No-names controlling the NBA Finals so far

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, left, reacts with Gary Neal after scoring during the first half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Jon KrawczynskiAP Basketball WriterSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The NBA Finals opened as such a juicy matchup of A-list stars.LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the defending champion Miami Heat against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the old guard San Antonio Spurs making one last run at one more championship.Big 3 vs. Big 3. Winner take all.Once the series actually started, a group of D-listers crashed the party.Gary Neal and Danny Green combined for 51 points and 13 3-pointers in San Antonio’s Game 3 victory over Miami on Tuesday night, carrying the Spurs to a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven series that has been controlled by no-names, not big names.“We don’t expect a performance like this from those kind of guys, but they were great,” Duncan said after San Antonio routed Miami 113-77. “They did it. They found their spots and knocked them out.”Been that way all series. On both sides.Green, who was twice cut by San Antonio and spent a summer in Slovenia, may be the early leader for Finals MVP after scoring 27 points in Game 3. He also hit four big 3-pointers in the Spurs’ Game 1 victory in Miami and was a perfect 6 for 6 from long range in Game 2, outshining the four-time MVP James every step of the way.“Never thought in a million years that would happen,” Green said.Neal had to go overseas as well and even delayed his honeymoon just to get a chance to play on the Spurs’ summer league team a few Julys ago. On Tuesday night, his big 3-pointers at the end of the first half and the start of the fourth quarter buried the Heat.Those two have teamed with Kawhi Leonard — a lottery pick so soft-spoken that teammates started to wonder if he ever talked at all — to give the Spurs a Little 3 that has stepped up and taken over while their more famous teammates have been underwhelming.Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have been the identity of the Spurs for years, teaming for three championships in five years in the middle of the last decade. But they combined to shoot 10 for 33 in their Game 2 thumping in Miami. In Game 3, Duncan had a solid 12 points and 14 rebounds, but Ginobili had just seven points and a bad hamstring limited Parker to six.Leonard added 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals to pick up the slack.“It’s a dream come true,” Neal said. “Me and Danny both went through a lot of stuff together. We were guys that showed up two hours before practice started to get shots up and to prove to the coaching staff that we belong, and we’re going to do whatever we need to get minutes.”It’s been the same way for the Heat, who expect so much from James, Wade and Bosh, the celebrated threesome that united in South Beach three years ago to chase not one, not two, not three titles.But all three have posted numbers far below their career averages in these finals. James has his three lowest scoring outputs of the postseason in the first three games of the finals, including a 15-point, 7-for-21 stinker in Game 3, and is scoring just 16.7 points per game. Wade has gotten off to fast starts, only to fade as the game wears on and Bosh has posted two of the quietest double-doubles you’ll ever see in the last two games.“I think if you look at every series in the past in basketball, the role players are going to have big series, even if the best players out there, the superstars and everything, are really getting their regular numbers,” Bosh said. “You can easily have role players that are doing what they’re supposed to do.”In their place, it’s been Mario Chalmers, who scored 19 points in Game 2 and was the instigator in a game-clinching 30-5 run that evened the series. It’s also been Mike Miller, a banged-up journeyman who was barely playing when the finals began. He is 9 for 10 on 3-pointers this series, and was the only Heat player who showed up for Game 3 with 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3.“You can’t just focus on three people or on one person,” Chalmers said. “You’ve got to focus on the entire five that’s out there.”For whatever reason, the stars just haven’t been playing like stars in these finals.“It’s a difficult feel to get with the rhythm of this series,” Bosh said. “It’s been a very odd series so far. I’m sure it’s going to continue to be just as crazy as the last six days have been.”___Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APKrawczynskilast_img read more

Ballet Northwest Announces Open Auditions for the Nutcracker

first_imgSubmitted by Ballet Northwest Ballet Northwest’s Nutcracker is held annually at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.On Saturday, September 26, Ballet Northwest will hold open auditions at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center for roles in the Company’s 31st Anniversary production of the Nutcracker. The auditions are open to the community – boys and girls, men and women. The only requirement is that dancers are eight-years-old by August 31, 2015.Ballet Northwest is a community-based performance group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. No previous dance experience is necessary to audition, and dancers from all dance studios are welcome to audition for Ballet Northwest’s Nutcracker.The Nutcracker cast averages two hundred dancers. Performances take place from December 11th through the 20th at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts located in downtown Olympia, and feature professional sets, costumes, and guest artists.For more information on auditioning for the Nutcracker, please visit balletnorthwest.org Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Exciting 2019 Artesians Season Kicks off at Home Saturday

