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”

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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.

The franchise relocated to Arizona in 1996, and the Whiteout was on hiatus until the Atlanta Threshers relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 as the latest incarnation of the Jets franchise.

The “Winnipeg Whiteout” initiative was revived for the 2015 and 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets, who are currently playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final, have even taken the Whiteout to the streets of Winnipeg via a variety of watch parties and festivities during this latest playoff run.

However, Whiteouts are not only about showing support for the Winnipeg hockey team. Jets fans who have attended True North Sports + Entertainment events have donated more than 31,000 pounds of food to Winnipeg Harvest, a nonprofit organization that helps those who are struggling in the Manitoba province.

“We are so grateful and humbled by the kindness of Manitobans who have all rallied together to help families in need in our province to receive a nutritionally balanced hamper of food,” said Keren Taylor-Hughes, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest.

The organization serves approximately 64,000 individuals each month. In 2017, Winnipeg Harvest distributed 13.2 million pounds of food throughout the province. Fans are encouraged to donate canned goods such as soup, fruits, vegetables, beans, and fish as well as pasta, rice, and peanut butter.

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Winnipeg Whiteout

Bell MTS Place, the Jets’ home arena, is the smallest in the NHL with a capacity of just over 15,300. However, the street parties outside the arena average 20,000 fans, despite temperatures hovering around 0°F (-17.8°C). The downtown party area includes a four-block plaza, two and a half city blocks, and an adjacent park full of concession stands and giant TVs. Centerplate, the company in charge of MTS Place’s concessions, has food trucks and more than 30 tents spread throughout, offering Whiteout-themed fare ranging from blizzard pizza to Whiteout poutine to a Winnipeg Whiteout cocktail.

“The Whiteout is a fun, creative way to capture the spirit of Winnipeg and provide an extraordinary fan experience for those outside the arena,” said Craig Vidal, Centerplate District Manager at Bell MTS Place. “Plus, the fact that we’ve donated a high amount of resources to the Winnipeg Harvest is such a nice byproduct.”

NOTE: First appeared on Culture Trip

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”

Meet the Surfers Who Helped Rebuild Rockaway

Mike Kololyan and Mike Reinhardt emerge from the icy waters off 96th St. Beach in Rockaway, N.Y., covered from head to toe by their wetsuits, though their faces remain exposed to the elements. Wearing a thicker, six-millimeter suit with booties and a hoodie is the only way to tolerate the bone-chilling conditions created by a recent Nor’easter. The duo are among a group of 10 or so locals fearless enough to venture into the water the day after the storm, which dumped more than six inches of snow throughout the tri-state area. Continue reading “Meet the Surfers Who Helped Rebuild Rockaway”

Lothar Matthäus Doesn’t See a Favorite Between Bayern Munich-Real Madrid

Lothar Matthäus has a wish, but it’s easier said than done.

“I hope Bayern Munich win the Champions League title and Germany win the World Cup,” said Matthäus, a former Bayern and Germany star. “I hope they come true.” Continue reading “Lothar Matthäus Doesn’t See a Favorite Between Bayern Munich-Real Madrid”

Jay Feely’s ‘Bad Boys’ Photo Lacks Sensitivity Regarding Recent Gun Issues

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely posted a photo on Twitter with his daughter and her boyfriend ahead of their prom on April 21. All parents proudly share such photos. While the photo seems innocent enough, Feely is brandishing a gun in his right hand. Continue reading “Jay Feely’s ‘Bad Boys’ Photo Lacks Sensitivity Regarding Recent Gun Issues”

An Insider’s Look at the NFL Draft

John Fox knows a thing or two about the National Football League and the NFL Draft. He knows about the pressures of making every selection count. He knows about draft busts. He knows about diamonds in the rough. He knows about organizational leaks, even purposely crafted fake ones. He knows about dealing with the ever-changing hype, headlines, and rumors from media and fans. Continue reading “An Insider’s Look at the NFL Draft”

Yankees-Red Sox in London Would Be Massive For Baseball in the UK

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox appear to be taking baseball’s most-storied rivalry on the road, playing a two-game series at London Stadium in June 2019. Continue reading “Yankees-Red Sox in London Would Be Massive For Baseball in the UK”

