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first_imgCovid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer Bond member survey Wood for Trees State of the Sector report About Charities CAF UK Giving Covid Special Report Bluefrog Fundraising donor attitude studies Fundraising beyond lockdown: a round-up of useful research Mark Phillips, Bluefrog Fundraising: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Since March last year nfpSynergy has been running regular public polls to understand the public response to the pandemic and how this is impacting on charities, questioning representative sample of 1,000 members of the public. It has a handy online dashboard of its findings, accessible to all, where you can choose areas of interest, from attitudes to the outbreak, charitable engagement, giving and the outbreak, and more. Clicking on each topic provides access to the latest wave of research, plus the trend.  nfpSynergy also covers each wave in a blog. National Lottery Community Fund Community Research Project report Roger Lawson, About Loyalty: The Wood for Trees first annual State of the Sector report came out earlier this year, delving into the charity landscape across the UK in the wake of the pandemic. Compiled using real market data from Wood For Trees’ InsightHub Benchmarking reports, it provides insight into a number of key areas, including the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising activities and associated income, the impact of change on both product and channel, and shifts in subscriber profiles, behaviours, and recruitment. The results of Bond’s financial survey of its members were released in October and provide an insight into how NGOs fared last year, and their thoughts on their prospects going forwards. This includes what they perceive to be the biggest threats and challenges, and their chances of survival post-pandemic. “Alongside the positive upward trend in trust, our Donor Pulse research has shown a major shift to online giving (51% now prefer to donate online) and donating directly through a charity’s website (a 20% increase from the first respondents in the Spring 2020 edition to now). It’s important that charities take note of these habitual changes as lockdown continues to ease and partner with like-minded organisations to implement a strong digital fundraising strategy that complements their supporter’s preferred ways to donate.” Massive & JustGiving Virtual Fundraising Monitor LarkOwl’s ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ was released in 2020 and is an updated analysis of the average returns on investment for varying types of fundraising activities. It can be downloaded from the LarkOwl site, along with the 2019 benchmark for comparison. 2021 M+R Benchmarks Study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Specifically on virtual events during the pandemic, mass participation agency massive in partnership with JustGiving released The Virtual Fundraising Monitor in November last year. The report examines data shared from 150 virtual fundraising events delivered since lockdown began along with publicly available figures. Focusing specifically on peer-to-peer fundraising activities, the report provides a picture of campaign activity and virtual fundraising event performance during this time and explores the opportunities open to charities, including insight and guidance. Donor Pulse launched last September and is a quarterly report from online donations, fundraising and events platform Enthuse. It looks at how donors and supporters are feeling about fundraising and giving, and examines the trends and behaviours.  The first edition looked at the changing habits and attitudes towards charities, fundraising and donating during and after lockdown, and surveyed 1,002 members of the UK public. All editions can be found on its site. “A year ago when the pandemic was really taking hold, there was a strong sense of hope and togetherness. Our Sentiment Tracker told us people felt good about communities coming together. And what’s more, the data shows a clear relationship between people’s happiness in seeing communities come together and levels of giving. However, over the last 12 months this has been all but lost, the community markers in our weekly tracking have fallen steadily, and this will have had an impact on empathy and how people feel about those most in need. This community goodwill has been good for people, communities, and charities, and so the challenge now is how to rekindle this. Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report includes a section on the UK, and tracks giving to approximately 300 organisations. Amongst the findings, it reveals the growth in online giving, with how much of their total fundraising these UK organisations received from this. ACEVO Charity Healthcheck WPNC Online Giving Report Charities Aid Foundation releases an annual UK Giving report and last year’s was a Covid special, based on research conducted between January and August 2020, and including responses from more than 9,000 people across the country. The report sets out the impact that the pandemic has had so far on people’s giving behaviours, and the outlook for the coming months. nfpSynergy public polls “One of the key changes we’ve noticed in donor attitudes is an increase in trust and support for the third sector since the start of the pandemic. Every quarter since then, we have seen more than a third of the public state that they view the sector and its work more positively, and support for the whole sector has grown as a result.  