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September 1, 1994 | BY LINDA A. McGEE
The School District of Philadelphia recognizes its responsibility for the safety of student-athletes. Accordingly, the following steps are taken: Before practice, student-athletes must submit a properly executed parent permission form, be examined by a physician and submit physician certification and insurance forms. Students are encouraged to buy School District accident insurance. Prior to each season, each coach must attend a meeting regarding the most up-to-date findings in safety, supplies and equipment, and attend a meeting conducted by a certified athletic trainer regarding sport-specific techniques for care and prevention of injuries.
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June 1, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Had he lived, Simon Sudman would have been a first grader this year. But his death at 3 months from an undetected heart defect in 2005 spurred his parents, Darren and Phyllis, to press for state laws that would help prevent sadness like theirs from darkening the lives of other families. On Wednesday, the Plymouth Meeting couple's efforts bore fruit: Gov. Corbett signed into law House Bill 1610, making Pennsylvania the first state to set standards for preventing sudden cardiac arrest and death in student athletes and children.
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May 14, 1992 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Kennett Consolidated School District will begin offering special attention to student athletes who need more than two aspirins and an ice pack. At a school board meeting Monday, Jerome Cammarata, the district's director of secondary education, said an agreement had been made with Chester County Orthopedic Associates, which specializes in sports medicine and athletic injuries. Under the agreement, the orthopedic firm would take school athletic trainer Greg Houtz's referrals of students with injuries, then consult with him while that athlete is on the mend and, it is hoped, back on the playing field.
NEWS
August 4, 2000 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Villanova University's decision to sever all ties with its longtime alumni sports-booster club has spawned a court fight that seems more suitable to alley cats than "Wildcats. " In June, the university, run by Roman Catholic Augustinian priests who have been calling their student-athletes "Wildcats" for nearly 75 years, sued the booster club in federal court in Philadelphia. The suit contends the club is infringing on the university's rights to certain "service marks, and confusing donors, by continuing to use the words Villanova and 'Wildcats'" when soliciting funds.
NEWS
October 6, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to protect student athletes with undetected heart ailments from sudden death while playing sports. House Bill 1610 passed unanimously on Monday. Known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, it was sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery). "I anticipate its moving through the Senate in October, and I'd love to have it to the governor by the end of November," Vereb said by phone from Harrisburg. The bill requires a coach, game official, or school-certified athletic trainer or doctor to be vigilant for signs of sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes.
SPORTS
August 12, 2011
Less than 24 hours after NCAA president Mark Emmert called for immediate changes in college sports, the group's board of directors approved a measure Thursday that would include postseason bans if teams fall below the new Academic Progress Rate cutline. The new mark for the four-year rolling average will increase from 900 to 930. In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the rules will take effect. The APR measures classroom performances of Division I student-athletes, with each school receiving a point for each student-athlete it retains and each one it graduates.
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Darren and Phyllis Sudman channeled love and grief for the son they lost into a children's health crusade, but when they reflect on how quickly they raised $1 million and passed the nation's first law to protect youth athletes' hearts, the Plymouth Meeting couple credit business know-how honed during years at corporations like AOL . After the couple's 12-week-old, Simon, died in his sleep in 2005, the Sudmans discovered that both mother and...
NEWS
August 30, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coaches often exhort their players to pay the price. As in: If you want to win, try another wind sprint. Now, some student athletes are hearing that message before they set foot on the field. As in: If you want to join the football team, fork over $25. Dan Yarnall, a taxpayer and parent of a two-way lineman for the Sun Valley Vanguards, can't believe it. How, Yarnall fumed, can the Penn-Delco school board, the same board that raises his taxes every year, tell Tony and his teammates they have to cough up $25 a year to play interscholastic sports?
NEWS
May 7, 2011 | By Phil Neuffer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Winslow Township coach Keith Regn has helped his baseball team match its 11 wins from last season, but for the Eagles coach, there are more important things. This school year, Regn founded a student-athlete mentoring program at Winslow Township called Student Athletes Volunteering in Nurturing Greatness (SAVING). Using one athlete from each of the school's 24 sports, the program aims to enhance the student-athlete educational experience and provide positive role models for younger students throughout the district.
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May 20, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
She had so many true and heartfelt things to say about her school, and Emily Moran's greatest worry, as she prepared to deliver the commencement address Sunday at La Salle University, was that the words would pour out of her into a shapeless pile, like jelly beans from a bag. She has always talked fast, especially among those she knows best and loves most. "They keep telling me, 'You have to slow down,' " she said. It's no wonder why. She has five siblings. Her father is one of 15, and from those 14 aunts and uncles Emily Moran has 86 cousins.
SPORTS
May 16, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NCAA released its 10th annual report on Academic Progress Rates on Wednesday, and Philadelphia-area universities scored well. "Across the board, we are trending pretty positively," said Justin Miller, director of Temple's Academic Advising and Support Center for student-athletes. "We have come a long way in all of our sports across the board. " The APR is based on a points system that rewards athletes for staying academically eligible and remaining in school. The report is a four-year compilation of data beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
No more two-a-days. That's one suggestion to help put the student in student-athlete. The NCAA has legislation on the books calling for no more than 20 hours a week involved in any "athletically-related activities. " How about enforcing it? A National Labor Relations Board regional director noted some pretty overwhelming evidence that Northwestern football players were, in fact, employees of the school, causing him to approve an election for a union. Northwestern's response: They're not employees because they're students.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014
The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich are writing a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament.   Yesterday was a reminder that even though our lives are focused on the game ahead, we are still Ivy League students, and school must come first.
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The most powerful man in college sports was in a basement auditorium Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Sansom Street, talking at a symposium. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the event's keynote speaker said nothing particularly incendiary. A trial is due to start in June where, among other issues, it could be decided whether athletes should be compensated for their likenesses. Meanwhile, a drive to unionize college athletes has begun, at a Big Ten school, Northwestern.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
KAIN COLTER, the quarterback at Northwestern, joined union leaders yesterday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association. He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions and added that athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association and a former linebacker at UCLA, filed the petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern, submitting the form at the regional office of the NLRB.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
THE announcement that Temple University plans to eliminate seven Division I athletic programs on July 1 felt like a punch to the gut. Messages from former teammates, friends, family, coaches, bosses, co-workers, strangers and even former college rivals have flooded my inbox and social accounts with offers of encouragement and support. The news also managed to awaken an array of memories and feelings, most of which still expose pure and overwhelming emotions when I look back on my own experiences as a student athlete at Temple.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Brandon Austin, a prized recruit from Imhotep Charter, has been suspended indefinitely from the Providence men's basketball team along with a teammate for what the college termed "not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes. " Austin and fellow freshman Rodney Bullock were suspended from game action with the team, the school announced Wednesday. "We hold our student-athletes to very high standards," Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. "We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.
SPORTS
November 7, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer albertaphillynews.com
MICHAEL Carter-Williams has had quite the busy week. A week ago, he was just gearing up for his first professional basketball game, hoping for the best. His team was not supposed to succeed, or even come close. Fast forward a week, and things have changed drastically. The Sixers are 3-1, including home wins over the Bulls and the defending champion Heat. Carter-Williams averaged 20 points and 7.8 assists in those four games, and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after the first three games.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern High School announced Thursday that Jamie McGroarty has resigned as varsity softball coach after six years. "Mr. McGroarty was more than a coach to his student athletes, but a role model who showed his students how to succeed," Eastern's vice principal of athletics, Philip Smart, said in a statement. The announcement came a day after Eastern was eliminated in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "When I took the job, it was supposed to be a one- or two-year job, and it morphed into a six-year thing," McGroarty said.
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