by Terrell Jermaine Starr–NewsOne
The Republicans are talking a good game about the need to diversify their Party with the Black and Brown faces who overwhelming supported President Barack Obama in November.
But, if past GOP attempts at diversity are any indicator, their attempts will be perceived as nothing more than something I call “diversity in Blackface.”
Somehow, the GOP reasons that as long as they prop up a person of color as a “rising star,” they will gain credibility with minority voters.
That their Blackface candidate vehemently opposes most policies that minority voters care about and insults President Obama is oblivious to them. While the term “Blackface” is inflammatory and insulting, I believe many minorities are equally put off by politicians who share their skin tone, yet sound as racially divisive—or indifferent—as some of their fellow White, male Party members.
The most recent examples are Allen West and Herman Cain, both of whom seemingly revel at the chance to antagonize Black Democratic voters.
During an interview on the “The O’Reilly Factor” last year, West referred to himself as a modern-day Harriet Tubman who is leading Black voters — whom he characterized as slaves — from the Democrat’s plantation. He also referred to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters as a “plantation boss.”
Then we have Herman “Uzbecki-becki-becki-stan” Cain who told CNN that Black voters “have been brainwashed in to not being open-minded” during his run for the White House. He also opined on President Obama’s “Blackness” during a radio interview in October of 2010.
Both men are Tea Party darlings and, at one point, were serious players in national GOP politics.
Most Black voters, however, view them as nothing more than two dim-witted Black men who embarrassed themselves and the Black race with their buffoonish commentary on serious issues that make Blacks and other minorities question their Blackness.
Before lambasting my use of “Blackface” in reference to Cain or West, ask yourself if either man reminds you of Newt “Food Stamp President” Gingrich or Ann “Our blacks are better than their blacks” Coulter, then get back to me.
Then we have Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. While Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar and highly accomplished public servant, is certainly not as ignorant as West or Cain, to be a “Blackface candidate,” one simply has to assume the minority voters he or she purportedly wants to attract are ignorant.
For example, Jindal has recently spoken in favor of immigration reform, after realizing that his Party will need the Latino vote in the future.
But in the past, he has also spoken out against granting services to illegal immigrants, such as in-state tuition and healthcare. (Maryland, via popular vote, has approved in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.) Jindal also opposes Obamacare — legislation that most Black and Latino voters support.
If he eventually runs for president in 2016, will Jindal change his mind on the aforementioned subjects? Or will he pretend minorities don’t know his record on these issues? Will he speak out against the “gifts” rhetoric in 2016 as he did several weeks ago?
Or will he cave in to the loud mouths of his party as did one-time GOP chairman Michael Steele when given the chance to tell the Rush Limbaughs of the world to take a hike?
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sounds good too — at least for now.
It is one thing for Rubio to speak out against elements of his Party over immigration when the election season is over.
It will be another to see him, as a presidential candidate, tell the conservative billionaires with millions to spend that it is not OK to threaten your employees to vote GOP or else. It remains to be seen if either man’s backbone will stand up to the most racially divisive — not to mention, deep-pocketed — elements of their Party.
Minorities want to hear about the GOP’s stance on Voter ID laws, economic inequality, Obamacare, and abortion rights — all of which have very specific policy ramifications for Black and Latino voters.
Future Republican candidates, be they Congressional candidates or White House hopefuls, who do not provide reasonable policy approaches to the aforementioned issues will be viewed as Blackface candidates.
(Blackface diversity efforts also include mentioning that Blacks oppose gay marriage and are conservative because they attend church.
What is lost on the GOP, though, is that minority voters know the difference between their religious convictions and whether a candidate shares their views on public policy.
And while Black women — or most women for that matter — may have religious objections to abortion, they do not want a government full of White men — or Blackface candidates they appoint — making that choice for them.)
Another issue with Blackface candidates is that none of them have shown a propensity to speak in a personal language that resonates with the challenges of being a minority in America. In fact, some of them speak as if A) they are uncomfortable discussing race to begin with B) discrimination can be solved with hard work and without serious legislation and civil rights enforcement C) talking about inequality is a bad thing rather than an opportunity to debate on what policies can best fight it D) they only speak in racial language that is comfortable with White people.
