Childhood bond empowered Zack Mahoney to be president of Syracuse’s Uplifting Athletes chapter

first_imgZack Mahoney rubbed his hands on his knees to wipe away the sweat. His heart raced. The room went silent. Then, he smiled and hung up the phone. “Oh my god, I’m a walk-on at Syracuse,” Angela Donegan recalled Mahoney saying. “We were literally screaming,” Donegan added. It was the week of Christmas 2014, and Mahoney had just completed his redshirt freshman season at the College of DuPage in Illinois. His dream was to play at a Power 5 school, and that was his chance. Within three weeks, he had sent over his DuPage transcripts and been accepted to Syracuse to begin football on Jan. 3, 2015. When he received the call, Mahoney and members of the Donegan family cried. Mahoney was sitting on the couch next to one of his closest friends since the second grade, Blake Donegan. Blake battles Niemann-Pick disease, Type C, a lipid storage affliction that can cause liver damage and respiratory failure. He suffers seizures daily, his mother, Angela, said. The disease has no known cure and can be fatal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve kinda always been waiting for this bomb to drop,” Angela said.Whenever he’s home from Syracuse, in the offseason or on break, Mahoney visits Blake, often bringing with him Syracuse gear. Mahoney, Syracuse’s senior backup quarterback who has thrown for 18 touchdowns over three seasons, serves as the president of SU’s chapter for Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that is intended to raise awareness about rare diseases. Mahoney grew close with Blake, a childhood connection that empowered him to become the president of SU’s chapter.“On the first day of high school, when I saw him, he was in a wheelchair,” Mahoney said. “I was extremely confused, because over the school year he was running around, fine, and now to this day, he struggles to stand on his own. He struggles to eat by himself. He struggles to speak. It’s tough. He’s always in good spirits when I’m around. He’s given me a lot of inspiration for everything I do.”Blake cheered on Mahoney when he played at DuPage, a junior college. Though he has never been to the Carrier Dome, he expects to watch Mahoney’s final college game on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. from his television. The Orange (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) will host Boston College (6-5, 3-4) on Senior Day inside the Carrier Dome, and Mahoney will likely make his 10th and final career start under center. Courtesy of Zack MahoneyThis summer, Mahoney led Syracuse in its fifth annual “Lift for Life” event in which SU football players compete in physical activities to raise money for the chapter. In 2013, Syracuse joined Uplifting Athletes, which the Orange created to honor former punter and team captain Rob Long, who overcame Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer that caused him to miss the final game of his career, the Pinstripe Bowl, in 2010. Long has been cancer free since March 2011 and now works as Uplifting Athletes’ director of development. It will be seven years next month since Long underwent the brain surgery that caused him to miss his final collegiate game. Now, Uplifting Athletes runs a network of 22 university chapters at Division I schools, including at Penn State, Clemson and Syracuse. Rare diseases affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, and Uplifting Athletes has had an economic impact of more than $400 million on the rare-disease community, per the organization. Mahoney will soon step down as president, but he has left footprints all over the Syracuse chapter. “Zack has been an incredible chapter president for us, part of a great pipeline of guys who step up,” Long said. “He’s done an excellent job rallying the team, getting all 120 voices of the program involved. Our growth has been special.”Mahoney wouldn’t be president if not for Blake, whom he met in elementary school. The pair bonded while playing football during recess. They played little league baseball together. But Mahoney didn’t see Blake for a full summer before ninth grade. Blake entered school that year in a wheelchair. Mahoney wondered why. For years, Angela kept Blake’s condition a secret. She said she did not want him to be treated differently from other kids. When he was 16, in 2011, Angela ended the secret.