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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.

ski scene by Gabrielle Marchan for use by 360 Magazine

Kokomo Murase Snowboard Win

Monster Energy congratulates Kokomo Murase on her first-place finish in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at the Audi SnowJam in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. In the official World Cup event sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the 17-year-old from Gifu, Japan, earned a dominant victory. She now ranks first in FIS World Cup Slopestyle and has secured the Crystal Globe win in overall Women’s Park & Pipe rankings.

As the penultimate event of the FIS World Cup season, the Audi SnowJam was contested from March 16-19 for the first time in five years. The contest at the popular resort inside Krkonoše National Park offered one of the last chances to collect points towards winning the 2021/22 season’s coveted Crystal Globe trophies.

Scoring points is exactly what brought Monster Energy’s Murase to the Czech Republic. The young Japanese ripper dropped into the contest ranked in first position on the FIS World Cup Slopestyle leaderboards in a tie with Canada’s Laurie Blouin at 160 points. This was her chance to build a commanding lead.

And she did. On the creative downhill course, Murase worked the rail with a switch backside boardslide pretzel into a backside 900 off the jump, Cab 720 mute grab, lipslide pretzel the kicker rail and a huge frontside 1080 lien grab at the bottom. At 89.25 points, she finished 13.00 points ahead of the next competitor for a dominant victory. To learn more about snowboard terminology, click HERE

“I’m so happy, I did my best in riding this competition and I’m very happy I won,” said Murase.

After Saturday’s win at Spindleruv Mlyn, Murase now leads the 2022 FIS Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle rankings with 260.00 points, a strong 86 points ahead of Jasmine Baird in second place. With one more contest to go, Murase also commands an unbeatable score of 396.00 points in Women’s Park & Pipe overall World Cup standings. Leading the next competitor by 122 points, the Japanese ripper has secured the season’s Crystal Globe trophy.

Will Murase also claim the Slopestyle trophy? Stay tuned for the final World Cup of the season next weekend at Silvaplana, Switzerland, from March 25-27.

Prior to this weekend’s World Cup, Murase claimed bronze in Women’s Snowboard Big Air at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. At age 13, she made history at X Games Norway 2018 as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork in competition and became the youngest Winter X Games athlete ever to win a gold medal.

For more on Kokomo Murase and the Monster Energy snowboard team, click HERE. Follow Monster Energy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive updates as the snow season continues.

About Monster Energy

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. 

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Reebok × Myles Garrett

Reebok announced a new long-term partnership with all-pro defensive end Myles Garrett, which will bring new energy to the brand’s lifestyle and performance categories across classics, running, cross-training, and heritage basketball. As a Reebok athlete, Garrett will play an integral role in key marketing campaigns and product innovation for performance designs, while providing product feedback and footwear testing for future models.

“Growing up admiring all-time greats like Allen Iverson, Shaq, and Shawn Kemp I’m extremely excited to be joining the Reebok family,” commented Garrett. “I really pride myself on having a lot of interests off the field so to be working with a brand that promotes individuality and encourages people to pursue the things that bring them joy is incredible. I’m looking forward to showcasing more of who I am on and off the field to help better establish the brand in performance and lifestyle.”

The announcement follows the launch of Reebok’s “Life is Not a Spectator Sport” campaign that encourages people to pursue their passions, celebrate their individuality and become active participants in the world around them.

“Myles Garrett is one of those incredible all-around athletes who could be a standout in any sport—he just happened to choose football,” commented Caroline Machen, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing at Reebok. “We’re thrilled to welcome Myles to the Reebok family and shine a light on our shared ethos and passion for sport, fitness, fashion, pop culture, and activism. As we embark on an exciting new era here at Reebok, Myles will be a key player in bringing his own unique energy and story to our next chapter.”

During Cleveland’s 2022 all-star weekend last month, Garrett made his first official appearance with the brand at its “Bok Door” event, helping to launch the commemorative Question Mid 25th Anniversary and all-new Instapump Fury Zone.

