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Alya Alghamdi’s Sprint To Her Dreams

By Alya Alghamdi

Every fire begins with a single flame — mine was ignited with the thought of freedom. Growing up, I always knew there was something more for me. My sisters and I would talk often about what we wanted to be when we matured. They would mention their dreams to have a family and own a house, and I would simply reply, “I want to be on top of the world!”

Despite having a privileged childhood in Saudi Arabia, I longed for a life far beyond what material goods could provide because my fulfillment came from a deeper place — a place of purpose. As I grew, the flame burning inside spread like wildfire, consuming me. I knew my purpose was to burn bright, but the world in which I existed sought to extinguish that. It became clear that my journey to live as my true self would not be an easy one. Still, I decided at an early age that instead of letting my circumstances hold me back, I would redefine them to reflect the reality I wanted to live in.

At that time, I had no idea I would one day pursue athletics professionally. My potential as an athlete went untapped for many years due to the fact that Saudi Arabia did not allow women to go to the gym or join sports teams. It was simply unacceptable for a female to participate in any kind of physical activity. Still, this couldn’t and wouldn’t stop me from dreaming, hoping and impatiently waiting.

Foregoing the arranged marriage that is expected of Saudi Arabian women, I made the unfortunate discovery that my best chance at gaining freedom would come at the expense of leaving my family and my home. Still, I was determined to keep my fire burning, so I left for Europe. I chose my destiny to be a free human being, and that came with a lot of losses, but my gains far outweigh those costs.

In Europe, I was able to discover my true passion — running. I spent the majority of my time exploring new physical activities like long distance running, surfing, hiking and competing in marathons. The simple freedom of putting on your shoes in the morning and doing whatever you wanted to do was a completely new concept to me and I promised myself I would never take it for granted.

Staying true to my childhood pipe dreams and capitalizing on my new found freedom, I set my sights on making it to the top of the world – Mount Everest. This was one of the most difficult but rewarding things I have ever done, and it was just as treacherous, unwelcoming, and life-changing as one would imagine. By definition, the environment was inhospitable. Temperatures were below freezing, there was no running water and any water packed for the trip was frozen still. When you are placed in such a life-threatening position, suddenly, all you can think about is how much you want to live. That trip really opened my eyes to what was truly important in life — love and passion. For some people, they find those things in raising a child, but for me, I found it in my sport.

It was not long after my return from Mount Everest that Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Committee extended an invitation for me to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Physically I had reached the top of the world, but professionally, the Olympics became my new Mount Everest. Working with Olympic royalty Michael Johnson, I dedicated my entire life to training, thinking, dreaming and speaking only of the Olympics. Then, three weeks out from the games, my offer to compete was rescinded by Saudi Arabia due to a culturally based decision that had nothing to do with my ability as an athlete. This was earth-shattering for me. I had dedicated everything to training for this opportunity, to represent my country and make them proud, and in a flash, it was gone! I spiraled into a depression and my soul felt hollow where my fire used to burn.

My coach saw the internal anguish and he told me I was left with only two choices — go home or try again. With my options laid bare, the outcome became increasingly clear. I knew this was not the end of my Olympic journey and my fire once again started to burn. Picking up right where I left off, I trained vigorously for the 2020 Olympics, breaking the record for the 60-meter dash. I am also working toward breaking the 100 and 200-meter, which I am confident I can achieve with my abilities, as well as coach’s confidence in me. But my dreams becoming a reality were once again postponed, this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I now have my sights set on carrying my country’s flag at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

However, to be clear, the Olympics are not my endgame. Once the games are in my rearview, I plan on starting a mentorship program and non-profit foundation for young Saudi Arabian female athletes to provide them with the support and resources I did not have during my training journey. Ultimately, I’m not here to break a record, I’m here to show women they can accomplish anything, even with just a single flame.

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Baron Davis Virtual Conversation

Baron Davis Enterprises and Business Inside The Game (B.I.G.) are bringing the conversation online to continue its function as an educational and engaging platform for investors and industry experts to connect and collaborate with the mission to enrich our communities. As the world around us is quickly changing,insightful leaders look to invest in the next generation of trailblazers and create wealth and opportunity in young entrepreneurs as well as minority businesses and communities. B.I.G. has been curating thought-provoking conversations around innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurship for years and now NBA All-Star and Serial Entrepreneur Baron Davis has drafted an impressive line-up to discuss investment, education, and activism.

