Source: Good Sports Boston, April 3, 2013 - More than 350 business and sports industry leaders joined the national nonprofit Good Sports for its 10th Annual Legends of the Ball fundraiser on Tuesday, April 2. Local sports media icons Glenn Ordway and Tom Caron emceed the cocktail reception, dinner and live and silent auctions, which ultimately raised $210,000 for the organization - 27 percent more than last year's event proceeds. Good Sports, dedicated to providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged youth across the country, is also celebrating its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit, and a milestone of serving 500,000 kids. Good Sports honored two of its most prominent partners at the event, Easton-Bell Sports and The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, both recognized for their impressive work in youth sports and fitness nationwide. Easton-Bell donated more than $500,000 worth of equipment to organizations in 20 different states in 2012, allowing 23,000 disadvantaged youth to take the field and become more active. Since partnering with Good Sports in 2010, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation has donated more than $350,000 in sports and fitness equipment to youth across the state of Georgia. Easton-Bell earned the "Good Sport in Philanthropy" Award and the Falcons Youth Foundation won the "Good Sport in Sports" Award for their generous work. The live and silent auctions featured unique experiential items, including: an opportunity to play backyard Wiffle Ball with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, which auctioned for $5,600; a private dinner with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, which auctioned for $4,500; a chance to watch a 2013 Red Sox game in the same luxury box as General Manager Ben Cherington, with a winning bid of $3,000; a 10-person private dinner at Stephanie's on Newbury or Stephi's on Tremont with celebrity chef Corey Comeau, which went for $4,250; and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help keep score behind Fenway Park's iconic Green Monster, with a winning bid of $3,000. The Legends of the Ball event also boasted top-tier sponsors, including "MVP" supporters NESN, WEEI , CSX Corporation and The Boston Globe , and "All Star" sponsors Donoghue, Barrett and Singa, FiveStar Senior Living, Sullivan & Worcester and Thomson Reuters . About Good SportsGood Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $8 million worth of equipment to 1,000 youth programs, impacting more than 500,000 kids.
- by Emily Attwood
- April 2013
Source: Shock Doctor
August 25, 2015 (Minnetonka, MN): Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. today unveiled United Sports Brands as the name of their combined global organization. With an innovative portfolio of performance and protective sports products, United Sports Brands will serve as the corporate parent for Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters and XO sporting goods brands.read more
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA (August 26, 2015) The Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA) completed its annual conference Aug. 2-4 in Orlando, Fla., by introducing its first-ever certification curriculum and announcing a number of corporate partners.
SOURCE: American Council on Exercise
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, announced today that VERT, a leader in wearable athletic technology, has been named title sponsor of the VERT Challenge, a women's volleyball showcase involving IMG partner schools.read more
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(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) – with the support from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – introduces its newest instructional video, providing the basics to creating safe and playable baseball and softball fields.read more
US Club Soccer Announces Groundbreaking Technical Partnership with LaLiga
Renowned Spanish Professional League Headlines ‘Players First’ Offerings
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – US Club Soccer – the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – officially announced its groundbreaking technical partnership with LaLiga, the renowned Spanish professional soccer league featuring global powers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
US Club Soccer’s multi-year agreement with LaLiga was introduced at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., Aug. 8-9, as part of the launch of its “Players First” platform for youth clubs. The LaLiga partnership will focus on strategic development and resource support for the club, player and coach development pillars of Players First.
LaLiga will provide US Club Soccer and Players First clubs with training curriculum, which will help create a better learning environment and day-to-day experience to enhance the development of all players. The partnership also features reciprocal coaching education seminars and elite player training opportunities abroad, including direct involvement with US Club Soccer’s acclaimed id² Program and Player Development Program.
US Club Soccer will work with member leagues and clubs to hold a series of regional coaching workshops featuring top player development experts from LaLiga and its member clubs. The series will begin this fall and be rolled out nationally in 2016.
"Aligning with LaLiga – the best professional league in the world, with arguably the best player development system – provides the expertise needed to give our clubs an important tool in revolutionizing the game in America," says Kevin Payne, CEO of US Club Soccer. "LaLiga will play a critical part in advancing technical and tactical proficiency within Players First clubs while assisting our organization in evolving the youth soccer landscape."
