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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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     HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON ASPiRE



    HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON ASPiRE CONCLUDES NOVEMBER 14 WITH SIAC AND CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES


    Championship Day Slate Also Includes the 'HBCU Playback Game of the Week'


    ATLANTA – November 12, 2015 – Another exciting season of Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college football concludes on ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) November 14 with the broadcast of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championships games at 2 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST, respectively. In between the championship showdowns, ASPiRE will present its exclusive "HBCU Playback Game of the Week” – the 1999 Howard University homecoming game between Howard and South Caroline State University at 5 p.m. EST.

    The CIAA championship game will pit the conference's top teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions in a showdown at Durham County Memorial Stadium in North Carolina. In last year's championship game, freshman quarterback Niko Johnson ran 25 yards up the middle to pay dirt with 2:59 left to play, leading the Northern Division champion Virginia State University to a 21-17 win over the Southern Division powerhouse Winston-Salem State University.

    The SIAC championship game, an exclusive ASPiRE presentation, will match the conference's East and West division champs at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. In last year's game, Tuskegee University scored nine points in the final minute to outlast Albany State University, 47-41, to capture the conference crown behind 484 yards of total offense.

    “All of us at ASPiRE look forward to the exciting culmination of the 2015 HBCU football season with two tremendous championship games," said Tina Thompson, director, programming, ASPiRE. "Most of all, we are so pleased to be able to support young student athletes as they showcase their exceptional skills in front of thousands of cheering fans."

    Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA commissioner, said, "It's been quite a football season and we can't wait to showcase our championship game in front of a national audience on ASPiRE. The network and the Urban Sports & Entertainment Group have been wonderful partners for us and have done a great job in capturing all the excitement and enthusiasm that is part of the CIAA football experience." (suggested quote for review)

    Gregory Moore, SIAC commissioner, commented, "The SIAC football championship game is always one of the most eagerly awaited events on the HBCU sports calendar. Last year's game was a classic, and we look forward to sharing this year's matchup with the millions of households across America with access to the ASPiRE network."

    ASPiRE's 2015 HBCU coverage began in August with the first of 11 scheduled and encore HBCU football games. The schedule also featured five best-of Black college football games under the banner “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,” hosted by CBS Sports Commentator Rashan Ali (@RashanAli) and ESPN commentator Doug Stewart (@2livestews) and produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG, urbansportsgroup.net).

    Follow ASPiRE and all the latest game information at:

    · www.aspire.tv
    · @tvASPiRE and www.twitter.com/tvASPiRE
    · www.facebook.com/ASPiRETV
    · www.instagram.com/tvASPiRE

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. 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 and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.

    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, visithttp://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    About Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG)
    Founded in 2001 by Thomas Grabowski, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG) is a multi-cultural sports marketing firm located just north of Charlotte, NC. Specializing in television production, event execution, sponsorship acquisition and sponsorship activation, Urban Sport’s team of professionals provide clients with the ultimate brand and event experience. With marquee events including the Football Championship and Basketball Tournament for both the CIAA and SWAC conferences, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and programming including live CIAA game broadcasts and the weekly HBCU sport’s highlight show Inside the Game, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group is the Name Behind the Game.

    About Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The SIAC sponsors six women’s sports and seven men’s sports. Last year 388,787 fans attended SIAC football games as the SIAC once again led NCAA Division II in average football attendance for twenty-third time out of the past twenty-five years.

    About the CIAA
    Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the nation's first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 16 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit theciaa.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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    USATF's Black Tie & Sneakers Gala hosts National Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, brings together legends of the sport, business leaders and celebrities for an evening of honors on Oct. 29 in New York City.


    WHO:
    Olympians, World Champions, Elite Athletes, Celebrities and Dignitaries

    Olympians
    Allyson Felix Most decorated female athlete in track & field history 9-time World Champion, 4-time Olympic gold medalist


    Olympians
    Lolo Jones 3-time Olympian Competed in Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games


    Olympians
    Dan O'Brien Olympic gold medalist Star of "Dan vs. Dave" commercials TV personality


    Olympians
    Sanya Richards-Ross 4-time Olympic gold medalist Starred in her own reality show with NFL husband, Aaron Ross


    Olympians
    Maurice Greene Olympic gold medalist One of the greatest sprinters of all time Ran 53 sub-10 second races in the 100m


    Olympians
    Dick Fosbury Olympic gold medalist Revolutionized the high jump with his "Fosbury Flop"


    Olympians
    Deena Kastor Olympic bronze medalist American record holder in the marathon Chicago Marathon and London Marathon champion


    Olympians
    Host: Dan Hicks NBC Sports Critically acclaimed Olympic and golf commentator


    WHAT:
    USATF's Black Tie & Sneakers Gala hosts the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

    Class of 2015 Inductees

    Allen Johnson, 110mH
    Hollis Conway, High Jump
    Ralph Mann, 400mH
    Al Blozis, Shot Put
    Jack Torrance, Shot Put
    Harry Gill, Legendary Coach

    WHEN:
    Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
    6 p.m. Red Carpet
    7 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    WHERE:
    The Armory
    216 Fort Washington Ave.
    New York, NY 10032

    WHY:
    Proceeds from the Black Tie & Sneakers Gala support USATF's Elite Athlete Mentorship Program, a new initiative that connects USATF Elite Athletes with business executives, career coaches and former athletes to prepare them for success after their athletic careers conclude.

