Kicking for fun and a great cause, United Way Silicon Valley’s Emerging Leaders United first kickball tournament was a slamming slew of fun and exciting action. The tournament, held in a bracket-style format April 12 at the Texas Instruments soccer and softball fields in Santa Clara, featured teams vying for the inaugural championship trophy.
Benefiting the organization’s summer reading kit program, teams of eight players had a blast reliving their middle schools days, playing three-inning kickball games in a friendly, yet competitive way. Often laughing and clapping at amazing catches and zany kicks, the action was just as wild as that on any school playground.
Organized by the leadership of Emerging Leaders United, a young professional group that supports UWSV’s mission of helping families raise children become more financially secure, healthy and more connected to their community, the event provides an entire East San Jose school with reading kits to “help students maintain their academic skills over the summer.” The kits include two age-appropriate books, selected by the teacher, and other resources to increase summer reading for the entire family.
According to a press release from UWSV, “a child is four times less likely to graduate high school on time if they cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade.”
Santa Clara native Morgan McLeod, was sent packing from the CBS hit series “Survivor: Cagayan” during the April 9 episode entitled “Mad Treasure Hunt.”
McLeod was the eighth contestant of the 16 cast members voted off of the show and will be the second jury member for the season’s finale that airs in May. She was voted off on Day 22.
A video featuring McLeod can be viewed at http://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/video/EqtnD4E10wkCKRc_oZ4rNMSQphHnmrFv/survivor-cagayan-morgan-arrives-at-ponderosa/