MLB CELEBRATES HISPANIC AND LATINO CULTURE & CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER IN RECOGNITION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Month-Long Salute Includes New Stickball Tournament, Creative Campaign Highlighting the Journey of “Ponle Acento,” First Ever ‘PLAY BALL’ Activation in Panama, Pregame and In-Game Celebrations & Special MLB Network Programming
MLB Players, Coaches Will Wear Special “Ponle Acento”
T-Shirts During Batting Practice
Major League Baseball will once again commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with an array of events and efforts to spotlight the contributions to baseball by Hispanic and Latino players throughout the month of September. Initiatives include “The Bronx Stickball Classic” - a new youth-focused Stickball tournament in the shadow of Yankee Stadium - special MLB Network vignettes highlighting Latino stars in the game today, social and digital content across MLB’s bilingual platforms, and in-park Club celebrations around the league.
The increased activity surrounding Hispanic Heritage Month is an extension of the league’s “Ponle Acento” (“Put an Accent on It”) campaign, launched in 2016 to highlight the distinctive mark that Hispanic and Latino players and fans leave on the sport. On Wednesday, September 5th, MLB commemorated “Roberto Clemente Day,” an annual celebration of the Puerto Rican player’s life and legacy. Though the official dates for Hispanic Heritage Month are Saturday, September 15th until Monday, October 15th, MLB Clubs are invited to celebrate throughout the month of September. As part of the league-wide initiative, MLB players will wear a “Ponle Acento” t-shirt during batting practice prior to a selected game in September. To date, more than 170 MLB players and coaches have changed their name presentation to include diacritics (e.g. accent, tilde, etc.) as a result of the efforts of the #PonleAcento campaign. On Opening Day 2018, 258 players - almost 30 percent of the league - were of Latino descent.
Below are some of MLB’s efforts in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month:
NEW MLB CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTING JOURNEY OF “PONLE ACENTO”
The new broadcast spot will debut this month that feature Los Angeles Dodgers star Kiké Hernández and follow the step-by-step journey a “Ponle Acento” accented jersey takes from conception to utilization on the field. The spot is complemented by short animated films for social media highlighting both the history and heritage of Hispanic contributions to MLB and the impact of past and present players on the game.
The spot will air in national assets across FOX, FS1, ESPN, TBS, MLBN, ESPN Deportes, FOX Deportes as well as on MLB digital and social assets. The Spanish version will air on CNN En Español, ESPN Deportes, FOX Deportes and LasMayores.com, MLB’s official Spanish-language website.
“THE BRONX STICKBALL CLASSIC”
Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees — in partnership with the New York Emperors Stickball League (NYESL) and the 161st Street Business Improvement District — will host “The Bronx Stickball Classic” on River Avenue between 158th and 161st Streets in the Bronx, featuring youth participants from the New York Emperors Stickball League and other local youth organizations. The event will feature competition between eight 14U Stickball teams, with preliminaries being held on Saturday, September 15th and semifinal & championship rounds on Saturday, September 22nd. The winners of the championship round will be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees’ 4:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore on the latter date. Stickball, a modified game of baseball played with a broom stick and rubber ball, is a prominent street game within the Hispanic and Latino communities.
“PLAY BALL” VISITS PANAMA FOR FIRST TIME
Major League Baseball hosted a special three-city ‘PLAY BALL’ tour in Panama from Wednesday, September 5th to Friday, September 7th. The tour, which included appearances by former Major Leaguers Bruce Chen, Carlos Lee and Olmedo Saenz, marked the first time the ‘PLAY BALL’ initiative visited Panama. ‘PLAY BALL’ has made stops in other Latin American regions, such as Puerto Rico and Mexico.
In 2018, MLB’s official Spanish-language social media presence, @LasMayores, will once again be the leading voice of “Ponle Acento” across social media. With live content from nearly a dozen MLB ballparks throughout the month of September, @LasMayores will showcase the strength of Hispanic culture throughout the league.
MLB has also debuted new media platforms designed to provide real-time, quality content to the Spanish-speaking Hispanic and Latino audience, including @Corte4 and Corte4.com – the Spanish-Language counterparts of the very popular ‘Cut4.’
Events and special programming planned includes:
• A special visit to Pittsburgh on “Roberto Clemente Day” (September 5) that included a tour of The Clemente Museum with players of Puerto Rican heritage, and coverage of events to honor the great Roberto Clemente and his lasting impact on Pittsburgh and the game of baseball.
• Exclusive content featuring players from across the league as they “put the mark on” on images in their home ballparks using large, physical accent marks.
• A look at the game of stickball and its impact in Latino communities in New York and beyond during the Bronx Stickball Classic on September 15 and 22 in the shadows of Yankee Stadium.
• Participation from social influencers as they push the message of “Ponle Acento” and showcase their proud heritage and MLB fandom.
Clubs will celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture through a series of in-park activities throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Activations include pregame ceremonies, theme nights at ballparks, alternate uniforms and unique food options. While all Clubs will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by wearing “Ponle Acento” BP shirts on a date of their Club’s choice in the month of September, the following are Clubs specifically hosting Hispanic Heritage theme nights in September:
Below are more details on Clubs celebrations around the League:
Atlanta Braves: The Braves are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an extensive number of activations throughout September, including their Los Bravos Reading Event, Dominican Heritage Day, Saborea Atlanta, hosting with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia, Los Bravos Business of Baseball and Los Bravos Youth Baseball Clinic. All of these events culminate with Los Bravos Day on Sunday, September 16th at SunTrust Park. The day will be a cultural immersion at SunTrust Park that encompasses Latin food, music, and fun while cheering on the Braves as they take the field in their Los Bravos jerseys. As part of the festivities, there will be Latin band performances, Latin country flags hanging from Atlanta Braves bridge and a Facebook Live pregame show with Telemundo starting at 12:30 p.m. Prior to first pitch, there will be a pregame flag presentation by the Latin players’ home countries and starting lineups will be introduced in Spanish. Fans who purchased the Los Bravos Day ticket package will also receive a free Los Bravos flag that feature the native countries of our Braves players.