    HOW: MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING THE RED CARPET EVENT MUST RSVP:

    PRESS CONTACTS:
    Simone Smalls
    Simone Smalls PR, Inc.
    917.388.3890
    Simone@simonesmallspr.com

    Christa Mann
    USATF
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    404.579.4344
    Christa.Mann@usatf.org

    About USA Track & Field
    USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country's No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.

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    KANSAS CITY MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY ANNOUNCED BY MLB, MLBPA, KANSAS CITY ROYALS AND CITY OF KANSAS CITY


    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy, an indoor training facility and four new state-of-the-art diamonds to enhance the 18th and Vine District, is planned for Parade Park at Truman Road and The Paseo, it was announced today at a press conference at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attended by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of Youth Programs Tony Reagins and Major League Baseball Players Association Special Assistant for Player Program Development Jeffrey Hammonds.

    The two-phase project would represent an investment from private and public funds (Phase 2 is contingent upon the successful completion of a capital campaign to be led by community leaders). The Academy will transform the 21-acre park and enhance the area bounded by Truman Road, 18th Street, The Paseo and Woodland Avenue. Other improvements planned as part of the project include a walking trail, a playground, additional athletic facilities and a Great Lawn area that can serve as a site for special events. Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016. Construction of Phase 2 of the project, including an indoor baseball training facility and the installation of lighting for the baseball fields, would commence following the successful completion of the capital campaign. This project will enhance Parade Park for neighbors and support the existing efforts of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to attract more youth to the game, particularly through the MLB Urban Youth Academy network. The Academy will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to help support the local Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) programs and youth baseball initiatives around the City.

    A portion of the funds allocated to the project will be supplied by the new MLB-MLBPA joint youth development initiative. Announced in July, the program supports key baseball and softball programs designed to improve access to the sport across the United States and Canada. The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy is one of the first projects to receive funding and support from this new MLB-MLBPA initiative.

    “Major League Baseball is honored to help bring an Academy to the children of Kansas City, the first professional baseball home of the great Jackie Robinson,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “For years, Urban Youth Academies have not only served as safe places for baseball and softball opportunities for young people, but also as points of pride for local communities. This is a great era for baseball in Kansas City, and we are pleased to contribute to the game’s future here in such a meaningful way.”

    “Kansas City has played an important role throughout the history of our great sport, especially as it relates to the participation and support baseball enjoys from the African American community,” said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. “Major League baseball Players are fully aware of this history, and that’s why today’s announcement is an important one. Not only are today’s Players stepping up to support a community that has supported generations of Players before them, the Players are getting involved because they are determined to reinvigorate the participation and interest in baseball, especially among minority populations. We thank everyone involved in this partnership for providing the blueprints to help the dreams of the area’s youth come true.”

    “Buck O’Neil would be very proud of what we’re announcing here today,” Mayor James said. “The Urban Youth Academy will create a better park for the Parade Park neighborhood, attract visitors from around the region and nation and establish an athletic, cultural, educational and recreational center unlike anywhere else in the country.”

    “The Kansas City Royals are deeply committed to growing the great game of baseball in our community and throughout the region,” Moore said. “The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy will provide special opportunities for boys and girls to develop their baseball and softball skills while, most importantly, growing as leaders.”

    Also present at the press conference were city officials and civic leaders, including those who have agreed to serve on the Capital Campaign Committee to raise funds for Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, Inc., the non-profit organization that will build and operate the Academy under a cooperative agreement with the city. The Capital Campaign Committee includes Mayor Sly James, Royals' General Manager Dayton Moore, former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Royals' Hall of Famer George Brett, former MLB star Joe Carter, and community leaders Terry Bassham, Michael Carter and Carolyn Watley.

    The Academy and park improvements will be developed in two phases:

    * Phase I includes two full-size baseball fields, including one with permanent and portable bleachers for tournament play; two youth baseball-softball fields; a half-mile walking trail with views of the baseball and softball diamonds; relocated basketball courts; relocated and renovated tennis courts, and a new playground near the community center.

    * Phase II includes the indoor training facility with a turf infield, batting cages, pitching mounds, restrooms and concession facilities for the diamonds; a Great Lawn that will serve as a front yard for the Academy and as a shared event space, and additional parking.

    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy’s initial goal will be to serve approximately 800-1,000 youth per year, ages 6-18. In addition to providing free, year-round baseball and softball instruction and play, including hosting tournaments, coaching clinics and skills camps, the Academy will provide youth with access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, courses teaching math through the use of baseball statistics and MLB industry alternative career workshops. Youth will also have opportunities to be involved in drug resistance and gang-prevention programs and healthy lifestyle classes.