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians exciting 2019 season kicks off with a bang on Saturday night when the defending Evergreen Premier League runners-up, the Seattle Stars, visit Black Hills High School. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Night with a costume contest, trivia, games and prizes. There will be an inflatable soccer darts board and the giant soccer ball for the kids and more throughout the game. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and first kick is set for 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military, first responders and seniors.The Artesians are coming off a successful 2018 season in which they went 5-3-2, finishing with the third best record in the EPLWA, just barely missing the playoffs due to the league’s wild card rules. Christian Segovia and Daniel Gonzalez led the way with four goals apiece. Gonzalez recently signed with the Sounders U23s of the USL League Two but Segovia returns and is part of a healthy mix of veterans, recently graduated collegians and current collegiate players that head coach Matt Herrera has focused on improving on 2018 and making the EPLWA playoffs for the first time.Saint Martin’s alum JJ Olson returns for his third season in goal behind a backline that includes First Team All-Western Indoor Soccer League selection Nate Boatright and All-Armed Forces defender TJ O’Connor. Daniele Zaccagnini anchors the midfield along with newcomer and PLU alum Shane Gutierrez, and Evergreen grad Esau Vazquez is joined by his brother, Geovanny, who helped FCM Portland to the National Premier Soccer League’s semifinals last season.Off the field, it’s been a season of change for the Artesians, including Leon Grinnell joining the club as the Director Of Soccer Operations. Well 80 Artesian Brewing is the new presenting sponsor and are featured on new kits and sponsor the club’s new supporter’s group, the Well Heads. Oly Town also welcomes Jimmy John’s, Hotel RL Olympia, Century Cleaners and Cinco De Mayo as new sponsors. Teaming with Founder and General Manager Brandon Sparks, the Artesians have focused on providing a top-notch game day experience for fans including Cinco De Mayo providing concessions at all home games.Single game tickets and Well Heads memberships are on sale now and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets. Single game tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and kids 5-12 years-old. Well Heads memberships are $80 and include the new slate jersey, a Well Heads scarf, season tickets, 20 ounce pours for 16 ounce prices at Well 80, and more.The Artesians head to Bellingham on Sunday to face the Hammers at Civic Stadium at 6:00 p.m. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

The Guild of Creative Art’s ‘Garden Theme’ Exhibit, May 7…

first_imgw/photos and moreThe Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” – An All-Media, All- Member ExhibitMay 7 – June 1, 2016Delight your senses, allergen free, with images from a summer garden!  The Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery from May 7 – June 1, 2016. The Garden Party/reception will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 4 – 7pm.  Please call the Guild to register and let us know what you would like to bring in terms of refreshment!  732-741-1441 by May 11th.  Guild Painters, Photographers and Sculptors will display garden-inspired works in a variety of media including acrylic, collage, colored pencil, fiber, fine craft/sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, and watercolor.In addition, small works by Guild Exhibiting and Associate members – reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter – will be on display in the studio.The Guild is located at 620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury NJ 07702. Telephone 732-741-1441; email:[email protected]; guildofcreativeart.orgGuild Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-4:30; Thursday 8am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-3 pm.  The Guild is closed Mondays, except for classes.  Free admission , and free on-site parking .This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  The Guild of Creative Art is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust.Attached:“Rain Chain”, Photograph by Marilyn Baldi of Tinton Falls“In My Life”, Photograph by Marc F. of Island Heights“Delight” Watercolor by Tera Yoshimura of Red Bank“Queen Ann’s Court” Watercolor by Lisa Grob of Wall“Beauty and the Botanical” Watercolor by Randy Mayer of Atlantic Highlands SHREWSBURY – The Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” exhibit will be on display in the main gallery from May 7 – June 1. The Garden Party/reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14.Guild painters, photographers and sculptors will display garden-inspired works in a variety of media including acrylic, collage, colored pencil, fiber, fine craft/sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, and watercolor.In addition, small works by Guild exhibiting and associate members – reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter – will be on display in the studio.The Guild is located at 620 Broad St., Shrewsbury; 732-741-1441; [email protected]; guildofcreativeart.orgGuild Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 pm. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free admission, and free on-site parking .This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  The Guild of Creative Art is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust.last_img read more