The four-part virtual conversation series will be moderated by Baron and will bring together successful business executives, athletes and civic leaders to engage in intimate conversations around taking the next step to invest in the future of this country and create opportunities in all communities.

June 8 at 6:30 p.m. PST▪ Part One – Put Money Where Your Mouth Is: Investing in the Future of Minority Entrepreneurso

June 15 at 6:30 p.m. PST ▪ Part Two – Sports & Culture: Athletes For Justice: A Conversation with Athletes about Prison Reform, Laws and Activismo

June 22 at 6:30 p.m. PST▪ Part Three – Education: Each One Teach One: A Discussion with Teachers, Philanthropists and Community Leaders on the Future of EdTecho

June 29 at 6:30 p.m. PST▪ Part Four – Where Is Our Hollywood: Exploring how People of Color are Portrayed in Media & How to Break Barriers to Tell Our Stories

“I believe we have a responsibility to use our voice and platform to not only encourage change but to invest in change, said Baron Davis. “Together we need to revolutionize the mindset of our communities, while leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs and leaders from all backgrounds and walks of life.”

The virtual panel will be hosted by B.I.G in collaboration with ALL Def Digital. The series will stream on our LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,and Twitch channels every Monday in June at 6:30 p.m. PST.

About BUSINESS INSIDE THE GAME (B.I.G.)

B.I.G. is a series of highly curated summits, panels and immersive experiences that explore how to create an impact in social enterprise and solve real business problems. B.I.G. assembles a network of thought-leaders, industry experts, athletes, and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to connect, learn, and engage in dynamic environments.

B.I.G. is a platform for entrepreneurs, investors and disruptors in sports, media, technology, business, and culture to create opportunities, connections and collaborate in a professional setting.  The summit provides accessibility and resources to experts in these fields.  The ideas that are sparked at Business Inside the Game strives to affect industries and enrich our communities.

B.I.G. was founded by two-time NBA All-Star, Serial Entrepreneur and Master Connector, Baron Davis. His vision is to create a traveling power summit that connects experts, visionaries, and entrepreneurs across multiple platforms in sports, media, technology, and finance.

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BEL-AIR ATHLETICS

UNVEILS NEW LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION – “BEL-AIR MIAMI”
New Collection Inspired by Founder Will Smith’s Personal & Professional Connections to Miami

Bel-Air Athletics announced the launch of its newest, limited-edition collection – “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away).” The 24-piece collection is inspired by Bel-Air Athletics founder Will Smith’s longtime affinity for Miami, and is available exclusively at www.belairathletics.com.
 
“Miami just agrees with me spiritually, vibrationally and emotionally,” said Smith, who has starred in several Miami-themed films and recorded music about the city. “I just believe places have that for certain people and it’s an X-factor.”
 
The unisex collection features an array of colorful looks, punctuated by tropical hues, animal prints and a color palette that draws from 1980’s and 90’s Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes uniforms. Standout pieces include the ‘Bengal Varsity Jacket,’ which is limited to just 50 pieces; the ‘Alma Mater’ sweatshirt and sweatpants set; the ‘Split-Time Hoodie’ which comes in three color-blocked versions created by cutting apart three sweatshirts and reassembling them; the ‘VK Miami’ tees, which pay homage to Virginia Key Beach as an important Miami landmark to the civil rights movement; the ‘Bel-Air Bengal’ tee, which introduces Bel-Air Athletics’ new mascot for the first time; and the colorful, tiger-striped ‘Bengal Socks.’ 
 
The “Home/Away” concept represents the intersection of one’s comfort zone (home) and the excitement/risk associated with new adventures (away). The theme embodies Smith’s personal and professional journey, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Los Angeles, and gained international acclaim in part because of Miami.
 
“From music to movies, Miami has always been Will’s second home and we wanted to showcase that special connection with this collection,” said Samyr Laine, the Brand General Manager for Bel-Air Athletics. “It was important for us to capture Miami’s distinct look and feel while merging it with our brand’s signature style.”
 