    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy is the seventh announced MLB Urban Youth Academy in the United States, joining the most recently announced intentions to build an Academy in San Francisco. There are five operational MLB Urban Youth Academies in the country in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), Houston (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Additionally, the Washington Nationals recently established their own Youth Baseball Academy in Washington D.C. The first MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton was established in 2006, and together, all Academies currently provide free, year-round baseball and softball training and instruction to approximately 12,000 young men and women Academy members and over 20,000 more through additional tournaments and programs.

    In the last two seasons, seven Compton Academy alumni have appeared on MLB rosters, including Khris Davis (Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Gose (Detroit Tigers), Aaron Hicks (Minnesota Twins), Efren Navarro (Los Angeles Angels), Jon Singleton (Houston Astros), Trayce Thompson (White Sox) and Vincent Velasquez (Houston Astros). Forty-six Academy alumni have been selected in the last four First-Year Player Drafts and nearly 160 overall. Additionally, all Academy members and other community youth benefit from Academy facilities and programs through educational programming and baseball vocational programming, such as umpiring seminars, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, and athletic sports training. Operations of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will be supported in a manner similar to a lower-level minor league club and will be covered entirely by the Kansas City Royals and the Glass family. In addition to employment of the personnel operating the Academy, the Royals will provide equipment, supplies, utilities and other operating costs.

    Additional full and part-time employment is anticipated. Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs programming is expected to both enhance and benefit from current 18th & Vine amenities, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, Gregg-Klice Community Center, the Black Archives of Mid-America, Gem Theater and the Full Employment Council. Additional funding for construction will come from the City of Kansas City capital improvements sales tax; the State of Missouri and private donations raised by the Capital Campaign Committee. The City will apply for Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits to assist with the effort to raise the private funding required to complete Phase 2 of the project.

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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TO CO-HOST THE MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT IN GREATER PHOENIX IN MARCH 2016

    The Diversity Employment and Business Opportunity Career and Trade Fair Will Be Held During Spring Training For the First Time


    Major League Baseball today announced that it will partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks to co-host the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit in Greater Phoenix in March 2016. The event, which will be held during Spring Training for the first time, will provide attendees with exclusive access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office.

    Various elements of the MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on March 8th and 9th (2016) at Chase Field, the Regular Season home of the D-backs, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair. It provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers regarding employment and business opportunities. Features of the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit will include event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

    “Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in hosting the 2016 Diversity Business Summit, our first during Spring Training,” Commissioner Manfred said. “Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our industry. As fans gather in anticipation of the 2016 Championship Season, we will be proud to offer unparalleled access and networking toward the pursuit of business and employment opportunities within our game.”

    “Arizona is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are honored to host this summit next year at a time when all eyes are on us,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who serves on MLB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We recognize the great importance of a diverse work force and supplier base and we are proud to help lead the way in expanding those opportunities in baseball and making this the best summit to date.”

    The D-backs were recently named to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Circle of Excellence as an organization that spends more than $1 million annually with minority- or women-owned businesses. Additionally, the team works closely with the African-American, Native-American and Hispanic communities, each of which are expected to be involved in the upcoming summit.

    The previous three MLB Diversity Business Summits were held during the Regular Season calendar in Chicago (2012; co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox), Houston (2013; co-hosted by the Houston Astros) and New York (2014; co-hosted by the New York Yankees). In total, the three previous MLB Diversity Business Summits attracted more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States.

    For more information and to save the date, visitMLB.com/diversitysummit. Please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).

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    STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING APPOINTS A FIRST-EVER CEO AND A NEW COO


    STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING


    Today, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) announces the appointment of Greg Jacobs as the league’s first-ever CEO as well as the promotion of current SLS President, Brian Atlas, to COO. Both executive roles will lead the company into the next significant phase of growth, continuing to deliver the most elevated competitive professional street skateboarding in the history of the sport. Launched by pro skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek in 2010, this announcement is the latest in a host of partnership and positioning moves made by SLS over the last 12 months, establishing a global qualification structure of amateur-to-professional progression that leads to the street skateboarding competition that matters the most: the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

    As part of Dyrdek’s long-term vision for the growth of the League, he continues to trust in Atlas to develop the business strategy and build a team of the right players whose passion for skateboarding and entertainment, as well as their previous accomplishments, are in the same entrepreneurial spirit as Dyrdek’s. “Street League has come a long way and we can only continue the success by hiring talented staff who will take us to the next level,” says SLS Founder and Chairman Rob Dyrdek. “Brian and Greg are a dream team of executives who I fully trust to keep the core of our business centered on growing skateboarding globally through live events, always-on content and an innovative media strategy.”

