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UFC GYM × NRG via 360 MAGAZINE.

UFC GYM × NRG

UFC GYM® and UFC FIT® to Partner with NRG for a Product Collaboration and Complimentary 30-Day Membership

UFC GYM®, the first major brand extension of UFC®, has announced a partnership with NRG, one of the most successful professional gaming and entertainment companies in the world, for an exciting product collaboration including a complimentary 30-day membership at select UFC GYM® and UFC FIT® locations. 

With each company having a broad reach into the e-sports and fitness industries, this unique collaboration between the two market leaders will provide a glimpse into both worlds of each brand. With the purchase of co-branded merchandise, NRG customers and UFC GYM members will receive a complimentary 30-day membership at select UFC GYM® and UFC FIT® locations across the country. 

“We are very excited to partner with NRG and expand our reach into the gaming world. Gamers love fitness, and we are thrilled to welcome gaming enthusiasts to UFC GYM, where they can ‘train different’ with the best coaches and exercise equipment in the industry,” said Adam Sedlack, CEO of UFC GYM®.

“UFC GYM is the perfect first partner for collaboration with NRG! This merge brings together two great brands from different worlds. Our fans will love the fun, durable, high-quality merchandise represented in the capsule and will also get rewarded with a complimentary 30-day membership to check out the amazing facilities and programs at UFC GYM,” said Andy Miller, NRG Founder and CEO.  

UFC GYM® was the first to unite the benefits of MMA with fitness. The brand’s TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach provides members with the ultimate fitness experience and programming that secures results for all ages and training levels. With 160 locations opened and 500 additional locations currently in development globally, UFC GYM® has revolutionized the fitness industry and positively impacted countless lives worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ufcgym.com or www.ufcfit.com.

ABOUT UFC GYM®

UFC GYM® is the first major brand extension of UFC®, the world’s premier MMA organization, created in alliance with New Evolution Ventures™ (NeV), developers of many of the world’s most successful fitness brands. As the first to unite the benefits of MMA with fitness, the brand is not what you expect, and more than you can imagine. UFC GYM’s TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach provides members with the ultimate fitness experience and programming that secures results for all ages and training levels. With 160 locations opened and 1,000 additional locations currently in development globally, UFC GYM has revolutionized the fitness industry and positively impacted countless lives worldwide. In addition to its corporate-owned clubs, UFC GYM offers the opportunity to own and operate a franchise domestically and internationally through the UFC GYM® or UFC FIT® model. For franchise information, contact franchiseinfo@ufcgym.com or visit UFCGYMfranchise.com. For more information, please visit UFCGYM.com or UFCFIT.com. Follow UFC GYM on Instagram and Twitter @UFCGYM, Facebook.com/UFCGYM, and youtube.com/UFCGYM.

About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 688 million fans and 207 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly 900 million TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 75 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.

ABOUT NRG ®

NRG is a professional gaming and entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2016, NRG has embodied competitive esports excellence and the best of gaming culture over the last half-decade. Known for championship teams and innovative gaming lifestyle content, NRG is one of the most-watched organizations in the world on Twitch and YouTube, and the most watched org across platforms in North America for 2021.
NRG boasts the most-viewed and storied competitive Fortnite roster in the game, a World Championship Rocket League team, an Apex Legends squad with numerous national and international titles under its belt, and a top ranked fan favorite Valorant squad. Additionally, NRG is home to the San Francisco Shock, the org’s Overwatch League team, who is the winningest and most popular Overwatch team of all time, having won 2019, 2020 back-to-back Grand Finals.
NRG’s content channels span YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and multiple Snap Discover shows. NRG’s social gaming brand, Full Squad Gaming, has become an instant powerhouse amassing millions of followers on TikTok and YouTube in its first year since launch! Currently, NRG content channels reach over 60M uniques a month throwing off over 3 million views a day!

