July 2011 Archives

    2011 AFA Football Media Guide Available Online

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    The 2011 Air Force football team media guide is now available to view and download.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/072011aab.html

    The Falcons open the 2011 season Sept. 3, hosting South Dakota.

    2011 Air Force Football Media Guide

    The 2011 Air Force Football Media Guide is now available online by clicking here.

    JOIN KID FORCE THE OFFICIAL KIDS CLUB OF AFA ATHLETICS

    Falcon Fans,

    Registration is now open for Kid Force, the Official Kids Club of Air Force Academy Athletics.  Youth that sign up for the program will receive exclusive access to Falcon athletics throughout the 2011-12 season.  Memberships are only $25 per child and $20 for each additional family member.  Benefits in this year's program include:

    -Two free tickets to the Tennessee State football game on September 24th - plus post-game field passes and an opportunity to play down on the field

    -Free admission to every Saturday men's basketball game, every Friday hockey game and every men's and women's basketball game throughout tthe season

    -Free admission to Fan Fest inflatables at all home football games

    -Kid Force t-shirt and membership card

    -Invitations to special events and clinics with AFA athletes and coaches

    -Opportunity to win pre-game field passes as the official tee kid before each home football game

    -Opportunity to sign up for the ball kids program with AFA men's and women's basketball

    -Monthly "Bird Talk" newsletters

    -Kid Force giveaways

    -Annual year end tailgate party

    -10% discount on all Falcon merchandise at Visitor's Center gift shop and Falcon Shop in Clune Arena

    Registrations are available online by clicking here.  Thanks for your support of Falcon Athletics, we look forward to seeing you in the stands this year.  For questions regarding the program, please contact Alex Yack with AFA Athletics at alexander.yack.ctr@usafa.edu or at 719-333-0260. 

    2011 AFA Women's Soccer Schedule Available for Download

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    The Air Force women's soccer 2011 season schedule is now available in printer-friendly format.  The schedule features Falcon seniors Meagan Eissele, Bridgett Murphy, Krystin Shanklin and Cassie Wilson.

    The Falcons scrimmage Colorado on Aug. 12 and open their regular season Aug. 19 vs. Colorado School of Mines.

    http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/afa/sports/w-soccer/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/07-13-11.pdf

    Article on AFA Baseball Players Playing Summer Ball

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    Several Air Force cadets got the chance to play summer baseball.  Below is an article on rising juniors Alex Bast and Ben Bertelson on their summerball experience for the Marysville Gold Sox in Marysville, Calif.  The article was written on July 3, by Ryan Klocke for the Appeal-Democrat.

    http://www.advarsitysports.com/articles/baseball-2908-force-break.html

    Second annual Toast to the Host

    Join other Falcon fan for a celebration of the start of the 2011 Air Force Football season at Toast to the Host, a pre-season party and beer and wine tasting. The party will take place on August 6th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cadet Gymnasium Terrazzo.

    The cost is just $25 per person to enjoy samples from beer, wine and food vendors while watching the Falcon football practice from the terrazzo area and volleyball practice inside the East Cadet Gym.

    To Read more about the 2nd Annual Toast to the Host

    Avs to play at Air Force Academy

    DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game at Cadet Ice Arena on the grounds of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

    This marks the fourth time that the Air Force Academy has hosted the event, as they also welcomed the Burgundy/White Game for three straight years from 2007-09. The 2010 contest was held at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield.

    The Burgundy/White Game features all Avalanche players competing in a three-period, intra-squad scrimmage. Fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to watch a shootout at the end of regulation regardless of the score.

    Proceeds from this year's game will once again benefit military families via Kroenke Sports Charities Seats for Soldiers program as well as youth hockey programs throughout Colorado. The previous 11 Burgundy/White games have generated in excess of $500,000 for various charitable causes throughout Colorado. Since 1995, the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund and Kroenke Sports Charities have made donations exceeding $13 million to local charities throughout Colorado.

    "The Burgundy/White Game is a unique event for Avalanche fans to not only see all the players in action but also support an outstanding cause," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. "We are excited to be back at the Air Force Academy and are expecting another great turnout from our fans in the Colorado Springs area."

    Tickets for the game go on sale this Friday (July 8) at 9 a.m. MT through Air Force's official website, www.GoAirForceFalcons.com or by calling 800-666-USAF (8723). Prices range from $10 for military personnel to $20 for the general public. For more information, please contact the Air Force Academy box office at 800-666-USAF (8723) or visit www.GoAirForceFalcons.com.

     

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    U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.  - June 28, 2011 - Air Force senior Daniel Trapani was announced today as the fifth recipient of the Mountain West Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award. Established in 2005-06 and re-named in honor of the late UNLV faculty athletics representative, the award is presented to a student-athlete in a NCAA-sponsored sport who has distinguished him or herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The student-athlete also must demonstrate good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting and be in good academic standing.

     

    Trapani competed as a member of the Falcons' fencing team all four years at the Academy, closing out a stellar career with a second All-America distinction this past season. Throughout his career, he routinely portrayed the ideals of sportsmanship and competitive respect while leading by example. Trapani's commitment to his teammates was never more evident than during a discussion he had with his coach regarding a team award following the 2010-11 season.

     

    Following an impressive senior campaign, Trapani was awarded team most valuable player honors for the second time in his career.  After qualifying for the 2011 NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in epee at the NCAA West Regional Championships, he turned in an eighth-place individual performance to earn All-America honors at nationals. Trapani led a group of five highly-qualified performers throughout the season, and according to head coach Abdel Salem, was clearly the best choice for team MVP honors.  However, Trapani declined the award, asking that it be given to fellow senior teammate Nick Stockdale instead.  Stockdale, who did not qualify for the NCAA Championships, had forfeited his spring vacation to remain at the Academy and help train those individuals who had qualified.  Trapani felt it was important for his teammates to know the character and value of a teammate who would make sacrifices for the betterment of the team.

     

    Trapani, a native of Kingwood, Texas, graduated from the Air Force Academy in May with an undergraduate degree in foreign area studies and a minor in Russian.  He is the second Air Force student-athlete to earn the MW Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award, joining former teammate Peter French, who was honored following the 2007-08 season.  Other previous honorees include TCU's Erin Lorenzen (rifle), Wyoming's Kevin Bretting (men's diving) and Utah's Katie Battazzo (women's soccer).

     

    Trapani competed at the NCAA championships all four years while at the Academy (2007-11). His career accomplishments include:

     

    ·         All-American in 2009, finished fifth, and in 2011, finished eighth, at the NCAA Championships

    ·         Helped the Falcons to a pair of second place finishes in epee at the NCAA West Region Championships

    ·         Completed his career with a 177-58 career record

    ·         Team MVP in 2009

    ·         Went undefeated at the 2010 Duke Invitational while leading Air Force to the team title

    ·         Turned down an opportunity to compete in the World Class Athlete program, which allows Olympic sports athletes to train full time during their Air Force assignment for a spot on an Olympic team

    ·         Earned four varsity letters

    ·         Majored in foreign area studies with a minor in Russian and would like to become an intelligence officer in the Air Force

    ·         Earned the Athletic Leadership Award at Air Force, one of the top six awards at the Academy

     

    In April, 2007, the MW Joint Council voted to re-name the award in honor of Hal Rothman, a noted historian, author and longtime UNLV professor who served as the institution's faculty athletics representative on the MW Joint Council from 2001-06.  Rothman lost a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, on February 24, 2007.