Bits & Pieces: Federinko picked for All DoD football team

Twenty-five high school football players from around the world have been selected by, an organization that recognizes high school football players who are military dependents, by naming them to the All DoD team. One of those to be honored with a jersey and certificate is Atholton High School's Paul Federinko. He was the Raiders' top lineman and a consensus all-county and all-met selection. Paul will be playing football at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., this fall.

The recognition is noteworthy because military dependents carry a special burden of frequent moves and new schools every few years.

Dr. Randy Plunkett,'s director of community and government outreach, will present Paul with his DoD team jersey and certificate in a ceremony at Atholton High School, March 5 at 3 p.m.

Joining Zach in the fight against cancer

At this Sunday's Maryland Terrapins men's basketball home game game against the Virginia Cavaliers, you will notice red Zaching Against Cancer T-shirts worn by students at the game.

Columbia's Nightmare Graphics has teamed up with Zach Lederer, his family and donors to print 4,000 T-shirts that will be given away to the student section.

Zach's biceps flexing pose has gone global and the plan is to raise funds for the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation, which will benefit anyone suffering from cancer.

For those who are unaware of the phenomenon, Zach, a Centennial graduate, is a freshman at the University of Maryland and a basketball team manager. Immediately after undergoing recent brain surgery, Zach made his muscle man pose as a symbol of inspiration not just for cancer patients but to all of us.

People all over the world are mimicking Zach's pose, sending their photos and also contributions. The photos can be seen at

To help sponsor the shirt printing, donation levels start at $500 (bronze) and go all the way to platinum ($4,000 or more). T

he shirts are available online at and profits from their sale will go to the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation. The shirt is one of the best I have ever seen.

Yi to bike coast to coast

I remember that I didn't have much of a clue when I graduated from college. Meghan Yi, a 2008 graduate of River Hill High School, has no such problem.

In the gap between her graduation from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., in May and her White Coat ceremony at Albany Medical College later in the summer, Meghan will be biking from Jacksonville, Fla. to Monterey, Calif., with the organization Bike and Build.

The cross country trip is to raise money and awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Meghan is required to raise $4,500 for the trip. Meghan and approximately 30 other young adults will be biking anywhere from 32 to 110 miles a day. They will stop at various sites on their journey to help build homes. A week-long building stop in New Orleans is planned.

Meghan says that two things inspired her to go on the trip. One was her previous service participation in a Habitat for Humanity trip.

The second is her love for endurance sports. In high school she ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

NFL players give back to community

A tip of the hat goes to former Mt. Hebron, Penn State and current New York Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin for his visit along with other NFL players to the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai Hospital this week.

This visit was part of Aaron's foundation, Project Mayhem, "Celebration of the Arts" week.

Aaron, Bryant Johnson of the Houston Texans and retired Atlanta Falcon Keion Carpenter were there in part to advocate youth art programs and art workshops at Baltimore City schools, community centers and at Sinai where, oddly enough, all three players were born.

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