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Why Crowds Flock to Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Releases

With a crowd of more than 400 people cheering around them, Mayor Mort and Reilly scuttled across the warm powder-like sand of Juno Beach. As they drew closer to the ocean, the briny foam of the ocean teased their beaks.

With an abrupt toss of the waves—and roar of applause from the spectators—the loggerhead sea turtles were back in the their native underwater world. In the far distance toward the horizon, the surface of the churning Atlantic shimmered.

Sea turtle release by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Photo courtesy of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Sea turtle release by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Photo courtesy of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.


The Valentine’s Day release of the pair may have ended with a short trot to the water, but it was a scuttle some time in the making—just months before both sea turtles were found sickly and on the verge of death.

Reilly, the smaller of the two, was found back in October in a power plant canal in St. Lucie county. The adolescent turtle had numerous barnacles embedded on its body, indications of prolonged inactivity due to anemia. Feeble and emaciated, veterinarians at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach deemed Reilly to be chronically debilitated.

Mayor Mort, who was named in loving memory of Juno Beach’s late mayor, Mort Levine, was also discovered in St. Lucie. Mort, like Reilly, was lethargic and anemic, but unlike his younger counterpart didn’t just have barnacles (hundreds of them!) on his carapace, but also had leeches too.

Thousands of leech teeth were puncturing Mort’s shell, sucking blood. Heavy infestations of such organisms can be a death sentence for a sea turtle.

At the Loggerhead Center, both turtles were immersed in fresh water for the first few days of their stay, a treatment that causes many of the parasites to detach. Since neither seemed to have much of an appetite when they first arrived, they were given parenteral nutrition—intravenous sustenance—until they were able to eat again for themselves.

Mayor Mort in his "hospital room." Photo courtesy of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Mayor Mort in his “hospital room.” The black object on his back is the tracking system the center uses to chart his course in the wild. Photo courtesy of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Slowly, over the course of many weeks, and with the added help of antibiotics and iron supplements, the pair began to show progress in their healing. When they were finally released earlier this month, Mayor Mort and Reilly became part of the dozens of sea turtles—like Betty White, Nemo, and Dory—that the Loggerhead Center successfully rehabilitated this past year.

The beach releases, which are free to attend, have become nothing short of a spectacle for many locals, such as Sarah McDonald, a student at Florida Atlantic University’s Honor’s College. She says that every release is an emotional experience for her.

“It’s exciting to follow [a sea turtle’s] whole story and road to recovery,” she says. “As a marine biology major, you learn a lot about the disruption that mankind can put on our oceans, so it’s a great feeling to see the other side of that: being able to help rather than harm the animal.”

Over the years the rehabilitation efforts have not only helped the turtles, but have also helped catapult the Loggerhead Center to local stardom. In 2016 alone the facility welcomed more than 300,000 visitors, many from around the world—that is as many as the Perez Art Museum receives annually!

As more people come to learn about the center’s mission to help marine animals (through e-blasts, social media channels, and news stories) the attendance of each release has steadily grown.

Hannah Deadman, a spokesperson for the marine life center, says that the large turnouts are a testament of the local community’s support for sea turtles and coastal environments.

As to why many of the observers of the releases are regulars, Deadman tells Boca Raton the reason she believes the events continue to be so popular: “Watching a wild animal return to its home never gets old!”

As for Mayor Mort and Reilly, the duo are expected to do well back in their aquamarine world. “Since we have medically cleared the turtles for release, we are hopeful that the turtles will do well in their wild ocean home—just as sea turtles should be,” Deadman says.

Mayor Mort was tagged with a satellite tracker before release so that biologists can see the turtle’s movements in the wild. If you’re interested in checking out how Mort is faring out in the open ocean, you can so do by visiting: www.marinelife.org/track.

Jonathan Kendall is a published writer with bylines in the Miami New Times and the Broward and Palm Beach New Times. He was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman Fellows.
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Free Yoga This Weekend at Delray Marketplace Amphitheater

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Local yoga instructor and physical therapist Bea Gruman will be teaching a free yoga class at the Delray Marketplace Amphitheater, at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

The event, called Yoga in the Park, is for all levels of yoga experience. People only need to bring a mat and towel.

While the class is free, any donations made at the event will go to support Lynn Cancer Institute and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The inspiration for the event came from a local network of teens, called Teens of Pink Ribbon. Teens of Pink Ribbon was founded in 2014 by Fern Duberman, a Boca Raton resident, professional interior designer and cancer awareness advocate. The group has evolved into a growing network of local teens and adults committed to wellness, education and fundraising, according to Duberman.

