Remember Ashton, help Afghan women


June 24, 2010

After Melissa Pritchard’s story about her January 2009 visit to Panjshir Province, Afghan, as an embedded reporter appeared in the May 2010 issue of O Magazine, Pritchard was deluged with e-mails and phone calls.

Everyone had the same question: What can we do to honor Ashton? Download Full Image

Ashton Goodman was a young woman in the Air Force who was assigned to a Provincial Reconstruction Team’s women’s affairs division in Panjshir Province. Pritchard and Goodman became fast friends in the short time that Pritchard was there.

Pritchard was stunned to learn, several months after she returned home, that Goodman, just 21 years old, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

“In meeting the women of Panjshir Province, she had been quick to praise their intelligence and courage, and to advocate passionately for their education and increased roles in leadership,” Pritchard said.

“Days before her death, she had asked to stay on in Panjshir, as she felt she was making a difference, ‘with words, not weapons.’ She even imagined bringing her children to Panjshir Province one day, to show them how their mother had helped in the peaceful building of schools, medical clinics and women’s leadership programs.”

Now there is an answer to that question, what can we do to honor Ashton?

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) has set up the Sr. Airman Ashton Goodman Grant, which will support the writing and theater programs for Afghan women sponsored by AWWP.

Donations can be made in two ways:

First, via PayPal through the website http://www.awwproject.org/help-our-women-writers/ashton-goodman-grant/">http://www.awwproject.org/help-our-women-writers/ashton-goodman-grant/">.... (Follow up with an e-mail to ChristinaAsquith">mailto:ChristinaAsquith@yahoo.com">ChristinaAsquith@yahoo.com saying you’d like your donation to go to the Ashton Goodman grant.)

Second, a check made out to AWWP may be mailed to AWWP/Christina Asquith, 6 Hilliard Place, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Members of the Senior Airman Ashton Goodman Grant’s board of directors will determine the use of the grant monies for AWWP and give a report on their use annually. Board members are Masha Hamilton, founder of AWWP; Pritchard; and Asquith.

Hamilton, a novelist, founded AWWP after her last trip to Afghanistan in November 2008. Her interest in Afghanistan was sparked in the late 1990s during the Taliban period, when she understood it “was one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.”

AWWP offers online writing classes for women in Afghanistan, taught by American writers and teachers. The students’ work is published on the AWWP website, often anonymously, for the authors’ safety.

For more information on AWWP, go to http://www.awwproject.org/.

Pritchard">http://www.awwproject.org/">http://www.awwproject.org/.

Pritchard said donations in any amount are welcome for the Ashton Goodman Grant. “Please help us transform the tragedy of Ashton’s death into an enduring tribute to her brave spirit and an act of hope and support for the women of Afghanistan.”

Twenty with ties to ASU to compete at USA Track & Field Meet


June 25, 2010

Twenty individuals with ties to the Arizona State University track and field program have made their way to Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, where they will compete in the 2010 USA Track & Field Championships June 24-27. The ASU contingent is comprised of 10 men and 10 women with four men and four women having been on the Sun Devil roster this past season.

Several of the entrants are ranked highly in their respective events with one man and one women leading the way. For the men, 2004 Olympic champion and multiple-time U.S. champion Dwight">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/phillips_dwight00.html">... Phillips has the top qualifying mark in the long jump (8.42m) while former American record holder Lisa">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguilera_lisa00.html">Lisa Aguilera (9:33.11). Others in the Top 3 include Fasil">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/bizuneh_fasil00.html">Fasil Bizuneh, who is second in the men’s 10,000m run (28:00.22); Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/whiting_ryan00.html">Ryan Whiting, who is third in the men’s shot put (21.97m); Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams, who is third in the women’s 200m dash (22.55); Desiree">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/davila_desiree00.html">D... Davila, who is third in the women’s 10,000m run (32:06.85); Sarah">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/stevens_sarah00.html">Sarah Stevens, who is third in the women’s shot put (18.23m); and Keia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/pinnick_keia00.html">Keia Pinnick, who is third in the women’s junior 400m hurdles (58.03). Download Full Image

The Sun Devils will have multiple entries in several events, including three on the men’s side and three on the women’s side. For the men, Donald">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanford_donald00.html">D... Sanford (8th, 45.21) and Jimmie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gordon_jimmie00.html">Ji... Gordon (21st, 46.15) are both in the 400m dash; Kyle">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/alcorn_kyle00.html">Kyle Alcorn (5th, 8:27.95) and Aaron">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguayo_aaron00.html">Aaron Aguayo (14th, 8:42.01) in the steeplechase; and Phillips and Trevell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/quinley_trevell00.html">... Quinley (6th, 8.13m) in the long jump. On the women’s side, Davila and Amy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/hastings_amy00.html">Amy Hastings (4th, 32:18.72) will compete in the 10,000m run; Latosha">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wallace_latosha00.html">... Wallace (9th, 55.96) and Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney (10th, 57.67) in the 400m hurdles; and Stevens and Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/jelmini_anna00.html">Anna Jelmini (6th, 17.63m) in the shot put.