Special Olympics NY Inclusion Cup VIA 360 MAGAZINE

Special Olympics NY Inclusion Cup

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK TO HOST INCLUSION CUP AT RANDALL’S ISLAND SATURDAY 

300 Athletes, Coaches, and Volunteers From NYC, Long Island and Rochester to Attend

One of Special Olympics New York’s signature events is set to return to Randall’s Island this weekend. Saturday’s Inclusion Cup will bring hundreds of athletes together in a celebration of inclusion as well as competition in Bocce, Softball, Soccer and Developmental Sports. Soccer and Bocce will include Unified teams made up of players with and without intellectual disabilities.

Media are invited to attend as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 15 
Time: 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies, followed by competition through 3:00 p.m.
Location: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Opening Ceremonies, Bocce and health screenings for athletes will take place on Field 10 next to Icahn Stadium. Soccer and Developmental Sports will be on Central Fields 50 & 51. Softball will be at Sunken Meadow Fields 12 -15, 18 & 19. 


About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.

Reebok new Allen Iverson in more colors via 360 MAGAZINE

Reebok Answers to No One

Reebok has confirmed a September 1 release for its Question Mid “Answer to No One” ($160, GW8858), a clean and contemporary color-up on Allen Iverson’s iconic basketball sneaker.

Arriving alongside a matching retro apparel collection, this take on Iverson’s first signature shoe offers multicolor detailing across a chalk upper, a custom graphic sock-liner, classic “Q” and “3” heel logos, and other flavorful hits atop a chalk midsole and glass blue tinted outsole. Apparel includes a Vector Fleece Hoodie (HG2578, $70), Vector Fleece Joggers (HM5913, $60), and two graphic tee variations (HL0077HL0076, $30).

Product imagery can be found HERE.

Reebok’s “Answer to No One” Question Mid and apparel pack are available beginning September 1 exclusively from Reebok.com.

Reebok AI comes in various colors announced via 360 MAGAZINE
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Monster Energy × Dew Tour 2022

The world elite of skateboarding descends on the Midwest! Monster Energy congratulates Brazilian team rider Luiz Francisco on taking second place in the Men’s Skateboard Park final on July 30, 2022. In the night session at Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa, the 22-year-old from São Paulo rose to the podium with a perfect run in America’s largest outdoor skatepark.

In Friday’s Men’s Skateboard Street final, 29-year-old Kelvin Hoefler from São Paulo, Brazil, secured a podium spot by taking third place against the world elite in a down-to-the-wire contest.

For the second consecutive year, the summer edition of Dew Tour was contested at Lauridsen Skatepark in downtown Des Moines. Built and designed by expert park builders California Skateparks, the competition-grade facility is the largest of its kind in the United States. Spanning 88,000 square feet in size, the concrete outdoor park – operated as a free public park – offers a technical street course as well as a vertical bowl section.

On two action-packed days, more than 40 male and female professional skateboarders and adaptive athletes from across the globe descended on the Midwestern city to compete in Street and Park disciplines from July 29-30,2022. The skateboard contest and festival were open to the public free of charge and broadcast live via web stream across various platforms. The schedule also included the Battle of the Shops contest, featuring skate teams from regional skate shops in a Street competition.

Here’s how the action unfolded for team Monster Energy in Des Moines this weekend:

Men’s Skateboard Park: Monster Energy‘s Luiz Francisco Takes Second Place

The level of progression was on full display in the Men’s Skateboard Park final on Saturday night. The California Skateparks-designed bowl course featured an array of pools, vertical extensions, wallrides, banks, and a centerpiece volcano for creative lines.

The roster of twelve finalists, including several X Games gold medalists and World Cup winners, hailed from three countries: Australia, Brazil, and the United States. Monster Energy‘s Luiz Francisco came to Dew Tour 2022 fresh off claiming the bronze medal at X Games 2022 in Vista the previous weekend.

