power Savannah Ride, and Walk MS events throughout the state. Charity Navigator recently awarded the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with its highest rating for operational efficiency, with 85 cents of every dollar raised going directly to local programs and research to find a cure for MS. The Georgia Chapter assists clients by providing financial assistance, respite care, MS centers, self-help groups and peer counseling, community information and referrals, education, chapter publications, and recreational and social programs. On the healthcare front, the Georgia Chapter conducts in-service training for healthcare professionals to advance their knowledge of MS. Learn more by visiting or by calling 678-672-1000 or 1-800-FIGHTMS.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Team Reality Goes to Regional Climbing Championship

Team Reality, located at Reality Climbing in Tyrone, has had all 13 climbers qualify for the USA Climbing 2009 Southeast Regional Sport Climbing Championship! The competition will be held at Active Climbing in Athens Georgia on May 9th. The Southeast Region includes Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Team Reality finished the regular sport climbing season with competitions in Gainesville Florida, Charlotte North Carolina and Suwanee Georgia. The team competed in seven categories, Male Youth A, B, C and D, and Female Youth B, C and D.

The results of the three competitions respectfully were: Madison Altman (4th, 5th, 4th), MasAnne Fulmer (6th, 14th, 9th), Ryan Lowther (3rd, 2nd, 7th), Ben Mechelke (na, 6th, 11th), Andrew Nagy (7th, na, 9th), Billy Porter (2nd, 3rd, 2nd), Caleb Robertson (8th, na, 6th), Will Sport (5th, 6th, 11th), Carly Triana (4th, 16th, 10th), Ben Watson (2nd, 3rd, 5th), Victoria White (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Jessica Wurst (na, 11th, 6th) and Jonathan Wurst (5th, 6th, 12th).

The individual overall Regional standings going into the Championship are: 1st Billy Porter, Victoria White and Ben Watson, 2nd Ryan Lowther, 3rd Madison Altman and Will Sport, 4th Jonathan Wurst, 5th Caleb Robertson and Jessica Wurst, 7th Ben Mechelke and Carly Triana, 8th MasAnne Fulmer and Andrew Nagy.

The top six climbers in each category at the Southeast Regional Championship will be invited to compete at the 2009 Divisional Championship in Melbourne Florida on the 13th and 14th of June. The top six at the Divisional Championship will be invited to compete at the USA Climbing National Championship in Sandy Utah, 10-13 July. This is the largest rope climbing competition in the world. Last year Team Reality climbers Billy Porter and Victoria White competed at the Nationals and this year they want to go back again with more of their teammates.

This is an exciting time for these young athletes and their sport! Rock climbing became a college sport this year with 45 schools fielding teams in the Collegiate Climbing Series. USA Climbing is part of the International Federation of Sport Climbing and has been endorsed by the US and International Olympic committees, one of the steps needed to turn sport climbing into an Olympic event. The goal is to have sport climbing in the 2016 Olympics which means the timing is perfect for these climbers from an age standpoint. Follow the Team Reality climbers’ progress through the championships at Reality Climbing ( or at USA Climbing (
Photo L - R: MasAnne Fulmer, Andrew Nagi and Carly Triana
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Fifth Annual Golf for Life Tournament, June 5

The Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center will host the 5th Annual Golf for Life Tournament on June 5 at 1:00 pm at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan. Fayette PRC is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of pregnant women and teens in crisis. $95. for a single/ $375. for a foursome includes greens fees, cart, range balls, goody bag, Sprayberry’s BBQ dinner, great door prizes. Fort Lauderdale format, with Mizuno equipment prizes for the top three foursomes. Call 678-234-5550 to register, or register online at
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geneRACEtion 5K Run / Walk May 16th

The geneRACEtion 5K Run/Walk was created to raise awareness and funds for two-nonprofits, Rainbows, which serves children grieving from death or divorce, and the Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., which serves seniors with the Meals on Wheels and other programs. These non-profits provide services for metro Atlantans across the age spectrum, thus the event name, geneRACEtion.

The run/walk will take place Saturday, May 16, 2009. The run will begin at 8:00am and the walk will begin at 8:15am at Grant Park near the Zoo Atlanta entrance.

Entry Fees for the 5K: $25 pre-registration by May 13, 2009; $30 for late and race day registration.

To register online please visit (keyword: geneRACEtion).

Awards will be given to overall female/male; overall masters female/male. Top female/male in each age group: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60 & over.

If you have further questions, please contact Steve Hargrove at 404-605-8450 or by email at . For more information about Rainbows, Senior Citizen Services and the geneRACEtion 5K, please visit
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Monday, May 4, 2009

UGA Women’s Club Volleyball Team wins national championship

The 2009 University of Georgia Women’s Club Volleyball Team recently won the National Volleyball Championships by defeating Ohio University in the Division II finals.
“Opportunities for regional and/or national competition for club sports are sometimes difficult to find, or when available, difficult to fund,” said Kent J. Blumenthal, executive director of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. “We appreciate the dedication of the University of Georgia… and the support of the Department of Recreational Sports.”

Members of this year’s championship team are: Elise Cashman, Marietta; Alex Condy, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Amanda Crawford and Danielle Crawford, Moreland; Lisa DeCarolis and Bethany Houser, Roswell; Anna Ewing and Kathryn Ewing, Marietta; Lauren Ford, Decatur; Katherine Poss, Newnan; Casey Stoll, Kennesaw; and Valana Vannoy, Stone Mountain.

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