He’s on target

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Dallas Jones may be only 14 years old, but he surely has his eye on the mark. The archer has ranked nationally in the top three and this past February won the 2017 JOAD National Indoor Championships and the 48th US National Indoor Championship. Dallas is currently ranked No. 1 in the country’s cub division.

This month he competed in the 2017 New York State Championships, shooting in both his cub division and in the junior division — competing with young men up to six years older than him.

Dallas’s mom, Quianna Lawrence, knew her son needed an activity that would challenge his mind as well as his body, so she took him to an archery class.

From the minute Dallas picked up a bow and drew an arrow from his quiver, he instantly fell in love with the sport, and began instruction from archery coach Larry Brown when he was just 10 years old.

He is concurrently working hard to be selected for the USA Archery Junior Dream Team.

Whenever anyone asks Dallas today what his hopes are, this talented teen says, “to win gold at the Olympics.”

Coach Brown established the Center Shot Archers in 2008 in an effort to bring archery to New York’s inner-city youth.

Standing O wishes Dallas a true shot.

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Standing O has put out the mat for Dr. Jeffrey Avener, the new chairman of the pediatrics department at Maimonides Children’s Hospital.

Kenneth D. Gibbs, president and chief executive officer, let the O know the good news.

“Dr. Avner comes to us highly recommended by his peers,” said President Gibbs. “I am looking forward to working with him and the entire pediatrics department as we continue to grow the Children’s Hospital and advance pediatric care for Brooklyn.”

Dr. Avener is happy to be part of the team and said, “I’m committed to furthering the vision and mission of the Maimonides Children’s Hospital, along with the top-notch professionals already on staff.”

Dr. Avener is widely published and nationally known for his accomplishments in his field. He served as associate director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Jacobi Hospital, and as director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Avner formerly held two academic positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine — Fellowship director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and co-director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, and he is currently professor of Clinical Pediatrics.

Standing O wishes Dr. Avener a long and happy tenure at the hospital.

Maimonides Medical Center [4802 10th Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–6000].

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Running for Luca

Three cheers to Dena Borgia, who toed the starting line of the 2017 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon on March 19 in honor of her son, Luca, who has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

This was the marathon mom’s fourth run for Team CdLS. She has previously run both the United Airlines New York City Half Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon for the team, and was excited to pound the pavement yet again.

“Running has always been something that I enjoyed doing,” said Dena. “Helping to support and be a part of what the CdLS Foundation does has helped me to evolve into the person and mother I am to Luca. In all honesty, it was a beautiful day to support a great cause.”

Dena helped to raise $5,848 through her CrowdRise page. This contributes to the more than $25,000 raised for the CdLS Foundation by the seven Team CdLS members.

Standing O says, “Keep on running.”

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Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Aish says:
My 8 years old son also loves outdoor archery, he always gets ready to go to try something new with compound bows and arrows. I would really appreciate the author of this post for sharing his experience with us. You can go to new place if you need some more exciting stories.
May 16, 10:39 am
Ana says:
14-year-old archers can do a great job because they are still young and energetic to never miss a shoot, they can focus hard and keep their eyes on the target. They can watch archers in more details for improving their game to compete in the US National Championship.
May 20, 12:45 am

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