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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?

    2 CLIPS:
    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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    2016 MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT IN PHOENIX

    Wide-Ranging Opportunities Include an Exclusive Day for Military Veterans, a Diversity Conversation with Commissioner Manfred at Chase Field and Panels Featuring Executives & Former Players Media Access Requests Now Being Accepted Via Email

    Below are media opportunity details surrounding activities at the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit, the one-of-a-kind sports diversity employment and business opportunity trade fair. This premier event, which is co-hosted by Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks, will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale on Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 9th. The MLB Diversity Business Summit provides attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from MLB’s Central Office, all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media and Minor League Baseball Clubs.

    SPECIAL DAY FOR VETERANS: MLB and the D-backs will host more than 200 veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Service with their own exclusive day at the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Monday, March 7th. All veterans will have the opportunity to participate in special business briefings & panels, a special tour of Chase Field and in an MLB Umpire Camp at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

    FOR MEDIA ACCESS: Please email steven.arocho@mlb.com and jrawitch@dbacks.com.

    REGISTRATION STILL OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC: Registration for the general portion of the Diversity Business Summit (March 8th & 9th) is still available at MLB.com/diversitysummit.

    WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Game 7 Grill, 201 S. 4th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (next to Chase Field)

    MEDIA PASSES PICK-UP DETAILS:

    · Monday, March 7th: 7:00-8:00 a.m.; 10:00-11:00 a.m. @ Game 7 Grill
    · Tuesday, March 8th: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. @ Chase Field (Ballpark Ticket Windows 1-16)

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 7TH:

    Exclusive Veterans Day

    8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks to Veterans
    · Where: Game 7 Grill

    · What: Opening remarks to welcome veterans to their exclusive day at the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit (MLBDBS).

    · Who: Wendy Lewis (Sr. Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, MLB), Marian Rhodes (Sr. Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks); Representatives from 2016 MLBDBS Sponsors and the Pentagon.

    9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote – “A Conversation with Captain Jack: From Service to Baseball”

    · Where: Game 7 Grill

    · What: Panel Discussion

    · Who: Captain Jack Ensch (Military Affairs Specialist, Arizona Diamondbacks); Daniel Pearsall (Director, Transportation & Commercial Markets, Premier Management Corporation), Teresa W. Gerton (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor); Deon Scott (Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard & Military Aide to the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security); Nick Francona (Assistant Director of Player Development, Los Angeles Dodgers & former Officer, U.S. Marine Corps); Major Adam Grim (Employment Director, U.S. Army Soldier for Life Program); Chevalier P. Cleaves, SES, DAF (Director, Diversity & Inclusion, HQ United States Air Force); Lieutenant Commander Bud Hanley, U.S. Navy (retired) (Senior Director, Procurement, Minnesota Twins).

    2:00 p.m. MLB Umpire Camp Exclusively for Veterans

    · Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    · What: The MLB Umpire Camp, which will be held exclusively for veterans, will include training from Major & Minor League umpires and Minor League supervisors. Attendees will learn skills for the field as well as tips on nutrition, fitness and kinds of equipment to use, and there will be a possibility to be referred to the MLB Professional Umpires Mini-Camps.

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 8TH:

    8:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · Who: Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr.; Derrick Hall (President & CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks); Wendy Lewis (Sr. Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, MLB) and 2016 MLBDBS Sponsors.

    8:30 a.m. “Conversation with Commissioner Manfred about Diversity by Harold Reynolds”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: Two-time A.L. All-Star and Emmy Award-winning analyst Harold Reynolds of MLB Network will have a conversation about diversity with Commissioner Manfred.

    9:00 a.m. “The Player Perspective on Diversity & Inclusion”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: This session is designed to examine Diversity & Inclusion in the world of baseball. Hear from former players and current executives who have overcome diversity barriers such as race, gender, sexual orientation and disability; and how they are positively impacting the lives of the next generation of athletes who are involved with the game across the country and around the world.

    · Who: Harold Reynolds (moderator); Kim Ng (Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, MLB); Luis Gonzalez (former All-Star outfielder; Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks); Billy Bean (former Major League outfielder; MLB Vice President of Inclusion & Social Responsibility); Curtis Pride (former Major League outfielder; MLB’s Ambassador of Inclusion); LaTroy Hawkins (21-year Major League veteran).

    9:30 a.m. Commissioner Manfred & Derrick Hall Media Availability

    · Where: Chase Field Interview Room

    · 9:30 a.m. – Derrick Hall

    · 9:45 a.m. – Commissioner Manfred

    3:00 p.m. Media Availability with Billy Bean, Curtis Pride & Justine Siegal

    · Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    · What: Three individuals who represent cornerstones of Baseball’s inclusion efforts will throw out the first pitch of the spring training game between the D-backs & the Los Angeles Angels.

