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From Soccer to Physician

Among the hardest parts, Addy Guida remembered, was lying in her bed at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-San Martin and having previous colleagues come by throughout their rounds. Simple weeks prior to, she ‘d been one of them, an appealing medical school candidate getting experience as a physician’s documents assistant. Now she was a patient enduring a serious health problem– again– and having to address their shocked question: “Oh, my God, Addy, exactly what are you doing here?”

Guida, 23, made it through those frightening days last fall. And on July 17, though still weak and sick from her chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she joined the 59 other members of the inaugural class at the new UNLV School of Medication. She’s concentrating on emergency medicine in part because the high energy, team unity, and fast pace reminds her of her days as a star midfielder for the Rebel ladies’s soccer team.

“I was born and raised here in Vegas, and when I was maturing, people were constantly talking about how there was going to be a med school in Vegas, but it always appeared like a pipe dream,” she said.

A couple months into her med school studies, she said she was “rebounding.” Similar to she’s done in the past. In January 2013, during her freshman year, Guida came down with exactly what she thought was mononucleosis. Weak, tired out– whatever it was just would not disappear. Doctors told her she was at risk for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes.

“It was terrifying,” she said. “I was 19 years old, a college soccer gamer. I had actually never ever pondered having a deadly health problem. I believed my world was turning upside down.”

The remainder of the semester, she was mainly confined to her space in the Tonopah dormitory where she did her classwork too and typically as she could. As the months passed, she improved and believed, “OK, I’m over it. I’m prepared to start my life now.”

She changed her significant to pre-med and plunged back into her studies, and soccer over the next three years. Through the athletic department and pre-med honor society, she offered in youth programs and assisted run summertime camps. As she neared her December 2016 graduation, Guida was working as a scribe at 3 Las Vegas-area health centers. At work in the emergency situation department one day, she felt chest discomforts and had trouble breathing.

Guida’s stepmother, her primary care company, found the source: a tumor in her chest roughly the shapes and size of a little book.

The illness she ‘d feared the most three years previously, the disease she thought had astonishingly bypassed her, was now her truth. “My initial idea, specifically considering that I was right in the middle of the med school application procedure, was, ‘How is this going to affect my career objectives?'” she stated. “My other concern was, ‘OK, so I’m not going to be a typical 22-year-old any longer. I’m going to have to handle this for the rest of my life.'”

Doctors informed her that she ‘d have to endure six months of hellish chemo and radiation but, disallowing something unpredicted, she was probably going to make a full recovery. “However it does not matter what the medical professional states at that point,” she stated. “You hear ‘cancer’ and do not really hear anything after that.”

Guida handled to graduate, regardless of missing 3 weeks of classes after her diagnosis. For months, life was a treadmill of treatment, sleep, and throwing up. The first scan to reveal her cancer remained in remission came on March 8. She’ll have to get a scan every 3 months for the next year, then one every five years. Now, she’s relishing her life and nascent career in medicine, and her pride at belonging to the inaugural class.

All 60 UNLV School of Medicine students received complete scholarships, thanks to the Engelstad Family Structure and a number of individual donors. Guida’s originated from the Alumni Association, which brings unique meaning for her, originating from a household of Rebels.

Mom, Angela Branco, ’86 BS Accounting, ’05 Master of Education, co-owns SWF Building in Henderson.
Stepfather, Anthony Branco, ’03 Master of Music, is a pianist and music instructor.
Older sibling, Adrianna Guida, ’12 BS Hotel Administration, likewise played soccer for the Rebels and is now a first-year trainee at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

When Guida got her very first degree in the middle of her lymphoma treatment, her mother attached her own alumni pin to her child’s lapel. Guida keeps it attached to her medical school white coat.

“When I was awarded the scholarship, despite the fact that I didn’t personally understand any of these (donors), it was like getting a contribution from household– like these individuals remain in my corner.”

Council approves lease for professional soccer at Cashman Field

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Unique to the Sun Las Vegas Soccer LLC intends to bring a United Soccer League group to Cashman Field in 2018.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017|1:06 p.m.

. The Las Vegas City Council approved a lease arrangement this morning permitting a professional soccer group to dip into Cashman Field beginning in March 2018.

The lease was approved on a 7-0 vote.

If granted a growth team by the United Soccer League, Las Vegas would end up being the 33rd franchise in the league.

Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC, headed by Brett Lashbrook, will pay an upfront charge of $50,000, and $6,000 per video game to play at Cashman Field, as well as covering all costs to change the field for soccer and back for baseball.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman has long desired a professional group in downtown Las Vegas, and lots of attempts at drawing in a Big league Soccer team to the city have failed.

“It looks like we are back in the hunt, and you are the most passionate and well-prepared individual,” Goodman informed Lashbrook. “We’ve been all set for it, and I know everyone on our group has been looking at it for three or 4 years.”

Lashbrook helped grow the Orlando City USL soccer group into an MLS franchise before pertaining to Las Vegas.

“The long-lasting vision is to maintain a professional existence at Cashman Field, and having the USL group here supplies a backstop as the 51s determine exactly what they will do in the future,” Councilman Ricki Barlow stated. “I couldn’t be more elated at the opportunity that was presented here.”

