FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Paving Way for LaLiga Clubs in U.S.

When a club takes the field against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, powerhouses in La Liga and world soccer, it’s typically a David vs. Goliath scenario. The two giants of the game have won a combined 58 LaLiga titles, 49 Copa del Rey crowns and 18 UEFA Champions League trophies. Continue reading “FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Paving Way for LaLiga Clubs in U.S.”

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Dodgers Foundation Partners With Up2Us Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has been utilizing baseball and softball as a tool to promote positive change in the community since it began in 1995. One of its youth programs, Dodgers RBI (Rebuilding Baseball in Inner Cities) aims to increase access to education, literacy, health and wellness, and recreational resources in underserved communities. Continue reading “Dodgers Foundation Partners With Up2Us Sports”

How FC Barcelona is Conquering the U.S. Market

The initial priority for FC Barcelona’s office in New York City, which opened in September 2016, was business development. Since then, the club has also utilized its on-the-ground presence to further the FC Barcelona brand through its foundation, academies and camps, commercial partnerships and more. Continue reading “How FC Barcelona is Conquering the U.S. Market”

AFFL Doesn’t See Itself as NFL Competitor

The football landscape in the United States is getting increasingly crowded. Once dominated by the NFL and NCAA, now football fans are offered various other viewing options throughout the year including the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and the XFL. Continue reading “AFFL Doesn’t See Itself as NFL Competitor”

Yasir Salem is Running 50 Marathons in 50 States to Honor His Late Wife

Yasir Salem arrived in his black, four-door Lincoln Mark LT to pick up Gweneviere Mann for their second date. The pickup truck, an odd sight in New York City, was a bit of a surprise to Mann, but Salem was from Texas, where driving and trucks are second nature. Continue reading “Yasir Salem is Running 50 Marathons in 50 States to Honor His Late Wife”

Beverly Ramos, NYRR Helping Hurricane-Stricken Children of Puerto Rico

Beverly Ramos felt helpless, a prisoner of her own home. Ramos and thousands of other Puerto Rico residents were forced indoors – most without power or running water – as they anxiously waited for the destruction outside to cease. Continue reading “Beverly Ramos, NYRR Helping Hurricane-Stricken Children of Puerto Rico”

NFL Exec Says Pizza Hut Partnership Has Been Fun, Authentic

NFL sponsors have been in a precarious position as of late. Brands like Nike have actively engaged with the league’s national anthem controversy, naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick – who started kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016 – the face of its ‘Just Do It’ campaign’s 30th anniversary. Continue reading “NFL Exec Says Pizza Hut Partnership Has Been Fun, Authentic”

Inside the Emirates Suite at the US Open

Luxury suites inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, are sold on a session-by-session basis and can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $120,000. Located at center court, the Emirates suite provides one of the most coveted views. Continue reading “Inside the Emirates Suite at the US Open”

The Rise of Dodgeball in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been heavily influenced by Western culture. This is especially evident in its sporting scene; horse racing boasts the most spectators, while soccer, basketball, badminton, swimming, table tennis and cycling have the most participants. Continue reading “The Rise of Dodgeball in Hong Kong”

Dodgeball’s Popularity in the United States

Tasha Mabin was a freshman at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Each Wednesday at 7pm, the school hosted dodgeball at the gym. At the behest of her new friends, Mabin attended the heavily populated event. Continue reading “Dodgeball’s Popularity in the United States”

Grown Restaurants Offer Healthier Fast Food Alternative

Shannon Allen, who was pregnant with her fourth child, was on her way to the grocery with the rest of her kids in tow. It was 2008, and her husband, two-time NBA champion and 10-time NBA all-star Ray Allen, was out of town on a long road trip. Continue reading “Grown Restaurants Offer Healthier Fast Food Alternative”

A Look at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York City was tasked in 1990 with creating an event that would highlight the growing relationship between Hong Kong and the United States. That summer, the first Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival took place on the Hudson River off Battery Park City. Continue reading “A Look at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC”

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Celebrate, Promote Native Culture

Erica Meckel was headed down a bad path.

