Javier Morales wants to help your child get in shape.
Recently, all of Major League Soccer's 16 clubs joined the Pepsi Refresh Project, a community project competition. Each club came up with an idea -- Morales' partnership with local schools to champion programs in the fight against childhood obesity is RSL's -- and now fans can voted to see which will get the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to fulfill the project.
Morales, the two-time MLS All-Star, will lend his support and message to area youths at elementary school health-and-fitness assemblies. A listing of schools and appearance dates will be updated on www.RealSaltLake.com soon.
Fans can vote at www.MLSsoccer.com/PepsiRefresh.
It's all downhill
Rio Tinto Stadium will partner with local Boy Scouts and Taber Extrusions to create the the world's longest Pinewood Derby race today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activiy booths and bounces will set up and is free to the public.
The derby portion of the event ($15) is open to all boys, girls, and adults that have a car available for racing on a track that will exceed 340 feet in length. With at least six cars expected to go head-to-head in races lasting between 20-30 seconds, the track could handle in excess of 4,000 cars.
The stadium will be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest and fastest ever constructed.
For information, visit www.utahscouts.org/pinewoodderby or in person at the stadium.
Tunis will be missed
We note the passing of sports broadcaster Chris Tunis early this week.
Tunis died at age 54 after a battle with cancer.
Most will remember Tunis patrolling the sidelines covering BYU sports in the 1980s, helped kick-start sports talk radion in the state in the 1990s, and broadcast Utah State games for a few years before taking over Utah women's basketball broadcasts for the past few years.
For many Utah sports journalists, Tunis was a friendly face from the first time we joined the fraternity. The seven-time Utah broadcaster of the year was truly one of kind.
We also note the passing of David Dinger, the Utah Olympic Park track manager for many years. ...
Amber Rae Childers has joined the Utah State athletic department as the new academic coordinator within student-athlete services. ...
Bingham Cyclery will stage is anniversary sale and bike demo today in Ogden. ...
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has committed to compete at the Dew Tour's Toyota Challenge, set for Sept. 16-19 at EnergySolutions Arena. ...
Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn and Paralympic double gold medalist Alana Nichols have been nominated for the 2010 Sportswoman of the Year honor, presented by the Women's Sports Foundation.
The winner is determined by online popular vote at http://womenssportsfoundation.org.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.