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Third Annual Mayor’s International Futsal Cup to take place at Indiana Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS, AUG. 9, 2017 — The third annual occurrence of the Mayor’s International Futsal Cup, hosted by Indiana Futsal, will take place Saturday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 4 at the state capitol building’s parking lot, located downtown at 201 N. Capitol St.

This adult futsal tournament features over 40 teams representing 32 different countries and is one of the largest futsal tournaments in the United States. Teams play three games in a round-robin format. The top two teams from each group will move on to a single-elimination tournament.

“Seeing members of the Indianapolis community from thirty-two countries compete together is incredible. Our staff, as well as our partners and sponsors, come together each year to make this event as fun and inclusive as possible. We’re very proud of how it’s grown,” says Justin Becht, director of Indiana Futsal.

The tournament will have locally-owned food trucks with flavors representative of some of the teams’ countries. New to this year’s event will be the Sun King Lounge where attendees can enjoy a locally-crafted micro-brew while watching the action.

This event is free and open to the public. The Mayor’s International Futsal Cup is made possible in part by partnerships with Indy Eleven, Downtown Indy and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office.

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Futsal is a version of soccer played on a hard surface with a smaller, heavier ball and teams of five-a-side. This format of play emphasizes ball control and skillful technique as players have a smaller space to utilize.

About Indiana Futsal: Indiana Futsal is organized to provide nonprofit, public, educational futsal development and competition. Through tournaments, leagues, camps, free play, and other futsal events, Indiana Futsal will grow its membership across both youth and adult age groups.

 

Press release originally written by Marissa Smith for Indiana Futsal.

 

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Indiana Futsal unveils ‘Goals for Indy’ program

Indiana Futsal is pleased to announce the new Goals for Indy program, which creates steel futsal goals for public courts in Central Indiana and is a partnership among several Indianapolis businesses. The goals are sourced, constructed, and finished here locally in Indianapolis.

“Part of our mission is to provide access to the game in underserved communities,” explains Indiana Futsal Director Justin Becht, “This program allows us to secure partnerships with local, family-owned organizations and nonprofits to help lower those costs and provide safe equipment.”

The raw materials are purchased from Warner Steel, a local and family owned metal supplier, by Indiana Futsal and put together by a welding cohort within RUCKUS.

RUCKUS Makerspace and Recycle Force, both CCIC tenants, have partnered up to create a hands on 10 week 40 hr Intro to welding program. A Certified Welding Inspector works closely with students to help support, educate and empower Recycle Force participants. The cohort focuses on elements of fabrication, team building, preparing for potential jobs and set personal goals.

Upon completion of the goals, they will be taken to Cunningham Quality Painting, a local and family owned powder coating facility, to be finished with a durable UV protected powder coat. They will be stored while a site for a new public court is chosen and then installed.

The first goals to be put together were on display inside RUCKUS Makerspace on Aug. 4, where the staff spent the evening having fun and sharing the sport of futsal with First Friday attendees.

Interested in bringing futsal to your community or sponsoring the Goals for Indy program? Contact Justin Becht at justin@indianafutsal.org or 317.975.2012.

 

Article originally written and published for Indiana Futsal.

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Finding Futsal, an athletic outlet for inmates at Marion Co. Jail

Over the past several years, it has become increasingly common for correctional facilities to provide sports recreation for their inmates as a potential diversion from illicit activities. A 2012 report from the Prisoners’ Education Trust, even states that becoming actively involved in a sports league during detention can foster “an alternative social network, access to positive role models, improved employability, and develop a pro-social identity.”

The practice of encouraging sports in correctional facilities can be found locally, at the Marion County Jail, which has provided a basketball court for those seeking physical activity. The jail, which is part of four-facility system that houses over 2,500 inmates, noticed a recent decline in interest in basketball from its inmates but an interesting innovation on their parts: deflating the facility basketball and kicking it around in makeshift games of soccer.

Major Tanesha Crear began reaching out to local soccer organizations and brought the idea to her supervisor. The Public Information Officer for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Katie Carlson, connected with Indiana Futsal. As a game that requires less space than soccer and can be played indoors, futsal seemed like a natural fit.

Due to one Deputy’s thoughtfulness and a collaboration among Indianapolis community members, Indiana Futsal was able to donate two inflatable futsal goals, futsal balls, and an air pump to the Marion County Jail in June, giving inmates the athletic outlet they really needed.