Smith’s link to Miami began in 1995, when he starred in the renowned film “Bad Boys” as a Miami-based narcotics detective. The success of the film resulted in two more Miami-based sequels – Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020). Additionally, Smith released his smash single “Miami” off his multiplatinum album, Big Willie Style (1997).
 
Please find collection photos, campaign video, and high-res product images here. Additionally, Miami Heat star and NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo was named one of the ambassadors for the “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away) and pictures of him in the collection are available here.
 
Visit www.belairathletics.com and follow @belairathletics and #belairmiami to stay up to date with the Bel-Air Miami collection and future collections from Bel-Air Athletics.
 
About Bel-Air Athletics
Bel-Air Athletics is a sports-inspired lifestyle brand that celebrates the love of competition, the inclusiveness of fanhood, and the stories, styles, and culture born out of sport. Channeling Will’s indelible influence on fashion and culture in the 1980s and ’90s and referencing the iconic series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air Athletics is grounded in the individuality and creativity that Will’s character embodied on the TV show.
 
The brand is part of Westbrook Inc., which is Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s holding company that was formed to execute the Smith Family’s global content and commerce businesses.

New York Giants x inCourage

The New York Giants and inCourage Announce New Partnership To Improve The Lives of Young Players On and Off The Field

The New York Giants and inCourage, a national organization devoted to keeping kids playing organized sports, today announced a new partnership that will further their shared commitment to educational programming to help combat declining youth sports participation rates. The partnership is focused on delivering evidence-based solutions to some of the most pervasive problems facing youth sports.

“The New York Giants have a longstanding history of supporting initiatives that improve the lives and well-being of youth, and our partnership with inCourage enables us to expand our relationships in this focus area”, said Allison Stangeby, VP of Community Relations, of the New York Football Giants.   

On inCourage.com, a unique mix of academic and creative talent come together to end the pervasive toxic culture that is a destructive force in youth sports, offering real solutions from sports psychologists, athletic directors, educational and media experts. Some of the issues that are addressed are bullying, hazing, parents’ increasingly abusive and confrontational behavior, early specialization, and ill-equipped coaches. All of these issues frequently result in kids dropping out of sports, a concern that is becoming an epidemic: The overall decline in youth sports participation has now dropped to 38 percent from 45 percent in 2008.

Ted Shaker. CEO of inCourage, acknowledged the significance of the New York Giants’ support. “The solution-based videos and resources that inCourage creates would not be possible without impactful partnerships like the one from the New York Giants, which will directly support our work to prepare student athletes for success on and off the field,” he said.

About inCourage

inCourage provides evidence-based strategies to help young athletes and adults improve the culture of youth sports and stem the alarming attrition of young people participating in organized athletics. We translate academic research into informative, impactful and actionable solutions that help athletes, coaches and parents understand one another and communicate more effectively. inCourage videos, blogs and other content are free to all. For more information, visit www.incourage.com

Check our Media Kit to learn more.

About the New York Football Giants

A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With eight championships, including a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, their second in five seasons, the Giants are the only franchise in the NFL with a Super Bowl victory in each of the last four decades. Headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants entered their 95th season of play this fall. For more information, visit www.giants.com

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KELLY SLATER × HBO

HBO Sports’ groundbreaking 24/7 documentary-reality franchise, which has captured 18 Sports Emmy® Awards,

will turn its spotlight on professional surfing when 24/7: KELLY SLATER debuts TUESDAY, DEC. 3 (9:00 -10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The all-access, behind-the-scenes special will chronicle the most famous and prolific surfer of all time,

11-time world champion Kelly Slater, in the weeks leading up to the Billabong Pipe Masters in

December in Oahu, Hawaii, the last leg in the World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour.

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MALIA MANUEL × G-SHOCK

G-SHOCK PARTNERS WITH STAR SUFER MALIA MANUEL FOR SECOND VIDEO IN “24 HOURS OF TOUGHNESS” SERIES

New Campaign Centers Around Powerful Women Pushing the Boundaries of Time

Casio G-SHOCK recently launched the second of three videos in its powerful “24 Hours of Toughness” series, a campaign centered around influential women in the creative space and how they operate outside of the traditional 9 to 5.