This marks the first time LaLiga has invested significant resources in U.S. youth soccer development. Fernando Sanz, General Director of LaLiga Middle East and North Africa, will guide LaLiga’s global resources for its long-term relationship with US Club Soccer.
"We are thrilled to welcome US Club Soccer to the LaLiga family and are excited for the role our organization can play in advancing the American soccer club environment for years to come," says Sanz, a former professional player with Real Madrid and Malaga FC. "While our technical coaching staff can bring significant value to US Club Soccer members, we know the organization can provide LaLiga with invaluable insights and best practices to enhance our mission as well.”
Players First is a holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. This is accomplished by providing a suite of resources geared towards several audiences – clubs, coaches, parents and players.
The five pillars on which Players First is based include: Club Development; Coaching Development; Player Development; Parent Engagement & Education; and Player Health & Safety
To reach a global audience through its best-in-class partnerships, Players First is developing an engaging digital presence and comprehensive educational seminars, with the schedule soon to be released.
For more information on Players First, please visit usclubsoccer.org/playersfirst. Join the social conversation by following @USClubSoccer and using #P1soccer on Twitter and Instagram.
About US Club Soccer
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id² Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club's programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to unite under one organizational umbrella, creating a "members for life" culture within each club.
More information: usclubsoccer.org, 843.614.4140.
Loveland, CO—August 19, 2015— Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has launched an app for Android and iOS devices that allows users to view product manuals online or download and save them to their device.
This is particularly helpful in the pool environment where wi-fi service can be limited. With installation and troubleshooting tips literally at the customer's fingertips, the app will save valuable time while working with the timing and scoring equipment on deck or scoreboards on the field. Manuals can be easily shared with others with the click of a button when working within a team.
“We are excited about this app,” said Dr. Anita Sayed, PlayCore Senior Vice President and Colorado Time Systems’ General Manager. “It will be really helpful to our technicians out in the field as well as all of our customers.”
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About Colorado Time Systems (CTS):
Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has established a reputation for precision and innovation in swim timing equipment. Since 1972, premier aquatic facilities have chosen Colorado Time Systems for platinum quality timing, scoring and display systems. Learn more at www.coloradotime.com.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs, and partnerships. They infuse this learning into their complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at www.playcore.com.read more
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, August 19, 2015) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) proudly announced today the addition of Life Fitness as a sponsor of AFS’ groundbreaking research study, 2015 Fitness Studio Financial Benchmarking Report, to be released in early September.
The 50+ page Report reflects the results of the first-ever financial market research conducted in the rapidly growing and evolving “boutique” studio segment of the fitness industry. The research was conducted by ClubIntel, the leading fitness market research firm.
“We’ve had our eye on the studio market for some time,” said Mike Zinda, Life Fitness’ Vice President Sales, National Accounts. “AFS has rapidly become an influential, integral leader in this area. We want to support their efforts and the market in general.”
The Research Report, for the first time in the studio segment of the fitness industry, defines benchmark numbers and metrics against which studio owners can measure their success, and investors can evaluate the industry.
The study captures data from a critical mass of fitness studios of all types. The results have been tabulated and segmented by a variety of means, including studio discipline, square footage, and geography. Each significant data point is accompanied by appropriate charts or graphs.
“We are thrilled to deliver this critical research to the fitness industry,” said Josh Leve, AFS founder and CEO. “And we’re equally thrilled that a company of Life Fitness’ experience and stature sees value in AFS and this project. We look forward to working them in the future.”
Distribution of the electronic Report is expected to exceed 50,000, including customers and prospects of Life Fitness and other Report sponsors SFIC Insurance, TEN Institute, Club Ready software, and American Barbell along with AFS database of 12,000+ studios and fitness professionals. Additional distribution will be through AFS allies and associate members.
“Providing cutting edge market research is one of the many things we do,” said Leve. “Identifying trends and enhancing the business climate for fitness studios is central to our mission.”
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment and billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago in Rosemont, IL, Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information on Life Fitness and its family of brands, visit www.lifefitness.com, www.brunswickbilliards.com and www.scifit.com.
The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) is the only membership community dedicated solely to the business of fitness studios. AFS provides studio owners and developers a wide array of business-specific products, services, and benefits that enable them to more effectively manage and grow their businesses, building on the passion, compassion and courage they’ve already shown.read more
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