Petition to NBA
Support Epilepsy During November Challenge
Epilepsy Awareness is a wonderful and inspirational cause for the NBA to take up. We are reaching out to the NBA Teams and their sponsors asking them to support Epilepsy Awareness during the month of November and every November! We ask that NBA games would feature players, coaches and referees wearing purple game apparel, as well as additional short announcements on the PA system and in-stadium messages, all to help raise awareness for this very important campaign, it would mean more than they could even imagine. Most of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and purple coins could be auctioned off at NBA Auction, with proceeds benefiting fantastic Epilepsy Organizations around the country and the world! Picture a packed stadium all in white then every one out one hundred are wearing a purple shirt that is how many is affected in the stadium alone. Now one in 200 have white with purple writing those are or have been affected by Epilepsy. Wouldn't it be awesome to see the support in a stadium knowing that they care and hear what so many are afraid to discuss? Head injuries while playing sports can easily lead to a seizure or long term concussion problems. There is only one problem. The funding for the ongoing research is so minimal that some may never know of a cure or help. The knowledge of what a seizure is and the effects it has on the families as well as the patient is so minimal that many just have become dormant and may never get the chance to attend a basketball game. This illness is real. Its time we start showing support and no longer sit back! 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy and the numbers keep growing by the day, month and year! Of the millions of Americans in this country, some either have epilepsy, a family member has epilepsy or they know someone with epilepsy! We want to raise awareness in a BIG way on their behalf! It would make a monumental difference for so many nationwide and even worldwide! This would only be the tip of the iceberg of what could be done if the NBA would just say "YES!" to our campaign for awareness for those living with Epilepsy. Please help spread the word in November . NBA, #BounceForEpilepsy
Petition to Sport Malta, Ministry for education
Grant Free Access to Outdoor Basketball Courts
The issue Although there is a considerable interest in pick-up basketball in Malta, it has become practically inexistent on the island. Furthermore, all the efforts to revive and develop pick-up basketball are just in vain due to the lack of open courts, the difficulties & expenses related if individuals were to even try and book the existing outdoor courts. The idea To mitigate this situation, a good start would be to find an understanding and officially establish for the general public, free access to the basketball Courts in Marsa Sports complex at least the week ends or better; from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. Even better... Further actions could be to follow Verdala International School's example and during weekends or outside school/working hours, grant free access to outdoor basketball courts in least one school per town. The facts Although Malta has fascinating weather which allows people to practice physical activities outdoors all year long, Almost all outdoor basketball courts are closed behind fences and are not freely accessible by the population. The entry is either denied, or you may face being expelled by a warden or the police If you manage somehow to access the court and play without an authorization obtained via a club. This policy has seriously impeded the existence of social basketball/street basketball, as well as its horizontal and vertical development. What are we missing Pick up basketball by its nature is open to all genders, age groups, social classes and levels of the game. Unlike basketball clubs, academies or training camps, there is no prerequisite to join in. Therefore, there is a chance for everyone to enjoy and even improve irrespectively of the physical abilities, financial or social statuses. And, if there is at least one open outdoor court in each town, there won't even be a distance issue. Note that organizations or individuals trying to set-up street-ball tournaments, or free training groups struggle and many times have given up. This, because without open outdoor courts, it is hard to find pick up players and without pick up/outdoor players it is impossible to run real outdoor competitions or trainings. Allowing free access to those courts at least the weekends, will definitely mitigate these issues and with time, create more opportunities for the development of free outdoor physical activities in general and basketball in particular. The hope The good news is that there is no need to build brand new basketball courts: They already exist and many remain unused especially outside school/working hours. There is a rise in the number of people willing to play basketball socially, improve their skills, or just have active family or friends bonding time playing basketball outside of their school/working hours. Unfortunately, there is no open court where they could just go and do so. Therefore we hope and call the relevant authorities to grant free access to at least one outdoor basketball court per town starting with the ones in Marsa sports complex.