“[Teens of Pink Ribbon] is dedicated to advancing awareness and education about cancer, genetics, lifestyle choices, prevention, treatments and technological innovations [for] teens and adults, as well as fundraising to support local medical facilities and resources,” Duberman says. “This specific event was created by the teens, and Delray Marketplace went along with the idea and donated the space!”

Boca Raton resident and yoga instructor Katherine Karageorges Sharp, who is a cancer survivor, will close Yoga in the Park with meditation.

“My yoga practice really brought me to my meditation practice,” Sharp tells Bocamag.com. “Since beginning a regular meditation practice, I feel happier, lighter and more grounded. I am less reactive to external events—things I cannot control.”


Gruman teaches yoga at Synergy Fitness Boca, Life Time Athletic and Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

For more information about Teens of Pink Ribbon, go to: http://www.teensofpinkribbon.org/. For more about Yoga in the Park, email Duberman at fduberman@aol.com.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Anti-Bullying Martial Arts Class Free for Local Kids

Bullying is a scary thought for kids, parents and grandparents. I know that, as a grandparent, I’d like to do something to help my grandson feel less vulnerable and more empowered in school.

Well, here’s an idea. And it’s free.

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The Institute of Human Performance (IHP) is offering a free anti-bullying class, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. to noon, with Danillo “INDIO” Villefort, a professional mixed martial artist, world-class judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

The class is designed to empower children, ages 5 years and older, by combining self-defense skills, self-awareness and self-confidence, Villefort says.

Villefort doesn’t teach these classes because he was bullied when he was a kid. He does it because he was the bully.

“It’s something that makes me feel really ashamed.” Villefort says. “That’s why I teach kids how to protect themselves. It’s the very [least] I can do. My real mission is to create bully awareness and turn a bully into a shepherd.”

There’s more to the February 25 class at IHP. Instead of sitting around and waiting for their kids to finish the program, parents who attend can work out with an IHP trainer for free. IHP performance coach Marc Saint-Preux is offering a free functional training class to keep parents fit, while their children learn to bully-proof their lives.

To register for the free class, call Villefort at 954/290-1376 or IHP at 561/620-9556. To learn more about Villefort, go to IndioMMA.com.

IHP is at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Delray Gym ‘Beyond Fitness’ Fighting Parkinson’s with Punches

The gym offers fitness classes for kids with disabilities and adults with Parkinson’s. 

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

I get lots of press releases about how to get fit in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but this news was something I hadn’t yet seen.

Beyond Fitness, a Delray Beach-based gym that focuses on fitness for seniors, began offering fitness classes specifically for kids with disabilities, including those with Autism, as well as classes for adults with Parkinson’s disease.

“We opened in mid-September, and originally we were focused on seniors only, then realized that the community needed other classes that we could offer” says Colleen Greenhalgh, Beyond Fitness’s owner and head trainer, and Delray Beach resident. “We want to be a place that offers something for everyone, and it’s always changing to meet the needs of the community.”

Greenhalgh has worked with people with special fitness needs, including children on the Autism spectrum or with Down syndrome, as well as with adults suffering from the progressive nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s.

Greenhalgh, 36, started working with seniors 13 years ago and loved it.

“It wasn’t until I went to Indianapolis to get certified in Rock Steady Boxing that I got into the boxing component with Parkinson’s. After leaving the training, I knew I wanted to have that class at our gym,” she says.

Rock Steady Boxing is a boxing exercise format that trainers use to reduce, reverse and delay symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to its website.

“Ever since then, I have taken certification after certification to learn as much as I can about the clients that I am working with,” she says. “I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and someone that made a difference in the world.”

Greenhalgh says Beyond Fitness aims to offer safe, challenging, fun, joyful classes, which offer an element of mindfulness. That’s regardless of one’s ability.

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Included in the current lineup of classes for kids with disabilities, participants will also learn to dance. A class starting later in the month will be a mix of strength, cardio, yoga and meditation. The cost is $130 for 10 weeks of once-a-week classes.

For those with Parkinson’s, The Rock Steady Boxing class starts with participants introducing themselves, which creates connections and a family feel, Greenhalgh says.

“We do a warm-up with movements in all directions, balance exercises, strength exercises and coordination. We add some shadow boxing so they are ready for the combinations on the heavy bags …,” Greenhalgh says. “We then do some speed bags, which is coordination. [That] helps them stand up straight, and it just makes them feel good. We then go to heavy bags or focus mitts to work on strength, cardio, memory and coordination.”

Greenhalgh says people in the boxing class emerge more able to move and feel hopeful that they can do something about slowing down a disease with no cure. They have more energy, a support group, better balance, coordination and strength.