Smash Sisters Encouraging More Girls to Play Video Games

Imagine walking into a venue and feeling like an outcast. The majority of the people passing by look nothing like you. Your eyes scan the room searching for someone, anyone to relate to. More people walk by staring at you quizzically, almost wondering why you’re there. You try to blend in. Continue reading “Smash Sisters Encouraging More Girls to Play Video Games”

NBA 2K League Provides Path for Pro Gamer DatBoyDimez

DatBoyDimez remembers exactly what he was doing when the news broke — he was streaming on Twitch. His chat feed was going crazy with viewers sharing their excitement. Could it finally be happening? Dimez had to take to Twitter to confirm for himself. Continue reading “NBA 2K League Provides Path for Pro Gamer DatBoyDimez”

Diego Lopez is Swimming Off Every Continent in the Name of Clean Oceans

Diego Lopez was swimming in the awe-inspiring, crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea as part of the Swim for Haiti 10K. As he steadily progressed toward the finish at Wahoo Bay Beach Resort, a plethora of marine wildlife would pass by— sea turtles, fish, coral in all colors of the rainbow, those pesky jellyfish. Continue reading “Diego Lopez is Swimming Off Every Continent in the Name of Clean Oceans”

Squash’s Continued Struggle for Olympic Inclusion

Olivia Blatchford is ready to play hard to get. The American professional squash player is tired of the sport presenting itself and begging the International Olympic Committee to include it in the quadrennial Games. Continue reading “Squash’s Continued Struggle for Olympic Inclusion”

Formula E is Steering the World Toward a Better, Greener Future

Viewers of Formula E tune in for a litany of reasons—they’re avid fans of motorsports, they follow a favorite driver or they want to see what new technology is being showcased by iconic brands such as Renault, Audi, or Jaguar. What they might not know, at least initially, is that there’s a message behind it all. Continue reading “Formula E is Steering the World Toward a Better, Greener Future”

Grand Central Station Provides Unique Venue for Squash Tournament

Walking through Grand Central Station in New York City can elicit a variety of views, from people rushing toward their trains to tourists snapping selfies among the breathtaking Beaux-Arts architecture. Continue reading “Grand Central Station Provides Unique Venue for Squash Tournament”

IRONMAN Pros Offer Their Advice for Aspiring Triathletes

As if running, swimming, and cycling a long distance wasn’t enough of a challenge, these three events are combined into a grueling test of physical and mental endurance known as the triathlon. Continue reading “IRONMAN Pros Offer Their Advice for Aspiring Triathletes”

Is This the Future of Stadium Security?

We’ve all been there. Stuck in the midst of an endless horde of zombie-like people slowly shuffling toward security lines and entrances of a venue for a sporting event, concert, or show. Frustration mounts as kickoff or first pitch nears. The national anthem blares over the loudspeakers as you mindlessly inch closer and closer. You’re next in line. Phew, almost there. But the person in front of you forgot to empty his pockets. Beeep! Beeep! Beeeep! He has to go back through the metal detector after placing his keys, phone, and wallet into the small container. You mutter something under your breath at his incompetence. Finally, your turn. Continue reading “Is This the Future of Stadium Security?”

Runstreet is Where Art and Athletics Collide

Marnie Kunz was told she was too quiet to be a cheerleader in middle school. She admits she was too uncoordinated for ball sports. Cross country piqued her interest, especially because there were no tryouts. So she signed up, laced up her sneakers, and began running. Continue reading “Runstreet is Where Art and Athletics Collide”

Former Manchester City Photographer Launches Selfie Guide App

Sharon Latham was a constant figure on the sidelines of Manchester City FC matches for nearly eight years. The club’s photographer could easily be spotted by her unique headwear and hats, purposefully worn so players would know which camera to run toward while celebrating a goal. Continue reading “Former Manchester City Photographer Launches Selfie Guide App”

Psychological Benefits of Virtual Races

We all know someone who is an avid runner. They’re the friend or family member who sticks to a strict diet, training regimen, and schedule in preparation for their next race. He or she might not go out Friday night so they can wake up at 6 a.m. Saturday for a 10-mile run before the rest of the world rises from their hangovers and ventures off to brunch. Continue reading “Psychological Benefits of Virtual Races”

Louis Saha Has High Hopes for France at 2018 FIFA World Cup

There is no clear-cut favorite to win soccer’s ultimate prize ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The draw, which takes place Dec. 1, can certainly make the road to the final in Moscow harsher for one contending nation over another should they draw the “Group of Death”, for example. Or it can pave a favorable path for a Cinderella story to make a run. Continue reading “Louis Saha Has High Hopes for France at 2018 FIFA World Cup”

Manchester United Continues to Grow in Popularity in the United States

It was a typical late fall, early winter morning in New York City. The sun was masked by an endless blanket of gray clouds. A bone-chilling wind whipped through the streets. Whether the result of the night before, or of the current chilly conditions, not many people were out and about yet.

