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Pete Shapiro Produced The Live Stream For The Women’s March In Washington

first_imgOn Saturday, January 21, 2017–the day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump–hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington D.C., as millions more participated in satellite marches nationwide. For those who couldn’t make it out to participate in person, the Women’s March on Washington was streamed live online free of charge.While you were surely aware of the March on Saturday, you may be surprised to hear that the official live stream of the demonstration was filmed and produced by Pete Shapiro, concert promoter extraordinaire and the man behind LOCKN’ Festival, Brooklyn Bowl, Relix, the Grateful Dead‘s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows, and more.In a new interview with HeadCount, Shapiro talks about his experience producing the live coverage of the massive event. Among other things, Shapiro goes into detail about how he got involved and how he leveraged his experience producing and streaming large scale events like 2015’s Fare Thee Well to help successfully capture the historic demonstration.As buzz grew in the days leading up to the event, the stream production rapidly grew in scale. Shapiro explains, “We put together a team to film it, [with] seven cameras. We started and it was going to be five Jumbotrons, then 6, 7. Finally we got to 9. Which is a lot of Jumbotrons, but we could have even used more. They went all the way down Independence [Ave.], we helped place them.”Continues Shapiro, “It was so important, we were worried, and we were right, that the internet would crash. And even if we got wifi to send the feed to the media tent, that sh*t would go crazy if there are 500,000 people. Which is what happened…Then we got a call beforehand that said we have to watch out, there are going to be people trying to hack into the stream, don’t let that happen. So we went satellite truck to protect it, and we didn’t give out the satellite code to anyone because we were nervous. And the stream went smooth. It was a little nerve-wracking, the order of the show kept changing, behind the stage you couldn’t actually get to the entrance it was so crazy.”Because the inauguration was the day before, the building and installation of the stream’s physical infrastructure was not allowed to start until 12:01 a.m on the day of the March. Says Shapiro, “Usually for events like this, the builds start way before. This was next level.”Despite the various obstacles and the unexpectedly staggering attendance numbers, the March was a huge success, and the live stream was seen by millions of people–thanks in large part to the expert guidance of Shapiro himself. “I’m really glad that when I saw an opportunity to help,” he says, “I just dove in and spent a lot of time in the last three weeks helping to make this happen. To do whatever I could. I took the lessons I learned in the past. When there are big events they are usually sh*tshows. This was a sh*tshow, it was an awesome and incredible sh*tshow. And I’ve got experience in sh*tshows, being in a bunch of sh*tshows. That’s funny. Maybe use an asterisk when writing out sh*tshow…So a thing I’ve learnt about how to deal with sh*tshows, is it’s better when you’ve dealt with that before, and I’m pretty good at dealing with sh*tshows. That’s a skill set.”You can read Pete Shapiro’s full interview with HeadCount communications director Aaron Ghitelman here.last_img read more

Training green thumbs

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe demand for well-trained people at nurseries and home garden centers has grown greatly in recent years. And the world’s largest home improvement retailer has turned to the University of Georgia for its horticulture training needs.Home Depot partnered with 17 professors, extension specialists and extension agents from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Together, they developed an interactive, computer-based lawn and garden training for store employees that meets or exceeds most state-level nursery certification programs.The course includes eight 2-hour classes of interactive education. Exams cover topics from horticulture fundamentals to landscaping design.”One aspect of this that’s unique is that it’s interactive. It’s not just studying a manual and taking a test,” said David Berle, a UGA horticulture professor who worked on the project.”This program serves Home Depot nationwide,” said Bob Jacobson, senior director of live goods for Home Depot, who also worked on the project.More than 1,700 Home Depot workers have completed the course. Another 4,000 are taking it.”We still support and use state programs,” he said. “But we didn’t have those opportunities available across the board. And we wanted experts to make sure we were doing the right thing. In terms of ornamental horticulture, UGA is probably the best school in the world.”Horticultural training demands have grown so much, Berle said, partly because the green industry itself (greenhouse, nursery and turf growers, landscapers, retail garden centers and others) has grown so much.”This is my 18th year with the Georgia Green Industry Association and I’ve seen it grow from a seasonal to an all-year, hard-as-you-can-work operation,” GGIA president Sherry Loudermilk said.”Nurseries exploded in the 1970s,” she said. “And landscaping really took off in the 1980s. Plant palettes have gone from 25 to 30 plants to 3,000 to 4,000 plants.”The green industry has an estimated $4.2 billion yearly impact in Georgia alone, according to the UGA Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. The National Gardening Association reports U.S. lawn and garden sales at $38.4 billion in 2003.The demand for qualified workers has grown with the industry.”It used to be that if you had a pickup truck and called yourself a landscaper, folks would do what you said,” said Wayne P. Juers, vice president of Pike Family Nurseries in Atlanta.”But the public has gotten so savvy about gardening and landscaping, they want horticulturists,” Juers said.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Suozzi, Spota Win Top Long Island Primary Elections

