January is National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign calling on Americans to mentor the estimated 15 million young people who are in need of mentors.A FoxNews.com story describes the campaign, which is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Celebrities who have participated in the cause since the first National Mentoring Month include Gen. Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, and Kenneth Cole. This year, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation about Mentoring Month, saying that we honor those “who unlock the potential and nurture the talent of our country, and we encourage more Americans to reach out and mentor young people in their community.”Research indicates that mentors can have a significant impact in reducing youth violence and drug use and boosting achievement, according to the HSPH Center for Health Communications.
RelatedPosts Lagos CP declares war on cultists, traffic offenders Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Newly-elected 2nd vice President of Nigeria Archery Federation, Mike Egbayelo, has pledged his commitment to ensuring Nigeria becomes a force in the sport in Africa, while also aiming for the country to rub shoulders with the best in the world by way of debuting at the 2024 Olympics Olympics in Paris, France. Egbayelo, who defeated incumbent Ayo Phillips to also emerge as the South West representative on the board in Wednesday’s poll in Abuja, said various plans have been tailored for the phenomenal rise of the sport in Nigeria. He stated: “Last year, we launched the Strategic Action Plan for Archery in Lagos in line with the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to make the sports a driving force of development and empowerment of the grassroots and there has been rise in the popularity and growth of the sport. “As it stands, Archery is the fastest growing sport in Lagos with the establishment of 25 clubs in just one year. “The same template would be used to develop the sport across Nigeria and we are sure that it will help us achieve our ultimate goal, which is to be a leading force in Africa and also to compete with the best at major international tournaments, particularly at the 2024 Olympics.” As at the start of March, there are 33 more places to be filled for Archery at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but Egbayelo, the Vice Chairman of Lagos Archery, said it would be wise to plan for the one in four year’s time. Archery is also a Paralympics sport and Egbayelo pledged that the physically-challenged athletes won’t be left out of the development programme.Tags: 2024 OlympicsAyo PhillipsBabajide Sanwo-OluLagos StateMike EgbayaloNigeria Archery FederationTHEMES
The No. 9 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (2-2) struggled at the HotelRED Invitational this past week, falling to No. 7 Marquette and No. 5 Baylor on back-to-back nights at the UW Field House.Despite entering the week ranked No. 4, the Badgers were unable to defend home court against in-state rival Marquette (5-1).In 20 previous matchups with the Golden Eagles, the Badgers never lost. That all changed Thursday when the Badgers fell in five sets, 25–22, 25–22, 27–29, 30–32, 9–15. Despite winning the first two sets, Wisconsin dropped the final three en route to their first-ever loss to Marquette.Even in the loss, the Badgers impressed as a team. Four players finished with double-digit kills, including junior Dana Rettke who shared a match-high 22 kills to go along eight blocks. The difference-maker was Marquette’s ability to finish late, as they finished with a 14-kill advantage (81–67).Badger volleyball to take on Marquette, Baylor at homeThe No. 4 University of Wisconsin volleyball team will be participating in the HotelRED Invitational at the UW Field House Read…The match looked like it was going to be all Wisconsin for the 21st straight match between the teams, but Marquette found their groove in the third set and never let up.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield particularly noticed the defensive shift from the first two sets of the match to the last three sets.“We blocked them a lot early and we weren’t late,” Sheffield said. “They were hitting under .100 after the first two sets and over .400 in the last three. It came down to us not being able to stop those guys.”After a disappointing Thursday, the Badgers came out on Friday looking to get back to their winning ways. Unfortunately for them, Baylor (5-0) had other ideas, winning in four sets by scores of 25–22, 22–25, 25–27, 17–25.Similar to Thursday night, the Badgers pulled off a first set win before losing three straight to the Lady Bears. The Bears’ offense was too much to handle for the Badgers, as they outhit the Badgers with a .285 hitting percentage compared to just .215 for Wisconsin.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Rettke put up 11 kills and eight blocks, while junior Sydney Hilley had her first double-double of the season and 25th of her career, finishing with 40 assists and 13 digs.Senior Tiffany Clark, who led the team with 15 digs, explained that the two losses might be a good thing for the Badgers.“It’s good that this happened early in the season,” Clark said. “Now we know where our weaknesses are and now we can grind on them in practice. I’m excited for the opportunity we have next week to play.”Clark’s take on the game perfectly encompasses what most Wisconsin players and fans are probably feeling right now — disappointment paired with hope as the team figures out their identity and moves forward.While Wisconsin looked amazing in their first two games, not dropping a set to either Florida State or North Carolina, the Badgers got a wake-up call playing two tough ranked opponents. They will look to turn things around this weekend at the Clemson Invitational, where they will play South Carolina and Clemson back-to-back, Friday and Saturday.