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  • Running for a special cause
    Police officers and the Special Olympics go hand-in-hand – or should we say foot-by-foot. 

    For the 10th year, Hamilton County police officers participated in the annual “Torch Run” to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Indiana. This year’s run took place last Friday and helped raised money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

    “The thought was here to do something within Hamilton County where all of our police agencies could come together one particular day and show our support for (the Special Olympics),” said Lt. Bruce Barnes, Hamilton County Special Olympics Outreach coordinator and Noblesville Police Department’s public information officer. 

    The Torch Run consists of officers from various police agencies, such as Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police, Noblesville and Westfield, to start at different points in the county based on their respective jurisdiction.
  • OUT IN THE OPEN- The Sun Isn’t Your Friend
    While Indiana seems to have more lousy gray days than London, England, old Sol actually does appear periodically in the Hoosier sky as we go forth into the fields to play. However, the friendly sun that shines so benevolently also presents a danger that many outdoors enthusiasts simply ignore: skin damage.

    It has been known for years that excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, which in turn leads to premature aging and possibly even skin cancer. Unfortunately, those of us who frequently run amok in the outdoors often give less than a thought to sun protection even while wearing all sorts of other protective paraphernalia such as life jacket, shooting glasses, helmets and harnesses.

    Much of the problem has to do with attitudes. When Americans flocked to beaches before 1960, being tanned or sunburned was considered dangerous, more so than the communist party and skin cancer was rare. Going back further in history, British books written during the African colonial period frequently worried about the dangers of sun exposure to the point of recommending that colonists wear their pith helmets indoors.
  • Special Olympics Indiana plays host to 50th summer games
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A record 2,745 competitors from across the state are expected to take part in Special Olympics Indiana’s 2018 Summer Games, to be held June 8-10 on and around the campuses of Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

    The organization’s largest annual event, the Indiana Summer Games features state-level competition in eight Olympic-type sports, including bocce, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, powerlifting, swimming, track & field, and volleyball. Special Olympics athletes and unified partners representing 64 delegations from every part of the state will compete at the Games, with an additional 1,100 coaches and 1,500 volunteers expected to make the journey to Terre Haute along with family members and supporters. The Games are open to the public and free to attend.

    “This weekend is one that every Special Olympics Indiana athlete, coach, parent, and staff member marks on his or her calendar with a gold star when the schedule is released each year, because participation in Summer Games is a one-of-a-kind experience—and it’s not to be missed,” said Jeff Mohler, president and CEO of Special Olympics Indiana. “These Games represent the culmination of a year or more of hard work and preparation, but they are also a showcase for the true spirit of Special Olympics that’s inside each and every one of our athletes.”
  • OUT IN THE OPEN - Boat Envy Has No Cure
    I have a problem, a secret that has been hidden for many years. Actually, as my friends and family are more than willing to attest, I have several problems. However, today we are talking about a serious psychosis that affects many men and even a few women. It is something we hold inside, often feeling as if we are the only ones who suffer from this malady. However, now that is has become customary to publicly share every sordid detail of your personal afflictions, it is time to discuss the problem in a frank and open manner.

    I am talking about Boat Envy (BE).

    This condition started many years before I even owned a boat. As a youngster, I lay in bed many nights while mentally standing at the helm of a mighty cabin cruiser, hair pasted back by the breeze as booming diesel engines propelled the vessel down the sun-drenched Intercoastal Waterway. Sometimes I fantasized of a creaking sailboat that carried me, steely-eyed and laughing at the horrific storms, across the Pacific to places only Jacques Cousteau and native islanders had ever seen. 

    Unfortunately for boating dreams, my parents were of that old-fashioned philosophy that held it was all right to say: “When you get a job, you can get a boat.” 
  • IPL 500 Festival Parade floats, celebrities ready for 300,000 people

    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s one of the iconic events during the month of May and the IPL 500 Festival Parade gets underway Saturday morning, The Times newsgathering partner WTHR reports.

    Leaders have been finalizing the growing list of celebrities who will be waving to the crowd. They include:

    Victor Oladipo
    Bobby Unser
    Lyn St. James
    Angelo Pizzo
    Ben Higgins
    Miri Ben-Ari
    Kristin & Danny Adams

    See the full list of celebrities at www.500festival.com/parade/celebrities2018/.

    Also included are the 33 race car drivers, including Indiana native and pole sitter Ed Carpenter.

