Source; Brock International Houston, Texas (August 26, 2013) - Determined to maximize the safety and performance of team members, the Houston Texans installed Brock PowerBase underneath its new synthetic turf practice field. As the industry's leading shock pad and drainage layer, Brock PowerBase has been proven to reduce G-max, the peak force of impact, which may decrease the risk and severity of concussions and other injuries. "With escalating concerns about player safety, innovative teams like the Houston Texans are using the latest technological developments in areas such as shock pads to build state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields that mimic not only the footing of natural grass, but also the safest surface to practice on," noted Dan Sawyer, CEO of Brock International. "Brock PowerBase helps prevent injuries while enhancing athletic performance." A spokesperson for the Houston Texans said, "the Texans ultimate goal is to maximize player safety by optimizing the performance of the playing surface. After extensive consideration, the Houston Texans selected a UBU Sports synthetic turf system and incorporated the Brock PowerBase to meet our unique needs." Brock PowerBase was installed underneath the new UBU Sports synthetic turf field at the Houston Texans' indoor practice facility, a 17-acre complex including illuminated fields and tracks. With players spending significantly more time on the practice field than game day stadiums, the team is taking a proactive approach to injury prevention while enhancing athletic performance. Brock PowerBase is currently installed for the San Francisco 49ers, at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, the Arizona Cardinals and at numerous universities and schools such as the University of Maryland, Boston College, Boise State, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Stanford. "UBU Sports, specializing in ground gear for athletes, is proud to have completed this installation for the Houston Texans utilizing Brock Power Base, " said UBU President and CEO Mark Nicholls. "As an industry leader, UBU Sports often has the opportunity to work with high profile clients and professional sports franchises that demand optimum performance and maximum player safety from their synthetic turf system. Utilizing the Brock Power Base allowed UBU Sports to fulfill the unique needs of this prestigious NFL team." Recognizing that athletes tend to experience brain injuries in one of four impact areas - head-to-head, head-to-body, head-to-ball and head-to-surface, Brock tries to reduce concussions by focusing on safer playing surfaces. Research firm BioMechanica, LLC studied the estimated risk of head injury on synthetic turf surfaces with Brock underlayment and found the product reduces G-max, which the lab tests indicated should reduce the risk and severity of concussion; provides the same playability as a pristine natural grass field and mitigates field hardening over time. In evaluating Head Injury Criteria (HIC), also known as critical fall height, Sports Labs LLC found that Brock PowerBase offered significant improvement in HIC when compared to a turf field that featured a stone base. Based in Houston, Texas, the Texans are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team after Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The Texans emerged as champions of the AFC South in 2011 and 2012. UBU Sports is a leading brand of synthetic turf surfaces for use in a variety of sporting events, including football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. UBU's fields are currently employed by teams ranging from professional franchises (e.g. New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, New York Giants and New York Jets), collegiate and major indoor arena leagues to local high schools and municipalities. UBU Sports incorporates science and technology into each surface they provide, creating the ultimate ground gear for athletes. About Brock InternationalBrock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. With over 25 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock is an Official Education Partner of The Sports Legacy Institute, a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Visit www.brock-international.com to learn more.
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC
14 Field Soccer and Sports Complex will be the Largest All Turf Complex in the World
Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC is proud to announce that they have been selected as the exclusive sports lighting partner for the Gateway Village Sports Complex in Grandview, Missouri. The Q-LED GameChanger. system was chosen based on its unique design, reliability, integrated wireless controls, optimization for HD television, energy efficiency and industry-leading warranty.read more
TPL Awards Bob Farnsworth with Top Honor at Annual Gala in NYC
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.– On October 19, PlayCore’s CEO Bob Farnsworth was honored with the Land For People award, the highest honor The Trust for Public Land (TPL) bestows on remarkable individuals who have provided an extraordinary commitment to the organization. The award was presented at a gala event in New York City.read more
Source: Dyneema® Project
The Netherlands, 27 October 2016 – Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites represent a leap in the evolution of carbon. The world’s strongest fiber significantly improves on the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of impact resistance, vibrational dampening, and weight. Designed for amongst others high-performance bicycles and hockey sticks, the potential of Dyneema® Carbon is in fact endless. Welcome to a new shatterproof world.read more
Source: National Football Foundation
Project aims to capture moms' perspective on their children playing football.