Rood & Riddle Post Position Draw Quotes – Classic and Distaff

first_imgGuillermo Frenkel Santillan (Corona Del Inca, Distaff, Post 4) – “To have a starting gate spot is plenty. She drew a good post. I run Estrechada in the Marathon (hoping that race goes earlier), which will help our jockey Pablo Falero get acquainted with the turns.” Richard Mandella (Beholder, Distaff, Post 8; Avenge, Filly & Mare Turf, Post 4) – “With Beholder, it’s nice to get off the rail, but I am a bigger believer in good luck and a good post; so we are hoping for good luck. With Avenge, she drew a good post. I don’t think it’s really that important going 1 1/4 miles. She is going to be first or second coming down the hill so I think she will be in good position from the start.” Dallas Stewart (Forever Unbridled, Distaff, Post 6) – “I don’t see any problem with it. It’s a great post.” Mike Smith (Songbird, Distaff, Post 1) – “She just jumps away from the gate so quickly, that drawing the rail really should have no effect on her. I think she’s the natural speed in the race to start with. It’s pretty straight forward.” George Papaprodromou (Win the Space, Classic, Post 5) – “I like my post position. I like number 5. Is a good post to attempt to get a favorable position.” Jockey Mike Smith (Arrogate, Post 10) – “He’ll be very forwardly placed and he won’t have horses next to him on both sides. Sometimes, you can get bumped coming out of there. If all goes well, I should get away well.” Bob Baffert (Hoppertunity, Classic, Post 9, Arrogate, Classic, Post 10) – “I never like any draw until after I win. But it’s all right. A lot will depend on the break (for Arrogate especially). But it’s a long run to the turn and it’ll get sorted out. At least we’re not in the No. 1 where if they don’t break someone will shut them off. I didn’t want to be in the No.1 hole with all those horses on top of you. But it’s all up to Mike Smith and John Velazquez.” Dave Hofmans, (Melatonin, Classic, Post 6) – “I thought it was just great. We have the option to do what we want. If Arrogate doesn’t break we’ll be close. If Arrogate breaks we’ll be sitting off him.”center_img DISTAFF Victor Espinoza, jockey, (on Stellar Wind, Distaff, Post 5) – “Stellar Wind, she’s doing great and the post position is great. I really like my chances. (Is it a disadvantage for undefeated Songbird in Post Position No. 1?) Yes and no. I like it because I want to win, but sometimes it doesn’t matter the post position if the horse is so good on the day of the race.” Art Sherman (California Chrome, Classic, Post 4) – “Victor (Espinoza) and I were talking about the draw and he told me that it really didn’t matter to him which post we got. We’ve all got that long run into the first turn; I agree with him. This horse is ready. He’s better now than he’s ever been.” CLASSIC Jockey Victor Espinoza (California Chrome, Post 4) – “I’d rather be outside, but ‘4’ will be good. As long as California Chrome is ready, I should be able to move out of there quick.” Kiaran McLaughlin (Frosted, Classic, Post 2) – “We’re happy. We’ll save some ground. There weren’t any bad posts. We’re OK. We’re just happy to be in the race.”last_img read more

Holiday help calendar

first_img SCV Senior Center: The Senior Center has begun its annual “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, which asks all Santa Clarita residents to contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321 through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Ave. Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Southern California firefighters: The Holiday Toy Express will pull into the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:25 p.m. today, 9:10 p.m today at the Santa Clarita station, and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Via Princessa station to collect unwrapped toys on behalf of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Toys collected will be distributed to local children. The train, decorated with 50,000 sparkling lights and carrying Santa and his helpers, will host entertainment for families who turn out to participate in the drive. For information, call (800) 371-5465. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. The goal is to collect enough gift cards to provide $10 per family member. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA, 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s is participating in the Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Customers are asked to add a dollar to their order payment throughout the holidays to benefit the kids at St. Jude. For information, visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California: The Santa Clarita Auto Club office, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, is accepting donations through the end of the year to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband printed with the words “Helping Others” while supplies last. For information, call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in holiday packages to be sent for Christmas and care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. The deadline for Christmas items is Nov. 27. Here are some opportunities to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays in the Santa Clarita Valley. Northeast Valley Health Corporation: Nonprofit health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are collecting toys to distribute to young patients. Toys for children ages 0-3 years and 8-10 years are especially needed. Toys will be accepted locally until 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at LAC-Valencia Health Center, 23763 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call Abel Sedillo at (818) 898-1388, Ext. 41602. City of Santa Clarita Community Center: The Community Center is accepting new toys to be distributed at its annual Holiday Party on Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys for children ages 0-17 can be dropped off at the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall, or State Farm Insurance, 28048 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 1, Saugus, through Dec. 9. For information, call Yolanda Calderon at (661) 284-1476. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees: Members of the local Jaycees have placed boxes in businesses encouraging people to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The gifts will be presented to selected children from Single Mothers Outreach and the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s annual Santa’s Helpers project. For a complete list of drop-off sites, or to make a cash donation, visit www.scvjaycees.com. last_img read more