    Street League is on the fast track for global expansion, creating strategic partnerships that will support the already established media-driven business and contribute to building a global ecosystem for street skateboarding contests. In 2015, SLS began a long-term partnership with Skatepark of Tampa to develop respected qualifying events that ensure a continued influx of new talent via the Tampa Pro, Tampa Am and Damn Am Select Series, with the latter two ultimately leading to the SLS Nike SB Pro Open. Preceding the Tour in a new country each year, the SLS Nike SB Pro Open also acts as a feeder event for the best international non-SLS Pros, taking place at purpose-built, permanent skate plazas that remain in place to invigorate the local scene and create the opportunity for future SLS events to return and re-energize the local skateboard community. This year’s SLS Nike SB Pro Open will kick off the season in Barcelona, Spain, as the first-ever independent international event in SLS history before heading into the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

    SLS offers options for fans across the world to tune in and watch skateboarding’s most prestigious competition series. Fans in the United States can watch the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour on FOX Sports 1 and customers of participating cable and satellite TV providers may access the live stream of the Tour stops through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com. International fans can catch the official LIVE webcast exclusively on StreetLeague.com.

    SLS NIKE SB WORLD TOUR DATES AND VENUES:

    • May 16–17 SLS Nike SB Pro Open | Skate Agora BDN I Barcelona, Spain
    • July 11 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop One | Galen Center at USC | Los Angeles, CA
    • August 23 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop Two | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
    • October 4 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship | UIC Pavilion | Chicago, IL

    FOX SPORTS 1 TELECAST SCHEDULE:

    2015 SLS Nike SB Pro Open Kick-Off Special: Thursday, May 28 (8:00 PM ET– 9:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Los Angeles: LIVE: Saturday, July 11 (10 PM ET – 11:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour: New Jersey: LIVE: Sunday, August 23 (5 PM ET – 6:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship: LIVE: Sunday, October 4 (5 PM ET – 7 PM ET)


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    Nike Golf Film "Ripple" Features Tiger and Rory

    Nike Golf’s New Film “Ripple” Captures the Inspiring Effect of Tiger Woods’s Greatness on a Young Rory McIlroy


    Nike Golf Film ripple Features Tiger and Rory


    Extraordinary athletes serve as idols to the next generation. Their greatness inspires, and before long the inspired have in turn become role models themselves. Tiger Woods idolized Jack Nicklaus. Rory McIlroy looked up to Tiger Woods. And now, Woods and McIlroy compete side by side as they fuel the dreams of sport’s future greats. It’s a ripple effect.

    In that vein, Nike Golf has created a new film, “Ripple,” that captures the powerful influence of Woods on a young McIlroy. “Ripple” is a story of relentless pursuit by two remarkable athletes, Woods and McIlroy, and their respective paths to greatness.

    Produced in one- and two-minute versions, the film follows the inspirational journey of McIlroy growing up, captivated by Woods’s awe-inspiring performances, his strokes of genius, his athleticism and his swing. Seeing fist pump after fist pump, victory after victory, and with posters of Woods in his room, the film shows McIlroy dreaming of one day competing against Woods — symbolic of the dream held by many young golfers around the world.

    “As a kid, I looked up to Tiger,” said McIlroy, who hit a 40-yard drive at the age of just two. When I first saw him on TV, I remember being completely enamored by the energy he brought to the sport. His will to win. His determination. His fight.”

    “I’ve been in that same situation,” said Woods. “Growing up, Jack was my idol. My first recollection of The Masters was 1986, when Jack won. I remember him making a putt at 17 and lifting that putter up. Fourteen years later at the 2000 PGA Championship, I got to play with and against him – someone I looked up to.”

    The film begins with a reenactment of a young McIlroy intensely watching Woods win his first U.S. Amateur Championship on TV in 1994. A few years later, still from his hometown in Holywood, Northern Ireland, McIlroy witnessed Woods’s electrifying performance of winning his first Masters title by an astounding 12 shots. As the film progresses, we see McIlroy emulating Woods’s work ethic, perfecting his game in the rain, working on his putting stroke on a putting green at his house (filmed at his actual childhood home), with his mother Rosie and father Gerry supporting him all the way.

    The film culminates with the two professionals competing against each other, walking side by side down the fairway –inspiration for who’s next.

    “It’s been an incredible journey for me, going from massive fan to competitor,” said McIlroy. “To think that not too long ago I was that little boy watching him on TV to where I am now. It’s been a cool journey and I’m very lucky I get to compete with and against him, because he inspired me as a kid and he inspires me now. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen.”

    “It’s neat because I’ve been able to be a part of different generations of competitors. Now I’m competing against the younger ones. It helps me train a little harder, because these guys are athletic,” said Woods.

    Created in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, the film has two versions – a one-and two-minute spot airing on ESPN and The Golf Channel. The film director is Steve Rogers of Wieden + Kennedy and the music “Nuvole Bianche,” by Ludovico Einaudi.


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    LOS ANGELES DODGERS TO HOST THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN THE 2015 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME ON JACKIE ROBINSON DAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH

    Baseball’s Annual Civil Rights Tribute to be Held In Conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day for the First Time The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day Will Air on ESPN2


     Jackie Robinson Day



    Major League Baseball today announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th. It will mark the first time that Baseball’s tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET), as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Baseball package.

    The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.

    “It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our National Pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “Together with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball will proudly celebrate the civil rights movement, the courageous people like Jackie who contributed to it, and its many lessons that continue to resonate today.”