916 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Loyalty has an ongoing weekly Covid-19 Sentiment Tracker based on a sample of 2,000 charity donors. It aims to help charities learn rapidly how the pandemic is affecting attitudes, impacting giving, and how and when that is changing, and covers sentiment towards Coronavirus and the way the government, local councils, charities, media and brands are dealing with it. Late last year, the National Lottery Community Fund conducted research among just over 7,000 UK adults to find out how they felt about their communities, as well as about community groups and projects, volunteers and charities during the pandemic. The results can be found in its Community Research Project report. Of course, there is also a lot of research from the past year on charities and how they have fared. Here’s a selection of resources. Integrated agency WPNC analysed anonymised data gathered from gifts totalling more than £40m made through its online donation platforms including goDonate to compare findings with its previous study, published in April 2020. Its report looks at value of donations and also covers trends in both one-off and regular giving, as well as donor behaviour across the board: covering geography, seasonality, day of the week, and time of day. Joe Saxton, nfpSynergy: Melanie May | 12 May 2021 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 research Status of UK Fundraising report Much has changed since March 2020 and keeping their eye on the shifts in giving behaviour and donor views have been numerous organisations, from About Loyalty with its Sentiment Tracker, to Enthuse’s quarterly Donor Pulse, and Bluefrog Fundraising’s qualitative studies. Here is a round up of many of these resources, which can provide useful support to fundraisers as we look beyond lockdown. “From our research, one of the biggest challenges we see for fundraising coming out of lockdown is that many people will have got out of the habits of doing good: sponsoring friends and families, taking part in fundraising events, volunteering to help with street collections or at their local charity shop. It may take a while for the rhythm of fundraising to return for both the charities and their supporters. The good news is that many people will have saved considerable amounts of money during the last year – and hopefully a portion will be willing to give some more to charity as a result.” Bluefrog Fundraising has conducted qualitative studies into donor attitudes throughout the pandemic, having in-depth conversations with donors to explore how they feel about giving, and charities, and how this has changed. Each release of data has included insights as well as actionable takeaways and a shareable webcast. Parts one, two and three can all be found on the Sofii.org website, and the research is also covered on Queer Ideas – MD Mark Phillips’s blog, with part four here. Blackbaud & Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s annual Status of UK Fundraising report shares insights on sector performance, trends and peer opinions. The 2020 edition saw nearly 2,000 people working in non-profits across the UK contribute, and reveals how charities have responded to the pandemic and how they’re adapting, covering topics including voluntary income, adapting to virtual fundraising and working from home. Covid Charity Tracker A joint venture of Open and Freestyle Marketing, Charity Benchmark’s Covid-19 Impact Monitor looks at the impact of the pandemic on the sector, through interviews with sector leaders and the data behind over £1.5bn of fundraised income. Charities can participate to receive tailored reports into their performance and the Monitor also highlights which activities have been negatively, and in some cases positively, impacted by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Chester Mojay-Sinclare, Enthuse: Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report LarkOwl The Calm Before the Storm Throughout the past year, Pro Bono Economics, Charity Finance Group, and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have conducted a weekly Covid Charity Tracker to monitor how charities are being affected as the pandemic progresses and the pressures being faced. The results can be found on the Pro Bono Economics site. “If there has been one common thread that has run through every tranche of our Covid-19 research amongst donors, it is an absolute frustration that charities have been so quiet. Donors, particularly wealthier ones, have remained bemused at why charities have not been sharing their plans for tackling the pandemic and asking donors to give. Even now 14 months on, we still hear the same thing from donors, “What do they want me to do?”. Donors know that fundraising has been disrupted, they know that charities have had to dig deep, they know they, as donors, can help. They just need to be told exactly what is required of them.” Already well established in the US with more than 200 US charities taking part last year. 2020 saw Rally and M+R announce that they were bringing the Digital Benchmarks Study to the UK, and 55 UK-based nonprofits joined in. They key findings can all be read here. Last year saw ACEVO and the Centre for Mental Health running the Charity Health Check: a composite score measuring the financial health of the sector, month on month. Respondents complete a short questionnaire asking whether their organisation is performing better, worse or the same across a number of financial measures. Some of the findings can be read here. About Loyalty Covid-19 Sentiment Tracker “As we approach 17 May and further lockdown easing, people are increasingly and understandably eager to re-connect with friends and family. But if communities and charities are not currently part of that picture, how can charities, with authenticity and without ‘guilt’, remind people that life is still a significant struggle for many people? The challenge will be to find that sweet spot where ‘what people want’ and ‘what charities can offer’ come together in a positive and mutually reinforcing way.” Enthuse Donor Pulse To explore the impact of the Covid pandemic on the VCSE sector, NCVO, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam have been running a monthly barometer survey, Respond, Recover, & Reset: the Voluntary Sector & Covid-19, with the project due to run until this November. On the project site, the most recent insights from the survey can be found, along with a dashboard with a real-time overview of the health of the sector. It’s also possible to take part, with a link posted on the site when a new round opens. Charity Benchmarks Covid Impact Monitorlast_img read more

