Safety & Security: Emergency Response
Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
South Carolina-LSU Game Relocated to Baton Rouge
by Josh Kendall October 2015
Saturday’s South Carolina-LSU game is being moved to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. “In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.
Flooding May Force Relocation of South Carolina-LSU Game
by firstname.lastname@example.org October 2015
Williams-Brice Stadium basked under bright sunshine Tuesday, but extensive flooding elsewhere in Columbia had the University of South Carolina debating whether to host its next football game. The Gamecocks are scheduled to host No. 7 LSU at noon Saturday. While the school continues to monitor the situation, we re not 100 percent sure at this time we ll have a game at Williams-Brice, athletics director Ray Tanner said. While that planning is underway, it s not a definite. Tanner said potentially moving the game to another city, including Baton Rouge, La., has been considered. Not out of the realm of possibility, he said of playing at Tiger Stadium. He hoped for a decision by Wednesday night.
Recognizing Symptoms Key to Handling Youth Concussions
by Kit Waskom Pollard October 2015
Anita McHugh's 15-year-old son Daniel suffered a concussion and other injuries after a snowboarding accident. For active young people, concussions are often the result of participation in sports. Anita McHugh received some terrifying news; her 14-year-old son had been in an accident while snowboarding with friends in Pennsylvania. "He broke his leg and clavicle, and there was a high probability that he had a concussion," recalls the Parkville mom. "He was wearing a helmet and it cracked." Over the course of the next six months, her son, Daniel, saw numerous physicians. Once his leg and clavicle were stabilized and he began to recover from the immediate trauma of the accident, his treatment shifted, to focus more on the symptoms related to his concussion, which had not completely abated, even after several weeks.
Marathon Organizers Plan for Black Lives Matter Protest
by Jason Scott September 2015
The Twin Cities Marathon begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, and ends near the Minnesota State Capitol -- but a group of protestors reportedly has plans to end the race sooner.
The St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter is planning a protest which leaders say will block the finish line and prevent runners from finishing the full 26.2 miles.
Organizer Rashad Turner says protestors will “become the finish line,” blocking the path of runners about a mile before the actual end of the race.
The Black Lives Matter group has protested in St. Paul before, causing disruptions to public transit. The protest is in response to recent allegations of police brutality in St. Paul.
“Our job as an organization is to keep the pressure on,” Turner said. “Our job is to let the community know that every day we are planning on dismantling white supremacy.”
Turner said the goal of the marathon protest is to get runners to unite.
“My hope is marathon runners realize they’re not going to be able to finish this race and instead of being angry and complaining, that they join in in the protest and stand in solidarity because justice is all we are asking for,” Turner said. “I’m not concerned about them feeling threatened. We’ve always been non-violent, we’ve been peaceful.”
St. Paul police have made few arrests at other Black Lives Matter protests and rallies, but Turner acknowledges that participants in the marathon protests may be subject to arrest.
Meanwhile, marathon organizers have said that their plans focus on keeping everyone safe.
“We are working closely with city officials to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators,” Marathon organizing group Twin Cities in Motion said in a statement.
Bills Parking Lot Suicide Was Off-Duty Police Officer
by Dan Herbeck September 2015
A man whose suicide by gunfire stunned Buffalo Bills fans camping outside Ralph Wilson Stadium over the weekend was identified Monday as an off-duty Orleans County sheriff's deputy.
Ralph Wilson Tailgaters Stunned by News of Fan Suicide
by Matt Glynn September 2015
On Sunday morning, the parking lots outside Ralph Wilson Stadium looked, smelled and sounded like they do on the morning of any other Buffalo Bills regular-season opener. Fans clad in the jerseys of Bills present and past chatted and drank beer. They tossed footballs, blasted rock music and grilled food on a cool, cloudy September day. Fans in the camper parking lot across Abbott Road from the stadium were going through game-day rituals, as well, but they were also reflecting on the tragedy in their midst from the night before.
MRSA Remains Back-to-School Risk for Athletes
by Jayne O'Donnell, Laura Ungar September 2015
A private Washington school attended for decades by political luminaries and their children is standing out this month for another reason. St. Alban's is one of the latest schools to to be hit by MRSA infections, which are most commonly thought of as affecting elderly hospital patients.
Wildfires Shake Up Idaho's Prep Football Schedule
by Greg Lee email@example.com August 2015
Poor air quality as a result of wildfires in the region have had North Idaho high schools scrambling to figure out options for scheduled season-opening games this weekend.
Details Emerge About Viking Stadium Work Site Death
by Rochelle Olson; Libor Jany August 2015
The death of one roofer and a serious injury to another shut down construction of the Minnesota Vikings stadium on Wednesday, leaving the massive project eerily empty as an investigation was launched.