Justin Becht, Director of Indiana Futsal, says that the new set-up will be especially beneficial for the younger inmates, “There’s a need for incarcerated youth to be able to play and to release some tension, we were happy to help with that. A large part of Indiana Futsal’s mission is to bring the sport to populations that really need it.” Representatives from the jail also added that while physical activity helps people while inside, it is also encouraged for inmates preparing for re-entry as a way to bond with their families once they’ve left the facility.

As a result of the community connection made between the two organizations this summer, Indiana Futsal will partner with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for the Mayor’s International Futsal Cup later this year.

Click here to view the article as it was originally published.

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Student commencement speaker Amber Kriech discusses her path before and after graduation

Click here to read my most recently published article, where I had the opportunity to chat with IUPUI’s 2017 commencement speaker, Amber. It was an enlightening interview for me as an ambitious young professional and future graduate!

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Dear alumni, you are an inspiration

In the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to speak with some members of IUPUI’s class of 2016. One of those interviews formed the basis for my article Catching Up with a Recent IUPUI Grad, and was particularly inspirational for me. As you’ll know if you peruse the article all the way to the end, the graduate has met her goals and, I know from speaking with her, she is very happy about where her life is at one year after graduating college.

Why is this important? 

Graduating college feels like I’m about to be tipped unceremoniously out of wheelbarrow from the top of a cliff with a very small landing pad at the bottom and I’m expected to make it on my own after years of people guiding me.

We, as students, all have our doubts about what’s going to happen when we get that magic piece of paper that cost us years of time and thousands of dollars to obtain. My fears will likely not have truly set in until next fall, when I will be starting my senior year at IUPUI (woohoo!?!), but they do creep up on me sometimes and that dropping-from-a-cliff feeling seems very real.

Graduating high school was not nearly as unnerving; I had a path laid out before me, in the form of a college acceptance letter and some scholarships, so it was not difficult to figure where to go and what to do. Also, I’ve always been pretty good at and enjoyed school, so I was not very concerned about the academic aspect of it. The post-graduation path for me this time is little more than a thin line, and though I’ve never been drunk, I feel that it’d be very easy to misstep and lose my balance.File_000

Which is why, as a future graduate, it means a lot to me to speak with alumni from my university, and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to do so and to put the happiness of said students into words to be published, so that other students may feel the same temporary relief as I have upon reading Grace Perkowitz’s words. So keep being brave and adulting, alumni, and please don’t be shy about sharing your stories with current students (even the bad parts!). We all could use a little bit of reassurance, so if you’ve got the time, go ahead and let us know what you’ve been through, because we’re all just shaking in our young adult boots.

 

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Media Pitch: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Good morning,

With the first day of summer just around the corner, we’re encouraging families to consider 12 great day trips to any of the state historic sites. With locations all over the state, it’s a great way for Hoosiers to have some fun and learn the history of sites  which have shaped their community.

We would love for you to encourage your audience to take a trip! More information about the state historic sites can be found at the attached press release and at indianamuseum.org

Thank you,

Marissa Smith
Street Team Intern
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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Experiential Update: working with an active Indy nonprofit

This past semester, as a requirement for a public relations course at IUPUI, myself and three other IUPUI students created a public relations plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA, http://www.indymoca.org). The creation of this plan involved analysis of the organization, its key stakeholders, and the public relations situation at hand – a lack of awareness of the organization and its exhibitions around the city of Indianapolis.

In addition to those analyses, research was conducted in the form of a survey and tactics, goals, and objectives were established in order to help the organization increase its event attendance and Indianapolis residents’ overall awareness of the organization. Linked at the bottom of this entry are the slides as they were presented to the iMOCA staff representative we collaborated with on this project.

This assignment was created over the span of three months, according to both what iMOCA required as an outside entity and to what the professor of the course, Fred Bagg, had asked of us. The work was divided equally among all members of our team, which consisted of myself, Lindsey Stafford, Morgan Holian, and Leslie Salazar.

I greatly appreciated this experience, as a young professional who is interested in the nonprofit sector of public relations and communications. I am excited to continue building my PR skillset over the course of my career and see where that budding interest takes me.

