Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross launches TeamSRR Sports Clinic for Student Athletes Nov. 7-8 in Broward County
Four-time Olympic Gold medalist and six-time World Champion track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross is launching the TeamSRR Sports Clinic Nov. 7-8 at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida. Athletes, parents and coaches from all sports categories looking to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in sports and in life are invited to join Richards-Ross and her team, including legendary track and field coach Clyde Hart, Olympic gold medalist strength and conditioning coach Bruce Johnson, Olympic gold medalist sports psychologist Dr. Donald Corley and Richards-Ross’ parents and managers, Archie and Sharon Richards.
The clinic will have three sessions, divided by age groups. The first session, for athletes ages 7 to 10 along with their parents, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7th. The second session, for athletes ages 11 to 14 along with parents and coaches, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8th. The third session, for athletes ages 15 to 18 along with parents and coaches, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8th. All participants will receive a welcome bag including a commemorative TeamSRR Clinic t-shirt, licensed Nike memorabilia, TeamSRR collectables, and all athletes will receive a certificate of completion. For a complete schedule and to register, go to www.SanyaRichardsRoss.com or www.TeamSRRSportsClinic.com. TeamSRR has partnered with Nike, USA Track & Field, AAU, Helix Elite Performance, Track & Field News and Claire Skies Travel.
“In addition to talent, I believe that it takes a team approach including proper training, nutrition and a real support system to achieve success,” said Richards-Ross. “We’ve brought together some of the world’s top athletic coaches and mentors to provide training and guidance to athletes from all skill levels and backgrounds. The TeamSRR Sports Clinic will Educate and Empower youth with tools and strategies to Excel in sports and life.”
Student athletes from all sports will benefit from the three interactive training sessions. Coach Hart will share the fundamentals of speed and endurance training. Athletes will participate on the track in drills, learn proper stretching and training techniques, and more; Johnson will share the fundamentals of strength, mobility and core training; and Dr. Corley will share visualization tools to help develop mental pathways for peak performance and methods to enhance mental toughness and self-discipline.
Coaches attending the clinic will participate in three sessions. Hart and Johnson will share key information that has helped their athletes be successful, and they will hold a Q&A session to answer coaches’ questions. Dr. Corley will give insights into what coaches can do to support and promote peak performance from their athletes; and coaches will have the opportunity to see what they have learned being demonstrated in action with the student athletes along side current world-class athletes.
Parents will participate in several different sessions, depending on the age of their child. All parents will have a one-hour session with Archie and Sharon Richards to learn their tips and insights into how they have raised a champion, and how to deal with the challenges of balancing school work and athletic demands. They will also hold a Q&A session for parents. Dr. Corley will empower parents with best practices for supporting their child through both good and less successful performances, and he will share tips for encouraging growth and mental fitness. Parents of athletes ages 7 to 10 will spend 30 minutes with a certified nutritionist to learn the best foods for maximizing their child’s growth and development. Parents of athletes 11 years old and older will meet with Amy Deem, head coach of the University of Miami Track and Field team, who will offer advice on preparing student athletes for recruitment, the college experience and how to make the transition from high school to college successfully.
About Sanya Richards-Ross
Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist and six-time World Champion track and field athlete. She won the NCAA national championship in the 400 meters as a college freshman in 2003. As a high school student in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she was named National High School Female Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field Youth Athlete of the Year and Track and Field News Women’s Prep Athlete of the Year. A former high school prodigy, she still holds many of the age group and national records she set while at St Thomas Aquinas High. She continues to compete and is working to defend her 2012 Olympic title in Rio de Janiero at the 2016 Olympic Games. She can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sanyarichards, on Twitter @SanyaRichiRoss and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sanyarichiross.
The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) is now accepting entries for their 29th premier builder model home showcase program, the 2015 Parade of Homes™. Lee BIA’s 2015 Parade of Homes is Feb. 12-15, Feb. 19-22, and Feb. 26-March 1. Thursdays through Saturdays, the Parade will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The deadline to register homes for the 2015 Parade of Homes is Nov. 24. Builders can visit www.bia.net/parade-of-homes.html or call 239-936-5525 for more information on entering the 2015 Parade of Homes.