On Run 1 of the final, the 22-year-old from São Paulo, Brazilian, put down a perfect routine stacked with his signature selection of technical tricks: frontside lipslide the deep end, huge frontside boneless off the flat bank, varial kickflip Indy, hardflip body varial Indy over the hip, frontside feeble grind the extension, kickflip melon over the corner, Indy nosebone, kickflip backside 50-50 pull-in over the center ledge, and frontside blunt earned Francisco 86.33 points and second place.

Also putting on a strong performance in the final, Monster Energy’s Kieran Woolley looked like a lock-in for a podium spot. On the strength of a perfect first run, the 18-year-old from Minnamurra, Australia, held down third place for the majority of the final session.

A perfect routine including backside boneless off the extension box above the bank, frontside nosegrind the vert extension, frontside Smith grind the deep end, frontside boneless the bank, giant backside 540 nosegrab, kickflip Indy over the hip, backside Smith grind the bowl corner, alley-oop frontside 50-50, backside air to disaster, backside wall bash the centerpiece, and Miller flip earned Woolley a strong 84.00-points score. But when the action moved to final attempts of the night, Woolley found himself leapfrogged by Keegan Palmer sliding into third place on Run 3.

Nevertheless, Woolley is currently emerging as an unstoppable force in park skating after claiming the gold medal in Skatepark Park at X Games 2022 the previous weekend and winning the bowl contest at the Copenhagen Open this summer. Keep an eye on this kid!

Men’s Skateboard Street: Monster Energy‘s Kelvin Hoefler Clinches Third Place

The Men’s Skateboard Street final on Friday night featured twelve of the world’s best street skateboarders, representing five countries: Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, and the United States. The field included Olympic Street Skateboarding gold medalist Yuto Horigome as well as Monster Energy‘s Hoefler as the silver medalist from the Tokyo 2020 games.

The rivalry was alive and well during the final session, judged on the highest scoring 45-second run out of three. But as the battle heated up, Monster Energy‘s Kelvin Hoefler was having difficulty stringing together a flawless run, while Japan’s Horigome and Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro dueled for the top spot.

Ultimately, Hoefler posted his strongest run on the final attempt of the weekend, thereby using his last chance to rise to the podium. In his last run, Hoefler landed fakie ollie switch frontside bluntslide the rail, 360 kickflip the bump, kickflip backside lipslide the rail, frontside tailslide to fakie the gap ledge, Caballerial frontside boardslide fakie the rail, kickflip frontside lipslide fakie the bump to rail, Half Cab nosegrind 180 the Hubba, and Caballerial backside tailslide fakie the rail for 86.00 points and third place.

Kelvin Hoefler represented Brazil and earned the silver medal in Men’s Skateboard Street at the Tokyo Olympics. He owns five X Games medals, including two gold. Hoefler has taken first place in high-profile competitions such as Dew Tour, Street League Skateboarding, and in 2017 was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most wins of the World Cup Skateboarding men’s street world rankings”.

For more on Luiz FranciscoKelvin HoeflerKieran Woolley, and the Monster Energy skateboarding team visit http://www.monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on YouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitter and TikTok for exclusive updates as the action sports season continues.

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NIGEL SYLVESTER

Nigel Sylvester, BMX superstar walked the ESPYS carpet in style. Nigel chose to wear a full leather AMIRI suit coupled with stacked diamond bracelets, a beautiful diamond link necklace & rainbow spectrum diamond rings all by Los Angeles based fine jewelry brand, METAL NOIR. METAL NOIR has become the go-to jewelry brands for men being that it focuses on impactful yet subtle luxury. It’s no surprise the Jordan Brand athlete chose to wear the unreleased sought after Travis Scott Reverse Mocha 1s to finish off the look. 

*Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Who: Nigel Sylvester Celtics NBA Superstar (Styled by: Anthony Clayburn IG: @clay_visions

Where: Los Angeles, CA: 2022 ESPYS

What: Nigel Sylvester walked the carpet in METAL NOIR

Rainbow Diamond Ring: The Full Spectrum Collection ‘ROYGBIV’ Emerald cut ring in solid 18K Rose Gold with 30 point Multi-Color natural Sapphires.  Approximately 5 Carats. HERE

Rainbow Diamond Cuff: Our Full Spectrum Collection Cuff Bracelet in Solid 18K Yellow Gold with rainbow sapphires and black diamonds.  Approx. 2.8 Carats. HERE

Diamond Cuff: Our Signature Collection Double Row Bracelet in Solid 18K Yellow Gold with round brilliant diamonds.  5.8 Carats.  VS+ Clarity. HERE

Diamond and Yellow Gold Ring: Our Signature Collection Single Row ring in solid 18K Yellow Gold with round brilliant diamonds.  Approximately 1.2 Carats. HERE

Diamond chain necklace: Signature Collection Full Diamond Linked Multi-Ring Necklace in solid 18k Yellow Gold with round brilliant diamonds.  Approx. 8 Carats. HERE

Football Illustration via 360 MAGAZINE

TAKEO SPIKES

Fifteen-year NFL veteran and Auburn Tiger great Takeo Spikes has signed a deal to join SEC Network as a college football studio analyst. Spikes will be a mainstay of the network’s SEC Now and SEC Football Final programs throughout the fall, and the two-time Pro Bowler kicks off his SEC Network tenure as part of SEC Kickoff Presented by Regions Bank, July 18-21.

“Back when SEC Network launched in 2014, I was watching from afar and over the past few years, I knew I wanted to be part of that team,” Spikes said. “I played against and with so many of my fellow analysts and I feel like this is where I belong. I’m ready to get started. I want viewers to really understand my perspective of the game I love, and they can expect me to be bold, engaging and dramatic.”

Spikes was a standout linebacker at Auburn and the 1997 SEC Championship Game MVP. He spent 15 seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Buffalo Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers, and the San Diego Chargers. He was the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, starting his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Spikes was a 2003 and 2004 Pro Bowler and First Team All-Pro with the Bills in 2004.

“We’ve had our eye on Takeo for a long time,” said Tom McCollum, ESPN vice president, production. “He brings an energy and expertise that fits well with our crew and his passion for the SEC runs deep. He will be a great addition to our studio on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Spikes is the author of Takeo Spikes Presents: Behind the Mask, which has expanded to a podcast series. The show provides post-game analysis each week throughout the NFL season that features pro athletes and celebrities discussing various topics from relationships to untold personal stories. Spikes attended SEC Media Days as a student-athlete, and the SEC legend is looking forward to experiencing the event in a different way.

“You go from when I was a player and fast forward to now, you see SEC Network and the magnitude of what they bring from a media standpoint,” Spikes noted. “The visibility programs get from being on and part of the network is unmatched.”

The Sandersville, Ga. native was a leader on the field and off during his time in the NFL, serving as team captain 13 out of his 15 seasons and registering 70 or more tackles in 14 of 15 seasons. Recently named as an inductee into the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame, Spikes was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Alex Rodriguez Hispanic Scholarship Fund via 360 Magazine

PRESIDENTE × A-ROD

PRESIDENTE LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE TO FUEL GREATER HISPANIC REPRESENTATION IN SPORTS BUSINESS

Diversity within sports is an ongoing issue both on and off the field. Presidente, the iconic Dominican pilsner, alongside Alex Rodriguez, President and Chairman of Presidente, are today announcing a new initiative called “Step Up To the Plate” that will look to provoke change and create more opportunities for Hispanic students interested in a career in sports.

A summer-long program, this initiative will help fuel a pipeline of qualified candidates into the business side of the industry by offering internship and networking opportunities, as well as financial support.

In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the ‘Step Up to the Plate’ program has awarded nine deserving students a three-month paid internship working on projects across the business that include a strategic sports focus, in collaboration with the Sports Marketing team at Anheuser-Busch – one of the biggest sponsors in sport for almost 40 years.

In addition to the internship, the program awards each student a grant for living expenses in a combined package worth approximately $15K, as well as the opportunity to join Anheuser-Busch in a full-time role following graduation.