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share and Risk Indices Edge Up in June The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The first-time buyer share in April, May, and June was launched to new highs, supported by improvements in the labor market, riskier mortgage lending, and continuing low mortgage rates.The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk recently released a report, finding that first-time buyers account for 58.8 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee, up from 57.2 percent the prior June, according to the Agency First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI).The Combined FBMSI, which measures the share of first-time buyers for both government-guaranteed and private-sector mortgages reached an estimated 52.9 percent, up from 51.6 percent the prior June, according to the report.In addition, AEI determined that the Agency First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) stood at a series record of 15.83 percent, and increase of half of a percentage point from the average over the prior three months and up 1.1 percentage points from a year earlier. The Agency FBMRI is 6.75 percentage points higher than the mortgage risk index for repeat homebuyers, a gap that continues to widen.“The housing lobby, led by the NAR and the Urban Institute, has successfully pushed for looser lending standards for first-time buyers,” said Edward Pinto, codirector of the AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “Rather than increasing accessibility, the loosening of lending standards during a strong seller’s market is moving the goalpost further away for many lower-income and minority renters desiring to become homeowners.”According to AEI, The first-time buyer mortgage share and mortgage risk indices are key housing market indicators based on monthly data for nearly all government-guaranteed home purchase loans, which greatly reduces the risk of sample error.The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) first-time homebuyer percentage reached a share at or above 80 percent, while Freddie Mac is at the low-end with a share of about 40 percent, AEI noted. Fannie Mae’s share has consistently hovered above Freddie Mac’s at 46.7 percent in June.“The rising first-time buyer share and the strong increase in first-time buyer sales volume shown by our broad measure help explain the tightening inventory conditions in the long-running seller’s market,” AEI said. “The unsold inventory of existing single-family homes stood at 5.2 months in May, down from 5.6 months a year earlier; for new single-family homes, the unsold inventory was 4.5 months in May, down from 5.1 months a year earlier.”The number of primary owner-occupied purchase mortgages going to first-time buyers in June totaled an estimated 128,000, up 20 percent from the 107,000 mortgages in June 2014, according to AEI. This loan count increase surpassed the 15.5 percent rise in total agency loan purchase volume during the same period. Almost 55 percent of first-time buyer loans were high risk (MRI above 12 percent) in June, up from 51 percent a year earlier.“We paint an accurate picture of changes in the first-time buyer share by using a nearly complete census of agency loans,” said Stephen Oliner, codirector of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk.  “In contrast, the monthly changes in the first-time buyer share from the NAR survey are often just noise.”Click here to view the American Enterprise Institute International Center on Housing Risk full report.  The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share and Risk Indices Edge Up in June Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img July 21, 2015 1,242 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles Previous: CFPB Sets Final TRID Rule Effective Date Next: RoundPoint’s Rating Outlook Adjusted From ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: American Enterprise Institute Federal Housing Administration First-Time Buyer International Center on Housing Risk Mortgage Share Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago American Enterprise Institute Federal Housing Administration First-Time Buyer International Center on Housing Risk Mortgage Share 2015-07-21 xhevrijewestlast_img read more

first_img Changes in Harvard Management Company investment strategy refocuses duties of panels that oversee the University’s positions on shareholder resolutions Taking corporate social responsibility seriously The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Accomplished women professionals and former top athletes talk about the lessons of sport Asked what he learned from the 2016 election, Cuban shared some little-known information that he got from Cambridge Analytica: The Clinton campaign, he said, was planning to blanket Facebook with ads in the days before the election, but were sure enough of a win that they dropped the plan. “Then Trump swept in and bought up YouTube, and I think a good chunk of his voters came from that. So what I learned is: Until you have the check in hand, you can never be sure the deal is done.”He was equally frank when an audience member mentioned that Cuban’s fellow “Shark Tank” panelist Kevin O’Leary had been on campus recently. “He’s an idiot, and I’d say that to his face,” Cuban said in reference to O’Leary’s opposition to a minimum-wage hike. “The American Airlines Center where the Mavs play has 1,000-plus employees, and I’m a big believer in the $15 minimum wage, because giving people more money to spend raises everyone around them.”He was also asked whether it was more fun to own the Mavericks or to do “Shark Tank.”“The Mavs are no fun at all right now,” he said in reference to the team’s current losing streak. “‘Shark Tank’ sends a message that the American Dream is alive and well. I can’t tell you how many millionaires we’ve created. It’s even worth putting up with Kevin O’Leary to be part of it.”Cuban also discussed the hiring last year of Cynthia Marshall, formerly the chief diversity officer at A&T, as the first female African American NBA chief executive. The move came after a February 2018 Sports Illustrated expose of a “corrosive workplace culture” in the organization and an independent inquiry that found numerous instances of sexual harassment and improper conduct by former president and CEO Terdema Ussery and other team officials over two decades. Cuban said that Marshall’s appointment not only revitalized the team, but made him realize the value of a diverse employee base.