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first_imgSurrounded by many of her former teammates, new players, coaches and alumni, Cooper-Dyke took the stage with a feeling of excitement in the air after Athletic Director Pat Haden welcomed her back to the USC campus.“If you had asked me years ago when I began coaching what was my dream and where I wanted to be, I wanted to be home, here at USC,” Cooper-Dyke said.Cooper-Dyke, 49, opened by expressing her enthusiasm for finally being able to lead her alma mater and thanked Haden and the rest of the athletic department for “getting it right this time.”And after only one practice with the team, the former WNBA and international superstar had plenty of great things to say about her roster.“My team is a fantastic and wonderful group of very talented young women,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I look forward to working with them in order to build confidence and build a culture [with] an attitude of winning.”A winning attitude in the women’s basketball program is nothing new to USC, as Haden expressed in his introduction.“We have a long history of really good women’s basketball teams along with a history of national championships, and Cynthia was a very important figure on those national championships teams,” Haden said. “We are so thrilled to have her leading our program … back to greatness.”Cooper-Dyke is what Haden believes to be a “Trojan icon,” as she is one of the greatest players to ever play basketball at USC on either the men’s or women’s side. Haden also mentioned how her number 44 jersey is currently retired in the Galen Center and how she has accomplished virtually everything one can in the sport of basketball.“We think she is going to be a terrific coach for our Trojan basketball team,” Haden said.After turning other collegiate programs into winning teams during her eight-year coaching career and going 150-106 (.586) during that time, Cooper-Dyke looks to accomplish the same feat at USC.“I’m excited to get started and really put USC women’s basketball where we deserve to be,” Cooper-Dyke said.After talking about how she couldn’t have imagined accomplishing so much during her basketball career, Cooper-Dyke expressed how this position in particular is something she never fathomed.“It was always my dream to come back to Los Angeles and be at the helm of USC women’s basketball,” Cooper-Dyke said.The four-time WNBA champion also brings a new coaching style to the Women of Troy, and she shared how she has learned from her coaching experiences thus far.“I have learned how to break things that I wanted to teach down however far I needed to in order for my players to get it,” Cooper-Dyke said. “It is my job as a head coach to teach them, and it is so gratifying to see when a player gets it and see them demonstrate that out on the court.”Even after one practice,  Cooper-Dyke’s coaching style already seems to resonate well with the players.“She has a great sense of humor, has tons of energy and also is an alumni … so it is really easy to relate with her,” rising senior forward Cassie Harberts said. “She is so passionate and literally bleeds cardinal and gold.”Another important member of this season’s squad agreed with Harberts’ assertion.“She’s really easy to talk to and is very open,” junior Ariya Crook said. “She’s also a teaching coach, so if we had any questions, she stopped and helped us get through what we wanted to get through.”Toward the end of the press conference, Cooper-Dyke fittingly stressed the importance of one of her main goals, which is to get to know her players and for her players to get to know her.“It’s not about what happened in the past — rather, it’s about what we are going to do in the future, and this is my team’s time,” Cooper-Dyke said.When talking about the team’s playing style, Cooper-Dyke mentioned how the Women of Troy are going to emphasize defense, get up and down the court and play a fun-to-watch style of basketball. However, for Cooper and the rest of the women’s program, it all comes down to one thing.“The main goal is to win,”  Cooper-Dyke said. “We want  to be on top of the Pac-12 and become a national powerhouse again.” As one Cooper moved out, another moves in.Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is back home, and the USC hall of famer was formally introduced Tuesday as the new women’s basketball head coach in a reception at the Galen Center.Settling in · Cooper-Dyke was formally introduced as USC’s head coach on Tuesday after coaching for eight years and compiling a combined 150-106 record at Prairie View A&M University, UNC Wilmington and Texas Southern. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

