President Trump orders policy overhaul so military academy athletes can go pro immediately

first_imgThe move, which gives Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper 120 days to develop a new plan, would reverse a policy Trump’s administration had executed in 2017. Athletes enrolled in military academies cannot play sports before serving at least two years in the armed forces under the current Department of Defense policy.”Once implemented, the President’s policy will empower our cherished Academies to compete even better in sporting activities against other colleges and universities, benefitting student-athletes and the Armed Forces,” Sanders said. “The president wants our military to be strong in all respects, even in athletics.” Related News Roger Staubach went on to have one of the most successful pro careers after he played college ball with Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was quarterback for the Midshipmen from 1962-64 and earned the 1963 Heisman Trophy before winning two Super Bowls in his 11-year stint with the Cowboys. Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m not going to the f—ing White House’ President Donald Trump fires back at Megan Rapinoe: ‘Finish the job!’ President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a presidential memorandum ordering the Pentagon to develop a new policy to delay mandatory active service for athletes attending the nation’s military academies so they can play professional sports immediately after graduating.”Highly talented cadets and midshipmen who receive the extraordinary benefits of an education from an Academy or through a ROTC program at taxpayer expense should be able to both take advantage of the short window of time during which playing professional sports is realistically possible, while also honoring the commitment they have made to our Armed Forces and our country,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, per The Hill.last_img read more

Nduva is Uganda Amateur Golf Open 2019 champ

first_imgNew champion Nduva from Kenya. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONG D Nduva 286 S Njogu 287 S Njoroge 288 J Cwinyaai 293 D Asaba 295 R Otile 295Venue: Lake Victoria Serena LIVE: Results (click)Kigo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kenyan Daniel Nduva is the new Uganda Amateur Golf Open champion.The 23-year old Nyali Golf Club player carded a 72-hole score of 286, to secure a one-stroke come-from-behind victory. He carded 75, 70, 71, 70 in the four rounds.Nduva becomes the first Kenyan to take Uganda’s most prestigious title since 2007, when fellow countryman Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club won.“We came here to win, and I am happy it turned out as we planned. I dedicate this victory to my mum, who did everything to make me who I am, and helped me start playing the game of golf,” Nduva said.Simon Njogu, who had led all of the three opening rounds, failed to secure a play-off opportunity, when he missed a birdie on the final hole.The top three places were taken by the Kenyans, with Samuel Njoroge setting the early pressure in the final round with a hole-in-one on hole 4.Defending champion Ronald Otile conceded defeat. ” It did not work the way I had planned on the final day. I had wanted to play one or two under in the first 9 holes, but my tee shots did not work out. The 8 strokes on hole 13 killed it all.”“I will not come back next year. I will leave the championship contest for the much younger Ugandan lads,” he said.Otile had put up a phenomenal come-back after a disastrous 82 strokes on day one, to make the pressure group on the final day on Saturday.The 24-year-old carded an astonishing 66 – six under par on Friday, courtesy of a eagle, six birdies and 9 pars.Otile rewrote the record he had set just a day earlier with a four under par 68 strokes as he chased a pack of Kenyans, who dominated the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open from day one.Uganda’s best player was Joseph Cwinyaai, seven strokes behind at 293, followed by Denis Asaba who carded at 295. Share on: WhatsApp The four-day 72 hole Amateur Open is Ugandan golf’s most prestigious title. It is held a few days after the Ladies Open that was won by Uganda’s Martha Babirye, and a week before the professional Open.There will be a Pro Am tournament on Tuesday, before Dismas Indiza, from Mumias Club Kenya takes to the course to defend his Professional Open title.He leads a Kenyan team of 24 professionals to the event.An aerial view of the club and courseLIVE UPDATE 1: Early results Pressure group S Njoroge S Njogu R Otile Pius Omara carded 77 strokes on the final day of the Uganda Amateur Golf Open to set the pace among the early finishers.The Lake Victoria Serena golfer concluded his day with a 72 holes score of 321, 33 over par. He was five better than Tooro Golf Club’s Solomon Enyoru and Emma Moko of Namulonge Club with 326 and lying second at 1.30pm.The pressure group has just teed off, with Kenya Railway Golf Club veteran Samuel Chege Njoroge looking to break an 11-year jinx for foreign entrants at the Uganda Amateur Golf Open.Ugandans have won the last 11 Opens, with Njoroge’s fellow countryman Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club the last foreign entrant to win the title in 2007.Overnight leader Njoroge said he is well placed to win. ” This is a new course… everyone is new to it so whoever swings well, and whoever will have luck will win. I made some mistakes on Friday and if I try to avoid the mistakes, I believe I can win it,” he said.The Kenyan will however have to contend with favourite Otile, who has stormed from being 13 behind the day one leader Njogu, to playing in the pressure group.Friday’s all Kenyan pressure group heading to the back nine. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONGAfter a disastrous start, that saw him card 82 strokes on Wednesday, he remained optimistic, and warned that, “It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow.”The 24-year old has come close to doing that already, hitting a course record 4 under 68 on Thursday, then breaking the record Friday with a stunning 6 under par 66 that had an eagle, six birdies and nine par scores in the 18 holes – completely demystifying the water hazards that dominate the course.What will not be good news for his opponents is the fact that after his six-under par score, Otile still feels there is room for improvement. “I need to play the course as it is and on regulations. I’ll also need to commit on putting tomorrow,” he said, when asked about his thoughts ahead of D-day.Last year, he came from 5 strokes behind in the very last 6 holes to win. A thrilling final day awaits golf fans at the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open.last_img read more

From “Bach to Rock” – Olympia Youth Chorus Delivers

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Those attending will enjoy a mix of early Michael Jackson and more as the singers explore several decades of music, including classical, contemporary, and maybe even a few unexpected surprises! This is a fun concert for all ages, so plan to join us and be entertained by some of the finest young talent (ages 5-18) Olympia has to offer.The concert will be held at the Westwood Baptist Church located at 333 Kaiser Rd NW in Olympia on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 4 p.m. Submitted by Olympia Youth ChorusOlympia Youth Chorus presents “Bach to Rock” Saturday, May 18 at 4pm. The concert will bring to listeners a sampling of choral music from J.S. Bach and Hildegard von Bingen to Sister Act’s “Joyful, Joyful.” Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.  Children 3 and under are admitted at no charge.  Tickets can be purchased by emailing Olympia Youth Chorus at read more