“He lost his ability to speak and he can’t walk much,” Angela said. “It frustrates him. Many kids have eating tubes. He can’t sit up and walk on his own. But he’s truly a fighter. People like Zack keep him going.”Mahoney has made 5:30 a.m. hospital visits to see Blake. He has banged on the Donegan family door at 11 p.m. when home on break, just to hug Blake. When they watch TV together, Mahoney sits right next to Blake and puts his arm around him. They lay together in a hammock in the Donegan backyard. Throughout high school and his career at Syracuse, Mahoney has kept in close contact with Blake. “The thing always impressed me,” said Tony Pendergast, Blake’s school nurse who rode the bus and went to every class with Blake for six years, “was that Zack greeted him in class. He included him in class activities. He sat with him. During lunch at the cafeteria, Zack would sometimes sit with us at our table. He was an example for other students. When you see Zack doing it, the quarterback, a very popular student, making all of this time for Blake, other kids would follow that.”Mahoney arrived at Syracuse in January 2015 as a walk-on. By February, he had heard about Uplifting Athletes and knew he wanted to be president because of all the times people have double-taked at Blake. The relationship between Blake and Mahoney has only grown. They snap each other daily. They FaceTime often. They play together in the pool or on a trampoline in the Donegan family’s backyard. Mahoney never hangs up the phone without telling Blake that he loves him. Before Blake had a scheduled surgery early this month, Mahoney called him to wish him good luck. And every time he visits, Mahoney doesn’t leave without giving Blake a hug and a kiss.”I love you, brother,” Mahoney always says. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2017 at 1:26 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Mobile More Important Than Ever, But 80% of Businesses Will Overspend

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… This month, two painful but impossible to ignore facts have emerged about mobile use by business. First, research from Forrester suggests IT support for business use of personal mobile devices has a big impact on enterprise collaboration, with fewer of the challenges that new technology like cloud computing present. Second, a new report from Gartner asserts that despite mobile IT support just beginning to really blossom, a full 80% of businesses will spend more than they need to on voice and data costs in the next five years. That dichotomy, the one between big expectations and overeager spending, is a paradigm that could cripple the sustainable growth of mobile in the enterprise. Mobile CollaborationThe new report by Forrester Research, Technology Populism Fuels Mobile Collaboration, tracks both how enterprises are using mobile now, and how increased assistance for it by employees can have tangible results for the level of collaboration that goes on. 82% of working adults have a personal mobile device. To not support their business use of it would be an enormous missed opportunity. According to Forrester, the key benefits are faster team work and decision making. The fact that mobile access to corporate data would be a booster is hardly a surprise, but backing it up with this kind of data should be a first step in goading management to commit to mobile in the enterprise. Widespread OverspendingAs something of a counterpoint to Forrester’s research, Gartner has issued a stern warning to enterprises: 80% of you will overspend on mobile services. Gartner predicts that in the next five years, at least 15% of the money for mobile devices and plans for voice and data will be unnecessarily spent. Particularly troublesome is the inefficient strategies companies have for reducing costs and negotiating contracts tailored to businesses, rather than piecemeal personal plans purchased on an enterprise scale. The combination of rising expectations for ROI plus the potential to overspend could very well cripple the support for mobile in the future, if enterprises aren’t careful. Image credit: James Cridland Tags:#enterprise#Trends steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Olympics Online: Who Wins The Gold Medal For Best Website?