first_imgSince its inaugural season in 1996, the women’s water polo team has been a household name in the NCAA, winning four national titles — in 1999, 2004, 2010 and 2013 — with repeated NCAA championship game appearances. The program has only known one coach who built a nationally recognized competitor in just 21 short years: Jovan Vavic.The Women of Troy have had some impressive season records. Their last undefeated season was in 2004 when the Trojans were 29-0 and went on to win the national championship. This season could bring a similar outcome with the Trojans already well into their season, maintaining a perfect record of 17-0 and a 3-0 mark in MPSF action.“[The 2016 team] is one of the most talented teams I’ve coached,” Vavic said. “They are all committed to training and have a lot of determination and fire in them.”The depth in USC’s roster has been key to their success. Major stat leaders include junior attacker Stephania Haralabidis who leads the conference in assists and is second in conference in goals scored, averaging 2.7 goals per game. Four Trojans are also featured on the offensive stat rankings with junior attacker Ioanna Haralibidis, junior utility Avery Peterson, junior center Brigitta Games and sophomore utility Brianna Daboub.On the defensive side, the team ranks first in the MPSF, allowing just 4.73  goals against per game. Freshman goalie Amanda Longan and sophomore goalie Victoria Chamorro are both in the top 10 among MPSF goaltenders as Longan owns the No. 6 spot in seven games of work with 59 saves and Chamorro, coming in at the No. 9 spot, had 47 saves in 6.5 games of work.Chamorro cites film as a major contributor to the goaltenders’ success.“We’ve been watching a lot of video to not only correct our own mistakes for future games, but also to study the competition and find their weaknesses to beat them,” Chamorro said.Vavic notes that the team is calm and collected in their defensive end.“We have the No. 1 defense in the conference,” Vavic said. “A major threat to our team success would be if the players are not disciplined on defense and giving up opportunities to score for the other team.”The team also has a variety of international players who have represented their respective countries in the FINA Junior World Championship. Junior attackers Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis represented Greece in the championship while sophomore utility Hayley McKelvey played for the Canadian Junior National Team in the same tournament. Other Trojans in the tournament were freshmen Brooke Presten and Amanda Longan, who represented Team USA and helped bring home the gold.With 11 of their 16 active players on the roster having played at the national and international level, the Trojans possess significant experience and athleticism.But their recognizable talent is not the only thing that sets the Trojans apart from the competition.“We have a great team chemistry,” Chamorro said. “We constantly give feedback to each other on what we are doing well and need to work on. Our coach also helps unify us. He teaches us so much every day at practice.”With just four more regular season games before the playoffs, the Trojans are looking to maintain their No. 1 seed and finish with a championship.“We don’t plan week by week,” Vavic said. “Instead, we focus on perfecting everything throughout the season. It’s been our goal since the beginning and will continue to be as the season goes on.”Still, the undefeated record does not mean the Women of Troy plan on coasting through their remaining games.“We definitely cannot get comfortable with our record in mind,” Chamorro said. “We need to constantly pick up the intensity and keep improving. Preparation is the key to maintaining our success in the future since we have a big target on us.”last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on February 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 With an early two-goal lead during Friday night’s season opener against Syracuse, Colgate couldn’t use its faceoff domination to a time of possession advantage. In the past, repeated faceoff wins coupled with long possessions could prevent comebacks.Now, that can’t happen.Sandwiched between an STX sign in one end zone and a Saab advertisement in the other, an 80-second shot clock forced Colgate to shoot. The Raiders’ bench screamed at the 15-second mark to warn the players on the field. But after the second shot of the possession went wide of the net, a Colgate attack rolled the ball out of bounds and the officials signaled the other way. It was one of three violations combined between the two teams in Syracuse’s first game with the shot clock.The new rule, which enforces a visible 80 second shot clock in every NCAA men’s lacrosse game, was put in prior to the 2019 season. In practice, it’s rather simple, if a team shoots on net— posts and wide shots aren’t included — it’s granted a new 80 seconds to shoot again. Nationally, scoring per game is up for certain teams but with only one or two games as a sample size. Regardless, it’s another step toward fine tuning lacrosse’s rules as the sport’s popularity grows.“I absolutely think it’s necessary,” said Ryan Powell, a recently hired program adviser at SU. “The game was turning to a place where it wasn’t fun to watch.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Powell played for Syracuse from 1997-2000, the Orange offense still relied heavily on a run-and-gun style and capitalized on odd-man opportunities in transition. With no limit to how long a team could hold the ball, possession became the best way to stop a high powered offense.John Desko, currently in his 21st season as SU’s head coach, said the conversation for the shot clock intensified after the 2011 national quarterfinal. Syracuse lost 7-6 in game while Mayland won 11-of-14 faceoffs and was called for stalling 10 times.In previous iterations of shot clock-related rules, stall warnings meant teams had to keep the ball in the restraining box — an area spanning from the end zone to the 30-yard line —  which limited space to hide from defenders.In the 2013 season, a 30-second shot clock was enacted only if referees felt a team wasn’t making a clear attempt to score. But even that became unclear at times. Players and coaches didn’t have a separate clock to track the timer with. Teams also practiced shooting near the net but not on it, Desko said, often confusing officials. It led to an inconsistency that doesn’t exist in many other sports — referees could decide how fast offenses could play in any given game.