Category Archives for Digital Badges

Media mentions

Tip: Click on the links or images below to go to the various articles. Some news accounts include multiple photos and videos.

NCAA Mens’ Water Polo at Highland Park Pool: TinyURL.com/water-polo-trib

Great article.

Greg Kinzler, the student athlete, is a college senior in terms of academics, but it is just the second year on the team as he went to a different PSU Campus for the first two years of his engineering studies.

Renegades article

Water polo drawing interest in the region.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-renegades

Masters Player, formerly from Iona and Texas, our own J. Vincent

Jocelyn Vincent finds self in return to water polo. Holding ball high in one hand.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-mom

Pittsburgh Combined article, for High School and Middle School water polo

Achilles changing water polo landscape.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-water-polo

Water Safety Interview about SKWIM

New site SKWIM.usshares our water safety quiz efforts and teach the basics of the game.

Podcast about water polo and SKWIM

Logo of The Kels Group, working together to end drowning

TinyURL.com/SKWIM-warrior

Post-Gazette coverage of Swim & Water Polo Camp with Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers and beyond

Coach Mark ensures swimming skills aren't just for dreamers.

TinyURL.com/swim-waterpolo

SKWIM in Peters Township at Valley Brook Country Club

SKWIM's in as new pool sport.

TinyURL.com/SKWIM-Almanac

Citiparks’ Ammon Head Lifeguard, Charles, talks about our summer water polo home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood with NPR Radio’s WESA

Hill District Lifeguard Seeks to Close Gap Between Those Who Sink or Swim

https://TinyURL.com/ammon-WESA

Obama Swim & Water Polo

Time to get back into the water!

After-school aquatic fun with Coach Mark begins this week.

Bring your swim suit and show up to the Obama swim pool after school, every day except Fridays.

Middle School at 4 pm to 5 pm, then activity bus.

High School students from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Adults and community programs at 7:30 to 9 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays.

All abilities welcome. Even if you don’t know how to swim,

we’ll teach you.

We’ll play water polo, SKWIM, and refine our swimming strokes, dives, flip turns and gain plenty of fitness.

Extra Coaching and game days: Saturday Swim School, Oliver HS pool,

2323 Brighton Road, Northside from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Coach’s contact: Mark@Rauterkus.com 412-298-3432 CLOH.org

Working on the grant application for playlists, pathways and digital badges.

Much to do yet as the April 8th deadline looms larger. A number of letters of support have been posted at Play.CLOH.org. More are expected in the hours and days to come.

When we did the digital badges in 2015, to a much smaller scale, we were already doing many of the tasks that are desired with the 2016 RFP (request for proposals). We had many pathways that lead to another stage. We also had career connections. We also had what we called “meta badges” that were awards for a combination of other smaller accomplishments. In some ways, we were ahead of the game. But now we have to re-tool with XPs, experiences. Jargon. Oh well.

Sportsmanship and teamwork are still big issues. We need to champion the concept of “playing well with others.”

GNC Liberty Mile recap

Heather:

Watch more videos on Flotrack

Jordan:

Watch more videos on Flotrack His interview gets cut a bit at the end.

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Post race with Coach Mark and Goda, volunteer and ex-staffer:
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If you have photos to share, please send them to me, Mark@Rauterkus.com. I know we’ve got some additional images from other sources.

Finally, one Hello Kitty backpack was left in my car. It will be taken to camp on Monday. But I’m not so certain if it should go to Langley or South Hills.

Trip home after GNC Liberty Mile

Thanks for all the parents and guardians who are going to go to the GNC Liberty Mile and cheer for and support your kids in the race on their big day.  Also, thanks for giving them a ride home when we’re all done.

Do stick around and watch the professional runners. That is fun.

Meet us in the Triangle Park at the corner of Liberty and Market. You won’t be able to drive there as the streets are closed for the race, of course. You might want to park by Market Square.