Throughout 2022, fans can expect to see Garrett supporting key Reebok products across sport and lifestyle including the Classic Leather, Nano, Floatride, Question, Pump, and more. 

Basketball illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

SEC Basketball Coverage

SEC Network posts up for the postseason with first round, second round and quarterfinal Southeastern Conference Tournament games airing on the network, accompanied with live studio coverage on site throughout both the women’s and men’s tournaments.

The first, second and quarterfinal rounds of the SEC Women’s Tournament will be televised on SEC Network. Analyst Tamika Catchings and play-by-play Eric Frede will team up to call the first round and afternoon games in the second round and quarterfinals; analyst Carolyn Peck and play-by-play commentator Courtney Lyle will call evening games during the week, as well as the semifinals and championship game on ESPNU and ESPN, respectively. Former Florida standout and SEC Network analyst Steffi Sorensen will serve as the sideline reporter for all 13 games of the women’s tournament.

The first and second rounds of the SEC Men’s Tournament, as well as the evening quarterfinals, are slated for SEC Network. Karl Ravech will have afternoon duties through the quarterfinals, and Tom Hart will call the evening matchups. Analysts for the weekday games are Jimmy Dykes, Dane Bradshaw, and Daymeon Fishback. Ravech and Dykes will team up for Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship game, all on ESPN. Marty Smith and Alyssa Lang will share sideline duties throughout the tournament from Tampa Bay on SEC Network and ESPN.

For all SEC Network games from both the SEC Women’s and Men’s Tournaments, an Above The Rim feed will be available on SECNetwork+.

SEC Now gets things started for SEC Network’s Champ Week coverage on site in Music City, as analysts Andy Landers and Andraya Carter join host Alyssa Lang to provide pre-game, halftime and post-game insights throughout the week. Lang, Landers and Carter will tip off for SEC Now beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, along with a special Championship Sunday edition at 5 p.m.

The following week, SEC Now will have live SEC Men’s Tournament programming from Cigar City, as host Dari Nowkhah and analysts Pat Bradley and Daymeon Fishback provide pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage on SEC Network throughout the tournament. The trio will team up for SEC Now beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Dykes will also contribute to the show in the early rounds of the tournament.

Additional Programming and Coverage Highlights

  • The Paul Finebaum Show: Finebaum will be live throughout the week, covering the latest from the SEC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments on SEC Network and ESPN Radio. When there are live games on SEC Network, The Paul Finebaum Show will air on ESPN Radio and/or SEC Network+.
  • SEC Inside: SEC Network will air two special SEC Tournament recaps to wrap up the action from the semifinals and finals in Nashville and Tampa Bay. SEC Inside: SEC Women’s Tournament airs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 and SEC Inside: SEC Men’s Tournament follows the next week at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15.
  • SEC Now: Selection Specials: SEC Now: Basketball Selection Special is set for Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m. from SEC Network’s Charlotte studios. Peter Burns and Alyssa Lang will be joined by analysts Patric Young and Andraya Carter to react to team watch parties and interviews from the SEC squads selected for postseason play.
Kackar Mountains via Geoffrey Weill Associates for use by 360 Magazine

Ski Kaçkar Mountains

The 2022 heli-skiing season has officially kicked off in the scenic Kaçkar Mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea region, and will welcome 370 accredited athletes through the end of March. Perhaps better known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Turkey is home to some of the best heli-skiing in the world, luring top extreme sports athletes from the US, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy and Russia with its deep powder snow and long ski runs.

Located between the Rize and Artvin provinces of northeastern Turkey, the highest peak in the Kaçkar Mountains reaches nearly 12,800 feet in altitude. The more than 400 ski runs in the area range from about 11,800 to 4,000 feet above sea level, with vertical drops of 2,300 to 4,000 feet. With its excellent snow quality, highly stable snowpack and varied ski terrain, the Kaçkar mountain range is perfectly suited to heli-skiing. In addition to heli-skiing and snowboarding, the Kaçkar Mountains also offer rafting fans an adrenaline rush in the world-class rapids of the Fırtına Stream.

