2A - Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Fantasy football for charity
Kinesiology senior Michael Simpson
says he loves to play fantasy football.
Simpson said as a freshman, he
knew that his peers at the University
also loved to crunch stats and make last
minute trades so they'd be number one
come Monday night. So he decided to
create a club where sports lovers could
engage in friendly competition.
But it wasn't enough.
"I wanted to make it better for every-
body," Simpson said, motivating him to
add a philanthropy aspect to the club
and create the perfect balance of char-
ity and contest.
Since the club's inception in 2007,
members have raised funds for chari-
ties like the American Red Cross,
the United Way, St. Jude's Children's
Research Hospital, the University's
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the
American Breast Cancer Foundation.
Once a club member drafts a fantasy
team on a website such as Yahoo!, he or
she is required to donate a minimum of
$30 to the club's collective money "pot."
In more traditional fantasy football
leagues, the winner of a league would
generally receive this pot at the end of
the season. But at the end of the fantasy
season, funds are distributed to each
participating member's charity and
extra funds go toward the member of
the winning league's charity.
LSA junior Jordan Gluck, the club's
finance chair, said he's been donating
through the club since his freshman
"When I was a freshman, I collected
money from my parents and grandpar-
ents," he said. "(In the past) they've
sent money to St. Jude's Children's
Hospital ... so I decided that would be
Simpson said he'd like to expand
the charity aspect of the club, citing a
silent auction for sports memorabilia
as a possible project to benefit a local or
Simpsons added that he strives to
maintain the simplicity of the club and
praised its minimal time commitment.
"People just want to play fantasy
football, and do it for a good cause," he
Gluck echoed Simpson's sentiments,
adding that the club gives students the
unique opportunity to do charitable
work on their own time.
"It's more of an entertainment kind
of thing...but it also allows you to con-
tribute to charities and do charitable
work," he said.
Banking on the popularity of fantasy
football, club leaders hope to organize
fantasy basketball and baseball compe-
titions during future semesters.
Simpson added that the possibilities
for fantasy sports are endless.
"Any sport can have a fantasy
(aspect) to it," he said. "We try to find
the people that are passionate about
donating to charity first and playing
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Fisherman Kwak Yong-sun, 50, left, rests with his family members at a makeshift shelter on Wednesday.
Sout Korean refugees
struggle after shelling
U.S., South Korea
put halt on recent
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -
A South Korean fisherman whose
neighborhood was swallowed by
flames in last week's North Kore-
an shelling saw a TV image of the
North's leader, Kim Jong Il, and
"I want to kill him," said Kwak
Yong-sun, who now lives on the
floor of a public bath house on the
mainland. "I almost died because of
Kwak, 50, sleeps shoulder to
shoulder with other evacuees from
YeonpyeongIsland on a mattress in
a huge room in the spa, which has
been converted into a refugee cen-
He complained of noise, stale air
and a lack of sleep. "It's not a place
where human beings can live," he
The Nov. 23 artillery barrage
killed four people - two South
Korean marines and two civilians
- and sharply raised tensions on
the divided peninsula.
The United States and South
Korea yesterday ended military
exercises that included the aircraft
carrier USS George Washington.
The drills were meant asa warning
to the North following last week's
exchange of artillery fire.
At the heavily armed Panmun-
jom village inside the Demilita-
rized Zone north of Seoul, a North
Korean soldier said in a rare inter-
view that he hoped for peace.
Lt. Choe Song Il told Associ-
ated Press Television News that he
hoped tensions between the two
countries would be eased "as soon
as possible, ina peaceful way."
"I know that there were casual-
ties on the South side," Choe told
an APTN crew from the North
Korean capital of Pyongyang that
he had been assigned to escort to
the Demilitarized Zone.
"I hope that such military con-
flict between North and South
should never happen again," he
It was unclear whether his con-
ciliatory comments were sponta-
neous or not, and whether they
merely reflected one soldier's opin-
ion or were meant to reflect the
military's stance as a whole. North
Korean citizens usually are very
careful about expressing opinions.
They were striking words at
a time of heightened tensions
between the Koreas and a depar-
ture from the bellicose rhetoric of
North Korea's state-run news agen-
cy, whichhas threatened "full-scale
war" this week if the country's ter-
ritory is violated by any military
South Korean intelligence chief
Won Sei-boon told lawmakers that
North Korea is likely to strike again,
Yonhap news agency reported.
Won said in a briefing that North
Korea likely carried out last week's
attack in part because it needed a
"breakthrough" amid internal dis-
satisfaction over a plan to trans-
fer power from Kim Jong I1 to his
youngest son, according to Yonhap.
His comments could not immedi-
ately be confirmed.
To ease tensions, China pressed
for an emergency meeting in com-
ing days among the six nations who
previously negotiated over North
Korea's nuclear program - the two
Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and
the United States.
"The parties concerned should
keep calm and exercise restraint,
and work to bring the situation
back onto the track of dialogue and
negotiation," Chinese Foreign Min-
ister Yang Jiechi said in Beijing,
according to the Chinese official
Xinhua News Agency.