For most minorities, such candidates will be clearly viewed as entertaining White people’s belief that they are trying to be diverse without actually creating policy that fosters justice-based legislation.
“Diversity in Blackface” may sound offensive and a bit like an oxymoron, given my proposed argument when referring to the GOP’s efforts to diversify their party; however, if the GOP tries to appeal to ethnically diverse voters without offering them any serious alternatives on issues they truly care about, minorities will continue to be equally offended by their dearth of authenticity.”
by Troy Sparks
Green Bay – Back at Lambeau Field for some home cooking after being away for three weeks, Green Bay felt comfortable in familiar surroundings. They faced a hungry Jacksonville team that really had nothing to lose and waiting for them in the first of two straight home contests.
The Packers had to be careful not to take the Jaguars for granted. They were favored to win the Oct. 28 game by double digits. A 4-3 Green Bay squad could’ve looked at a 1-5 Jacksonville team and thought it was a trap game on the schedule. Those are the type of games that a losing team might win over a winning team. Green Bay already lost a trap game this year. Just ask them what happened in Indianapolis when they were supposed to roll over the Colts only to lose 30-27 after leading 21-3 at halftime.
The Jaguars didn’t do much damage in the first quarter with a field goal by Josh Scobee because the Packers came back with a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to receiver Randall Cobb. Their special teams put another TD on the board with a block punt of Bryan Anger of Jacksonville to give Green Bay a 14-3 lead in the first half.
Anger should’ve been angry that his punt team let cornerback Davon House block the kick. The ball rolled into the end zone and linebacker Dezman Moses fell on it for a Green Bay score. Marcus Wilkins was the last Green Bay player to block a punt in 2003 at Chicago. Tiger Greene was the last Packer to score from a block punt in 1990 at Minnesota.
And just when the Packers thought they had a comfortable halftime margin in the bag, the Jaguars came roaring back with a field goal from Scobee and then a forced fumble by defensive end Andre Branch of Rodgers at the Green Bay 13-yard line late in the half. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s pass to offensive tackle Guy Whimper minus the failed two-point conversion pulled the Jaguars within 2 points at 14-12.
You knew what Packer Nation was thinking. You wondered how the Pack defeated the best team in the AFC in the Houston Texans at their place and fell flat to the worst team in the AFC in Jacksonville at home in the first half. There was another half to go before anybody knew if the green and gold would prevail or fail. Green Bay’s 91 first half yards on 26 plays was nothing to write home about.
The third quarter was no better for the Packers. Rodgers lost the ball when he scrambled and carried the ball like a loaf of bread. His receivers couldn’t catch the ball half the time. An opportunity to put three points on the board was missed when Mason Crosby’s 32-yard field goal kick hit the right crossbar with 1 minute 25 seconds left in the quarter. It was time for the Packers to sink or swim.
“When I hit the ball, it felt good coming off my foot,” Crosby said. “It looked like it was going to go straight, but it just jumped to the right. It’s weird. I evaluated it and obviously we moved on. I knew that I was going to have another opportunity to hit the ball, regardless of the situation. I just knew that I had to stay ready for that next opportunity.”
Said head coach Mike McCarthy, “A miss is a miss; you make it, you make it. That’s the game of football, and it goes that way sometimes. There was a change in the wind. In the stadium, I think (special teams coach) Shawn (Slocum), Mason and (punter) Tim (Mastay) have done a very good job coming up (to Lambeau Field) throughout the week and looking at the different weather patterns in the south end zone and things like that. That’s part of it. I couldn’t tell you (what happened). I didn’t talk to Shawn or Mason after the (missed) kick, whether it was hit or so forth. I know that Mason expects to make that kick.”
Donald Driver saved the day. He’s not in the team’s game plan, but the veteran receiver came through in the clutch. Rodgers found him for a 4-yard TD early in the fourth quarter. It was Rodgers’ 153rd career scoring pass, moving him past Bart Starr (152) for second place in franchise history and 289 behind you-know-who. At that point, it was 21-12, Green Bay.
