Ulman honored as outstanding volunteer Howard notebook

December 17, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor who transformed his personal hardship into a valuable service for others, has been rewarded for his efforts by Publishers Clearinghouse.

Ulman, a Brown University junior soccer player, created an Internet web page for young adults with cancer. On Nov. 23, he received a trophy and a $10,000 check as one of the 10 newest "Good as Gold Award" winners honoring outstanding volunteers in the United States.

The award was presented during Brown's first-round NCAA playoff game against defending national champion St. John's at Adelphi University on Long Island.

"Nearly half of the company's profits already go to charitable causes like the arts and the environment," said Dave Sayer, who heads the Prize Patrol. "But those causes are all organizations. We wanted to do something that recognizes the many people out there who are single-handedly making a difference"

More than 2,000 media and civic organizations were contacted for nominations and an independent panel of judges selected the 10 winners.

An All-South and first-team All-Metro soccer player at Centennial, where he never played in a losing game and helped lead his team to three state titles, Ulman was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (chondrosarcoma) in August, 1996. Later on, he had two melanomas removed.

While undergoing treatment, he discovered there were few informational and support resources for teens and young adults living with cancer.

With the help of his parents, he created a special organization, "The Wellness Community." It provides crucial information including coping with school during treatment and finding support from other teens.

He launched the Ulman Fund to pay for the web page. A $250-a-plate banquet on June 21 at Pimlico Race Course, a sports memorabilia auction and a college All-Star soccer game called the Ulman Fund Classic helped raise enough money to get the site on-line in August at www.ulmanfund.org.

Ulman played in six games this past season at Brown and had one assist for the Ivy League champions.

Cavs have local connection

Virginia lost the NCAA soccer title to UCLA, 2-0, on Sunday, but three county players helped the Cavaliers reach the finals.

Sophomore forward Brian West (Centennial) scored seven goals and had 11 assists for the Cavaliers. Junior goalkeeper Brock Yetso (Centennial) started 23 of 25 games and had six shutouts and 77 saves. Defender Mike Green (Howard) started 25 games and had two assists.

Lightning strikes back

The Long Reach wrestling team, which was 2-12 in its first season, started its second season with a bang last week.

Last Thursday, the Lightning defeated C.M. Wright, 44-23, and Patterson, 39-35.

Junior J.C. Porter, a champion at the Chopticon tournament and undefeated at 7-0, led the team in both matches at 125 pounds. He was a county champion last season.

Senior Jeff Carter (6-2), who finished second at Chopticon, defeated a strong Patterson wrestler at 112 pounds to spark the Lightning.

Sophomore Mike Augustin (6-2 at 152) was fifth at Chopticon with two pins.

Sophomore Paul Burckhardt (189) provided the turning-point against Patterson and had two pins in his first varsity matches.

Dragons stay unbeaten

The Glenelg Country School Dragons won the Sandy Springs Friends basketball tournament to reach 5-0.

Glenelg defeated Friends of Baltimore, 65-46, in the championship game Saturday. The Dragons upended Westtown Friends of Philadelphia, 40-39, in Friday's opening round.

lTC "Beating Westtown was probably the biggest win in our school's history," Dragons coach John Aquila said. "They had size and were well-coached."

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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