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH:

    8:30 a.m. “Leadership from the Top”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: This panel of the industry’s top leadership will share their stories of how the “business of the game” relies heavily on utilizing America’s diverse base of people, businesses and players to be successful and sustain competitive balance.

    · Who: Derrick Hall (Moderator); Ken Kendrick (Managing General Partner, Arizona Diamondbacks); Dave Stewart (Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks); Peter Seidler (Ownership Group, San Diego Padres); Pat O’Conner (President & CEO, Minor League Baseball); Marian Rhodes (Sr. Vice President, Chief Human Resource & Diversity Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks).

    10:15 a.m. Job Seeker’s Trade Fair

    · Where: Chase Field Concourse

    · What: Trade floor access to human resource representatives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and more.

    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    11:45 a.m. “The Business of Giving”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: Baseball and its players have a unique platform and opportunity to demonstrate what they stand for and how they can make a difference in the community. This session will discuss how Club and player foundations and business partners are integrating relevant causes into the business of baseball to deliver both social impact and business results, and also how community and charitable activities are integral parts of Club business and player activities.

    · Who: Tom Brasuell (Moderator; Vice President of Community Affairs, MLB); Debbie Castaldo (Vice President of Corporate and Community Impact/Executive Director, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation); Roberto Clemente, Jr. (Roberto Clemente Foundation); Christina Coleman (Grand Kids Foundation); Allyce Najimy (CEO, Foundation To Be Named Later); Kim Covington (Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Community Initiatives, Arizona Community Foundation, Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy).

    1:15 p.m. Keynote by the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) & Diamond Dollars Case Competition

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: All currently enrolled college students will learn about competing in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition where undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season.

    · Who: Marc Appleman (CEO, SABR); Vince Gennaro (Author of “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” and Consultant to MLB Clubs).

    2:00 p.m. Procurement Trade Fair

    · Where: Chase Field Concourse

    · What: Trade floor access to business procurement representatives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and more.

    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    4:00 p.m. “The Future of the Game”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: A career in Major League Baseball is a journey. This session will allow you to learn from an array of executives in the game who are taking the game to the next level and expanding the reach of the game.

    · Who: Darrell Miller (Moderator; Vice President of Youth & Facility Development, MLB); Tyrone Brooks (Senior Director, Front Office & Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program, MLB); Katina Lee (Senior Director, Operations, Washington National Youth Baseball Academy); David James (Senior Director, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities & Youth Programs, MLB); Mariana Patraca (Dominican Republic Administrator, Arizona D-backs); Rodney Davis (Sr. Manager, Youth Programs & the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA).

    5:45 p.m. Viewing of “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” hosted by Howard Bryant & Bill Bartholomay

    · Where: Chase Field

    · What: Special screening of “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” an MLB-produced film that premiered on February 29th on The Smithsonian Channel as part of its MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS series.

    · Who: Howard Bryant (ESPN columnist & author); Bill Bartholomay (Chairman Emeritus, Atlanta Braves).

    CONTACT: Steven Arocho, Major League Baseball, steven.arocho@mlb.com, (718) 614-3487
    Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks, jrawitch@dbacks.com, (323) 640-1579


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    MLB's Urban Invitational Returns to New Orleans for Third Consecutive Year

    Games Played at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy on February 20th Will Air LIVE on Both MLB Network and MLB.com

    MLB will Honor the Memory of the Late Darryl Hamilton with Special “Player of the Game” Recognition After Each Urban Invitational Game

    Ancillary Activities at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy on Saturday to Include Youth Baseball Clinic, PLAY BALL Event and a Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition


    Major League Baseball’s Urban Invitational is returning to New Orleans for the third consecutive year, with games being held at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy (MLBUYA) from Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st. 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 Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Mississippi) and Prairie View A&M (Prairie View, Texas). They will be joined by University of New Orleans and Louisiana Tech University, which will be making its tournament debut, in playing nine games over three days. The University of New Orleans will share hosting duties with the New Orleans MLBUYA in Pontchartrain Park. This will be Southern University’s ninth Urban Invitational, making them the only school to have participated in every tournament. Grambling State will make its fifth appearance, the University of New Orleans will make its third appearance and Alcorn State University will be making its second appearance.

    “We are very pleased to bring the Urban Invitational back to New Orleans,” said Tony Reagins, MLB Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. “The city has provided us with a great platform to highlight the talent found in HBCU baseball programs in the region and also what our Urban Youth Academy has to offer the young people of Southern Louisiana. Collegiate Baseball is a terrific option for student-athletes to get an education and prepare them for the next levels of baseball, and we look forward to showcasing that through this event and the exposure provided by MLB Network and MLB.com.”

