The 420 Games Are Trying to Destigmatize Cannabis Use

Jim McAlpine was a star athlete at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California. He was the starting forward on the soccer team and starting pitcher on the baseball team. Continue reading “The 420 Games Are Trying to Destigmatize Cannabis Use”

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How To Become a U.S. 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 U.S. 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.
Continue reading “New NFL Anthem Policy Isn’t the Answer, Christian Okoye Says”

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”

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”