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Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks Says Team isn’t Ready To Commit To Kyrie Irving

Sean Marks has sounded a warning to Kyrie Irving following the season the Brooklyn Nets just had. Speaking to the media regarding the direction of the franchise and whether it’s committed to Irving, the team’s general manager said the Nets are “looking for guys that want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, play team basketball, and be available.”

The point guard was one of the biggest stories in the NBA this season, having refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, he was unable to play for most of the season and the lack of chemistry should be the main reason the Nets got swept in the first round of the playoffs. 

Irving played his first home game of the season on March 27, three days after New York mayor Eric Adams backtracked on the city’s mandate that had prevented unvaccinated NY athletes from participating in home games.

He played all 14 of the Nets’ final games, including the four in the playoffs, which marked his longest streak of consecutive games played since the 2017/18 campaign. It would be good to have him continue in that vein next season and, should that be the case, it would make for some really interesting online sports betting in New York.

After balling out in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics and nearly helping the Nets escape with a win, Irving’s production waned in the following three games as he would only score 46 points in total, just seven more than his Game 1 haul of 39.

Kyrie can become a free agent if he turns down his $36.5 million player option for next season but has said he isn’t going anywhere. Of course, he told Boston fans the same when he was still with their team. 

“When I say I’m here with [Kevin Durant], I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside Joe [Tsai, the owner] and Sean [Marks, the GM] and just our group of family members that we have in our organization,” he said.

The All-Star is eligible for a five-year $246 extension with Brooklyn if he opts out but there are understandable concerns when it comes to committing to him long term as he’s only played in 103 games since joining the team three seasons ago.

Marks seemed to agree with Irving on coaching, sort of. The guard controversially claimed he doesn’t see the Nets as having a head coach back in 2020 and, in his address to reporters on Wednesday, the GM said he believes Kevin Durant is the best developmental coach in the organization. 

“I think Kevin Durant is our best player development coach,” he declared.

That is saying something as the Nets have nine assistant coaches on the bench with Steve Nash, including the top-rate Jacque Vaughn. Of course, Marks was probably trying to point out that having someone like Durant on the team forces everyone to raise their game, yet the comment might not go down well with the coaching staff, especially given that they were criticized for the team’s lack of cohesion against the Celtics.

Marks has also noted that the Nets have lost their culture in an admission that there are deeper issues needing attention than simply improving the roster.

“Did we take a step back? Without a doubt,” Marks told reporters Wednesday. “The culture isn’t what it once was.”

The Nets have spent a lot of money acquiring championship-caliber players and it was expected that this would be their season. Apart from falling flat in the playoffs, it’s also been revealed that the Knicks are still significantly more profitable, with owner Joe Tsai still at a loss for his purchase of the team and Barclays Center. 

They took some major steps in establishing an atmosphere that would make it easy for marquee players to step in and lead them to a title. According to forward Joe Harris, there was a perception “across the league that we had the best culture.” It’s why they were able to bring in players such as Irving, Durant, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

It appears that, in an effort to build around Irving and Durant, the Nets have lost the identity they worked so hard to carve out. Harris is the only one who remains from the squad that began the transition, with D’Angelo Russel, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen all playing elsewhere now.

Marks has recognized that having the most optimal roster isn’t all it takes to maintain success and it will be interesting to see how things shape up during the summer.

Essentia Water campaign featuring basketball star Jimmy Butler via 360 magazine

Essentia Water Campaign

Essentia® Water, the pioneer of ionized alkaline water in the U.S., today launched a new campaign featuring basketball star Jimmy Butler, Chicago quarterback Justin Fields, and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Tate McRae. A continuation of its “Stop for Nothing” campaign, which launched in 2021 and featured McRae alongside Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, this new creative focuses on maintaining resilience by taking a moment to pause and hydrate.

Essentia’s philosophy is that a better you, starts with a better water. Today’s world demands resilience, and resilience starts with self-care. The new campaign creative highlights how Essentia’s Supercharged Ionized Alkaline Water not only hydrates, but can also help promote a sense of renewal to keep your mind and body focused on achieving your goals.