Based on the Ayder Plateau in Rize, the Kaçkar Mountains are home to a wide range of accommodations from boutique hotels, hostels to rental bungalows. The team on site consists of experienced professional ski guides, pilots, massage therapists, engineers, interpreters and tourist guides. All hailing from different alpine countries, some of the guides on Kaçkar Mountains are also professional helicopter pilots, renowned Himalayan specialists or members of professional rescue teams. The pilots on the team, all of whom are of Swiss descent, also work in Alpine conditions all year round doing heli-ski flights, rescue work or hauling loads. The massage therapists, available to offer relief after a day of leg-burning laps, are trained in physiotherapy, acupuncture and reflexology.

In addition to world-class sports, the Kaçkar Mountains are sure to delight those who would like to add some culture to their visit with historical settlements and churches. Located in Artvin and dating back to the Middle Ages, some of these structures sit perched atop mountains with stunning views of the Black Sea below. And not to be missed are the regional culinary delicacies of the Kaçkar Mountains is its gastronomy delicacies, including the famous hamsi (Black Sea anchovies, served either cured or fried) and the Black Sea regional variation of traditional Turkish breakfast, including Rize’s famous black tea, muhlama (a mixture of cheese, corn flour and butter), tursu kavurmasi (fried pickles), misir ekmegi (cornbread), a variety of pides (flatbreads), local butter and Anzer honey, which is locally produced on the green plateaus of the Black Sea.

A Safe Tourism Destination

Taking great precautions to ensure a safe stay, the resorts in the Kaçkar Mountains have all the necessary equipment and evacuation aids at their disposal, ranging from rescue mats with a winch cover, vacuum mattresses and defibrillators, to ventilation systems and first-aid kits. There to assist you in the event of an accident, all guides on site are trained in emergency snow procedure and the use of equipment.

In addition to heli-skiing safety, Turkey’s Safe Tourism Certification Program, the first of its kind in the world, certifies: accommodation facilities; food and beverage facilities; tour and transfer vehicles; culture, art, and congress facilities; theme parks, ski lifts and marine tourism facilities; and vehicles’ compliance with a total of more than 900 international health and hygiene criteria. Accreditation institutions that have been authorized to inspect these facilities, vehicles, parks and lifts conduct hygiene and health inspections at least twice per month. To date, more than 11,700 facilities in Turkey have been granted the Safe Tourism Certification. In addition, there are tourist protection and accommodation protection insurance packages covering the costs of an extended stay in Turkey in the event visitors develop COVID during their visit.For further information, please click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Question Mid's via Reebok for use by 360 Magazine

Retrofuture Cleveland All-Star Experience

Reebok has confirmed its return to all-star February 18-19, where the brand will offer Cleveland 2022 attendees an immersive retrofuture “Bok Door” experience showcasing the upcoming Question Mid 25th Anniversary and brand new Instapump Fury Zone. The RSVP-only event takes place in downtown Cleveland and will welcome Reebok friends like Myles Garrett, Dee Brown, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, and more, over the weekend.

Showing just a few weeks after the launch of its new “Life is Not a Spectator Sport” campaign, Reeboks’ 2022 all-star experience will pull attendees into a sneaker-culture “time machine” exploring the brand’s heritage and future.

“Pump, Question, Fury—Reebok is legendary in basketball and sneakers, so I’m happy to work with the brand in telling its story in Cleveland,” commented all-pro football player and Reebok partner, Myles Garrett. “This is a big weekend for the city. I hope to see tons of fans and friends at the festivities, and look forward to hanging with the Reebok community, playing games, showing some cool new shoes, and just having a good time.”

