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Help UCA student-athletes delete blood cancer

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas student-athletes, in conjunction with Phi Gamma Delta, will be trying to Delete Blood Cancer the week of April 11-15 on the UCA campus.

There will be a tent set up outside of the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Anyone from the ages of 18-55 can sign up to be placed on the Bone Marrow National Registry. The process will take approximately five minutes. 

On Friday, April 15, 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist (4x400 Relay) Earl Young will be on campus. A survivor of acute myeloid leukemia, Young will share his story and allow photos to be take with him and his gold medal.  

By swabbing your cheek and becoming a registered donor, you can save a life. We have all been affected by cancer, and blood cancers can be cured only if we can find a match. Come support our student-athletes next week as they try to Delete Blood Cancer.    

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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn management made the decision to cancel Thursday’s nine-race card after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.

“The safety of the horses and riders is always our first concern,” said Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The rain began about 3 p.m. Tuesday and has barely stopped since.”

Oaklawn remains open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open until 3 a.m. 

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with a 1:30 p.m. first post. 

UCA to hold Family Day on Saturday

UCA to hold Family Day on Saturday

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Office of the President, are excited to announce this year’s Family Day festivities.

The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 on the football practice field located at the corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street. The entire UCA Community and their families are invited to enjoy this free event!

A variety of free activities, including a picnic lunch, carnival snacks, games, bounce obstacles, pony rides, and other activities for the entire family will be available.

Kickoff for the UCA football game against McNeese State will follow at 6 p.m. on the stripes.

For a schedule of events, football ticket prices and more information visit uca.edu/go/familyday

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark.—Women’s beach volleyball is coming to the University of Central Arkansas after the Board of Trustees voted to add it as the 18th varsity sport at the university.

The beach volleyball season is played during March and April and will begin at UCA in 2017, according to Dr. Brad Teague, director of athletics.

“It's exciting to add a women's sport to our already very successful lineup of nine women's sports,” said Teague. "Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport in the NCAA and our conference right now. Being a part of this momentum will benefit our campus and program.”

Three other institutions in the Southland Conference are set to add the sport in the near future, including the University of New Orleans, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist University. The NCAA began recognizing beach volleyball as a sport in 2010.

Central Arkansas considers adding women's beach volleyball

Central Arkansas considers adding women's beach volleyball

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - University of Central Arkansas trustees are set to consider adding women's beach volleyball as a sport.

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1VHKQi7) reports the board of trustees will vote on whether to offer the sport beginning with the 2016-17 school year at a Friday morning meeting.

The board's meeting agenda says the school's athletic department studied the feasibility of adding beach volleyball, and that it's among the fastest growing NCAA sports.

Conway teen invited to USA Triathlon Junior Elite Men's Camp

Conway teen invited to USA Triathlon Junior Elite Men's Camp

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A Conway 9th grader has been asked to attend the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Men's Camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. 

Bryan Pendergraft, 15, is one of 13 athletes, ages 15 to 17, selected nationally to attend the camp. He is a Conway native that has been competing in triathlons for six years.  His 14-year-old brother and 8-year-old sister also compete in triathlons.  This year, the sibling trio competed in triathlons all across the US including, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. 

Pendergraft recently competed in a USA Triathlon National Championship where he placed fourth in the nation.  Next year, he will compete nationally in the Junior Elite Division of triathletes.  He will also represent the USA in international competitions.