    “We’re proud of the role the Dodgers have played in professional sports history as pioneers of social change since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 during the team’s days in Brooklyn,” said Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “From Jackie to Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo to Chan Ho Park to now Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have sought to lead the way and be a model of inclusion in sports and American society as a whole.”

    “Thanks to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers, baseball was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, integrating long before other parts of our nation caught up," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I'm proud that Los Angeles will play home to this game honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson and all those who stand for freedom and equality."

    In addition to the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball and the Dodgers will honor MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball-focused event and host the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Details for these and all other Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day-related efforts will be announced at a later date. Tickets and information for the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day are available on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Dodgers.com/civilrightsgame.

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventually breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.

    ABOUT THE BASEBALL & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

    A group of prominent participants will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution in American society. Previous panelists have included Sharon Robinson, Ernest Green, Dolores Huerta, Bob Kendrick, Martin Luther King III, Arte Moreno, Branch Rickey III, Ambassador Shabazz, Thomas Tull, and Ken Williams. Also included in the list of past participants are Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Dave Winfield; Dodgers legend Don Newcombe; Hall of Fame journalist and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons; and MLB Network & FOX Sports analyst Harold Reynolds, among others. The Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion will be streamed on MLB.com and Dodgers.com prior to the Civil Rights Game. ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS GAME

    The 2015 Civil Rights Game is the ninth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), Atlanta (2011-2012), and Chicago (2013) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Houston by the Astros.


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    New England Patriots' star Darrelle Revis


    Darrelle Revis



    New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis toasted fans with Steaz, the official beverage of Revis Island at Whole Foods Market in Scottsdale this week in ramp up to Super Bowl XLIX.


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    HBCU BASKETBALL SET TO TIP OFF ON ASPiRE WITH 12 SCHEDULED COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES VIRGINIA UNION AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE GAME, LIVE THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 4 P.M. EST

    Season Includes Live Broadcasts of Five Regular Season Games, CIAA Men’s Quarter Finals, CIAA Men’s Semi-Finals and the ASPiRE Exclusive CIAA Women’s Basketball Championship Game Plus All-New Episodes of the Weekly HBCU Series “Inside the Game” Begin on Saturday, January 10th at 11:30 a.m. EST


    Weekly HBCU Series



    ATLANTA – January 8, 2015 – Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college basketball returns to ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) this week with the live broadcast of the first of 12 scheduled basketball games, airing this Saturday, January 10th through Saturday, February 28th, announced ASPiRE and Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG, urbansportsgroup.net). Games include five CIAA Men’s match-ups, the CIAA Men’s Quarter Finals and CIAA Men’s Semi-Finals, along with the annual CIAA Women’s Basketball Championship Game, airing exclusively on ASPiRE

    All the court action, analysis and more will be featured every Saturday morning as new episodes debut of the weekly HBCU sports series “Inside the Game” (aspire.tv/shows/inside-the-game), hosted by ESPN host/analyst/producer Stan Lewter (@slewter13). Produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group, “Inside the Game” returns on Saturday, January 10th at 11:30 a.m. EST.

    This Saturday’s all-new “Inside the Game” episode will feature the following:

    After a short hiatus, “Inside the Game” is back with the HBCU Basketball Tip-Off. This week’s episode takes you inside SWAC Men’s and Women’s hoops with Alabama State hosting Ft. Valley’s Men and Grambling’s Women at Dunn Oliver Acadome in Montgomery, Alabama, with Moe Carter Reporting. We’ll feature a close matchup with Livingstone out of the CIAA and Morehouse College out of the SIAC. Host Stan Lewter interviews former Alabama State alumni, and the Cleveland Browns leading scorer, running back Isaiah Crowell. As always, we keep you in step with this week’s Band of the Week, Honda Battle of the Bands Edition, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine of North Carolina A&T. Lastly, we bring you Slams of the Week. You don’t want to miss this week’s episode of“Inside the Game.”

    “ASPiRE jumps into 2015 to bring viewers courtside for a brand-new season of Historically Black College & University (HBCU) basketball, featuring a dozen highly-anticipated, key match-ups and defining final games,” said Paul Butler, general manager, ASPiRE. “We are rooting for all the bright, young student-athletes as they chase their dreams and HBCU sports glory this season.”

    The basketball games to be broadcast on ASPiRE are:

    · Game #1: January 10th at 4:00 p.m. EST – Virginia Union at Fayetteville State, in Fayetteville, NC

    · Game #2: January 17th at 4:00 p.m. EST – The Lincoln University at Bowie State, in Bowie, MD

    · Game #3: February 7th at 4:00 p.m. EST – Johnson C. Smith University at Fayetteville State, in Fayetteville, NC

    · Game #4: February 14th at 4:00 p.m. EST – Elizabeth City at Virginia State, in Petersburg, VA

    · Game #5: February 21st at 4:00 p.m. EST – Virginia Union at Chowan, in Murfreesboro, NC