Continue reading “Manchester United Continues to Grow in Popularity in the United States”

An Inside Look at the Evolution of Competitive Eating

Takeru Kobayashi took the competitive eating circuit and world by storm when “the Tsunami” wolfed down a record 50 hot dogs (and buns), doubling the previous record, at the 2001 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. Kobayashi set the record three times while winning the event, held in Coney Island, from 2001-06. Continue reading “An Inside Look at the Evolution of Competitive Eating”

Anyone Can Be a Pilot With New Drone Racing League Simulator

Players of video games including Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo Sport are able to live out their racing fantasies with some of the fastest and most powerful cars on some of the most breathtaking tracks and environments in the world. Continue reading “Anyone Can Be a Pilot With New Drone Racing League Simulator”

MLB Teams Yet to Win the World Series

The Houston Astros won their first World Series championship by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5–1 in Game 7 of the World Series on Nov. 1. It was the first World Series title for the Astros, a franchise in their 56th season. The list of teams without a World Series title has now dwindled to seven following Houston’s victory. Continue reading “MLB Teams Yet to Win the World Series”

New York City Marathon History

The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. First run in 1970, only 55 out of 127 entrants completed the race, which was held entirely in Central Park. The famed 26.2-mile race has evolved by leaps and bounds since, expanding into all five boroughs and growing in size to a record 51,388 finishers in 2016. Continue reading “New York City Marathon History”

Wilderness Survival Tips and Tricks

Picture this. You’re enjoying a typical day skiing or snowboarding. You’ve done it countless times before, but this time something happens. On what is planned to be your final run down the mountain you get disoriented. There’s a storm quickly approaching. You are now lost. Your cellphone isn’t picking up signal. What do you do?

Continue reading “Wilderness Survival Tips and Tricks”

Crossroads Field Hockey Club Trying to Bring Sport to Indiana

Audra Heilman noticed a trend when the Indiana University field hockey team traveled to play at schools including Rutgers University, Penn State University or University of Louisville. Continue reading “Crossroads Field Hockey Club Trying to Bring Sport to Indiana”

Moab, Utah, is the Ultimate Outdoor Adventurer’s Playground

A caravan of Jeeps cautiously works it way through the trails on Seven Mile Rim. A pair of little dots descend from high above: skydivers. Cross-chatter buzzes on walkie talkies. Rafts cruise down the nearby Colorado River. Hordes of hikers trek through Arches National Park to take in the breathtaking views and heights. Continue reading “Moab, Utah, is the Ultimate Outdoor Adventurer’s Playground”

Eric LeMarque’s Harrowing Survival Story Subject of ‘6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain’

Friday the 13th may be a superstitious day to most, filled with negative and eerie happenings. For Eric LeMarque, Friday the 13th was a day of salvation. A second chance. A light to guide him from the dark. Continue reading “Eric LeMarque’s Harrowing Survival Story Subject of ‘6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain’”

Moab Under Canvas Provides Ideal Glamping Experience in Desert

There’s no debate about it: Moab, Utah, is the mecca for outdoor activities. Surrounded by not one, but two national parks—Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park—the quaint town of less than 5,500 offers a bevy of nearby activities including four-wheeling, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, BASE jumping and canyoneering. Continue reading “Moab Under Canvas Provides Ideal Glamping Experience in Desert”

NFL Experience Times Square is a Must-Visit for Football Fans

Watching a football game is one thing—experiencing it firsthand is another.

NFL Experience Times Square is a one-of-a-kind attraction in the heart of New York City that brings football fans closer to the players, teams, and the sport they love through technology, interactive games, and content. The facility, located on the corner of West 47th Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square, is a collaborative effort between Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and the National Football League (NFL). Continue reading “NFL Experience Times Square is a Must-Visit for Football Fans”