Each of the brand’s campaign partners have one thing in common – the relentless drive to constantly hone their own craft and stop for nothing in pursuit of their goals:

  • Nicknamed “Jimmy Buckets,” Jimmy Butler is a 6-time league all-star and a decorated titan in his sport. Most recently, he led his team to the top seed in this year’s playoffs.
  • Justin Fields was selected in the first round of the 2021 professional draft and is the second quarterback in his team’s history to surpass the century mark in rushing.
  • Tate McRae’s hit single “you broke me first” has achieved over 1 billion streams and the #1 spot on the Top 40 US radio charts, landing her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list – the youngest musician to be included.

“This campaign underscores the importance of taking care of yourself so you can continue chasing your dreams, and focus on the things that are important to you,” said Zola Kane, Head of Marketing at Essentia Water. “Our partners personify that extraordinary combination of grit and determination we not only admire, but strive to inspire through our products and campaigns. We are both proud and humbled to be working with these superstars.”

The new “Stop for Nothing” campaign was created in partnership with Essentia’s lead creative agency Droga5. It includes 30-second, 15-second, and 06-second spots that will air across digital and social channels, along with online video platforms – specifically Hulu, YouTube and NBC Universal beginning May 2, 2022. The campaign films can be viewed on Essentia’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/essentiawater.

Visit EssentiaWater.com to learn more and find your closest retailer at essentiawater.com/store-locator/.

About Essentia Sub, LLC:

The first ionized alkaline bottled water offered in the United States, Essentia’s philosophy is that a better you, starts with a better water. Headquartered in Bothell, WA, Essentia Sub, LLC pioneered ionized alkaline water in 1998 and is known for its unique ionization process. The brand is CarbonNeutral Packaging Certified® and distributed in more than 100,000 retailers across the United States. It’s the #1 alkaline water brand and the #1 selling bottled water brand in the natural channel*. To learn more about Essentia, please visit essentiawater.com or connect with Essentia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Inspire Change

Inspire Change, the NFL‘s social justice initiative, recently revealed that the organization has greatly exceeded fundraising expectiations.

In December, it was announced that the league’s Inspire Change initiative had reached $180M toward the 10-year, $250M commitment in social justice. At the annual owner’s meetings, it was announced that Inspire Change has eclipsed $237M toward this commitment, bringing them almost 5 years ahead of schedule.

The increase includes additional league funding as well as widespread club and ownership efforts not yet tallied as of the December announcement and through the end of the 2021-’22 league year.

Inspire Change, which aims to move us toward a more equal and just tomorrow by reducing barriers to opportunity, is built on four pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform. Most recently, four organizations—Year Up, Wall Street Bound, Free Minds Book Club, and Get Schooled—received grants. The money has gone to nonprofits and hundreds of grassroots organizations nationwide since 2017.

About Inspire Change

Working with the Players Coalition, a 501(c)(3), Inspire Change is the NFL’s charity. It is led by players and coaches within the league and allows for the organization to give back to local communities through financial means, hoping to reduce barriers to opportunity and strengthen their communities.

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About the Paralympic Winter Games

The Olympic Games get a lot of love. However, if you haven’t gotten enough sports action yet, you can watch some of the world’s toughest athletes once again go head-to-head between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 13, 2022, during the Paralympic Games. 

The Paralympic Games enter their 74th year this spring. Here are nine things you didn’t know about this spectacular sporting event. 

1. A Veteran Started Them

The original Olympics began in ancient Greece around 776 B.C. The modern Paralympics came about much later. Ludwig Guttman started them in 1948 for World War II veterans with spinal injuries. 

This year’s games feature 736 athletes and 78 medal events. There are 39 events for men and 35 for women. The games welcome trans athletes, making them a model for inclusion for other institutions to follow. It sets a shining example amid a flurry of proposed legislation banning such individuals from competing. 

Some of the games involve mixed-gender events. Wheelchair curling will include 12 such teams, each requiring at least one female. 

Like standard Olympic games, athletes can qualify to compete through several means. They can place at World Championships, regional games or rank, or a world or regional list. They can also achieve a minimum qualification standard with or without the subsequent allocation formula. 

2. Skiing Is the Most Popular Event

Skiing is the most popular event at the Paralympic Winter Games. There are six disciplines: downhill, slalom, super slalom, super-G, super combined and team events. 

Athletes compete in three categories based on their abilities. A results calculation system allows those with various impairments to compete against each other. Racers often reach speeds of 100 or more miles per hour as they race down the slopes, and missing a gate results in disqualification. 