Photos: Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center shaping up

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.Longtime Golden State Warriors season ticket holder Tim Healy of Castro Valley got a look at his four seats– “the best seats in the house,” he says–during a tour of the Warriors new home currently under construction in San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 4.Chase Center will feature 100,000 square feet of retail space for 29 stores, a 35,000 square-foot plaza and a 5½-acre bayfront park, as well as the basketball court, of course.T …last_img read more

Part III: Adult Learning – Goal-Oriented & Relevancy-Oriented

first_imgGoal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented.Adults are relevancy-oriented, meaning they need to see a reason for learning something. They are also goal-oriented, needing to see the applicability of the experience in order to also see the value. When training adults remember that a theory will need to be related to practical experiences.As a service provider, when providing education and training to military families be explicit about your goals for the lesson or training. Help you families by explaining the relevancy of the assignments or activities you’ve asked them to participate in. Also, as a service provider, be sure to provide choices for your families, when appropriate, so that they are able to choose what they consider to be the most relevant.The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration is beginning to wrap up the Adult Learning Series. Next month we will discuss the final principle of adult learning followed by an explanation of adult learning styles. If you missed our previous posts in this series, you can catch up through our Adult Learning Series homepage.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 23, 2016. In life we are often driven forward by our goals and many of our choices are made based on the relevancy of them. As helping professionals you work with clients who are also goal driven, which leads us to our third principle of adult learning: Goal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented. Malcolm Knowles, who is often referred to as the pioneer of adult learning, identified four principles of adult learning: (1) Autonomous and Self-Directed, (2) Life Experiences and Knowledge, (3) Goal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented and (4) Practical.Previously we identified principle (1) Autonomous and Self-Directed as well as (2) Life Experiences and Knowledge, where we encouraged military service providers to relate new information back to the life experiences of their clients as well as their clients’ prior knowledge. This month our focus shifts to principle (3) Goal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented.last_img read more

Sixy football: Man City thump Shakhtar

first_imgGabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick as Manchester City powered to a 6-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but they will have to wait to book their place in the last 16 after Hoffenheim netted a late equaliser at Lyon in Group F’s other fixture.The hosts were in total control as they eased to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium, giving City brief respite from the series of allegations about their financial conduct that have been published by German magazine Der Spiegel this week, upon which the club have declined to comment.With the focus firmly back on on-field matters, City put on an efficient display that opened with a straightforward finish for David Silva, before Raheem Sterling was wrongly awarded a spot-kick after kicking the turf. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jesus netted from the spot and added a second penalty late on, after Sterling had scored City’s third with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box, and Mahrez made it five before Jesus completed his treble.Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw at Lyon delayed City’s progress, but they now sit three points clear of the Ligue 1 club at the top of the group.2 – Gabriel Jesus is the first player to score two penalties in a Champions League game for an English club since Wayne Rooney did so for Manchester United against Otelul Galati in October 2011. Rarity. pic.twitter.com/XNrNQ4KbLV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Good work by Mahrez down the right created the space for a squared pass across the six-yard box after 13 minutes, leaving the poorly marked Silva with a simple tap-in for the opener.City doubled their advantage in rather embarrassing circumstances after 24 minutes.Sterling kicked the turf as he shaped to shoot, going down in the box, but referee Viktor Kassai incorrectly ruled that the England winger had been felled by Mykola Matvyenko, with Guardiola appearing to motion that he did not agree with the decision.Jesus ruthlessly dispatched the penalty but will perhaps blame his failure to convert a glorious one-on-one opportunity soon after on a sudden pang of sympathy for the visitors.Having scuffed his shot to great effect during the first half, Sterling extended City’s lead with a sweetly struck curling effort three minutes into the second.Jesus added another with a second penalty of the match in the 72nd minute, after Silva was brought down by a clumsy Taras Stepanenko challenge, and Mahrez drove home a fifth after taking down an Ilkay Gundogan cross five minutes from time. Brazil international Jesus rounded off the night with a delightful chip to make it six. What does it mean? United bewareCity welcome local rivals Manchester United to the Etihad in the Premier League on Sunday and will do so having netted a frightening 21 goals for the concession of just one in their last five home matches in all competitions.Sterling starring for CitySterling drew plenty of plaudits for his performance in City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday and was impressive once more on Wednesday against lacklustre opponents, his goal featuring a run from the halfway line before pulling the trigger from 18 yards.Raheem Sterling in 2018/19 for Manchester City:#UCL pic.twitter.com/CrzCSzG1Hn— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018Going gets turf for KassaiShakhtar were low on quality but it is referee Kassai who will be remembered for his poor performance in this match. The Hungarian will be left to rue the fact his moment in the spotlight came a season before VAR – which surely would have spared his blushes – is introduced to the Champions League.Key Opta facts:2 – Gabriel Jesus is the first player to score two penalties in a Champions League game for an English club since Wayne Rooney did so for Manchester United against Otelul Galati in October 2011. Rarity. pic.twitter.com/XNrNQ4KbLV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Huddersfield TownWhat’s next?City face the small matter of a Manchester derby, while Ukrainian Premier League table toppers Shakhtar visit fourth-placed Vorskla on the same day. read more – This 6-0 victory ended a run of three consecutive Champions League defeats for Manchester City at the Etihad, and was their biggest ever win in any European competition in their history.- Manchester City have scored 6+ goals in back-to-back games in all competitions for the first time since November 1987 when they followed up a 10-1 league win over with a 6-2 win over Plymouth in the Full Members Cup.- Manchester City midfielder David Silva has scored three goals in the 2018-19 Champions League, his best ever tally in a single season in the competition. He has scored in three successive Champions League games for the first time.- Gabriel Jesus is the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick for Manchester City after Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero (x2).- Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals his six starts at home in the Champions League (three goals, four assists).last_img read more

