Kevin Durant to celebrate official opening of ‘The Durant Center’

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *WASHINGTON D.C. – Well before he won two NBA championships, collected two Finals MVP’s and become one of the league’s most consistent scorers, Kevin Durant molded his identity at Seat Pleasant Activities Center.Then, Durant sought refuge from the drugs and crime that permeated his hometown in Prince George County, Md. Durant fell in love with basketball. And …last_img read more

Beck and Fisher recognized for generosity and service

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Congratulations to Sonny Beck and Jack Fisher, who recently received awards at the 2016 National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association’s (NAADA) Annual Conference.At an awards banquet held in Asheville, N. C., approximately 250 people saw both donors recognized for their continual support of The Ohio State University and of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Fisher is the first of our college’s alumni to receive NAADA’s Volunteer Service Award and Sonny received the Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist award.The Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals who have given their time to further the goals of their institutions, and have demonstrated leadership and organizational skills to inspire and encourage others to further the success of their alma mater’s agriculture and alumni programs.For nearly 50 years, Fisher has served Ohio State in almost every manner possible. Fisher has dedicated his time, energy and talents to advocate for Ohio State students and programs. Fisher is a former member of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, where he engaged in critical dialogue about the future of the college. In his current role as co-chair for the “But for Ohio State” campaign, he is leading the college in $150 million fundraising efforts. He was instrumental in advocating for construction of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, and his commitment to engage the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation membership in raising funds and awareness for the importance of the facility played a significant role in the project’s overall success.Fisher has been recognized for his loyal support through membership of Ohio State’s President’s Club and Department of Animal Science Hall of Fame. He was awarded the college’s Distinguished Service Award and the Dan L. Heinlen Award in 2015. He holds the Ohio FFA Honorary State Farmer Degree and was named to the National FFA Honorary American Farmer Degree in 2005.Along with his wife, Judy, Fisher has given not only of his talent and time, but has also established an endowment in the college to support a minimum of three students annually who are studying agriculture at Ohio State.Sonny Beck, benefactor of two land-grant institutions — Ohio State and Purdue University — was recognized with the Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist award. The award recognizes those with a record of sustained giving to support agriculture, agricultural higher education, Cooperative Extension, or land grant universities. This award also recognizes individuals for their role as an advocate for agriculture and natural resources and for their philanthropy in community organizations, religious institutions, art, environment and social services.Throughout his life, Sonny Beck has embodied service, integrity, and philanthropy.  The Beck family founded Beck’s Hybrids in Hamilton County, Ind. in 1937.  Over the next 79 years they transformed the company into the largest family-owned seed company in the United States. Beck’s Hybrids Inc. now has 13 locations and its products can be found in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  An alumnus of Purdue University, Sonny joined Beck’s in 1964. In keeping with the spirit of the Land Grant philosophy, he started the Beck’s Practical Farm Research Program.  The mission of this program is to add profitability to the farming industry through sharing the results of agronomic research conducted at Beck’s locations.  The PFR program is unique in the industry and is a testament to Beck’s commitment to serve the farming community through the sharing of knowledge.At Ohio State, Sonny and the Beck family made a major gift to the college’s Field to Faucet water quality initiative in 2015. This gift made possible a large-scale research project that seeks solutions to the pressing water quality problems that the agricultural community currently faces. This gift also makes Beck’s one of the first presenting sponsors of the university’s Farm Science Review event.Sonny is not only an astute businessman and generous philanthropist, but also an advocate for agriculture and agricultural higher education.NAADA is an organization with more than 350 professionals from around the country committed to the advancement of agricultural and related sciences at more than 40 higher education institutionsNAADA provides education, support and recognition for individuals dedicated to expanding resources for land-grant and other colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs.last_img read more

Yogeshawar Dutt- A profile

first_imgIndia’s Yogeshawar Dutt clinched a bronze medal in the Olympic Games after beating North Korea’s Jong Myong Ri 3-1 in the 60kg freestyle play-off for the medal at the ExCel arena in London on Saturday.The 29-year-old from Sonepat in Haryana, who had missed a medal four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, showed excellent technique and fighting spirit to bring off three memorable wins on the trot for the bronze.Coming out from the shadow of Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt grabbed the fifth medal for India at the London Olympics.Starting his career from the very young age of eight, Yogeshwar has won many medals including gold at the 2003 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship and a bronze at the 15th Asian Games in Doha.Yogeshwar’s inspiration is Balraj Pehlwan who is from his native village in Haryana. He was trained under the guidance of coach Ramphal.The police officer based in New Delhi trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium, later dedicated his medal to his countrymen”I dedicate this win to all my countrymen, my coaches who also worked equally hard and my well-wishers. Without them this could not have been possible,” Yogeshwar said after his bronze-winning effort.”My group was very tough and I had to fight with the world champion. I wanted to win and I had practised a lot for it. I am happy that I could achieve my dream of winning a medal,” he said.”I was very down after I lost in the morning, but when I got the chance to compete in the repechage the whole country wanted a medal from me,” he said.advertisementOn winning the bronze medal, he said, “I didn’t want to lose this occasion – God has been very kind to me.”On how he won the fight against Myong, he said, “I used the technique of ‘fitele’ (leg-twisting technique) and I gained five points, that gave me the victory. I am happy that it worked for me.”Yogeshwar conceded that he was quite tired after fighting three opponents in less than an hour for the medal.”My first round was tough, then I faced the world champion (Besik KuduKhov of Russia), then afterwards in the repechage, the silver medalist (Franklin Gomes Matos of Puerto Rico), then it was the Iranian (Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybar) who I have faced a lot, so I was very tired when I got to the bronze-medal match. But one thing that kept driving me – I have to win this medal for the country.”With PTI inputslast_img read more