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    MLB AND DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT IN FLINT, MICHIGAN TO SUPPORT NEW “JACKSON PARK RBI” PROGRAM

    Activities for Kids Will Highlight the Variety of Ways Baseball & Softball Can Be Played


    WHAT: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will host a ‘PLAY BALL’ event to support and promote the creation of a new Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Flint, Michigan. Jackson Park RBI will serve as a low-cost baseball and softball league for young people throughout the city of Flint. In addition to playing opportunities, RBI programs also emphasize character development and academic success. Kids attending the ‘PLAY BALL’ event will have the opportunity for their parents or guardians to register them on-site for the new Jackson Park RBI program.

    The event will feature bat and ball activities that highlight the variety of fun, informal ways baseball and softball can be played. These activities will include: home run derby, running bases and more. In addition, each participant will receive a bat & ball set to take home as well as ‘PLAY BALL’ T-shirts and wristbands.

    Nathan’s Famous, a proud sponsor of ‘PLAY BALL,’ will provide hot dogs for participants.

    Registration for the event is free and open to the general public at http://bit.ly/PLAYBALL-Flint.

    WHO: City of Flint Officials
    Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball
    Sam Abrams – Manager, Player Relations & Youth Sports Programs, Detroit Tigers

    WHERE: Hardenbrook Park, 310 E. Jackson Ave, Flint, MI 48505

    WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
    Open Registration starts at 11:45 a.m. ET

    About PLAY BALL
    The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series. PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites. PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a “PlayBall Near You” interactive map that locates local community leagues. The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network’s youth-focused show “Play Ball,” which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League. PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. PLAY BALL is generously supported by Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan’s.


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      Russell Westbrook


    EBONY Goes All In with NBA Record-breaker Russell Westbrook

    HBCU Campus Queens, exciting travel destinations, En Vogue and more highlighted


    CHICAGO (April 11, 2017)—A groundbreaker in the world of fashion, an all-star point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder and recently anointed triple-crown king, Russell Westbrook has established himself as an electrifying presence on and off the court. Although he is known as a man of a few words, he discusses in a rare and candid in-depth interview with EBONY his journey as an athlete, role as a husband and soon-to-be father, and who he is when the world is not watching.

    “I’m not just a basketball player, I’m somebody who’s well-rounded in all aspects of the world—whether it’s in fashion, community, giving back through my foundation,” Westbrook explained. “But I think to be able to do that on a consistent basis and to find ways to get better, that’s what I want people to say about me when I am done playing basketball.”

    The 2017 April/May travel issue is dedicated to shared experiences, making connections and navigating your way out of your comfort zone.

    “Spring is about transformation and not being afraid to embrace change on all levels,” says EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles. “Having this talented, ever-evolving cover star in Russell Westbrook is just one part of that overall approach to our issue. We’re also going to give readers the tools to evolve within their lives, from style to health to personal relationships.”

    Issue highlights include:

  • Crowned Jewels: Meet the top 10 winners from EBONY’s 2016-2017 HBCU Campus Queens Contest


  • Mom and Me: 4 Destinations to explore with your first true love ... your mother


  • Leaders of the New Cool: Travel beauty tips from digital influencers DJ Kitty Cash, Claire Sulmers and TK Wonder


  • In Our Cities: EBONY’s original multimedia series heads to Detroit, America’s greatest renaissance story thanks to a thriving auto industry, creative entrepreneurs and growing hospitality scene


  • The gift that keeps on giving: The importance of organ donation in the Black community


  • Rebirth after the sex trade: How one woman transformed herself after 25 years of prostitution


  • African-Americans in the outfield: The number of Blacks in Major League Baseball still pales in comparison to other sports


  • Elsewhere in the issue we explore Gabrielle Union's Flawless hair care line, spend 72 hours in Africa’s next hot spot, Nambia; get a close-up with actress Condola Rashad, take a first look at sci-fi thriller Sleight and offer a guide to the summer's hottest sneakers. For more, pick up the April/May 2017 issue of EBONY on newsstands now. And to get more Westbrook, check out behind-the-scenes video on Ebony.com. Read and join the conversation on social media using #TravelIssue

    ABOUT EBONY

    EBONY is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the multidimensional African-American community. The EBONY brand, including print, digital, and social reaches over 50 million readers monthly. Our media reflects the cross section of Black America as delivered by our best thinkers, trendsetters, activists, celebrities and next-generation leaders. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. EBONY magazine is the heart, soul and pulse of Black America, and a catalyst for reflection and progression. Follow and engage with us: @EbonyMag on Twitter, EbonyMag on Facebook, EbonyMag.Tumblr.com on Tumblr, and Ebony.com on the Web. We are not “new Black” nor “old Black”; we are ALL Black!


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     Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
    Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Partners with Ballparks of America to Host Inaugural Kids Camp Alumni Event in Branson

    Twenty Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball participants from Orlando, Louisville and Mission Viejo kids camps will be selected to attend the first WWAST Alumni Kids Camp this fall at Ballparks of America, America’s coolest new stay-and-play tournament facility in Branson, Missouri.


    Branson, MO (February 15, 2017) – Ballparks of America has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) to deliver an MLB-like experience to kids facing unique physical challenges, providing a means to achieve their sports aspirations despite their physical limitations.

    The WWAST will host its first Kids Camp Alumni event at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri, September 28 thru October 1, 2017.

    The WWAST Alumni Kids Camp is open to twenty children who participated in the Orlando, Louisville and Mission Viejo Kids Camps. Lodging, meals, softball and fun events will be provided at no cost to the first twenty kids to sign up along with one parent. Ballparks of America will host the events across its campus comprised of five 2:3 MLB replicas stadiums of the nation’s most legendary ballparks with 100% synthetic turf and stadium seating. Participants will lodge in the air-conditioned team suites fashioned after MLB clubhouses with HDTV, secure access and private shower facilities. A variety of Branson’s family-friendly attractions and theme parks are within minutes of the campus, including a multi-tiered go cart track, zipline, family entertainment center and White Water Park located next door.

    Recognizing the positive impact the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) players have on children with amputations or missing limbs, the WWAST created a softball camp in 2013 where WWAST players serve as coaches and mentors to these children. The outcome is mutually beneficial in that it is a win for the kids, and a win for WWAST players who have served our country and continue to serve in this important manner.

    The mission of the WWAST is to educate and inspire children suffering the loss of a limb as many of them face challenges similar to those of WWAST players. According to Dennis Wince, Executive Director of the WWAST, “The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country. With prosthetic legs and arms, extreme perseverance and attitude, they help to educate, encourage and inspire children with similar limitations to be courageous and to break through those boundaries to achieve their highest dreams and potential.”

    Hamilton Chang, CEO of Ballparks of America, stated, “We are honored to partner with the WWAST to create opportunities such as this for America’s youth. Ballparks of America was built as a once in lifetime experience for 10-13 year old baseball players, softball players of all ages and their families! We are proud to use this beautiful facility to provide life affirming experiences for children and our nations' wounded warriors. Ballparks of America is also proud to be part of the Branson community that honors the work of hometown heroes like law enforcement, firefighters, and those who sacrifice so much to serve our country like the amazing men of the WWAST. As a host site for Branson’s annual Veterans Week (www.BransonVeterans.com) and now for the WWSAT, we are honored to recognize and honor the work of all heroes at home and abroad right here in Branson.”

    The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team looks forward to reconnecting with the WWAST Kids Camp Alumni in Branson! For more information about participation and registration, contact WWAST Executive Director Dennis Wince at Dennis@thewwast.org, or WWAST Player, Brian Gentilotti at BrianPeterGentilotti@gmail.com.

    VIDEOS:
    MLB.com tells the WWAST story: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v742150183/wounded-warrior-amputee-softball-story

    Ballparks of America in Branson: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vIgyUEVGz1c

    WWAST Kids Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyLbJZaBywg

    Visit WWAST for more information at www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org and “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WoundedWarriorAmputeeSoftballTeam/.

