Vermont Ski Museum welcomes Beck, Broomhall, Chaffee and Sheehan into Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Vermont Ski Museum is pleased to announce the 2009 Inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame: Bill Beck, Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, Suzy Chaffee, and Bobo Sheehan. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum’s collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit. This year’s Induction ceremony will be on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Old Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont. Bill Beck, of Middlebury, Vermont, was a member of the National Ski Team from 1951-1957. He had the best downhill finish by an American male with his fifth place in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games. His record stood for 32 years until Bill Johnson won the gold medal in 1984. Beck also finished 5th, in 1952, in the prestigious Alberg-Kandahar Downhill, again a best ever by an American skier. He was a member of the 1954 World Championship Team, the 1956 Olympic Team Captain, and coach of the 1960 Olympic team. He remained active in the ski industry after retiring as a coach, industry representative, sport shop owner.  Robert “Bobo” Sheehan was a legendary coach from 1945-1968. He skied on the Newport Vermont High School team in 1939, 1940 before joining the Middlebury class of’44. Sheehan coached the Middlebury women’s team in 1946 and led the Middlebury men in 1948 to their first of two consecutive national championship titles. In the same year Becky Fraser ’46, captain of the 1944 and 1945 women’s teams, became the first Middlebury skier to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team. He coached the 1956 US Olympic Team. He was president of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association and member of the Olympic Ski Games Committee. In 1984, Middlebury College dedicates the Robert “Bobo” Sheehan chairlift in celebration of 50 years of skiing at the College. Sheehan died in 1999. Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, originally from Rumford, Maine, dedicated his career to giving opportunities to young skiers in Southern Vermont. Broomhall had a successful college career racing for the Western State College Cross Country Ski Team. He came to Bennington in 1966 “to head a total ski program for the kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school.” He coached cross country, jumping and downhill, winning 5 Vermont State High School championships and helping at least 25 skiers to the Junior Olympics. He was one of the first in the nation to coach a girl’s team and brought the first girl’s team to Junior Olympics in 1968. In 1969, he left his coaching position to start the Torger Tokel League, now known as the Bill Koch League to develop skiers not yet in high school. center_img Suzy Chaffee, from Rutland, VT, had a successful career on the US Women’s Ski Team competing in the downhill. Due to a miscalculation in wax, she did not fulfill her Olympic potential in the 1968 Games, but she received press for her silver racing suit. She used this press to launch many ventures including a modeling/endorsement/film career, a designer clothing line, and ski equipment made for women. She has been a strong advocate for women’s equality in sports. She joined the freestyle ski team as professional in 1971 and competed with the men since there was no women’s division; she won titles in 1971-73. She was one of the first two women to serve on the USOC’s Board of Directors; she assisted in the passage of the “Amateur Sport Act of 1978”; she served on president’s council on physical fitness under four administrations. Most recently she founded the Native Voices Foundation with the mission “to create joyful unity through sports and education to heal mother earth for all our children.”last_img read more

Animal law program set

first_imgAnimal law program set June 1, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar’s new Animal Law Committee will hold its inaugural seminar June 24 at the Annual Meeting in Orlando.The seminar is titled “Animal Law Issues Affecting Florida Practitioners” and is intended to educate members of the profession regarding the laws, regulations, and court decisions dealing with legal issues involving animals, including how such issues affect more traditional practice areas.The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with “Animal Law and Legal Malpractice: The Necessity to Understand Animal Law and How It Relates to Your Practice,” by Steven M. Wise, a 25-year animal law practitioner and author of Rattling the Cage, Drawing the Line, and Though the Heavens May Fall. He is also an adjunct animal law professor at the Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, John Marshall Law School, and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.Other segments of the seminar will address “Animal Law and the First Amendment: Animal Abuse Protest Cases,” with Thomas R. Julin of Miami and Victor S. Kline of Orlando; “Trusts and Pets: Establishing Trusts for Pets Under Florida Law,” with C. Randolph Coleman of Jacksonville; “The Law on Housing, Disabilities, and Therapy Pets,” with Michael R. Masinter of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center; “Florida Equine Law: The Proper Treatment of Florida’s Horses – A Matter of Course, Of Course?” with Craig I. Scheiner; “Dangerous Dog Litigation,” with Steven J. Wisotsky of Nova Southeastern; “Practicing Animal Tort Law: Practical Considerations for Animal Law Practitioners,” with Marcy I. LaHart of West Palm Beach; and “Pet Store Litigation: Defective Puppies and Puppy Mill Cases,” with Fred M. Kray of Miami.For registration information see the Annual Meeting brochure in the May issue of The Florida Bar Journal.center_img Animal law program setlast_img read more