The activation will first take guests back to the 90s vintage sneaker store scene, highlighting Reebok’s basketball heritage through Allen Iverson’s iconic Question Mid and the upcoming Question Mid 25th Anniversary, a silver iteration dropping February 17th. This 25th “Silver Anniversary “Question Mid marks the final installment of a year-long celebration of Iverson’s prolific ’96 rookie season and his first signature Reebok shoe–one that has forever changed sneaker history and basketball culture. 

Visitors will then be catapulted decades into the future through the “Bok Door” and a transformative space mixing iconic Reebok basketball moments and technologies. These elements and storylines will come together to present the all-new Instapump Fury Zone—dropping February 19th—that offers a modern interpretation of Instapump Fury design language, paired with Pump technology, and built for the modern-day blacktop with style and comfort all-in-one. In this futuristic space, guests will enjoy Reebok hoops-inspired activities, video games, exclusive custom gear, and appearances by brand partners.

About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Boston, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer, and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied fitness heritage. Reebok develops products, technologies, and programming that enable movement so people can fulfill their potential. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit—whether it’s functional training, running, combat training, walking, dance, yoga, or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market.

sports illustration by Allison Christensen for use by 360 Magazine

Polar Plunge NY

For those ready to “take the plunge” into the freezing waters of Sharpe Reservation, the 2022 Polar Plunge is nearly here. On Saturday, February 19, 2022, starting at 8 AM, attendees from across New York State will gather at Sharpe Reservation, Camp Mariah to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New York athletes in the Hudson Valley Region.

The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular, profitable, and exciting fundraisers for Special Olympics New York. Participants raise money by asking friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances for donations. 

“Polar Plunges are some of the most valuable fundraisers we host each year,” said Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “They’re an excellent opportunity for people from all over the community to come together and support our athletes. If you join us, you’ll see why so many people return year after year.”

At this event last year, 198 participants raised $156,000. Individuals and teams who’d like to join this year’s Plunge may do so by registering online HERE and clicking on, “Fishkill Polar Plunge”. 

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 51,000 registered Athletes and Unified Partners 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, 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, click HERE.

Cocktail via 360 Magazine

Super Bowl Sips

The big game is coming this year, and the pressure is on. No one knows how the game will progress and who takes home the trophy. No one knows which city will sing its praises and which will go to bed defeated. The only thing we know is the best cocktails to drink to calm the nerves. 360 has compiled a list of the best cocktails for The Super Bowl.  

Game Time Decision

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. 1800 Blanco (Drizly, ReserveBar)
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. agave syrup
  • .5 oz Agavero orange

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass Garnish with an orange peel.

2 Minute Drill

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. 1800 Cristalino (Drizly, ReserveBar)
  • 3 oz. sparkling grapefruit soda
  • Salt for garnish 
  • Grapefruit for garnish 

Directions: Pour 1800 Cristalino over ice and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a pinch of salt and a slice of grapefruit.

Runyon Canyon Ranch Water

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. 1800 Cristalino (Drizly, ReserveBar)
  • .25 oz. fresh lime juice
  • .25 oz. agave syrup
  • 1.5 oz chilled sparkling water
  • 2 fresh cucumber ribbons
  • Grapefruit for garnish 
  • Tajín seasoning for garnish 

Directions: Combine 1800 Cristalino, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, cucumber slices and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into Collins glass with Tajín rim and cucumber ribbon draped around the inside. Top with sparkling water and grapefruit zest.

Stoli Sweetheart Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts Stoli®️  Premium (ReserveBar)
  • .05 parts Agave syrup
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 part coffee liqueur
  • 2 tea-spoon mascarpone cheese
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Cocoa powder

Directions: Combine Stoli , espresso, coffee liqueur, mascarpone cheese and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly for a consistent foam. Strain into a frozen martini glass, top with cocoa powder and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Pink Grapefruit Shandy

By: Chef Brad Kent

Ingredients:

  • 1-12 oz wheat beer
  • 6 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (optional) 

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and enjoy