“We even have some doctors asking our members ‘What are you doing?’ and they [members] are saying ‘Coming to our gym and boxing,”’ she says.

All the trainers at Beyond Fitness have experience working with the populations they teach. The trainers also have big hearts and love what they do, Greenhalgh says.

In addition to her work with seniors, Greenhalgh worked in various positions, including fitness training, at country clubs for 13 years.

“I loved my last job and loved the members, but I couldn’t ignore this feeling inside. So after one night when I was meditating I began to cry and then found myself in this peaceful place. I went into work the next day and gave my notice. My boss was shocked and was wondering what I was going to do. I told him ‘I am not sure yet, but I know I have to do this,’” she says. “A few months later… we opened up the doors to Beyond Fitness.”

Greenhalgh seems to be finding her calling.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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The Eagle That Ended the 2017 Allianz Championship

How Scott McCarron Won This Year’s Top Prize

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Scott McCarron with the first place trophy at Allianz. Photo by Charlie Anderson.

As the golfers roved along the sprawling green, they were followed by a whispering legion of pastel fans resembling Easter eggs—women dressed in pink and green Lilly Pulitzer wrap dresses, men in varying shades of blue T-shirts and khaki shorts.

Swing after swing, applause after applause (and occasional collective groans), this year’s Allianz Championship, which took place on the Old Course at Broken Sound this weekend, culminated to three players by Sunday afternoon: Kenny Perry, Carlos Franco and Scott McCarron.

Though the trio was tied by the time the players reached the 18th and final segment of the tournament—a par-5 hole—only one of them turned the ball into a winning eagle (two strokes under par) when he struck it.

McCarron, 51, looked across the 507-yard green, steadied his hands, and with a confident stroke, whipped his club through the air. The ball took flight in the sky. The setting sun’s glare, however, blinded him from seeing exactly where it landed.

“As soon as I hit it, I couldn’t see it at all, just went right in the sun so I had no idea—but it felt good,” McCarron says.

Good it was.

Though blinded, McCarron could hear the crowd in the far distance—the people surrounding the 18th cup “oohed” and “aahed,” then enthusiastically applauded. The ball landed about seven feet from the cup!

Once on the hill, surrounded by the grandstands filled with breathless spectators, McCarron tapped the eagle and sunk it into the hole, earning the first place title and a $262,500 prize. It was his second victory in the last four champion events for Allianz champ McCarron.

Immediately after winning, his wife, Jenny, leapt into his arms. “All wins are exciting, but this one, to be able to finish it off the way I did, [was] really something special,” McCarron says. “It was a very good day.”

Beyond McCarron’s win, this year’s Allianz Championship (pronounced: Ahh-lee-ahnz) also won a new distinction. Rebecca Seelig, a spokesperson for event says that the 2017 Allianz Championship at Broken Sound had the largest turnout on record. “Attendance was 12,000 on Friday, 14,000 on Saturday and 16k on Sunday,” she says.

Photo by Jonathan Kendall.

Photo by Jonathan Kendall.

Jonathan Kendall is a published writer with bylines in the Miami New Times and the Broward and Palm Beach New Times. He was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman Fellows.
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Healthy Heart 10K and 5K Run Will Get Your Heart Pumping

 

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It’s almost time to lace up for the Saturday, Feb. 25 Healthy Heart 10K (6.2 mile) or 5K (3.1 mile) Run in Boca Raton.

Start time for both distances is 7:15 a.m. at Spanish River Park. The courses will take runners along scenic A1A.

There will be free parking the morning of the race. And runners can hang out after the race to not only claim their trophies but also enjoy food, refreshments and a bounce house for kids. Kids can compete in a free kids’ run (ages one to eight years) starting at 8:30 a.m.

The cost to run the 10K is $30 through February 20 and $35 after. The 5K costs $25 before February 20 and $30 after that date.

The Healthy Heart Run is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Runner’s Edge running store in Boca Raton and The YMCA of Boca Raton.

For more information, call the Runner’s Edge at 561-361-1950 or to sign up, go to www.runnersedgeboca.com.


Training for and running this race could help you reach the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity. The recommendation for improving cardiovascular health, according to Heart.org, is doing at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. You can think of it as 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

For more on fitness visit our Fashion & Wellness page, and subscribe to our magazine for a monthly column on all things health. 

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Cheryl Ladd in Boca Raton for Allianz Championship

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Former “Charlie’s Angels” actress Cheryl Ladd was introduced to golf in the 1980s when her Scottish husband, author Brian Russell, convinced her to play the Rancho Park golf course one sunny Saturday morning in California.

