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March Madness is back. Before sharing his tips on tournament betting strategy, Kennedy had some thoughts to share on matters of collegiate athletics policy. Kennedy commented that one of the hot issues is the new ability to compensate players for using their name and likeness in advertising. Kennedy is concerned about how this wealth and popularity can affect teams. Transfer portals are another concern; turnover is becoming quite high, affecting team cohesion. Kennedy said wellness coaches are essential to support the health and well-being of student athletes, a positive addition to sports departments. He also said social media networks present a challenge for college teams. When social media first emerged, Kennedy instituted a rule: “No student athlete at Kent State can be on social media.” The rule lasted about a week — it violated freedom of speech. He also cautioned parents and athletes against sports camps that claim to guarantee D1 athletic scholarships. And finally, he said that the NCAA has a long way to go in creating equality in women’s sports.
 
Kennedy offered tips about filling out March Madness brackets: 1) Usually #1 and #2 seed teams win games. 2) Don’t pick your underdog to win the tournament, but you can give them a shot at the Final Four. 3) Don’t pick a team seeded #8 or greater to win it all, unless it’s Kent State. 4) If you pick all favorites to win the first round, you’ll likely do well.
 
Todd Kamanesh offered his alternative approach to picking teams: Bill Childers throwing darts. “You can listen to Laing … or you can take it from the fingertips of Bill Childers.”
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Assad Khan introduced November 30 2021 speaker – Hafiz Haq, an independent entrepreneur from the United Kingdom.  He is presenting via Zoom and will be providing remarks regarding his 52 year professional journey….
 
Mr. Haq has amassed a remarkable professional record across the past 52 years – from manufacturing and logistics to a business development consultancy. An engineer by education, Hafiz’s professional journey has taken him all across the world, providing invaluable experiences that have helped shape and expand his knowledge of the inner workings of business.  He attributes his success to a subscribed set of themes that have served as guiding principles:
 
Self-development and competitiveness – This comes from within.  An individual must make a whole-hearted indivisible commitment to the idea or notion of success. 
Ambition and Passion - Cited an example from a former mentor who gave him an impossible task.  What he learned from this experience was that it was not good enough to be good…one must strive to be different.
Managing people -         What was key here is the importance of catching people when they achieved success and to reinforce the same. People need to know their contributions are valued – cultivating ideas from them will help boost your relationship to develop a chemistry necessary for successful collaborations.
Learning from Cultural aspects – Helps develop / foster better understanding; needs/desires; behaviors and work ethic.
 
In closing, Hafiz shared with the audience what occupies his time today – an organization called Transformation Beyond Imagination.  It was founded out of the need to pay the lessons of success forward.  The program is geared towards individuals and provides professional scholarships to those who lack financial resources to receive the proper educational opportunities to improve oneself.
 
Today’s responder to the program was Tom Larkin.
 
About Our Club
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Kent

Service Above Self

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Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
United Meth. Church
1435 E. Main St.
Kent, OH 44240
United States of America
Mailing address: Rotary Club of Kent P.O. Box 6 Kent, Ohio 44240
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