first_imgThese guides not only explain the various Olympics sports – very helpful for sports like fencing and equestrian, which only enthusiasts follow outside of the Olympics – but they encourage you to give the sports a go yourself.Runners-UpThe Official London 2012 Olympics WebsiteWhile not a media website per se, the London 2012 Olympics website is a good place to get the latest news and photos. It features Facebook integration, including the dreaded frictionless sharing (“Your friends will see the articles you’ve read and the events you’ve celebrated.”). The official site has been active too on its Facebook and Twitter accounts – we’ve noticed athletes re-tweeting the official account a lot. Tags:#design#web We’re well into the second week of the London 2012 Olympics, so which media website is winning with its online coverage? NBC fell at the first hurdle with its TV scheduling, but did the network get back into the race with its website? What about the New York Times, with its muscular web development? Or hometown favorite the BBC, with the crowd behind it – not to mention the wallet of the British taxpayer. In this post we’ll compare the main media outlets and see which ones are medal-worthy.Gold: The New York Times The TelegraphThe British daily has a comprehensive website, including some interesting infographics.USA Today USA Today brings its trademark strengths of storytelling and explanatory graphics to the Olympics, with an informative website. We recommend you check out the interactive section.NBCNBC’s Olympics website was the place to go for American viewers who wanted to watch the Olympics live. Alternatively people could access live coverage online in other, sometimes less legal, ways. Apart from the live video though, NBC’s website is solid but unexciting.ESPNESPN has a nice collection of video commentaries and written opinion pieces, if you can stand the eye-scorchingly bright red background of its Olympics subsite.YahooYahoo’s coverage is fine, but there are better places to get your Olympics news and results. It does though have some useful athlete profiles, along with a sappy “Team Mom” section (featuring interviews of mothers of athletes).ReutersReuters has a standalone website, in addition to partnering with the NYT. Its own website is well designed, but seems devoid of the personality of other media sites.Of course there are many other media websites out there which have good coverage of the Olympics. If we missed your favorite, please add it to the comments!See also: Social Olympics: Does The Gold Medal Go To Facebook, Twitter or Google+? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s a relatively simple graph showing when Yang won the race (the last quarter). Below that is a geographical view of previous winners of this event. I was able to click on my country, New Zealand, to see Danyon Loader’s name pop up for 1996. Although I was unable to click on Loader’s name – or Yang’s for that matter – to find out more details about the swimmer.Here’s another example, which is more in-depth. It’s a bubble-based view of the medal table. The host nation’s public broadcaster, the BBC, has been widely praised for its television coverage. There are up to 24 live channels devoted to the Olympics at any one time. As for its website, the coverage is solid – if unspectacular. There is plenty of Olympics news and photos, with a bias towards Team Great Britain (as to be expected with any national publication).One of the more interesting features is the BBC’s Event Guides. Related Posts Hover over a country and you see its medal tally. Click on it and the data underneath the graph changes to show all of that country’s medal results.Silver: The Guardian The New York Times Olympics website is as sleek and good looking as an American track athlete. The site is a compelling combination of facts and figures, news analysis, interactive graphs and multimedia (video and photos). It’s also beautifully laid out, with clear navigation. Not only did the NYT build an Olympics site for itself, it partnered with Reuters to syndicate the data and content to other publications.A highlight of the NYT website is its data-based graphics. Here’s an example from the 400m freestyle swimming race, won by China’s Sun Yang: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just about anything the Guardian does on the Web is innovative and polished – and its Olympics coverage has been no exception. The NYT seemed slightly more satisfactory to us in terms of breadth and depth of stories, and ability to move around the site, but the Guardian does have some outstanding features. In particular, a “second screen” subsite. The New Zealand team ranked third, by population. That’s something for this author to be proud of.Bronze: BBC It’s a browser website, but it works best on a tablet. The idea is to offer real-time information – news, statistics, photos, tweets and more – on your tablet device while you watch the Olympics on TV. Very handy!Like the NYT, the Guardian makes a good attempt at offering interactive data services. For example, a daily updated Olympic medal table ranked by GDP, population and team size. 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Police, students clash in Kolkata; many hurt

first_imgA clash erupted on Friday between the police and members of Left-affiliated students’ organisations who were marching to the State Secretariat. The protesters had organised a march to the State Secretariat to protest against rampant unemployment. The activists had collected lakhs of job applications from across the State and wanted to give it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Violence started a few kilometres from the Nabanna building when police personnel lobbed tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge, and used water cannons to disperse the crowd. Witnesses reported seeing several injured and bleeding protesters. “Some of our students were seriously injured. They were protesting for the right to work and stood against disproportionate display of brute force by the police. I salute them,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Polit Bureau member Mohd. Salim said.He also ridiculed the Didi ke Bolo campaign launched by the Trinamool Congress where people can call up the Chief Minister with their grievances. The CPI(M) leader said that when students want to meet and give deputation to the CM they are met with brute force.The CPI(M) claimed that over 60 supporters were injured and some had to be hospitalised. The police said that five of their personnel suffered injuries.Earlier this week, violence had erupted when BJP supporters marched to the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation HQ in Esplanade demanding a reduction in power tariff.last_img read more