Laverne Cox And Ross Mathews Join Marriott Rewards LoveTravel To Celebrate Capital

first_imgToday, Marriott Rewards’ announces that Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and host of Hollywood Today Live Ross Mathews are joining this year’s #LoveTravels pride celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as official ambassadors.On Friday, June 10, Laverne Cox will unveil the #LoveTravels collaborative art installation, a collection of original art work submitted from people around the world, and dedicated to transgender lives and leaders everywhere. Ross Mathews, who is returning as a #LoveTravels ambassador for the second year, will join Laverne Cox to unveil the crowd-sourced installation, as well as join the Marriott Rewards #LoveTravels float during the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11.Following a global call for travelers to submit their own artistic expressions of love to the award-winning #LoveTravels campaign, Marriott Rewards received over 3,500 submissions from nearly 100 countries over just two weeks, that will be blended in a powerful large-scale art installation.For each individual art expression, Marriott Rewards and #LoveTravels will make a donation to support Casa Ruby’s lifesaving mission. Casa Ruby is the only bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization providing critical services to many of the most vulnerable transgender residents of Washington, D.C. The funds will help support Casa Ruby’s Drop-In and Crisis Intervention Center, as well as their Limited Financial Assistance program for those enrolled in career and employment services and to those facing extreme financial hardship.“For me personally, Marriott Rewards’ #LoveTravels creates powerful feelings because of who I am and what it stands for, sharing my vision of a world transformed by acceptance,” said Laverne Cox. “Partnering with a global company that is applying its integrity, its reach and its voice to help break down barriers for all LGBT individuals – it’s truly inspiring for me to join them.”Stacey Milne, Vice President of Portfolio Marketing Strategy & Planning, Marriott International said, “It’s our honor to stand with the LGBT community, not just during the month of June, but year round. With the third iteration of our #LoveTravels campaign, we are reaffirming our commitment to equality and using our voice to shine a light on the struggle the transgender community and their allies are currently enduring. This time last year, we were on the brink of one of history’s most significant Supreme Court decisions and this year, we’re excited to be back to celebrate an expression of love through art, for transgender lives with our two very special guests, Laverne Cox and Ross Mathews.”Said Ross Mathews, “It means a lot to me that Marriott has asked me to join the #LoveTravels campaign again this year for Capital Pride, especially given the focus and celebration of transgender lives. On one hand, it’s encouraging to see how far the nation has come in the past year, but on the other hand, I recognize how much more work must be done. #LoveTravels really resonates with me, and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone as we march in this year’s parade.”Marriott Rewards also enlisted popular social media ambassadors and LGBT supporters from around the world to spread the #LoveTravels message including Jazz Jennings (TLC’s “I am Jazz”), Miles Jai (@MilesJaiProductions on YouTube), Pepe y Teo (one of Mexico’s most popular LGBT YouTubers), Shannon Beveridge and Cammie Scott (YouTube’s “Now This is Living”), and Trent and Luke (married YouTube couple from the UK).#LoveTravels kicked off in 2014 with Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Tim Howard and Angela Simmons celebrating travelers exploring their personal passions and acclaiming their unique perspectives and experiences. It continued into 2015 with Hollywood star Diane Guerrero (OITNB, Jane the Virgin). During Capital Pride 2015, Marriott Rewards celebrated marriage equality by marrying George Carrancho and Sean Franklin in the Capital Pride Parade with TV personality Ross Mathews as officiant.To join the conversation or learn more, travelers can visit www.lovetravelswithme.com, follow #LoveTravels and @MarriottRewards on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more