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, left, beat Democratic primary challenger Adam Haber, right.Democratic and Republican primary challengers mostly lost their bids Tuesday on Long Island, with the exception of at least one legislative candidate who appears to have stripped a longtime Suffolk County legislator of his major party line.Unofficial early returns show former two-term Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, the Democratic nominee, was leading with 59 percent of the vote versus 41 percent for challenger Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member, according to the Nassau County board of elections, as of midnight Wednesday with 91 percent of election precincts tallied.“We’ve never had this kind of team effort before and it’s because of this team effort that were going to win in November,” Suozzi told supporters at his Glen Cove campaign headquarters as he looks forward to rematch against County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican who unseated Suozzi in 2009.Across the county line, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, a two-term Democrat cross-endorsed by Republicans, beat GOP challenger Ray Perini, a former chief narcotics prosecutor in Spota’s office, 56 to 44 percent, according to unofficial Suffolk elections board results. It was Spota’s first election challenge in 12 years.In one key upset, Monica Martinez, a political newcomer who had the backing of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, won the Democratic line away from Suffolk County Legis. Rick Montano (D-Central Islip), a maverick lawmaker who doesn’t caucus with his party and also hasn’t seen a serious challenge since he was elected a decade ago.Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, a Conservative who was cross-endorsed by Republicans, trounced GOP challenger Samuel Barreto Jr. 68 to 32 percent for the Republican line.The primaries kick off eight weeks of political campaigns in the run up to Election Day on Nov. 5.For a full listing of the primary results, visit the Nassau board of elections or the Suffolk board of elections.last_img read more

Credit union marketing: Incredible email nurture campaign results

first_imgThis year we ran a ‘Back to School’ email nurture campaign for one of our clients. The main goal of this campaign was to get people to the credit union’s website and promote all the great content the CU has to offer their subscribers and members. The results were out of this world! Take a look and see if there’s some ideas you can implement for your own credit union marketing.Email 1 Subject: [3 Blogs] College, Credit Card Spending & Beyond Sent: Wednesday @ 5:41PM – 15.28% Open RateThis email was sent to their entire email list – over 20,000 people. Most of these contacts are current members, but some are contacts from eBook downloads or blog subscriptions. The open rate was a little low, but we were thrilled that 63% of the people who opened the email actually spent time reading the ENTIRE email. This almost never happens! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Property guru Andrew Winter’s Queensland property portfolio

first_imgReal estate television personality Andrew Winter. Picture: Evan Morgan.WE see him on the television delving into the homes of everyday Aussies, but exactly what does Andrew Winter’s own property portfolio look like? The host of ‘Love It or List It Australia’ and ‘Selling Houses Australia’ lives and invests in sunny Queensland, where he has embarked on perhaps his biggest project yet — the renovation of his new home on the Gold Coast. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Andrew Winter co-hosts ‘Love It Or List It Australia’ with Neale Whitaker.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe property guru recently sold his Hope Island home and bought a sprawling, waterfront house across the road for $1.9 million in a deal that settled in May this year.The Mediterranean style four-bedroom, five-bathroom house on 942 sqm is more than 20 years old and Winter and his wife, Caroline, plan to give it a full makeover.The couple also recently invested in a slice of the Ipswich property market, buying more than 1100 sqm of land in Moffatt Street for $285,000 in a transaction that settled earlier this year. Andrew Winter has bought this block of land in Ipswich.The parcel of land at the Limestone Park end of the street is in the heart of Ipswich’s CBD and has development approval to build five, three-bedroom townhouses. We hear Winter is weighing up his options, but is considering a small scale innovative terrace housing scheme, consisting of smaller freehold blocks so people can still have control over their land without high maintenance. WHOPPING PRICE FOR MOST EXPENSIVE BRISBANE’S $2M RENO HOUSE SELLS BUYER SWOOPS ON HAMPTONS HAVEN center_img An artist’s impression of the townhouses proposed for development on the site Andrew Winter has bought in Ipswich.last_img read more

