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Troy Camp raises thousands at Homecoming

first_imgVolunteers pass empty milk jugs around the Coliseum on Saturday to raise money for a free summer camp for students from elementary schools near USC. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)Dozens of empty milk jugs found their way through the Coliseum audience at halftime during Saturday’s Homecoming football game, as student volunteers collected money from the crowd for Troy Camp’s annual fundraiser. The Pass the Can fundraiser has been a part of Troy Camp since the 1970s, making it one of the oldest traditions and largest fundraisers put on by the student organization. In order for the fundraiser to run smoothly, a large number of students volunteer each year. This year, approximately 1,200 students signed up to pass the jugs.“[It] was a really incredible experience, just being on the field and looking all across the stadium and seeing the support of the USC community for Troy Camp,” said Troy Camp co-executive director Marla Ross. Each volunteer receives a “Pass the Can” T-shirt and free admission to the football game, as part of a partnership between Troy Camp and USC Athletics.In the past two years, Troy Camp has also run an online campaign along with the halftime fundraiser. This year, the virtual campaign ran for three weeks before the Homecoming game, allowing Troy Camp to raise around $13,000.“It was a decision we made with the executive board, alumni and general members throughout the year,” said Kyle Footitt, Troy Camp’s fundraising director. “Having cash is less common at games; virtual is going to be the route that most people go.” The donations raised from Pass the Can are used to fund a summer camp for students from local elementary schools. The camp is free for students and features activities such as archery, swimming and horseback riding. To spread the word about Pass the Can, Troy Camp advertised the event on campus and through social media to both increase donations and attract more volunteers. “We ask people to reach out to their friends, we ask them to present in classes, we send out email to our classes, we sit on Trousdale and table,” said Molly Bamberger, Troy Camp’s co-executive director. The final amount from this year, including the online campaign, is estimated to surpass 2017’s total of $27,000, but the final count wasn’t complete by the time of publication, according to Bamberger. “We do our part every year [to publicize Pass the Can], but there is such a deep-rooted tradition within the USC community and the surrounding community,”  Ross said. “We have Troy Camp alumni [volunteer] from several years in the past. I met one who was 12 to 15 years out and still comes every year.”last_img read more

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Ten Arsene Wenger quotes

first_img“To remain unbeaten in a championship like the English championship now is really unbelievable. I want to win the Champions League but, really, this is more important. It is something amazing, something special. How can you do it?”— A justifiably proud Wenger after his ‘Invincibles’, including French stars Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, went through the 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten, only the second side after Preston North End in 1888/89 to achieve that feat.– On the British diet“What’s really dreadful is the diet in Britain. The whole day you drink tea with milk and coffee with milk and cakes. If you had a fantasy world of what you shouldn’t eat in sport, it’s what you eat here.”— Wenger, used to the healthier diet of Japan, where he coached before taking over at Arsenal, lashes out at British dietary habits.– On Mourinho’s ‘voyeur’ jibe“He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”— Wenger has had fiery relationships with Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, eschewing the tradition of having a drink with his opposite number after the match. Here he reacts furiously to Mourinho remarking in 2005 that Wenger was a “voyeur” for constantly talking about Chelsea.– On women“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”— Renowned for his team’s attractive style of play, Wenger draws a parallel between his side and beautiful women.– On being a scapegoat“I’m ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants.”— Wenger sarcastically hits back at Alex Ferguson’s criticism in 2007 that Arsenal had few home grown players.– On his holistic approach“We try to go a different way that, for me, is respectable. Briefly, these are the basics. I thought: We are building a stadium, so I will get young players in early so I do not find myself exposed on the transfer market without the money to compete with the others. I build a team, and we compensate by creating a style of play, by creating a culture at the club because the boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together. The people you meet at college from 16 to 20, often those are the relationships in life that keep going. That, I think, will give us strength that other clubs will not have.”— Wenger reveals his team-building philosophy in 2006, reluctant to splash the cash like rival clubs as the Gunners invested in the construction of the Emirates.– On ‘parking the bus’“I don’t know what you mean by parking the bus. I don’t know who created this expression but it has not a lot to do with football.”— Wenger rejects out of hand any suggestion he would ever revert to a defensive strategy.– On Nicolas Anelka“No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.”— Wenger on turbulent striker Nicolas Anelka, who engineered a big-money move to Real Madrid aged just 20. Anelka was to stay just one season in Spain and later said he wished he had remained at the Gunners.– On Mourinho, again“It is fear to fail.”— Wenger’s verdict on Mourinho’s unwillingness to talk up Chelsea’s title chances in February 2014.– On his gardener“I said ‘Good afternoon’ and he replied, ‘I’m your gardener at your house’. I didn’t even know him. I do have a big garden.”— Wenger talking about an incident last season when he was serving a touchline ban and ended up sitting beside his gardener at Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenger and Mourinho have had their fair share of run-ins in a tense rivalry © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – AFP Sport picks out ten Arsene Wenger quotes after the 68-year-old Frenchman announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge:– On the ‘Invincibles’last_img read more

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Sunderland v Newcastle: Mitrovic vows not to do ‘something stupid’

first_img Aleksandar Mitrovic YOU CAN LISTEN TO LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE NATIONAL RADIO COMMENTARY OF SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE ONLY ON talkSPORT ON SUNDAY FROM MIDDAYBad boy Aleksandar Mitrovic has vowed to be on his best behaviour when Newcastle United travel to Sunderland on Sunday.The 21-year-old Serbia international has already picked up five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season.But Mitrovic, who was also sent off for former club Anderlecht against Bruges – the biggest clash in Belgian club football – earlier in his career, insists he has learnt his lesson after receiving his marching orders against Arsenal in August and serving a three-game ban.He told Newcastle’s official website: “There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid.“I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates.“It’s a derby. I am only 21 but I have played in a lot of big derbies, big games, and I can say I know how to play these games and score goals in them.“I hope I will continue with my goals and score in my first game against Sunderland.” 1last_img read more