Monday, September 13, 2021

Let's Roll


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Let's Roll

Todd Beamer
from 2015 by Rusty Lindsey, Wheaton College

"While the country reflects on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks to remember the lives lost and celebrate the acts of herosim that occured, one legacy continues to live on at Wheaton College. In the aftermath of the devastating attacks, the stories of Flight 93 began to circulate.

Taking an early flight from Newark to San Francisco, Todd Beamer was one of 38 passengers aboard United Flight 93. About an hour into the flight, hijackers took over the plane and forced the passengers to the back of the plane before circling the plane back towards Washington D.C. Aboard the plane, passengers used AirFones to contact loved ones. Unable to contact his wife Lisa, Beamer finally was able to reach GTE AirFone operator Lisa Jefferson and describe the situation.

Beamer and several others aboard the plane, several of them former collegiate athletes themselves, formulated a plan to rush the cockpit and attempted to take back the plane. After that plan was relayed to Jefferson, she joined Beamer in reciting Psalm 23 in prayer. Beamer then dropped the phone and uttered the words, "Let's Roll."

>> Situational Awareness: "A 1991 graduate of Wheaton, Beamer played 92 games for the Thunder baseball team. Primarily a third baseman and shortstop, Beamer hit four home runs and stole 15 bases in his career. He was also a member of the men's basketball program during his time at Wheaton."

>> Legacy: "In the aftermath of September 11, Beamer and others aboard Flight 93 were celebrated as heroes. In 2004, Wheaton opened the Todd M. Beamer Student Center. Featured in the student center is an eight-foot mural depicting Beamer holding hands with his two boys, a scene which had occurred just a few weeks prior outside Camden Yards in Baltimore. Etched into the mural below the scene are Beamer's famous last words, Let's Roll."

>> Quotable: "Let's Roll has been a part of the men's basketball program as long as I've been associated with the program," said former assistant men's basketball coach Tony Bollier. "It's the last thing we say before we take the floor and it has a special meaning for our guys to buy into our team framework."  Current head men's basketball coach Mike Schauer was a teammate of Beamer's at Wheaton."

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2. The Weekend Past

CMS celebrating a point

A quick look at the weekend past highlighted by a 1-2 punch by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

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3.  Convention Registration


On-site and virtual registration for the 2022 NCAA Convention opens at 11 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Sept. 14. NCAA members should register by Wednesday, Oct. 6, to get the early bird registration rate ($325). The registration fee for virtual only access is $50.

The Convention will be Jan. 19-22 in Indianapolis. Key events include the State of College Sports and Honors Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 19; Association-wide education sessions, Special Olympics activity, Association-wide business session and voting, and the delegates reception Thursday, Jan. 20; and the Division III Issues Forum, conference meetings and NCAA Division III LGBTQ of the Year Award Celebration on Friday, Jan. 21. The Division III Business Session will be the morning of Saturday, Jan. 22.

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