Regardless of the consequences, Meckel would go out every Friday and Saturday night, sometimes even drinking during the week. Her parents were at their wits’ end, even threatening to kick their 18-year-old daughter out of the house because she wouldn’t stop partying. Continue reading “World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Celebrate, Promote Native Culture”

How To Become a US Open Ballperson

Steven Sokol is crouched along the net, ready to spring into action. A tennis ball smashes against the taut court divider and like a shot, off he goes. Sporting a white hat displaying the iconic University of Michigan “M”, Sokol sprints across the court, fetches the fuzzy yellow ball, and returns to his position, standing like a sentry at full attention. Continue reading “How To Become a US Open Ballperson”

André Lotterer Reflects on Rookie Season in Formula E

André Lotterer was skeptical about Formula E. In 2016, the veteran endurance driver dismissed the all-electric race series, saying it was “not a sport,” it was “a political thing” that he wasn’t interested in joining. However, Lotterer has since had a change of heart and joined the TECHEETAH team for the 2017/18 Formula E campaign. Continue reading “André Lotterer Reflects on Rookie Season in Formula E”

Katherine Legge Named First Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy Driver

Katherine Legge made history during the inaugural Formula E season in 2014/15, becoming the all-electric race series’s first female driver. A native of Guildford, England, Legge was recently announced as the first driver to join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, a support series to Formula E, set to begin in conjunction with the 2018/19 season. Continue reading “Katherine Legge Named First Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy Driver”

The Significance of Formula E’s NYC E-Prix

Where Formula One, the highest class of single-seat auto racing, has faltered, Formula E, its newer, all-electric competitor has found success. Formula E recently concluded its second doubleheader of races in New York City; something F1 spent decades trying to get approved and scheduled. Continue reading “The Significance of Formula E’s NYC E-Prix”

How Jaguar is Bringing Electric Cars From the Track to the Roads

Panasonic Jaguar Racing finished dead last in its debut season in Formula E in 2016/17. The team is currently in the middle of the 10-team standings this year ahead of the season finale doubleheader in New York City (June 14-15), and while they’re happy with that improvement, Jaguar is proud of another feat. Continue reading “How Jaguar is Bringing Electric Cars From the Track to the Roads”

LaLiga’s Influence on U.S. Youth Soccer

The United States men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a rude awakening to soccer players, coaches, and supporters in America. As the U.S. Soccer Federation has undergone significant changes since that fateful October evening, the wheels of change were already in motion at the youth level.

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A Look at New York City’s 20 Bridges Swim

Kris Rutford and Gary Antonick met just once. Little did Rutford know, that encounter would change his life.

Rutford and his college friend Bob Mizelle took turns swimming the English Channel in 1987 and 1988. During his go in ’88, Rutford met Antonick, who also swam the Channel that year. Antonick told Rutford of another distance swim that might be of interest: the 20 Bridges Swim. Continue reading “A Look at New York City’s 20 Bridges Swim”

How Former Boxer Michael Olajide Jr. Took the Fitness World By Storm

Michael Olajide Jr stepped into the ring at the famed Gleason’s Gym in New York for what was supposed to be a routine sparring session. Two uppercuts later, Olajide Jr was left with a busted lip and an eye injury that would change his life irreversibly. Continue reading “How Former Boxer Michael Olajide Jr. Took the Fitness World By Storm”

New NFL Anthem Policy Isn’t the Answer, Christian Okoye Says

Over the last two years, the United States national anthem has been at the center of some pretty heated debates surrounding racial inequality, human rights, and patriotism. After the National Football League (NFL) recently announced a policy mandating players “stand and show respect for the flag” during the anthem, those discussions once again amplified.
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Nigerian Women’s Wrestling Continues Its Rise to Prominence

Odunayo Adekuoroye was heartbroken when she lost her position on the track team at 17 years old. Her coach at the time saw how upset she was and offered her another option so she could still travel with the team: wrestling. Adekuoroye hasn’t looked back since. Continue reading “Nigerian Women’s Wrestling Continues Its Rise to Prominence”

How the Winnipeg Jets’ Success is Benefitting Manitoba’s Less Fortunate

The “Winnipeg Whiteout” began in 1987 when the Winnipeg Jets were playing the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Playoffs. In an effort to create an intimidating home atmosphere, both teams introduced color-themed initiatives; the Flames had their “C of Red”, with fans wearing red, while the Jets responded with the “Winnipeg Whiteout”, the brainchild of Rod Palson of Palmer Jarvis Advertising. Continue reading “How the Winnipeg Jets’ Success is Benefitting Manitoba’s Less Fortunate”

Bayern Munich’s Expansion in the United States

FC Bayern Munich, one of the world’s most successful soccer clubs, opened its first international office in 2014 in New York City. The move was intended to build an on-the-ground presence for Bayern Munich, helping bridge the gap between the United States and Germany. Continue reading “Bayern Munich’s Expansion in the United States”