Joe O’Donnell bids Harvard Corporation adieu

first_imgDuring his first week as a Harvard freshman in the early 1960s, Joe O’Donnell passed the kind of personal test that would resonate for the rest of his life.Surrounded by his classmates, most of them from well-off neighborhoods and with fathers who were lawyers, doctors, and professors, O’Donnell ’67 introduced himself, without hesitation, as a guy from Everett, the son of a cop.“Everybody turned around and looked at me,” O’Donnell reminisced on a recent sunny morning in the conference room of his company, Belmont Capital LLC, located in a sleek building overlooking the Charles River. “I wasn’t worried about anything. I was physically the toughest kid in the class. It was a moment of truth, and I decided to be myself, to be truthful.”O’Donnell has carried that straightforward approach and unassuming demeanor throughout his life, and it has served him well, mostly recently as a Harvard Corporation member. After seven years of service there, he will step down from the post on June 30.After graduating from the College and then from Harvard Business School (HBS) in 1971, O’Donnell founded the Boston Culinary Group, a food service management company for sports, entertainment, and convention venues, and became a prominent local executive. He is chairman of Centerplate Inc., which acquired Boston Culinary Group, and owner of Allied Advertising Agency, and is considered one of Boston’s most influential people. In 2006, Boston Magazine named him first among “The 100 People Who Run This Town.”At Harvard, he has long been an alumni volunteer, has served the University on the Allston Work Team and the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee, and has been responsible for organizing his College and HBS class reunions on many occasions. The Harvard College Fund awarded him the Richard T. Flood Award twice, and he won the HBS Alumni Achievement Award in 2005.O’Donnell also served as an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and as an Overseer before joining the Corporation.“For decades, Joe O’Donnell has been one of Harvard’s most devoted and inspiring alumni leaders. He’s always there when you need him, and he’s one of a kind,” said Harvard President Drew Faust, who also steps down from office on June 30. “Joe has been a terrific member of the Corporation, and I have no doubt he’ll remain an energizing force in the life of the University for years to come. We can’t thank him enough.”“Joe has been a wonderfully thoughtful, dedicated, and generous alum,” said incoming President Larry Bacow. “His contributions to the Corporation more broadly and to the development of our Allston campus specifically have been invaluable. And while he may be stepping down from the Corporation, I intend to keep him on speed dial during my time as president.”Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee ’72 agreed with those assessments, noting O’Donnell’s contributions to the Corporation and his helpful counsel, judgment, and connections.“Everybody knows Joe, and he knows everybody, and everybody adores him. That’s the truth of the matter,” said Lee, who served with O’Donnell on the Board of Overseers and the Corporation. “Joe was uniquely positioned in the Boston community. He helped us build relations with the commonwealth, the city of Cambridge, and the city of Boston, and he did it in a way that no one had done before.”Scott Abell ’72, former president of the Harvard Alumni Association, president of the Board of Overseers for the academic year 2017–18, and the current national chair of the John Harvard Society, said O’Donnell is one of Harvard’s great treasures.