“He’s going to make the most of his opportunities,” Rodgers said of Driver. “Donald’s been around for a while, knows how to run his routes, knows how to get open. We know what we get out of Donald. We know what kind of player he is, what kind of professional he is. And when he gets opportunities, he will make the most of them.”
After Jacksonville got a 32-yarder from Scobee, Crosby completed the scoring with a 25-yard chip shot as the Pack survived with a 24-15 win. It wasn’t pretty, but in the NFL, a win is a win. That spoke volumes, despite being without key starters on offense and defense. McCarthy commented on the effectiveness of the game without Charles Woodson, John Kuhn, Sam Shields, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, who were injured and inactive for the game.
“Our inactive list is something that we can’t control,” he said. “Every one of those guys on the inactive list are not only good players but they’re very experienced. That’s what good teams do. You win games and you pick up for one another when the efficiency isn’t quite where you want it to be.”
Like McCarthy said, a win is a win. The Packers are 5-3, but they are still behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. The Arizona Cardinals won’t be a cakewalk for Green Bay, but it’s important for the team to get their sixth win of the season when the two teams battle on Nov. 4 at Lambeau. It will be a good feeling for the Packers entering their bye the week of Nov. 11.
(Excerpted from an article by Joseph White, AP)
Ashburn, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III sat on a sofa, working the controls of a new video game, the always-present dog tags and finance’s high school ring dangling from his neck. His speech is flush with self-confidence. He is fully aware of what he’s done and what he means to the Washington Redskins, just seven games into his career.
He has quickly become one of most dynamic players in the NFL.
“I didn’t come in joking,” Griffin said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. “I came in working hard. You don’t come in showing them all your personality all at one time, because then
you can become extremely annoying. So you want to come in and show them, ‘Hey, I’m a hardworking guy. Coach brought me here for a reason, to help us win.’ And you build that reputation through the preseason games, through practice.
“I’ve done it through the first seven games,” he continued, “and now I don’t think there’s a player on this team that has any doubt that I’m a leader of a football team, and that every time we step on the football field we have a chance to win, not only because I’m their quarterback, but because they’re out there with me.
“It’s something you build over time. Kind of like if you’re dating a girl: You don’t show her everything on the first date.”
Then he flashed that million-dollar RG3 smile.
Take his words in black and white, and one could mistake him for a braggart. His tone, however, is analytical, as if the 22-year-old rookie is giving a dispassionate review of his inaugural NFL season even as he is living it.
Griffin has wowed the NFL and brought the Redskins back to life. He leads the NFL in completion percentage and is third in passer rating. He’s run for 468 yards — on pace for more than 1,000 — and his six rushing touchdown rank second in the league.
Those are just numbers. Just watch one fourth-quarter drive against the New York Giants — the scramble to get room to complete a fourth-and-10 pass, the 23-yard run, the perfect throw to Santana Moss for a 30-yard touchdown that temporarily gave the Redskins the lead — and it’s easy to conclude that Griffin will make Washington competitive for many years to come.
That’s not good enough for the rookie. He wants to win this year. With the Redskins at 3-4 headed into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he feels he has a shot at making it happen.
“There are guys on this team that don’t have three, four years to wait for me to develop, and continue to use the excuse that I’m a young quarterback,” he said. “London Fletcher doesn’t have that many years. (DeAngelo) Hall is a guy that, based on history, doesn’t have a ton of years left in his career, so I wanted them to know that I was going to come in and try to be ready as soon as possible, and I think I’ve done that. And by no means am I there, and I continue to get better, but I don’t hold myself to a rookie-type of mindset.
Griffin is fully aware that fans, teammates and family are concerned about his health, especially after he suffered a concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month. He promised everyone afterward that he would take better care of himself. Even though his rushing totals have increased in the two games since, he feels he is running for smarter yards.
“I’ve done the best job of protecting myself in both of those games,” he said.
“Getting out of bounds, getting down when I have to, and not taking big hits. So if I run for first downs, or run for 90 yards or 80 yards and I’m able to get out of bounds, then it doesn’t matter.”