“I realized that diversity isn’t just a checklist,” he said “The Mavs would have 40-year-old white guys trying to sell tickets to Hispanic moms, instead of taking advantage of the diversity available to us. If you can take advantage of that skillset you get an advantage, since most companies won’t do it.” Relatedcenter_img From the playing field to the boardroom Former high-tech executive and celebrity entrepreneur Mark Cuban may be one of the few people who can get away with telling a packed auditorium of Harvard Business School (HBS) students that getting an M.B.A. is a “mistake these days” — and get a round of applause in response.The Dallas Mavericks owner, “Shark Tank” TV star, and billionaire investor is famed for his straight-talking style, which was on full display at Spangler Auditorium on Tuesday afternoon. Cuban,  was joined by Institute of Politics Resident Fellow and former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for a conversation billed as “A Discussion on Capitalism.” But he broke from the interview format early in the hour, turning it into a spirited Q&A session with the overflow crowd.Flake noted that Cuban at age 27 had no money in his bank account. “My net worth wasn’t zero, but my cash flow certainly was,” he said. That’s because Cuban chose to pour all of his earnings back into his first company, MicroSolutions, an experience that he said taught him more than any degree program would have. “When you live paycheck to paycheck, there are times you fall behind. There was a healthy dose of fear, but I knew that my business would grow if I kept pushing.” Getting an M.B.A. felt superfluous. “I would rather be paid to learn,” he said. “There’s not a lot you can learn in an M.B.A. program that you can’t learn online or through other mechanisms. I’m not a big fan of taking those years and spending money that you could put to better use.” (MicroSolutions was ultimately sold to CompuServe for $6 million.)Turning to politics, Cuban had critical words for both Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren. He called Trump “political chemotherapy. He’s put us under radiation, and we need to see if the country can survive it. But we’ve had dumb presidents doing dumb things before, and we’re still here.” As for Warren, Cuban defended a recent Twitter post criticizing her Medicare for All plan. “She knows there’s no way it will pass, and that’s why I called her out. Just throwing out something that can’t happen is as dishonest as Trump saying, ‘We’re going to build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it.’”He did, however, support Warren’s plan to raise taxes on upper-income earners, provided that it’s put toward solving mental illness, food inequality, or other social ills. “I’m willing to pay more taxes. After military service, it’s the most patriotic thing you can do.” “When you live paycheck to paycheck, there are times you fall behind. There was a healthy dose of fear, but I knew that my business would grow if I kept pushing.” — Mark Cuban Kennedy School’s Growth Lab tool to aid planners in identifying economic growth strategies New interactive website helps chart paths for economic growthlast_img read more

first_imgDIRECTOR of Sport Christopher Jones, through the National Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday handed over $3.6M to the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GALPF), who are set to send nine competitors and three officials to the South American Powerlifting and Bench Press Equipped and Classic Championships, set for September 17-22, in Uruguay. Runita White, Nadina Taharally, Natoya Robinson, Lisa Oudit, Bjorn Williams, Franklin Brisport, Frank Tucker, Noel Cummings and Nairanjan Singh are the athletes who will depart Guyana on September 15 for the Spanish-speaking South American country.Jones said the NSC’s contribution represents the Government of Guyana’s commitment to support athletes and more so, the development of the sport on the international stage.last_img read more

first_imgRon Dayne was one of the most talented college athletes to ever step foot on a football field.Though, even as he embarked upon his first season in the Wisconsin Cardinal and White that would culminate with an All-American selection, his freshman year began with uncertainty.He was adjusting to a completely new offense, and there was nowhere to hide to learn the ropes — he was to be the prized feature of Coach Barry Alvarez’ ground and pound offense.Coming out of the huddle, Dayne had some early issues knowing which gaps to hit — or even which direction to take the handoff. Thankfully, he had fullback Cecil Martin to rely on.Exemplifying the cliche about things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, Martin, who would line up in front of Dayne in many of the Badgers offensive sets, would stick his hand between his legs and signal to Dayne with his fingers which way he was to run. Then after the snap, Martin would take off, hitting his own marked man and aiding Dayne as he rushed his way to a 2,109 yard, 21 touchdown freshman season.I don’t know if there is a game that goes by at Camp Randall without some sort of Dayne highlight or honor.You can’t say the same of Cecil Martin._________________________________________________________________Football is a game of stereotypes.There’s the flashy receiver, unyielding in his never-ending quest to juke defenders out of their cleats or make highlight-reel catches — the cocky cornerback, trash-talking perpetually and exuding a prideful swagger matched by few, as well as the juiced-up strength and conditioning coach, whose emphasis is quite obviously on strength rather than conditioning.Fullbacks, despite (or maybe because of) their understated nature in most offensive schemes, are the blue-collar workhorse — doing what needs to be done in whatever capacity they are best suited.“You gotta be a gritty player to play fullback,” former Badger and current San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt said. “It’s not typically a glorious position.”Calling fullback “not typically a glorious position” is a bit like saying late-season games at Camp Randall aren’t usually balmy.The fullback is the ugly duckling of the football field. Nobody knows whether to associate them with the lineman, the backs or the receivers.Yet, it’s easy to romanticize the mentality of the workman-like, do-your-job fullback. Some of it could stem from all of their shared origins. Nobody is born a fullback these days and most who became great ones didn’t even play the position in high school.Current Badgers fullback Alec Ingold was a standout quarterback in high school and even had an offer to play at Northern Illinois State. Instead, he turned it down and came to University of Wisconsin as a running back, soon making the switch that so many others before him like Watt have made to fullback.Usually, those that are good enough to play fullback at the college level were the most athletic guys on their high school teams and were therefore placed in a more ball-dominant role, most often running back.