Hall to support global nonprofit

first_imgRyan Hall will host a 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball tournament tomorrow afternoon to support the Wheelchair Foundation, an international nonprofit which distributes wheelchairs to those in need across the globe. Freshman Emily Voorde helped coordinate the event with Bookstore Basketball, SAO and other halls. Voorde, who uses a wheelchair, has played wheelchair basketball with a local team and helped sponsor a similar wheelchair basketball tournament at her high school. “I thought it would be a good event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause,” she said. Voorde said the rules for regular basketball still apply for the tournament. The hoops, courts and balls are the same size. The only rule change applies to dribbling, she said. Each player must dribble once for every two pushes of the chair. Voorde said people may need time to adjust to the game and will have a very different experience in this tournament than they have in others. “People have a lot of questions because it is not something they are familiar with,” Voorde said. Alick’s Home Medical donated 30 wheelchairs for the tournament. Voorde said she worked with the South Bend medical supply store when planning her high school’s wheelchair basketball tournament. Ryan president sophomore Alison Quinn said though the team first hoped to work with a local organization, many South Bend charities focusing on wheelchair distribution already had sponsors. Quinn said they were then drawn to the international mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. Quinn said she hopes to raise enough money to purchase at least one wheelchair, which costs $150. She also said she hopes the tournament encourages solidarity and deeper understanding among students. “It’s fun because you get to play basketball in a wheelchair, but it’s also demonstrative of what some people go through every day,” Quinn said. Students can enjoy free food and winners will receive prizes at the event, she said. Quinn said she hopes for a high level of student involvement and wants to make the tournament an annual event. “Given it’s our first year, we hope to get enough involvement [to continue the event] in future years,” Quinn said. Voorde said students should register to support the charity and have fun with friends. “It’s the same game, same ball, same rules, just on wheels. It’s really fun, and I think it will be a great experience,” Voorde said. To register for the tournament, visit www.nd.edu/~ryan and click on the wheelchair basketball logo. Registration is also available through the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Member service: Fast plus easy equals growth

first_imgPersonal attendant tools such as Amazon’s Echo smart speaker represent the member experience standard credit unions should aspire to achieve, according to Adam Johnson and Charlene Leland of c. myers.Those devices have fundamentally altered consumers’ outlook, said Johnson, c. myers’s vice president/principal, and Leland, vice president, in a breakout session at the CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference.“Nobody pushes any buttons or looks at any screens to get their business done,” Johnson said. “So it changes people’s mindsets about how they’re going to do things going forward.”As credit unions anticipate rapid changes in financial services—hastened by nontraditional competitors that run the gamut from fintech firms to Amazon—they must aggressively change their processes to match consumer expectations, Johnson said.“The mindset of who your competition is has to change,” said Johnson. “It’s not just financial institutions and fintechs. The bar is being set by the consumer experience in general. Consumers don’t want to type in their passwords anymore, or they don’t want to go further than one click. Once they experience a clunky process, the gap will widen.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more