“It was inevitable to have a standardized shot clock,” said national lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon. “If for nothing else to make it easier for officials to officiate and fans to understand.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorCoaches, players and analysts all agree that the addition of the shot clock appeals to fans in two important factors: It removes subjectivity from refs and promotes more fluid offense. It’s NCAA men’s lacrosse way of joining in on the increased focus surrounding offense and pace across many sports.This season, the NBA added a new rule to reset the shot clock to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound. The NFL has repeatedly added rules to clamp down on defensive penalties and promote more scoring. In women’s lacrosse, the NCAA instilled a shot clock two seasons ago.“It’s healthy for the game,” said ESPN lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra. “There’s a lot of offense in the past that would lull spectators to sleep.”The shot clock is positioned somewhere behind the net, often where a play clock would be for football. The clock starts when possession is gained by the offense, which has 20 seconds to pass half field.Desko said he doesn’t think the shot clock will affect his team as much as others due to the free-flowing nature of the offense. But after a full preseason of practice with the clock, players said they feel the game is faster.During SU’s season opener Friday, passes before attacking the cage were limited. But on other possessions, like Colgate’s early in the first quarter, a lengthy clear and several failed attempts to drive on a defender can chew up more clock than expected.“We get caught off guard,” said senior attack Brad Voigt prior to the season. “It’ll be like 10 seconds and we hear guys screaming from the sidelines. We’re like, ‘Oh, crap we actually have a shot clock instead of a one minute possession or two minute possession.’ It changes a lot.”It’s far too early to tell what the tangible changes of the game will be. In Syracuse’s first game under the new rule, possessions didn’t drag but that didn’t translate to increased scoring. But for a sport that’s still adding teams across the country, the statistical results might not be what matters most. In lacrosse, rule changes have always been about growing the game so more people will be interested. The shot clock is no different.Said Desko: “I’ll tell you right now it’s more fun for the players to play and more exciting for the fans to watch.”– Asst. Sports Editor Nick Alvarez contributed reporting to this story.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Basque country public broadcaster Euskal Irrati Telebista (EITB) has confirmed that it will no longer broadcast gambling-related advertising across its TV, Radio and digital platforms.The board of EITB issued a statement detailing that its actions were a ‘necessary enforcement’ as a regional broadcaster ‘protecting and safeguarding the right of the most vulnerable against the serious problems of addiction that gambling and betting can create’.The Basque media firm confirms that it will only allow advertising of provincial and Spanish ONCE lottery games, whilst further confirming that it will permit ‘static advertising’ of betting odds during EITB broadcasts of Basque Pelota matches.EITB becomes the second Spanish regional broadcaster to terminate its betting/gambling advertising, as last month the Assembly of Madrid instructed Radio-Television Madrid (TeleMadrid) withdrew all gambling-related content.In its decision, the Madrid Assembly stated grave concerns that TeleMadrid had become an open platform for the mass promotion of regional gambling establishments.Last weekend saw a PSOE government secure a minority win in Spain’s General Election, in what signals an inevitable reform of Spanish gambling laws.PSOE, who are currently weighing-up ‘partnership options’ for governing Spain, has committed to reforming the Spanish advertising code, focusing on restricting gambling content. Submit Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. MidMichigan’s new breast health navigator is making the process easier for patients.Bonnie Goff started the new position this summer, after working at the hospital for more than 20 years. Research shows having a qualified and caring professional in this role can drastically improve patient care. Goff has statistics to back this claim.“There definitely is data to support that patients that have a navigator with them are more compliant with follow up appointments, they’re more compliant with their treatment plans.”The tasks of this position are expansive, but Goff’s goal as the breast health navigator is simple: to help patients successfully get through treatment and enter recovery.“When a patient is identified as needing a breast biopsy, I actually call that patient ahead of time, review all the information that the patient would need related to the biopsy, review the specifics of the biopsy. I also work with the radiologist prior to the patient arriving to make sure that when that patient arrives here everything is in place for that procedure.”Goff then continues to walk through the process with patients, attending appointments and recommending resources for care. One of the most significant aspects of Goff’s job is helping patients and their families navigate what can feel like a very confusing and lonely time.