    For more information about Ballparks of America, visit www.BallparksOfAmerica.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BallparksOfAmerica.

    About Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™
    The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.

    About Ballparks of America:
    Ballparks of America offers America’s Finest Youth Baseball Tournaments. Our goal is simple – to allow 10 to 13 year olds to experience the joy of BFF: Baseball, Friends and Family. We do this first by offering players the opportunity to play at 2/3-size replicas of 5 iconic stadiums spanning the history of baseball. From lighted premium synthetic turf fields to ivy, you’ll feel like you're in the Big League. Plus, we’re one of the only stay-and- play facilities nationwide where players experience a week rooming with friends at our MLB-style Team Suites outfitted with HDTV, spaces to hang-out and rec rooms for off-diamond games. All residence halls are air conditioned and feature private showers to add to the professional experience. And for the whole family, Ballparks of America is placed in the heart of the breathtaking Ozark Mountains in the family-focused vacation destination of Branson, MO, voted as the “Trivago #1 U.S. Best Value Destinations” for the second consecutive year (2016 & 2017), and ranking in TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Destinations” five years in a row. You’ll be steps from some of America’s finest theme parks, designer label shopping and a variety of dining options, three pristine lakes famous for record bass fishing and recreational water sports like sailing, skiing and parasailing, as well as a 100-mile hiking trail network and a dozen award-winning golf courses.


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    YOUTH INITIATIVES WILL BE A CENTRAL FOCUS FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Efforts will include ‘Breaking Barriers’ Visits with Sharon Robinson, a Collegiate Baseball Tournament for HBCUs, Special Content from MLB Network & MLB.com, Various MLB Club Activities, and more


    Key youth-related initiatives will be a central focus for Major League Baseball during Black History Month, with efforts, including those by MLB Clubs, touching down in multiple cities throughout the country. Activities launch with two Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life visits by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, and continue with a collegiate baseball tournament designed to promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) along with several initiatives that celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to our sport and build toward a positive future on and off the field.

    Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life Visits by Sharon Robinson

    February 2nd in Philadelphia, PA – Sharon Robinson – daughter of Jackie Robinson, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and author – will visit young people at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Youth Academy as part of an annual “promotional tour” to encourage participation in the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest. The visit, which will take place at the newly-opened Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, will include Sharon speaking to the kids about her father, explaining why she created the Breaking Barriers program, and helping the students as they write their essays. Sharon has already visited Youth Academies in Cincinnati (OH), New Orleans (LA) and Washington, D.C. She plans to eventually visit all operational Academies as part of this effort to get kids involved with Breaking Barriers.

    February 9th in Miami, FL – Sharon will visit students at Kinloch Park Middle School, a partner school with the Miami Marlins. Similar to her visit in Philadelphia, Sharon will encourage participation in the Breaking Barriers essay contest and help students as they write.

    ABOUT BREAKING BARRIERS: IN SPORTS, IN LIFE

    Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is a bilingual character education program developed by Major League Baseball, Scholastic Inc., and Sharon Robinson. The program features an essay contest that invites students to write about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are facing in their lives, and how they used the nine values — commitment, citizenship, courage, determination, excellence, justice, persistence, teamwork and integrity — demonstrated by Jackie Robinson to deal with those obstacles. The Breaking Barriers essay contest will award 10 student-winners across the country with prizes, including the Grand Prize Winner in grades 4-6 receiving the opportunity to attend and be honored at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami and the Grand Prize Winner in grades 7-9 receiving the opportunity to attend and be honored at a game of the 2017 World Series. Since its inception in 1997, Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life has reached more than 31 million youth and 4.2 million educators in the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    10th Annual Urban Invitational in New Orleans, LA

    February 17th-19th in New Orleans, LA – MLB will host the 10th annual Urban Invitational in New Orleans with games being held at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy and the University of New Orleans. Launched by Major League Baseball in 2008, the round-robin collegiate baseball tournament is designed to place a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs.

    Four HBCUs will compete in this year’s Urban Invitational, including Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Mississippi), Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). They will be joined by the University of New Orleans and the University of Illinois at Chicago in playing nine games over three days. The games on Saturday, February 18th will air live on MLB Network. In addition to tournament play, the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy will host three youth-focused events on Saturday, February 18th, a PLAY BALL event, a Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition and a T-Mobile® Jr. Home Run Derby competition.

    RBI Institute in Memphis, TN

    February 16th-19th in Memphis, TN – MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program will host its biennial RBI Institute, a training conference for coaches and league administrators within RBI affiliations from throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Curacao. The RBI Institute covers topics such as league operations, players’ health on and off the field (i.e., Pitch Smart, anti-bullying and drug-free lifestyles), educational programs, best practices, coaches training, league finances, equipment procurement and more.

    During the event, MLB and the Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis Cardinals) will host a special PLAY BALL event, at which MLB will make a donation to Pitch In For Baseball toward baseball and softball equipment that will benefit youth in Memphis Public Schools.

    ABOUT REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES

    RBI is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success, and teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. The RBI program has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception in 1989. 230,000 young men and women currently participate in RBI programs in over 300 programs established in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues.

    NAACP Image Awards

    Two people who are representative of the sport’s rich history in the African-American community are connected to nominations in the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will take place in February:

    · The Hero Two Doors Down (Scholastic; February 2016), written by Sharon Robinson has been nominated for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens. In the novel, Sharon tells the story of Steven Satlow, a young Dodgers fan in the 1940s who befriended the great Jackie Robinson after his family moved to Satlow’s all-Jewish neighborhood.

    · Major League Legends: Hank Aaron, Smithsonian Channel has been nominated for Outstanding Documentary – Television. The documentary, which originally aired during Black History Month in 2016, featured extensive, newly-captured interviews with Aaron as he discusses his upbringing in Mobile, Alabama and the challenges that he faced growing up in the heart of “Jim Crow.” “The Hammer” would continue to battle bigotry and racism throughout his life and baseball career. As he sought to unseat Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king, Aaron received numerous death threats and hate mail, making his feat all the more impressive. It seemed justly symbolic that he hit number 715 on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta, the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement. The documentary, also titled “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” will re-air on The Smithsonian Channel in February 2017.

    MLB Network & MLB Advanced Media

    MLB Network will honor some of the greatest African-American players in Major League Baseball history, including Hank Aaron, Rod Carew, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Jackie Robinson during its celebration of Black History Month. Daily vignettes about each player’s life and career will debut on MLB Network’s Hot Stove and MLB Tonight as well as its social media platforms throughout February, with 21 All-Stars, 18 Hall of Famers, 15 MVP Award winners, 10 Gold Glove Award winners, and six Rookie of the Year Award winners represented. Analysts across MLB Network's studio programming will provide comparisons between current MLB players and the historical players featured in MLB Network's daily vignettes.

    MLB Advanced Media will support Black History Month across MLB.com, the MLB.com At Bat app, Cut4.com, Sports On Earth and through official MLB and Club accounts on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Each week, these social media channels will highlight today’s African-American stars of the game. Among the coverage initiatives, including topics such as influential African-Americans in MLB and the Negro Leagues, reflections on the impact of African-Americans for each of the 30 MLB Clubs and a look at the next generation of African-American managers and general managers, will be supported with photographs, video highlights, interviews and stories from its Club beat and national reporters and columnists.

    Club Activities

    Clubs throughout Major League Baseball proudly support Black History Month. Following are just a few examples of activities by MLB Clubs in February:

    Boston Red Sox

    For the 15th consecutive year, the Red Sox celebrated the life of Jackie Robinson by teaching New England students the story of his challenges and triumphs on his birthday – the eve of Black History month. The club visited with students at East Boston High School and Charlestown High School last week accompanied by former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn, and Red Sox Hall of Famer Tommy Harper. Also on the eve of Black History Month, Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to serve as keynote speaker for North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) sixth annual First Pitch Dinner and Silent Auction. This is the second year the club has supported the annual fundraising event which benefits the NCCU baseball program. The partnership between the Red Sox and NCCU began in April of 2015 when Fenway Park hosted the first-ever historically black college baseball showcase between NCUU and Florida A&M University.

