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 Houston Independent, Dr. Carlos Phillips, Vincent Grayson
Name the Booker T Washington HS Gymnasium after Coach Clarence Stubblefield (500 Needed)
As many of you know, Booker T Washington High School and The High School For Engineering Professions has opened its brand new facility and it is breathtaking. The next leaders and world changers will get a true head start on life with the amazing structure and technology that went into the building. The gymnasiums are second to none and we would love your support in renaming it, honoring the living legend himself, Coach Clarence Stubblefield. Coach Clarence Stubblefield was a true staple in the development of so many students over his 40 + years as the Head Basketball Coach for Booker T Washington. His love and devotion was felt well outside the doors of the gym and for many of us, we still lean on his lessons well into adulthood. We need at least 500 signatures to get this process going and I know we can do it. A lot of Eagles were made in the halls of Booker T Washington and it was the guidance of Coach Stubblefield and many teachers like him that taught us to FLY!!
Petition to NCAA, CBS
NCAA: Use the word "Men's" in the Final Four logo, just like you use the word "Women's"
47 years after Title IX passed, the NCAA is still referring to men's basketball as just "basketball," while women's basketball is always "women's basketball." How can women’s basketball ever be equal if they continue to use a qualifier, only for women? We should use the same rules of language for men’s and women’s sports. NCAA, please use the word “men’s” in the 2020 Men's Final Four logo. In 2019 there are two logos, one for "the Final Four" in Minneapolis, and one for "the Women’s Final Four" in Tampa Bay. The implication is that the real Final Four is the one in Minneapolis. Both the NCAA and broadcasters like CBS should use the word "men's" in logos and other printed language for men's basketball. It's time we stop implying women's sports are lesser.
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 NCAA, Jere W. Morehead, SEC
Investigate Greg McGarity and the University of Georgia for Recruiting Violations
After this past weeks events with the commitment of Carson Beck, it is time to investigate the University of Georgia's athletic program under the direction of Greg McGarity. A week after naming the University of Florida his leader, Carson Beck took an unexpected 180 and committed to UGA. On the early "National Signing Day" in December, UGA flipped quarterback Dwan Mathis without a visit to UGA. Number one overall recruit Nolan Smith, a defensive end out of IMG Academy, was seen with a $80,000 Mercedes-Benz. Not only have they had the last two number one recruits in football, but just recently Georgia received a commitment from the number one overall basketball recruit Anthony Edwards. With all of these recruits seeming to go their way, a simple explanation is that Georgia is just good at recruiting. However, this fall, Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M came out and accused UGA of dirty recruiting of quarterback Zach Calzada, accusing Kirby Smart of dirty recruiting. Why does Georgia lose many people to transfers? Why do they keep getting the number one overall recruit? There may be no wrongdoing here, but it is at least worth a look into these events to see if any wrongdoing has been committed in the UGA athletic department. It is for this reason that I am petitioning the NCAA to start an investigation into Greg McGarity and the University of Georgia Athletic Department, as well as looking into the recruiting practices exhibited by Kirby Smart and Tom Crean. With a simple investigation, Georgia could silence the "haters" who try to downplay their extremely successful recruiting these past few years, or we could find out that Georgia has in fact cheated the system. In order to maintain a fair and honest NCAA, it is time for the University of Georgia to be investigated.
Petition to NBA
NBA rule changes to know what a foul is and isnt, and get them called consistently.
In the past 3-4 years many, MANY fans as well as some players have seen clear favoriting, as well as clear calls being called, not being called, same plays being called and then not being called, and this needs to stop. The only thing holding the NBA back from being the best sports league in the world is officiating, if officials can call calls consistently and correctly at a much higher rate the NBA can and will be the best league in the world. And the NBA must change rules in order for officials to call properly, or train officials better to see the correct calls.
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 was the athletic director (AD) of the Arkansas Razorbacks from the beginning of 2008 until November 15, 2017, and he 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 current Arkansas AD, Hunter Yurachek, needs to make returning Slobbering Hog to the center court a top priority! The 25th anniversary of the 1994 NCAA National Championship by the Arkansas Razorbacks would be the perfect time to return to return Slobbering Hog to his rightful place in center court. Luckily Slobbering Hog is getting some more media attention due to the anniversary!https://katv.com/sports/hog-central/throwback-uniforms-slobbering-hog-part-of-25th-anniversary-celebration-of-1994-title