3. The Record-Holder Has More Gold Than Phelps 

Michael Phelps is an impressive athlete, to be sure, with 28 medals. However, he more than met his match in para-athlete Trischa Zorn-Hudson, who tops the charts at 55 — 41 gold, nine silver and five bronze.

In the Seoul 1988 games, Zorn-Hudson won 10 gold medals in 10 events, setting new world records in each one. She won admittance to the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012. She currently works as an attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

4. There Are Subdivisions for Different Challenges

Each para-athlete is as unique as any other. They also have various challenges that make ranking their performance more difficult than watching an instant replay of who crossed the finish line first. 

The Games use the Raza point score system, where judges convert performances to point scores to account for each athlete’s classification. Therefore, a more disabled athlete might beat a less disabled one, even if they don’t throw or jump quite as far. 

5. Beijing Is the First City to Host Summer and Winter

Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics this year, but that isn’t the city’s only distinction. It’s also the first to host the Paralympic Games in both summer and winter back-to-back. 

In many ways, the city is uniquely suited for these games. Athletes with disorders like cystic fibrosis run an elevated risk of severe infection from the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s zero-tolerance approach, strict quarantine requirements and mask rules keep participants safer. Although China has waived the quarantine requirement for athletes, they exist in a “bubble” with daily testing and N95 masks required when not competing. 

The Paralympic Winter Games served up yet another wrinkle during the pandemic — the need for coaches to communicate with their visually impaired athletes. Although officials discourage coaches from shouting to prevent potential spread through aerosol droplets, they may briefly remove their masks to accommodate these participants. 

6. Innsbruck, Austria, Hosted Back-to-Back Winter Games

Who decides where to hold the Paralympic Winter Games? It’s a joint decision between the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee. Ten cities have hosted the winter games since their inception. 

Innsbruck, Austria, has the distinction of hosting the games twice back-to-back, in 1984 and 1988. The city’s unique geographic location makes it ideal for skiing events, seated in a valley surrounded by towering, snow-capped mountains. Visitors with less athletic aspirations than competitors can take a cable car to one of the enormous peaks and enjoy a spectacular view. 

7. The Paralympic Flame Is Now Eco-Friendlier

Addressing climate change is everyone’s responsibility. Human beings don’t get a pass for special events like the Olympics. Fortunately, the event’s organizers take their sustainability responsibility seriously. 

This year’s Paralympic Winter Games will feature a torch powered by hydrogen. This technology was first implemented in the Tokyo 2020 games to decrease emissions. 

Switching fuels isn’t the only eco-friendly change. Organizers use sustainable materials, such as recyclable cardboard beds, to construct the Olympic Village. 

8. Blind People Can Play Ball

Have you heard of Goalball? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you’re a sighted person. It’s played exclusively by athletes with blindness or visual impairment. 

Athletes must have less than 10% vision to participate. All participants wear special opaque glasses to level the playing field — people who can see shades of gray have no advantage over those who have complete blindness. 

The interesting thing about this sport is watching it — you must remain silent. During game time, only players or referees may make sounds so the athletes can hear and locate the ball. The sport has appeared in the Paralympics with a men’s and women’s division since 1984. 

9. Even the Medals Are Accessible

What’s it like to win a gold medal when you can’t see the metal shine? Athletes with visual impairments will immediately know their rank before announcing the winner. The medals feature one to three lines, indicating bronze, silver or gold. 

Furthermore, the venues go above and beyond to ensure accessibility. They must adhere to strict guidelines regarding ramps and signage to allow everyone to navigate freely. 

Facts About the Paralympic Winter Games 

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. The Paralympic Winter Games allow you to witness some of the best-trained individuals from around the globe compete. 

These participants overcome incredible challenges to practice their sport. Now that you know these nine things about the Paralympic Winter Games, catch all the action starting March 4.

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HALL,WALT & BACA

HALL, WALT & BACA WINES LAUNCH SEASON TWO OF ITS CELEBRITY HAPPY HOUR SERIES

HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of three, family-owned wineries located in Napa and Sonoma Counties, have announced the launch of season two of their celebrity Happy Hour series returning in August, 2021. The weekly series rotates airing on three different social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook Live weekly on one of the respective brand channels. The Happy Hour series premiered on April 2, 2020, with 150 shows produced through the July 2021.