As one of Southwest Florida’s most anticipated real estate events of the year, the Lee BIA 2015 Parade of Homes offers residents and visitors the opportunity to view a wide variety of decorated model homes throughout the area – open all at once. Entering the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes also includes entry into one of the area’s most recognized award programs. Leading industry home building and design experts will judge models and winners will be announced at the Parade Homes Awards Banquet on Feb. 12, 2015. Winning models receive the BIA’s coveted Superior Home Award.
The Building Industry Association is comprised of approximately 350 companies involved in every aspect of building homes and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The Association serves its members and advances the building profession through a community of knowledge, sharing and education. Visit www.BIA.net to learn more about all of the BIA’s building, remodeling and subcontractor members.
GMA Architects & Planners (GMA) received three Summit Awards during the Lee Building Industry Association’s annual Summit Awards held Oct. 11 at Quail West in Naples, Florida. GMA Architects & Planners were presented with awards for two Best Architectural Projects – in the commercial category for the design of the Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers and Discovery Village at the Forum. GMA also took home a Merit Award for the design of Goodwill of SWFL in Lehigh Acres.
The Summit Award’s program recognizes success and professionalism within the commercial construction and remodeling industry. Created by the Commercial Contractors Council of the Lee BIA, the Summit Awards provide an opportunity to recognize excellence in this effort. Judging takes place outside of the local area by experienced industry professionals.
For more than 30 years, GMA has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Lee County Building Industry Association and the Florida Home Builders Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida to host inaugural PopUp Party Oct. 23, launch new grant funding initiative that benefits local women and girls
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida is launching a new fundraising concept that will directly benefit local organizations dedicated to supporting women and girls in Southwest Florida. PopUps, which stands for Philanthropy on Purpose Uniting People Spontaneously, are fundraising events that are open to the public and hosted at a variety of Southwest Florida venues such as restaurants, businesses, and area attractions, with the goal of raising funds for a predetermined local nonprofit organization that directly benefits women and girls.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida’s first PopUp party is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 23 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs. The PopUp will benefit Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, an organization with a mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The event’s theme is “Matchy Matchy Hour” where guests will enjoy food and wine courtesy of Angelina’s Ristorante. To register for the event, visit http://www.smartparty.org/popupparty/. Tickets to attend the PopUp are $25 per person with $20 per ticket contributing to the fundraising goal of $1000. The funds raised at each “PopUp event” will be matched by The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida with a “PopUp grant” for up to $2,000 benefitting the designated organization.
Notification for each “PopUp” will be sent out approximately three days prior to the event with details about where, when and how funds will be raised. Individuals can register to receive the PopUp notifications via email or text message on the PopUp website page on The Women’s Fund website at www.WomensFundFlorida.org/popup, as well on The Women’s Fund Facebook page, Twitter and as part of the PopUp Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/popupswfl/.
“It’s time for a new type of fundraiser in Southwest Florida,” said Brenda Tate, president of The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida. “We want to create something that continuously engages the community in supporting the important issues facing women and girls in our area, while also providing a fun, spontaneous platform for philanthropy to thrive.”
PopUp grants and PopUp events are an initiative supported by a group of young community leaders dedicated to furthering the mission of The Women’s Fund and expanding the impact of funds raised by the organization through more frequent grant-making in the community. PopUps will follow The Women’s Fund proactive grant making approach to identifying organizations or programs that align with The Women’s Fund’s vision to enhance the quality of life for women and girls in Southwest Florida.
About The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida
The Women’s Fund is the only non-profit in Southwest Florida focused exclusively on women and girls and was the first to publish academic research assessing the status of women in the area. Signature programs include (1) stopping the sale of our children for sex and (2) economic security for women. The Board of Directors will build a $5 million endowed organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Southwest Florida by 2020. With this sustained funding source, The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida will make significant and sustainable investments in collaborative partnerships, create and fund innovative solutions to complex problems and deliver measurable impact.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida committed $150,000 to establish the Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking. The Center is hosted on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and supports the multi-agency Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida. The Center covers Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and DeSoto counties. The broad regional representation on the Human Trafficking Task Force positions the proposed Center to address human trafficking in a coordinated manner. The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida continues to seek financial contributions to support the Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking at www.womensfundflorida.org or via email at email@example.com.
Gulf Coast Village Executive Director Kevin Ahmadi has been elected as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. Board trustees serve a one-year, non-voting term, which allows them to participate in board discussions.