“We recognize that the need to diversify leadership in sports is greater than ever, and as a brand that champions the progression of Hispanic culture, we’re more than thrilled to announce this program,” said Alex Monroy, Senior Brand Director of Presidente at Anheuser-Busch. “Step Up to the Plate is meant to bridge the gap between accessibility and opportunity for these students, and ultimately arm them with the tools and experience to “Be the Presidente” of their career in sports.”

In addition to the selected interns, Presidente will give anyone an opportunity to tune into a virtual Q&A session led by none other than former Yankee player, business mogul and Chairman of Presidente, Alex Rodriguez. Taking place on July 11, the virtual seminar will be streamed via Instagram live by Alex Rodriguez (@arod) and Presidente (@presidenteUSA)

“I’m very excited to be working with Presidente on a program that will fuel greater diversity within the industry,” said Alex Rodriguez, President and Chairman of Presidente USA. “Hispanic athletes and fans have played a major part of baseball’s success throughout the years, which is why we think it’s vital that we’re represented not just on the field but in the boardrooms as well.”

Presidente intends for this initiative to be the first push in leveling the playing field for aspiring Hispanic graduates with a passion for sports. As such, the program recipients will begin their internships in Mid-June and will be placed across the Anheuser-Busch marketing team so they can best learn the ins and outs of the business.

For additional details on the ‘Step Up to the Plate’ program and seminar, follow Presidente on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Reebok "Heritage" releases on July 14 via Reebok for use by 360 MAGAZINE

REEBOK – HERITAGE

 Reebok today has confirmed a July 14 release for its Pump Omni Zone II “Heritage” ($160, HR0035) via Reebok and select retailers.

Made famous in the early ‘90s by Boston guard and longtime brand athlete Dee Brown, upon its release Reebok’s Pump Omni Zone II sneaker and custom-fit Pump technology launched an industry-wide innovation race that forever changed the trajectory of sneaker history.

30 years later, on the heels of multiple anniversary releases, OG bring backs, and new color stories, Pump Omni Zone II “Heritage” celebrates Reebok. Made up in classic chalk, Vector red, and Vector blue brand colors, the model offers a clean, archival Reebok aesthetic with retro basketball and innovation at its core.

Reebok’s Pump Omni Zone II “Heritage” ($160, HR0035) is available beginning July 14 from Reebok and select retailers.

More on Dee Brown and the rise of Pump: On February 9, 1991, Boston rookie point guard Dee Brown stepped onto the hardwood in front of a buzzing dunk contest crowd. Sizing up the rim, he set the ball on the playing surface, reached down with both hands and primed the “Pumps” on his Pump Omni Zone II sneakers, turning his head up to the crowd with a grin as he locked in his custom fit and prepared for takeoff. That night, Reebok’s “Pump” technology became a cultural phenomenon, as Brown became only the second rookie in dunk contest history to win the elusive title. A few years earlier, in the late ‘80s, Pump” was introduced on “The Pump” basketball shoe by the “Reebok Advanced Concepts” (RAC) team, marking the brand’s true foray onto the hardwood. “Pump” was the first tech of its kind, integrating within the shoe an inflatable chamber that enabled wearers to create their own custom fit. With the help of  Dee Brown on that historic night in 1991, “Pump” gained international allure and quickly became the go-to sneaker for pro athletes everywhere.

*Lifestyle photos (shot by Connor Thompson @connorthacreator)

British Celebrities Drive Iconic Jaguar Land Rover Vehicles in Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant via 360 Magazine

JLR × Queen’s Jubilee

Stars from the world of entertainment, sport and music got behind the wheel to celebrate 70 years of dedicated service 

Jaguar Land Rover joined Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, with 26 of its cars featuring in the stunning Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday. British names Luke Evans, Jason Robinson OBE, David Gandy and Jess Hawkins were just a few of the red-carpet attendees who showed their support by getting behind the wheel of the British automaker’s most iconic vehicles. 