“Every once in a while, a person comes along and dedicates time and effort to moving the institution forward, and they do it for a lifetime,” said Abell. “Joe is one of those people. Harvard is blessed to have several people like that in recent generations, but it’s unique when you find someone with Joe’s skills, his connections, his insight into the University, and his wise counsel, which is his most valuable contribution. He says what needs to be said, rather than whatever everybody wants to hear. And he never tires of helping.”Tamara Elliot Rogers ’74, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development, has known O’Donnell since the early 1990s. “Joe cares deeply about Harvard,” she said. “He’s tireless in his volunteerism. His willingness to engage with many parts of Harvard, to offer advice and counsel to a wide range of Schools in order to make ‘One Harvard’ a reality, and to lift us all, is something for which I and many others are truly grateful.”O’Donnell credits his parents for laying the foundation for his success in life. They encouraged him to do well in school, do the right thing and stay in line. His father was a police officer of Irish descent, and his mother, a daughter of Italian immigrants and a homemaker, kept a tight ship at home.Growing up in Everett in the 1950s also helped shape O’Donnell’s outlook and personality. Home then to Italian and Irish immigrant families, Everett was (and is) a blue-collar town. O’Donnell said that environment helped him learn important life lessons.“Everett was a tough neighborhood in a tough city,” said O’Donnell. “There were a lot of good people there, and if you acted like a jerk, someone for sure would kick you in the ass. It was a great educational experience. It made me tough.”It also gave him a deep appreciation for the opportunities he got and a down-to-earth demeanor, said William Fitzsimmons ’67, dean of admissions and financial aid. The two bonded over their common backgrounds — in the same class, both were the first in their families to go to college and both were on scholarships. They became close friends.“Joe always celebrated his background and was never shy about it,” said Fitzsimmons. “In our senior year, our classmates traveled to Europe, and neither Joe nor I had traveled abroad before. We got loans and traveled with them, and while walking around London, he said with a sense of humor, but seriously, ‘Who would have thought that the two of us would be in London as Harvard graduates?’”O’Donnell excelled as an athlete at Harvard. He was a stellar player on both the football and baseball teams. He earned six varsity letters, and in his senior year he captained the baseball team. To show his gratitude to the baseball program, in 1995 he donated $2.5 million to endow the baseball coach’s position. Harvard’s baseball field bears O’Donnell’s name.In 2012, O’Donnell and his wife donated $30 million to the University. He is also a leading fundraiser in the Harvard Campaign and development efforts. Giving back to Harvard, he says, is a responsibility.“It’s payback,” O’Donnell said. “I got a scholarship because someone was smart and thoughtful enough to provide for a guy like me. I wasn’t a dumbbell, but I wasn’t the traditional blueblood. I got a break to go to Harvard. I want others to have a break. I do it because of a selfish reason: It feels good to make a difference.”O’Donnell also gives back to Malden Catholic High School, which he also attended on scholarship.“Joe is deeply concerned about the welfare of others,” said Thomas Doherty III, headmaster of Malden Catholic. “He’s exceptionally generous to us and wants us to be successful. He is deeply committed to Everett, his hometown. We have a lot of students from Everett. And despite all of his successes, he still understands where he came from, and he is supportive of the students who come from Everett.”Of all his philanthropic efforts, the one that is closest to O’Donnell’s heart is the Joey Fund, which he and his wife, Kathy, started to honor the memory of their son, also named Joe, who died at 12 of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and for which there is not yet a cure.“My No. 1 passion is trying to find the cure for cystic fibrosis,” said O’Donnell. “My dream is to live long enough to see it happen.”As for his long ties to Harvard, O’Donnell said he plans to keep them alive and support the University in any way he can. After all, he said, Harvard changed his life by giving him opportunities to excel in academics and athletics, along with a plethora of connections, all of which helped him succeed.“My life would have been different if I hadn’t come to Harvard,” said O’Donnell. “I would have been happy enough, but my life would have been diminished and the boundaries would have been much more restricted.“I do what I do because of Harvard. That’s why I keep supporting it.”last_img read more