Ahmadi brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, including human resources management, financial management and teambuilding expertise. He is well known for establishing collaborative relationships with physicians, boards, and other community and business professionals.
Currently, Ahmadi serves as executive director of operations with Gulf Coast Village, a 25-year-old non-profit continuing care retirement community with an annual budget of $22 million with more than 390 employees. Ahmadi also serves as president of The Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gulfcoast.
Gulf Coast Village is located on approximately 36 acres and consists of 156 independent living apartments, 47 assisted living apartments, 24 assisted living memory support apartments, 85 skilled nursing beds, Certified Home Health Agency, Outpatient Rehabilitation, and a Foundation. More recently Senior Choice at Home by Gulf Coast Village became the first continuing care retirement community in the state of Florida to deliver a life care contract in a personal home.
A full-time resident of Cape Coral, Ahmadi originally came from the area of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated the University of Toledo with a degree in Healthcare Administration. He enjoys playing and watching sports, gardening, reading, fishing and spending time with his wife of 12 years and his eleven-year-old daughter and twelve-year-old son.
Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care, including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care. Their work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those they serve, integrating a deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
At the behest of several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, People for Protecting Peace River and ManaSota-88, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida deeded over the Peaceful Horse Ranch – a 4,400-acre property – to the State of Florida to become a new Forestry Reserve, under the management of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (DACS).
The total transaction, valued at more than $12 million, represents a significant acquisition of public property for conservation. It resulted from a unique confluence of events and partners including the Mosaic Company, who together determined that this ecologically significant property would help preserve vital natural habitats and contribute to downstream water quality in the Charlotte Harbor. Peaceful Horse Ranch has 7½ miles of the Peace River on one side of it, 5½ miles of Horse Creek on the other, and is largely made up wetlands and wildlife habitat.
“Preserving the ranch will help protect the water quality of the Peace River and its creeks as these waters flow into the Charlotte Harbor estuary – to protect endangered and threatened fish and other wildlife associated with the floodplains, rivers, creeks and estuary,” said Bev Griffiths of the Sierra Club Phosphate Committee. “It will also provide for conservation-based recreational opportunities. Preservation also helps establish links with other conservation areas, protects wildlife, and preserves a natural flood plain. The land can help create a trail corridor from the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) Deep Creek area north along the river, then to Myakka State Park. Development would also be minimized from buffers at the Peace River.”
“Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Sierra Club, People for Protecting Peace River and ManaSota-88, the Conservancy was able to facilitate this transaction based on its past experience in complex land acquisition and preservation efforts,” said Robert Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We wish to acknowledge the strong leadership of Commissioner Adam Putnam in making this acquisition a reality. Thanks to his efforts and those of our conservation partners, this preserve will not link into a network of protected areas, preserve a remarkably beautiful landscape and provide new opportunities for the public to access and enjoy the area in a sustainable manner.”
Attorney and Certified Land Planner, Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, speaks to FGCU Pre-Law Fraternity on Land Use Law and Planning
Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, spoke to the Florida Gulf Coast University chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity on October 13th. Her presentation focused on the role of land use lawyers and planners in the land development process and sharing her experiences taking projects through the due diligence, pre-entitlement, and entitlement phases of development.
The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the world’s largest law fraternity with over 250,000 initiated members, 200 pre-law chapters, 183 law school chapters, and 95 alumni chapters. The mission of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.
Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Berkey serves as Southwest Florida Regional Chair on the Board of Governors for Connect Florida by Leadership Florida®, Director on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board, Co-Chair for the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida Young Leaders Group and Women’s Leadership Initiative, and Co-Chair of the Lee County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee. Berkey is also the Founding President of the Young Affiliated Professionals (YAP) of the Gulf Coast Humane Society and was recently recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40” for her professional and civic contributions.
Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.
Tickets, sponsorships still available for Oct. 30 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2014 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s Business Hall of Fame, Collier County is Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, formerly Waldorf Astoria Naples, and tickets and sponsorships are still available. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Jim and Laura Dixon of the Haynes Corporation and the Wynn family of the Wynn Companies into the 2014 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County.
Business sponsorships include tickets to the event with platinum level sponsorships available for $7,500 and gold level sponsorships for $5,000. Tables of 10, which include two reserved seats for students, are available for $1,800 (silver sponsor level). Tables of five are available for $900 (bronze sponsor level) and include a reserved seat for
Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students who attend the event have an opportunity to interact with local professionals and practice their etiquette skills. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500 respectively. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.jaswfl.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs. one student. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.
About Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc.’s 5-8-GRADUATE initiative focuses attention and resources on 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The program focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline Approaching for Nominations for WGCU Public Media 2015 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida
WGCU Public Media announced today that there is only two weeks left to nominate a women for the prestigious 2015 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida award. The deadline for nominations is midnight of Oct. 31. The public is invited to nominate a woman who is impacting Southwest Florida and leaving her mark in the arts, business, education, environment, health/wellness, politics or social justice. Nominations are accepted online at www.wgcumakers.org.
“Interest in this project has been phenomenal,” says Barbara Linstrom, producer of WGCU’s Makers project. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on nominating a woman who is impacting our community,” she said, adding “In years past, viewers have called and said they regretted not nominating their co-worker, neighbor or friend.”
The WGCU MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida project is produced in
partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida, is still accepting nominations for 2015 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Nominees will be considered by a selection committee of MAKERS alumnae and WGCU leaders. WGCU will notify the five women selected as 2015 MAKERS in November 2014.
Inspired by the PBS national project MAKERS.com, WGCU MAKERS preserves the stories of remarkable Southwest Florida women. WGCU produces video and audio portraits of the MAKERS to air on WGCU TV and WGCU FM and archives their stories at wgcumakers.org for future generations.
2014 MAKERS are: Rita Bertler, Sharon Bruckman, Myra Daniels, Laura Safer Espinoza, Eve Haverfield, Martha Hill, Theresa Ink, Kimberly Leach Johnson, Nancy Lascheid, Darla Letourneau, Pam Oakes, Julie Shematz, Michele Valencourt and Gail Williams. 2013 MAKERS are: Samira K. Beckwith, Ellie Boyd, Susan A Bridges, Andrea Clark Brown, Karen Clawson, Ellin Goetz, Carmen Rey-Gomez, Lalai Hamric, Ann Reisner Jacobson, Carla Brooks Johnston, Sharon McDonald, Barbara Mainster, Gail Markham, Reiko Niiya, Ellen Peterson, Nely Rodriguez, Veronica Shoemaker, Hilary Swain, Marty Valiant, Rae Ann Wessel and Trudi K. Williams. Their video and audio portraits are available at www.wgcumakers.org.
About WGCU Public Media
WGCU is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR programming. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU’s mission is to inspire, inform, educate, engage and entertain through the power of public media. Serving seven counties, one-fifth of the state of Florida, with three distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels and three HD radio channels and a monthly magazine, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant, informative and educational local programs to the Southwest Florida community. More information about WGCU is available online at WGCU | Your Southwest Florida Source for Public Broadcasting or by following us on Facebook.
Stevens Construction Inc. earned five awards at the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Industry Awards event on Oct. 11, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year, which the company won in 2012, 2011 and 2007.
A panel of judges from Orlando named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such as the company’s achievement of goals, client relations, professional certifications and community responsibilities.
Pursing larger projects and diversifying project type were among Stevens Construction’s goals for 2013. The company started two of its largest projects to date in 2013, Landmark Hospital in Naples and Oasis at ChampionsGate in Orlando. Prior to 2013, the majority of the company’s projects were in the healthcare industry, however in 2013, Stevens Construction had diversified project type to 50 percent healthcare and 50 percent commercial. Stevens Construction had achieved the goals they had set for 2013 and also increased gross revenue by over 41 percent in 2013, earning a spot on the INC. Magazine 5000 list for the second year.
Stevens Construction also won a Summit Award in the healthcare category, winning the $2-$4.9M division for Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers.
In the renovation category, Stevens Construction won the $5M-$8M+ division for Florida Hospital Tampa exterior façade. Stevens Construction also earned a Summit Award in the $0-$1.9M division for the exterior renovation of the former Jalapeno’s building which now houses Physicians’ Primary Care and Blue Moon Pizza.
Blue Moon Pizza also earned a Summit Award in the $0-$1.9M division of the build-out/tenant in-fill category.
Stevens Construction has earned 31 Summit Awards since the program began in 2006.
The Summit Awards program recognizes BIA members who have obtained an outstanding level of success and demonstrated superior professionalism in the commercial construction industry throughout the year. The projects were judged for quality of construction, challenges, timeliness of completion, client satisfaction and safety.
With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.