SMC tennis partners with Hannah & Friends for benefit

first_imgThe South Bend Racquet Club hosted local organization Hannah & Friends and the Saint Mary’s tennis team last Saturday for “Serving Up an Ace for Awareness and Compassion,” a fundraiser benefitting children and adults with special needs.Saint Mary’s junior and Hannah & Friends intern Hannah Monte said all proceeds would go to the organization, which former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and their daughter Hannah founded more than ten years ago. “There were about ten tennis courts set-up for the Round Robin match,” Monte said. “Players included for the South Bend Racquet club, people in the community and Hannah & Friends participants. We also had courts open for just children to play around on.”She said the College’s tennis team led warm ups for Hannah & Friends before the tennis match, and this was the first year the two organizations partnered together.Monte also said she was glad to see the College team partner with the organization.“It was great to see two communities that I’m involved in get together for a great cause,” she said.The organization’s assistant director of operations, Saint Mary’s alumna Kayle Sexton, said she came up with the idea of bringing together the organizations because she played on the College’s tennis team for four years. “This event was a great success,” Sexton said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to do it again next year.” Sexton said she was thrilled by the tennis team’s support and ability to lead residents in drills. Saint Mary’s College tennis player senior Margaret Faller said three residents from Hannah & Friends participated in the event.“Other residents from Hannah & Friends joined us to watch the match play, eat snacks and do crafts,” she said. Fellow College tennis player junior Kaitlyn Venters said there were tennis-themed coloring pages non-participating residents could work on while the tournament was going on.  “Before the tournament started we showed participants from Hannah & Friends how the Saint Mary’s team warms up before practicing,” Venters said. “Then we did some drills to help them practice their volleys, backhands and forehands.”Faller said she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of tennis with the residents.“My favorite part of the event was simply being able to spend time with the participants and share with them a sport I’m truly passionate about,” Faller said. “This is definitely an event we would love to be apart of again next year.”Monte said the event combined something the team loves to do with the opportunity to spread the organization’s message.“The event was a major success and definitely something we would like to do in the future,” Monte said, “Through this event we were able to truly encompass Hannah & Friend’s mission, which is creating awareness and compassion.’’According to Sexton, Hannah & Friends’ future events include a barbecue in May and a 5k Run and Fun Walk in June.  Tags: Hannah & Friends, SMC Tennislast_img read more

Rocket League is being REVIEW BOMBED on Steam

first_imgUS$22.95 $23.77 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago Rocket League PS4 Buycenter_img $22.95 $22.95 We all know how crazy review bombing can get so you wouldn’t be surprised hearing that Rocket League is being review bombed on Steam after developer Psyonix was acquired by Fortnite and Unreal Engine giant Epic Games.   Gamers aren’t mad with Rocket League but rather its developer Psyonix and the comments left are nothing short of pure, seething anger and disgust. Just look at some of the comments left by gamers like “I hate this game and company and publisher behind it. I would say more but its way too hard to figure out what triggers STEAM mods into hiding, and/or deleting your reviews anymore”.  Or how about “Selling out to literally hitler. Bold move, lets see how it pays off” and one of my favorites “Can’t wait to get that EPIC victory royale fellas! ♥♥♥♥ you, Psyonix. –All Rocket League fans”. The first thing I thought of when I read the news today that Epic had acquired Psyonix and will pull Rocket League from Steam, is that the worlds of Fortnite and Rocket League could combine. Oh boy. last_img read more

US Ranked Last On Scorecard Of Health Care Systems

first_imgFor the fifth consecutive year, the Commonwealth Fund listed the U.S. last in a ranking of health systems of Western industrialized nations. The rankings looked at quality, outcomes and efficiency.The Washington Post: Once Again, U.S. Has Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System In SurveyA report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014 — as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms — it also has maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508) on health care than Norway ($5,669), which has the second most expensive system (Bernstein, 6/16).Politico Pro: U.S. Ranks Last On International Health ScorecardThe United States finished last on the Commonwealth Fund’s international ranking of industrialized health systems for the fifth consecutive time. But the report’s authors are optimistic that next time around, the Affordable Care Act will help boost America in the rankings. That lackluster performance comes even though the U.S. spends $8,508 per person in 2011, thousands more than the top-ranked country, the United Kingdom, which spent just $3,406 per person. The other countries included in the 2014 update of “Mirror Mirror On The Wall: How The Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally,” are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (Villacorta, 6/16). U.S. Ranked Last On Scorecard Of Health Care Systems This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more