“During the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we looked at different creative ways to keep our audiences engaged and keep wine conversations top of mind,” says Vintner Jennifer Brown. “Launching Season one of the series and really honing in on the lifestyle of wine with each of our guests allowed us to connect in new and compelling ways –our Club Members and fans sipped along with our show hosts and the guest, and it truly felt like we are all enjoying a casual Happy Hour experience together. Season two will continue to focus on producing dynamic and engaging shows that let our audience into our guest’s lives, ask questions in real time, and hear about new projects that each is working on.”

Created by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall and produced in-house, Happy Hour gives viewers an unscripted, behind the scenes peek into the lives of celebrities, artists, athletes, comedians, Broadway stars, authors, magicians, and more. Each episode aims to inspire creative conversations while sipping on a newly released HALL, WALT, or BACA wine.

Season one of the Happy Hour series welcomed high profile guests such as Tina Fey, Julia  Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Ed O’Neill, Catherine O’Hara, John Leguizamo, Eric  McCormack, Busy Phillips, Monique Lhuillier, Paul Reiser, Cole Hauser, Cheryl Hines,  Natalie Morales, Steve Wozniak, The Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, CAM, Scotty  McCreery, Matt Bomer, J.B. Smoove, Bruce Bochy, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Howard  Gordon, Alfonso Ribiero, Giacomo Gianiotti, Dan Abrams, Kate Flannery, Sherri Saum,  Terrell Davis, Jeannie Mai, Gizelle Bryant, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Craig Conover,  Runaway June, Charissa Thomson, Carly Pearce, Chris Harrison, Josh Flagg and over 100  more.

To view an archive of HALL Family Wines Happy Hour series, please visit Here

The Happy Hour series is hosted by three hosts, one for each wine brand including  HALL, WALT and BACA Wines. A snapshot of each host can be found below:   

MEET THE HOST:  Kathryn Walt Hall

Kathryn Walt Hall is the owner of HALL Family Wines and has been involved in the  California wine industry since her family first purchased vineyards in the 1970’s. She has had a  distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the  United States Ambassador to Austria, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. A mother of  two, Kathryn is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of  California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University and a  J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  

MEET THE HOST:  Jeff Zappelli 

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s  Steakhouse, Jeff joined HALL Wines in 2006 to establish its Club Membership program which  has become one of the most successful Direct to Consumer efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2016,  Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT Wines, making him responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Sonoma-based brand. Zappelli is an active  speaker throughout the Bay Area, participating in conversations and panels related to direct-to-consumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing. An  avid sports fan and father of three, Jeff was born in Seattle, WA and attended the University of  California at Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. 

MEET THE HOST: Jennifer Brown

The daughter of Vintner Kathryn Hall, Jennifer Brown spearheads HALL Family Wines newest  brand, BACA, meaning “berry” in Latin, a modern Zinfandel wine brand. Jennifer spearheads  brand development, marketing strategies, and operational plans, as well as wholesale channels.  Prior to working at HALL Family Wines, Jennifer was the founder of Omghow / Girl Karma  Inc., a social platform and positive destination for teen girls. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts  degree at Northwestern University and both a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration and a  Law Degree from Stanford University. Fluent in German and a mother of two, Jennifer is an avid  hiking and yoga enthusiast and incorporates wellness and clean living as a core part of her daily  routine.  

 

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Casio’s Edifice Collection – EQB1100XDC1A

By: Emily Bunn

The stunning newest addition to Casio’s Edifice flagship EQB1100 Series, the EQB1100XDC1A, is a sporty but elegant watch. This new model is sure to keep you on time wherever you go, with a measuring capacity of 23:59’59 and regular timekeeping capabilities. Casio understands that their contemporary customers require practicality and utility from their products. As such, this new sport and play model is also equipped with Bluetooth smartphone linking. This linking sets the watch to the precise time anywhere in the world, which is ideal for travel enthusiasts, athletes, and sports and recreation.

The watch’s daily alarm ensures that you’ll start your day right on schedule, leading to a more stress-free start to your mornings. This model has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration and mobile link function), so watch wearers can feel confident that they’re always punctual and prompt. Whether you’re trying to keep track of your best mile time, analyze your training progress, or record the length of your workout at the gym, this watch comes in handy for all of your daily timekeeping needs.