    Cincinnati Reds

    The Reds purchased Jackie Robinson-themed books to donate to local churches, libraries and other community organizations alongside newly-created bookmarks that honor the legend. Additionally, they have created special Black History Month public service announcements that will run in radio spots and on billboards throughout February.

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers will host a luncheon to celebrate Black History Month at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, February 23rd. With community members representing a variety of professions, the Dodgers are encouraging guests to bring their vision and concepts for the Club’s upcoming African-American Heritage Night (June 2017) to this collaborative meeting.

    Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies will join Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for a special screening of “They Said We Couldn’t Play: An Oral History of the Philadelphia Stars”. The event will feature a panel discussion with Phillies’ Dan Stephenson, writer and producer of the documentary, Rob Holiday, Director of Amateur Scouting Administration, and Kenny Johnson, Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach. Also on the panel will be Dr. Mahlene Duckett Lee, who is the daughter of the late Philadelphia Stars’ player Mahlon Duckett, and also worked with Major League Baseball to develop a curriculum for educating youth about the Negro Leagues. The curriculum will debut at a local school later in February, as well as be featured at the Phillies MLB Youth Academy during the year.

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Throughout Black History Month, the Pirates will activate the 2nd Annual Series of “Long Live Their Legacy.” The Pirates’ community relations staff will visit local schools and youth groups for an interactive educational presentation on the history of Negro Leagues Baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and its significance to today’s game. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum assisted the Pirates with their presentation.

    Minnesota Twins

    In February, the Twins will continue its “Reading is Powerful” program, which promotes literacy in local elementary schools with high minority populations. Front office staff employees, including Twins President Dave St. Peter, will travel to 22 elementary schools and meet with fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to talk with kids about the importance of reading. Each trip consists of a reading of a book, a short Jackie Robinson educational video and trivia questions with prizes. Jackie Robinson has been the major theme of the reading program and the Twins highlight his work on and off the field, promoting baseball and showing his success in each challenge that he faced. At the end of each visit, the Twins provide each student with a bookmark listing Jackie’s values so kids can remember the importance of courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment and excellence.

    MLB Draft Diversity & Diversity-Focused Youth Initiatives – At a Glance

    Following is background on recent diversity results in the MLB Draft and diversity-focused MLB Youth initiatives:

    MLB Draft results – Over the last five years (2012-16), the first round has featured 34 African-American players out of 168 total selections (20.2%). In 2016, 10 of the top 41 selections (24.4%) and 17 of the first night’s 77 selections (22.1%) in the Draft were African-American or Latino. The first round of the 2015 MLB Draft featured the selection of nine African-American players (25%, 9-of-36). On a percentage basis, that represented the most African-American players in the first round since 1992, eclipsing the recent high of 22.6% (7-of-31) in 2012. In addition, African-American players made up 17 of the 75 selections (22.7%) made on the first day of the Draft in 2015. Dillon Tate, who is an alumnus of the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, the RBI Program and the Breakthrough Series, was selected #4 overall in the 2015 Draft. Corey Ray was selected #5 overall in 2016, which resulted in the second consecutive year that an alumnus of the RBI program and Breakthrough Series was selected within the top 5 picks of the draft.

    Amateur Development Camps – MLB recently announced the expansion of its diversity-focused Amateur Development Camp effort, which is primarily designed to serve minority, high school-aged baseball and softball players throughout the country. The camps, which are free for all participants, are hosted by Major League Baseball and various partners, including USA Baseball, USA Softball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). These include:

    · The Inaugural ‘DREAM SERIES’ in Tempe, AZ (January 12-16). It was a special event to provide exposure and development opportunities for a diverse group of high school baseball pitchers and catchers from around the United States. Hunter Greene, an alumnus of the Compton MLB Youth Academy (since he was 7) as well as the RBI program, RBI World Series and Breakthrough Series, attended. He is MLBPipeline.com’s #1 prospect for the 2017 MLB Draft.

    · Baseball Breakthrough Series Camps in Chicago, IL (June 20-25), Compton, CA (June 27-July 1) and Bradenton, FL (June 27-July 1).

    · Softball Breakthrough Series Camp in Oklahoma City, OK (June 11-15).

    · Elite Development Invitational at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL (July 13-August 2) for both baseball and softball players.

    MLB Youth Academies – The expansion of the MLB Youth Academy network continues with facilities available all throughout the United States and more to come in the near future. MLB Youth Academies are designed to provide free, or low-cost, opportunities for young people to develop baseball and softball skills as well as take advantage of educational and vocational programs offered at each facility. Operational MLB Youth Academies include Compton, CA (opened in 2006), Houston, TX (opened in 2010), New Orleans, LA (opened in 2012), Cincinnati, OH (opened in 2014), Philadelphia, PA (opened in 2015), Washington, D.C. (opened in 2015) and Dallas, TX (opened in 2016). MLB Youth Academies in development include those in the Bronx, NY, Kansas City, MO and San Francisco, CA. MLB also contributed $1.5 million toward programming of Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois – Chicago campus. Nearly 160 Academy alumni have been selected in the Draft, including 50 in the last five drafts.

    PLAY BALL Summer – On January 18th, MLB and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the third annual effort for Mayors across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to host PLAY BALL-themed, youth-focused events in their communities. The initiative, called “PLAY BALL Summer,” will span from June through August 2017, and will focus on engaging young people through fun events that highlight the many different ways baseball and softball can be enjoyed. MLB and the USCM expect well over 200 Mayors to participate in the 2017 effort.


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    Don't Lose Your Cup This Super Bowl Sunday!

     Tipsy Tags


    Super Bowl Sunday is coming, don't let your cup get lost among all of the others this year! Tipsy Tags are the easiest and most fun way to keep track of your cup or glass, and with football designs they're perfect for your party!

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    Tipsy Tags offers a customization option so that you can add your favorite designs, logos and images! These drink tags are an absolute party necessity that everyone loves, after all, no one likes to pick up the wrong drink!

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    LEBRON JAMES IS THE 2016 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
    SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR


     LEBRON JAMES IS THE 2016 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED


    NEW YORK, NY (December 1, 2016) – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) Sports Illustrated today announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year. In a year full of stirring and historic performances across all sports, James was transcendent, rallying the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to deliver the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since 1964. James, who has now won three NBA titles, was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career. More important to fans in Cleveland, he delivered on the promise he made when he returned to the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2014: to bring the franchise in his home state its first NBA crown. James will be honored at the Sportsperson of the Year event at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn on December 12.

    “It’s hard to remember a year with such a crowded field of Sportsperson candidates,” said Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated Editor in Chief. “But in the end LeBron James was the clear choice. It’s not just the way he took over the NBA Finals—though that performance was epic. It’s that LeBron was also carrying the weight of that promise he made when he returned to Cleveland in 2014. It’s a special thing for a favorite son to follow through on that kind of commitment to his hometown. Especially since he doubles down on that commitment off the court, with the work his foundation does for underserved kids in Akron and with his increasing willingness to speak out in the fight for social justice. On court and off, James was the athlete in full in 2016."

    Since 1954, Sports Illustrated has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to the player, coach or team who has best personified the ideals of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. James, who was also SI’s SOTY in 2012, is only the second two-time winner of the award (Tiger Woods: 1996, 2000). The list of past SOTY honorees is a who’s who of the greatest athletes of the last half century who have transcended their sport including Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Serena Williams. This is the seventh time the Sportsperson award has gone to a professional basketball player. The others were Dwyane Wade (2006), Tim Duncan and David Robinson (’03), Michael Jordan (1991), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1985) and Bill Russell (1968).

