For the fourth year inside a row, Arkansas Tech’s football coaches, together with more than 9,000 collegiate coaches nationwide, will join jointly in assistance of the coach to cure MD program at Saturday’s home football game towards West Alabama. The coach to cure MD program was established to increase awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Tech’s coaches will wear a logo patch on their shirts using the coach to cure MD insignia on it. By putting on the logo patch, the coaches will display their assistance for coach to cure MD’s endeavours to battle towards the disease, which has raised almost a million dollars in the past three years.
“The AFCA, together with Grant Teaff, started this initiative four years ago and has asked all of the coaches to as soon as once again wear these arm patches to increase awareness and increase money to help battle towards Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” head coach Steve Mullins said. “This may be a little way we can create a variation in the battle towards this disease.”
The coach to cure MD may be a assignment of Parent assignment Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in partnership with American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). PPMD is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Last year, more than 9,400 college coaches at 373 institutions participated in the third coach to cure MD event. both of those people figures are well above those people of the program’s first two years (2008-09). The three year fundraising complete is just shy of $875,000, placing coach to cure MD on pace to go well over $1 million after this season.
“Our coaches have really embraced the coach to cure MD cause over the final three years,” said Grant Teaff, executive director of AFCA and former coach at Baylor University. “Because the disease affects so a lot of young boys, it makes perception for college football coaches to step in and create a difference. We are proud to see so much assistance (on) the sidelines each September, from coast to coast at each level of play.”
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most typical fatal genetic disorder diagnosed throughout childhood. because the Duchenne gene is found for the X-chromosome, it largely affects boys; however, it occurs throughout all races and cultures. Females, however, are carriers of the gene. The disease, which is genetic, affects one in each 3,500 live male births. There is presently no cure, and life expectancy is in the mid 20’s for those people affected.
College football fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy analysis by either heading online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be additional for your subsequent cellphone bill and standard text messaging rates apply).
For more information on coach to cure MD, visit www.CoachtoCureMD.org. For more information for the AFCA, visit www.afca.com.
Whitmore named specific teams POW
A Wonder Boy was named the great American Conference’s specific teams player of the week to the next consecutive week after the senior transfer racked up 172 return yards on four kickoffs, including a 93-yarder in Saturday’s 47-32 great loss to No. ten Delta suggest at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.
Whitmore follows senior punter Jake Denzer, who was named the specific teams player of the week final week pursuing his performance in Tech’s 31-20 gain Sept. ten at Southwest Baptist.
Whitmore, a transfer from the university of Tulsa, averaged 43 yards every return, including his 93-yard return in the first quarter for any touchdown that gave the Wonder Boys a 13-3 lead. The 93-yard kickoff return is the longest in the brief background of the GAC and is also tied to the 10th longest in school history. Whitmore also caught a team-best eight passes for 105 yards, including two touchdown catches. to the game, he amassed 277 all-purpose yards and scored three of Tech’s 5 touchdowns in the 47-32 setback to the Statesmen.
Along with Whitmore, the league business office named East middle senior quarterback Tyler Vanderzee and East central junior powerful security Norris Wrenn as the GAC offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Vanderzee earned his first GAC offensive player of the week accolade as he was 32-for-57 passing for any school-record 504 yards with four passing touchdowns and 1 rushing score. He finished passes for 7 different receivers in the game towards Northeastern State. The Tigers defeated the RiverHawks, 45-38, in overtime.
Wrenn earned his first profession GAC defensive player of the week honor after recording nine tackles, including 7 solo stops, in the Tigers overtime gain over Northeastern State. Wrenn had a tackle for any great loss and picked away a pass at his team’s 16-yard line with three seconds left in the regulation to wipe out a potential scoring try through the RiverHawks.
Whitmore and the Wonder Boys (1-2 for the season) return to actions this Saturday as they host West Alabama (2-1) inside a non-conference match-up. Kickoff for Saturday’s family evening game is set for six p.m. in Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.