The “Tebowing” that reportedly led to the suspension of two New York high schoolers continues as more than a dozen students chanted Tebow’s name and struck his kneeling, fisted signature pose in front of the school Friday, the New York Post reports.
The students gathered Friday as one of the 17-year-old twin brothers who were suspended this week served out his single-day punishment for leading dozens of students in the same homage all week in a hallway.
Twin brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead HS in Long Island and classmates Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel were hit with one-day suspensions for kneeling and bowing their heads like Tebow does when he scores a touchdown, the New York Post reports.
“It’s not the most exciting day. I sat there. I did my work.” Connor told the New York Post in response to the suspension.
Tyler is set to serve his suspension Monday saying, “I feel like we were kind of singled out,”Tyler, who also plays football and baseball. “If we were told to stop, we would have stopped.”
The weeklong “Tebowing” craze was a distraction and a hallway hazard after dozens of classmates followed their lead, administrators told the newspaper.
“It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow,” said Connor, 17, who planned the prank with his brother and friends. “It was more than a religious thing. There was some of that involved obviously, because he prays. I guess it was basically like a moment of silence.”
The brothers have to serve their suspensions, while the others were rescinded because the other participants had not been given warnings, officials said. About 40 students had been gathering in the hallway all week emulating Tebow.
School administrators said the stunt jammed the hallway, creating a fire hazard.
“This is not about religious discrimination,” Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney told the Post. “It is about being sure kids are able to get to class on time and keeping the kids safe and orderly.”
But Tebow himself said the kids should play by the rules.
“You have to respect the position of authority and people that God’s put as authority over you,” Tebow told the media.
“So that’s part of it, and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too.
“But I think it does show courage from the kids, standing out and doing that, and some boldness.’’
Tebow has led the once-lowly Broncos on an unlikely winning streak filled with late-game heroics while touting his religious beliefs by praising God to reporters and taking the kneeling stance on the field, the New York Post reports.
Here are some good reminders of summer safety in the sunny, hot days!
Have fun–and be safe!
Dehydration among teens playing sports is common, especially in the hot summer months, but may go unnoticed in its milder forms, Leonard says. Younger children are more prone to
dehydration because their bodies produce more heat while sweating less. Teens recovering from a recent illness, especially one that caused vomiting or diarrhea, may be more prone to dehydration. To ensure hydration, water is the best choice. Any activity that lasts less than 60 minutes doesn’t require electrolytes, so you can safely skip electrolyte-enriched sports drinks.
To avoid dehydration:
- Before exercise, drink 4 to 8 ounces
- During activity, drink 4 ounces every 15 minutes
- After exercise, drink 16 to 24 ounces per every pound lost
Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, dry mouth and severe thirst, reduced sweating and urination, headache and dizziness.
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include
- Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating
For me, Triple Jumping isn’t just a competition or a sport, but a way that I can glorify God.
First I merge my brain with my legs so that they will act as one. I step up to my mark. I bounce from one leg to the next; my legs like springs. I pump my arms. Blood rushes through my veins. I freeze and take a deep breath.
Head down, I close my eyes trying to get my body and mind to relax. I plant my feet. I lift my head. I stare down the runway, my eyes focused on the sand pit; my goal. Keeping my eyes glued to it, I slide my right foot slightly in front of the other and bend my knees. My eyes lock on the white line at the end of the runway.
Ready in position, I whisper: “All for the Glory of God!” The count in my head begins. And one, and two, and three, and four…! I charge forward. My long legs stretch out. My feet pound the ground as I run with all the strength I have within me down the runway. My heart throbs. The energy in my legs surge. The count goes on … and five, and six, and seven … and EIGHT! My right foot strikes the white line as I thrust my left knee upward. I hop up, down.
Quickly, I switch feet and take a large skip. I switch feet again as I launch forward. Forcefully, I drive my right knee up and my arms chase it. As I sail through the air the world stops. I freeze; poised in the air. Arms up, I reach for the sky. Time stands still just before I plunge back to the ground. I thrust my arms in front of me as I land with a thud in the sand.
Reunited with the ground, my jump is complete.
I turn, and the see the length that I jumped, how far I’ve come. Whether it is a great jump, a mediocre jump, or even a lousy jump, I offer it for the glory of God.
And I am content.
I’m Casey Dettwyler and I’m a senior in high school. I’ve lived in a small town in Oregon my whole life and am the second oldest of seven children. Just so you know, being raised in a big family rocks! I’m a Catholic and I love Jesus Christ more than anything. He’s my best friend and I try to keep Him at the center of my life and live everyday for Him. He has truly blessed me. I love reading, writing, and high, long, and triple jumping. (read more…)
The 17-year-old Harper Creek High School senior has taken up one of nature’s oldest, and possibly most dangerous sports, hunting.
In the middle of August, Olmstead and her father, Tim, took a hunting trip up to Oba, Ontario, Canada, where the high school senior shot down a bear more than twice her size.
“When I go out hunting, it’s really exciting,” Olmstead said. “Whenever I see a bear I just want to go at it. When you’re hunting, your heart is racing, your blood is pumping, and you feel that adrenaline rush. I really love to hunt.”
Olmstead killed a 448-pound black bear with a Matthews Passion bow and arrow set, designed for women, from a little over 16 yards away.