    James, a four-time NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, enhanced his legacy as one of basketball’s all-time greats in this year’s NBA Finals. With the Cavaliers down three games to one, he scored 41 points in Game 5 and again in Game 6 to help Cleveland tie the series. In the deciding seventh game, a four-point Cavaliers win on the Warriors’ home court, James had a triple-double, just the third such performance ever in a Finals Game 7. His come-from-behind block of Andre Igoudala’s attempted fast-break layup with less than two minutes to play instantly became one of the iconic plays in NBA history and a key factor in Cleveland becoming the first NBA team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the title.

    James’s impact extends beyond the court. Through the LeBron James Family Foundation the Akron native has partnered with The University of Akron to guarantee four-year scholarships to qualifying children in James’s Akron I PROMISE Network program. Currently there are more than 1,100 students enrolled, the equivalent of more than $41 million in support. His Wheels for Education program supports at-risk third-grade students in the inner city and follows them all the way through graduation and beyond, and last month the foundation established the I PROMISE Institute, aimed at making the transition to college easier for these students and their families by providing the resources and support they need as they pursue their higher educations. Additionally, the foundation recently announced a $2.5 million donation to the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture honoring Ali’s legacy in athletics, activism and beyond.

    James will be honored alongside the 2016 SI Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winners Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell; the SI Kids SportsKids of the Year and other top names and moments from the year in sports at SI’s special Sportsperson of the Year celebration taking place at Barclays Center on December 12. The star-studded affair, which will also be attended by Lonnie Ali, will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes and special guests. More information about how to attend the event at Barclays Center can be found here.

    ABOUT THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GROUP
    Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the franchise, which now boasts a group of best-in-class consumer products and platforms reaching more than 73 million. The Sports Illustrated Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and marquee franchises—Sports Illustrated Films, TheMMQB.com, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Sportsperson of the Year, the SI Golf Group (Golf magazine, Golf.com, SI Golf +), Extra Mustard and Sports Illustrated Kids. For more information, visit SI.com and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagram and Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat.

    ABOUT TIME INC.
    Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multi-media landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc.has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform, The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio, and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The company is also home to celebrated events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.


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    KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, JIM BROWN AND BILL RUSSELL TO RECEIVE THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MUHAMMAD ALI LEGACY AWARD

    Transcendent Athletes and Champions of Social Justice to Be Honored During Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony, December 12 at Barclays Center


    THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MUHAMMAD ALI LEGACY AWARD


    (NEW YORK, NY, November 30, 2016) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, it was announced today by Time Inc.’s (NYSE: Time) SI. The three icons have been chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their incomparable athletic careers and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be honored during SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event on December 12, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated Group editor in chief said of the honorees: “In 2016 we learned that the consequences of speaking out on hard issues were often painful ones, but also how deeply athletes can impact and advance the conversation on those same, hard issues. Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all recognized, and acted on this in a far harder time in America. That was the example of their friend, Muhammad Ali, and the torch they’ve carried for the more than a half-century."

    Abdul-Jabbar, Brown and Russell are beacons of thoughtful discourse on racial and social inequality and their impact has been felt worldwide. In one profound example, the three came together nearly five decades ago in what became known as the “Ali Summit.” The 1967 meeting, organized by Brown, was attended by many top athletes of that era to support Muhammad Ali’s fight against induction into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. It was a time of civil and social unrest in the U.S., and the public display of unity was a transformational moment in the fight for civil rights and for the notion that athletes’ voices should be heard beyond the field of play.

    On this year’s award winners Lonnie Ali said: “Congratulations to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell for their numerous athletic successes and more importantly, the leadership they all have displayed to make this world a much better place. Particular recognition this year goes to Kareem for being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and Jim for the new statue that sits outside of Cleveland Browns stadium in recognition of his achievements with the organization. In times of hardship and adversity, these three remarkable individuals continued to stand up as activists to pave the way for those that followed. I honor you for that and I know Muhammad certainly would be proud that you are receiving the award that bares his name.”

    On receiving this award Abdul-Jabbar said, "Muhammad Ali was both a friend and a personal inspiration to me as an athlete and as an activist. To receive an award in his name is especially moving because it means I am honoring his legacy as a man who defied conventions and courageously risked life and career to making America a land of freedom, equal opportunity and social justice."

    Said Brown, “I am deeply touched to be honored for a lifetime spent working to establish common ground and mutual respect for all perspectives and backgrounds. I hope that this tribute serves as a symbol of inspiration for all Americans to be champions of social justice. This is a proud moment for me, and I am thrilled to be recognized alongside two other transformative athletes with whom I share a long history of activism and friendship, and for whom I have great respect."

    Added Russell, “To be a true influence of positive change in the world often means that you have to stand up against injustice and fight through adversity. I am honored to be recognized alongside some of the great cultural icons of our time who have used their platforms to fight for civil rights and social justice, regardless of the risk, including my good friend Muhammad Ali to whom the award is dedicated. Our work has just begun.”

    The Sports Illustrated Legacy Award was born in 2008, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and driving force behind the Special Olympics, was the inaugural honoree. In 2014, Earvin (Magic) Johnson was honored for his two decades as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social and political activist. Last year SI renamed the award in honor of Ali in recognition of his decades as a boxing legend, humanitarian, civil rights activist and icon. Jack Nicklaus was the first to receive the rededicated award, during the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year ceremony.

    The three Legacy Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, the SI Kids SportsKids of the Year and other top names and moments from the year in sports at SI’s special Sportsperson of the Year celebration taking place at Barclays Center on December 12. The star-studded affair, which will also be attended by Lonnie Ali, will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes, live musical performances and a VIP red carpet entrance featuring celebrities of sports and entertainment. More information about how to attend the event at Barclays Center can be found here.

    More about Abdul-Jabbar, Brown and Russell:
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s basketball dominance is unmatched; over 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers he built one of the most distinguished careers in NBA history. He was a six-time NBA champion, a six-time league MVP and a 19-time NBA All-Star, and 27 years after his retirement he is still the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 1985, only the second NBA player at the time to win the award. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. After dominating high school at the now defunct Power Memorial High School, Alcindor ruled the college ranks leading UCLA to three National Championships. He was selected as Player of the Year in 1967 and 1969 by the Sporting News, UPI, AP and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He was also named All-American and the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament in ’67, ’68 and ’69. All after sitting out his freshman year as NCAA rules prohibited freshmen from playing varsity.

    Abdul-Jabbar’s on-court accomplishments are mirrored by his efforts toward social change, particularly his focus on engaging young people around the world. Earlier this month, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. When bestowing the award, President Obama described Abdul-Jabbar as, "an American who illuminates both our most basic freedoms and our highest aspirations." Abdul-Jabbar is a New York Times best-selling author who has won the NAACP Image Award twice, for his work on the children’s book "What Color Is My World" and the 2011 documentary film, "On the Shoulders of Giants." In 2012 he was named global Cultural Ambassador by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; in that role he has traveled internationally to promote the importance of education, tolerance and cultural understanding. As an author covering many of the challenging and controversial issues facing the United States today, he has contributed to—among others— the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and TIME, and he is the subject of "Kareem: Minority of One," an HBO documentary about his life.

    Jim Brown is one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century and still the standard by which NFL running backs are judged. A multisport star Brown has been inducted into five Halls of Fame: the Pro Football Hall of Fame ('71), the Lacrosse Hall of Fame (’83), the College Football Hall of Fame (’95), the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame (’16) and the ROTC National Hall of Fame.