“I looked at him like he was from Mars because he had never played golf as long as I had known him,” Ladd said. “Within the first couple of times I went out to try to play, I was hooked on the game.”

Currently, Ladd is in Boca Raton for the 2017 Allianz Championship held at the Old Course at Broken Sound.

Since then Ladd has played  pro-am tournaments and celebrity tournaments with some of golf’s greatest professionals, including the late Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples.

“I got to play in a celebrity tournament—with the Americans against the British—an All-Star tournament with Michael Douglas … that was really fun,” she said. She recalls even more celebrity golf escapades in her autobiography, “Token Chick: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing With The Boys.”

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The Allianz tournament week began on Monday, Feb. 6, and ends on Sunday, Feb. 12 with the final round of championship play. Although she hasn’t played the course, Ladd is excited to see friends that will participate.

“Being there with some of my old friends is going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “[I’m excited to see] Freddy Couples, for one, and Mark O’Meara. It’ll be fun to see them both.”

“I really fell in love with it,” she said. “I would like women who have a curiosity or have someone in their life that plays golf to jump in. Just do it!” Ladd added.

She even has a few tips for first-time golfers: “My … advice would be to definitely take lessons from a really good pro. They’re worth it,” Ladd said. “Then go practice, and then get out on the golf course. Learn the etiquette of a golf course. You do that by getting in a cart with someone that’s an avid player. They’ll teach you where to stand, how to place your ball, and all the little things.”

At the beginning, Ladd said, it’s easier to take fewer shots, so as not to disrupt the game of the person you’re playing a round with. LADD-SWING-BS

“What I would do is, I would go with someone that played better than I did when I was just learning. I’d hit a ball, and I’d go get it if it was a bad shot, and then I’d go place my ball near the person I was playing with so I wasn’t wrecking their game, making them wait for me to take nine shots. … So they were still in their own rhythm. That’s really important.”

Ladd still appears in film and television, most recently in FX’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” which premiered in 2016. “I was so proud to be a part of the OJ Simpson series,” Ladd said. “I played Linell Shapiro, John Travolta’s [character’s] wife. I was thrilled to be a part of such an amazing project. I thought they did a spectacular job with it. I had a small part and was just proud as punch to be part of it.”

Look for Ladd on the big screen this spring. Her newest film, “Unforgettable,” stars her alongside actresses Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson. “I play Katherine Heigl’s mother … I play a very interesting character in that movie. And it’s coming out in April,” Ladd said. She didn’t reveal anything else.

 

 

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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How Coach Karli Heimbecker is Strengthening Lynn’s Golf Program

It’s a family away from home

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photo provided by Karli Heimbecker/Lynn University Athletics

When Helen Kreuzer arrived in Florida in early January she was stunned. Instead of snow falling through the air like it was in Bensheim, her hometown in Germany,  palm fronds swayed in the breeze. The 18-year-old was in a new city, Boca Raton, and embarking on new chapter of her life: college.

Though uncertain of what school would be like in the states, Kreuzer decided to move across the globe and attend Lynn University so she could study and play golf year-round for its women’s golf team.

Kreuzer joins a team of seven international athletes — who have become fast friends —  led by 25-year-old coach Karli Heimbecker, one of the youngest head coaches in the National College Athletic Association’s history.

Heimbecker says that she believes the bonds the women on her team are developing is a key ingredient for the success of the golf program, which has won five national championships, including back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.

Heimbecker attended the University of South Florida and played on its women’s golf team for four years. She had hopes of playing competitive golf after college, she says, but she knew she was not at the high level required from athletes to go pro.

But her passion for golf led her to explore other career options related to the sport. She says she was heavily influenced by her USF head coach, so when a position for assistant coach of Lynn’s golf team opened up, she applied and got the job in July 2015. Heimbecker was offered the head coach position in June 2016.

“The more experience I gained [as a head coach,] the more I enjoyed being in that role and having an impact on the girls I was coaching,” she wrote in an email.

The girls on her team hail from countries around the world, including Colombia, South Africa and Spain.

“With all of the members coming from outside of the United States, I think they each view the team as a family away from home and value the relationships that are being built,” she says.

Though she has only been in Boca for a few weeks, Kreuzer has already made good friends with the players on her team and those on the men’s golf team — with Heimbecker’s help in establishing ties.

“The most relaxing moment of the day is when we have ‘family’ dinner in the cafeteria with both golf teams, where everybody comes together, tells stories and just forgets about assignments, presentations or essays,” Kreuzer says.

Besides supporting the friendships developing on the green, Kreuzer says Heimbecker has also helped the team stay on track in its athletic goals.

