Community Gamechangers


ESPN Ithaca has teamed up with Security Mutual Insurance to highlight individuals who have impacted our sports community.

If you know someone who has given their time and energy to local sports or the community, we want to know about them!

One person each month will be recognized during Between the Lines, weekdays at 5pm.

Let’s celebrate those making a difference, one game changing move at a time.

This Month’s Winner:

Danny Akers

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Danny Akers has dedicated decades of his life to training local youth and amateur boxers, selflessly contributing thousands of hours to the Greater Ithaca Activities Center boxing program. His unwavering commitment to the community has left an indelible mark, evident in his inclusion in both the Syracuse Boxing Hall of Fame and Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Previous Winner:

Emily Ouckama

President of Taughannock Soccer Club

Emily Ouckama is the President of the Taughannock Soccer Club, which offers community soccer programs to students of all ages year-round. Her mission is to not only teach the tactics of the game of soccer, but the lessons that come with it – including teamwork, fair play, and sportsmanship. Emily is also an assistant coach for the Trumansburg girls varsity soccer team.