“The bear was the first animal I killed with the bow,” Olmstead said. “As soon as my dad got it for me I was immediately comfortable and I was ready to use it the next day.”
The black bear was the young hunter’s first big game take and she currently holds the Pope and Young Bowhunting record for the trophy bear.
“She’s really a natural at this sport,” her father, Tim, said. “All you have to do is tell her one thing one time and she gets it. It’s amazing.”
Tim, who has been hunting and teaching others how to hunt for over 30 years, says he’s never had a student pick up the fundamentals of hunting as quickly as Jessica.
“I’m not just saying this because she’s my daughter,” Tim said. “But she’s probably one of the best listeners I’ve every taught. With the bear she showed a lot of patience. She tracked the bear, killed it, and gutted it like a pro, like she’s been doing it for years.”
Olmstead’s hunting exploits, however, extend beyond the bushes and trees of the wilderness, as the young hunter has also made impressive waves in the area of fishing.
Earlier this month, Olmstead caught a 20-pound salmon in Lake Michigan, outside of Holland.
“Fishing is a lot like hunting in a lot of ways,” Olmstead said. “But I think that with fishing, it takes a lot more strength and a lot more patience to be successful.”
Taken from The Battle Creek Enquirer at http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100928/SPORTS/9280316/Local-girl-takes-down-448-pound-bear
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” (Psalm 28:7 NASB)
I stood beside the blocks waiting to get started. If I’d had boots on, I’m sure I would’ve been shaking in them. My friend stood beside me ready to start the timer for my first 500 yard freestyle.
Was I ready for this?
Sprinting had never been my thing. But was that what God wanted me to do? At least this was long-distance and I didn’t need to go fast.
I’d done long-distance before. I liked the 200 Breaststroke the best, mainly because I didn’t have to sprint all out.
But a 500? What if I got a DQ? What if my time was horrible?
The whistle blew and I climbed onto the block. My friends cheered for me and gave me “good lucks”.
God, help me do this. It was a short, but definitely sincere prayer.
“Swimmers take your mark…”
Beep! The buzzer rang.
I was off. I went slow; a nice easy pace. And after the first 50 yards I was totally into it. God gave me incredible strength and power I didn’t know I had. As I thanked Him I realized how many times I’d doubted. How many times I thought I couldn’t do something. And yet there I was, swimming the 500.
Thanks to God, the amazing Grace-Giver, I was able to get through the 500 free with no problems. And no DQs.
Although I was scared, I know He was there, smiling down on me. And if I can make Him smile, that’s good enough. No matter how good or bad I do.
It can be the same for you. Give Him your best.
Thirteen-year-old Kayla Woodhouse’s zest for writing comes not only from her natural ability, but also from her love of the written word as witnessed by her voracious reading appetite. One of only a few dozen cases in the world, Kayla was born with HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy, an extremely rare nerve disorder. Unable to sweat, or feel pain, she’s also been through brain surgery. But even through a life of extreme hardships, her ever-present smile encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. In addition to being homeschooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. She has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Mystery ER, and numerous other national programs. No Safe Haven, her first release from B&H Publishers in 2011, written with mother, Kimberley, makes her the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty paying publisher. You can find Kayla at http://kimberleyandkaylawoodhouse.com and http://kaylawoodhouse.com (read more…)
Our bodies are about two thirds water. When someone gets dehydrated, it means the amount of water in his or her body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. Small decreases don’t cause problems, and in most cases, they go completely unnoticed. But losing larger amounts of water can sometimes make a person feel quite sick.
For more information on the importance of water to your body, check out this article about dehydration. DON’T GET CAUGHT DRY!
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14 NIV, emphasis added)
It seems these days that no one goes to sporting events to watch the game. They go hoping for some kind of violence to break out between the players. Proof of this can be heard in the background of week’s Indians/Red Sox game where pushing and shoving got out of control. The crowd in the stands cheers louder and louder as the fight goes on. While no punches were thrown, some heated words were exchanged and several players were fined or suspended.
What exactly is so entertaining about violence? Why do people find pleasure in the pain of others? Be it physical or verbal, violence is clearly an aberration from God’s Word. While it may be necessary to go to battle, to defend the cause of the righteous, unnecessary, senseless fighting has no purpose. It will serve only to hurt and upset those involved and will solve nothing.
I am first and foremost a Scribe of the King. It is my desire to serve God through the written word. I have been creating stories since age three. I would tell them to entertain my family, but didn’t start writing them down until age eight or nine. Since then, the need to write has been insatiable. At age nineteen, I had my first book, Where’s My Other Sock?, published by Tate Publishing. Then, I graduated from community college with a degree, not in anything writing related, but in accounting. Currently, I’m hunting for a bookkeeping job and working on several books or story ideas. In my stories, I challenge the reader’s imagination with adventures into the fantasy realm. Some stories lean towards mystery/suspense or general fiction, and I try to write for all ages. I find my inspiration from JRR Tolkien’s works and from the Randomness of everyday life. SDG.
For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
Dreams are great! They’re necessary! They’re awesome! AND when you dream including God….nothing is impossible. Look what others have dreamed.
Shaun White, extreme sport professional in skateboarding and snowboarding – Olympic winner and world champion, isn’t afraid to dream.