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play’. It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”Derek WattBut upon arrival on campus, those skills are transferred into the fullback position for various reasons.“If you’re Alec Ingold, you’re also a state championship caliber wrestler in high school, a big, strong guy who maybe couldn’t throw it strong enough at the college level,” longtime radio voice of the Badgers Matt Lepay said. “But he can hit people, he can block, he has good hands and can run the ball.”Watt’s story echoes much of the same.He was a highly-touted linebacker and running back recruit coming into college and soon after he came to Madison he was converted.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play,’” Watt explained. “It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”The lack of high school players forces college teams intent on utilizing a fullback to become creative.Former Badger fullback and assistant strength and conditioning coach Bradie Ewing said that it’s incredibly difficult to recruit with the sole intent of placing the player at fullback and a lot of those that end up there do so thanks to pure chance.“If you look at myself, we had a fullback leave the program when I was a running back,” Ewing said. “Mickey Turner was playing a fullback-tight end role at the time, and it gave me the opportunity to develop under him.”He also stressed the importance of having a role model like Turner to watch and learn from. It’s rare for a fullback to have a perfect mentor because as time has gone on they have become rarer and rarer.For many offensive schemes across varying levels of football, the position has been all but relegated to little more than a more mobile auxiliary offensive lineman.“The fullback is a dying breed,” Ewing said. “It’s become something that is unique to a few professional teams and a few college teams.”One of those few teams is Wisconsin, who’ve become one of the last safe havens for fullbacks who are battling to stay off of the endangered species list.From Martin to Ewing to Watt and now Ingold, it’s become more than just a coincidence that fullbacks have thrived at Camp Randall.“It’s a tradition that they’re pretty proud of,” Lepay said. “They don’t apologize for it. They’ve been blessed through the years to have a lot of great fullbacks over the years.”This lineage is almost impossible to ignore.There seems to be a theme of solidarity among fullbacks, who have formed somewhat of a fraternity as a result of their shared experiences in the unique role, keeping tabs on their peers and feeling a vicarious sense of gratification when they see one of their own make a big play.“We’re all wired pretty similarly,” Ewing said. “It’s cool having been in that position, knowing those that have come before me and have come after.”And fans have begun to really take to the comparably significant role the position holds in the offense.There have been “Fullback-U” and “Fullback City” T-shirts printed in their honor.“Wisconsin definitely celebrates it more than most places,” Ewing noted.Simply a trip up to the press box during a game in Madison can shed plenty of light on its popularity. There is seldom a third-and-short that goes by that excited murmurs about a fullback dive cannot be overheard from journalists neglecting to preserve their supposed impartiality, instead rooting in low tones for each first down picked up by Ingold.They have good reason. It’s rare in the whole of sports for a team to be able to run a play the way the Badgers run the fullback dive. The other team almost surely knows what’s coming, and the Badgers are more often than not completely derelict in any presumed duty to throw them off the scent.Yet it works time and time again.“A lot of times, in general, the defense can know what play we can be running but we take it upon ourselves to be more prepared, more physical so we can win that play with them knowing what we have coming,” Ewing saidThere’s also an element of the strategy that no-doubt lies beyond its success on the field, but also in the mind of the opponent.It is humiliating for a defense to know what’s coming and be powerless to stop it. Being able to capitalize on a gut-punch like that will always give the Badgers an edge.“You wanna prove you’re tougher than your opponent, and that’s a great way to do it,” Lepay said.Twelve games into the 2018 season, Ingold is averaging a touchdown on slightly more than every four touches.Lepay credits some of Ingold’s success in particular to his wrestling background.“If you’re a wrestler you understand leverage and Alec gets that,” Lepay said. “If you need two yards, he’ll get you three or four.”But the success didn’t begin with Ingold, and I would be willing to wager that it won’t end with him either.Some of it must come from the myriad running threats the Badgers boast, particularly this season. They have arguably the best running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor, a top-end power back in Taiwan Deal, a pleasantly productive Garrett Groshek as well as the option to use receivers like Danny Davis or Kendric Pryor for positive yardage in jet sweeps.“[Wisconsin fullbacks] would be the first to say that the incredibly gifted, talented running backs we have had contribute to the tradition and it all kind of snowballs and perpetuates itself,” Ewing said. “When you have weapons, when you have options out there — it’s only going to improve your opportunities.”Though the defense may know Ingold is getting the ball up the middle in some situations, they still must respect the talent surrounding him.While at Wisconsin the fullback cult is growing, elsewhere many are far more oblivious to the Badger’s quest to save the fullback.“People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”Matt LepayIt’s not at all uncommon to hear slanderous language with regard to the protagonists of our story. Many see the big guy in the backfield and immediately leap to maligned assertions that they must not be athletic, or that the position has no place in today’s game.Lepay thinks this comes from the multiple uses for the players, so they aren’t thought of as excellent in a specific area.“A lot of it is not very sexy,” Lepay said.