· Arizona Diamondbacks: In addition to wearing “Los D-Backs” jerseys – which they will wear five more times this season – the Diamondbacks honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of activities inside and outside of Chase Field on Saturday, September 8th. The Diamondbacks hosted a street festival with live music, authentic Latin food, a beer garden, and the presence of the Mexican Pacific Baseball League and their mascots. Inside the stadium in La Terraza, the Club had piñatas, face painters and authentic food and drink options. Other activities included Lindsay Casinelli from Univisión hosting a meet-and-greet, Hispanic-themed music and live performances from mariachi and ballet folklórico dancers and the presentation of the Los D-backs Pete García Hispanic Leadership Award during pregame ceremonies.
· Chicago Cubs: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Cubs are hosting Hispanic Heritage Night at the Friendly Confines. On Monday, September 24th, fans can join the celebration by purchasing specially priced tickets to see the Cubs take on the Pirates at Wrigley Field. In addition to a ticket to the game, fans who purchase a ticket through this special offer will receive a "Los Cubs" T-shirt.
· Chicago White Sox: The White Sox will celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture all month long through events, activities and a special exhibit. On Friday, September 7th, the White Sox held Hispanic Heritage Night and Fireworks at Guaranteed Rate Field. Pregame activities featured live Latino music, dancing by Tierra Colombiana Dance Ensemble, a special performance of the national anthem by White Sox community partner, Mariachi Monumental de Mexico, as well as a ceremonial first pitch by former Chicago Bears offensive lineman and member of the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame Roberto Garza. In addition, fans explored the connection between Hispanic culture and the history of the Negro Leagues through Negro Leagues Béisbol exhibit, a traveling collection from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum dedicated in memory of White Sox legend Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso (1925-2015). The exhibit will be on display in the Chicago Sports Depot, located near Gate 5 at the ballpark, through September 26th.
· Cincinnati Reds: The Reds will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with “Fiesta Rojos” on Friday, September 28th, featuring ceremonies and activities in the community and at the ballpark. For the fourth year in a row, students from local schools will visit the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy for a Q&A session with Latino players and interactive stations including pitching and hitting plus salsa dancing. In celebration of Fiesta Rojos, players will wear the “Ponle Acento” shirts during batting practice and Los Rojos jerseys for that evening’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Activations around Great American Ball Park include a live band and DJ, Honor Guard with flags from Latin countries, Hispanic Community Advocate Award winner and a postgame fireworks show with a soundtrack selected by Latino players.
· Colorado Rockies: In 2018, the Colorado Rockies are celebrating their 16th annual Hispanic Heritage Month at Coors Field throughout September. In addition to individually honoring the Leadership Award finalists for their work in the Hispanic community September 3-5, the Rockies also designated Sunday, September 9th as Día de Los Rockies, a celebration of all Latin cultures. The first 10,000 fans through the gates received a Los Rockies Jersey, and were treated to a pregame concert at the Rooftop by Denver-based band iZCALLi. Pregame ceremonies featured a Latin country flag presentation with youth and player participation, as well as the announcement of the overall winner of the 16th Annual Adult Leadership Award. During the game, the Rockies Spanish radio broadcasters announced Rockies batters, some players used Latin music for their walk-up songs, and a bilingual game host led the in-between-inning features with fans. Additionally, Rockies players and coaches will wear “Ponle Acento” shirts during batting practice on Saturday, September 29 to support and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
· Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers’ Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be highlighted by ‘La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers’ on Saturday, September 22nd. The festival is the culmination of the club’s season-long ‘Viva Los Dodgers’ events and will include live entertainment, prizes and autograph sessions with broadcasters and current and former players. The team will also hold its second annual Dia De Los Dodgers on Wednesday, September 19th, complete with a Dodger-themed altar, similar to those used on Día De Los Muertos, behind the Right Field Pavilion where fans can share their baseball memories.
· Miami Marlins: The Marlins celebrated Miami's culture, Comunidad 305, by inviting all nationalities to Marlins Park when the Marlins take on the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, September 22nd. The night features a pre- and postgame fiesta at The 5thBase with live performances. The heritage night celebrates the diverse Hispanic community in Miami. On September 23rd, the Marlins hosts Mexican Heritage Celebration, the club’s eighth and final Hispanic heritage celebration of the season. Fans who purchase the ticket package received an exclusive Marlins Mexican heritage jersey. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket package will go to support the Mexican American Council.
· Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers hosted Cerveceros Day on Saturday, July 7th at Miller Park. Now in its 13th year, the celebration honored the heritage and importance of Latin American culture to the great game of baseball. Miller Park took on a Latin American flair all day with scoreboard features and special plaza performances from the Dance Academy of Mexico. On the field, Brewers players and coaches wore jerseys with the traditional “Brewers” script replaced by the Spanish translation “Cerveceros.” The national anthem was performed by Nueva Generacíon Performers of Milwaukee. Also during pregame, a special honor guard ceremony celebrated the Latino heritage of Brewers players throughout the organization with flags representing their home countries on display.
· New York Mets: On Wednesday, September 26th, the Mets will honor Ozzie Virgil Sr., the first Dominican-born Major League Baseball player. Virgil Sr. will throw out the first pitch on that night’s contest against the Atlanta Braves. He will also remain in the dugout throughout the game as an honorary coach.
· New York Yankees: As part of a number of themed activities and festivities at Yankee Stadium, singer Toby Love will perform a pregame concert. Alianza Dominicana will offer free dance lessons at Yankee Stadium prior to a game for ticket-holding fans, and discounted tickets will be offered during the month for all Spanish-language Yankee Stadium tours. For the third consecutive year, a special Hispanic Heritage Month supplement in Spanish has been included in the September edition of Yankees Magazine, the club’s official game-day program. Yankee Stadium’s food service provider, Legends Hospitality, will offer two new items throughout September. “Fiesta de Leche,” a Latin-inspired shake that includes tres leches cake, condensed milk, cinnamon and horchata, rimmed with puffed rice and topped by a churro. Additionally, tostones sliders will be available at Frank’s RedHot Terrace.
