With the start of the 2014-15 season of competition, the MIAA and PrestoSports is offering a new feature for visitors to its website: a composite schedule and live scoreboard function for most of its contests.
The feature offers one-click access to up-to-the-minute game results across the conference. Once on the scoreboard, users can click onto audio and video broadcasts of each contest.
The composite schedule and live scoreboard will be available throughout the season.
Albion Men's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spends Fall Break On Paris Entreprenurial Experience
While his teammates developed their skills during fall break, Albion men’s lacrosse defensive midfielder and faceoff specialist Nick DiMaggio was developing skills he hopes will be valuable in launching his career in business.
An economics and management major who is concentrating in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, DiMaggio (pictured third from left, in front of the Louvre) left Oct. 9 with classmates for a week-long trip to Paris as they began work on an international entrepreneurship project with students from Ecole Supérieure de Vente (SDV), a French business school.
Started in 2008, the Student Entrepreneurial Exchange (SEE) brings Albion and SDV students together for the development of business plans and cultural exchange. During the week abroad, DiMaggio’s team worked on developing a business plan for a fictional security app that can send information about an individual’s location in the event of an emergency. The team will meet via video conferencing to work out marketing and financial details and to develop a launch plan for the project, then the French students travel to Albion in April for the product proposal, presented during the College’s Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.
“I made a commitment to this college to play lacrosse and give it everything I have,” DiMaggio said. “As a student, I made a commitment to myself to do the best I can in every course and to follow my passion. I’m working to balance my opportunities on the field and in career preparation.
“Luckily, [Albion men’s lacrosse] Coach [Jake] DeCola understands the needs of the student-athletes to work on academic projects,” DiMaggio added, including other stories of how DeCola has provided support as teammates have successfully juggled playing lacrosse while preparing for entrance examinations for graduate or professional programs.
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Hope Women's Basketball Assisting With Baseball Miracle League
Rebekah Llorens is happy to be a fan every time she volunteers for the West Michigan Miracle League with her Hope women's basketball teammates.
The Flying Dutch's senior co-captain relishes the opportunity to witness and assist youth with physical and mental challenges playing baseball in an environment created for them and their families.
"The line that the organization uses is true: you may think you're changing the lives of the kids, but the kids definitely change you!" said Llorens, a standout post player on the women's basketball team who is studying history and music at Hope.
"We love helping them out and playing with them. Their spunk, personality, and pure joy at the chance to play baseball definitely challenges us and our priorities. There are more important things in life than sports, but the Miracle League is an awesome opportunity to empower kids whose daily living is difficult.
"We get to witness that empowerment and joy, and I think that's pretty cool."
The West Michigan Miracle League is located in Rockford, about 15 north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. it features a field with special playing surface that allows even children and teens who need walkers or wheelchairs for mobility to play baseball.
Members of Hope's women's basketball and softball teams have volunteered since the Miracle League's debut in 2013.
Tony Comden, West Michigan Miracle League's founder and president, is grateful for volunteers like Hope's student-athletes, including coach Brian Morehouse's women's basketball team.
"Brian's teams really care," Comden said. "I've been impressed with Hope in general, and Brian's team in particular, and how they interact with our Miracle League kids. They want to be there, not because somebody told them, but because they want to be."
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Kalamazoo Baseball Gives Back Through Community Service
The Kalamazoo baseball team has had a busy fall away from the diamond, as the Hornets have been actively involved in a number of service projects around the Kalamazoo area.
On Sundays during the fall quarter, team members have volunteered at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, preparing and serving meals, as well as helping with inventory, storage and stocking. It's the third year that the Hornets have volunteered at the mission, head coach Mike Ott said.
Also, team members have visited Bronson Children's Hospital on Saturdays, visiting with patients, playing games with them and meeting with families of the kids.
"I am a firm believer in servant leadership and giving our guys phenomenal opportunities to be ambassadors in the community for the college and our program," Ott said.
The Kalamazoo team will soon begin working with students at Kalamazoo Public Schools elementary buildings, assisting with tutoring, reading in classrooms, working recess duty and assisting with afterschool programs. The Hornets will also assist on needed projects at House of Hope, an outreach program for troubled teens in the rural community of Bloomingdale.
"We are very proud of the work we are able to do as a program to take our mission and message out into our community," Ott said. "We have high character and integrity guys that are phenomenal ambassadors for Kalamazoo College on and off the field."
For more information about the service projects of the Kalamazoo baseball team, follow them on their Twitter account @kzoobaseball.
Calvin Clinches MIAA Men's Soccer Championship
For the fourth straight year, Calvin is the outright men's soccer champion in the MIAA.
The Knights clinched the conference championship Tuesday by shutting out Adrian, 6-0, at Zuidema Field, while Albion edged Hope in overtime, 3-2. Calvin (11-0 MIAA, 14-2 overall) now leads second-place Kalamazoo by 11 points in the season standings with just three games remaining.
Calvin also locked up the top seed for the MIAA tournament, meaning it will host a semifinal and the championship game, should the Knights win their semifinal.
Counting a 2010 co-championship with Hope, the Knights have now won or shared eight consecutive MIAA titles.
Albion Two-Sport Student-Athlete Featured in NCAA Champion Magazine
Albion football and track student-athlete Mikal McKoy is featured in the latest edition of NCAA Champion Magazine.
The story profiles McKoy, a wide receiver in football and sprinter for Albion's MIAA champion 400-meter relay team, and his desire to be a mentor to others. It speaks of McKoy initially leaving Albion during his first year there, but being inspired to return after the tragic death of his best friend.
McKoy now serves as a mentor to Albion students from under-represented groups, leads community outreach for the college's Black Student Union, serves as a resident assistant on campus and is launching an effort to reach out to middle school and high school boys in Albion.
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