Barlow was visibly thrilled, tossing a soccer ball around Town hall and sending his option for the group name– the Las Vegas Neons.

“This is an item that I’ve been fighting for near to 5 years now,” Barlow said. “Particularly, as a former soccer gamer for more than 15 years, this is my enthusiasm.”

Best options: NBA Summer League, soccer, Sinbad and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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=” Image”/ > Associated Press Philadelphia 76ers’ Christian Wood soaks the ball throughout the very first half of an NBA Summer season League basketball video game versus the Boston Celtics, Monday, July 4, 2016, in Salt Lake City.

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Summertime’s in full swing and Vegas entertainment offerings remain in full bloom. Have a look at these significant sporting events and musical attractions, with a couple of laughs included for great step.

NBA SUMMERTIME LEAGUE Hockey’s nearly here and football is on the way, but it’s July which implies basketball in Las Vegas. The NBA Summer season League goes back to the Thomas & & Mack Center and Cox Structure this weekend and continuing through July 17, including a record 24 groups this year and many of the top picks in the recent NBA Draft. Amongst today’s opening day action: Raptors vs. Pelicans, Rockets vs. Nuggets, Bucks vs. Cavs and Lakers vs. Clippers. July 7-17, info at < a href="

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” > suncoastcasino.com. CLUB TIJUANA VS. CLUB LEON Mexican Liga MX teams Club Tijuana and Club Leon meet at Sam Boyd Stadium for a friendly exhibit match Saturday to figure out the winner of the 2017 M3 Sport Cup. Both Mexican club groups have strong followings, but the “Xolos de Tijuana” bring a powerful San Diego contingency to Vegas to cheer them on. July 8, info at < a href="

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” > unlvtickets.com. Associated content RISE AGAINST & & DEFTONES Chicago hardcore rock clothing Increase Versus and Sacramento alt-metal legends Deftones join forces for the heaviest concert the outside Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center has seen considering that the launching of the Las Rageous festival in the spring. Thrice and Frank Iero and the Perseverance offer support. July 8, information at 800-745-3000 or at < a href="

http://dlvec.com/event/rise-against-deftones/” target =” _ blank” > dlvec.com. SINBAD He’s simply as funny as he was in the ’80s and ’90s, however Sinbad has made headings recently for something he didn’t do– starring in a movie about a genie that does not exist, among the examples of the Mandela effect, which is when a group of individuals believe they remember something that never ever happened. The standup comedian just recently rejected on a New Jersey radio appearance, for at last, that the genie movie is real. Maybe we should focus instead on how fantastic Sinbad was in football flick Required Roughness? No matter what you think, you can catch him at Green Valley Cattle ranch Resort’s Grand Events Center Saturday night. July 8, details at stationcasinosevents.com.

At Siena Golf Club and elsewhere, soccer meets golf in a video game for all

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Members of the Las Vegas Footgolf club watch as a ball drops into a hole as a group plays a round at Anthem Hills Park on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015|2 a.m.

Pablo Rodriguez strolls down the 18th fairway at Siena Golf Club and lines up his next shot.

He examines the wind and approximates the range however does not reach for a club. Instead, he grips the laces of his soccer shoes, pulls them tight and kicks a completely positioned soccer ball that lands inches from the hole.

Rodriguez is playing a hybrid of golf and soccer. He might not have designed footgolf, however he is one of the video game’s leaders in America.

Rodriguez took part in the very first authorities footgolf competition in U.S. history in October 2012 and now is the U.S. Footgolf Association’s Nevada director.

The footgolf course at Siena Golf Club opened in September 2012 and was the second of its kind in the nation. Three years later, there are 520 courses across the country.

“I believe in this sport,” Rodriguez stated. “You go to a golf course and you see no children, but if you go to a soccer park, children are everywhere. We combine the sports to begin a brand-new generation of players.”

Rodriguez proudly sports a tattoo of the Footgolf logo on his calf– an illustration of his commitment to the game.

The rules of footgolf are identical to golf, except a soccer ball is used in location of a golf ball. Like golf, the par for each hole is 3 to five. Footgolfers and regular golf players aren’t on the course at the very same time. Rather, conventional golf is dipped into Siena in the morning and early afternoon, and the course is committed footgolfers at 2 p.m.

Gamers must kick the ball in a single movement and can not press the ball with the top or bottom of their foot. They have to wait until the ball comes to a complete stop and play it from where it lies.

“The sport is fantastic for relaxing and can even work as therapy,” Rodriguez stated. “My mother-in-law is recovering from a stroke; we brought her out to the course, and she liked kicking the ball around the lawn. It’s different than simply a regular walk in the park.”

“Its audience can vary from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds and can be similarly taken pleasure in by all,” said Rodriguez’s daughter, Karen, who likewise plays footgolf. “You do not actually see that frequently in sports.”

Pablo Rodriguez, 45, immigrated to the United States from Argentina in 1998. In his house country, he played professional soccer for 4 years with the Defensores de Belgrano.