· Oakland Athletics: The A’s hosted Hispanic Heritage Day at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, Sept. 9. The festive day included Luchadores wrestling matches, a pregame performance on the field by Ballet Hispanico Mexico Danza, and a sugar skull bobblehead giveaway for fans. The Oakland A’s Spanish-language broadcaster Amaury Pi-Gonzalez served as the club’s public address announcer, calling several innings in Spanish.
· Philadelphia Phillies: As part of Roberto Clemente Night on Monday, September 10th, the Phillies will host 500+ fans from six different Latino community organizations at that night’s game. Then on Tuesday, September 18th, the Phillies will host a private Naturalization Ceremony at Citizens Bank Park for approximately 20 candidates, in conjunction with the Mayors Office of Immigrant Affairs and the USCIS. The newly-naturalized citizens will be recognized onfield following the ceremony. The Phillies will also host their inaugural Dominican Night on Wednesday, September 19th, which includes a pregame ceremony honoring Dominican players and their contributions to Major League Baseball. Highlights include live Dominican music and a giveaway of a trip to the Dominican Republic to a lucky fan. The above-mentioned events are in addition to the team’s Latino Family Celebration, which took place on August 16th, as well as various other community appearances scheduled throughout September.
· San Diego Padres: The Padres will dedicate a weekend to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The festivities will begin with “Fiesta in the Park” where fans can enjoy traditional Hispanic and Latin foods and drink specials at Park in the Park, on Friday, September 14th at Petco Park. The club will also recognize Roberto Clemente Day during that night’s pregame ceremony. The celebration will continue on Saturday, September 15th, when the Padres award recipients of the seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards – an award honoring community leaders or organizations that have made significant contributions to the region’s Hispanic community – during a pregame ceremony that will also feature dance performances. The Padres will also celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day on Sunday, September 16th, featuring a variety of entertainment elements and food and drink specials. On the same day, Mexican Little League teams within the region will attend the game and participate in a postgame Q&A session with a Spanish-speaking Padre player. A special limited-edition Padres-themed sugar skull bobblehead will also be available throughout the weekend with a purchase of a Hispanic Heritage Weekend theme game package.
· Seattle Mariners: On Saturday, September 8th, the Mariners donned special "Marineros" uniforms, with the special jerseys auctioned by Mariners Care to benefit on-going relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Former Mariners outfielder, and fan favorite, Franklin Gutierrez will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
· St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals will be hosting their third annual Fiesta Cardenales Theme Night on Sunday, September 16th. With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardenales cap. Plus, a portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation. There will also be a pregame event featuring current Cardinals players and music in the Budweiser Terrace. By the end of the 2018 season, the Cardinals will have broadcasted 39 of their games in Spanish (every Friday-Sunday home game), more than double the amount of Spanish language radio broadcasts in 2017.
· Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays will officially launch Hispanic Heritage Month with an extensive celebration on Saturday, September 15th, when they will also be hosting their own Roberto Clemente Day. During the special day, the Club will decorate Tropicana Field with flags representing the home countries of their Hispanic and Latino players, and honor Hispanic community leaders at the ballpark, including those who helped with the Rays efforts to aid Ponce, Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricanes. Pregame ceremonies will honor the Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., Hispanic Woman and Man of the Year and Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in its community. The team, working with National Puerto Rican Leadership Council Education Fund, will host 200 families displaced to Central Florida following Hurricanes Maria and Irma. They will also host a number of Latino baseball and softball teams from the community. Honoring Roberto Clemente, front office and employees will wear special t-shirts commemorating the Puerto Rican player.
· Texas Rangers: The Rangers will host Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday, September 22nd, with the Mariners in town. The first 1,000 fans to purchase their ticketwill receive a custom El Rancho Texas Rangers soccer jersey. Other in-park celebrations include a pregame presentation and video and performances by a Mariachi band and folkloric dancers.
· Washington Nationals: On September 5th, the Nationals honored the contributions of the Hispanic community to baseball and society by hosting Hispanic-themed entertainment throughout the evening. The celebration included music, as well as a pregame flag presentation featuring Nationals players. Additionally, Nationals players and coaches wore “Ponle Acento” shirts during batting practice. Throughout the game, fans also enjoyed video tributes which honored Hispanic athletes who have made significant contributions to baseball.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT ON MLB NETWORK
MLB Network will produce several new vignettes to air on the network and on its social media platforms throughout the month, each focusing on a current Hispanic MLB player, including Ronald Acuña Jr., José Altuve, Miguel Andújar, Javier Báez, Johan Camargo, Maikel Franco, Francisco Lindor, Yasiel Puig and José Ramirez.
All Clubs have developed both Spanish-Language Facebook and Twitter accounts to further engage Hispanic and Latino audiences. MLB.com, Las Mayores and all of MLB’s Spanish-Language platforms will celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players past and present putting special emphasis during Hispanic Heritage Month.
MLB’s commitment to embracing Hispanic and Latino culture continues beyond Hispanic Heritage Month. In April of this year, the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins played a two-game series in Puerto Rico, marking the first regular season series in San Juan since 2004, when the Montreal Expos played a portion of their home schedule at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. In May, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers met for a three-game series at Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Mexico. The games marked the third regular season series to be played in Monterrey, and the first since the Padres and the Colorado Rockies played in MLB's first-ever international Opening Day in 1999. MLB will stage three different events in Monterrey, Mexico during the 2019 season, totaling six games and all featuring division rivals.
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LA TEMPORADA DE LA NFL 2018 COMIENZA CON EL FIN DE SEMANA INAUGURAL
La NFL regresa esta semana y es hora de voltear la mirada al fútbol americano. El fin de semana inaugural señala el inicio de un viaje de 256 partidos, con la promesa de esperanza para cada uno de los 32 equipos de la liga, cuyos ojos están podados en el Super Bowl LIII, que se celebrará el domingo 3 de febrero de 2019 en el estadio Mercedes-Benz de Atlanta, Georgia.