“But it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry the ball or touch the ball out of the backfield.”The position has seen plenty of evolution and faced many threats over the years. Originally they were trusted with kicking duties — which is why the penalty “running into the kicker” was deemed “running into the fullback.” Then the kicker became its own specialized position and the fullback was assigned to run the ball along with the halfback, who eventually usurped their job as well, resulting in the tasks we know today that mainly focuses on run blocking. This is partially why the bond is so strong — if they don’t stick up for one another, nobody will.Last year’s Orange Bowl was as close to football heaven as it gets for the fullback community. It should really be honored as a holiday of sorts. I have faith that years from now fullbacks everywhere will gather around their shrine to Jim Brown and Mike Tolbert to commemorate the day Austin Ramesh changed the world.Dec. 30, 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami was the backdrop to an event of biblical proportions.Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook dropped back to pass in the midst of the second quarter. Looking right, he hits Ramesh on a flat route.A Miami defender settles in a yard before the first-down marker, awaiting a chance to tackle the fleet-footed fullback.Much to the surprise of everyone, Ramesh did the unthinkable, leaping over the defender and gaining the new set of downs.It was the fullback equivalent of the moon landing: “One small step for a fullback, one giant leap for fullback kind.”“It shocks people,” Lepay said of the hurdle heard ‘round the world. “People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”There really is no way to classify the fullback in a grouping. They’re the Swiss Army knife. The jack-of-all-trades. They’re fullbacks, there just isn’t any other way to put it.“If you think of one position that is just football in general, you think of fullback,” Ewing said. “Though, I’m a little biased.”last_img read more

first_img.Milseog Na Mara creators, Mary Kate Carr, Ronan O’Hare, Aimee Byrne and Rebecca McShane from Colaiste Na Carriage, Co. Donegal, pictured here after they won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. Pic Robbie ReynoldsBREAKING NEWS: A group of Donegal teenagers have been named European Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 at a ceremony in Budapest.Mary Kate Carr (16), Aimée Byrne (17), Rebecca McShane (16), Paddy McShane (16) and Ronan O’Hare (15) from Carrick won the award for their business ‘Milseog na Mara’, meaning Desserts of the Sea, which offers healthy alternatives to jellies and chocolate mousse using a type of locally sourced seaweed – Carrageen Moss – as the main ingredient.The competition is hosted by YouthStart, European Entrepreneurship Award – an affiliate of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Budapest, which is run in Ireland by Foróige – Ireland’s leading youth organisation. Earlier this year, the young people were named the Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 in Ireland and their reward was to represent their country on the European stage.Ireland has now been honoured on the European stage at the awards for three consecutive years.The NFTE programme was founded by US businessman Steve Mariotti in New York in 1987 to prevent at risk young people from low-income communities from ‘dropping out’ of the education system.The programme teaches young people to think like entrepreneurs, to take calculated risks, to be open to learning and be empowered to own their own futures. The programme now operates in countries across the globe, including in the United States where the programme is supported by global star and Bad Boy Entertainment founder Sean “Diddy” Combs. In Ireland, a total of 1,500 participants who set up 600 businesses as part of this year’s Foróige NFTE entrepreneurship programme, generating a collective turnover of €250,000. The programme runs from September to May every year.Research carried out by NFTE among 3,600 young people who participated in the programme found that 70% of all participants have found a job, either as an employee or an entrepreneur. The survey also shows that each NFTE entrepreneur in turn employs an average of 3.5 people. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TEENAGERS NAMED EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR! was last modified: November 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrickdonegalEuropean Entrepreneurs of the Yearlast_img read more

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of January, with stories about annual Knockouts, the announcement of the Bundaberg Cup, as well as upcoming events. To view the stories, please click on the links below. Coota Touch Hit MilestoneThis year’s Cootamundra touch football carnival’s being used as a warm up for the nationals.It’s expected more than 50 teams will take part this coming weekend.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/20624773/coota-touch-hit-milestone-video/ Touch returns to the fieldTouch football returns from its Christmas and new year break this week with competitions in Mudgee and Gulgong back on the field.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2046897/touch-returns-to-the-field/ Junior Touch Football gala dayhttp://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2032294/junior-touch-football-gala-day/ Young Takes on Yass KnockoutOn January 25 and 26 a group of talented young ladies took on the Yass Touch Football Knockout without knowing what kind of competition they would be in for.http://www.youngwitness.com.au/story/2077305/young-takes-on-yass-knockout/?cs=1666 Yass KnockoutThe Yass Knockout pulled a huge crowd to Yass this Australia Day long weekend. Ninety eight teams came from across the country. One team was made up of players from England as well.http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/1265250/gallery-yass-knockout/#slide=29 Inaugural Bundaberg CupThe inaugural Bundaberg Cup touch football tournament will be held in the city next Australia Day, Premier Campbell Newman has announced.http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/touch-boost-city/2150598/  Touch of genius: Johns returns for charity matchRugby league immortal Andrew Johns will make his return to the football field when he straps on the boots at the Auckland Nines next month.While Brad Fittler will make his comeback for the Sydney Roosters, Johns won’t be joining his beloved Newcastle Knights. The former Australian halfback will be the headline act in a charity touch football game between the Australian media and New Zealand media to be played in front of more than 40,000 fans at Eden Park.http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=2F5A03E1CF87E033881394D52DFC2528?