Distracted Driving Grants available to law enforcement agencies

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana law-enforcement agencies may apply for federal Distracted Driving Grants through 12 noon Eastern on Monday, Dec. 10. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is making National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant funding available for the current federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2019.Grant funds reimburse the overtime salary of law-enforcement officers with arrest powers at one and one-half times their regular pay. The grant does not reimburse benefits, fuel or equipment.Grant proposals should be innovative and address specific, local safety concerns. Programs should be evidence-based supported with crash data, enforcement, education and awareness. More information and additional requirements are in the requests for proposals at www.in.gov/cji/files/RFP_Distracted_Driving_2019.pdf.Bike, ped grantsApplications are still being accepted from Indiana local governments, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations through 12 noon Eastern on Friday, Dec. 6 for federal grants to reduce traffic crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Non-Motorist Grant funds cover personnel, supplies, operating expenses, and minimal administrative costs.More information and additional requirements are in the request for proposals at www.in.gov/cji/files/RFP_NonMotorist_2019.pdf.Questions about the Distracted Driving or Non-Motorist requests for proposal should be referred to program manager Autumn Nicoletti at anicoletti@cji.in.gov or 317-232-2561.Register, apply in IntelliGrantsTo access the online applications, the state or local government must first register in IntelliGrants, ICJI’s new grants-management system, at https://intelligrants.in.gov/Registration2.aspx. ICJI recommends that applicants review IntelliGrants material before logging in for the first time. Use the password IndianaCJI1to register and view the webinar recording at https://bit.ly/2y7aMwp.Organizations that have already registered in IntelliGrants may add users for these funding availabilities. For example, multiple departments may need to work through one IntelliGrants administrator for their city, town or county government that can assist in registering others and assigning roles.Everyone who signs ICJI grant agreements must learn how to make electronic signatures in IntelliGrants. The user types are explained on page 6 of the Subgrantee User Manual at www.in.gov/cji/files/IntelliGrants_User_Manual.pdf. Questions beyond what the training webinar recording and user manual provide should be referred to CJIHelpdesk@cji.in.gov.Once users are registered and approved, an organization will be ready to submit applications for ICJI funding availabilities. To begin an application in IntelliGrants, a subgrantee administrator or subgrantee project director should:Click the My Home button at the top of the page.Click the View Opportunities button in the View Available Proposals section.Find the grant opportunity and click the Apply Now button.last_img read more

McCall heaps praise on Vunipola

first_imgSaracens boss Mark McCall hailed a “phenomenal” performance by England number eight Billy Vunipola after twice European champions Munster were destroyed 33-10 at Allianz Park. French giants Clermont Auvergne remain favourites to win Pool One – they host Saracens on Sunday week – but it is probable that one of three best runners-up spots in terms of last-eight qualification will be filled by either club. And Vunipola, who looks set to replace broken leg victim Ben Morgan in England’s starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff in February 6, produced an inspired display. “Billy was phenomenal today,” Saracens rugby director McCall said. “He was a force of nature in attack and defence, but I thought we had outstanding performances right through the group. “(Scrum-half) Richard Wigglesworth was magnificent – he set the pace and tone of the match – and Chris Ashton was outstanding – not his two tries, which were good – but some of his kicking game early on allowed us to control things. “There is a small sense of frustration that we didn’t get the fourth try (and bonus point), but I thought it was a really good performance. “We are in a position where we go to Clermont, and if we win the match, we win the pool. That is what our intention is going to be.” And Wigglesworth added: “That was us out there. We had a great week’s preparation, and everyone was excited to be out there. Press Association Saracens took a giant stride towards the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after delivering arguably their most complete performance of the season. Wings Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton scored first-half tries, before Ashton added a second touchdown after the break, while Owen Farrell reminded England head coach Stuart Lancaster of his quality prior to next week’s RBS 6 Nations squad announcement by kicking four penalties and three conversions for an 18-point haul. “Munster are a massive momentum team, but I thought we controlled it brilliantly. It was a great feeling.” Munster, though, are effectively out of the competition after suffering their heaviest European defeat since losing 60-19 to Toulouse during the 1996-97 season. Their failure to reach the last-eight, which should be confirmed later on Saturday after Clermont’s game against Sale Sharks, is only the second time in the last 17 European campaigns for them to experience such misery. And after suffering home and away defeats against Clermont in December, it was the first time for Munster to be on the receiving end of three successive European losses. Centre Denis Hurley’s late try, plus an Ian Keatley conversion and penalty, could not mask Munster deficiencies, as Saracens overpowered them up front and won an overwhelming majority of midfield collisions. “It was very disappointing. We didn’t turn up at times,” Munster head coach Anthony Foley said. “If you look at their scores, they probably started with a big error by us. “We didn’t fire a shot, particularly early on in such an important game for us with the tournament on the line. “With a result like that, we don’t get out of our group. We need to address a few things and make sure that we turn up next weekend (against Sale) and put in a performance. “We were dropping passes, we were passing the ball to fresh air. “There is a lot of character in the team and a lot of good players. It is just unfortunate that we played like we did today.” last_img read more