He discovered footgolf, which originated in 2008 in Holland, after retiring. Professional soccer gamers Michael Jansen and Ben Korsten organized the very first authorities footgolf tournament, which included a collection of other Dutch and Belgian footballers. The sport infect Argentina and grew in popularity in Holland, Poland and Italy.

Greens owners see footgolf as a welcome secondary source of revenue. About 35 to 40 individuals a day play the sport at Siena, Rodriguez stated.

While the sport primarily is for leisure, some gamers have actually become competitive.

The video game “can get challenging and complex enough that it draws out some really talented players,” regional gamer Sep Dadsetan stated.

Rodriguez didn’t connect to the competitive side of footgolf up until he took a trip to Puerto Rico for a tournament.

“We were all hanging out, listening to music, and one man walked up to the tee and reversed to tell us to turn the music off so he might concentrate,” Rodriguez said. “He said he is paying a great deal of money to be here and win this competition. That is when it actually clicked for me that this might be a legitimate sport.”

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With soccer pitch, professional sports back in play for downtown Las Vegas

Jason Ader and his company partners want to bring a Big league Soccer team to Las Vegas.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman wants a major league team downtown, and any sport will do.

So, as soon as again, Goodman stated she’s willing to pay attention to a plan for pro sports in Las Vegas.

This time, Ader’s group wants to redevelop Cashman Field on Las Vegas Boulevard on the edge of downtown into a home for professional soccer.

It could indicate first drawing a minor league soccer club in hopes of revealing Big league Soccer that Las Vegas is a feasible market. That group would share the center with the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball group during an interim duration before aiming to land an MLS franchise, Ader said Friday.

“This is the first step of a thousand-step process,” stated Ader, who possesses a Manhattan fund management business and is a director and investor of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

“It’s not the simplest offer. However it’s a location that works,” Ader said. “So, let’s begin the process with the city.”

Goodman stated the city is open to hearing a proposition by Ader group, which is not asking the city for public dollars.

“We need something considerable to consider,” Goodman said after a supermarket ribbon-cutting Friday. “We need to see something.”

For the Cashman soccer proposal, Ader is teaming with Scott Watt and Bob Schulman of Watt Cos. and Laus Abdo of AGP Capital. Assisting the group is Roger Tabor, a Las Vegas financial investment supervisor and supporter for expert soccer in downtown Las Vegas.

Ader said to build a soccer-specific arena and buy a MLS franchise would cost from $300 million to $500 million. A second option is to pursue a minor league franchise and construct a fan base.

The group’s plan is to not just rebuild Cashman for soccer, however to redevelop the blighted Las Vegas Boulevard corridor from U.S. 95 to the Cashman complex into what the group is calling “Cashman Village.” The mixed-use development would include four-story multi-family buildings, offices, restaurants and retail with a concentrate on walking, according to an Aug. 11 letter from Abdo to the city.

But the long-lasting strategy is to land a new or existing MLS franchise, Abdo composed.

This effort follows a failed effort by the city and its partners, Findlay Sports & & Home entertainment and Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos., to land an MLS group. The league in February dumped Las Vegas from its expansion list and eventually chose Minneapolis.

The Findlay/Cordish proposal consisted of public financing for a new $200 million, 24,000-seat soccer arena in Symphony Park, which showed politically unstable.

The Ader group would have to cut an offer with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which handles the 50-acre Cashman complex, which includes an exhibition hall and theater and is accessible from Las Vegas Boulevard, Maryland Parkway and East Washington Avenue.

“Under our memorandum of understanding with the city of Las Vegas, they are evaluating any proposed concepts for the redevelopment of Cashman. Our understanding is that this job is in the initial phases and we haven’t had a discussion with the city about it, so it’s prematurely for us to hypothesize,” LVCVA spokesperson Jeremy Handel stated.

In addition, a contract would have to be reached with the 51s, the New York Mets’ Triple A affiliate of the Pacific Coast League. The 51s’ owners– Summerlin designer Howard Hughes Corp. and several Summerlin locals– want to move the team from downtown to a brand-new ballpark near Downtown Summerlin.

“We believe professional soccer may be a suitable and better usage for Cashman as long as it consists of support for moving the 51’s baseball group to a brand-new stadium in Summerlin,” stated Tom Warden, a Howard Hughes Corp. Summerlin spokesman.

Today, there is no imminent ballpark plan for Summerlin, and the 51s have a lease with the LVCVA to dip into Cashman Field until 2022. The 51s paid rent of $321,171 to the LVCVA in 2014.

There have to do with 10 sports places where baseball groups share centers with soccer clubs, including Yankee Stadium. One of MLS’s most successful teams, the Portland Timbers, plays in a former Triple A baseball park that was reconstructed for soccer.

51s president Don Logan is open to seeing exactly what the group has to offer and stated developing a minors soccer team as a precursor to an MLS club could “show to the powers that be that it’s sensible in Las Vegas.”

The city also is evaluating the Cashman complex for a drone testing dome and as an incubator for green companies.

Councilman Bob Coffin stated having a soccer arena at Cashman is “one of the potential usages.” He stated it might co-exist with other usages.

MLS officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Contact reporter Alan Snel at [email protected]!.?.! or 702-387-5273. Follow him: @BicycleManSnel