    He played nine seasons with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns (1957 - ’65), and led the NFL in rushing an astonishing eight times. He is the only player to average over 100 yards rushing per game. A unanimous Rookie of the Year in 1957 and league MVP in ’57, ’58 and ’65, he drove the Browns to an NFL championship in 1964, the last time Cleveland won an NFL title. In 1965, he retired at the peak of his career and while never missing a game, At the time he was first in the NFL in multiple rushing records, including most yards rushing in a season, highest career average rushing gain, most career rushing touchdowns and more. The Browns have retired #32 in his honor, and Syracuse has retired #44 in honor of Brown and other SU legends who shared the number with him. As a senior at Syracuse he was a unanimous first-team All-American and set school records for highest season rush average (6.2) and most rushing touchdowns in a single game (6). He ran for 986 yards—third most in the country despite Syracuse playing only eight games—and scored 14 touchdowns. In the regular-season finale, a 61–7 rout of Colgate, he rushed for 197 yards, scored six touchdowns and kicked seven extra points for 43 points (another school record). Then in the Cotton Bowl, he rushed for 132 yards, scored three touchdowns and kicked three extra points. But a blocked extra point after Syracuse’s third touchdown was the difference as TCU won 28–27. In addition to his football accomplishments, he excelled in basketball, track, and especially lacrosse. As a sophomore, he was the second leading scorer for the basketball team (15 ppg), and earned a letter on the track team. His junior year, he averaged 11.3 points in basketball, and was named a second-team All-American in lacrosse. His senior year, he was named a first-team All-American in lacrosse (43 goals in 10 games to rank second in scoring nationally).

    Off the field Brown has been hugely influential in shaping the lives of young adults in underserved communities. He founded the Black Economic Union in 1966 to help establish businesses, create motivational programs for young adults and to promote economic development in African-American communities. He is chairman of the Amer-I-Can Program, a foundation for social change he founded in 1988, which helps young adults reach their full potential in their academics and their communities. The program, which operates in eight states, teaches life-management skills to the underprivileged in order to spark self-determination and shape the behaviors necessary for success. Brown has profoundly impacted the lives of inner-city young adults and prison inmates through his life’s work interceding on violence and gang culture. He also helped break down barriers in the pop culture world when he appeared in the movie "100 Rifles” as one of the first mainstream portrayals of an interracial couple, along with actress Raquel Welch.

    Even before he arrived in the NBA, Bill Russell, one of the most decorated athletes in U.S. history, was a basketball force. He was a two-time NCAA champion at the University of San Francisco and in 1956 led the U.S. to a gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics that year and led the franchise to its first NBA championship as a rookie. That title launched an era of dominance unrivaled in any sport: Russell drove the Celtics to 11 championships over his 13-year career while revolutionizing the center position with his skills as a rebounder and defender. He was named NBA MVP five times, and in 1966 (while still playing) he became the first African-American coach in the league’s history; he won two NBA titles as Boston’s player-coach. He still ranks second on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list. Russell was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the year in 1968 for his consistent brilliance and leadership. In 1975 he became the first African-American player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. On the hardwood, his experiences were far more pleasant. Russell led USF to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, including a string of 55 consecutive victories. He became known for his strong defense and shot-blocking skills, once denying 13 shots in a game. UCLA coach John Wooden called Russell "the greatest defensive man I've ever seen”. During his college career, Russell averaged 20.7 points per game and 20.3 rebounds per game. Besides basketball, Russell represented USF in track and field events. He competed in the 440 yards (400 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds. He also participated in the high jump; Track & Field News ranked him as the seventh-best high jumper in the world in 1956. That year, Russell won high jump titles at the Central California AAU meet, the Pacific AAU meet, and the West Coast Relays. One of his highest jumps occurred at the West Coast Relays, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9 1/4 inches (2.064 m).

    Russell’s fight for civil rights is as storied as his basketball career. He spoke out often against social and racial injustice throughout his playing career, even as he became a target of public criticism and racial hatred. He participated in the 1963 March on Washington and was a staunch supporter of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War stance. Russell has received the NBA’s National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award, and in 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

    ABOUT THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GROUP
    Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the franchise, which now boasts a group of best-in-class consumer products and platforms reaching more than 73 million. The Sports Illustrated Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and marquee franchises—Sports Illustrated Films, TheMMQB.com, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Sportsperson of the Year, the SI Golf Group (Golf magazine, Golf.com, SI Golf +), Extra Mustard and Sports Illustrated Kids. For more information, visit SI.com and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagramand Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat.

    ABOUT TIME INC.
    Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multi-media landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc.has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform, The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio, and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The company is also home to celebrated events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.


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    WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF BECOMING A SPORTS STAR?

    From football, to ice hockey, a new infographic reveals the odds of becoming a pro player.


    Have you ever dreamed of hitting a home run in front of a packed stadium screaming your name? How about nailing a mid range jump shot as the crowd goes wild? For most of us, our sporting fantasies are reserved for teenage daydreams and idle hours in the office. For the upper echelons of the sporting world, however, these sports stardom daydreams have become a reality.

    So how many young aspiring Maya Moores and Mike Trouts ever make it to the Big Leagues? In a brand new infographic SBO.net has crunched the numbers and digested the data to reveal the exact odds of making it to the top of your game, whether you're into baseball, soccer, ice hockey football or basketball.

    Averaged out across the six sports which Sportsbettingonline.net investigated, the data reveals that aspiring players have a 1 in 6,608 chance of being drafted from high school.

    The infographic also reveals that there are some sports for which the daydreams are almost certainly “pie in the sky”, while for others the dreams seem slightly more attainable. A final revelation of SBO.net's infographic is the disparity between men's sports and women's sports. Women's basketball was shown to be the toughest sport to go pro in (just 1 in 13,542 are drafted from high school), while also carrying the lowest average salary ($75,000compared to the $5.15 million of male players).

    So how do the rest of the US's favourite sports measure up? Here are the chances of getting drafted into each from high school and the average salary for each sport:

    Men's ice hockey:   1 in 590 -   Avg. salary:   $2.4 million
    Men's baseball:   1 in 679   Avg. salary:   $3.2 million
    Men's football:   1 in 4,287   Avg. salary:   $1.9 million
    Men's soccer:   1 in 5,797   Avg. salary:   $250,000
    Men's basketball:   1 in 11,512   Avg. salary:   $5.15 million
    Women's basketball:   1 in 13,542   Avg. salary:   $75,000


    A huge range of factors influence which sports are the most difficult to break into. From the popularity of the sport and the gender of the players, to the number of players drafted in each year. Just 32 women are drafted into women's basketball teams annually, while 638 men are drafted into baseball.

    Ice hockey, meanwhile is an outlier. Although just 60 players are drafted in annually, the chances of making it onto a professional team from a college team are a comparatively low 1 in 66. The reason? With so much equipment and facilities required, ice hockey is a sport which many cannot afford to get into at a young age. If you're lucky enough to get started early, your chances of making it are higher than in any other sport on our list.

    Whether you youngster is in a high school team or you play at college level yourself, this amazing infographic will tell you exactly which odds you need to beat to finally achieve sports hero status. If you happen to be one in 6,608, you may just stand a chance!

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    Youth Sports: Start Here -- Retired NFL Pro's New Book Can Help Prevent Many Sports-Related Injuries In Kids


    Ukiah, CA, August 2, 2016 – It was Eugene Monroe's fear of sustaining repetitive brain injuries that could lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, that prompted his recent retirement from the NFL. While athletic participation is a valued part of growing up and has many benefits for children, concern about injuries to young athletes is on the rise: three and a half million young people receive medical treatment for sports injuries annually, and fully half of those injuries are preventable. Find out how in Youth Sports: Start Here (Water Street Press), by pro athlete Eugene Monroe and Julie Buckley, M.D.

    Both authors are parents of active, sports-oriented youngsters themselves. Dr. Buckley's twenty years as a pediatrician and functional medicine specialist and Eugene's hands-on professional sports experience combine to create a comprehensive guide empowering parents to help their children prevent injury, recognize the sometimes-subtle signs an injury has occurred or may occur, and to heal the injuries that almost all energetic kids will, at one point or another, inevitably sustain.