Copy of iMOCA Presentation

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Mock Press Release: iMOCA Special Event

Below is an example press release written as part of a group project in collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). Event accreditation belongs to iMOCA – http://www.indymoca.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT: Marissa Smith
(e) ms204@umail.iu.edu
(p) 765-555-5555
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATTEND AN EXCLUSIVE DEMONSTRATION WITH ONE OF INDY’S HOTTEST ARTISTS

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art presents: Glass Artist Benjamin Johnson

INDIANAPOLIS, MARCH 13, 2017 – The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting the Benjamin Johnson Spacetime Catalog Release and Demonstration on Saturday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center. It will be an opportunity for 30 ticket holders to watch a glass-blowing demonstration and listen to the artist discuss the creation of Spacetime, a series of prints of the moon’s lunar cycle.

Tickets are $50.00 each and the perks of attendance include: a glow in the dark pint glass handmade by featured artist Benjamin Johnson and a copy of the Spacetime exhibit catalogue. Guests will also enjoy Sun King Beer and light hors d’oeuvres from Black Plate catering.  Mr. Johnson will do a glass blowing demonstration and discuss how he created his Spacetime prints of the moon’s lunar cycle.

Interested persons may purchase tickets by going to www.indymoca.org and selecting the Spacetime event page. Event capacity is limited to 30 attendees, so be sure to purchase your ticket before they are sold out.

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About Spacetime:

Spacetime depicts imagery of the moon throughout the lunar cycle via 20 vitreography prints and 7 glass panels. The exhibition also features a nine by fourteen foot installation of hand-pulled hot glass cane created with UV reactive materials and lit using special UV LED lighting, which makes the entire piece glow in the window space.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA):

iMOCA is Indianapolis’s only museum dedicated solely to showing and advancing contemporary art. As a non-collecting institution, iMOCA’s mission is to bring contemporary exhibitions and programs to the Indianapolis community to stimulate minds, inspire new discoveries and demonstrate the vital connections between visual culture and life.

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Support systems which uphold young professionals are invaluable

A reflection on the impact of university programming and on-campus families.

I recently have had the opportunity to begin work as a writer, edit, and content strategist at my university, a position which has already helped me grow immensely in the brief months I have held it. My first task within this role was to write Student Success Stories for IUPUI’s Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program, known around campus as DEAP.

It took a few weeks to get into contact and interview four different, busy students around campus, but in the end I had a great time combining their words and my writing skillset to share their stories. I was tasked with drafting pieces that would demonstrate the positives of being a member of DEAP, and the depth of the results (pun possibly intended) surprised me.

I was apprehensive, when beginning this project, as to how much people would be willing to share with a stranger whom they only knew as being a writer for the school. Their eagerness to open up was a pleasant surprise, and as you’ll see if you read their stories, being a part of DEAP impacted them all greatly in different ways. Each of them was able to say that the program’s staff and students had become a secondary family, and I think connection between that type of support and the success of these young people should be recognized. 

College is an enormous alteration from high school on its own, and when you factor in all the other possible changes (“I have to get good grades and work enough to pay the bills?!”) it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I myself spent a lot of time that first semester in a puddle of salty tears.  However, each of the four students I interviewed overcame those and quite a few other odds to become confident leaders in the community, growth which they all attributed to the support system they found in the program. 

Finding something stable and supportive to hold on to in the never-ending whirlwind of life can literally change a person’s life. 

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Media Advisory

The following text is a sample Media Advisory written as an assignment for a Public Relations Writing course. All event details are fictional.

Contact: Marissa Smith Sept. 29, 2016

(p) 555-555-5555

(e) ms204@umail.iu.edu

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: IT’S NOT ALWAYS A DRILL

What would happen to your family if you had to go days without electricity or outside contact?

When disasters strike, most Americans must rely on emergency services reaching them. However, in certain situations, emergency services are unable to reach those affected, leaving families stranded and scared. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will spend time presenting tips on emergency preparedness in order to improve the general public’s ability to handle a natural disaster. This would be an excellent event to cover, as it will provide reporters with the opportunity to interact with area residents as well as obtain direct quotes from an IDHS employee.

WHO: John Erickson, Director of Public Information, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

WHAT: Presentation titled “How Prepared Are You For a Disaster?”

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Room 3100L, IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan, Indianapolis, IN 46202

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The presentation should last no more than an hour, including time for audience members to ask Mr. Erickson questions. It will then be followed by a hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency, during which Mr. Erickson will give one-on-one interviews with any reporters present. This event is open to the public and free parking located in the lot directly across Michigan Street.

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IDHS provides statewide leadership, exemplary customer service, and subject matter expertise for the enhancement of public and private partnerships. It also works in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies to continually develop Indiana’s public safety capabilities for the wellbeing and protection of its citizens, property and economy. For more information, visit dhs.in.gov.