Algo es cierto: la temporada 2018 estará repleta de momentos memorables, con jugadores jóvenes emergiendo en escena, caras familiares continuando con su ascenso en el libro de marcas y equipos procurando dejar su huella en la postemporada.
La 99ª temporada de NFL arranca el jueves por la noche (NBC, 8:20 PM, hora de New York), cuando los campeones del Super Bowl, los PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, reciben a los ATLANTA FALCONS en el Lincoln Financial Field en una batalla entret los dos últimos representantes de la NFC en el Super Bowl. El de los Eagles, que terminó últimos en la NFC Este con registro de 7-9 en 2016, se convirtió en el segundo equipo desde 2003 en ir de “peor a primero” en su camino a una victoria en el Super Bowl, uniéndose a los 2009 New Orleans Saints.
Cada equipo llega a la temporada 2018 con esperanza y un viaje a Atlanta para el Super Bowl LIII en mente. Debajo están las razones.
· TODO ESTÁ ABIERTO. Cinco de las ocho divisiones en 2017 fueron ganadas por un equipo que terminó en tercero o cuarto puesto en la división la temporada anterior: Jacksonville (AFC Sur), los Los Angeles Rams (NFC Oeste), Minnesota (NFC Norte), New Orleans (NFC Sur) y Philadelphia (NFC Este).
Desde que el formato de postemporada de 12 equipos fue adoptado en 1990, al menos cuatro equipos han clasificado a la postemporada en cada temporada sin haber estado presentes en la del año anterior. Ocho equipos que no llegaron a pasar el corte en 2016 –Buffalo (9-7), Carolina (11-5), Jacksonville (10-6), Los Angeles Rams (11-5), Minnesota (13-3), New Orleans (11-5), Philadelphia (13-3) y Tennessee (9-7)– lograron tal hazaña en 2017, empatando con la temporada 2003 en mayor cantidad de tales equipos desde 1990.
· ¿PODRÁN LOS EAGLES REPETIR COMO CAMPEONES DEL SUPER BOWL? Estrenando su primer título de campeones del Super Bowl en la historia de la franquicia, los Eagles comienzan su intento por repetir el título en el estadio Mercedes-Benz de Atlanta para el Super Bowl LIII. Apenas ocho equipos repitieron como campeones desde los primeros Super Bowl, en 1967, siendo los Patriots de 2004 (Super Bowls XXXVIII y XXXIX) el último club en lograr tal hazaña.
· MARCAS AL ALCANCE. El mariscal de campo de New Orleans DREW BREES (70,445) necesita 1,496 yardas aéreas para superar a PEYTON MANNING (71,940) como líder en yardas aéreas en la historia de la NFL. Brees (6,222) puede también sobrepasar al miembro del Salón de la Fama BRETT FAVRE (6,300) en mayor cantidad de pases completos en la historia de la NFL…El mariscal de campo de New England TOM BRADY (559) necesita 21 pases anotadores para superar a Manning (579) en mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL (incluyendo postemporada). Brady (488) y Brees (488) pueden sumarse a Manning (539) y a Favre (508) como los únicos jugadores en los anales de la liga en alcanzar los 500 pases anotadores en temporada regular en una carrera…El corredor de Miami FRANK GORE (14,026) puede convertirse en el cuarto jugador en la historia de la NFL en alcanzar las 15,000 yardas por tierra en su carrera, uniéndose a los miembros del Salón de la Fama EMMITT SMITH (18,355), WALTER PAYTON (16,726) y BARRY SANDERS (15,269)…El receptor de Arizona LARRY FITZGERALD (1,234) necesita 92 recepciones para superar a TONY GONZÁLEZ (1,325) en el segundo puesto en recepciones en la historia de la NFL. Fitzgerald (15,545) necesita 390 yardas recibiendo para superar al miembro del Salón de la Fama TERRELL OWENS (15,934) en la segunda mayor cantidad de yardas recibiendo en la historia de la liga…El ala defensiva de Carolina JULIUS PEPPERS (154.5) puede superar al miembro del Salón de la Fama KEVIN GREENE (160) en la tercera mayor cantidad de capturas en la historia de la liga desde que la captura se convirtió en estadística oficial, en 1982…El pateador de Indianapolis ADAM VINATIERI (2,487) necesita 58 puntos para superar al miembro del Salón de la Fama MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) en la mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL.
· ROSTROS FAMILIARES EN NUEVOS SITIOS. Siete equipos llegan a la temporada 2018 con nuevo entrenador en jefe: STEVE WILKS en Arizona, MATT NAGY en Chicago, MATT PATRICIA en Detroit, FRANK REICH en Indianapolis, PAT SHURMUR con los New York Giants, JON GRUDEN en Oakland y MIKE VRABEL en Tennessee.
KIRK COUSINS (Minnesota), CASE KEENUM (Denver), ALEX SMITH (Washington) y TYROD TAYLOR(Cleveland); los corredores LE GARRETTE BLOUNT (Detroit), CARLOS HYDE (Cleveland) y DION LEWIS (Tennessee); los receptores BRANDIN COOKS (Los Angeles Rams), MICHAEL CRABTREE(Baltimore), JARVIS LANDRY (Cleveland) y JORDY NELSON (Oakland); el ala cerrada JIMMY GRAHAM(Green Bay); el guardia ANDREW NORWELL (Jacksonville); el tackle NATE SOLDER (New York Giants); el ala defensiva ROBERT QUINN (Miami); los tackles defensivos DONTARI POE (Carolina), SHELDON RICHARDSON (Minnesota), NDAMUKONG SUH (Los Angeles Rams) y MUHAMMAD WILKERSON (Green Bay); el apoyador KHALIL MACK (Chicago); los esquineros MALCOLM BUTLER (Tennessee), MARCUS PETERS (Los Angeles Rams), RICHARD SHERMAN (San Francisco) y AQIB TALIB (Los Angeles Rams); y el profundo TYRANN MATHIEU (Houston).