Petition to Dr. Ron Newcomb
Keep Athletics at Chattahoochee Tech
We love Chatt Tech! Not just the basketball program, but all this school does for its student and the campus communities. Athletics are a HUGE benefit to any school program increasing enrollment, student participation, alumni involvement and the development and opportunities it provides the athletes. We believe before making a final decision to withdraw student athletics from Chattahoochee Technical College, this administration needs to see and understand the support and impact this program has on so many people, especially those who have benefited in the past 9 years and the opportunity for those to come. With true support and backing to the athletics department by the administration the benefits are limitless! While the decision may be inevitable, we believe one more year of research and consideration is necessary. Resources are available to sustain the program during this time of true and thoughtful consideration, therefore the immediate suspension of the programs is a hasty and unnecessary decision. Thank you for your support and acknowledgement.
Petition to CA Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Northern California Officials Association (NCOA)
Review/Replay Policy for High School Basketball
There needs to be a Replay/Review Rule set in place for high school basketball-post season. Unfortunately, many competitive teams lose out on earned championships and titles due to an incorrect and/or biased blow of a whistle and there is no recourse for coaches to take on their players behalf. Other times, a call is made in error due to the pace of the game. The Replay/Review rule exists on the Collegiate and NBA level and it is time to incorporate this at the high school level. By signing this petition, we are taking the 1st step in ensuring that high school officials have the additional support they need and that high school athletics are being operated under the integrity that our athletes and coaches deserve. Here is what I am proposing to CIF: 1. Replay/Review Rule established for High School basketball post season to include all CIF Section and State play-off and Championship games. In order for an official to change or reverse a call made on the floor, 2/3 of the officials must first find that the monitor review reveals by indisputable evidence that the call on the floor was incorrect. 2. The following Outcomes should be determined by all 3 Officials: A. Last Second Foul- Referees use replay to review all called fouls that occur between 1 and 0 secs time remaining on the clock (0:01-0:00) in the 4th quarter and/or overtime. Referees are required to conduct the review if score has a margin within 3pts or less. B. 2-Point/3-Point Field Goal (made shot or foul)- Referees may use replay to review all situations in which they are not reasonably certain whether a successful field goal was scored correctly as a two-point or three-point field goal. C. Made Basket – End of Period- Referees review all made shots that clear the net with no time remaining on the clock (0:00). This is an automatic trigger and referees are required to conduct the review regardless of score. D. Out-of-Bounds- Referees may review any out-of-bounds play that occurs in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and last two minutes of overtime when they are not reasonably certain as to which player caused the ball to go out-of-bounds.
Petition to University of Arkansas Athletic Department, University of Arkansas Administration, Hunter Yurachek
Bring Back Slobbering Hog
Bring the Slobbering Hog back to Bud Walton's half court. The Slobbering Hog was a tradition as the painted-on mascot at the half-court of the Arkansas Razorbacks' home court of Bud Walton Arena. Parents & grandparents remembered Slobbering Hog from the old Barnhill Arena days and it was one of the things that was transferred to Bud Walton Arena in 1993 when it opened. Everyone loved Slobbering Hog, except one man. Jeff Long, the athletic director (AD) of the Arkansas Razorbacks from the beginning of 2008 until November 15, 2017, hated Slobbering Hog. He felt as if Slobbering Hog was more loved than he was by Arkansas Razorback fans which made him extremely jealous. So, he hatched a plan to remove the beloved icon from the floor of Bud Walton Arena, and was able to do so against the pleas of thousands of Hog fans and the crying of little children everywhere. Now that Jeff Long is no longer in charge of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Slobbering Hog needs to be returned to his rightful place at center court of Bud Walton Arena. The new Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek needs to make this a top priority.
Petition to NBA
NBA either fire Tony Brothers or ban him from officiating games in which Melo plays!
Knicks continuously get unfavorable officiating when the likes of Tony Brothers or Haywoode Workman officiate New York Knicks games or games that feature Carmelo Anthony.
