CHARGER OF THE MONTH Jillian Smith "I am playing basketball after a 2 year hiatus, and now in addition to playing and representing Crandall, I have the added pleasure of knowing that my daughter Madison is often in the stands cheering me on! Raising a daughter, going to school full time and playing basketball is challenging but also very rewarding. As a student-athlete, playing basketball is a great way to relieve stress, and to get involved. This season I am reminded of Henry Ford's statement , “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success". I am thankful for an amazing group of girls, great coaches and I am excited about the future of basketball at Crandall University.”
Chargers Connection Men’s Basketball The Crandall Chargers team has moved to fourth place in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball rankings! Heading into the Christmas break on top of the ACAA with a record of 7-1, and ranked #4 in the CCAA, Crandall is off to their best start in school history. The men had a tough road schedule this month, and still showed resilience posting massive road wins at STU and MSVU to start the season. Their toughest opponent came when they had a home and away series against Holland College. While they dropped the first game by a one point buzzer beater, they posted a 12 point victory on their home court the following day. This helped the Chargers leap frog the Hurricanes in the national rankings. Below are the results of all 8 games to start the season: CU Chargers Men's Basketball 71 @ STU Tommies Men's Basketball 57 Nov 03, 2013 CU Chargers Men's Basketball 80 @ MSVU Mystics Men's Basketball 76 Nov 09, 2013
Jillian has led the way for the Women’s basketball team in the month of November. As captain of the Chargers, she has started and been a presence in every game for the ladies this year. She has 43% of the team’s total points so far this season, averaging 14 points per game. Paired with that impressive scoring touch, is Jillian’s ability to rebound the ball. In 8 games this season Jill leads the ACAA in doubledoubles with 6, averaging 9.63 rebound per game. These results tie her for 2nd nationwide in the CCAA for double-doubles this season. Congratulations Jillian on a fantastic month!
Charger Jillian Smith: Ranked 2nd nationwide in the CCAA for double-doubles. For more information about the athletics programs at Crandall University please contact Athletics Director Bryan Cawthra at firstname.lastname@example.org Page 4
MTA Mounties Men's Basketball 58 @ CU Chargers Men's Basketball 73 Nov 16, 2013 DAL AC Rams Men's Basketball 54 @ CU Chargers Men's Basketball 96 Nov 17, 2013 CU Chargers Men's Basketball 82 @ HC Hurricanes Men's Basketball 83 Nov 23, 2013 HC Hurricanes Men's Basketball 72 @ CU Chargers Men's Basketball 80 Nov 24, 2013
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CU Chargers Men's Basketball 92 @ UNBSJ Seawolves Men's Basketball 60 Nov 27, 2013 STU Tommies Men's Basketball 64 @ CU Chargers Men's Basketball 77 Nov 30, 2013
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Inside this issue
Greg Maillet’s story
Charger of the Month
Stroke of Blessing- Dr. Greg Maillet’s story
“It was a difficult, but ultimately, a blessed summer” says Dr. Greg Maillet, Coordinator of Basketball at Crandall University. Coming off a season in which he lead the Charger’s Men’s Basketball team to the ACAA semifinals, Maillet was busy preparing for this season when he suffered a sudden stroke. Fortunate to be able to call an ambulance for immediate help, damage was limited to a brain stem stroke, so that the problems did not include left or right brain damage, but were ‘only’ the unconscious functions, such as breathing, swallowing, and balance. Due to the problems with breathing, this kind of stroke is often fatal. “One of my assistant coaches from minor basketball, Ted Kogler (1979 TigerCat CFL draft pick) visited me and summed it up well,” laughs Maillet. “Ted said, ‘So, what you’re telling me is that you can’t eat, can’t walk, can’t talk…. but otherwise you’re in great shape!” Though a nearly three month hospital stay was needed to correct these problems, Maillet learned not only to appreciate the small things in life—“a drink of water tastes pretty
good after not eating or drinking for 2 months” he says, adding that the hospital nurses and doctors were “incredible”—but more importantly he gained what he calls “a unique perspective on eternity.” Maillet was in a coma for several days, after his wife and oldest daughter had been told that he had stopped breathing during an initial MRI. “I remember very little from this time,” Maillet says, “but when I woke up there was one very vivid memory that I immediately told to those closest to me. While I was lying on the ground, Jesus came, helped me up, and began to walk with me. He was smiling, put his arm around me, and certainly it was the happiest I’ve ever felt. Silently, however, I communicated the idea that I was not ready to die. My own father passed when I was only four, and being alive for my wife and three children as they grow up has always been extremely important to me. Somehow Jesus understood that, and the next thing I knew my arm was put around my wife, with her arm around our eldest daughter, and her arm around my son, and his arm around my youngest daughter. And arm in arm we just walked back together into time.” Maillet understands how such experiences sound to non-Christians, but denies that there is anything unusual or exceptional about it. “Read 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazer,” he says, “or the book Proof of Heaven by a once atheistic neurologist, or listen to what the very nonpious New Brunswick writer David Adams Richards says, in his short
“Jesus is right about so many things in this life that we ought to be ready to trust the next life to Him as well.”
essay God Is, about a young nephew seeing long dead ancestors while dying. There is a lot of evidence out there that the afterlife is real.” Even without such experiences, Maillet stresses, “Jesus is right about so many things in this life that we ought to be ready to trust the next life to Him as well.” Maillet also gained new appreciation for the power of prayer, as throughout his ordeal he received cards and prayers from the Crandall community especially, but also from family and friends in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario, North West Territories, England, Texas, Hawaii…even as far away as Africa, Lithuania, and China. This community and his family’s love have continued to sustain Maillet while he remains on medical leave, still afflicted by a painful poststroke condition known as “Wallenberg Syndrome.” He is very pleased, however, with the direction of Chargers basketball under new Head Coach Patrick Havard, a coach Maillet met while playing against UPEI when Havard was an assistant there. Maillet hopes to return as a Professor of English at Crandall next year, and to continue working with Havard and AD Bryan Cawthra to further build the Crandall basketball program. “Ultimately it’s not about wins or losses for us,” Maillet says, “but rather the character of the men and women who graduate from our university.”
ACAA All-Conference awards (David Mugenga, Kait McGraw, Sarah MacDonald, Matthew Wheaton)
ACAA SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS 2013 The Atlantic Collegiate Athletics Association held it’s awards banquet on Friday, October 25th in Charlottetown as part of the 2013 ACAA Soccer Championships hosted by Holland College. The banquet includes the men’s and women’s awards and was held at the Holland College Tourism and Culinary Centre. Crandall Chargers had representatives both on the first team all-conference, as well as the second all-conference team. Kait McGraw and David Mugenga were both selected to ACAA 1st team all-conference. Both athletes had an outstanding year representing the Chargers on the soccer field. Both were the offensive threats when they stepped on the field to play each game. Sarah MacDonald and Matthew Wheaton were named to the 2nd ACAA allconference team. Both were stand outs defensively when they put on the Chargers jersey. They were leaders for their teams and usually were the last line of defense before the goalie. Congratulations to all 4 athletes for representing Crandall as ACAA all-conference players!