Chaney, as she did all season, will be busy once again this week as she is set to compete in the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. Jelmini, who redshirted this year for ASU, will compete in the shot put and the discus and ranks among the best in the nation as she is sixth in the shot put and fifth in the discus (60.80m).

Results for the meet, as well links to the live web streaming courtesy of runnerspace.com, can be found at usatf.org. Both ESPN and NBC also will be providing live coverage starting on Friday with ESPN airing coverage from 5-7 pm (Arizona time) before returning on Saturday from 10-11:30 am (Arizona time). NBC will follow on Saturday from noon to 1 pm (Arizona time) before both networks duplicate their time slots once again on Sunday.

Sun Devils at the USA Track & Field Championships
Thursday, June 24 - all times are Central (two hours ahead of Arizona)
4:15 pm - Senior Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase - First Round (Lisa">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguilera_lisa00.html">Lisa Aguilera)
6:15 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Dash - First Round (Dominique’ Maloy)
6:35 pm - Senior Men’s 400m Dash - First Round (Donald">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanford_donald00.html">D... Sanford, Jimmie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gordon_jimmie00.html">Ji... Gordon)
7:10 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Dash - First Round (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)
8:35 pm - Senior Men’s 10,000m Run - Final (Fasil">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/bizuneh_fasil00.html">Fasil Bizuneh)
8:55 pm - Senior Women’s 10,00m Run - Final (Desiree">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/davila_desiree00.html">D... Davila, Amy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/hastings_amy00.html">Amy Hastings)

Friday, June 25 - all times are Central (two hours ahead of Arizona)

1:50 pm - Junior Women’s 400m Hurdles - First Round (Keia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/pinnick_keia00.html">Keia Pinnick)
4:00 pm - Senior Men’s Discus - Final (Jason">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/lewis_jason00.html">Jason Lewis)
4:15 pm - Senior Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase - First Round (Kyle">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/alcorn_kyle00.html">Kyle Alcorn, Aaron">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguayo_aaron00.html">Aaron Aguayo)
4:45 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles - First Round (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney)
5:30 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Hurdles - First Round (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney, Latosha">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wallace_latosha00.html">... Wallace)
5:50 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Dash - Semifinal (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)
6:45 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Dash - Semifinal (Dominique’ Maloy)
7:00 pm - Senior Men’s 400m Dash - Semifinal (Donald">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanford_donald00.html">D... Sanford, Jimmie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gordon_jimmie00.html">Ji... Gordon)
8:04 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Dash - Final (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)
8:35 pm - Senior Men’s 5,000m Run - Final (Brandon">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/bethke_brandon00.html">B... Bethke)

Saturday, June 26 - all times are Central (two hours ahead of Arizona)
12:15 pm - Senior Women’s Shot Put - Final (Sarah">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/stevens_sarah00.html">Sarah Stevens, Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/jelmini_anna00.html">Anna Jelmini)
1:15 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles - Semifinal (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney)
2:02 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Hurdles - Semifinal (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney, Latosha">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wallace_latosha00.html">... Wallace)
2:36 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Dash - Final (Dominique’ Maloy)
2:44 pm - Senior Men’s 400m Dash - Final (Donald">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanford_donald00.html">D... Sanford, Jimmie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gordon_jimmie00.html">Ji... Gordon)
2:52 pm - Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles - Final (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney)
3:35 pm - Junior Women’s 400m Hurdles - Final (Keia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/pinnick_keia00.html">Keia Pinnick)
4:30 pm - Senior Women’s 200m Dash - First Round (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)

Sunday, June 27 - all times are Central (two hours ahead of Arizona)
12:00 pm - Senior Men’s Shot Put - Final (Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/whiting_ryan00.html">Ryan Whiting)
12:15 pm - Senior Women’s 200m Dash - Semifinal (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)
12:20 pm - Senior Women’s Discus - Final (Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/jelmini_anna00.html">Anna Jelmini)
12:30 pm - Senior Men’s Long Jump - Final (Dwight">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/phillips_dwight00.html">... Phillips, Trevell Quinely)
12:50 pm - Senior Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase - Final (Kyle">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/alcorn_kyle00.html">Kyle Alcorn, Aaron">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguayo_aaron00.html">Aaron Aguayo)
1:15 pm - Senior Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase - Final (Lisa">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/aguilera_lisa00.html">Lisa Aguilera)
2:10 pm - Senior Women’s 400m Hurdles - Final (Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney, Latosha">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wallace_latosha00.html">... Wallace)
2:30 pm - Senior Women’s 200m Dash - Final (Charonda">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williams_charonda00.html... Williams)

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