Football: Four-Star recruit Stevenson denied admission to UW, granted release

first_imgWisconsin football recruit Jordan Stevenson was denied admission to the university Thursday and will be granted his release Friday morning, according to a report from coach Paul Chryst and running backs coach John Settle informed the four-star running back earlier Thursday he didn’t get into the school, the report said.Stevenson’s release will become official Friday morning, and he can sign with any school he desires., a Dallas, Texas native and South Oak Cliff product, received’s No. 84 overall ranking in the country in the 2015 class, and would have been Wisconsin’s highest-rated recruit this season.The Badgers still have Bradrick Shaw, a three-star running back out of Hoover, Alabama, and he will now be the lone incoming running back in this class.Get to know the Wisconsin football recruiting class of 2015QUARTERBACKS (2) Austin Kafentzis ★ ★ ★ City: Sandy, UT H.S.: Jordan Ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Utah Read…The Badgers still have depth at running back, with Corey Clement taking over the starting role and Dare Ogunbowale, Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy also listed on the depth chart.Stevenson won’t be the only original Class of 2015 member missing at Wisconsin. The Badgers also lost three-star quarterback recruit Austin Kaftenzis, who transferred to Nevada, after it became clear during spring practices that fellow incoming freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook would outrank him on the depth chart.Admissions standards at Wisconsin are among the toughest in the nation for incoming student-athletes, and the requirements have received a lot of attention over the last few months.The standards are  the main reason why former football head coach Gary Andersen bolted Madison for Oregon State this past December.The UW football program places emphasis on academics. Two months ago, the team received the highest Academic Progress Rate in the country, beating schools like Stanford, Duke and Michigan.Final Grades: Might not be best on field, but Wisconsin football No. 1 in classroomThe University of Wisconsin football team may not be No. 1 in the rankings, but it is in the classroom. Read…Wisconsin opens up its season against SEC powerhouse Alabama Sept. 5.last_img read more

Memphis discovers the cost for fighting NCAA over James Wiseman’s eligibility may be exorbitant

first_imgHe will not be permitted to play, absent a successful appeal, until Jan. 12 against South Florida. He will miss games against Ole Miss, NC State, Tennessee Georgia and Wichita State. Had there been no suit and no injunction and no cheerleading from the Memphis suits, he at least would have been in a Tigers uniform before Christmas and would have missed no American Athletic Conference games.And there might not have been any NCAA enforcement action threatened as a result of the circumstances that put Wiseman’s eligibility in jeopardy.You want to pick a fight with the NCAA? OK. That sounds cool. You better come armed with a case that can stick. North Carolina fought the NCAA to establish that its bylaws did not cover the academic impropriety that existed for years in the university’s African and African-American Studies department. When that case was over the Tar Heels faced not a single sanction, not even loss of their LA privileges.Missouri cooperated with an NCAA investigation into whether one of its academic tutors who worked with football players had provided improper assistance to a dozen student-athletes and wound up banned from participating in a bowl. The message many who follow college sports received by juxtaposing these two cases was simple: If you’re facing an issue with the NCAA, it’s better to battle. That perception was, in fact, overly simplistic, a lesson the Memphis Tigers learned in most painful fashion Wednesday afternoon.They were informed their audacity in playing freshman star James Wiseman in multiple games after the NCAA had warned he “likely” was ineligible for competition had a severe immediate price, and possibly a more damaging cost going forward.He will serve a suspension of a dozen games – nine games as prescribed by the dollar amount of the extra benefit he was deemed by the NCAA to have received from current Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway, plus three extra games as punishment for his appearance in the first three games of the season. Wiseman also will have to make an $11,500 payment to charity to regain his eligibility, a requirement he can fulfill on an installment plan.MORE: Donation cost could be tough on WisemanIt was a stunning result, one Memphis immediately pledged to appeal. “Based on case precedent, the circumstances of this case and other mitigating factors, the University will immediately appeal this decision,” read a statement issued by the Memphis athletic department. “We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James’ behalf.”It also may not be the end of this matter. According to Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde, the NCAA apparently is threatening a major infractions case against Memphis athletics – based largely on the facts that clearly have been established: that Hardaway paid $11,500 to Wiseman’s family for moving expenses when he still was coaching East High but also was considered a Tigers booster because of a $1 million donation he had made to the athletic department nearly a decade earlier.One might think that alleged offense is being purged by the “repayment” assigned to Wiseman and the 12-game suspension, but that would be incorrect.It’s something that happens a lot when attempting to follow the logic of NCAA jurisprudence, and that may have been what led to the arrogance apparent in Memphis’ initial declarations of support for the suit Wiseman brought against the NCAA to gain an injunction and its decision to play him in games against Illinois-Chicago and Oregon.On the day of the UIC game, the university president, David Rudd, and its athletic director, Laird Veatch, expressed support for Wiseman. Veatch, who started his job in October, even said in his statement, “It is clear to me in my short time here that Memphians will stand up and fight, both for each other and for what is right, and I am proud to stand with them.”That probably sounded better to the fans at FedEx forum than in the offices of NCAA headquarters.When Wiseman chose to drop his case against the NCAA a week ago, it seemed some sort of rapprochement had been realized between the two sides. He had hired an esteemed legal team with a track record of improbable victories, so the abandonment of the suit appeared to indicate the NCAA was willing to make some sort of deal regarding the establishment of Wiseman’s eligibility.This is no deal. This is like a player having a shot slapped back into his face.last_img read more