Bits & Pieces: Armstrong's fall from grace should not taint Livestrong's good work

I did not see Doug Ulman's appearance on last Thursday's edition of "Good Morning America," so I can't comment on that. However, I did see a copy of a Jan. 18 message that Ulman, the CEO of Livestrong, sent out to one of the organization's supporters telling him that Livestrong "isn't about one person. It's about the millions of people facing cancer who need support as they fight the toughest battle of their lives."

He was of course talking about the revelations concerning Livestrong founder Lance Armstrong and his use of drugs, EPO (erythropoietin), human growth hormones and blood doping to enhance his performance.


There are those who openly say that Livestrong, without its founder, will simply go down the drain. I am one who believes that Livestrong is more than a single person, even though that man brought in millions to that organization.

It is not as if Livestrong and its affiliates weren't aware of what was happening and what could happen. The people there have been under the same Armstrong cloud for years.


The organization will survive. It has too much good work still to be done to suddenly disappear.

Let's also not discount Ulman as its CEO. He may not have the magnetism that Armstrong once had but he has three times beaten cancer and he understands the role of Livestrong in the battle against cancer. He's a tough guy and the organization will survive and thrive.

Women's Hall of Fame adds four

The Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome four new members on Feb. 2, at 6:15 p.m., at Glenelg High School. This will mark the 18th induction ceremony for a total of 67 individuals honored.

This year's inductees are Donna DeCarlo Schaff (Mt. Hebron, 1983), Carolyn Micheel Cacolice (Oakland Mills, 1984), Raymona Jackson Reid (Howard, 1995) and Dale Huting, a three-sport coach at Centennial High School.

Schaff never played organized ball before high school, but at Mt. Hebron, she played three sports and, in her senior year, was named Player of the Year in field hockey with 28 goals.

Cacolice was twice Player of the Year as a Scorpion in soccer and went on to play at the University of Massachusetts, reaching the Final Four all four years.

Reid was a key to Howard's 1995 girls basketball state championship. She also won six titles in outdoor track and was the outdoor track Player of the Year twice. She is currently Hammond's varsity girls basketball coach.


Two of Huting's softball teams at Centennial went to the state Final Four and another to the state championship game. He never argued with an umpire or chewed out a player for poor performance.

An alumnae game will precede the induction ceremony starting at 4:45 p.m.

Roost 4 doesn't just root

I would like to personally thank the members of Ravens Roost No. 4 for their graciousness to me at Sunday evening's viewing of the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and the Ravens at Jilly's in Ellicott City.

I have been in louder venues before but none quite as enjoyable as this one. I haven't seen that much purple since I attended the last Raven's appearance in the Super Bowl in Tampa. Special thanks to Mitch and Cindy Hooper, and President Jeff "Frosty" Volmer for making the evening an absolute delight.

Ravens Roost No. 4 is more than just a group getting together to root for the Ravens. The organization has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. I congratulate them for their fine work.