To further commemorate the Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years of dedicated service, Land Rover gifted the British Red Cross a new Defender 130 to support its operations in the UK. Land Rover engineers will work with representatives from the charity, of which the Queen is a patron, to adapt the Defender 130 before it goes into service. Land Rover has supported the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1954.

“We are delighted to be receiving the Defender 130 and look forward to working with the team at Land Rover to modify this over the coming months. As the longest version of this vehicle ever produced, we will be able to utilise the increased capacity to incorporate new and unique features that will better support our emergency response and ambulance support work. The vehicle’s off-road capabilities will give us the freedom to access remote areas and reach people affected by emergencies and disasters across the UK.” Chris Davies, Head of Crisis Response.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant was a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity of the people of the UK and Commonwealth during the 70 years of her reign. Two of Her Majesty’s beloved Land Rover Defenders took part in the Pageant, along with three Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles from James Bond films, and a collection of rare Jaguar convertibles including a bespoke 1965 Series 1 E-type Roadster. The one-off renovation features a comprehensive list of enhancements carried out by the expert technicians at Jaguar Classic Works, and metallic blue paintwork inspired by the Union flag.

Chris Thorp, Chief of Staff, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is a true honour for our vehicles to play a part in this momentous occasion to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. As the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Head of the Commonwealth, patron of more than 600 charities as well as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, the Queen is a remarkable role model and we are delighted to celebrate with her today.”

Other Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles of note that participated in the Pageant included the first Land Rover the world ever saw, unveiled at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. 

In a celebration of Jaguar’s move towards an all-electric future, the parade also featured an F-PACE Electric Hybrid in a bespoke livery designed with drumming sensation Nandi Bushell and an all-electric I-PACE from the E-Trophy racing series.

The vibrant and colourful procession covered a 3km route taking in The Mall and Buckingham Palace, echoing the route of the Coronation 70 years ago. It featured more than 10,000 volunteers and creatives celebrating each of the Queen’s seven decades on the throne through a carnival of art, music, theatre and dance. The Jaguars and Land Rovers featured throughout the parade with notable brand fans and cultural icons aboard.

Running illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

World Kidney Day Hike

In March, a group of 20 kidney donors summited the highest mountain in Africa to celebrate World Kidney Day. This activity demonstrated that living organ donors can accomplish any physical challenge that could be achieved by a person with two kidneys. This month, they continue their advocacy of living donation by Releasing a video of their trip in observance of April as National Donate Life Month.

The climbers are all members of the nonprofit Kidney Donor Athletes (KDA), founded in 2018. “Something important to all of us is to normalize kidney donations,” KDA supporter and climber Patty Graham said. “We’re not heroes. We’re normal people leading normal lives.”

KDA President Bobby McLaughlin explained the multi-dimensional benefits of the trek, that “spending time with fellow kidney donors in Africa, spreading the word of living donation—[it] doesn’t get much better than that, but thanks in part to Embark Exploration Company we’re also making inroads and establishing partnerships with agencies in Tanzania that support kidney donation.”

Currently, there are nearly 100,000 people on the waiting list in the United States in need of a kidney. With an average wait time of three to five years for a transplant, 13 people die every day. Increasing the number of living donations would significantly reduce the number of unnecessary deaths from kidney failure, as kidneys from living donors last, on average, 50% longer than those from deceased donors. 

“The media response to the Kilimanjaro climb has been overwhelming, and everyone we’ve talked to wants to see footage of the trip,” explained McLaughlin. “We hope that this attention translates to action in becoming a living donor for some.” Created by Tom Racek of Summit Pointe Productions, the new video of the trek is a precursor to an upcoming documentary to be released in the coming weeks.

More information about living kidney donation and Kidney Donor Athletes can be found HERE.  The video is available on the KDA YouTube channel

About Kidney Donor Athletes

Kidney Donor Athletes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote the gift of life through living kidney donation among active individuals and athletes by building a community that inspires, supports, and educates people about the experience of kidney donation.