For the others who are going to pick up their athletes at the Summer Dreamers camp sites, (Faison, Brashear / South Hills, and Langley), please be present about 9 pm, or a tad sooner.  We expect to depart Downtown at 8:30 pm in buses.

The bus departure map is below. Screenshot (18)See the big circle? It is on Stanwix between Liberty and Penn Ave.

The race ends on Liberty Ave, about 2 blocks away. We, Swim & Water Polo athletes and staff meet in that green triangle in the middle of the map, corner of Market and Liberty. That’s where the parents pick-up their kids.

Look for me! Last year we were giving high fives to race victor, Jordan!

Jordan wins Liberty Mile and gives high five to Coach Mark

Jordan wins and gives high five to Coach Mark

GNC Liberty Mile, here we come!

This is the entry for the GNC Liberty Mile in 2015 from our Swim & Water Polo Camp, showing kids and staff, organized by first name. We’ve done a lot of running this year, especially at Camp South Hills and with the King’s Canyon at Camp Langley and even at Camp Faison after the bus ride or on days when there wasn’t a bus. With the 90-degree heat expected in the next two days, the running is put on the back burner. We have an advantage however, as we can run in the swim pool!

A

Aayron Issaiah Law
Achante Myles
Aeva Miglioretti
Alexis Deacon
Amire Freeman
Andre Jefferson
Andrea Palmer
Arnav Kumar
Aryelle Myles

B

Brae Lynn Branch
Breonna Maddox

C

Camron Siler McCallister
Celine Lakandula
Chantal Brown
Charlotte Hensel
Cloe Joos
Conor Coleman
Courtney Kelley
Courtney Patton

D

Da Jion Devers
Da Quan Devers
Daiquon Boleky
Dalasia Weaver
Deraile Barron
Destiny King
Devan Fedorowich
Diyora Ahmedova
Dondre Watson Ellis
Donovan Hayden
Dylan Dowdy

E

Ed Cygnarwicz
Edith Perry
Edward Cygnarowicz
Erin Benjamin
Eugene Hall Jr

F

Frayne Poeting

G

Gerson David Calderon
Goda Tarcijonas
Grant Rauterkus

H

Hannah Castro
Hayley Shelton
Huynh Nguyen

I

Ivy Ryan
Iyonae Moore

J

Jaquan Prysock
Jasmine Murrell
Jesse Baker
Jordan Kyles
JT Nelson

K

Kamren Mitchell
Kamya Kelly
Keheng Zhang
Keliyah Washington
Kiarah Green

L

Laurel McMahon
Lawrence Thompson
Lerrick Williams
Lex Glickman
Lydia Harper

M

Madison Boehm
Malayjia Chestnut
Mark Rauterkus
Maurice McClain Jr
Maurizio Longo
Milcahzayn Bozeman Wallace
Mohamed Adballa

N

Nadia Johnson
Nevaughn Page

O

Owen Baillie
Owen Mediate

R

Raoul Legrande
Reona Grant
Rimon Toto

S

Sam Murrell
Samson Olabode
Sanketh Kolli
Sonnie Watts

T

Tanyla Green
Tara Pennix
Tehilah Spencer
Tiara Roberson
Tim Krupar
Timiya Eggleton
Toby Junker
Trajon Jeter

W

Wayne Lee

Z

Zack Oplako
Zuriel Bozeman Wallace

Heather, Jordan and a few of the professional runners are on our team too. This year, our friends with Kids of STEEL also join in the fun with the race.

Heather and Coach Mark

Heather K, Liberty Mile Champion, and Coach Mark

Race Day Start Times for 2015

  1. 7:00 pm – One for Fun, Pup Trot, Team Challenge
  2. 7:25 – Kids of Steel, Run 1 for Lucas — This is where Summer Dreamers compete.
  3. 7:50 – Masters
  4. 8:00 – Unstoppable
  5. 8:10 – Women’s Pro
  6. 8:20 – Men’s Pro
Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile

Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile

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