Truly, the EQB1100XDC1A is the perfect companion wherever life takes you. This new model is water resistant (up to 100M) and has dual time abilities (for home and city time swapping.) As such, this watch is a sensible solution for swimmers looking to record their lap times. The EQB1100XDC1A also comes in handy during other sports, such as tennis, golf, and track, among others. No matter where you go, Casio keeps you on track. Equipped with a full auto-calendar (to year 2099), date display, and day indicator, watch wearers are sure to be on-time and fashionable while sporting the EQB1100XDC1A.

This beautiful model features an attractive black IP band and an octagonal, green IP tachymeter bezel. The watch’s hunter green face is accented with a sleek, black gun metal material. This streamlined design of the newest Edifice model is athletic, sleek, and sophisticated. The sporty design of the EQB1100XDC1A features a stainless-steel band, one-touch 3-fold clasp, and sapphire crystal glass with non-reflective coating. The sapphire glass is highly scratch-resistant, and the crystal has a non-reflective coating on its inner surface to enhance readability.

This coating allows for the activation of the Tough Solar power system within the timepiece, which enables charging by exposure to light. This solar powered watch is an eco-friendly choice for conscious watch wearers. Another energy efficient feature is the EQB1100XDC1A’s power saving mode, in which the watch’s hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark.

Also provided within the EQB1100XDC1A is a battery, which has an estimated operating time of five months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge) or nineteen months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge.)

Some of the other most notable features of Casio’s new Edifice Collection model include the flyback, direct timing start from the timekeeping mode, and a one second stopwatch. With four dials (for 24-hour, day, dual time hour and minute time keeping), three analog hands (hour, minute, second), seven-hand chronograph timekeeping, and dual time 24-hour time keeping, this timepiece marries function with versatility. Weighing in at only 124g and measuring 51.1 x 44.6 x 8.9mm in its case, the EQB1100XDC1A is a practical, posh and utilitarian watch.

The EQB1100XDC1A is now available for $350.00 on Casio’s website and at certain local jewelry stores. To find a retailer near you, please visit here. For more info and to purchase, please visit Casio’s website.

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NFL Players Top Highest-Paid Athletes Ranking

The world’s best athletes have plenty of opportunities to bank on their popularity. Besides lucrative sports contracts, most of them earn even more significant profits from heavy endorsement deals.

Although the MMA fighter Conor McGregor grasps the top of this list, most of the world’s highest-paid athletes come from another sport.

According to data presented by SafeBettingSites.com, NFL players top the ranking of the highest-paid athletes with combined earnings of over $837 million.

18 NFL Players Among the Highest-Paid Athletes, Basketball Follows with 13 Players on the List

In 2021, Conor McGregor racked up on and off-field earnings of around $180 million. However, the fighter was the only athlete from his discipline to make it into the Forbes` Top 50 highest-paid athletes list.

Statistics show the National Football League convincingly leads in this ranking with 18 NFL stars who made it into the top 50. However, Dak Prescott, as the highest-paid NFL player and fourth highest-paid athlete globally, earned much more than other NFL stars. In 2021, the famous quarterback racked up $107.5 million, 40% more than Tom Brady as the next NFL name on the list.

Basketball ranked as the second-highest-paid sport globally, with 13 players on the Forbes list. As the highest-paid basketball player and fifth highest-paid athlete globally, LeBron James made $96.5 million in on and off-field earnings this year. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry followed with $75 million and $74.5 million, respectively.

Although soccer represents the third highest-paid sport with eight players who made it to the list, Lionel Messi ranked as the second-highest-paid athlete globally with $130 million in this year’s earnings.

Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic were the only tennis players who made it to the top 50 list, with $90 million, $60 million, $41.5 million, and $34.5 million in earnings, respectively.

18 NFL Stars Earned Over $837 Million in 2021

As the highest-paid golf player and twelfth highest-paid athlete globally, Tiger Woods racked up $60 million in 2021, much more than Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson as the other two golf stars on this list.

The Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, made $82 million in on and off-field earnings in 2021, ranking eight among the highest-paid athletes. Max Verstappen, who arrived in Formula 1 at the age of 17 as the youngest driver ever to have competed in the series, was the second name from the auto racing world to enter the Forbes list with $42.5 million in this year’s earnings.