· ESTRELLAS JÓVENES SUBEN AL ESCENARIO. La temporada pasada, cuatro novatos –el de Arizona BUDDA BAKER, el de Kansas City KAREEM HUNT y los de New Orleans ALVIN KAMARA y MARSHON LATTIMORE– fueron convocados para el Pro Bowl en sus respectivas primeras temporadas. ¿Quién podría lograr tal hazaña en 2018?
Cinco mariscales de campo –BAKER MAYFIELD (Nº 1 total, Cleveland), SAM DARNOLD (Nº 3, New York Jets), JOSH ALLEN (Nº 7, Buffalo), JOSH ROSEN (Nº 10, Arizona) y LAMAR JACKSON (Nº 32, Baltimore)– fueron seleccionados en la primera vuelta del Sorteo Universitario de la NFL 2018, marcando la tercera vez que al menos cinco mariscales de campo fueron seleccionados en la vuelta inicial desde la incepción del sorteo común, en 1967. Al menos un mariscal de campo novato titularizó en la primera semana en 10 temporadas consecutivas, la racha más larga en la NFL desde al menos 1950.
En cada una de las últimas dos temporadas, un corredor novato lideró la NFL en yardas por tierra: el de Dallas EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (1,631) en 2016 y Hunt (1,327) en 2017. Tres corredores –SAQUON BARKLEY (Nº 2 total, New York Giants), RASHAAD PENNY (Nº 27, Seattle) y SONY MICHEL(Nº 31, New England)– fueron seleccionados en la primera vuelta del Sorteo Universitario de la NFL 2018.
DAZN ANUNCIA A CRISTIANO RONALDO COMO SU PRIMER EMBAJADOR GLOBAL
(22 de Agosto de 2018) - DAZN, el servicio global de deportes en vivo y a la carta, ha anunciado hoy a su primer embajador global, y se trata nada menos que de Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo promoverá la marca DAZN en los mercados en los que ya se encuentra presente, incluyendo Alemania, Italia, Canadá y Japón, además de otros territorios en los que se lanzará próximamente.
Cristiano Ronaldo se une a la familia DAZN en un momento en el que ambas partes inician nuevas etapas en sus trayectorias. Ronaldo debutó hace poco en la Juventus, tras nueve años de triunfos con el Real Madrid.
DAZN, por su parte, acaba de lanzarse en Italia con un surtido combo de deportes premium, tales como la Serie A y Serie BKT italianas, LaLiga española, y la Ligue 1 francesa.
James Rushton, CEO de DAZN, comenta: “Este es un momento increíblemente emocionante para DAZN. A medida que nuestro negocio va creciendo internacionalmente y cruzando fronteras, es importante que nos alineemos con los grandes del deporte que están en lo mismo. Cristiano es, sin duda, una leyenda. Los hinchas lo aman, y es por eso que quisimos trabajar con él. Él es, además, un gran fanático de los deportes. Por eso, contar con él como promotor del trabajo que hacemos es perfecto”.
Por su parte, Cristiano Ronaldo señala: “El mundo está cambiando, y DAZN está eliminando barreras para los fans gracias a su enfoque innovador. Ahora todos podemos ver deportes como queramos y cuando queramos, lo cual hace que unirme al esfuerzo de DAZN sea una decisión fácil.
And the winner is… Giacomo d’Alessandro in Jersey City
with his Dark Chocolate Surprise, Polosud Gelato
Runner-Up: Buontalenti by Niccolo Pomposi, Gelateria Badiani
Third Place: New York I Love You! by Noel Knecht, Black Dog Gelato
Monday, August 13, 2018--Gelato Festival America, now in its second year, celebrated the first ever Jersey City Edition this weekend at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The winner of the contest for best flavor at the Festival was Dark Chocolate Surprise, presented by Giacomo d’Alessandro from Polosud Gelato, Coffee & Pastries in New York, NY.
As the 1st place winner of the New Jersey festival, Giacomo received a beautiful medal by Florentine goldsmith Paolo Penko. Most importantly, Giacomo will be competing in the North American Semi-Finals in 2019 for a chance to be one of three Americans to compete in the Gelato Festival World Masters in 2021 in Italy.
Over two days, eight gelato chefs competed to win this distinguished honor. D’Alessandro's Dark Chocolate Surprise flavor included 80% dark Chocolate from South America with a little bitter infusion and was a hit with the public and the professional judging panel, consisting of eleven judges.
It’s the culmination of a fantastic first stop in Liberty State Park, where thousands of people enjoyed authentic Italian gelato and voted for their favorites. The weather couldn't dampen the mood as guests enjoyed demonstrations, contests and games, ceremonies and most importantly, tasting the artisanal gelato.
Photographs of the Jersey City Gelato Chefs and Gelato Festival America Team from this weekend: link
Generic Photographs of Gelato Festival America: link
Winners of the other categories included:
- The Gela-to-go Award: The most sold gelato at the New Jersey festival was Dark Chocolate Surprise by Giacomo d’Alessandro of Polosud Gelato, Coffee & Pastries.
- Technical Jury by ISA: Persian Paradise by Mike Guerriero of Gelotti in Caldwell, NJ.
- Popular Jury by PreGel: Peach-Mango with Calamansi by Peter Jose of Jersey & Co Gelato in Jersey City, NJ.
- Kids Jury: Partly Cloudy by Jenny Ao of A La Mode.
- Speed Cup Race by ISA: Jenny Ao of A La Mode. Sponsored by ISA, Speed Cup Race is about speed. Each Gelato chef has 30 seconds to serve as many perfect servings of Gelato as possible. Jenny was able to serve 11 perfect cups, followed by Mike Guerriero of Gelotti with 9 and Dolma Yang Chen of Roots with 8.
- Stack It High by PreGel: Mike Guerriero of Gelotti. Sponsored by Pregel, each Gelato Chef was given 30 seconds to stack as many scoops of gelato into a cup as possible. Mike set a record with 22.
- Best Video: The best video made was by Kristina and Pierre Frantz of Dolce Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY.