Senegal manager Ferdinand Coly says there will be difficult times ahead for his country as they await punishment for their fans’ behaviour in Saturday’s abandoned game against Ivory Coast.
A riot caused the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to be abandoned with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 (6-2 on aggregate).
“We are going to face some difficult days but Senegal will accept the sanctions,” said Coly.
“For the players, it was traumatic – especially the young ones.”
Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch with about 15 minutes left to play in Dakar, shortly after former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had converted a penalty.
Visiting supporters jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence, where they and the Ivorian players took refuge in the centre circle while the security forces used tear gas to quell the rioting fans.
Reports say about 10 people – including Senegalese Sports Minister Hadji Malick Gakou – were injured in the violence.
“We must apologise to Ivory Coast and make sure we do everything to avoid this happening again,” added Coly.
“I feel great sadness because this type of thing has no place on a football pitch or anywhere else.”
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) are yet to decide on any potential sanctions.
In the first half the Green Bay Packers dominated the Indianapolis Colts. But poor decision-making and being outcoached, the Colts pulled away with the win during Sundayʼs game. (photo by Troy Sparks)
by Troy Sparks
Indianapolis – Another rookie quarterback hurt the Green Bay Packers down the stretch. First it was Seattle’s Russell Wilson with a late drive that denied the Pack their first road win of the season. Top overall pick Andrew Luck did it to the Packers again when his late game heroics rescued the Indianapolis Colts in a 29-27 win, Oct. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It looked like Green Bay would hit the ground running and break the spirits of the Indy players, who played an inspired game for their head coach, Chuck Pagano who was recently diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. He will be out indefinitely. His replacement, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, took over the controls and actually outcoached Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy.
The loss by the Packers left them with a 2-3 record and some questions to answer after the first of three straight road games. Packer Nation wants to know what’s the problem in Titletown, who to point the finger at and how to get the team back on the winning track.
“It was a disappointing loss for us,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think we’re quite there where we need to be.”
Based on the fast start the Packers got in the first half, it appeared that all cylinders were firing and pointing to a blowout win.
The Packers drove the field and got a touchdown from fullback John Kuhn to take a 7-0 first quarter lead. Thousands of Packer backers were in the stadium chanting, “Kuuuun” after No. 30 crossed the end zone.
In the second quarter, quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the Pack down the field again and found receiver James Jones. You just had the feeling that after the Packers took a 14-0 lead that it would be a long day for the Colts.
A couple of big breaks came for Indy with the help of two huge defensive penalties on the Packers on their drive down the field later in the half. Rookie linebacker Nick Perry came through the line unblocked and rocked Luck so hard that he saw stars spinning in his head.
Unfortunately, Perry’s helmet connected to Luck’s facemask and he was called for a personal foul, which was a 15-yard penalty. It kept the drive alive for the Colts.
The pass interference call on cornerback Charles Woodson against Indy receiver Reggie Wayne, which gave the Colts the ball down at the Packers’ 6-yard line, was the best shot for the Colts to reach the end zone. Indy couldn’t punch it in and had to settle for a field goal, trailing 14-3.
When Rodgers hit receiver Randall Cobb for his second passing TD of the half, you knew that the Packers were on a roll. Maybe they learned to put the game out of reach early to avoid anything late in the game that would decide the outcome like in the Seattle game. Green Bay took a 21-3 advantage into the locker room at the half.
“When you’re (ahead) 21-3 at halftime, you’re expected to keep that thing going,” McCarthy said. “That was our approach when we came out. We went to a couple of three and outs and it was downhill from there.”
The Colts finally played some ball with the Packers in the second half when they got some lucky breaks from the visitors who broke down on both sides of the ball. When it rained, it poured for the green and gold.
An interception by Rodgers in the third quarter turned into a Colts score when Luck hit tight end Dwayne Allen for a TD to cut the Green Bay lead to 21-10. After the Colts’ TD, confetti rained from the Lucas Oil Stadium ceiling as if the team won the Super Bowl or something.
The interception by Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams was challenged by the Colts because he one-handed the ball but couldn’t hold on to it as it hit the ground. The call was overturned. Adam Vinatieri’s 50-yard field goal put Indy within a TD and a two-point conversion reach of the Packers at 21-13.
