Source: Johnson Health Tech North America COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. - Matrix Fitness, a global manufacturer of premium exercise equipment for commercial use, is proud to have partnered with the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to launch the Matrix Training Facility at CAF's new Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center in San Diego, Calif. The facility provides access to fitness equipment, all donated by Matrix, encouraging challenged athletes to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. "We're very excited to be a part of this new facility and offer new Matrix products, including the new Johnny G KRANKcycle® by Matrix, that will change the life of so many challenged athletes," said Kent Stevens, executive vice president of sales at Matrix Fitness. "This partnership is very fitting and was a natural choice for us, as our mission to inspire a healthy lifestyle aligns with CAF's goal of empowering challenged athletes to find success through physical fitness and competitive athletics, which in turn can boost self-esteem, promote independence and well-being, and improve quality of life." "We couldn't be happier to partner with Matrix on this integral part of our new facility," said Virginia Tinley, CAF's executive director. "Their donation of top of the line fitness products, showcased in the building's Matrix Training Facility, will enable CAF to host strength and resistance clinics for challenged athletes - and educate them on how to adapt to equipment in their neighborhood gyms for everyday use and improved health. Together, we are changing lives." In addition to the Johnny G KRANKcycle®, Matrix donated a wide assortment of cardio and strength products, including the T3x treadmill, E5xc elliptical, Tomahawk E Series indoor cycle, rower and numerous weight machines including the G3 functional trainer. The new Matrix Training Facility was unveiled at the Challenged Athletes Center grand opening on February 12th, and is now open to the public. About Matrix FitnessMatrix Fitness (www.matrixfitness.com) is the premium commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech and comprises a complete line of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment for health clubs and other fitness facilities. About Johnson Health TechJohnson Health Tech, Inc. (JHT), Taiwan, is the third largest fitness equipment manufacturer in the world and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision, AFG, Horizon and LIVESTRONG® Fitness. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment. Johnson Health Tech North America (JHTNA) is a subsidiary of JHT and is based in Cottage Grove, Wis. Challenged Athletes FoundationThe Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved - and stay involved - in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.
- by Nicholas Brown
- February 2011
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.
If you are a proud football mom and want to share your story, please email us at email@example.com.
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
Absorbs Impact Better than Rubber & Other Common Gym Materials
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Oct. 25, 2016) – Getzner, the leader in vibration mitigation materials, will be exhibiting at The Athletic Business Show Nov. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., to launch its Sylodamp® elastic material for high damping. Sylodamp® reduces the sound and damaging impact of outside forces making it suitable for a range of fitness machines and athletic equipment from treadmills and gymnasium floors to shoe insoles and helmets.read more
Source: National Strength and Conditioning Association
New Agreement Helps Equip More Coaches with the Latest Anti-Doping Knowledge
Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a worldwide authority on strength and conditioning and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the U.S. leader in anti-doping, are excited to announce a new partnership. The agreement will help equip more coaches with the latest anti-doping knowledge and help them understand the role they play in keeping sports clean.read more
Source: Action Floor Systems
New Look Better Reflects the Company's Commitment to Change and Growth
MERCER, Wis. – Action Floor Systems is showing a little more action today. The company has unveiled new branding which uses a modern design while giving a nod to the company’s long history in the flooring industry.read more