Held in collaboration with strategic partners Carpigiani, ISA, Italian Exhibition Group Sigep and main Sponsor PreGel, the Gelato Festival America 2018 generates the first entrants into the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021, the challenge for the best artisan gelato chefs on the planet. The first eight gelato chefs selected at each stage of the Gelato Festival America 2018 will win the right to continue the challenge towards the final – it’s the World Cup of gelato, a journey with hundreds of trials over four years on five continents!
ABOUT THE GELATO FESTIVAL
The mission of Gelato Festival America is to spread the culture of artisanal Italian gelato in the US, this year featuring eight cities. The event gives visitors the opportunity to experience the secrets of high-quality gelato, learn about the production techniques by watching the artisans at work in the ‘laboratory’, and taste all the competing flavors, voting for their favorite one.
The Gelato Festival made its debut in Florence in 2010 inspired by the idea of the first gelato recipe by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti in 1559. Since then, the Gelato Festival has expanded its borders, beginning in Italy, then spreading throughout Europe and finally in 2017 to the United States - A total of 64 festivals, preparing the whole planet for the world championship of the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021.
The four 1st place winners from the 2017 Gelato Festival America, along with the eight 1st place winners from the 2018 Gelato Festival America will be competing in 2019 for one of the three spots to head to the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021 in Italy. The 2nd and 3rd artisans will be selected in 2019-2020. In the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021, there will be a total of 36 chefs from all over the world competing for the main title.
The Fabulous Flavors of Jersey City ‘18:WINNER: Dark Chocolate Surprise, by Giacomo d’Alessandro
Polosud Gelato Coffee Pastries
RUNNER-UP: Buontalenti, by Niccolo Pomposi
THIRD PLACE: New York I Love You! by Noel Knecht
Black Dog Gelato
Peach-Mango with Calamansi, by Peter Jose
Jersey & Co. Gelato
Italian Blueberry Cheesecake, by Vincenzo Tettamanti
Gemelli – Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Café
Jersey Blues Pistachio, by John Scafide
Fresh Ginger Gelato with Candied Pecans, by Kristina Frantz
Persian Paradise, by Mike Guerriero
A new review article looks at how understanding sex-based differences can improve treatment plans
ROSEMONT, Ill., July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates an annual average occurrence of 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injury episodes. Understanding how to avoid these injuries and how best to treat them is critical for optimizing safer sports participation. A new review article published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS)examines the role that sex plays in common sports-related injuries (SRIs) and a patient's treatment outcome.
Study authors looked at five common sports-related injuries: stress fracture; anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear; shoulder instability; concussion; and femoroacetabular impingement, a condition in which extra bone grows along one or both bones that form the hip joint.
"Males and females have different risk factors for experiencing SRIs," said lead study author and orthopaedic surgeon Cordelia Carter, MD. "Anatomic and physiologic characteristics such as skeletal structure, muscle mass, ligament laxity, and hormone levels differ between the sexes and may contribute to disparate injury risk. The best ways to avoid or treat a sports-related injury in a male may be different for a female. Understanding the sex-based differences can help orthopaedic surgeons be better equipped to care for patients with these injuries and improve their treatment outcomes."
According to one study referenced in the review article that looked at SRIs in Canadian children and adolescents, males are more frequently injured during sports participation than females. Males also comprised 71 percent of SRIs in 11 of the 13 sports investigated.
Another study of children aged 5 to 17 years in the United States described the type and the frequency of SRIs to be a function of sex and highlighted the following findings:
The review article authors also noted that while the relative risk of getting an ACL tear is higher in females by a rate of two to one, the number of injuries is higher in males due to greater exposure to high-risk activities.
Study authors concluded that there is a continued need for focused efforts at studying the role of sex in SRIs.
"We are still learning about how sex plays a role in an athlete's experience of sports injury," explained Dr. Carter. "This paper paves the way for future researchers to begin to investigate how we can improve medical care for all athletes by recognizing that male and female athletes with the same injury may have better outcomes if their treatments are not the same but rather are sex-specific."
The full study is available at: http://bit.ly/2mq18yI
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Dr. Carter or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Dr. Ireland or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Johnson or an immediate family member serves as a paid consultant to or is an employee of the Orthopaedic Devices Panel and the US Food & Drug Administration; has stock or stock options held in Pfizer; has received research or institutional support from Bergstrom Pharmaceuticals and Flexion Therapeutics; and serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Levine or an immediate family member serves as an unpaid consultant to Zimmer and serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Bedi or an immediate family member serves as a paid consultant to or is an employee of Arthrex and serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Matzkin or an immediate family member has received research or institutional support from Zimmer. Neither Dr. Martin nor any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2018;0:1-8 DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-16-00607
SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
MÁS DE 3,000 JÓVENES PARTICIPARÁN EN LOS CAMPAMENTOS DE DESARROLLO DE CARÁCTER DEL NFL PLAY 60 ESTE VERANO
Los campamentos NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps presentados en asociación con Anthony Muñoz se escenificarán en coordinación con 12 equipos de la NFL a través de este verano y otoño
NEW YORK, NY – 29 de junio de 2018 – Por séptimo año consecutivo, la NFL se asocia con el tackle ofensivo miembro del Salón de la fama Anthony Muñoz, para llevar a cabo campamentos de desarrollo de carácter NFL PLAY 60 Character Campsa través de todo el país como parte de las iniciativas de la NFL dirigidas a la comunidad hispana, cuyo enfoque es ofrecer a la juventud oportunidades de jugar y vivir el futbol americano.
Este año, 12 campamentos NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps se escenificarán en asociación con equipos de la NFL, incluyendo sedes múltiples en Florida, California y New York. Cada sede recibirá a casi 300 jóvenes, en su mayoría hispanos de entre nueve y 13 años de edad provenientes de organizaciones juveniles locales, sin o con muy poca exposición previa al futbol americano.
Los campamentos comenzaron la semana pasada cuando tanto New York Jets como New York organizaron sus respectivos campamentos en sus instalaciones de práctica.