When Luck ran for another TD, more confetti rained on the field. The Colts missed the two-point conversion as the Packers clung to a 21-19 lead. Vinatieri later made another field goal for a 22-21 Indy lead. After that meltdown, Packer Nation went, “Here we go again!”
Jones’ TD catch allowed Green Bay to regain a 27-22 lead, but the Packers left too much time on the clock and Luck pulled off a miracle comeback. When his scoring pass to Wayne with under a minute left in the game put the Colts ahead and Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby missed a game-winning field goal that went wide left, it was game, match, set for the now 2-2 Colts. The crowd chanted, “Reg-gie, Reg-gie!” Not bad for a team coming off a bye week.
The penalties and missed opportunities really hurt the Packers. “We’re not taking advantage of clean plays,” McCarthy said. “When you have a clean play, you expect execution and productivity. We didn’t get it done.”
Several chances for the Packers’ defense to capitalize on turnovers withered away. Besides the near interception by Williams, Luck fumbled on an attempted pass. Linebacker Clay Matthews tried to pick up the ball and run with it instead of just falling on it. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Indy 30. That was at least a field goal. Had the sack by Perry been clean, the Packers would have been in position to pad their lead in the first half. Clearly, they let some additional points get away.
The Packers lost three of their key players to injuries. Running back Cedric Benson suffered a foot injury, nose tackle B.J. Raji and tight end Jermichael Finley left the game with ankle and shoulder injuries, respectively.
by Troy Sparks
Green Bay – When Green Bay was robbed of a win at Seattle on a last second call on a last second Hail Mary pass in their Monday night game by a replacement official, it fueled outrage from football fans everywhere.
The fight over the ball between Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, who appeared to have two hands on the ball before Seattle’s Golden Tate put a hand on the ball, resulted in a tie-up. Observers who saw one official signal a touchdown and the other signal a timeout without discussing the situation were confused. They also saw Tate push Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields down before he went up for the ball. You know what happened. The ruling was a TD.
After that call that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 win, the wrath that was felt by Packer Nation became the rallying cry heard around the world that still hasn’t simmered. The outbursts reached the office of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York. He felt the heat and got the owners and officials union to agree on an 8-year deal. The real officials are back to work.
There was nothing the Packers could do about the last result. It still went down as a loss. They could do one of two things; keep complaining or take it out on the next opponent.
Against New Orleans, Sept. 30, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay came out swinging in what was a carryover from their shootout game here last year in which the Packers won 42-34. Green Bay was trying to rebound from their 1-2 start and New Orleans, who was 0-3 entering the game, was looking for a win in the worst way.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers started the shootout with a TD pass to James Jones in the first quarter and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees came back with a scoring pass to Marques Colston.
Then the pace picked up in the second quarter with the QBs. Rodgers hit receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones for two consecutive TDs and Brees found Darren Sproles in the end zone right before halftime. Green Bay scored 21 of the 35 total points in the half.
The real officials got a warm welcome to Lambeau Field before the game, but once the game began, they heard the boos on two plays in particular that weren’t correctly called.
Colston pushed off on a Packers defender to get his TD catch. A replay early in the second half showed that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught the ball before it hit the ground. Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play and the completed pass call stood, costing the Packers a time out and left them without any more challenges.
McCarthy gave one of the referees a mean stare. It didn’t matter if it was a real or a replacement official. That warm welcome of the regular officials at Lambeau quickly wore off when they called a total of nine penalties on both teams in the first half and 17 in the game. You can’t blame the replacement guys for anything that happens now because they are no longer officiating NFL games.
Things quickly went south for Green Bay. They lost Greg Jennings in the second half when he re-injured his groin. Rodgers was poked in the eye when New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins grabbed Rodgers’ face mask as the Packers were driving for a TD in the third quarter.
