MYSA fall soccer registration is here
The Monticello Youth Soccer Association is in the middle of fall soccer registration for girls and boys ages 3-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCloy City Park on four upcoming Saturdays. A player must be 3 and no older than 17 on Aug. 1. Cost is $50 per player and a sibling group of three or more living in the same household is $125. The remaining registration dates are Saturday and Aug. 19, both at the large pavilion. Cost includes the jersey, shorts, socks, medal and insurance. Registration forms may be mailed to MYSA at P.O. Box 1545, Monticello 71657. The forms must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Practices will start anytime after Aug. 21 and games will begin on Sept. 9 with a Preseason Tournament for ages 8 and above. The younger children will start on Sept. 11. For more information, contact either Stephanie Hill at 870-723-5375 or Armando Romero at 870-370-2831.
UAM opens bidding for tailgate row naming
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Department of Athletics is inviting anyone interested to participate in an online auction to name the tailgate row area for home football games. The tailgate row area is located along the east side of Weevil Pond, and is full of fans of football game days each fall. The area is also home to the Weevil Walk, featuring the UAM student-athletes and coaches coming through the crowd on game days heading to the stadium. The bidding runs through Friday. The highest bid will be updated regularly on the bidding page (http://uamsports.com/sb_output.aspx?form=17), where interested parties can also place bids. The winning bidder will be granted naming rights of the tailgate row area for one-year, subject to approval from the university. For more information or to place a bid by phone, contact Associate Athletic Director Brian Ramsey at 870-460-1574.
UAPB receives historic grant from NCAA
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is celebrating a feat never before accomplished by its athletics program—the winning of a major grant from the National Collegiate Athletics Association that will vastly improve the level of academic support that it will be able to extend to its student-athletes. The grant, known as the Accelerating Academic Success Program, is a comprehensive, multi-year award dispersed over a period of three years. UAPB is one of just three schools nationally which had its application for the grant approved and one of just two athletics programs that were awarded the maximum amount of $900,000. Southern University, like UAPB a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, was awarded a $900,000 AASP grant. Morgan State University, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, was awarded $887,700. Lonza Hardy Jr., UAPB’s director of athletics said the initiatives of UAPB’s AASP grant application—the brainchild of Student-Athlete Academic Services Director Kimberly Evans—include four initiatives which should aid the athletics program as it works to make sure that UAPB student-athletes continue to pace their non-athlete counterparts in academic achievement. The initiatives include: Installation of a Student-Athlete Academic Center at the J. Thomas May Field House, hiring of additional academic counselors and tutors and the purchase of computer hardware and software; funding to increase the number of student-athletes who will be able to attend the Lions’ summer bridge program; a degree completion and scholarship program that will assist students who will need additional time to earn their degrees after their playing eligibility has expired; and professional development that will provide funds for members of the academic support staff to take advantage of opportunities that would help them to better assist student-athletes. Schools eligible to apply for the AASP comprehensive multi-year grant program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision Division I schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid. In addition to the three universities which have been awarded the multi-year grants, six other universities have been awarded single-year grants. Combined with the multi-year grants, a total of $3.1 million is being dispersed to the nine schools by the NCAA. For UAPB, the AASP grant comes just four months after the athletics program received a $315,000 grant from the NCAA which is being used to assist with academic support, promotions and athletics training services. This year alone, the athletics program at UAPB has generated more than $1.2 million to better serve its student-athletes.
Lawson joins elite company
Six-time NCAA champion Jarrion Lawson joined two University of Arkansas track and field legends, Mike Conley (1983) and Erick Walder (1997), in the history books on Saturday evening in London, becoming the third Razorback to ever medal in the long jump at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. Lawson finished in second place in front of a sellout crowd. His best mark of the day (8.44 meters/27 feet, 8.25 inches) was a mere four centimeters behind South African world champion Luvo Manyonga. A chronological order of Arkansas’ other podium finishers at the World Championships is: 1983—Conley (long jump; bronze); 1987—Conley (triple jump; silver) and Roddie Haley (4x400 relay; gold); 1991—Conley (triple jump; bronze); 1993—Conley (triple jump; gold); 1997—Walder (long jump; silver); 2005—Wallace Spearmon Jr. (200 meters; silver); 2007—Tyson Gay (100, 200 and 4x100 relay; all gold) and Spearmon (200; bronze and 4x100 relay; gold); and 2009—Gay (100; silver) and Spearmon (200; bronze). Lawson was arguably the most consistent jumper in the field with five out of six attempts in the mid 27-foot range. The world silver medalist will close out his season in Europe later this month at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham, England (Aug. 20) and at the final Diamond League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland (Aug. 23).