Petition to NBA
Fire Rodney Mott
Rodney Mott has been a thorn in the NBA's side for far too long as a ref. He's had multiple occasions where he lets his emotions get the best of him like the instance back in 2007 when he got suspended. And now another instance yesterday November 19th 2017 where he threw out both Coach Malone and Nikola Jokic in the 2nd quarter. You can justify throwing out Malone for stepping onto the court trying to fight for a foul to be called. You cannot justify throwing Jokic out when all he did was argue about no foul being called. With terrible decisions like those, you take away a team's chance to win a game. Where 1 game is all it takes to take them out of a playoff spot by the end of the regular season. Let the teams play fair and call what is justified to be called. Don't allow refs to control the game. This is what ruins NBA ratings where it feels like games are being fixed. Another instance was when the Wizards faced off against the Trailblazers March 11 2017. Markieff Morris made a shot at the buzzer to beat the Trailblazers 124-123 in overtime. There was clear evidence that he stepped out of bounds as he shot the ball which means the ball was dead as he shot it. Rodney Mott was the lead ref that night and even admitted after the game that Markieff Morris did step out of bounds. Rodney Morris is just one example of bad refs that make NBA games look fixed and for fans to stop watching. I hope you fix this situation NBA. I hate when games are won by refs, and ruin any team's potential to go to the playoffs.
Petition to Athletic Director, Dr. Ronald Crutcher
Retire UR Men's Basketball Pioneer Aron Stewart's No. 30
When Aron Stewart first put on his No. 30 uniform for the University of Richmond’s Men’s Basketball team during the 1972-73 season, he was only the second African-American to attend UR on a basketball scholarship in the program’s 60-year history. A junior transfer from Temple University, Stewart played basketball for two years at Essex County College in New Jersey, where he led all junior college players in the country in scoring with a 36.6 average. Aron Stewart had a stellar career at UR. He averaged 30.2 points as a junior in 1972-73 and was named Southern Conference Player of the Year. In 1973-74 he led the Spiders to a 16-12 record, their first winning season since 1957-58. They finished second in the Southern Conference for the first time since 1945. His career averages of 28.1 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game are still school records. “Aron Stewart Day” was held at the Robins Center on February 23, 1974 at the UR vs. William & Mary game. During the special ceremony, a mayoral proclamation was made, making it “Aron Stewart Day” in the City of Richmond. Additionally, a letter was read from the Governor’s office. The president of the university, Bruce Heilman, presented Aron Stewart with an impressive trophy. Lastly, the legendary Malcolm “Mac” Pitt, who coached the Spiders from 1933-1952, addressed the crowd and “eloquently told one and all that No. 30 would never be worn by another Spider basketball player.” (Richmond Times Dispatch, February 24, 1974) Aron Stewart was inducted into the University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, an inexplicable 36 years after breaking records at UR. The university’s website summarizes Stewart’s accomplishments as follows: In just two seasons, Aron Stewart etched his name in the men's basketball record book by averaging 28.1 points per game, tops in school history. His 30.2 ppg in 1972-73 is second- best in school history, and his 26.5 ppg in 1973-74 is the third-best mark. He totaled 1,237 points in only 44 career games, 19th on UR's all-time list. Stewart was named to the Citizen Helms Foundation All-America Team and the All- Southern Conference First Team in 1973 and 1974. He was Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1973 and earned Southern Conference All-Tournament Team honors in 1974. His greatest single-game scoring performance came against Appalachian State in 1973 when he poured in 42 points, the fifth-most by a Spider in a single game. Stewart owns four of the top 10 single-game field goals made records and his 663 points in 1973-74 is the fourth-highest single-season total at Richmond. He grabbed 12 rebounds per game in 1973-74, the Spiders' fifth-highest season average. In 2015 Aron Stewart made the Richmond Times Dispatch’s all-time starting five for UR Men’s Basketball. While Aron Stewart Day had all the makings of an official number retirement ceremony, including a proclamation by the university’s living legend that the number would never be worn again, an athletics department representative, Barry Barnum, stated in a 1999 interview with The Richmond Voice that “to his knowledge, the number has not been formally retired.” Unfortunately, the number 30 has been worn twice since Stewart left the university. It is long overdue for Aron Stewart’s number to be officially retired, and for his jersey to be raised in the rafters alongside fellow Spider great Johnny Newman, whose future at UR was paved by pioneers like Aron Stewart.