Rodgers went out. In came backup QB Graham Harrell. He lost the snap at the Saints’ 2-yard line and Jenkins recovered the fumble. The Saints caught the Packers’ defense off guard. Receiver Joseph Morgan ran past Shields and was all alone 20 yards downfield when he hauled in Brees’ pass and raced to the end zone. That 4-play, 92-yard drive that took 1 minute 21 seconds to complete gave the Saints a 24-21 lead with 3:43 remaining in the quarter. Rodgers came back in the game and engineered a scoring drive in the fourth quarter as the Packers regained the lead at 28-27.
“Basically, I was looking in the backfield, and that hurts,” Shields said of being out of position on the last TD by the Saints. “(Morgan) got behind me with a touchdown. It was a whole lot of stuff going through my mind at that time. They lined up quick, but like I said, it was all on me.”
New Orleans drove downfield late in the fourth quarter to set up for a game-winning field goal by kicker Garrett Hartley. He missed the field goal from 48 yards. Green Bay got the ball back, ran out the clock and escaped with a 1-point win to go to 2-2. New Orleans was still winless at 0-4.
“When we go up tempo,” Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley said, “I don’t think that nobody can stop us. We came in and realized who was playing. Their defense is pretty weak. We just had to go out and expose them like we wanted to. I feel like we got our swagger back. In this league, confidence is the key. If you go out there and look timid, you’re not going to play well. But if you go out there, knowing that you’re going to do the job and do it well, the sky’s the limit.”
McCarthy was pleased with his team overcoming the madness in the Seattle game to move forward and play well against New Orleans. “I’m proud of our football team, especially the week we endured,” he said. “We talked a lot about integrity and character. I’m proud of the way our players responded to the challenge and responded throughout the game.”
Compton rapper Game not be able to save his relationship with Tiffney Cambridge, but he did help a man who had been in a serious bicycle accident earlier this week.
According to multiple reports, Game was leaving a recording studio early Wednesday morning and noticed a man lying on the ground with a bike on top of him. The “My Life” rhymer parked his car to check on the guy. Game found the man lying face down and unresponsive to any of his inquiries if he was doing okay. Game swung into action and called 911. Game sat with the injured bicyclist until an emergency medical team arrived and transported to a local Los Angeles hospital.
by Troy Sparks
Dan Gogin’s love for the game of golf goes back to when he was 6 years old and picked up a set of golf clubs for the first time. That experience evolved into a passion for golf. As did his participation with the sport progress from playing to teaching others the game.
Gogin, who has previous experience teaching adult golf lessons, took on the task of teaching the basics of golf to a group of kids for the first time this summer. Lessons were offered for children ages 6-18 at the Bridging the Gap Learning Center, 1600 W. State St.
Right away Gogin noticed a difference in teaching the children and adults. “(Kids are) a lot more excited,” he said. “It’s easier to get them excited about some of the (game). They get frustrated a lot quite easily. Adults tend to take it a little bit more seriously. The kids tend to stay a little bit more optimistic. They try to find the joy in some of the successes that they have instead of focusing so much on the negatives.”
The outdoor golf range at Bridging the Gap allowed kids from the surrounding neighborhoods and outside the area to hit balls from a tee and to practice making putts throughout the summer when the weather was nice. Additionally, the group practiced their putting and chip shots at Lake Park and even played the par-3, 18-hole course.
When bad weather made it impossible to practice outdoors, Gogin held classes inside the golf clubhouse. “In an indoor environment,” Gogin said, “we would have discussions on golf clubs and how they work and uses for them. We also talked about golf courses, golf course etiquette, the history of golf and rules.”
The morning and afternoon sessions gave the youngsters plenty of knowledge and practice on golf. The Wisconsin Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and Milwaukee Recreation joined forces to give kids the opportunity to swing the clubs and learn proper golf manners. The First Tee of Milwaukee County was also instrumental in allowing the participants to play at Lake Park on Milwaukee’s east side.
The main goal of The First Tee of Milwaukee County’s golf program is instilling in young people life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and respect while providing affordable access to golf. Those four elements are part of the nine core values of the program, which also include judgment, confidence, responsibility, perseverance and courtesy.
Gogin knows all too-well the life-enhancing values of the sport. His own experience in golf included countless hours of playing on the course near his home as a youngster; working a newspaper route and caddying at the Bluemound Country Club to earn enough money to buy his own set of clubs.