Featuring Kauai, Hawaii native and female surf legend Malia Manuel, the campaign offers a behind-the-scenes look at Malia’s life on and off the board. Malia, who is a G-SHOCK ambassador, also became the youngest surfer ever to win the U.S. Open of Surfing at the age of 14.

“I love what I do and being able to inspire young female athletes,” said Malia. “As someone who doesn’t operate within the traditional 9 to 5, the campaign presented an exciting opportunity for me to showcase my everyday life and the place I love most.”

Malia’s video can be viewed in its entirety here: HERE.

“We’re excited to continue sharing inspirational stories through our campaign,” said David Johnson, Vice President of Casio’s Timepiece Division. “There are so many untraditional ways to achieve success and the women in our campaign don’t let the traditional boundaries of time stop them.”

In addition to showcasing Malia’s commitment to her sport, the new video also introduces the latest women’s series – the GMAB800. Designed with the active, modern woman in mind, the new watches feature several fitness-focused functions useful for daily health management and are the first women’s collection offering Bluetooth connectivity to measure the number of steps, the walking or running pace, and calories burned.

The GMAB800 collection retails for $120 each and are available for purchase at select G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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Paul Basagoitia HBO Documentary

By Vaughn Lowery

At the ripe age of 10, Paul Basagoitia has been one of the top mountain bikers in the world. Fast forward a decade or so later, he became one of the first MTB athletes to complete a backflip on natural terrain. Nevertheless, on October 16, 2015, during a run at the Red Bull Rampage his bike slip during his set and caused him to tumble down the face of a mountain, resulting in a spinal cord injury. This intimate documentary exhibits his struggle to overcome one of the most serious injuries an athlete has to endure. Intercut with other patients and their stories, this motion picture is heartbreaking and delves deep into the mental psyche of those who experience such tragedy. Approximately 250,000 people per year injure their spines and only have a 5% chance of recovery. Mr. B’s personal journey is brutally honest and vulnerable. By far one of the best told stories of 2019. Be prepared to be torn between life and the inability to follow what makes you happy – your passion.

Any One Of Us debuts Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9pm on HBO.

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New Era NBA Authentics

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., launches the New Era NBA Authentics: 2019 Tip Off Series, a new collection that features three unique styles to help fans proudly rep their team for the 2019-2020 NBA season. The New Era NBA Authentics: 2019 Tip Off Series is available at neweracap.comNBAStore.com, and major sporting goods and headwear retailers for retail prices ranging from $25.99 – $35.99 USD.

Available in Official Team Color, Team Color Tonal and Tonal Black styles, the New Era NBA Authentics: 2019 Tip Off Series features all-over team logos and wordmarks with a mix of raised and flat embroidery. All styles are available in six silhouettes, including the 59FIFTY® fitted, 9FIFTY® snapback, 9TWENTY® adjustable, 39THIRTY®stretch fit, 29TWENTY® and a knit. 

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP: 

New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 99 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collections, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and is marketed and distributed in over 125 countries through its affiliate offices in London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Shanghai, Barcelona, Seoul, Melbourne, Toronto, and Bologna.  For more information, visit www.neweracap.com

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Nic Roldan


Nic Roldan, one the best polo players in the US, is the ultimate athlete-turned-entrepreneur. Nic has been a professional polo player since 1998 and is the Captain of Team USA. Nic is currently building his own namesake apparel line in collaboration with Polo Gear, an industry leader in polo products. Having lived an aspirational, jet-set lifestyle thanks to polo and being passionate about building, Nic has dived into luxury real estate and currently creates beautiful properties in Florida.


Nic owns his own luxury polo barn in Grand Prix Village with a close friend of his called Bedford Park, and has started his latest residential project in Blue Cypress. Being the top polo player in the US, Nic is driven to take the next step and become a thought leader in luxury realty.

As of late, Nic Roldan partnered with MELT Music & Media Agency as part of his efforts to advance his move into entrepreneurship and elevate his personal brand.