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GW Mourns the Passing of Alumnus Wilbert Skipper

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George Washington Athletics is saddened by the passing of alumnus and former men's basketball standout Wilbert Skipper ('82), who died on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the age of 54.

A scholastic star at Anacostia High School in the late '70s, Wilbert Skipper returned to the district to play for GW in 1980 after two standout seasons at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Skipper, a 6-foot-3 guard, was an Eastern Eight (precursor to the Atlantic 10) All-Rookie Team selection in 1981 when he averaged 13.9 points as a reserve, highlighted by a career-best 34 points in a win over George Mason. He then averaged 14.6 points and shot 54 percent as a senior backcourt teammate with Mike Brey in 1981-82, completing his 48-game career with 686 points on 50 percent shooting.

Upon graduation, Skipper was a prominent D.C.-area businessman, motivational speaker and self-empowerment coach.  He was CEO of Positive Empowerment Seminars, co-hosted the Roland Grimes Sports and Entertainment Show and authored "Life's Constant Struggles to Success - A Journey to Self Empowerment."


Skipper_passing.jpgWilbert Skipper (#14) with classmates Mike Brey (#15) and Paul Gracza (#22) on the back cover of GW's 1981-82 basketball media guide.
George Washington squash head coach Wendy Lawrence will be recognized as a past recipient of Feron's Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy at a Character in Sport Day Ceremony at Drexel University. The event is being held as part of the 2014 U.S. Open Squash Championships.

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As former head girls' basketball coach at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, GW women's basketball assistant coach Diane Richardson gained national recognition for her team's accomplishments, which included five national championships. Last week, Riverdale recognized Coach Richardson for her exceptional coaching career, making her part of the school's inaugural Hall of Fame class.

Capital City Sailors Week 4 Review

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Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgMAISA Women's Fall Championship: "This past weekend the women's team competed at the Naval Academy for the MAISA Women's Fall Championship. This regatta was the qualifier for the Atlantic Coast Women's Championship to be held at MIT in November. We raced against women's teams from all around MAISA. On Saturday the conditions were winds coming from the NW at 10-15 mph, gusting to 20. Sunday had lighter and shiftier winds. We got fifth as a team, qualifying us for the ACC's. We're all really excited for the upcoming regattas and ACC's in November!" -Junior Hannah McNomee

MAISA South Fall Qualifier: "This past weekend, GW sailing traveled to St. Mary's College of Maryland to compete in the MAISA South Qualifier. Our expectations of heavy breeze were not met, and we were faced with a shifty breeze littered with substantial puffs. At the end of the first day, the team sat comfortably in third place overall, with A and B Division sailors both in secon. Twelve races were sailed on Saturday, leaving only three to complete on Sunday. The team faced similar conditions on Sunday, and finished the day in third overall, just points behind Georgetown (1st) and St. Mary's (2nd). This regatta qualified GW to compete in the War Memorial at SUNY Maritime on November 1-2, and we look forward to the challenges ahead!" -Freshman Roger Dorr

Jesuit Open: "Saturday morning brought strong winds and thick fog on the course. After a great set from Shira and Dan, Colin and Sam's first race in B Division saw the wind velocity and wave height nearly double. After swamping the boat with water just before the finish line, they ended up sailing backwards across the finish line into a respectable 10th to avoid taking in any more water. Racing was called off early, but the next day five quality sets were completed in breeze that lessened throughout the day, resulting in a 10th place finish." - Freshman Sam White

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MAISA South Qualifiers: Matt Ricci (sr), Roger Dorr (fr), Miranda Bakos (fr), Brendan Shanahan (so), HenryYoung (jr)

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Jesuit Open: Richard Sant (assistant coach), Sam White (fr), Kelly Dong (so), Shira Golub (fr), Daniel DelBello (so), Colin Kennedy (so)

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Upon completion of two weeks of intense combat training with the U.S. Marines on the National Mall, the GW women's basketball team headed to Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, on Saturday morning for one final session.

Each fall the GW community past and present gathers together to celebrate its annual Alumni Weekend. However, this year, GW alumni can always be found on the Mount Vernon athletics fields with the GW men's soccer team, as three of the four coaches are alumni of the program and the fourth is back for his second stint on the staff.

These men have long ties to the team and are eager to be back at GW working as a resource for current student-athletes and giving back to the program.

@GW_WBB Concludes Offseason Conditioning With Kickball Game

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The GW women's basketball team turned the Tex Silverman Court at the Charles E. Smith Center into a kickball field on Thursday afternoon. 

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis and his staff decided to lighten things up a bit on the final day of the team's offseason conditioning workouts and play a game of kickball. The team begins preseason practice on Monday.

@GWGymnastics Volunteers at Tour de Cure

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After one month on campus during the 2014-15 academic year, the GW gymnastics team is the early leader for the Raise High Our Community Award.

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Gabby_Malek_Twitter.jpgGW sailing sophomore Gabriella Malek has been named the first GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for 2014-15.

Gabriella, who lives by the motto "you're never too young to make a difference in someone else's life," has carried a spirit of global engagement and service instilled in her at a young age into her life as a student-athlete at GW.

She has been volunteering and fundraising with UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, since the age of 10 when the northern New Jersey native was first introduced to the organization through her involvement in New York City-based charity Broadway Kids Care.

Since then she has devoted numerous hours to UNICEF's mission to provide long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, including a bake sale for the Pampers/UNICEF one pack=one vaccine campaign through which she had the honor to present a check to UNICEF and President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

She helped set up a UNICEF club at Howell High School and now, as an executive board member with the GW-UNICEF campus club, has spent the past two years regularly volunteering with the organization in the district and completed 50 hours of community service in the first month of the 2014-15 academic year alone.  Her efforts have taken her to Capitol Hill to present at The Better World Campaign's Innovation at the United Nations event, and to the British Embassy for the Girl Summit, a campaign speaking out on the issues of female mutilation and child marriage.

"I'm thankful to all the people early in my life who helped instill an enthusiasm and compassion for helping others in need," said Malek.
Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgFreshmen Kia Olsson and Miranda Bakos provide this week's regatta reports.

"This past weekend, the Naval Academy hosted the MAISA Radial Championships for women in which freshmen Kia Olsson and Taylor Brimberg participated.  Sophomore Daniel DelBello raced in the men's Laser Second Chance Regatta in hopes of qualifying for the MAISA Laser Championships the weekend of October 11-12.  Conditions proved challenging both days with light, variable winds and high boat-traffic that caused chop. Saturday ended with an on-shore postponement in hopes of wind that never arrived, and Sunday didn't begin until 11:45 a.m. when the breeze began to fill in. The women sailed nine races in total while the men accomplished eight over the course of the weekend."  -Kia Olsson (Fr.)

"The GW sailing team traveled to St. Mary's College of Maryland to compete at its annual intersectional.  Saturday brought the triple threat of unpredictable, light and shifty conditions, but the team handled them well against the tough competition from nearly every region.  In A Division, sophomore Brendan Shanahan and freshman Miranda Bakos finished off the day in second place, and rookies Roger Dorr and Belle Strachan and senior Megan Murphy were in 14th in B Division, landing the team in 12th overall.  Sunday, after a wind delay, a southerly filled in to about five knots, and after a couple of sets, the GW team proudly placed 12th overall in its second interconference of the season.  Next weekend, the team will again travel to St. Mary's where MAISA is holding its Dinghy South Qualifier for the War Memorial later in the season." -Miranda Bakos (Fr.)

Keep reading for a recap of next weekend!

From our Instagram - a snapshot of what conditions were like most of the weekend: "Glassy conditions settling in at St. Mary's. Need a little wind here!"


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