    Accessible science, practical advice, and fun ways to get your kids invested in their own health—Youth Sports: Start Here is a valuable guide for every parent raising his or her own, home-grown champion.

    Julie A. Buckley, M.D. is the author of two books, Healing Our Autistic Children and Breast Cancer: Start Here: Everything You Need to Know About Integrative Health for the Newly Diagnosed, as well as numerous professional publications. She practices pediatrics and functional medicine in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (http://www.pppvonline.com), where she lives with her husband and two children.

    As a senior at the University of Virginia, Eugene Monroe was a unanimous All-ACC selection, voted top blocker in the conference. Drafted eighth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he proceeded to help the Jags rank third in the NFL in 2010 with 149.7 rushing yards per game. In 2013, Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens orchestrated a trade to acquire this star left tackle. In his short time as a Raven, Eugene was consistently graded as one of the best pass blockers in the NFL.

    Eugene retired from the NFL on July 21 to have more time to focus on 4th Down Partners, his real estate development company, continue his campaign for medical marijuana, and spend much-needed time with his wife and three children. He will continue to host the Eugene Monroe All Pro Football Camp each summer, a free camp experience for kids who want to learn how to improve the fundamentals of their game.

    For more information, please see www.waterstreetpressbooks.com

    Youth Sports: Start Here
    Water Street Press
    Available online and at fine booksellers everywhere
    ISBN-13: 978-1-62134-200-7

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    I ASPiRE Vignette Series to Showcase Four Rio 2016 Olympic Athletes

    Profiles currently rolling out on ASPiRE


    ATLANTA – July 25, 2016 – ASPiRE, the network that presents authentic portrayals of Black and urban culture through stories of Heritage, Heart and Humor, announced today its new featured profiles for the signature vignette series I ASPiRE. These “Journey to Greatness” 90-second profiles can be seen on air leading up to, throughout and after the Summer Olympic Games. Extended versions will be available on aspire.tv. The athletes featured are Miles Chambley-Watson (fencer), Michael Tinsley (track and field hurdler), Will Claye (long jumper) and Natasha Hastings (track and field runner).

    The stories are produced exclusively for ASPiRE and highlight four amazing athletes competing in the XXXI Olympiad. The I ASPiRE series showcases ordinary people doing extraordinary things and provides a platform to share the unique talents and passions of young newsmakers and game-changers across the urban community. The four competitors will provide viewers with fascinating insight about their Olympic journey.

    “We are proud to showcase these four amazingly talented athletes on ASPiRE as they strive for the ultimate athletic prize,” said Melissa Ingram, vice president, channel operations and business affairs, ASPiRE. “Our hope is that their stories encourage and inspire our viewers to always dream big.”

    Since its launch in 2012, the I ASPiRE series has featured over 100 extraordinary people and groups including Eunique Jones, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) first African-American female principal dancer.

    About the Athletes
    Miles Chambley-Watson is a 26-year-old fencer, who is currently ranked 4th in the world. In addition to earning Gold Medals at both the 2015 Pan American Games and 2013 World Championship, Chambley-Watson is a Penn State alumnus and fashion model.
    Watch his profile: https://vimeo.com/174545189

    Track and field 400-meter hurdler Michael Tinsley, 26, grew up in Little Rock, Ark., and is an alumnus of Jackson State University. While there, Tinsley became the first JSU track athlete to win a NCAA Division 1 title. He achieved his first 400-meter hurdles personal best in 2007 with a time of 48.02 seconds. Tinsley went on to win the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles, setting a new personal best time of 47.91 seconds.
    Watch his profile: https://vimeo.com/174545188

    Will Claye is a 24-year-old long jump and triple jump Bronze Medal Olympian. He is the first man since 1936 to earn medals in both events and the first U.S. athlete to do so since 1904. Claye has also set the national junior record in the triple jump at University of Oklahoma and the NCAA indoor triple jump record at the University of Florida.
    Watch his profile: https://vimeo.com/174546500

    Natasha Hastings is a 29-year-old New York City-bred track and field athlete who is also known as the “400m Diva.” She came back from an injury in 2007 and ended up breaking out with an undefeated year. Hastings is a 2008 Women’s 4x400 Olympic Gold Medalist.
    Watch her profile: https://vimeo.com/174545190

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is the television entertainment network that presents authentic portrayals of Black and urban culture through stories of Heritage, Heart and Humor. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched on June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in 24 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV, @tvASPiRE on Twitter and @ASPiRETV on Instagram.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises

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    A FIGHTING CHANCE | Inclusion in pre-Olympic coverage


    A FIGHTING CHANCE


    ABOUT “A FIGHTING CHANCE"

    “A Fighting Chance” follows the remarkable stories of four Olympic Games hopefuls from Lesotho (Tsepo Mathibelle, Marathon), Vanuatu (Miller Pata & Linline Matauatu, Beach Volleyball) and the Dominican Republic (Yenebier Guillén Benitez, Boxing, 75kg). These athletes vary by sport discipline and geography, but share a passion and unwavering determination to overcome obstacles as they strive to represent their nations on the world stage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    The inspiring documentary is a story of courage, hope and perseverance that explores how four Olympic Games hopefulsare embracing challenges as they try to help their countries make history.

    “One of the things that’s great about the Olympic Games is that it’s a place where everybody gets to share the stage, but some of these countries and athletes don’t have the proper resources and are faced with so many challenges,” said director Morgan Neville. “I’m thrilled that I got to work with Samsung on ‘A Fighting Chance,’ – it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet these athletes and share their untold stories. Having spent time with them, we realize how hard they work, how big the stakes are for them, and how truly talented they are. I came out of this feeling like all of them deserve to win a Gold Medal.”


    For additional information about “A Fighting Chance,” including athlete and director biographies, photos and videos, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com/AFightingChance.

    Olympic Hopefuls on Defying the Barriers

    Tsepo Mathibelle (Marathon, 24 years old, Lesotho) said:
    “I am proud to be a part of the Samsung ‘A Fighting Chance’ documentary short, and to show the world the spirit and will that the people of Lesotho have. Our country may be small, but we have big hearts, and I am excited to represent my family, friends and countrymen at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

    Miller Pata & Linline Matauatu (Beach Volleyball, 27 and 25 years old, Vanuatu) said:
    “Our dream is to make it to the Olympic Games, especially after all of the hard work we’ve put into this from the beginning and the challenges we still face every day. Although it is difficult for mothers in Vanuatu to play sports and spend time away from home while competing, Samsung is helping us stay connected, whether with family when we are far away or with our coach when we are in different places.”

    Yenebier Guillén Benitez (Boxing, 75kg, 29 years old, Dominican Republic) said:
    “I work hard to overcome my obstacles because I want to achieve my goals to be my best and to win a medal at the Olympic Games. Samsung has generously provided us with phones for keeping in touch with my family and friends, and it has helped me a lot because my family is my inspiration. I can also now track my training better and connect with my coach, using Samsung technology to review and improve my technique. These may seem like small things, but they are big to me and can make all the difference”

    Viewers worldwide can now watch the entire film of “A Fighting Chance” on premium Vimeo platform and Samsung Mobile’s official YouTube channel.

    About Morgan Neville

    Morgan Neville is a documentary filmmaker whose films focus on culture. His acclaimed film 20 Feet From Stardom won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as a Grammy Award for Best Music Film in 2015. His documentary, Best of Enemies, was released by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media in 2015 and was shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award. Neville has been nominated for three additional Grammys for his films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied and Johnny Cash’s America and won an Emmy Award for his film Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues. Neville’s non-music films include The Cool School and Beauty Is Embarrassing. Recent projects include Chelsea Does, a four-part documentary series and Keith Richards: Under the Influence. His latest film, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, will be released by The Orchard in June 2016.