“Some patients in our community have a wonderful support system, there may be other patients who may not have a great support system. So for those patients especially, it’s really important to meet with them and make sure they really understand the treatment plans.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Bonnie Goff, breast health, breast health navigator, breast health nurse naviagtor, Cancer, Goff, Health, mid-michigan health, midmichiganContinue ReadingPrevious Artist Pamela O’Neil ready to give demonstrations at Alpena’s Art WalkNext Fire Engulfs Trailer Home on U.S. 23 Northlast_img read more

first_imgThat impact is mirrored on the defensive end, where Jordan’s menacing presence forces opponents to the perimeter and the mid-range, where they might probe, but rarely penetrate Jordan’s force shield.“I thought he disrupted everything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He makes you not want to drive, not get to the basket, and I thought it really allowed our guards to get into the ball on pressure.”The Lakers scored just 36 points in the paint, many of which one could safely assume came in the 13 minutes of game action Jordan was not on the floor.“He’s contributing in multiple factors,” Austin Rivers said. “He’s not only being a great defensive threat like he always is, but he’s scoring, he’s rebounding. He’s doing multiple things on the floor. And his presence overall tonight was crazy.”Brice of doing businessOn a recent, rare day of practice for the Clippers, Brice Johnson decided to jump ahead in his rehab. Well, jump up.Drafted 25th overall out of North Carolina last summer, Johnson has not played since the preseason when he suffered a herniated disc in his back. Three months later, he was ready to dunk again.“It did feel good,” Johnson said Saturday. “I kind of felt I was a little scared to do it at the time, but then again I was like, ‘Just try.’”The rookie forward said his back is not at full strength, but estimated he is “90 percent” healed. “I still have a little discomfort moving certain ways, but I think it’s more of me just got to get back in shape more than anything. It’s not pain in my back, it’s more of, I’ve just got to get back in shape. That’s what hurts the most right now.”The Clippers haven’t put a timeline on Johnson’s recovery, but sounded encouraged by the recent developments. On Friday, Johnson scrimmaged for the first time, practicing in short bursts. He has been playing one-on-one against veteran teammates.“I think he realizes how good Paul Pierce must have used to be,” Rivers said, “because he’s frustrated every time, can’t stop Paul Pierce. Paul does that to all young guys. It’s really nice to see (Johnson) out on the floor so he’s getting really close to being back on the floor.”Rivers said earlier this month he Clippers would have to decide whether to send Johnson on a Development League assignment, or let him get back up to speed with the Clippers in practices. It was clear where Johnson stood on that matter.“I feel comfortable where I am,” he said. “I don’t want to mess up any routines the training staff has with me. I think they’ll talk about it. I have no clue what they’re going to do, but as of now I’ll be here just working with the training staff and strength coach and stuff.”Griffin progressin’Blake Griffin worked out on the court without any protective sleeves or brace on his surgically repaired right knee prior to the Clippers’ game with the Lakers on Saturday. Griffin had arthroscopic surgery to remove “loose bodies,” which can be bone or cartilage fragments, on Dec. 20.Thursday, Griffin began running on the court, a sizable step toward a late January return.During his on-court work pregame Saturday, Griffin ran, cut and jumped without signs of discomfort. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a 113-97 win over the Lakers, Jordan scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting — most of those baskets coming off dunks — and snared 21 rebounds. Meanwhile, Chris Paul (20 points), Austin Rivers (15 points) and Raymond Felton (15 points) kept nailing open jumpers and scoring on drives to the hoop.Think of it as the basketball equivalent of an old baseball maxim: “Hit ’em where they ain’t” Or just as a simple bait and switch. When Jordan is cooking, everyone else can turn it up. “It creates a lot of problems for the team when he gets those,” Rivers said.And even when Jordan isn’t getting them.“Nights where he doesn’t even score a lot,” Rivers said, “when he rolls like that to the basket it just creates so much offense because people are so scared of that lob, they have to play it and we have a lot of shooters and scorers that can capitalize off that.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> When DeAndre Jordan spends most of the game plucking passes out of the air and trying to tear down baskets, as he did Saturday against the Lakers, Austin Rivers and the rest of the Clippers see an opportunity.The lob is Jordan’s most powerful offensive weapon, but so too is it critical to the success of the rest of his teammates. The center doesn’t tally many assists — Saturday he recorded none — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still setting up his teammates.