    · Game #6: February 26th at 1:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Quarter Final Game #1, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #7: February 26th at 3:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Quarter Final Game #2, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #8: February 26th at 7:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Quarter Final Game #3, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #9: February 26th at 9:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Quarter Final Game #4, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #10: February 27th at 7:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Semi-Final Game #1, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #11: February 27th at 9:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Men’s Semi-Final Game #2, in Charlotte, NC

    · Game #12: February 28th at 5:00 p.m. EST – CIAA Women’s Final Game, in Charlotte, NC

    Produced by USEG, “Inside the Game” is the nation’s longest-running sports highlights show devoted exclusively to HBCUs. Hosted by ESPN analyst Stan Lewter, the weekly series provides viewers with football and basketball highlights, interviews and features from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) institutions around the country. Now in its 20th year, the show is the source for up-to-date HBCU highlights, tailgating, cheerleaders, bands, player profiles and HBCU legends from Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and independent schools.

    About Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG)
    Founded in 2001 by Thomas Grabowski, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG) is a multi-cultural sports marketing firm located just north of Charlotte, NC. Specializing in television production, event execution, sponsorship acquisition and sponsorship activation, Urban Sport’s team of professionals provide clients with the ultimate brand and event experience. With marquee events including the Football Championship and Basketball Tournament for both the CIAA and SWAC conferences, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and programming including live CIAA game broadcasts and the weekly HBCU sport’s highlight show Inside the Game, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group is the Name Behind the Game.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. 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 about 21 million homes in 21 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 and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.

    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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    U.S. Congress Helps Secure Future of Two National Historic Sites with Passage of National Defense Authorization Act


    Today, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains more than 50 separate public lands provisions. This authorization marks the first National Parks legislation passed by Congress in five years and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

    “Today’s Congressional action underscores the value of preserving our nation’s most beloved historic places, and is a significant victory on many fronts,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “While we commend those members of Congress whose leadership resulted in protecting several noteworthy national treasures, we must also acknowledge that portions of the bill will gravely harm both the religious practices and cultural heritage of Native American tribes and the lands they consider sacred.”

    Included in the bill are two projects that are part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Treasures program: The Manhattan Project, located in three different states, and Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, N.J. National Treasures are some of the most important, critically threatened places in the nation where the National Trust for Historic Preservation is making a deep investment.

    The Manhattan Project was named a National Treasure in 2011 and includes sites in three different states - Los Alamos, NM; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Hanford, Wash. These sites were top secret locations where the atom bomb was developed, ultimately ending World War II and launching the Cold War era. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is one of only a few national parks that recognize American science and technology.

    “Few events have affected as many aspects of American life as deeply as the Manhattan Project,” said Meeks. “The creation of the Manhattan National Historical Park provides an important opportunity for the public to explore the many ethical, cultural and scientific implications that defined this complex period in our nation’s history.”

    The bill also included a provision adding Hinchliffe Stadium to the Great Falls National Historical Park area in Paterson, NJ. Named a National Treasure in 2010, Hinchliffe Stadium is the only National Historic Landmark in baseball and one of the few remaining sports venues associated with Negro League Baseball.

    “Hinchliffe Stadium represents an irreplaceable piece of our nation’s history,” said Meeks. “Some of our nation’s greatest athletes took to the field there and courageously led the movement to integrate professional sports -- and our country as a whole. Inclusion of the stadium within the broader Great Falls National Historical Park system is an important milestone towards the preservation and reuse of this extraordinary sports venue.”

    In addition to the inclusion of Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Hinchliffe Stadium, the National Trust has also been in support of several other public lands provisions included in the NDAA:

    Expansion of American Battlefield Protection Program to include Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites –Nationwide

    Establishment of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park – Auburn, NY

    Protection of the Pagat cultural area on Guam through establishment of the Surface Danger Zone, Ritidian Unit, Guam National Wildlife Refuge

    Expansion of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site – New York, NY

    One harmful provision would transfer lands from the Tonto National Forest into private ownership to be used for mining purposes. The bill would circumvent a myriad of federal laws meant to protect public lands and their resources including the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Native American Graves Protection and several other federal laws enacted by Congress to help protect the traditional and cultural practices of Indian tribes.

    For more information about the National Trust for Historic Preservation, visit www.preservationnation.org.

    About National Treasures
    National Treasures are a portfolio of highly-significant historic places throughout the country where the National Trust makes a long-term commitment to finding a preservation solution. As the Presenting Partner of the National Treasures program, American Express has pledged $2 million to help promote and enable the preservation of these cultural and historic places.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org


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    (BPRW) ‘DRIVEN GLOBAL AND DESTINY MOSCATO GEAR UP FOR BAYOU CLASSIC FOOTBALL WEEK’ THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED GOLF & BEVERAGE COMPANY IS POISED TO INSPIRE MILLIONS; THE OWNERSHIP DUO WAS INTRODUCED BY VISIONARY BILLIONAIRE BOB JOHNSON


     DRIVEN GLOBAL AND DESTINY MOSCATO



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – (New York, NY November 11, 2014) The golf and beverage industries will never be the same. The men behind DRIVEN Global, Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham, are single handedly shifting the landscape and trajectory of the world of golf and fine beverages. Under the DRIVEN Global umbrella, lies the first ever African-American-owned golf brand, DRIVEN Golf and wine brand, DESTINY Moscato, through Red Styxx Beverage.