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    5/29 & 6/5- WILT CHAMBERLAIN & MUHAMMAD ALI Lost Artifacts Investigated in SPORTS DETECTIVES-New Smithsonian Channel Series!


    WILT CHAMBERLAIN's 100 point ball from 1962... MUHAMMAD ALI's missing Olympic gold medal from 1960...

    These historic objects from indelible moments in sports are either lost or in dispute. Now, in episodes premiering MAY 29 and JUNE 5 (also the season finale), Smithsonian Channel's unique docu-series, SPORTS DETECTIVES, will try to hunt down the truth of what happened and find these missing treasures behind some of the most iconic moments in American sports history.

    Stories in SPORTS DETECTIVES are told through first-hand accounts from the players, managers, announcers, and fans who witnessed sports history unfold. With state-of-the-art technology, sports analysis, and real-life detective work, SPORTS DETECTIVES plunges into the moments that made these objects so coveted, piecing together the evidence for what happened and why.

    The series enlists the investigative acumen of Lauren Gardner, a TV sports reporter, and Kevin Barrows – a top private investigator and former FBI Agent who took down the mob on Wall Street in one of the biggest securities fraud cases in U.S. history – who has served as a security and investigative consultant for professional sports leagues. Together, they seek to find and confirm the lost items while unearthing new details on these events that have transcended their sports.

    The following episodes will help to explain mysteries within the American sports landscape:

    Premieres Sunday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
    SPORTS DETECTIVES: WILT CHAMBERLAIN'S 100-POINT GAME BALL
    Wilt Chamberlain cemented his legend on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when he set a record that might never be challenged, scoring 100 points in a single game. But what happened to the ball that went through the net that night? The SPORTS DETECTIVES have their hands full with not one, but three possible claims to the truth. And for years the Kentucky Derby Museum displayed a trophy they attributed to War Admiral, but when the real item turns up elsewhere, the question becomes: is this a fake, or could it be the winning trophy from another horse?

    CLIP:
    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sports-detectives/100-point-game-ball/1004307/3432380


    Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (season finale)
    SPORTS DETECTIVES: MUHAMMAD ALI’S MISSING GOLD MEDAL
    In his biography Muhammad Ali tells the story of what happened to his Olympic gold medal from the 1960 Rome Olympics: disgusted by being refused service in a Louisville diner, he tossed the medal into the Ohio River, making it an enduring symbol of his struggle for Civil Rights. But is that story true, or simply part of the legend of Muhammad Ali?

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    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sports-detectives/alis-missing-gold-medal/1004307/3432461


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    Find a Romantic Spark this Summer with Kalliope Barlis


     Kalliope Barlis


    Summer is synonymous with new relationships being formed. The summer is the time when new friendships blossom and romance is everywhere. According to studies Golf is rated as the 5th best way to meet people and form a romantic connection. Golf may seem like an intimidating sport, but it is a game that is easy to get into and learn about thanks to Play Golf Better Faster Author Kalliope Barlis played professional golf and decided to write Play Golf Better Faster, a guide to optimizing performance and building your best fast.

     Kalliope Barlis


    The book is structured similar to a workbook, but it is small enough to fit in your golf bag when you are on the course. It’s broken down into three parts: Using Your Brain, Practicing Your Game, and Playing Game; and each part includes practical steps to dramatically improve your game. “This book is designed for anyone who wants to play the game easier and with more enjoyment,” says Golf-Teaching Talent Chuck Hogan.

    By reading this book, you are taught about Neuro-Linguistic Programming as applied to golf. NLP is a technology of thought and the artful use of language that leads your brain into mastering your imagination to create the best possible shots in both easy and challenging situations on the golf course. These teachings can be the perfect holiday gift for the golfer in your life!

    Visit the book’s website, www.playgolfbetterfaster.com , for more information.


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    Cabela’s® named one of The Harris Poll’s 2016 Brands of the Year

    Only sporting-goods retailer on the 2016 list


    SIDNEY, Neb. (April 27, 2016) – Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, was announced as one of The Harris Poll’s 2016 Brands of the Year. The awards were just released in its 28th annual EquiTrend study.

    More than 3,800 brands were evaluated by more than 97,000 U.S. consumers, and Cabela’s was the only sporting-goods retailer named as a “Brand of the Year” recipient. This marks the third time in the last four years that Cabela’s has received this ranking from consumers.

    “Consumers form impressions of brands long before they ever use them, based on their perceptions and what they may know from trusted sources,” said Joan Sinopoli, vice president of brand solutions at Nielsen, which owns The Harris Poll. “This high level equity is the gateway to eventual purchase; it also helps to protect brands from the consequences of an occasional misstep. The strength of a company’s brand equity can have direct business and financial outcomes.”

    The Harris Poll EquiTrend study utilizes an equity index and methodology that has been academically assessed and validated to prove that strong brand equity is associated with strong financial performance.

    About Cabela’s Incorporated
    Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Cabela’s offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.


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    Major League Baseball Expands Philanthropic Commitment to
    The Jackie Robinson Foundation


    MLB to Sponsor 30 College Scholarships, Enlist JRF Scholars to Mentor
    Young People in MLB’s Youth & Community Programs and
    Donate $1 Million to Jackie Robinson Museum Project


     Jackie Robinson Museum Project


    NEW YORK (April 12, 2016) As the baseball world prepares for Jackie Robinson Day, the 13th annual MLB celebration of Jackie Robinson’s enduring legacy, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) announced today that MLB has increased its financial commitment to the Foundation and that the two organizations will expand their programmatic partnership beginning this year. MLB will greatly enhance its longstanding philanthropic support by funding 30 four-year JRF scholarships – one for each of the 30 MLB Clubs and by contributing $1 million to the Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project. Additionally, MLB and JRF will engage JRF Scholars to mentor young people in MLB’s youth and community partnership programs, including Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), MLB Urban Youth Academies and MLB-supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs. JRF Scholars will mentor participants in these various youth programs, encouraging their young mentees to embrace educational opportunities and joining them in extra-curricular activities, such as attending MLB games with the League’s support.

    Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Jackie Robinson inspired change throughout the National Pastime and society. Major League Baseball and its Clubs have long been proud to support the Jackie Robinson Foundation, recognizing the Foundation’s important role in perpetuating Jackie’s legacy by advancing education. MLB’s expanded commitment reflects a shared desire to inspire and broaden opportunities for young people in our communities to truly reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”

    “We are extremely grateful to Major League Baseball for its ongoing, very generous support of our mission to address the achievement gap in education,” said Della Britton Baeza, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “This increased support from MLB and Commissioner Manfred for the Foundation’s scholarship program and to help bring the Jackie Robinson Museum to fruition provides a tremendous boost to our efforts. We are thrilled also about the Commissioner’s commitment to expand our programmatic partnership with MLB that involves both job opportunities and community service engagement for JRF Scholars, not to mention the benefits to the greater community of young people.”

    Historically, Major League Baseball and its clubs have contributed more than $15 million to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for its scholarship program and for the Jackie Robinson Museum. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees organizations have been particularly generous to the Foundation, donating millions of dollars and partnering with JRF around various initiatives. Other Major League organizations that provide funding and engage with the Jackie Robinson Foundation are the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Giants, as well as a roster of current and former MLB players, including Derek Jeter and the Turn 2 Foundation, which has endowed a scholarship in perpetuity at the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
    With support from donors such as Major League Baseball, the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program provides four-years of financial assistance and direct program services annually to 225 highly motivated students attending 100 colleges and universities across the country, and has developed a mentoring curriculum to reach a broad cohort of college students beyond its core “JRF Scholars”. The Foundation’s unique program offers comprehensive support that includes internship and permanent job placement; curriculum and career guidance; one-on-one mentoring; and leadership and practical life skills training. The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s celebrated, hands-on approach has resulted in a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate throughout its 43-year history.

