On August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene dumped torrential rain onto the Green Mountains, and Vermonters became victims of historic flooding. Among those who suffered the most devastating losses were the state’s farmers. As part of the nation-wide effort to help, Sam Lincoln and Buster Olney, brothers who grew up on a Randolph Center dairy farm, are raising funds to aid farmers in need through what is being called Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers. The fundraising effort includes an online auction at www.BattingForVermont.com(link is external), a November 12th Baseball Roundtable being held at Vermont Technical College, and direct donations. All proceeds raised through Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers will be donated to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. The fund was established by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and The Vermont Community Foundation in the aftermath of Irene and makes grants directly to farmers affected by the storm. Some of the best minds in baseball will be at the November 12th Roundtable event. Theo Epstein, General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, will join Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington ‘ as well as longtime baseball reporter Peter Gammons, a descendant of Ethan Allen ‘ for a discussion that includes a question-and-answer session with the audience about their teams, their sport, and offseason plans. There will be limited seating, in three different tiers: VIP Seating, which includes access to a cocktail hour with Epstein, Cashman, Huntington, Gammons and Olney; Premier Seating; and General Admission. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 12th online at www.BattingForVermont.com(link is external). The online auction includes memorabilia donated by players, teams, and other celebrities:· Autographed jerseys and baseballs, including those of Albert Pujols, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Bautista, and Hall of Famers.· A round of golf with ESPN’s John Kruk.· A behind-the-scenes tour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.· Tickets to a Toby Keith concert, with a backstage meet-and-greet.· A meet-and-greet with Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, whose family owns a Vermont home.· Ticket packages for several teams. Select memorabilia will be on display at the November 12th Roundtable, and there will be a special presentation for some people instrumental in the flood aftermath. Neal Huntington grew up on a New Hampshire farm. Peter Gammons is an analyst for MLB Network and NESN, and formerly of the Boston Globe and ESPN. Theo Epstein has been the Boston general manager for a decade, and in that time, the Red Sox have won two World Series. Brian Cashman has been general manager of the Yankees for the last 14 seasons, and in that time, the Yankees have won four World Series. The Vermont Community Foundation is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was started in 1986 with a mission to grow philanthropy in Vermont and ensure that Vermont nonprofits have the resources they need to be effective. Since then, the Foundation has grown to include more than 600 funds established by individuals, businesses, and organizations for a broad range of charitable purposes. The Community Foundation awards approximately $10 million dollars a year in grants, thanks to the donors who work under its umbrella. Additionally, the Foundation offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external).
Seven high school athletes have chosen to enroll at USC for the spring semester and will begin practicing with the football team when practice resumes in March.Reinforcements · Members of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s highly touted recruiting class are already on campus after finishing high school early. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanHeadlining the list of new Trojan football prospects is top-ranked quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. Browne was named the 2012-13 Gatorade national football player of the year and set state records for career passing yards and completions. He’s expected to compete for the starting quarterback position as a freshman for the Trojans.Joining Browne is a group of talented players on both sides of the ball, particularly in the secondary. Defensive back Su’a Cravens from Vista Murrieta High School (Calif.) was named the USA Today defensive national player of the year and is the top-ranked player at his position according to ESPN. Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga High School) and Leon McQuay III (Armwood High School in Florida.) are four-star recruits who are also poised to join a revamped secondary.USC will get help in the backfield from running back Justin Davis (Lincoln High School in California), and also at wide receiver with the return of 2012 recruit Darreus Rogers. Rogers wasn’t cleared to participate with the team by the NCAA last season but is now eligible to play.Rounding out the list is defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow from Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md. He is the third-ranked defensive tackle in his class, according to ESPN.The rest of USC’s 2013 recruiting class will be officially announced on Feb. 6. As it currently stands, the Trojans have seven additional verbal commitments. Those recruits have until signing day (Feb. 6) to officially make a decision on where to play next season. Despite facing scholarship restrictions, USC’s class is currently ranked ninth in the country according to ESPN.
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