Event to help veterans in need

first_imgColumbus, IN — Thrive Alliance, Cummins, Subway, and more will host the annual “Stand Down” for south-central Indiana, on Thursday, October 1, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Fair Oaks Mall in Columbus. The purpose of the event is to honor and help the heroes in several central Indiana counties including Bartholomew, Jennings, Shelby, and Decatur Counties.In an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines, this year’s “Stand Down” will be a drive-thru and held in the parking lot, south of the old Carson’s store at the mall.Organizers hope to reach homeless veterans, and veterans at risk of becoming homeless, to connect them to services they need to get on the path to self-sufficiency. Proof of service or military ID is required to access the free services. Services availible that day will include emergency food and clothing, housing assistance, health screenings, personal hygiene kits, mental health screenings, meals, legal aid, haircuts, and more.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman preaches ‘perspective’ amid ‘unknowns’ of coronavirus shutdown

first_imgBaseball’s Opening Day is filled with unknowns about how the season ahead will play out. This year’s scheduled Opening Day was filled with even more unknowns but no games.Like the rest of the sport, the Dodgers’ season opener against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday has been postponed indefinitely. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spent the day on ‘Zoom’ teleconferencing instead of at Dodger Stadium watching the National League favorites put those expectations to their first test.“Obviously we all expected to be doing something different today,” Friedman said Thursday. “I think perspective is really important. From our standpoint, new and different things are coming up on a daily basis that we’re working through and it’s a lot of the not-so-fun parts of our job and obviously we’re missing the most fun part.”Two weeks after spring training was aborted and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced a two-week delay to the start of the season, mid-May has become the new, optimistic target for a resumption of workouts if not games. Friedman said players are finding “creative” ways to work out and stay in shape but there is no formal timeline for when things might resume. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I’m not even focused on that right now. I can’t wait until I am and able to think through things in those terms. But I think, having perspective right now and doing what we can with where we are at this moment is what’s most important and obviously we’ll have a lot of time to get into that hopefully, as we get going and playing.” There has been much speculation about not only when MLB might start playing but what those games might look like. How many doubleheaders will be packed into the schedule? Would some of those games be shortened to seven innings? Will rosters be expanded? Will they start playing before pitchers are fully stretched out?“I think everything’s on the table right now. I don’t think you can remove anything from the table at this point, just with the amount of unknowns,” Friedman said, echoing comments made by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday. “I think a lot will be dictated obviously by what things look like a week from now, two weeks from now, three weeks from now.“I know, again, everybody is unified in the desire to play as many games as we can. What that means I think will depend some on when we can actually start up again. So I think everybody is keeping a very open mind right now and still continuing to evaluate the situation. As we get more clarity, I think you’ll be able to figure out what that runway looks like from there, but there’s just too many unknowns to make stronger statements.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “No. But I think the thing that’s consistent is every group involved with the various conversations all want to play as soon as we can and play as many games as we can,” he said, referring to discussions between MLB and the players’ union.The two sides are working toward an agreement that would deal with issues such as service time for a shortened – or even canceled – 2020. The agreement is expected to allow players to receive service time even if no games are played this season.The Dodgers would be deeply affected by that issue. They made a bold move this offseason, acquiring outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox despite his impending free agency (and expected $300 million floor for a new contract). The Dodgers could now get 100 games or fewer of Betts in a Dodgers uniform before potentially losing him to another team next winter.“I think we need to get into what does the season actually look like,” Friedman said when asked how that might affect his evaluation of the trade. “I’m sure we will have plenty of time to go into that and talk through that. But we’ve talked about this a lot in the past – of our mindset being much more focused on the process than the outcome. We did not factor in a global pandemic into our thought process. And so we will determine whether or not we should have or not – obviously, I’m joking.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA draft night was big for Lonzo Ball but it was huge for Big Baller Brand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers version is called the “SHO’TIME.”Preorders for the shoe close the day of the draft, so if you want a pair, hurry.They have sandals too, because LA.If you are reading this on a mobile device, click on this link. As soon as Lonzo Ball was selected by the Lakers as the number 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the night became about Lavar Ball and his family-run Big Baller Brand.Within seconds of the announcement that the Lakers selected Lonzo, his father donned a Big Baller Brand hat in Lakers purple and gold. Both Lonzo and Lavar wore BBB ties for the formal event in New York City.The company also unveiled a Lakers-colored version of their Lonzo Ball “ZO2s” sneaker. A model that retails for a not-so-modest $495. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more