More than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. All events are searchable via an online map and easy to track by following the #WearOrange hashtag.Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear OrangeThese events will bring communities together to showcase the full creativity of Wear Orange supporters from concerts to picnics in the park to orange walks to meeting at local landmarks as they turn orange. Wear Orange events are happening starting Friday through the weekend in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness in Florida in, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa. Specific event details noted below:“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year – it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.”Hadiya PendletonWear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. That idea spread quickly and now every year on June 2 – which was Hadiya’s birthday and is now National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Americans across the country Wear Orange and stand united against gun violence.Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events. This year promises to reach much, much further—the skyline is the limit. Landmarks across the country – including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls – will go orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Today, Friday, June 2, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and more than 400influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.Wear Orange campaign elements—including events in 12 cities—in Florida are listed below:Skylines and key buildings nationwide began turning orange on June 1 – the start of Gun Violence Awareness Month – including the Empire State Building. Key landmarks in Florida turning orange include in Fort Lauderdale, the Bank of America Plaza, in Miami, The Intercontinental Hotel and Miami Tower; in Orlando, The Amway Center, Lake Eola and the See Art Exhibits; in Pensacola, the Graffiti Bridge will be painted orange; in Tallahassee, the Historic State Capitol, and in Tampa. Florida mayors and including Mayor Susan Hainey (Boca Raton), Mayor Greg Ross (Cooper City) and Mayor Derrick Henry (Daytona Beach), Mayor Jack Seiler (Fort Lauderdale), Mayor Lauren Poe (Gainesville), Mayor Peter Bober (Hollywood), Mayor Bill Barnett (Naples), Mayor Jack Brady (North Lauderdale), Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando), Mayor Frank C. Ortis (Pembroke Pines), Mayor Joseph Corradino (Pinecrest), Mayor Dianne Bendekovic (Plantation), Mayor Lemar Fisher (Pampano Beach), Mayor Gregory Oravec (Port St. Lucie), Mayor Phillip K Stoddard (South Miami), Mayor Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg), Mayor Andrew Gillum (Tallahassee), Mayor Bob Buckhorn (Tampa) and Mayor Jerri Muoio (West Palm Beach) joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year.
UWF softball ready to begin 2014 season at home Argos look to improve on last seasons 21-25 record (Photo by Chris Nelson) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball program begins the 2014 season when they host the University of Mobile Saturday, Feb. 1 in a doubleheader. The Argos will continue the opening weekend at home when they face Midwestern State also in a doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 2. UWF will close out opening weekend play on Monday, Feb. 3 when they take on Midwestern State at 9 a.m. CT and then Southern Arkansas at 1 p.m. CT.Live CoverageLive Stats and Audio for entire weekendGame NotesOpening WeekendPreseason rankingsThe University of West Florida softball team was picked to finish fifth in the Gulf South Conference in the 2014 Preseason GSC Coaches’ Poll. The Argonauts received a total of 27 points that ranked them in the fifth spot.Alabama Huntsville was picked to finish first in the conference after they received six first place votes and totaled 48 points. Valdosta State was a close second after they totaled 44 points and received two first place votes. North Alabama and West Alabama earn the third and fourth spots, and Delta State, West Georgia, and Christian Brothers round out the remaining teams.Senior Danielle Sanders (Leesburg, Fla.) was the only Argo to be selected to the 2014 Preseason All-GSC team and earned a spot on the team as an outfielder. UAH landed the most student-athletes to the list with four, including last year’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, Kimberly Jack.The Argos also had two student-athletes named to the GSC’s Top Newcomers list in junior transfer Lou Barnard (Apopka, Fla./Lake-Sumter CC) and freshman pitcher Jessica Wilkinson (Gainesville, Fla.)NewcomersEntering her 21st season at the helm of West Florida softball, Tami Cyr has added five newcomers to the roster that will compete this spring. The newcomers consist of four freshmen and one junior college transfer.The lone transfer, Lou Barnard, comes to UWF after spending two years at Lake-Sumter State College. As a LakeHawk Barnard saw significant playing time and acquired numerous accolades. Last spring she was a first team selection at first base after leading the LakeHawks with a .377 batting average and set a school record with 13 home runs. She also led the team in RBIs with 47.The rest of the newcomers feature a four-person freshmen squad of all pitchers in Brooke Hale, Becca Taylor, Rebecca Hein and Jessica Wilkinson.Hale comes to UWF from Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. She led her team to a state runner-up finish in 2012. She ended her senior season in 2013 with 166 innings pitched and 182 strikeouts.Taylor, another Florida native, comes from Panama City, Fla. She played softball for four years at Rutherford High School and lead them to a 2013 5A district championship. Hein lettered four years at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia, Ala. While there her team saw a state runner-up finish in 2012 and back to back regional championships in 2012 and 2013. Hein was also named the All-South/Hoover Player of the year after she earned 40 wins during her senior season.Rounding out the freshmen is Wilkinson. She pitched for four years at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla. where she received defensive player of the year, player of the year and first team all-area honors her senior season. Print Friendly Version Share
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