    This Thanksgiving Holiday season, DRIVEN Global is set to sponsor the 41st annual, Bayou Classic, between Southern University and Grambling State University. Activities will commence on Wednesday, November 26th, concluding on Sunday, November 30th, in New Orleans, LA. As an official, Silver Sponsor of the Classic, DRIVEN will host this year’s anniversary Golf Tournament. Not only will participants have the opportunity to test the DRIVEN golf club line, but triumphant members of the winning team, will each receive a set of clubs as prize. On Saturday, November 29th, Destiny Moscato, along with celebrity model and Brand Ambassador, Nicole Murphy, will host the “Bayou’s” post-game party, at The Metropolitan, in honor of the week’s grand affair.

    WHAT: 41st Annual Bayou Classic
    WHEN: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Sunday, November 30, 2014
    WHERE: New Orleans, LA; Various locations

    About DRIVEN Global
    It all began when Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first African- American billionaire, introduced the two self-made millionaires Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham. What resulted from this pairing, not only is an inspiring business partnership, but an incredibly strong friendship. Mark Thierry is an award winning entrepreneur from Texas with a successful career in sales, medical diagnostics and federal contracting. Greshaun Fulgham, from Washington DC, is international financier and real estate mogul. Opposites attract, yet their synergy is contagious.

    “The Dream involves the awareness that everyone has more to this life that they can strive for. The Dream that a golf club, or anything for that matter, can be a metaphor for someone making the best of themselves.”
    Both Thierry and Fulgham want to de-mystify the perception of black men, to show the world, that with hard work, drive and intellect, African-American men can succeed, be dedicated fathers and husbands, collaborate and build successful partnerships, uplift their communities and change the world. With DRIVEN Global, change comes with one golf club and wine glass at a time. Their mutual core values of family, diligence, sacrifice, social responsibility and sustainable leadership are evident in all aspects of DRIVEN Global. For the partners, it’s all about dreaming big. Thierry stated: “The Dream involves the awareness that everyone has more to this life that they can strive for. The Dream that a golf club, or anything for that matter, can be a metaphor for someone making the best of themselves.”

    The launch of DRIVEN Golf is the first minority-owned golf brand dedicated to inspiring first-time golfers of color, and urban socialites, to become acquainted with the game. Destiny Moscato, their exquisite American Sparkling Moscato, of Red Styxx Beverage, is also a subsidiary of DRIVEN Global. The Destiny Moscato launch took place this past October 2-4, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

    The fearless, collaborative drive of Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham is the foundation of DRIVEN Global’s, multi-platform taste making brands. The two best friends, brought together by the visionary Robert Johnson, plan to follow in their mentors footsteps. “Our goal is to build a billion dollar business,” states Thierry. “We are starting a new legacy.” They have the perfect tagline...”Are you driven?” For more information check out drivengroupllc.com, driven-golf.com and DestinyMoscato.com. For all press inquiries, contact Theodore Palmer of Creative Edge PR at tpalmer@creativeedgepr.com.


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    Baseball & Sports Legends Ready to Hit the Links in Los Angeles in Support of the MLB Urban Youth Academy


    MLB Urban Youth Academy




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    BASEBALL LEGENDS ROD CAREW, REGGIE JACKSON AND JOE MORGAN SCHEDULED TO HEADLINE THE 2ND ANNUAL FRANK ROBINSON

    CELEBRITY GOLF INVITATIONAL IN NOVEMBER


    - Event will be Held on November 10th at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles

    To Benefit the MLB Urban Youth Academy

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    Baseball Legends Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson and Joe Morgan are scheduled to headline the second annual Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational on November 10th at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, Major League Baseball announced today. The trio will be joined by additional baseball legends and an array of celebrities from the worlds of sport, film and television to benefit the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, which provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction to young people from underserved and urban communities within the greater Los Angeles area.

    " The MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton opened in 2006 as the first of what is now a growing network of facilities designed to give young people around the country the opportunity to learn about and play baseball and softball at no cost. "
    Registered participants for the Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational will have the opportunity to play their rounds with sports and entertainment celebrities. As of today, additional baseball legends scheduled to attend include Ron Darling, Orel Hershiser and Bret Saberhagen. Film and television stars, including Anthony Anderson and Richard Schiff, as well as legendary sports figures Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Jerry West and Sugar Ray Leonard, are also scheduled to hit the links. Following the round, an awards banquet and dinner, featuring a live and silent auction, will be held at the club.

    Registration proceeds for the event, which will be hosted by Frank Robinson, the Hall of Famer and MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development who oversees all MLB Urban Youth Academies, will go toward supporting the MLB Urban Youth Academy through the non-profit Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation. Additional information, including registration details and up-to-date celebrity attendees, can be found at MLB.com/UrbanYouthAcademy.