“I know as a guard, when I throw (a lob), the next time I’m getting a layup,” Rivers said. “When you throw a lob and DJ gets a dunk, that big on the (other) team is like, ‘Man, I’m not helping.’”For Rivers and the rest of the Clippers perimeter players, that means buckets. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook74Tweet0Pin0Submitted by YWCA OlympiaYWCA of Olympia invites the community to participate in the #WhyIFeelEmpowered Instagram campaign to eliminate barriers to empowerment.This Instagram campaign, hosted by YWCA’s Participatory Action Research group, will raise confidence and self-esteem among youth in our community. Using the hashtag #WhyIFeelEmpowered, women, girls and femme folks can post pictures of themselves feeling empowered. From “being unbreakable” to “performing,” these reasons of empowerment send a positive message.Young ladies helping at a YWCA booth. Photo courtesy: YWCA OlympiaThe Participatory Action Research program (YPAR) consists of young girls who are yearning to make a change in their community. Currently, they are researching barriers to empowerment using participatory research methods. After analyzing the data, they will carry out an action plan to eliminate identified barriers to empowerment.According to YPAR member Kaylee Lam, “The #WhyIFeelEmpowered campaign will change the lives of many in our community. Often, many people feel disempowerment. Being empowered leads to higher self-confidence and a shield against oppression. Empowerment is different to each person and this campaign will show that. The #WhyIFeelEmpowered campaign is a great opportunity.”Those who join the campaign will not only be empowered, but also have a chance to have their image featured in a gallery showcase.TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN:Follow @YWCA_OLY_PAR on InstagramShare your image of empowerment with #WhyIFeelEmpowered & tag @YWCA_OLY_PARTell us in the comments how this image reveals your empowerment!Contest concludes July 1st 2017; participants must be at least 13 years old.For more information about the campaign, contact Steffany Brown at 360.352.0593 or sbrown@ywcaofolympia.org.last_img read more

first_imgFootball lawmakers, IFAB, allow each competition to determine the level of accuracy of their VAR systems, because there is no specific law on the width of the offside lines.The Premier League will discuss the use of VAR, including offside decisions, at a club meeting next month.Towards a new ChampionsOn the other hand, Ceferin has confirmed that an agreement between European clubs on a new format of the Champions League is “very close”, after the talks held before the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam this week.The president of the highest European football body met Monday with the Premier League executive president, Richard Masters, and senior representatives of the five largest leagues in European football. “We have to stay together. We have to debate the future of European football. We will all have to give in to something, but in the end, the decision will be made by the UEFA Executive Committee. With debate, I think we will agree very soon because we know what are the principles of the European sports model and, especially, football. ” The European Club Association holds its 24th General Assembly in Budapest on March 30 and 31. UEFA will impose thicker lines for offside decisions reviewed by the VAR in the Champions League and the Europa League in an attempt to favor the scoring production next season, as announced by its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in a Sky Sports interview. In fact, the new lines could come into force in the Eurocup It starts in June. Aleksander Ceferin said he has been in talks with the arbitration officials of the presiding organization to implement the changes that ensure the teams are not “ruined” by a wrong decision. “An offside one centimeter is not out of play, because that is not the spirit of the rule. And it has to be a clear and manifest error for the VAR to intervene. Therefore, thicker lines are essential, because they are now drawn subjectively and are not exact. For a centimeter you can ruin a club’s season with a wrong decision. ““There is also the question of hands, which is poblematic, but I don’t know what to do exactly about. We are discussing a lot with our referees. “last_img read more

first_imgCD Tenerife lives its seventh consecutive season in the Second Division since it returned to the silver category in the 13/14 season. During this period, up to nine technicians have been on the bench for Rodríguez López. The first on this list is Álvaro Cervera, who got the promotion in the 12/13 campaign. The Guinean coach led the island team in the Second Division the first season after the return and 23 days of the following year. In total he added 65 clashes to the front of the representative from Tenerife in which he had 21 victories, 15 tied and 29 defeats.If you have to highlight your own name among the last coaches, that is Josep Lluís Martí. The Balearic strategist arrived on the island in November 2015 to replace Raúl Agné. At that time Martí took a team in decline and was in a delicate situation. However, in his first experience at the head of a bench, the Mallorcan was able to redirect the situation and finish in 13th position. After the cold water jug ​​due to frustrated ascent, the island team had to rearm its staff. Soccer players who had given a great performance like Amath, ´Choco´ Lozano or Gaku Shibasaki finished their