ND team founds children’s outdoors program

first_imgMeg Handelman | The Observer Notre Dame doctoral biology student Victoria Lam recently founded “Triple C,” a six-week rock climbing program aimed at fostering passion for the outdoors in young students in the South Bend community through a combined effort of graduate and undergraduate students at the University.Manuel Rocha, a current senior and Notre Dame climbing club president, said the three Cs stand for camping, climbing and cameras.“The main mission of Triple C is to connect underprivileged youths to the outdoors,” Rocha said. “We hoped that through these activities, the students would develop confidence, leadership and teamwork.”In addition to these qualities, he said he hoped the program would also foster life-long knowledge, skills and love for the outdoors.Although the program focused mainly on rock climbing, Rocha said mentors also introduced students to stream ecology education and photography.“Our first weekend, the students toured the museum of biodiversity and learned about invertebrates,” he said. “We then went to Juday Creek where Ph.D. candidates in biology taught the students about stream ecology and conservation.”During the trip to Juday Creek in Granger, Ind., Rocha said the program emphasized teaching the students different ways to act as “stewards of the environment.” Part of the trip included projects where students conducted field studies and designed their own experiments.Rocha said the program also incorporated a photographic component to expose students to nature and sports photography.“The students learned basic photography skills from a Notre Dame instructor and were then given a camera for each of the small groups – about three kids per mentor – to take pictures throughout the duration of the program,” he said.Creating this program required funding, which Lam said she received through a Notre Dame Graduate Life Grant and a Merrell Pack Project Grant from Outdoor Nation.“I have actually been selected to be a part of the Outdoor Nation Advisory Council and am helping as an university engagement adviser for their upcoming Campus Activation Challenge,” she said.Through participation in the challenge, Lam said the program could potentially win $5,000 for club sports in addition to an outdoor festival.Although exact dates for the next program cycle are not currently available, Rocha said students can expect Triple C to take place again in the early fall.“[Graduate and undergraduate] students can become involved with Triple C by being a mentor,” he said. “Although we did most of our recruiting for mentors though the climbing club, it’s open to all students.”To join the climbing club email list, Rocha said students can contact [email protected] for children who would like to enroll in the program, Rocha said recruitment takes place from the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) and La Casa de Amistad.“We go there during the summer and give a presentation about the program,” he said. “From there, we see what students are interested in joining. We also work very closely with the directors of both places to make sure that we select students that are motivated and will be a good fit for our program.”To create this program, Lam said the team also worked with Humberto Delgado, Educational Youth Program Coordinator at La Casa de Amistad and Duane Wilson, Advanced Skills Program Director at the RCLC.“Our point of contact at RecSports was Dave Brown at Rolfs [Sports Recreation Center], who is in charge of club sports, and I believe he said he was looking into expanding their outdoor recreation initiatives,” she said.Contact Carolyn Hutyra at [email protected]: Outdoorslast_img read more

Ellsworth seventh, eighth graders notch seventh consecutive win

first_img Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 In its season opener at Bucksport earlier this month, the Ellsworth squad came on strong to claim a 52-16 victory after falling behind in the early going.With Ellsworth trailing 8-0 in the first quarter, quarterback Connor Crawford threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Javon Williams to close the margin to 8-6.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the second quarter, Crawford scored on a long end-around run, but Bucksport answered by scoring on the ensuing kickoff.A second touchdown reception by Williams cut the Bucksport lead to 18-16 at halftime, and the second half  — with Devin Grindle and Malcolm Svec leading the defense — was all Ellsworth.Crawford finished with more than 200 yards rushing and four touchdowns for the game.Noah Neleski scored on an eight-yard run, Williams added a third touchdown on a bootleg run and Grindle booted a pair of two-point conversions as Ellsworth scored on every possession.The Ellsworth squad rolled to a 22-0 shutout of Belfast in a home contest last week.Crawford scored as a running back and threw a touchdown pass to Williams from the quarterback spot.Williams added a rushing touchdown and Jackson Curtis kicked a pair of two-point conversions for Ellsworth.Belfast conceded the game at halftime after its second quarterback was felled by injury.Ellsworth has not been forced to punt or give the ball up on downs in 26 or its last 27 quarters of play, according to head coach David Svec.“It’s easy coaching when you have a couple of kids that run faster than a pair of scalded dogs,” he added.The next home game for the Ellsworth squad is against Oceanside, the defending league champion, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.The Ellsworth team of fifth- and sixth-graders played in the rain to a 12-12 tie on Sunday in Newport.After the hosts took a 6-0 lead, Ellsworth knotted the score on a 32-yard run by Hunter Curtis.From that point on, the game remained deadlocked until the fourth period when Newport took a 12-6 lead.Curtis scored on a two-yard run late in the quarter to retie the score, then made a key defensive stop with Newport at the 10-yard line with 24 seconds to go.Curtis finished with 112 yards rushing and Landon St. Peter added 75 yards.On defense, Curtis, St. Peter and Chase Crossman each had six tackles.Ellsworth, now 2-0-1, will host Hermon on Saturday. ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth football team of seventh- and eighth-graders is continuing a winning streak that now has stretched to seven consecutive games over two seasons. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Latest Postslast_img read more