    “We are delighted and thankful for the support we continue to receive for the MLB Urban Youth Academy, both from celebrities and fans, through this event,” said Frank Robinson, MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. “We are starting to see all of the hard work and commitment by our Academy staff come to fruition at the Major League level, and we hope to see more results in the future. More importantly, we look forward to continue serving and providing opportunities for young people each and every day at the MLB Urban Youth Academy.”

    The MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton opened in 2006 as the first of what is now a growing network of facilities designed to give young people around the country the opportunity to learn about and play baseball and softball at no cost. The facility has served more than 10,000 young men and women in Southern California. More than 400 Academy student-athletes have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball and softball programs, and more than 200 Academy alumni have been selected in the MLB Player Draft, including seven in the 2014 draft. Three alumni have been picked in the first-round, including 2013 selections Dominic Smith (#11 overall pick by the New York Mets) and J.P. Crawford (#16 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies), and also 2008 first-round pick Aaron Hicks (#14 overall by the Minnesota Twins). Five MLB Urban Youth Academy graduates appeared on Major League rosters during the 2014 Regular Season (Hicks, Twins; Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers; Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays; Efren Navarro, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Jon Singleton, Houston Astros).

    All MLB Urban Youth Academies provide educational programming, such as SAT/ACT preparation and tutoring, and each Academy’s goal is to graduate 100 percent of the youth it serves. MLB Urban Youth Academies also operate baseball vocational programming, offering its participants and members of the local community the opportunity to attend free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, as well as athletic sports training.

    There are now four operational Academies in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Houston (Texas). Ground has been broken on an additional facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a future Academy has been announced for Southern Florida. Each MLB Urban Youth Academy is similarly built with multiple fields, batting cages, pitching tunnels and indoor facilities (for both baseball/softball and educational activities).

    Major League Baseball is committed to increasing diversity throughout professional baseball through its various community and multicultural programs, including the Breakthrough Series, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), the On-Field Diversity Task Force and the MLB Diverse Business Partners program. With these programs and the growing network of MLB Urban Youth Academies, MLB has continued to pledge resources to bring America’s pastime to young people in urban communities.


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    (BPRW) ‘DRIVEN Global’, the First African-American Owned Golf & Beverage Company Is Poised to Inspire Millions; The Ownership Duo Was Introduced by Visionary Billionaire Bob Johnson

    the First African-American Owned Golf & Beverage Company
    Driven Global Founders CEOs Mark Thierry &
    Greshaun Fulgham Along with Celebrity Model
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    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The golf and beverage businesses will never be the same. The men behind DRIVEN Global, Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham are single handedly shifting the landscape and trajectory of the world of golf and fine beverages. Under the DRIVEN Global umbrella lies the first ever African-American-owned golf brand, DRIVEN Golf and wine brand, DESTINY Moscato through Red Styxx Beverage.

    It all began when Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first African-American billionaire, introduced the two self-made millionaires Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham. What resulted from this pairing, not only is an inspiring business partnership, but an incredibly strong friendship. Mark Thierry is an award winning entrepreneur from Texas with a successful career in sales, medical diagnostics and federal contracting. Greshaun Fulgham, from Washington DC, is international financier and real estate mogul. Opposites attract, yet their synergy is contagious. Where Thierry thrives off risk-taking, Fulgham masters structure. When Thierry was thinking national, Fulgham was going global. What binds them together is the dream.

    Both Thierry and Fulgham want to de-mystify the perception of black men, to show the world, that with hard work, drive and intellect, African-American men can succeed, be dedicated fathers and husbands, collaborate and build successful partnerships, uplift their communities and change the world. With DRIVEN Global, change comes with one golf club and wine glass at a time. Their mutual core values of family, diligence, sacrifice, social responsibility and sustainable leadership are evident in all aspects of DRIVEN Global. For the partners, it’s all about dreaming big. Thierry stated: “The Dream involves the awareness that everyone has more to this life that they can strive for. The Dream that a golf club, or anything for that matter, can be a metaphor for someone making the best of themselves.”

    The launch of DRIVEN Golf this Fall 2014 will be the first minority-owned golf brand dedicated to inspiring first-time golfers of color and urban socialites to jump into the game. Destiny Moscato is their exquisite-tasting aspirational American Sparkling Moscato, of Red Styxx Beverage, a subsidiary of DRIVEN Global. The Destiny Moscato launch will be taking place in Houston, Texas from October 2-4, 2014.

    The fearless, collaborative drive of Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham is the foundation of DRIVEN Global’s, multi-platform taste making brands. The two best friends, brought together by the visionary Robert Johnson, plan to follow in their mentors footsteps. “Our goal is to build a billion dollar business,” states Thierry. “We are starting a new legacy.” They have the perfect tagline...“Are you driven?” For more information check out drivengroupllc.com, driven-golf.com and DestinyMoscato.com.


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    On Thursday, September 11th Rapper, 50 Cent, summoned the courage to challenge boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a fight by posting a video on his Hang w/ account. Stay tuned to hear more from 50 Cent via live broadcast from his personal Hang w/ account.

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