The CDC finds the virus survived 17-days on a ship after people left

first_imgThe CDC is reporting that they found the coronavirus remained present on at least two cruise ships 17-days after passengers were first evacuated from them.The discovery was announced Monday during continued study of the virus in hopes of understanding it.The new data shows that the virus has the ability to stay on surfaces longer than the 14-days originally thought.The study was conducted on both the Princess Diamond Cruise ship in Japan and the Grand Princess ship in California.Researchers say after the virus was detected on both ships, passengers and crew members were quarantined for the recommended 14-days before being released. Researchers found that the virus “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after the cabins were vacated on the Princess Diamond, but before disinfection procedures had been conducted.”Another study is being conducted to determine how the virus was able to spread across voyages.  As of March 17th at least 25 cruise ships have had passengers and or crew members test positive for the virus either during or after the cruise ended.For example, on February 4th, 3,700 people were quarantined on the Diamond Princess after a previous passenger tested positive for the virus when he returned home to Hong Kong. 800 passengers came down with the illness and 9 people died from it.On the Grand Princess, two people tested positive for the virus which eventually led to 78 more cases across multiple voyages.One finding is that 46.5% of people who contract the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms at all. This could explain the “high attack rate.”last_img read more

Victor Osimhen: Is Anfield

first_imgVictor Osimhen From Catalan giants- Barcelona to Serie A rivals-AC Milan and Inter, not to mention the several top English clubs his name has been linked with, Osimhen’s name has no doubt been linked more than any other ahead of the summer transfer window. With Liverpool back in the fray, Lille’s wizkid may be heading in the direction of AnfieldThat offers to prize away one of Nigeria’s biggest soccer export to Europe- Victor Osimhen from French club Lille is no longer news, so much so that Lille president Gerard Lopez has revealed that he has received offers for the attacker.Liverpool have reportedly begun the process of completing a move for Lille star by opening talks with the player’s representatives.The 21-year-old is having a stunning debut season for the French outfit, scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, and is valued at £60million. Le10Sport in France claim that Jurgen Klopp’s men were at the front of the queue to sign him and had already set the ball rolling by speaking to his agent.The Reds are in the market for a new forward, with doubts now lingering over a proposed move for Leipzig frontman Tomo Werner, while the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane continue to be linked with Real Madrid.Meanwhile, Manchester United, Leicester and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Osimhen, who was signed from Charleroi in Belgium last summer.The highly rated youngster has also drawn links to Spanish giants Barcelona as of late and it is understood that Inter have identified him as a player they could move for in the event that Lautaro Martinez is to depart the club in the coming months with him continually being linked with Barcelona.Inter’s city rivals AC Milan have also been linked with making a move for the young forward, who joined LOSC Lille this past Summer from Belgian Pro League club Charleroi.The former Wolfsburg player has made 38 appearances across all competitions to date this term. In just over 3000 minutes on the park, the 21-year-old has scored 18 goals and he has also provided six assists for his teammates.Only Neymar, Moussa Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Kylian Mbappe have scored more goals than the promising 21-year-old in the French top flight this term.The young forward, who Red Devils loanee Odion Ighalo claims is ‘future of Nigerian football’, and there are expected to be a number of clubs trying to land him once the summer transfer window opens up.The powerful forward had previously spoken of his ambitions to play in England during his career, while also warning interested parties that he would not settle for a bench-warming role.Earlier this month, Osimhen revealed his ambitions to ‘play for a big club in England’ and thanked fellow countryman Odion Ighalo for the advice he’s given him at the start of his career.‘Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,’ he told The Independent. ‘I’ve spoken to Odion about it. He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother.‘My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille. ‘My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.’Meanwhile, transfer expert Duncan Castles has stated that Osimhen would be allowed to leave Lille this summer if the French club get the fee they want for the player.Lille believe Osimhen has the potential of becoming one of Europe’s top forwards in the next few years and they would be willing to let him go only if they feel they get enough money in return.“The information I have is that Liverpool have been in contact with Lille about their Nigeria centre-forward Victor Osimhen,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.“He’s attracting attention from a lot of clubs and has been fulfilling the potential he showed when he won the Golden Boot at the World Youth Cup a few years ago, scoring 10 goals in that particular tournament in Chile“They are open to selling him this summer but only if the market provides them with the right price.“And they’re very conscious that this may well not be the transfer window to sell a player of his talent. That will factor into their thinking.“They believe they’ve got a player who is going to turn into one of the top centre-forwards in European football.”Castles says the figure Lille want for Osimhen is around €80million (£69.5m) and are prepared to keep the player if that price is not matched.The 21-year-old is having a stunning debut season for the French side, and Lille are said to value the player at £60million if he is to leave in the summer.Meanwhile, there will be no chance for the Nigerian forward to clinch the top scorer award in the French top flight and his club to nick a UEFA Champions League spot, following the premature conclusion of the league campaign.Lille have been denied the opportunity to appear in a second consecutive Champions League after the LFP Board of Directors formally voted in favour of the stoppage of the 2019/20 Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 seasons.The development comes after the French government shut down sports events until September.Paris Saint-Germain have been declared champions, despite the season being ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.Olympique Marseille and Rennes are the clubs set to join the champions for next season’s Champions League challenge.Before the break induced by the pandemic, Lille were placed fourth on the Ligue 1 table, a solitary point behind Rennes in third.Les Dogues, by their position, will compete in the Europa League next term.Also, Monaco’s Yedder and PSG’s Mbappe will share the top scorer award after netting 18 goals this term.Osimhen is a further five goals behind in the fifth position and would feel disappointed that he was denied the chance to make up grounds on the winners in the 10 cancelled games.It’s a further blow for the Super Eagles striker, whose club has also been knocked into the Europa League for the 2020/21 campaign.With Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane is still said to be searching for Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement at the Bernabeu, especially given big-money signing Eden Hazard’s injury problems since his switch to Spain.The Reds front man, Mane has emerged as a top target for the La Liga giants after another impressive campaign on Merseyside, which is why Liverpool are craving for the signature of Osimhen should they lose the Senegalese to Bernabeu.In 2016, Osimhen turned down a move to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger had revealed he was close to bringing him to the Emirates.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘Challenge me’

first_imgJessie Vetter handles nerves the same way she does opponents: by shutting them out.The similar treatment is not a coincidence; there’s a direct correlation between the two. Vetter’s ability to block out nerves has allowed her to shut out opponents time and time again in pressure situations.And with that, the secret behind the success of two-time NCAA Champion is out — pressure doesn’t get to Vetter.Need proof? Go back to her freshman year of high school. Vetter started right away for the Monona Grove High School girls’ soccer team and took the Silver Eagles all the way to the state championship. There, under intense pressure, Vetter refused to allow a goal for the duration and found herself facing penalty kicks to determine the new state champion.She saved a few of them too to help her team to a 3-2 victory in the shootout. Tack on two more state championship wins, a pair NCAA hockey titles, and eight years later, Vetter has faced pressure just as intense as the shots that have come at her. She has rejected them both.”The day of [big games] I’m pretty relaxed; I’m just excited about having the opportunity to play good teams,” Vetter said. “That’s what I want, having more than 10 shots in a game. I want people to challenge me. I want the opportunity to make big plays.”Playing in four consecutive state championships during high school for Jeff Vitense’s Monona Grove soccer team — winning three of them — has given Vetter plenty of experience handling nerves and making big plays in big spots.”The bigger the game, the bigger she performed,” Vitense said. “She was always that way.”On the rink as well, Vetter has faced many challenges throughout her career. Without a women’s hockey team at Monona Grove, Vetter found herself playing on the Monona Grove men’s team, and she was often pitted against some of the top talent in Wisconsin. Dave Kinsler, Vetter’s coach, remembers a specific game against Verona during which Vetter faced future Badger and No. 7 pick in the NHL Draft Jack Skille. She didn’t so much as quiver upon the sight of one of the state’s top players.”She stepped up and played with him,” Kinsler said. “She always rose to the challenge when she could see that talent level coming down the ice against her.”Since coming to Wisconsin, Vetter’s had even more opportunities to play in big games — Wisconsin has played in, and won, the past two Frozen Fours. Badger coach Mark Johnson knows just how much Vetter’s play in the clutch has meant to the program’s success.”She’s handled the pressure well,” Johnson said. “She’s handled the NCAA tournament goals, and we’ve won two championships.”Last season Vetter once again found another top player, Harvard forward and winner of the Patty Kazmaier award for the nation’s top player, Julie Chu, coming down the ice at her in an NCAA quarterfinal match at the Kohl Center. Like the game against Skille in high school paid off, Chu and the rest of the Crimson left the Kohl scoreless after four overtimes. Vetter would dominate countless others en route to UW’s second title in as many years.Making the most of talentThere’s no getting past Vetter’s talent. She was named to the all-state team three times as a soccer player, earned team MVP three times on the hockey team, and was also good enough to play golf at the collegiate level.Vitense remembers the exact moment he realized the athletic ability of Vetter. It was her freshman year and the high school was having a punt, pass and kick competition that pitted one girl from each of the four classes against each other (Vetter was the freshman representative).”She punted the football 45 yards, kicked it 60 yards in the air, and threw it 50 yards,” Vitense recalls. “Her total beat the total for the other three girls combined.”Vetter’s kicking abilities translated well on the soccer field where her goal kicks and punts were game changing.”She was an awfully talented kid from day one. I have yet to see another high school keeper approaching anywhere what she could