    The Jackie Robinson Museum
    To be located in New York City, the Jackie Robinson Museum will chronicle the baseball legend’s storied athletic career as well as his defining, long-lasting impact across society through state-of-the-art exhibits, precious artifacts, film and other media. The Museum will host programming of all kinds, including symposia, lectures, concerts, and interactive online activities. More than a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson’s pioneering baseball legacy and role in the Civil Rights Movement, the Museum will serve as an activity-oriented venue, a place for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues and a destination for innovative educational programming. The national Jackie Robinson Museum Legacy Campaign has raised $21 million towards a $24 million construction goal.

    Jackie Robinson Day
    On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by stepping onto Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1997, Jackie Robinson’s number was retired across all of Major League Baseball, a first-time occurrence in a professional sports league. Since 2004, MLB has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day with great fanfare and with all players and on-field personnel wearing the number “42” during every game on April 15th. Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, and members of the Robinson Family have attended every flagship Jackie Robinson Day celebration to-date.

    About Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America and, since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game, with each regular season eclipsing the 73-million mark. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. since January 2015, MLB is experiencing record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, and features the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com .

    About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
    Founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), is a public, non-profit organization, that administers one of the nation's premier education and leadership development programs for minority college students. In addition to four-years of generous financial assistance, JRF offers an unparalleled, comprehensive set of support services that has led to a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The 1,450 JRF alumni are proven leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields --and true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of service and humanitarianism. JRF has disbursed over $65 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 225 different colleges and universities across the country. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum to educate and inspire visitors of all generations around Jackie Robinson’s courageous achievements both on and off the field.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Online:
    www.jackierobinson.org
    Facebook.com/JRF42
    Twitter
    Instagram @JRFoundation
    Youtube.com/JRobinsonFdtn
    Linkedin.com


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    RADIO Interviews with Mark Schlereth

    Available on Monday, April 25th!


    What:
    Pull out the pigskin! Former NFL Superstar and three-time Super Bowl Champion (two with the Denver Broncos and one with the Washington Redskins) Mark Schlereth, who retired from the NFL after 12 seasons and two Pro Bowl appearances, is going to chat with your listeners about his predictions for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, chat about recent player and coaching changes and trades and answer any questions you have about the NFL franchise(s) that are popular in your particular market!

    In addition, Mark, whose 29 surgeries during his playing career (including 15 on his left knee and five on his right knee) forced his retirement, will also discuss with your listeners the physical challenges awaiting players selected in this year’s draft and players who are currently on the roster. Mark will discuss the ways NFL players can treat the aches and pains of the game and how your listeners can use these same tips for helping to relieve the chronic pain suffered by 100 million Americans nationwide.

    Who:
    Mark Schlereth, retired NFL star, three-time Super Bowl Champion, and NFL analyst. NFL superstar and Denver Broncos’ and Washington Redskins’ guard, Alaska native, and University of Idaho graduate Mark Schlereth retired from the NFL after six seasons with the Redskins (1989-1994) and six seasons with the Broncos (1995-2000), helping to lead the Broncos to two Super Bowl wins and the Redskins to one. Named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in 1991 and 1998 seasons, Mark’s 29 surgeries finally forced his retirement and were documented on “Athlete 360”, the sports medicine television show hosted by his former Redskins teammate Dr. Mark Adickes.

    Soon after his retirement from the NFL, Mark began his work on “ESPN”. In addition to regularly hosting “NFL Live”, Mark is an analyst on “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter” and a frequent guest and substitute host for Mike Golic on “Mike and Mike in the Morning”.

    For much more information on Mark Schlereth, please log onto his official website www.markschlereth.com.

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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HIRES DEL MATTHEWS AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL DEVELOPMENT


    Major League Baseball announced today the hiring of Del Matthews as Senior Director of Baseball Development. In this capacity, he will play a key role in a number of MLB’s Youth Programs initiatives and will report directly to Tony Reagins, Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. Matthews most recently was a member of the front office of the Chicago White Sox.

    Matthews' responsibilities will include overseeing day-to-day operations of the MLB Urban Youth Academies in Compton, California and New Orleans, as well as the coordination of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Matthews also will manage two MLB initiatives designed to provide professional-level instruction and exposure to diverse youth ballplayers from around the country: the Breakthrough Series and the Elite Development Invitational.

    Reagins said: “We are very pleased to bring Del on board as we believe his previous experiences at MLB, with the White Sox and as a Minor League player will bring invaluable insight to the future success of our programs. He will strongly complement our efforts to provide young people with impactful, high-caliber opportunities in our game.”

    Matthews is rejoining Major League Baseball after serving in his most current role as Assistant Director of Player Development & Scouting with the White Sox. Matthews was the Director of Baseball Operations for the Arizona Fall League and is a product of MLB’s Executive Development Program from June 2005-September 2008. Matthews, who played in the minor league system of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000-2001, is the son of former All-Star outfielder Gary Matthews and the brother of former All-Star outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr.

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    http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com/

  30. New African Soccer Magazine ...
    New African Soccer Magazine is the only monthly English language magazine and ezine dedicated to African football. We will give you all the news and views, twists and turns of the beautiful game from an African perspective.
    http://www.newafricansoccer.co.uk/

  31. NFL.com ...
    National Football Leauge
    http://www.nfl.com/

  32. Onnidan's Black College Sports ...
    The most comprehensive source on the internet for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) sports information.
    http://www.onnidan.com/

  33. Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center ...
    Offering sports event facility hosting, organizational and athletic meeting planning from small seminar rooms to conference-sized accommodations seating up to 1,300.
    http://www.rltac.com/

  34. Rod Benders Bass Club of Atlanta Georgia ...
    Are you looking for a bass club to join, and have a bass boat? New to the sport of bass fishing, and don't have a boat? No problem! We are always accepting applications for new members who are of good moral character with a willingness to fellowship and grow their knowledge and passion for bass fishing in a competitive environment!
    http://www.rodbendersbassclub.org/

  35. Roy Jones Jr. ...
    The official website of the one and only Roy Jones Jr.
    http://www.royjonesjr.com

  36. Satchell Paige ...
    Biography, Quotes, Stats, and more! The official website of Satchell Paige.
    http://www.cmgww.com/baseball/paige/index.html

  37. Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers ...
    The purpose of the organization is to foster serious academic study in the areas of field and ice hockey and to preserve North American and International hockey history.
    http://www.sonahhr.com/sonahhr/index.cfm

  38. SIAC ...
    Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)-Official Site.
    http://www.thesiac.com/

  39. Southern Snow Seekers ...
    Promotes the sport of snow skiing among African-Americans and supports the National Brotherhood of Skiers in identifying a high-caliber minority skier in winning a berth on the U.S.Olympic Ski Team.
    http://www.southernsnowseekers.org/

  40. TalkHunting ...
    TalkHunting is an online discussion board (forum) that is 100% family friendly with no bashing, fighting, foul language or arguing allowed and is tightly moderated to keep it that way. It is simply a place for you to talk about hunting and fishing. A friendly place to learn from other outdoor enthusiasts and help teach those just getting started. We stand behind every legal method of hunting and fishing and believe we should respect each other's styles. Because of this, we have grown to have members in every state of the country and Canada.
    http://www.talkhuntin.com/

  41. The Black Ice Project ...
    The project's purpose is to promote international understanding, social responsibility, historic preservation, religious tolerance, and societal non-violence through the promotion of hockey and its history.
    http://www.theblackiceproject.com/blackiceproject/index.cfm

  42. The Bulldogs Online -- Bowie State University Athletics ...
    Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) sponsors 13 sports and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division II level.
    http://www.bsubulldogs.com/

  43. Urban American Outdoors ...
    The Urban American Outdoors Channel, outdoors, black hunting, urban american outdoors, hunting, fishing, african americans, hunting shows and more.
    http://www.uaotv.com/

  44. Yahoo Sports ...
    Get the stats on your favorite athletes on this website.
    http://sports.yahoo.com


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