contracts. Despite this, the entity was reinforced with renowned players such as Longo, Juan Villar or Malbasic to return to fight for the top of the table. The high expectations were not met and Martí was dismissed midway through the championship. The Balearic coach is, with 98 matches, the second coach who has led Tenerife the most times in the Smartbank league, only behind José Luis Oltra.Since the Majorcan’s departure, the Rodríguez López bench has been characterized by constant instability. Joseba Exteberria was in charge of supplying Martí. The Basque made a good end of the campaign and the island team was close to entering the Playoff. Last year the insulars suffered until the end to achieve permanence. Exteberría’s stay on the island was quite ephemeral, because after five clashes without adding a victory he was terminated. Later they went through the blue and white club with more pain than Gloria Oltra, in its second stage and Luis Cesar Sampedro.In the current season, López Garai, Sesé Rivero, as interim, and now Rubén Baraja complete the list of technicians. After 31 days played in the SmartBank League, the Blue and Whites occupy the twelfth place with 39 points in their locker. The islanders chain a total of ten wins, twelve losses and nine draws.On the offensive level, the team led by Baraja has 36 goals. As of today, the maximum producer is Dani Gómez, who has six goals. The striker on loan from Real Madrid had a difficult start, but has established himself as indisputable since the arrival of the coach from Valladolid.On the other hand, on the defensive side the Blue and Whites have conceded the same goals they have scored. Although in the last clashes the islanders have found the defensive solidity that has allowed them to move away from the bottom of the table. In fact, Adrián Ortolá has kept his goal to zero in three of the last four games played. With these numbers we will have to wait until the end of the season to find out if the Pucelano coach’s project has continuity. The 2016-2017 season is without a doubt the best of the last period in the silver division. In that course those of Martí returned to excite the fans and managed to enter the playoff, finishing fourth in the league. However, they could not certify the long-awaited promotion to the First Division after falling defeated in the final tie against Getafe (3-2).last_img read more

first_imgMeggie Ochoa, the Philippines’ bemedaled jiu-jitsu athlete, on Saturday launched the Fight to Protect movement, which aims to shield children from sexual abuse through sports.Ochoa, who added an Asian Games bronze medal to her growing collection of awards two months ago, said she founded Fight to Protect to fulfill a purpose bigger than any fight she had been in on the mat. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Fight to Protect’ is really a movement that aims to raise awareness on child sexual violence through sports, ” Ochoa told INQUIRER.net during the program launch at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. “We’re using jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai as a platform to attract people and to make them interested and since they’re already here that’s when we’re gonna make them aware. We have experts and they’re talking about the issue and how everybody can get involved.”“After winning the world championships in 2015, I had this question in my head about purpose like why am I doing what I’m doing? Of course, I love fighting for the country, but I felt like there was still something missing,” Ochoa said. “Then, I read this article about this girl from Mexico and from the age of 12 to 16 years old, she was raped 43,200 times and I was just mind blown. I could not believe that was happening in this world. I researched and found out that here in the Philippines, the issue is also so real and it’s really, really bad.”Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’The 28-year-old Ochoa, who also teaches jiu-jitsu to kids at Safe Haven Community Center and Children’s Home, said her faith played the most significant role in her advocacy.“I met a few people but what really changed is developing a relationship with God. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior and that’s when everything became clear,” she said.“I knew that the Lord created me for jiu-jitsu and that jiu-jitsu does not stop at competitions, jiu-jitsu does not stop at winning medals. I knew that I was called for this because I felt so strongly about this and I knew that God was actually building my platform in the past. The reason why I won those past titles and why I’m winning because he allows me to do so and because he’s building my platform to do something about this issue.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1 View comments SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the Philippine jiu-jitsu team and Safe Haven also performed jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai demonstrations during the program launch.Fight to Protect also supports Plan International Philippines’ #NOTFORSALE campaign that aims to make the end of commercial sexual exploitation of children a national priority, Child Rights Network Philippines’ fight to #ENDCHILDRAPE that hopes to increase the age to determine statutory rape from 12 to at least 16 years old and the Philippine Children’s Ministries Network, International Justice Mission’s drive to eliminate online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more