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=18864&clsPage=1&docID=SMH140111F968Q4PDMM8 Talented all-rounder Tanisha in line for LogieTanisha Stanton knows one day she may have to make a choice between TV and sport.Until then the multitalented 18-year-old from Macquarie Hills is choosing both.http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2069880/talented-all-rounder-tanisha-in-line-for-logie/ Cash injection to help sport clubs grow gamesCommunity sporting groups will receive an operational funding boost of more than $330,000 when the ACT government’s Sports and Recreation Grants Program is announced on Wednesday.Touch Football ACT, a major benefactor of the funding increase, intends to start an inaugural women’s tournament to run in conjunction with a men’s rugby league competition, the George Tooke Shield.http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/cash-injection-to-help-sport-clubs-grow-games-20140204-31zn1.htmlTouch football skills strong in this familyShelby Grainger’s Rookie of the Year award from the Port Macquarie Touch Football Association this year would have given mum Tammy deja vu.Tammy won the same award 30 years ago.http://www.portnews.com.au/story/2051422/touch-football-skills-strong-in-this-family/ Junior State Cup the biggest everPort Macquarie News, 05/02/2014PORT Macquarie will host the largest Junior State Cup in the history of the tournament next weekend.Some 326 teams have signed up to compete – a big difference from the previous year of 286 teams.Event manager Robert Summers said the growth in numbers was a huge compliment to the facilities available at Port Macquarie.This will be the second year the tournament will be held in Port Macquarie and Roberts said previously the event endured a drop in numbers when it was played at Wollongong.”It shows junior touch is growing and everyone is happy with the venue,” he said.”It comes down to everything, location, accommodation and the chance to get away to somewhere new.”While NSW Touch are extremely happy with more people playing the sport, the extra numbers will make it hard.”Port Macquarie has the rights to host the event in 2015 but is up for tender after that.Despite Port Macquarie obviously impressing organisers and competitors alike, Summers said the town was not a certainty at retaining the event.”Part of the attraction of the Junior State Cup for the players is visiting somewhere new,” he said. “The increase in numbers puts Port Macquarie in good stead but it’s an opportunity for them to get away somewhere new and play the game.”Summers said parking had been reviewed and with more players expected said there would be more space allocated.The Junior State Cup kicks off on Saturday February 15.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] LinksTalking Touch – Januarylast_img read more

Friday’s France-Switzerland tilt represents a battle for first place in Group E, as both teams are tied with three points after winning their first matches. But though the winner will be in the driver’s seat for advancement, the stakes aren’t especially high for the loser either.Italy vs. Costa Rica: 12 p.m. EDTFrance vs. Switzerland: 3 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. Honduras: 6 p.m. EDTIn briefIN DEPTHAs things stand, France has a 91.8 percent chance of getting into the knockout stage of the tournament, and the Swiss check in at 80.9 percent. Ecuador and Honduras — who make up the rest of Group E and also face off Friday — lag far behind, at 20.3 and 7.1 percent, respectively.Honduras has a bleak outlook, mainly because they are the second-worst team in the World Cup field, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). But Ecuador, according to SPI, is essentially Switzerland’s equal; the only difference in its advancement probabilities stems from Switzerland’s thrilling added-time victory over Ecuador on Sunday. For Ecuador, it was the one that got away; without that win, the model projects Ecuador to amass only 2.8 points within the group — they’re likely to beat Honduras but will be clear underdogs against France.Meanwhile, if Switzerland loses to France on Friday, the Swiss would still project to finish second in the group, because the meek Honduran squad is their only remaining hurdle. In fact, if the Swiss lose to France, Ecuador beats Honduras, and Switzerland only earns a draw against Honduras (an unlikely outcome), the Swiss would still be expected to advance over Ecuador by a slim margin — unless Ecuador beats France (or draws and posts a better goal differential than Switzerland). In other words, there are a lot of ways the Swiss can get out of Group E that don’t depend on them picking up points against France.The situation playing out in Group D, where Italy will face Costa Rica at noon Friday, is superficially similar. Like France and Switzerland, Costa Rica and Italy won their first matches of the tournament. Neither team’s odds of advancement are quite as high as its counterparts in Group E, though, mainly because there are no weak sides like Honduras to pick up easy points against. Costa Rica is the worst SPI team in the group, and it ranks 25th in the world.Whoever loses will have a fighting chance against Uruguay to qualify for the knockout round in the group’s second position. But that’s nowhere near as favorable a spot as the France-Switzerland loser will be sitting in after the day’s action ends.YesterdayLuis Suarez and Wayne Rooney prompted many questions before Thursday’s Group D showdown between Uruguay and England. Would Suarez, who missed Uruguay’s loss to Costa Rica in its World Cup opener because of knee surgery, be match-fit for 90 minutes in a must-win game? Could Rooney, whose performance against Italy brought his place in England’s lineup into question, break his career World Cup scoring drought?Those questions were answered in Sao Paulo.Suarez hadn’t played since May 11, but there was no evidence of rust. Of his four shots, two were on target — both goals. The latter goal, breaking a tie in the 85th minute, virtually ensured England’s second-consecutive loss in the tournament’s group stage, something England hadn’t experienced since 1950.Uruguay beat a European team at the World Cup for the first time in 16 matches since 1970, but don’t blame Rooney. He got off four shots, including