    Saturday’s match-ups at the New Orleans MLBUYA between Louisiana Tech University and Southern University at 2:00 p.m. CT and Grambling University and University of New Orleans at 6:00 p.m. CT, will air LIVE on both MLB Network and MLB.com. The broadcast will feature play-by-play from Paul Severino and analysis from former All-Star outfielder Cliff Floyd.

    In a special tribute to the late Darryl Hamilton, who was a Baton Rouge native and called the 2015 Urban Invitational for MLB Network, Major League Baseball will name a “Darryl Hamilton Player of the Game” after each Urban Invitational contest.

    In addition to tournament play, the New Orleans MLBUYA will host three youth-focused events on Saturday, February 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m., including a private youth baseball clinic, a PLAY BALL event and a Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition. The clinic will have players from each of the participating Urban Invitational teams serving as instructors to Urban Youth Academy (UYA) participants and kids from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs. The PLAY BALL event will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by the local Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition at 3:00 p.m.

    Former Major Leaguers, including All-Star reliever Lee Smith and Jerry Manuel (who is also a Youth Programs Consultant for MLB), will attend various portions of the Urban Invitational, particularly the youth events throughout Saturday.

    HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M) played in HBCU baseball programs. Since 2008, the year of the inaugural Urban Invitational, more than 25 HBCU athletes who have played in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Draft. Three tournament alumni were taken in the 2015 Draft, including Earl Burl III from Alcorn State University, who was also the first player to be drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy. Lance Jones from Southern University and Edwin Drexler of Grambling State were also selected.

    MLB’s youth initiatives are on display in this tournament as 19 players on this year’s rosters are alumni of Urban Youth Academies, RBI programs or Breakthrough Series participants. For Southern University, four players attended the Urban Youth Academies in New Orleans and Compton (California), seven were a part of RBI programs (Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C.) and another participated in a previous Breakthrough Series event. Prairie View A&M has three players, Nick Gurka, Shannon Washington, Joshua Wells, who are alumni of the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy and Astros RBI. Alcorn State has four players – Carlos Kelly, Larry Cowart, Robert Fletcher and Devonte Thomson – who are alumni of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy.

    Major League Baseball is dedicated to its ongoing diversity efforts, including the implementation of programs that make it easier for underserved and inner city youth to participate in baseball and softball. With six operating Urban Youth Academies in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), Houston (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Washington D.C., plus three Urban Youth Academies in development in Dallas (Texas), Kansas City (Missouri) and San Francisco (California), MLB has continued to allot resources to bring America’s pastime to young people in urban communities.

    About New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy
    The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium in historic Pontchartrain Park opened in 2012, replacing a 55-year-old facility that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The facility operates in coordination with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to offer a dynamic youth program that provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational and baseball vocation programming for more than 2500 young people from underserved and urban communities throughout southern Louisiana. The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy features a turfed stadium, indoor and outdoor batting cages, extra bullpens, a youth field and a softball field. Staff is available daily to provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction. The Academy also focuses on educational and vocational programs, including after-school homework assistance, broadcasting, field maintenance, umpiring and scouting clinics.

    Complete Urban Invitational Schedule (Central Time):

    Friday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Louisiana Tech University vs. Prairie View A&M
    Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Grambling State University vs. Southern University
    Friday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. @ University of New Orleans (UNO): Alcorn State University vs. University of New Orleans
    Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Private Youth Baseball Clinic for UYA and RBI Participants
    Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. @ UNO: Prairie View A&M vs. Alcorn State University
    Saturday, February 20, 12:30 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: PLAY BALL Event
    Saturday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Louisiana Tech University vs. Southern University, (will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com)
    Saturday, February 20, 3:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Local Contest
    Saturday, February 20, 6:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Grambling University vs. University of New Orleans, (will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com)
    Sunday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State University
    Sunday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. @ UNO: Louisiana Tech University vs. University of New Orleans
    Sunday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Southern University vs. Alcorn State University

    *NOTE – Performances: Tight Harmonies (Landry-Walker Quartet) will sing the National Anthem and the Landry Walker JROTC will present the colors prior to the first game (2:00 p.m. CT), while the Southern University Band and Dancing Dolls will perform prior to the second game.


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    SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM UP TO PROFILE FOUR OF THE NATIONAL PASTIME’S MOST ICONIC PLAYERS

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS

    EMMY® WINNER MARTIN SHEEN NARRATES SERIES OF ONE-HOUR PROGRAMS THAT OPENS WITH BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL ON HANK AARON


    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS


    New York, January 20, 2016 – Smithsonian Channel and Major League Baseball have teamed up to tell the stories of four players who transcended the National Pastime and left legacies as true American icons: Hank Aaron, who surmounted racism in the Deep South and became baseball’s home run king; Babe Ruth, who emerged from a troubled youth to become America’s first superstar celebrity; Lou Gehrig, the embodiment of integrity who achieved immortality for his bravery in facing a terrible disease that now bears his name; and Ted Williams, who aspired to be the greatest hitter ever and inspired generations with his quest for perfection. MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS will premiere over four consecutive Monday nights beginning February 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a special Black History Month presentation of MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON.