Statistics show the combined earnings of the 18 NFL stars from the Forbes list hit more than $837 million this year. Basketball players who made it to the list racked up $683.5 million in 2021. Soccer players followed with $527 million in combined earnings.

Read the full story here.

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Special Olympics × USA Games

­LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK ATHLETES SURPRISED WITH NEWS OF USA GAMES SELECTION

Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, and Ben to Represent New York in Orlando Next June

Special Olympics New York surprised five local athletes Wednesday and Thursday with the news that they’ve been selected to compete in the 2022 USA Games, which will be held at Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.  

Video of the surprises can be found here.

The Special Olympics New York USA Games delegation will include 121 athletes and coaches in 13 sports: Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, and Track & Field. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will compete.

“We are thrilled for all of our athletes headed to Orlando next year,” said Ceylane Meyers-Ruff, chair of the Special Olympics NY Board of Directors. “We know they will do an outstanding job representing their home state, and we know that their fans across New York will join us in supporting them and cheering them on from afar.”

“We are so proud of Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, Ben, and every downstate athlete representing New York at USA Games,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics NY. “These are our champions. They are the best of the best in their sports and they continue to inspire so many to accept all people as they are. The road to Orlando begins now!”

Kathleen Maggi, 42, of Flushing, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 27 years. Though swimming is her favorite sport, she also competes in bocce and floor hockey and has previously competed in basketball, track & field, tennis and cross-country skiing. Kathleen is an athlete leader within the statewide organization and a health messenger for Special Olympics International. She has earned hundreds of medals over the years. She is most proud of being the first female athlete to win the gold in the 500 meter/20 lap backstroke at State Games. This will be Kathleen’s first USA Games.

Jonathan Beiner, 24, of Queens, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 10 years. In addition to bocce, Jonathan competes in swimming, softball, floor hockey, bowling and equestrian. He is an athlete leader and health messenger who welcomes every challenge and enjoys turning it into an opportunity for success. This will be Jonathan’s first USA Games.

Sabrina Walker, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 20 years and has previously earned a gold medal for tennis at World Games Aspen in 2011. Sabrina also competes in equestrian for Special Olympics New York and has served as a Global Messenger, sharing her story with those who support inclusion for people with disabilities.

Thomas Mensche, 25, of Suffolk County has been a Special Olympics New York swimmer for more than 10 years. This will be his first USA Games.

Ben Beavers, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 30 years. He is an avid runner who once ran the NYC marathon in memory of his mom. Ben was one of the first athletes to serve on the Athlete Leadership Council. He also competes in basketball and floor hockey with Special Olympics New York. Ben works at FragranceNet in Deer Park and previously competed in World Games China in 2007.

About USA Games

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games is scheduled for June 5-12, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Jersey Mike’s Subs is the Presenting Partner and Walt Disney World Resort is host. During this magical week, more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will travel to Florida to unite in one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games is hosted once every four years and showcases 20 Olympic-style team and individual sports and 30 events throughout the week including forums and VIP receptions. Learn more at: Special Olympics USA Games.

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 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 Special Olympics New York.

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Super League Triathlon 2021

The World’s Premier Swim-Bike-Run Series, Super League Triathlon 2021, Will Be In The U.S for the First Time At The Iconic Malibu Triathlon, Offering One Of The Greatest Spectacles In Sports

The World’s Best Athletes Battle It Out For Championship Title

Registration Now Open

Super League Triathlon (SLT), the world’s premier swim-bike-run series, today announced they will debut in the U.S. at the iconic Malibu Triathlon on Sept. 25 & 26, 2021. This exciting new pro race pitches the very best athletes from around the globe against each other offering one of the greatest spectacles in sports for some thrilling racing to battle it out for the championship title.

Over the course of the season, the top male and female triathletes from around the world will compete in quick and exciting race formats to be crowned the best all-round triathlete. The Championship Series is equally split between male and female competitors: 20 men and 20 women at the start line hoping to get the better of one another across whichever of Super League’s unique race formats are being employed on that day.

U.S. high-profile athletes include Katie Zaferes–pro-triathlete, former olympian & current SLT Champion, as well as Taylor Spivey–pro-triathlete, from the local community of Redondo Beach. This new pro race will bring in more spectators and media broadcast opportunities for the event as a whole.