two on goal and another that hit the post. Rooney found his World Cup breakthrough with a 75th-minute equalizer. The goal took him 10 World Cup matches — 758 minutes of play.England’s 78.1 pass completion percentage ranked in the bottom 35 percent of all teams in this World Cup, but it was easily the best in this game. Uruguay posted the worst completion percentage by a winning team in a World Cup win since at least the 1966 tournament (the start of ESPN Stats & Info’s data set). Uruguay’s 59.2 pass completion percentage against England was the only team performance in a game below 65 percent at this tournament.Other attacking and possession statistics favored England, including second-half touches in the attacking third (89 to Uruguay’s 57). The biggest stats, however, belonged to Suarez: two shots on target, two goals, 2-1 to Uruguay. — ESPN Stats & Info GroupOFF THE PITCHAs neighbors, France and Switzerland have a lot more in common than a World Cup match. Given their proximity, it makes sense that there would be population overlap. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data from 2009 shows that Switzerland has provided over twice the amount of nationals living in France than the other way around; there were 90,551 Swiss nationals living in France and 42,862 French nationals living in Switzerland. But given the population of each country, the French living in Switzerland make up five times the share of Swiss who made the opposite trek.There is one caveat to that data: Things have gotten icy between the two countries since it was compiled. In December 2012, France’s president, François Hollande, announced that wealthy French residents of Switzerland would have to pay French taxes and Swiss taxes, which one Swiss politician called a “declaration of war.” It’s unclear how this spat has affected migration between the countries, but it’s safe to say that the two nations are no longer as chummy as they once were. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWe’re Telling England There’s a Chance!Defending World Cup Champions Keep Flaming OutCORRECTION (June 20, 10:05 a.m.): A previous version of the chart in this article showed the incorrect proportion of France’s projected 53 percent win. read more

J.T. Barrett looks up into the Buckeye crowd following Ohio State’s 27-21 win over Wisconsin in the B1G championship on Dec. 2. in Lucas Oil stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — J.T. Barrett wants to make one thing clear: he doesn’t care about the past or future. The only thing that remains ever-present in his mind is just that — the present.Even with Friday night’s Cotton Bowl against USC being the only game between Barrett and the end of his collegiate career, he said he does not reflect on the past and think about, for example, the final Wednesday practice or the final team meal of his collegiate career as he goes through a week filled with many ‘lasts.’“I don’t really think about it. I don’t know. I think I’m just a different guy, I guess,” Barrett said. “I’ve been thinking about other things like, I don’t know, things I’m going to eat next or, like, when is the next nap I’m going to take. Those are things that come across my mind.”He has seemingly experienced nearly everything a college football player could during his five seasons at Ohio State. The fifth-year senior quarterback filled in unexpectedly for an injured star signal-caller as a redshirt freshman, suffered a season-ending injury late in the season, watched his team win a national championship, then found himself embroiled in a quarterback battle the next season. Barrett won the Fiesta Bowl, was shut out in the first round of the College Football Playoff the following year, experienced a change in offensive coordinator, quarterbacked his team to a Big Ten championship and became the first Ohio State quarterback to beat Michigan in all four of his matchups with the Wolverines.But he does not want to talk about his career highlights — or lowlights. He said he never sits back to consider the successes of his program and conference-record-filled collegiate career.“I haven’t really thought about it, honestly,” Barrett said. “I think I’ve done some good things here at Ohio State, but I haven’t sat down and really thought about those things. That would be something I probably do later on in life, look back at just life in general and reflect and things like that.”Barrett seems to care less about the past and future with each passing day, preferring to take a “day-by-day” approach, a phrase he uttered at least five times Tuesday. He used to care. He used to wonder what life in the NFL would be like and consider the possibilities of his potential professional football career. That changed in 2015 when, amid a quarterback battle with Cardale Jones, Barrett began to let thoughts about the future seep into his mind and started to worry about things that had not yet happened, that he could not control. He let it negatively affect him.“So once I was able to just focus on the task at hand and things right now and the day-to-day things, one, I was less stressed. Two, things worked out better for me,” Barrett said. “Those are things that I focus on with the day to day. “And then, when those things come across, those hurdles come, I’ll jump them when they come.”The “day-by-day” attitude extends to Barrett’s thoughts on the future of his playing career. His career as a Buckeye will end Friday night when either confetti rains on his victorious team or it suffers its third loss of the season. But it will continue just weeks later when he takes the field for the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20. He isn’t worried about that yet, saying he will focus on that next challenge after Friday’s game.When asked about what 2018 has in store for him, Barrett was succinct in his answer.“What does it hold for me? I’ve got a couple things going on,” he said. “It’s the 26th of December. I’m worried about today. Then when the 27th comes, I’ll worry about that.”Barrett doesn’t care about the past and the future, which is what everyone else seems to focus on.He doesn’t care about the dozens of Ohio State and Big Ten records he has set. He doesn’t care about the nice things said about him or the compliments dished out after big wins. Barrett doesn’t care about the vitriolic comments fans make when he makes mistakes.He used to. He used to let it affect him. But he doesn’t anymore. He’s focused on the now. read more