Helena Morrissey steps down as chief executive at Newton IM

first_imgThe company said that, in that new role, Morrissey would continue to be an adviser to Newton and represent it and its parent BNY Mellon Investment Management in the financial services sector.For now, Smits has been appointed to Newton’s board of directors in addition to becoming its chief executive designate.Smits’s most recent job has been that of CIO at Adams Street Partners, where she was also a member of the executive committee.Newton said Smits would be based in London and “actively involved in managing Newton’s business and focus on expanding its presence in key growth markets”.Harris said the company was extremely thankful to Morrissey for her contributions as chief executive.“Under Helena’s leadership, Newton has developed into a globally recognised asset manager and valuable BNY Mellon investment boutique, with strong investment performance across real return, fixed income, multi-asset, global and equity income strategies, along with a market-leading responsible investment proposition, all driven by the firm’s team-based investment approach,” he said.Morrissey said the time was right for her to move on to the next phase of her career.“I am looking forward to assisting Hanneke over the coming months while also continuing my roles with the Investment Association and the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, among others,” she said.Morrissey is leaving her role as chief executive immediately, and Smits will take up the full chief executive role in due course, subject to FCA approval. Newton Investment Management has announced its long-time chief executive Helena Morrissey is stepping down from the top management role and will be replaced by Hanneke Smits.Mitchell Harris, chief executive of Newton’s parent BNY Mellon Investment Management, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hanneke to Newton’s board of directors and as chief executive officer designate.“She has deep investment knowledge, an impressive track record of developing senior leaders and investment professionals, and proven expertise growing a global firm across developed and emerging markets.”Morrissey will become chair of the non-executive board of directors after stepping down from the chief executive role.last_img read more

Fire injures at least 5 in Saudi train station

first_imgThe blaze, which caused plumes ofblack smoke around 12:35 p.m. (0935 GMT), was brought under control 12 hourslater, the civil defense service added. The station is part of efforts toboost tourism revenue as the country seeks to shed its dependence on oilexports.(Reuters) DUBAI – A fire broke out in theHaramain high-speed rail station in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah,authorities said, wounding at least five people on Sunday. Five people with injuries were broughtto a hospital, the Mecca region said. Sixteen medical teams were at thescene.  center_img The 450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railwaylinking the two holiest cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina, with the Red Seacity of Jeddah, was opened in 2018 and cost around 6.7 billion euros ($7.3billion). A firefighting helicopter sprays water on a fire at the Haramain high-speed rail station in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 29. REUTERS/ISMAIL NOFALlast_img read more

Stil time to enter the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgOf course the goal of the event is to raise money for MS research.MS Bike is the largest cycling series event in North America. MS Bike is a fun cycling event that is suitable for various fitness levels, while bringing people together for an important cause ‒ to end MS. Over 10,000 cyclists participate in 27 tours across Canada between June and September.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatorydisease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsFor more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] If you ever wanted to ride around Kokanee Glacier, then the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is just what the doctor ordered.The event, set for August 17-18, starts riders in New Denver Saturday (August 17) for the first leg of the 222 kilometer ride.Starting from Greer Park in New Denver, riders trek along Highway 6 before turning left an onto Nelson for Day one of the event.After a nice evening barbecue at Lakeside Rotary Park, riders resume the second leg of the ride in Nelson and concluding later Sunday back in New Denver.last_img read more

Nelson’s Finn Megale eyes BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals

first_imgMegale has had his sights on snowboard cross racing since he was four years old.Last year he placed first in the BC provincials (U13), earning an invite to join the BC team in the U15 nationals where he placed eighth. The Western Canada Snowboard Cross series races were Finn’s first event of the 2017 season.Snowboard cross is a competitive race whefre athletes run individual time trials to qualify, and then race four-at-a-time in heats against each other.The fastest racer advances to the next heat.At Lake Louise, Megale qualified and raced seven heats over two days, making it to the final heat in each of two races. He was very pleased with his second place finishes, and he is aiming for a strong result at the BC provincials finals next weekend with the final prize, national finals in Mount Tremblant, Quebec, in April. Watch out world, here comes Finnegan Megale.The Nelson boarder is off to the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals next weekend at Big White Resort near Kelowna after capturing a pair of silver medals during a meet over the weekend in Lake Louise.Megale, 14, was one of more than 100 boarders who participated at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series.last_img read more

