Posts Tagged ‘Katygene’

Let Your Career Guide You

Friday, December 6th, 2013


I want everything to be taken care of so my coaching staff does not have to worry when it is gametime

Lynne Andrew came into the room to give us some guidelines on what it is like to be in her footsteps and how she got to where she is at today, Associate Athletic Director of Fort Lewis College. She gave some pretty good insight on what it means to have strong work ethics and how to maintain a strong bond of connections with people who make an impact on your life, especially on your career. Usually one would consider that as an Associate Athletic Director your job would be to sit at a desk all day; but Lynne is always running around and her first priorities are to the student athletes. She is so passionate about her job and what she does that she would not give it up. She can discuss that when the following Tuesday rolls around the triple header day they accomplished was all worth it, cleaning the snow off the soccer fields, getting the bleachers out for spectators to sit on and even having workers available to help at the gate.

Listening to her talk about how her career has led her to where she is at today, was amazing. Lynne stated that

Everywhere I went, was a career decision.

She has this mindset that what she sets for herself she accomplishes career wise. She started off playing basketball at the Collegiate level, which led to her climbing the ladder of becoming an assistant coach at the collegiate level, and then leading to what she wanted in her life, a head coach and now as an Associate Athletic Director. She encouraged us that throughout her career she had someone to help her along the ropes and to give her guidance or refer her for the next opportunity in her career. She deserves all the credit and appreciation to help put up an event.

I took for granted going to a game, but now I know who to thank when I’m sitting on the bleachers cheering on our SkyHawks.

Let’s Go Broncos! (So not a fan)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


Just to throw some numbers out there: $10,400; $89,259,848; and $58,000,000. The first number is the average amount of scholarship money rewarded to college athletes, and athletic scholarships are not always guaranteed. That type of thinking starts young, parents are always thinking: “My kid is good, he/she could get a full ride scholarship to play in that sport”. It does not always pan out in the end.  In one of the article it states,

The average scholarship is about $10,400. Only four sports offer full rides to all athletes who receive scholarships: football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball (Lynn O’Shaughnessy, 2010).

But for those who did make the team, Broncos team that is, when added up their salaries total to: $89,259,848. That means for the state of Colorado tax payers are willing to pay a small amount that adds up so Colorado Natives can be able to watch Manning, Eric Decker and other Bronco athletes they favor. It is not bad, we are a sport nation, we NEED our sports and we are willing to pay for it.

Peyton Manning

The last number is Peyton Manning’s “guaranteed” salary. Before it is a number to get excited about, it is broken down into sections. The website Sportrac indicates that Manning’s contract is for 5 years which adds to a total of $96,000,000. Then they break it down to his average salary roughly around $15,000,000 to $19,200,000 per year. The guaranteed amount of $58,000,000 is left from the $96,000,000 after calculations, roughly around $38,000,000 returns back through nation tax and the amount Manning decided to give back through scholarships, and charity events he sponsors.

With that stated, paying professional athletes does not always result in a bad outcome. Win or lose, the Denver Broncos football team will find a way to pay their athletes, and their athletes will most likely contribute back to those who help pay their salary.

The Sport Of Rodeo Finally Upgrades

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Rodeo pic

The video gives a brief description to those who are unfamiliar with the sport of rodeo in the event of Tie-Down roping.

After years of being behind, the sport of rodeo finally upgrades. Television is not new, but in the sport of rodeo, it’s fairly new. Along with their website, the few technology that have contributed to the Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls of the sport are the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) app available to mobile devices, and  using technology to help pay the rodeo contestants.

Before rodeo contestants had to wait in line in order to get their paycheck. Rodeo contestants, make a living like any professional athlete, they have to compete and perform amongst the best, and of course they have to make a living by getting paid. RodeoPay is like online banking; fees get paid to PRCA commissioners, checks can be deposited into banking accounts, and they can also get checks through this technology.  It is simple for contestants and other rodeo personnel to use; they can have their money available to them using RodeoPay. Karl Stressman states,

With RodeoPay, the money you win is deposited directly into your bank account within two to three days of a rodeo ending. Karl Stressman, 2012.

RodeoPay is not only available for contestants use, but for other people who contribute to putting up a PRCA rodeo. The sport of Rodeo is finally rolling on the ball. Rodeo contestants provide feedback to PRCA committee members on how they could continue to provide and keep up to date with technology for upcoming Rodeo contestants.

Stressman sums it up on the sport of rodeo and technology bonding together in the near future.

ProRodeo is in some ways a very traditional sport with deep roots in this country’s history, but there’s no reason not to constantly challenge ourselves to take advantage of new technology to improve this business for all involved, most importantly our members. Karl Stressman, 2012.

Sochi Needs Help – Volunteers to the Rescue!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Let us take a moment to understand that any olympics could not have been completed without the help of people volunteering. They volunteer their time, their money and their pride to come together to help the hosting country. People who volunteer are part of the social dimensions under the sustainability and tourism section from the book. Why people volunteer are for a variety of reasons; some just want to volunteer to be a part of the nostalgia sport tourism and be connected to the hallmark sporting event, and belong to a sense of community. In the book it states,

“In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the social benefits of event sport tourism for communities. Many believe that the social benefits are the true legacy of hosting a megaevent.” – Pedersen et. al, 2011.

Since Sochi is hosting the Olympics, Russia wants to take pride in making sure that they provide their volunteers with the top-of-the-line qualities they can benefit from. We are humans, we need to belong; and what better way to feel you belong to a community by becoming a volunteer.

With the Sochi Olympics, they want to select 25,000 from the 180,000 plus applicants who so desperately wanted to become a volunteer. How does one become a volunteer for Sochi, from the website it explains,

 For the first time in the history of the Games, volunteers will be trained not only in the host city, but across the whole country, in 17 cities at 26 volunteer centers…. The organizers of the 2014 Games face the task of giving the volunteers the necessary knowledge and skills within a very tight schedule and of inspiring the volunteers to make the Sochi Olympics the best in history.  Sochi website, 2013.

Sochi is in good sustainability progress by selecting people who want to volunteer, and are worthy.

Too Much, Too Young

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Obviously, Sondra and her children are being hurt, because she cannot make enough money for the payments to allow her two oldest children to participate in their community  youth baseball team. The community sport is also facing a crisis, if they continue to increase their funding requirements, then they too may lose youth participants.

A good alternative that could help Sondra out, would be to  allow her kids to participate in the community youth sport team and have her set up a bill-pay where she pays a minimum fee over the season until she has paid off the fees for her children. If she does not keep up with the payments then they could talk to Sondra and explain that her children may not be allowed to participate further in their youth baseball team. The director of the public recreation center could offer some reasons why the payments are so costly, possibly state where Sondra’s money is being put to good use such as facility fees that are required to be paid.

That means the club has boosted its participation fees by $50 per athlete, she continued, which is difficult to charge considering that many of the club’s kids come from one-income families getting by on about $1,500 a month. George B. Sánchez, 2008. 

Allowing Sondra’s children to participate and be involved in sport activities for a low cost could really benefit them. But, the recreation already offers $25 discount for multiple children from the same family, either way the justice approach would be the most influential decision to make.  The recreation director could also refer Sondra and her kids to seek donations from supporters who are in partnership with the community youth sport league. That way Sondra’s kids can participate and the bills get paid.