Kurt Warner Named ABC’s World News Person of the Week
The relief efforts of Fischer Sports client and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner recently caught the attention of ABC News. We applaud Kurt’s off-the-field work and wish the residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa all the best as they work together to rebuild their city.
Kurt Warner’s legendary arm made the former supermarket stock boy a Super Bowl MVP. These days, the NFL quarterback is also putting that arm to a different use: wielding a hammer to help rebuild Cedar Rapids, Iowa – his hometown.
“I want to do what I can for my hometown and the people in the Midwest,” said Warner, 37, who guided the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl in 1999.
“Growing up there, having a lot of family there – and I think it’s something that I can have direct impact on.”
A year ago, severe flooding swamped hundreds of homes and threatened lives in Cedar Rapids, and the recovery is still not complete.
Iowa’s second-largest city saw an estimated $5 billion in damage after the Cedar River washed over levees and covered roughly 1,300 city blocks, according to the city estimates.
Many neighborhoods, including the downtown historic business districts, were flooded.
“The one thing I always knew about people in Iowa [is that] they’re gonna fight, and they’re gonna battle, and they’re gonna make their way back,” said Warner.
For much of this year, Warner has been working to bring Cedar Rapids back to life. He has been using his well-known name to raise much needed funds to rebuild homes.
Warner and his wife, Brenda, run Brenda’s First Things First Foundation, which already has raised nearly $700,000 for Cedar Rapids.
Read the full story at ABC News, and visit the First Things First Foundation to learn more about Kurt’s charitable work.
Anna Nordqvist Wins LPGA Championship
LPGA Rookie Anna Nordqvist won this weekend’s LPGA Championship. This 22 year-old rookie trains at Fischer Sports and was competing in just her 5th professional tournament.
Anna Nordqvist – who turned 22 on Wednesday, was ranked No. 214 in the world and was playing in just her fifth professional tournament – held her emotions together and held off a stellar field Sunday to win the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, the second major of the season.
Exhibiting the same qualities of her idol, countrywoman Annika Sorenstam – steely nerves, a calm composure, a methodical fairways-and-greens attack – the Swede fired a final-round 4-under-par 68 to hold back Lindsey Wright by four shots and Jiyai Shin by five.
With rounds of 66-70-69-68, Nordqvist finished at 15-under 273 on a demanding Pete Dye-designed Bulle Rock Golf Course that played soft most of the week because of heavy rains.
For the record, Sorenstam didn’t win the first of her 10 majors until her second season.
Read more about Anna’s dominating performance in the full article from USA Today. Photo By Rob Carr, AP for USA Today.
Roger Federer Wins 14th Grand Slam Final at 2009 French Open
Fischer Sports client Roger Federer won his 14th Grand Slam event and first French Open title.
The tennis gods brewed up a storm around Roland Garros on Sunday afternoon as they prepared to welcome a new member into their midst. Roger Federer repelled the rain, thunder, and a certain Robin Soderling to take his rightful place among the immortals of the game.
The Swiss produced a near-flawless display, delighting his fans with the full range of shots that have made him arguably the greatest player of his era, to sweep aside Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6(1) 6-4 and seal his first-ever French Open title. The triumph enabled Federer to become only the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam tournaments, and also saw him equal Pete Samprasâ€™ record of 14 majors.
The enormity of his achievement was evident on match point when Federer fell to the red earth of Roland Garros weeping tears of joy. Minutes later, Andre Agassi was on hand to present the Coupe des Mousquetaires and share in the Swiss legendâ€™s delight as he held the trophy to the air, 10 years after the American had sealed his own career Slam with a far more hard-fought win here over Andrei Medvedev.
Read more at RolandGarros.com. Photo from RolandGarros.com.
Randy Johnson Reaches 300 Wins
Congratulations to longtime Fischer Sports client Randy Johnson who reached 300 wins with a gritty performance against the Washington Nationals.
He not only became the 24th Major Leaguer to ascend to the 300-win level but also established himself as the sixth left-hander in that group.
He’s the first pitcher to win his 300th game on his first try since Tom Seaver, then with the Chicago White Sox, did so in August 1985. The next six – Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine – needed multiple attempts.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson also became the second-oldest pitcher to reach the 300 mark – behind only Niekro, who achieved the feat when he was 46 years and 188 days old on Oct. 6, 1985. Johnson is 45 years and 267 days old.
Read the full article at MLB.com.