Prime time: LeBron defying age, better than ever at 33

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers’ roster morphed twice and despite being surrounded by a supporting cast that included rookies and just three holdovers from Cleveland teams he dragged to three straight NBA Finals, James played every game and powered through his 15th pro season like it was another helpless defender in the lane.By investing millions into maintaining his body and with a work ethic that has pushed him since childhood, James seems intent on challenging basketball’s natural cycle of aging.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAt 33, and on the eve of making a run at his eighth straight Finals, James is not slowing down. He remains the game’s best all-around player, most dominant force. Still, the one to beat. Still, the player most capable of carrying a team to playoff victories. Still, the most likely player — sorry Messrs. Westbrook, Harden, Curry and Durant — to make a play that wins a game or a series.“It doesn’t seem like he gets old,” said Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown. “He just doesn’t go away.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Cleveland’s season was highly irregular, James had another brilliant one.He averaged 27.5 points — his highest total since 2010 — and established career-highs in assists (9.1), rebounds (8.6) and played the full slate of games for the first time. He led the league in total points, minutes played, surpassed 30,000 career points, recorded 18 triple-doubles and was the league’s second-leading scorer in the fourth quarter (7.5 points).The three-time champion also extended his record of scoring at least 10 points to 873 games, a mark once owned by Michael Jordan (862), the player James has spent his entire adulthood being compared to and the one he has equaled on many measures.Jordan was not done at 33, winning three more titles. But his game aged differently. Jordan relied more on jumpers as he got older and ceded tough defensive assignments to other Bulls. James continues to take over games physically, particularly late, and he never hesitates to defend the opponents’ toughest scorers. And the Bulls never counted on their general to rebound or dish out assists as the Cavs lean on James.James has done it all amid a strange, soap-opera-like season for Cleveland, which endured injuries, illnesses, trades and tribulations from late last summer until early spring.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina As far as Brown’s concerned, James is the new standard.“I don’t see any decline athletically and then watch it, the trend that he’s now shooting and making 3s, so you feel that he just keeps getting better,” Brown said before James scored 44 with 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Sixers. “The fact that he can play that many minutes, that many games, seemingly not missing a beat. He is amazing.“In my opinion, he is the best player to have ever played our sport. And he just keeps getting better. And I say that with tremendous respect to lots of other people. That’s a hell of a comment that I don’t throw out recklessly. And I just feel like his body of work makes me feel very confident and comfortable saying that. He’s playing arguably his best basketball.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “As the Land Turns is what I call it,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who returned from an illness just last week.Following Wednesday’s regular-season finale, James stamped this as-yet-unfinished season a personal triumph.“It’s the best I’ve felt all season and I’ve got the numbers to back it up and I’ve got the wins to back it up as well,” he said. “I’ve just tried to be available to my teammates every single night and do everything that I could to win ball games. Either by scoring, by rebounding, by defending, by assisting, taking charges, whatever the case may be. Statistically it all speaks for itself.”While amassing those numbers, James has seemingly paused the aging process. Of course, it helps that he has a nutritionist, personal trainer, masseuse, cryogenic chamber and 21st century technology to keep him one step ahead of Father Time.Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted in 2003 after James, is awed by his friend’s commitment and dedication. Perkins was stunned to learn James invests upward of $2 million per year on his body.“It’s crazy. I watch how he takes care of his body, I watch how he gets treatment around the clock,” said Perkins. “But it shows and that’s why he’s able to do what he’s been doing at this age. Everybody will be like, ‘Man, ‘Bron got to be doing something,’ and I’m like, ‘No, he actually put in the groundwork and everything you see is because he sacrificed.’ It’s amazing to watch.”James isn’t done, not even close, and earlier this season he described re-writing the narrative that players in their early 30s have reached their prime.“Hopefully I can break the mold, so when the next guy comes, he can still get $200 or $300 million and be 33 years old,” he said. “I’m serious. This is the mold I’m trying to break. It’s not just about me, it’s for the next crew. I want it all.”And what James wants, he usually gets.He has meticulously worked at his craft, refining his game, adding weapons. This season, James posted a career-high in 3-pointers, and according to , he made a higher percentage of shots from beyond 28 feet than any player — including Stephen Curry — since 2001. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) jumps by Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) on his way to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. At 33, an age when athletes are either eroding, completely washed up or staring retirement straight in the eyes, James is flourishing with zero signs of decline. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed — better than ever.Still the NBA’s undisputed king.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal minor star Danny Rodgers was in reflective mood today after he helped Keadue Rovers FC earn a share of the spoils against Bonagee United.This time last year Rodgers played for Donegal in the All-Ireland minor final which they narrowly lost to Kerry.Rodgers was also eligible to play for the Donegal minors again this year and had aspirations they could go one better. Many had felt Donegal had the squad to go on and win another Ulster title and possibly an All-Ireland.However, Declan Bonner’s side fell to a shock defeat to Derry in the Ulster MFC semi-final and exited the competition.Derry went on to win Ulster but lost their semi-final to eventual winners Kerry who today completely destroyed Tipperary.Rodgers played the full ninety minutes for Keadue on a wet miserable day at Central Park and tweeted that the joys of the Donegal League beats Croker every time! Rodgers tweeted, “Grinding out a 4-4 result with Keadue beats playing in Croker any day!PLAYING IN THE DONEGAL LEAGUE BEATS CROKER EVERY TIME – SAYS DONEGAL MINOR STAR was last modified: September 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Bob Myers wrestling with where the Warriors stand in the West next season

