Running for a Reason: UWP 5K

13 April 2012

Ugandan Water Project 5KI don’t like running. Going for a run means getting up, going outside and running in a circle to get back to where I was. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Some people find pleasure in running, but I don’t. I know this sounds funny coming from a soccer player, but it really isn’t. When I’m on the pitch, I’m running for a reason. My running has purpose.

That’s why I’ve been running lately. I found a pretty good purpose to getting out and running, water. On Saturday, April 21, I’m going to be running in the Ugandan Water Project 5K to raise money to bring clean water to more people in Uganda. UWP places rainwater collection tanks in communities to provide a safe, clean source of water.

Of course, I want to raise as much as I can for the cause, and I could use your support. If you want to join me in bringing clean water to more people in Uganda, checks can be made out to Ugandan Water Project or sponsor me online. Just put my name in the donation comments.

Contact me for any questions or my address. Thanks for joining the world changers team.


Retreat 2012 registration forms

7 January 2012

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If I had custom Fanny Wang headphone

13 December 2011

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Basic Dryden colors to rock while coaching baseball. Does that even work? I see basketball and soccer players warming up with headphones on. Even Michael Phelps has his earbuds in before a race. Why can’t the coach have the bass thumping in his ears as he hits fungos?!


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SKLZ Lightning Bolt Pro

3 December 2010

It’s no secret that baseball rules in our household. I have loved the sport all my life, and Sean only plays other sports because he can’t play baseball year round. We also really like SKLZ baseball training products. We haven’t picked up the new Lightning Bolt Pro pitching machine, but we plan to. It’s a great little unit that pitches soft micro balls a “soft practice balls 30 mph 25 feet with realistic flight.” The hitter has to focus on a smaller target which helps train visual aquity and hitting accuracy.


Sounds good, right? Now you want one, right? If you head over to Sweeps4Bloggers, you can enter to win a Lightning Bolt Pro. To enter, you comment on the blog post, and there are ways to get more entries. I’ve entered, and you should too. The sweepstakes ends at 8PM Pacific on December 15, so don’t delay. The Lightning Bolt Pro can help any hitter become a more accurate hitter.


Tipping the Scale: Coffee for Water

29 October 2010

In September I was introduced to Three Avacados Coffee through my friend James at Ugandan Water Project. Knowing my love for Uganda and raving lunatic coffee fanaticism, he thought I’d love Three Avocados. He was right. Order three bags right away, and I love the coffee. But, even more, I love what Three Avocados is doing for clean water in the UG.

Joe Koenig, the man behind Three Avacados, travelled to Uganda last January and was so struck by the people he met and the need for clean water that he decided to do something to help. Rather than just give money, Joe had a truly innovative idea that would help bring clean water and support sustainability in Uganda. He started a coffee company.

The idea is pretty simple. Three Avocados buys coffee grown at 6,200 feet on the slopes of Mt. Elgon in eastern Uganda. They sell it online at threeavocados.org and in some regional grocery markets. Since they pay a fair price, they’re are helping to encourage and sustain local Ugandan agriculture. Plus the Uganda Bugisu is seriously good coffee.

“Ok, that sounds great, but what about the clean water thing? Where does that come in?” you ask.

I’m getting to that part. The twist here is that Three Avocados is a non-profit coffee company. “Wait, what? A coffee company that’s designed NOT to make money? What’s the point in that?” Well, it’s not that they don’t make money. It’s just that they send 100% of the profits back to Uganda to provide clean water. It’s genius! They aren’t just sending money from Uncle America! The money comes back to Uganda as the result of a product of Uganda.

Business is growing. They just got an order for 300 bags of coffee. Wow! And the vision is to expand beyond Uganda. People in other coffee growing countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Hondurus and Peru need clean water too. To help them expand the project and their reach, Three Avocados has partnered with TippingBucket.org to fund new equipment and an advertising budget.

The idea behind Tipping Bucket is to allow individuals to help fund worthy endeavors by giving as little as a dollar to the cause. I love the whole crowd sourcing concept. You can head over to Tipping Bucket to read more about the Three Avocados project and support what they are doing.

And since you’re probably wondering what Three Avocados has to do with coffee or Uganda, head over to threeavocados.org to read the story. And while you’re there, buy some coffee. You won’t be sorry you did, and helping never tasted so good.

You can follow Three Avocados on Twitter at twitter.com/nonprofitcoffee.


To rebuild a knee

17 September 2010

Last Thursday I had reconstructive surgery on my right knee. In April I completely tore the anterior rcuciate ligament (ACL) playing soccer. Once they started the procedure they discovered some damage to the medial and lateral meniscus as well as cartilage damage. Apparently, when I do something I do it good.

It’s very interesting to read the operative report. Some of it I don’t understand, but I understood some things that made me queasy. Like exsanguination. Yup, they tied a tourniquet around my thigh and drained the blood from my leg. I understand why they do it, but it does make me a little dizzy just thinking about it.

On of the cool things was the way they addressed the cartilage damage. Basically there was a 2cm x 1cm section where the cartilage was just gone. To stimulate scar tissue to take the place of the damaged cartilage, they drilled microfractures into the bones 3-4mm apart. It’s really cool and weird at the same time.

I started physical therapy on Wednesday. The main course of action at first is restoring flexibility and mobility. My mobility is actually quite good, but I need to be able to be extended my knee and get back to 130 degree flexion. Right now I’m doing stim-assisted quad sets, leg lifts, ankle flexes and heel slides. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s quite tiring.

If I can stomach it, I’ll write about the graft they did. It’s really cool, but I’m really squirmy when it comes to medical stuff about my own body.