  • Brooks participates in hearing on Olympic community’s ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse
    WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the pervasiveness of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic community and whether there are adequate policies and procedures in place to protect athletes at all levels of sport moving forward.  

    Among the witnesses who testified during today’s hearing were Susanne Lyons, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC); Shellie Pfohl, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (USCSS); Kerry Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer of USA Gymnastics (USAG); among other representatives from USA Swimming (USA-S), USA Taekwondo (USAT), and USA Volleyball (USAV). 

    The President and CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Shellie Pfohl, testified that since the center’s creation on March 3, 2017, they have responded to more than 500 reports and inquiries spanning 38 of the 49 National Governing Bodies (NGBs). As of last week, their total number of reports received since their establishment exceeded 840. Additionally, the U.S. Center for SafeSport has issued more than 169 sanctions, including 142 lifetime bans to individuals who broke SafeSport’s code of conduct pertaining to abuse of athletes.

    “An unwavering commitment by national governing bodies to ensuring individuals are held accountable for their actions, both in the past and moving forward, is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05). “I am pleased the U.S. Center of SafeSport is actively working to create a safer environment for our nation’s athletes while also focusing on providing the victims of past abuse the justice they deserve.”
  • Riverview Health Foundation will host its 26th annual Heartfelt Thanks Golf Outing, presented by BMO Harris Bank, on June 20 at Pebble Brook Golf Course.  

    “The Heartfelt Thanks Golf Outing is one of the ways Riverview Health Foundation raises money to support programs and projects for the patients at Riverview Health, and we’re looking forward to another great time this year,” said Megan Wiles, executive director of Riverview Health Foundation. “A special thanks to BMO Harris Bank for serving as our presenting sponsor and Gaylor Electric who in addition to their financial support, provides the golfers with a wonderful lunch and dinner.”

    Over the years, this event has helped raise more than $2.3 million for patient services and to enhance patient satisfaction at Riverview Health, which includes:
  • Student Athlete Tip of the Week
    According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, one of the top returning baseball teams in the state has had a disappointing regular season, but like all teams, hope to peak during the state tournament.

    A quote by one of their three Division I pitching recruits explains why he thinks his team will be ready for the challenges ahead.

    "It is good for us because it makes us accountable. When we lose, we see how it affects everybody in the community. It is good for us to have that leadership position in the community because you should be accountable for what you are doing."
  • Carpenter wins Indianapolis pole, Daly qualifies 33rd for 500
    INDIANAPOLIS —Driving for his own team, Ed Carpenter qualified on the pole for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

    Carpenter got in with an average of 229.618 mph with Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Will Power filling out the front row. 

    On the other end of the field, 2016 Indianapolis 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe was bumped from the field during Saturday’s qualifying, reporting a vibration with his car while on a warmup lap. Hinchcliffe would not make it back to the track because Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann was making her own attempt to bump her way back into the field. Mann would not succeed and her Donate Life Indiana Honda would miss the race.

    Noblesville native Conor Daly was at the same end of the field as Hinchcliffe, qualifying 33rd of 33 cars. The stressful part of the weekend, however, was Saturday.

    Daly had to make three qualifying attempts on Saturday and managed to become part of the field of 33. Daly qualified earlier that day with a four-lap average of 222.684 mph but that was not fast enough to make the field.
  • Andretti quickest on Fast Friday, Daly 25th
    INDIANAPOLIS — The final practice day before qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is traditionally known as “Fast Friday,” and Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti was fastest of all 35 drivers with his quickest lap of 231.802 mph.

    Behind Andretti was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’s Robert Wickens at 231.732 mph. Speeds were higher on Friday thanks to an increase in turbocharger boost pressure that will carry over to qualifying on today and Sunday.

    Andretti was happy with his car’s performance, especially considering he was fastest on Wednesday and third during Thursday’s session.

    “We've been feeling good actually, pretty good in traffic,” said Andretti. “Obviously the tow time shows that and the car is close in race trim. I don't know how much better we can get it.”
  • Rahal fastest in Thursday practice

    INDIANAPOLIS — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was fastest on Thursday practice ahead of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, but it was JR Hildebrand who grabbed most of the attention late with the first wall contact of the month.

    Rahal turned his fastest lap of the day on his second timed lap with an average speed of 226.047 mph but that lap was assisted with a draft from a car in front. Rahal was 34th fastest on the unassisted speed chart but attributes that to bad timing.