ONEshot Global teams up with TOMS, facilitates life-saving vaccines


October 6, 2011

“We are just a group of college kids in ripped up jeans trying to save the world,” explains Tyler Eltringham, founder of ONEshot Global.

After winning the $10,000 grand prize in the 2011 ASU Innovation Challenge, Eltringham set to work on building his business. Replicating the “One for One” business model set forth by Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, ONEshot Global donates one meningococcal meningitis vaccination to the meningitis belt directly south of the Sahara desert in Africa for every shot given in the U.S. ONEshot Global Download Full Image

“We are a local solution to a global problem,” said Eltringham. “I did research and found out that there are around 4,000 cases of meningitis every year in the U.S. and 40,000 reported cases in the meningitis belt of Africa. With our model, one shot can save two lives.”

Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and is caused by infection with viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms. The Center for Disease Control recommends that students receive a meningitis shot, but does not require it for college entry. By facilitating these free vaccines, ONEshot is seeking to end the spread of this communicable disease on campuses around the country.

“We had our first vaccine drive the weekend of Aug. 13-15 on both the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses, and provided over 300 free vaccinations to incoming college freshmen,” said Eltrigham.

Recently, ONEshot Global was featured in Mycoskie’s debut book “Start Something That Matters," along with noted entrepreneurs such as Tony Shay, founder of Zappos.com and Lauren Bush, founder of Project Feed.

“When I got the phone call asking us to be a part of the book it was surreal and I started crying,” said Eltringham. “Before ONEshot was started I wanted to be Blake Mycoskie and find a way to do good in the world. We knew from the start that TOMS would be important in our journey.”

Eltringham advocates that anyone with even the smallest idea pursue their dreams. He says that the key to success to is believing you can do it and having a clear focus of how you want to change the world.

ONEshot is focused on expanding to additional universities, and is currently recruiting for Local University Chapters at ASU, NAU and UA. To become a part of the One Saves Two movement, contact the National Board at info@oneshotglobal.com.

Volleyball hosts SoCal competitors


October 6, 2011

FRIDAY, OCT. 7 Arizona State vs. No. 2 UCLA, 7 p.m. PT
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SATURDAY, OCT. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 5 USC, 7 p.m. PT
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THIS WEEK IN SUN DEVIL VOLLEYBALL
The Sun Devils prepare to face yet two more ranked teams as they return to the familiar confines of Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State will confront the No. 2 UCLA Bruins on Friday night before facing the No. 5 USC Trojans on Saturday evening. 

FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE!
There will be three different ways for you to keep up with your Sun Devils as they play this weekend! You can follow the matches on Gametracker, which shows live statistics and play-by-play action, and also participate in the ASU CoverItLive chat, which takes place right from the sideline. Fox Sports Network will also be streaming live video on their web site. The links for each match are provided above and in the sidebar on the 2011 schedule. 

WALK THROUGH CROWDS OF GOLD
Friday’s match against the Bruins is Gold Night! Be sure to break out your best gold attire and come to Wells Fargo Arena to receive a special $3 admission.

SAVE SECOND BASE
To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Devils will be playing pretty in pink on Saturday night against the Trojans. Come in your pink to get $3 admission. Representatives from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be on site distributing information. 

PREVIOUSLY FOR THE DEVILS…
Arizona State is currently on an eight-game losing streak, tying the longest in team history since 2005. Their last win was against Georgia Tech in pre-conference play. Three of the six Pac-12 opponents for the Devils have been nationally ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll, making the play for a victory even more difficult. Most recently, ASU took on No. 6 Stanford and No. 4 California, losing both matches 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. 

ON THE BRUINS
The Devils hold an 8-62 record against the Bruins, most recently suffering a sweep in the 2010 season. UCLA stayed in the No. 2 slot after steadily sweeping both Utah and Colorado. The Bruins jumped from seventh to second in the AVCA polls after tallying wins against the #1 and #2 teams of California and Stanford.  Junior Bojana Todorovic is currently first overall in the conference and 24th in the nation in aces per set with 0.46. Junior Rachael Kidder is fifth in the conference and 21st in the nation in kills per set with 4.28. 

ON THE TROJANS
Arizona State is 11-56 when facing the Trojans, who also scratched wins against Stanford and California to gain a jump from No. 12 to No. 5 in the polls before facing Colorado and Utah. The Trojans swept both opponents, marking their sixth win in a row. Senior Lauren Williams holds the ninth-best hitting percentage in Division I with .412, while freshman teammate Hannah Schraer follows at 23rd with .386. Both girls are second and third respectively in the Pac-12 for their hitting percentage. Senior Alex Jupiter is second in conference and ninth nationally in points per set, with 5.23.