Super League Triathlon CEO and co-founder, Michael D’hulst, said, “We handpicked the Malibu Triathlon for this investment due to its incredible history in sprint and Olympic distance racing and its incredible potential for Super League Triathlon.”

“Acquiring the Malibu Triathlon is a perfect opportunity for Super League to move into the USA and build our presence in a region that already has a strong affinity with our exciting and dynamic racing and the content that we offer. It also aligns with our wider strategy to add more major cities and regions to our portfolio,” D’hulst continues.

SLT acquired the Malibu Triathlon last year. The Malibu Triathlon is the most iconic triathlon in the world, taking place in one of the most beautiful locations–Malibu, CA–for 34 years.

The prestigious event has welcomed world-class athletes as well as Hollywood stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and J.Lo during its long and illustrious history, securing Super League Triathlon a significant entry into the U.S. market.

The Malibu Triathlon has a strong foundation as a media presence. The Malibu Triathlon has hosted celebrities and the top LA Corporations to raise over $1 million each year for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Over $15 million has been raised for the hospital to date.

5,000 participants and 10,000 spectators will take part in the event weekend on Sept. 25-26, 2021. There are two distances available – Olympic and Classic.

The Olympic Distance (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run) race takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 and the Classic Distance (½ Mile Swim, 17 Mile Bike, 4 Mile Run) takes place on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. The SLT Pro Race will be the newest addition to the Malibu Triathlon, taking place at noon after the Olympic distance race ends on Saturday.

Registration is now open.

For more information about Super League Triathlon, please visit their website.

*Photo Credit: Katie Zaferes image shot by Darren Wheeler

Martin Garrix, Bono, The Edge via Louis Van Barr for Sony Music for use by 360 Magazine

Martin Garrix × Bobo × The Edge – We Are The People

Sony Music Netherlands/RCA Records today announce the release of the official UEFA EURO 2020 song “We Are The People” from Martin Garrix, featuring Bono and The Edge. The song is accompanied by an official music video starring all three artists. The visuals work in synergy with the song and together make for an uplifting and inspiring story.

Watch the music video HERE

With the track in the making for three years, Garrix had felt from the early stages of the creative process that Bono’s vocals would make the perfect fit for “We Are the People.” His vision came to life when both Bono and his U2 bandmate The Edge agreed to feature on the song. The collaboration evolved further with Bono writing the lyrics and creating melodies and The Edge adding the leading guitar riffs, resulting in a perfect blend of the signature sounds of each artist.

Martin Garrix said: “Creating the music for one of the biggest sports events in the world together with Bono and The Edge has been an incredible experience. I’m very proud of what we did together and excited to finally share it with the world!”

“We Are The People” reminds us that a song can address challenges facing the world at a given time and present a unified response. It is a hymn sheet from which we can all sing wherever we may come from, but especially in Europe where the UEFA tournament will capture the attention of the whole world. “We Are The People” hopes to reflect the positivity, hope and determination required for any team to succeed, as well as offer a sense of togetherness which fits the theme of UEFA EURO 2020: Unity. For the first time in EURO history, the tournament is being played across the continent, which will display the overriding theme of unity throughout.

Next to the official track, Garrix has also produced the official walkout and broadcast music for the tournament. Releasing on his 25th birthday, the song is a testament to his impressive march through the ranks of the music industry so far. Every UEFA EURO Championship since 1992 has had an official song with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Simply Red, and Enrique Iglesias providing the tournament’s soundtrack in the past. 

“The long wait is almost over, and we are delighted to officially unveil the official song for UEFA EURO 2020: ‘We Are The People’, which features some of the world’s most celebrated artists in Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.

“Football and music have the power of bringing people together. They are vectors of passion and emotion and combining them will extend further the fan celebration of the tournament, as well as reaching out to new audiences. With the star-studded line-up we have pulled together to create the tournament’s official music, we are confident of doing just this.”

UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition’s history, with 11 host cities in all. Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg and Seville will all host matches this summer with the first match kicking off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 11, 2021 with Turkey facing Italy. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium, London on July, 11 2021.

Martin Garrix, Bono, The Edge via Sony Music for use bt 360 Magazine