    Each of the specials is narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Martin Sheen. The stories take an in-depth look at the history, psychology and mythology of each of the Baseball Hall of Famers. Providing context throughout each of the programs are a host of journalists, academics, sports figures, and even a mythologist. They include Deadspin founder Will Leitch, ESPN’s Howard Bryant, best-selling author Jane Leavy, National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Damion Thomas, author Phil Cousineau and basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight, among others.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON Premieres Monday, February 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    This special Black History Month presentation features extensive newly-captured interviews with Aaron himself, 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.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH Premieres Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    Before “The Babe,” the all-time home run record stood at 138. Babe Ruth retired with 714. With his immensely powerful swing and unmatched zest for life, the incorrigible boy from Baltimore became the template for the modern superstar. One of American history’s most fascinating and enduring individuals, George Herman Ruth remains a mythical titan who reminds us that truth is often greater than fiction. While his baseball achievements rewrote the record book and his popularity set attendance records, MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH details the complex origin story behind the game’s dominant figure.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: LOU GEHRIG Premieres Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    Integrity, honesty, and dedication to family guided his every move. His body, which as a small child was considered chubby, would, as an adult, inspire comparisons to a god. Lou Gehrig’s record of playing in 2,130 consecutive games would stand for more than 60 years, but, it would be the revelation of his humanity and grace in the face of impending death that would place him among the immortals. In a ceremony after he retired, upon learning that he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, he delivered the famous “Luckiest Man” speech, which is still recognized as one of the greatest moments in American sports history.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: TED WILLIAMS Premieres Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    The quest for perfection is mankind’s boldest pursuit. It demands supreme skill, flawless precision, and obsessive determination. For most, the mission is too much. This special reveals that Ted Williams was the rare figure capable of summoning the impossible. His goal was to be considered the greatest hitter who ever lived, and his success captured the heart of the exacting, but loyal, Boston fan base. At the peak of his career, coming off a season in which he batted .406 and then one in which he captured baseball’s elusive Triple Crown, Williams interrupted his Hall of Fame career to serve three years in the Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. In his time in the military, he became a master fighter pilot. Away from the baseball field and battlefield, Williams turned to fly fishing, another forum for his extreme focus.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS (http://smithsonianchannel.com/mlb) is produced by Major League Baseball for Smithsonian Channel. Executive producers on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON are Josh Oshinsky and Jonathan Laureano; Executive Producers on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH are Oshinsky and Jeff Spaulding; Executive Producer on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: LOU GEHRIG is James Potocki; Executive producer on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: TED WILLIAMS is Gary Waksman. David Royle and Charles Poe served as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

    Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Boomtowners, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Civil War 360, 9/11: The Heartland Tapes; MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Find out more at www.smithsonianchannel.com. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content.

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    NFL "Lean and Dabb" Compilation


    Lean and Dabb


    Dabb dance takes over the NFL creating a national movement this playoff season. Enjoy this fan-created “Lean and Dabb” video compilation featuring Cam Newton, Ike Taylor, Larry King, Jeremy Hill, Lebron James, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and more.

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    ValGrine expands its range ‘Sport’


    ValGrine



    The new desire of ValGrine is to make the excellence of these putters as accessible as possible. With the launch of the new putter “Apollon”, the brand reaches a consensus on this.

    The blade is synonymous with elegance. ValGrine achieves this through perfect lines and a stylishly silhouette. Due to the refined and timeless design, a natural charisma comes from ‘Apollon’. This blade follows a smart conception and appears as the younger sister of Dandy, the prestigious blade. ‘Apollon’ enhances each golfer who is looking for accuracy, tolerance and sportsmanship.

    This new blade’s performance comes out of the ValGrine technologies, chosen from the most essential. The putter’s head is made from stainless steel 316L and provides an important weight at the contact with the ball. The putt is more marked and the golf ball’s trajectory is straighter. The aluminium insert on its perimeter support equips this blade with an incredible sweet spot. This worldwide, unique technology was specifically designed by ValGrine in order to bring a tolerance to off-centre shots and to help improve putting.

    With ValGrine, rediscover the pleasure of playing golf with a blade putter.

    Available colours in the collection: 'Red', 'Black' and 'Pink'

    Price: 791€ (Excluding taxes)

    For more information : contact@valgrine.fr or www.valgrine.com

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    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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