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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! Can you believe that we are less than two weeks away from the final Phase I deadline? All school/youth participants who submit correct entries for any of the final three chapters will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate for those much-needed supplies. To help you unlock those treasures, let’s take a closer look at a clue from Chapter 7, Tennis:

14. In 2006, the United States Open became the first Grand Slam event to adopt the Hawk-Eye instant replay system. The first instant replay challenge came from an American when he questioned a line call during an August 2006 match. Count the number of letters in his first and last name. Place your answer in 5-H and 7-F.

If you regularly visit the ThanksUSA website, you’ll notice that the United States Professional Tennis Association is a supporting partner of ThanksUSA and we’re happy to share some tennis trivia with TH7 participants. I have heard from a few regular Treasure Hunt players that this chapter has challenged even seasoned tennis players, so let’s get some additional hints for this clue:

** When conducting your search, be careful in selecting key words…particularly helpful for this clue are tennis, hawk, 2006, Grand Slam, and challenge

** Our mystery player challenged a shot hit by opponent Simon Greul

** Despite losing the challenge call, he went on to win the match 6-4 6-4 1-6 6-3

** The Minnesota native we’re looking for is currently one of the highest-ranked American tennis players

Even if you’ve never picked up a tennis racket, you can certainly appreciate the history of the sport. While we’re on the subject, did you know that the USPTA has teamed up with ThanksUSA to raise scholarship funds through Tennis Thanks the Troops? Tennis clubs across the nation will be making donations in support of ThanksUSA Scholarships by hosting Tennis Thanks the Troops events. Many clubs have already scheduled events for Memorial Day weekend, but any day of the week or weekend will work – make Tennis Thanks the Troops part of your weekly schedule or an addendum to an already scheduled tournament. If you are a member of a tennis club, be sure to share this link with your pro…the club raising the most money for Tennis Thanks the Troops will be able to send their pro and one guest to New York for the US Open on August 31!

The US Open Prize includes airfare for two, one night’s hotel accommodations in New York City, plus two (2) tickets to the US Open. To be eligible for the US Open Prize, your check or on-line donation must be received by July 15, 2012. Prize Sponsored by USTA Mid-Atlantic.


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Congratulations to our first Phase I winners, Wise Star Elementary and Bishop Woods Elementary…we hope to bring you photos and updates soon! In the meantime, we have another deadline approaching. Phase I participants (school/youth groups) have until midnight on Thursday, March 15, to unlock the treasures of Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 and be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies. This week, we’ll focus on one more clue from Chapter 4 America’s First Ladies:

7.  Eleanor Roosevelt began writing a syndicated newspaper column, My Day, during her tenure as First Lady. Many Americans drew inspiration and guidance from My Day during World War II. In October of 1943, Mrs. Roosevelt used her column to urge that American women be allowed to have a greater role in our military efforts. The article was titled:

Oh, how times have changed…thanks to progressive-thinking women like Eleanor Roosevelt. Although we have provided the month and year that her article was written, finding one particular article won’t be so easy. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote the column six days a week!

This is one of those clues that can suck you into the research black-hole. You know it happens, you try to find the answer to a clue and discover a trove of interesting information that keeps you engaged for far too long…welcome to Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day. The George Washington University has created a wonderful website dedicated to the My Day articles that is comprehensive and easy to use (click here). When you take a break from reading those, come back and check out some additional hints to solving this week’s featured clue:


** She was inspired to write the article after watching a film about the British Women’s Military Auxiliary Services

** Mrs. Roosevelt said, “If I were young enough, I would rather be a nurse in the Army or Navy, for they are allowed to share more nearly the men’s existence.”

** Dozens of the My Day articles were focused on women taking a greater role in society

After you’ve entered your answers in the crossword puzzle, don’t forget to click the “Treasure” tab above the clues. You’ll need to unscramble the transferred letters and solve one final clue to unlock the chapter’s treasure. Thursday is the next deadline so if you need some help, please leave a comment or send me an email (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) so I can help your classroom or youth group qualify for prizes. Good Luck!


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Sun Yat-sen (Wikimedia Commons)

Welcome back Treasure Hunters! The purpose of this blog is to help you complete TH7 so if you’re having difficulty with a specific clue, please let me know so we can address it here. Don’t be afraid to ask for some additional hints…we want everyone to complete the hunt and be eligible for prizes. This week we’ll continue with some helpful hints for completing TH7 Chapter 1, Taiwan

9. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the nationalist party, summarized his political philosophy to make China a prosperous country in the Three Principles of the People. The components of this philosophy are Minzu (nationalism), Minquan (democracy) and Minsheng (socialism). This ideology is said to be heavily influenced by a speech by an American President?


When approaching this clue, I think it’s important to establish a time reference. Sun Yat-sen was born in 1866 and first presented Three Principles of the People in the early 1900’s. Given this time period, we must be looking for a famous speech given by a U.S. President prior to 1900. Yes, that still leaves 25 possible U.S. Presidents, but not all of them made such memorable speeches! Here are a few hints to help you solve this clue:

** The last line of this speech can most easily be seen as the influence of Three Principles of the People

** The speech was given during the dedication of a cemetery

** The presenter of this speech was assassinated one year before Sun Yat-sen’s birth

** Most American elementary school children can recite at least part of this famous speech

I think this is a great clue for students to research and learn from. Once you’ve answered this question, challenge yourself! Discover the influences to that speech or try to recite as much of it as you can from memory. We know you want to get through TH7, but we want you to take the time to enjoy, and learn from, the clues.

Since the first TH7 deadline for schools and youth groups is approaching, we’ll look at one final (and very fun) clue from Chapter 1, Taiwan:

14.  “Google Doodles” on the Google search engine have shown key developments since 1998; portraying world events, celebrating big birthdays and decorating for holidays. On July 19, 2011 Google published a doodle to honor Xu Beihong’s 116th birthday. Beihong was a famous oil painting or shuimohua artist who combined brush and ink techniques to create his well-known works of art. What was the main focus of his Google Doodle? (Hint: it is one of his most famous pieces of art!)

Although you’re likely to find the answer to this clue on your own, I wanted to share the Google Doodles catalog with you. You can click here or copy this link: http://www.google.com/doodles/finder/2012/All%20doodles to search Google’s entire collection of Doodles. Have fun and Good Hunting!

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