do,” Vitense said. “I still watch the U.S. National team, they cannot drive the ball the way Jessie Vetter could; she had that much talent.”Whether the yardages are completely accurate doesn’t matter. The point is clear: Vetter has always had talent. What’s driven her success, though, has been her refusal to rely on talent alone, putting in long hours and hard work to make herself better.”She was probably one of the hardest workers in practice,” Vitense said. “She had all the God-given ability in the world, but she knew how to use it; she worked her tail off.”One of the challenges that came with playing for Verona’s men’s team was fitting in with her teammates. Once again, Vetter’s dedication gave her a lift.”She’s an extremely hard worker,” Kinsler said. “Because of her work ethic and her ability to compete at such a high level the guys totally respected what she brought to the table.”Playing so early for the men’s team paid great dividends for Vetter as she got to face top talent that made the transition to the college game easier.”Playing against the guys made be a better goalie,” Vetter said. “It was better competition than playing (girls’) club anywhere.”The hard work she’s put in is noticeable in the improvement that Vetter’s been able to make since coming to Wisconsin.”She’s a good athlete, and if you’re a good athlete and you work hard, you’re going to have success,” Johnson said. “That’s what she’s been able to do for us.”Kinsler, who frequently attends Badger home games has noticed it too.”She would rely on athleticism,” Kinsler said. “Now she’s so smart that she doesn’t waste any motion, she doesn’t waste any energy.”Rewriting the record booksAfter just two seasons as a Badger, splitting time during both, Vetter is launching an assault on the record books.In her two-plus seasons Vetter has complied a 35-2-3 record. Last season she finished first in the nation with a .83 goals-against average to become the first women’s goalie in the country to finish with an average below 1.00. Furthermore, she’s on pace to break just about every school record that a goalie could. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the shutout streak of 448 minutes that she posted last season, a collegiate record in either men’s or women’s hockey.The streak began during a February win against Bemidji State and didn’t end until the national championship game against Minnesota-Duluth.”You just got to go in with the mindset that you will stop the puck,” Vetter said of the mentality necessary to go on such a streak. “Its not necessarily being cocky — it’s just being confident in your ability and believing you can help your team win any game.”Finding new challengesHaving won national titles in her first two seasons at Wisconsin, finding ways to stay motivated would seem to be a logical problem for Vetter. But the junior still finds a way to keep up the dedication that has gotten her to this point.”Winning keeps you motivated because you want to stay on that path,” Vetter said. “You know how it feels, and you don’t want to give up.”After three titles at Monona Grove, Vetter didn’t start to slack either.”To be quite honest, she was awfully good about motivating us,” Vitense said.In addition to winning games at Monona Grove, Vetter helped shaped the future of the school’s programs.After Vetter left Monona Grove there was a boom in girl’s hockey enrollment. Sometimes she still finds herself going back to her roots every once in a while to work with what she hopes will be future star goalies on the soccer team.At UW, Vetter is helping to ensure the future of the Badgers is strong by working with sophomore goalie Allanah McCready.”She’s there all the time,” McCready said. “She’s someone to look up to, and she’ll answer any question I have. She’s helped me adjust to this level and helped me work on my game.”But with experience, talent, and hard work shaping Vetter’s game — and two more years of eligibility left — the future certainly can wait.last_img read more