In college, Gogin wanted to play golf at UW-Milwaukee, but the school didn’t have a team at the time. Instead, he put playing on hold to learn the business side of the sport by accepting an assistant’s position at a golf club.
In 2005, Gogin used his PGA card to play in some tournaments, but he didn’t have good results. His focus was on learning to teach golf, running a golf facility and trying to make enough money to support his family. He took classes in Florida to become a PGA certified instructor and club pro and spent more than 15 years as a club pro, serving as the head pro at two different clubs for eight years.
Gogin, who is married with two children, found that spending between 60-90 hours a week away from home running golf clubs and teaching, took a toll on his family.
“It’s really difficult to be part of a family when you’re away from the house that much,” Gogin said. “And this summer, I decided that it was time for a change, time to try a little something different. It’s been a little less money, but it’s been a lot more time with my family and my kids. It’s been a great transition for us.”
With his career coming full circle, Gogin sees the value of playing a role in allowing children to experience the game of golf just as he did in his youth.
Ten Signature Charities Announced; 20 Others To Be Randomly Drawn In December When Final Fundraising Total Announced
Potawatomi Bingo Casino kicked off its 19th-annual Miracle on Canal Street Wednesday by announcing exciting changes to the program that will increase anticipation for December’s fundraising total announcement.
Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s signature charitable program. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children in southeastern Wisconsin. Through funds raised from special bingo games and the generosity of Potawatomi Bingo Casino guests, the program focuses the joy of holiday giving onto those who are the hope for the future. Thirty local children’s charities will take place in this year’s program.
In a major change from years’ past, 20 of the 30 charities participating in the program will be randomly chosen on the day the fundraising total is announced – Friday, Dec. 14. Prior to this year, those charities were randomly chosen and announced to kick off the program in August.
“This year’s big change will give us a chance to learn and develop relationships with many more great charities that are doing important work throughout the area. With nearly 150 children’s charities applying and eligible for Miracle on Canal Street this year, the level of participation and engagement in the program will be bigger and more sustained than ever,” said Potawatomi Bingo Casino Bingo Director Melanie Martin. “This is an astonishing program, and our Bingo guests are the ones responsible for making it an overwhelming success year in and year out.”
The Miracle on Canal Street game will be played during every bingo session at the Casino from Aug. 15-Dec. 13.
The casino also announced Wednesday the 10 signature charities chosen by the program’s media partners to participate in Miracle on Canal Street this year. These 10 charities will also share in funds raised through the Miracle bingo game. The theme for this year’s program is “Making sure children have a place to sleep, eat and play.” All signature charities chosen were required to serve children in these capacities. This year’s signature charities and their media partners include:
Adoption Resources of Wisconsin – presented by Lamar Outdoor
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – presented by Entercom Radio
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee – presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County – presented by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – presented by Clear Channel Outdoor
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin – presented by WITI FOX 6
Milwaukee Bicycle Collective – presented by OnMilwaukee.com
Penfield Children’s Center – presented by Milwaukee Radio Group
Pathfinders – presented by WISN TV 12
Special Olympics Wisconsin – presented by Journal Broadcast Group
“We feel blessed to be a Miracle on Canal Street charity in 2012,” said Genise Lindner, Development and Communications Manager at Pathfinders. “The money we receive through this wonderful program will go a long way in helping our community’s homeless and runaway children by giving them the necessary shelter, food and support services they need to overcome the traumas they’ve endured.”
Since its inception in 1994, Miracle on Canal Street has contributed more than $11.5 million to more than 375 non-profit organizations. In 2011, 30 children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin shared in funds totaling nearly $1 million.
Last year, Miracle on Canal Street funding improved the lives of children in our community by addressing multiple needs – from educational services to emergency shelter, from clothing needs to after-school enrichment activities.
Eligible charities applied during a call for entry period which closed in June. Eligible organizations must have 501(c) (3) status, serve a primary client base of children younger than 18 and be located within Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Sheboygan or Walworth counties. A complete list of submission guidelines is available at www.paysbig.com/miracle.