“No matter when we meet her, on or off the course, Coach Karli is full of energy and positivity, which keeps everybody on the team motivated and in a cheerful mood,” she says.

Heimbecker says she has experienced a new side of the sport since becoming the head women’s golf coach last year.

“I often tell people that I finally realize what my parents must have felt like when they watched me compete as a young athlete,” she says. “You become the athletes’ biggest fan… their victory or losses becomes yours too.”

Although Heimbecker has fun being her athletes’ cheerleader — of sorts— on the course, there are also difficult aspects of her job.

“The hardest part about being a coach is overcoming the fear of making a mistake,” she says. “When you are in a head coach role, the platform is tremendous, and you are constantly looked at for guidance and advice.”

Though the pressure is high, Heimbecker says that staying true to her roots as a lifelong athlete has helped her overcome her fears, as well as her desire to serve the girls she cares about.

“To excel as a coach, you must realize the impact you are having on those you lead, and use it to positively affect their lives,” she says.

For Kreuzer in particular, who’s been adjusting to life in South Florida, Heimbecker’s strength and encouragement has not only made her feel welcomed to the award-winning team, but it has also helped the freshman become more confident.

“I am really inspired by her… staying positive on the course, and improving my mental game is definitely something that can help me to become a better athlete,” Kreuzer says.

The golf season is in full swing at Lynn, and the Fighting Knights are currently practicing to play at the World Golf Invitational in Saint Augustine on February 5 and 6. They are also excited to compete at other tournaments this spring.

“Doing well as a team, making improvements, and seeing hard work pay off is what motivates us to keep putting forth the effort, and what pushes the student-athletes to achieve all they can with what they’ve been given,” Heimbecker says.

Jonathan Kendall is a published writer with bylines in the Miami New Times and the Broward and Palm Beach New Times. He was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman Fellows.
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Why FAU’s Basketball Team Will No Longer Wear Headphones at the Airport

Coach knows best.

Michael Curry was working in his office in the basketball arena when he heard the news. A gunman had opened fire in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Five people were killed; a dozen more were injured.

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Coach Curry oversees a 2017 FAU Owls game vs Florida International University. Photo by JC Ridley/ Owlpix.com.

The mass shooting on January 6 stunned people across the nation, but for Curry, the men’s basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University, the rampage was more than concerning. Not only did his team, the Owls, regularly fly out of Fort Lauderdale en route to distant games, but the incident occurred in an area of the airport that his players frequented when coming home — the baggage claim of Terminal 2.

Though Broward police arrested the suspect, a 26-year-old named Esteban Santiago, at the scene, Curry says his mind has not been eased. Especially since the authorities have not yet determined Santiago’s motive for the shooting.

“It leaves you in disbelief. You start wondering if it’s a terrorist attack,” he says.

Since the shooting, Curry and his assistant coaches have devised a few new ways to step up their team’s safety strategy while traveling for games. Adopting FAU’s “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol for an active shooter on campus, Curry has introduced a “take cover and get out of sight” policy should his players get caught up in an unexpected dangerous situation during outings.

“Their safety is the most important thing,” the coach says, likening the guys on his team to his own children. To enhance the players’ vigilance, Curry has also prohibited them from wearing headphones while in the airport. They can listen to music and watch videos once boarded on the plane.

Additionally, the Owls will no longer join athletic staff at the baggage claim at their final destination. Instead the team will wait in the area of the airport secured by TSA until skycaps finish loading its gear onto the bus.

“Someone was randomly targeted and their lives were taken away,” Curry says about the shooting, describing the new procedure as a way to keep his guys from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Last week the Owls flew to Texas out of Fort Lauderdale for a game against the San Antonio Roadrunners. Curry says that during their trip it was a bit eerie for them to be in the terminal where five people had been murdered one week earlier.

“You could tell people had a general concern,” he says, regarding the airport’s atmosphere.

Before arriving to FLL, the team prayed for the families of anyone hurt or killed in the attack.

The trip to Texas, despite its reflective sadness at Terminal 2, offered Curry and his staff the chance to implement the new travel precautions. Since the Owls knew the new procedures were put into place for the players’ own safety, the transition was easy — especially since they worked together as a team to keep each other accountable.

“We do things as a group,” Curry says. “Everything went smoothly.”

So far, Coach Curry’s new protocol applies only to FAU’s basketball team, but the athletics department is considering extending the new procedures and security measures to other school teams.

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Coach Curry directs his players at the 2017 FAU men’s basketball game vs Edward Waters College. Photo by JC Ridley/ Owlpix.com.

Jonathan Kendall is a published writer with bylines in the Miami New Times and the Broward and Palm Beach New Times. He was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman Fellows.