first_imgOAKLAND – As they drove across the bridge from San Francisco to Oakland to stop at the Warriors’ facility on Monday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr had plenty of time to reflect.They had time to mourn the departures to Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. They had time to answer the question marks on how well the Warriors can sustain another playoff run next season. The Warriors will have all of next season to process how those variables play out. It …last_img read more

Farmer without arms an inspiration for others

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetAndy Detwiler farms corn, soybeans and livestock alongside his family in Champaign County. He goes about daily work in all four seasons in what is an otherwise normal scene, except for one thing — Andy does all the things a normal farmer does without the use of arms.“When I was two years old, I fell into a grain auger, I reached in for some wheat and it took my arms off,” he said, recounting the origin of his current situation. “About two weeks after that they said I started using my feet for stuff in the hospital. Now that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been using my feet for 45 years now.”And use them he does. Earlier this year, Detwiler was featured in an Ohio Ag Net planting cab cam video. He easily opened the door to his tractor and planted the field with the full-sized machine. Is there anything he can’t do?“Basic things like climb a straight ladder like up the side of a bin — there’s various things. But you know there’s always things that everybody can’t do, so we just take that with a grain of salt and we go on with it and we figure things out,” he said. “When you want to do something, you’re going to figure something out, and that’s what I’ve done all my life is figured stuff out. When this happened to me in 1972, nobody could teach you how to do what I’m doing.”Andy’s no nonsense perspective on life has earned him a reputation in his local community and beyond as someone who doesn’t let less-than-stellar circumstances get in the way of going about living.“It takes me a little longer to do a few things but no, I don’t let it slow me down,” Andy said with a smile. “Auto steer is great, especially for me. I’ve got time to do other things and pay attention and I don’t have to be steering the steering wheel while I’m doing it. I’m doing everything with one foot here so it works out very well for me.”Its been a story his friends and neighbors have known all their life, but now, with a bit of help from his wife Corkey and daughter Kylie, Andy has started sharing it with the world through his YouTube channel the “Harmless Farmer,” making him a bit of a star in the process.“We make YouTube videos just showing people the way I do things — just everyday farming things, working on equipment, driving tractors — whatever comes up. We try to put up one a week, maybe two every now and then,” Detwiler said.The response to his videos has been nothing short of amazing. At the time of this writing, he holds over 34,000 subscribers and averages tens of thousands of views for each video. The comment sections are full of questions and insights into what Andy brings to people’s lives.“People want to know how long it’s taken to learn to do this. I’m still learning every day different ways to do things — handier ways to do things,” he said. “People tell me its inspirational and I never really thought of it that way. I’m just going about doing things like I always have.”Andy started his YouTube page in mid-2018 and said he originally didn’t mean to talk much about his handicap, but rather just show people how he goes about work on the farm.“Even then, I didn’t really say anything about my disability and I just put it out there. As the questions came in, I started to talk about it a bit more,” Detwiler said. “I like helping people, and I think that makes it easier on me. If I’m inspiring people to get out there and do different things, it makes easier to talk about it.”Andy said the videos have created a conversation of inspiration, something he said he hadn’t realized he could offer before.