“Dar comienzo a la temporada 2018 de los campamentos de desarrollo de carácter NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps con dos emocionantes campamentos en New York fue sensacional”, dijo Anthony Muñoz, fundador de la Anthony Muñoz Foundation. “Nos entusiasma la oportunidad de hacer mella en más de 3,000 jóvenes este verano. A diferencia de campamentos que solo se enfocan en futbol americano, estos campamentos buscan un más alto nivel, con un enfoque principal en recalcar la importancia del carácter en la actividad atlética y en la vida. Utilizamos el futbol americano como una plataforma, pero añadimos mucho más, incluyendo destrezas para construir un equipo y al desarrollo de rasgos de carácter. Así fue como me enseñaron cuando era niño en el sur de California y eso es lo que transmito orgullosamente a la juventud de hoy”.
La misión de los campamentos es impactar positivamente a la juventud al enseñarle destrezas de futbol americano, enfatizar el ejercicio, y reforzar la importancia del carácter en la actividad atlética y la vida. Estos esfuerzos a nivel de base han hecho una mella importante en estas comunidades.
El programa colabora con la federación estadounidense de futbol americano USA Football y su currículo NFL FLAG, que insta a sus participantes a mantenerse activos físicamente a través de acción continua y sin contacto, mientras aprenden los fundamentos del futbol americano, lecciones de trabajo en equipo y deportividad en ligas en sus comunidades. USA Footballes el socio de desarrollo juvenil oficial de la NFL y de sus 32 equipos.
Además, los campamentos enseñarán valores de carácter que forman el núcleo de la Anthony Muñoz Foundation, así como promoverán el mensaje de salud y acondicionamiento físico de NFL PLAY 60. NFL PLAY 60 e la campaña de la liga de salud y acondicionamiento físico, que insta a que niños y jóvenes estén activos por 60 minutos al día.
Si le interesa que sus hijos participen, inscríbalos a la temporada de otoño de NFL FLAG. Para inscribirse en una liga NFL FLAG en su comunidad o para fundar una liga propia, visite www.PlayFootball.com.
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Acerca de NFL PLAY 60:
Por una década, NFL PLAY 60 une el compromiso duradero de la NFL con la salud y el acondicionamiento físico con organizaciones asociadas para incrementar la actividad física entre la juventud. Desde el comienzo del programa en 2007, la NFL ha dedicado más de $350 millones a la salud y condición física de la juventud a través de sus programas, donativos y exposición a medios de anuncios de servicio público. La NFL y sus equipos han construido más de 250 NFL Youth Fitness Zones y programas integrados en 73,000 escuelas desde el inicio de esta campaña. NFL PLAY 60 también se implementa localmente, como parte de los programas intramurales y extramurales escolares y de los equipos de la NFL. Visite NFL.com/PLAY60 para hallar más información.
TELEMUNDO DEPORTES Y EL NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB LLEVAN LA COPA MUNDIAL DE LA FIFA RUSIA 2018™ AL ROCKEFELLER CENTER®
EL PÚBLICO PODRÁ VER EN VIVO LA COBERTURA (EN ESPAÑOL) DE LOS PARTIDOS DE LA COPA MUNDIAL EN PANTALLAS GIGANTES UBICADAS EN EL ROCKEFELLER PLAZA®, ADEMÁS DE PARTICIPAR EN ACTIVIDADES DE FÚTBOL EN UN CAMPO DE FÚTBOL Y CONOCER A LOS JUGADORES DEL NYCFC
DEL 30 DE JUNIO AL 15 DE JULIO
27 de junio de 2018 (Nueva York, NY) - Telemundo Deportes, en asociación con el New York City Football Club (NYCFC), anunció hoy la apertura de un campo de fútbol a la medida dotado de pantallas gigantes para ver la transmisión exclusiva en español de Telemundo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Rusia 2918™, en el Rockefeller Center, en el corazón de Manhattan.
Los fanáticos del fútbol tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar de toda la acción del torneo, ya que habrá gradas y pantallas gigantes ubicadas en el Rockefeller Plaza, entre las calles 49 y 50, y la Quinta y Sexta avenidas, de modo que el público podrá ver todos los partidos en vivo jugados entre el 30 de junio y el 15 de julio.
Además, un campo de fútbol (a la medida) se instalará en la Plaza Rockefeller donde los fanáticos tendrán la oportunidad de participar en una serie de actividades relacionadas con fútbol, incluyendo juegos, torneos y clínicas, y podrán conocer a los jugadores del NYCFC.
El espacio abrirá al público el 30 de junio a las 10 a.m., con una fiesta para ver la primera ronda de los octavos de final, seguida de una programación futbolística sobre el terreno de juego y de una fiesta para disfrutar el partido del NYCFC como visitante en contra del Chicago Fire, a las 8:30 p.m.
De igual modo, una exhibición de camisetas clásicas de fútbol producida en asociación con Classic Football Shirts, tendrá lugar en el Rockefeller Center y llevará a los fanáticos de este deporte a un paseo por la historia de algunas de las camisetas más emblemáticas de los últimos 32 años.
Todas las actividades son gratuitas y abiertas al público. Pronto será dado a conocer el programa completo de actividades.
Global Campaign to Raise Awareness for the Positive Power of Women in Professional Sports Launches Today
New York, NY (May 1, 2018) - She is one of the most important and most unrecognized professionals in modern society. Today marks the launch of SheIS, which acknowledges and elevates women in sports, and CELEBRATES those who are collective powerhouses and unwavering cheerleaders for their fellow athletes of all skill levels. The female athlete’s accomplishments makes her much more that a fitness figure, yet in current society, she is practically invisible.
In a time when every industry is taking a hard look at how women are being treated in the workplace, collectively, eight North American professional female sports leagues, including WNBA, WWE, Canada Basketball, National Women’s Pro Fastpitch League, US Tennis Association, National Women’s Hockey League, Women’s Pro Lacrosse League and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, are pledging to empower all female athletes, professional and amateur, and encourage growth in fan attendance through the creation of the SheIS movement.