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 26, 2016) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the launch of "I'm A Football Mom," a new initiative to highlight the unique perspectives of mothers around the country who believe in the benefits of having their sons and daughters play football.
"The National Football Foundation makes a concerted effort to create opportunities for all the groups who influence the game and play a role in supporting our mission," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "Whether it is coaches, players, officials, administrators, or parents, the NFF has a series of initiatives at the national and chapter level designed to engage all the people who support the game. Moms represent one of the most powerful influences in a young person's development, and we have launched "I'm A Football Mom" to give them a voice in the promotion of the game."
The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative will feature a series of videos and stories, which will be promoted in social media and on FootballMatters.org, the NFF's digital platform that highlights the good in the game. More than 20 stories have already been posted to FootballMatters.org, and the NFF posted today the initiative's first video, which captures the insights of Pam Martin from Indianapolis, Ind., the mother of three sons who each played college football: Josh (University of Indianapolis, Ind.), Nick (University of Norte Dame) and Zack (University of Notre Dame).
"Parents face a myriad of choices about the activities for their children," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "And we believe there is no better vehicle for teaching teamwork, discipline, and leadership than football. We wanted to create a stage for the mothers of the more than 1.1 million high school and 70,000 college players as a vehicle for them to share their thoughts on the lifelong lessons their children learn on the gridiron."
College athletics runs deep in the Martin family, and Pam attended the University of Kentucky as an intramural swimmer and student trainer with the football team. In the initiative's inaugural video, produced by the Business Media Group (BMG) of Indianapolis, Ind., Pam pays tribute to football and the relationships the sport has helped her family develop as well as the benefits to her sons.
"We love it as a family because it's shaped who we are," Martin says in the video. "We have had so many great experiences, and it's taught us so much. It's just provided us a lot of joy. It has provided my kids with their educations. It taught them the life lessons that will carry through their whole lives. It has provided a community for us in high school, and the friends we have will be friends for life, and we still get together. I just love the game. I love to watch the game."
To watch the video and read about some incredible football moms, click here.
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The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative is part of a larger campaign launched by the NFF in 2013 called Football Matters to Me, which provides people from border-to-border and coast-to-coast a voice in highlighting the positive impact that football has had on their lives by utilizing social media platforms and the hashtag: #ImAFootballPlayer. The launch included a highly successful TV spot and testimonial, which showcased Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of GE and a former offensive lineman at Dartmouth College. The commercial, which has been seen by millions of people, captures Immelt's perspective on the value of his football experiences in running one of the world's largest and most successful industrial conglomerates. Click here to watch the Immelt video.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame:
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour & VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
Source: The Austin Institute
Does It Take a Father to Make a Professional Baseball Player?
AUSTIN, TX —As the World Series begins, the Austin Institute has released a new report entitled “Called Out at Home.” A leading resource for academic research on questions of family and social structures, the Austin Institute makes the case that the drastic decline in African American professional baseball players is directly related to the decline in African-American fathers in the home.read more
Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Hilton Head Island, it has rescheduled its inaugural Tennis Technology Conference from November 3-4, 2016, to May 4-5, 2017, at the Marriott Resort Hilton Head Island.read more
Source: United Soccer League
League adds two renowned soccer North American brands starting in 2017 season
TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced today the additions of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, one of the country’s most historic soccer brands, and Ottawa Fury FC, which is part of one of Canada’s leading sports and entertainment groups.read more
Source: Nashville Soccer Club
Jeske joins the club from MLS, Soccer United Marketing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2016) – Nashville Soccer Club has hired Court Jeske from Major League Soccer to serve as the team’s first chief executive officer. He will propel the club’s existing efforts forward as it prepares for its 2018 inaugural season in USL.read more