“People are just they can’t believe what I do. To hear that I’ve changed people’s lives and stuff, that’s really pretty powerful,” he said. “They give reasons that they lost a hand and broke a finger or something, then they see me and see my videos and it inspires them.”As members of his community will tell you, part of Andy is his fun attitude toward life, which he brings to the disability talk as well.“Oh yeah. When I go through the drive-thru, that’s always funny to see the kids working at the McDonalds. Driving down the road with the tractor, you can definitely see that I have my foot on the steering wheel when I’m driving down the road and I get all kinds of looks,” Detwiler said. “It’s fun, we have a lot of fun with it and make a lot of jokes with it, and we just have a good time with it. This is the way I am so we just take it the way it goes.”Another common question — how does he use a cell phone?“I usually have it in my shirt pocket or on the ground. I can use my lip or what-not to dial it. I like to use speakerphone a lot, that’s a lot handier for me,” he said. “It works out just fine.”Does he haul grain with a semi?“Yes, it just has to be an automatic.”It’s even common to see him at the local antique tractor show, putting around on his old John Deere, with a hand-clutch no less. Andy seems to have found a way to overcome most all challenges in his way.“Everyone always wants to know to learn how to be like this. I’m still learning,” he said. “Just like everybody else I just do it a little bit of a different way.”Still, his disability isn’t something he wants to be repeated and actively uses his circumstances to talk about safety on the farm.“Take your time, pay attention,” Detwiler said. “Your loved ones will love you for it.”last_img read more

Desiree Cheng bids La Salle goodbye with ‘happy heart, much contentment’

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES READ: UST enters UAAP Finals, topples La Salle in 5 sets  Desiree Cheng and the other Lady Spikers get some love from the La Salle faithful. #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 5, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Desiree Cheng’s final year with De La Salle University may not have ended the way she wanted it to be, but the Lady Spikers skipper is going out fulfilled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a post on her Instagram, Cheng expressed her gratitude to those who helped her along the way in the UAAP, especially his head coach Ramil de Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 22-year-old Cheng wrapped up her collegiate career with two championships, a Finals MVP plum and a Best Server recognition.La Salle was going for its third straight title this UAAP Season 81 but its campaign was cut short by a fast-rising University of Santo Tomas side in the Final Four two days ago.READ: La Salle’s long UAAP finals streak ends: ‘You can’t be at the top all the time’Cheng thanked De Jesus for many things but it was the multi-titled mentor’s faith in her that she holds dear the most.“Thank you to my Coaches especially Coach RDJ. Thank you because you trusted and believed in me during those moments when I even doubted myself. Thank you for not giving up on me during those times I myself gave up for a while,” Cheng said.“I am Desiree Cheng #2 of the Lady Spikers, Signing Off. 💚 On to the next.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was one heck of a ride fighting for the Green and White. But I just want you guys to know na I am leaving my AN1MO Journey with a happy heart and much contentment. It was such an honor on my part to have the opportunity to finish my studies and to play Volleyball in my dream school. For me, it has always been a privilege to be called a LASALLIAN,” she wrote on Monday. PBA D-League: FEU nears playoffs after nipping Diliman College-Gerry’s Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more