Founded in 2017, SheIS fills a noticeable gap in the sports industry, where female athletes may feel marginalized and underrepresented, with a powerful vision to use positivity, respect and support to empower women who choose a career in sports. With the goal of increasing resources, viewership, and attendance of women's sports in North America, as well as globally, SheIS encourages all female sports leagues to collaborate and support women in the sporting world, while challenging fans to attend games and use social media to champion women in sports.
Those who took the SheIS pledge at the time of launch include CWHL commissioner, Brenda Andress; National Pro FastPitch Commissioner Cheri Kempf; Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHL) President, Fran Rider; WNBA President Lisa Borders, Chief Executive for the US Tennis Association, Stacey Allaster; Chief Brand Officer for WWE, Stephanie McMahon; and the first-ever female NFL coach, Dr. Jen Welter. Also joining the aforementioned is the Founding Committee and Advisory Board made up of key women and men, including several businessmen and male athletes who support the movement. Later in 2018, SheIS will expand to collaborate with additional professional sports leagues and leaders in soccer, squash, skiing, cycling, and running, as well as others.
“For decades, we have played and cheered for our individual sports, but we haven’t yet looked across the field and cheered for other women on teams who play other sports. As we launch SheIS today, we are now finding strength in numbers and we are taking collective action as women who play sports,” said Lisa Borders. “We are cheering for women in general, expanding our horizons and definitively saying ‘sports is one of the things that we as women need to do,’ so we can teach our daughters and sons that the women can play. Let’s use sports as a platform for women to move the cultural, societal and political needles to create real, positive change.”
"The heroes who run, walk and play among us make up 51% of the global population yet have little to no visibility in the sports world,” said Dr. Jen Welter. “SheIS will give the first true platform for these real world, real women heroes who have been living amongst us. With that comes the opportunity to be much more visible and for female athletes and their supporters to join forces in a really positive way. I love that this bubbling movement is coming from the sports industry, because sports has the ability to change the world.”
Prior to the launch, on April 18, 2018, members of the founding committee, commissioners and prominent members from across the sports world gathered at the WNBA office in New York City to sign the SheIS Pledge. The pledge outlines a collective promise to support female sports across all leagues and today, is open to the general public via the SheIS website so others may join the movement in solidarity.
"The SheIS initiative for me is about making sure that females, especially young girls, have positive models in sports. I have four sisters, all of them are athletes, two of whom are teenagers, and it’s really inspiring for them to be able to look up to professional female athletes and say ‘I can do that one day, that could be me one day’," said Patrick Burke, a career sports executive.
The movement will kick off with the SheIS Challenge, which will see the founding leagues’ leadership and athletes, alongside prominent business leaders and ambassadors in and outside of the sports industry, posting to their social media channels using #SheIS, and challenging friends, family, and colleagues to go watch or attend women’s sporting events throughout 2018. Those challenged are then encouraged to share images of themselves attending or watching a women’s sports game and tag three friends, who are then given the same challenge. Sports leagues will also begin hosting SheIS events throughout the year, to help facilitate further opportunities for people to engage with women’s sports.
In addition to the SheIS Challenge, the initiative will focus on driving funding into amateur leagues through the SheIS Fund. This fund aims to help build the talent pipeline of future professional athletes includes a partnership with Fast & Female, an established North American nonprofit organization founded by Olympic Gold Medalist, Chandra Crawford.
For more information about SheIS, please visit www.sheissport.com.
SheIS hopes to empower women in sports in three ways:
1) Create a movement to build awareness for and support of overlooked talent across the women's professional, national, and collegiate leagues - leading to increased attendance and viewership of women’s sports, and in turn, increased sponsorship opportunities.
2) Capitalize on the democratization of sports viewership that has been created through digital media, especially streaming, by helping to establish partnerships and new avenues for distribution.
3) Use the SheIS fund, in partnership with Fast and Female, to help develop youth athletes across North America, creating a budding pipeline of talent for future years of women's professional leagues.
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Athletes for CARE Joins Greenhouse Ventures On Cannabis Research Initiatives During The CannabisLearn Conference and Expo
Nonprofit organization, Athletes for CARE, to study the effects of cannabis on CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Athletes for CARE (A4C), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by athletes, for athletes, has partnered with Philadelphia-based business accelerator, Greenhouse Ventures, (GHV) on funding for cannabis research initiatives in conjunction with the CannabisLearn Conference and Expo, to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, April 30 – May 2.
"As professional athletes, our stories legitimize the realities of pain management issues and the need for alternative treatment options," says former Philadelphia Flyers Enforcer, and Athletes For CARE Co-Founder, Riley Cote. "Athletes and the public at large alike need research initiatives willing to explore cannabis as a solution for things like CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and Traumatic Brain Injuries."
11-year NFL veteran and Philadelphia native, Todd Herremans, also relates to the need for cannabis research. Herremans has firsthand experience with post-career pain management issues and the impact of opioids as a long-term solution. Herremans has been an active voice, advocating for the NFL to adopt a more science-based approach to cannabis for players.
"It's about harnessing our collective influence and leveraging momentum to ensure that these issues do not go unaddressed," states Herremans. "Many of the issues we share 'stepping off the field' are shared by millions worldwide and deserve the attention, funding and momentum needed to fuel change."
Athlete ambassadors will participate during the three-day CannabisLearn Conference and Expo as moderators, panelists and keynote speakers; exploring topics including the Opioid Epidemic, CBD and Sports, Cannabis Investments, Medical Research Studies, Federal Updates and the controversial lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
To help facilitate ongoing support, GHV has partnered with A4C in a high-visibility campaign designed to jumpstart funding by offering the remaining 1,000 conference passes at 50% off list price through April 30th. Discounted passes are available exclusively through the Indiegogo campaign launched on April 20th, and GHV has also agreed to donate half of the campaign proceeds to A4C, a potential $100K donation which would be the largest contribution A4C has received to-date for cannabis research initiatives.
"Concussion-related brain damage has become a serious public health issue," notes GHV CEO and newly elected A4C Advisory Board Chair, Kevin Provost. "It's an honor to provide an outlet and the means to support the cause Athletes for CARE is championing."