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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, nonprofit, 360 MAGAZINE

NON-PROFIT SHOES THAT FIT

RECIPIENT OF $200,000 GRANT FROM KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE

SHOES THAT FIT is honored to announce that they are the recipient of a $200,000 grant from Kershaw’s Challenge.

“One in five children in the United States live in poverty, and shoes are one of the most expensive items for low- income families to provide. When families have to choose between putting food on the table or buying new shoes for school, you can imagine that food wins every time. The simple gift of a pair of shoes can increase a child’s confidence, attendance and performance at school, and we are so thankful that Kershaw’s Challenge is taking the time to make such a positive impact on these kids.” AMY FASS – Executive Director, Shoes That Fit

ABOUT SHOES THAT FIT

A national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Claremont, CA., Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive. Named a California Nonprofit of the Year, Shoes That Fit delivered new athletic shoes to approximately 124,000 children in more than 2,600 schools across 48 states last year alone. Help ensure that no child misses school because they don’t have shoes that fit by visiting our website http://www.shoesthatfit.org

ABOUT KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011 with one goal in mind: to make life better for vulnerable children worldwide. Kershaw’s Challenge seeks to serve vulnerable and at-risk children living in Los Angeles, Dallas, Zambia and the Dominican Republic. The goal of Kershaw’s Challenge is to partner with organizations that are committed to this as well and work alongside them on specific projects to make life better for children. 

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NHL suspends season owing to Covid-19 fears

The 2019-20 season of National Hockey League (NHL) has been suspended until further notice owing to coronavirus fears. Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the league announced via a statement recently that considering the ongoing developments related to Covid-19 and after detailed consultations with medical experts and Board of Governors, the NHL has paused the ongoing season starting March 12, 2020.

The NHL players Association termed the decision as the right course of action. It came within 24 hours of suspension of the NBA, after a player in the basketball league tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bettman admitted that the suspension of NBA was one of the factors in pausing the NHL season. He shared that it’s only a matter of time that someone from the NHL community would also test positive for the virus, and in that light it’d not appropriate to continue playing games.

NBA Cancellation

NBA cancelled the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the last minute on March 11th, Wednesday night, after Rudy Gobert, the Jazz’ centre player tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Toronto Raptors announced the next day that the travelling staff, coaches and players had been advised to self-isolate themselves for at least a couple of weeks. As a cautionary measure, the Raptors’ travelling party and team members were tested for coronavirus.

NHL Suspension a wise decision

It’s worth noting that several NHL teams share their arenas with NBA teams, including Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL is currently urging community members to take all possible precautions, including self-quarantining themselves, if required. The NHL statement was released only a few hours after it instructed the teams to cancel their meetings and practices with immediate effect. Needless to say, considering the extensive NHL odds that are offered by several bookmakers, the move is also expected to have a major impact on NHL betting world.

Bettman has revealed that NHL will resume the paused season as soon as things get back to normal, so that they can get through with the remaining games in a worry-free environment, and hand over the Stanley Cup to the rightfully deserving team.

The American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League have also put their respective seasons on hold. The suspension of NHL is amongst the many high profile sports event cancellations that have happened in North America lately. A large number of political rallies, music concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences have gotten nixed in the fear of coronavirus spreading pretty swiftly among large crowd gatherings.

The Canadian and US Health officials have advised people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and to avoid crowded places. It should be noted that a normal NHL arena seats anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

At the time of writing this piece, over 170,000 people across the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. There have been over 6,500 deaths due to the virus so far.

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The interesting things about the king sport in Korea


As one of the most popular sports in America, baseball is considered a democratic sport in Korea. 

South Korea is known as a country with a strong sports background in Asia. Especially, baseball in the land of South Korea is considered a king sport in Korea and has had professional activities since early. Read the article below to learn more interesting things about king sports in Korea!

Introduced into Korea in 1905 by the American introduction, baseball is by far the most popular sport in Korea. If you are a fan of Korean movies, especially movies about life, you will see how much Koreans love baseball. These superstars who came out of the king sport in Korea are on par with music and movie idols. Baseball always has a certain place in the daily life of the South Koreans.

Major League Baseball has a total of 30 teams from different states of the United States and Canada (29 teams from the US and 1 team from Canada). These 30 teams are divided into 2 different tournament systems, American League (AL, roughly translated as American League) and National League (NL, roughly translated as National League) with 15 teams for each tournament and people in America usually join MLB Odds NJ when betting on the MLB matches.

Ariang’s survey shows that baseball in Korea accounts for more than 52%, equal to both football and basketball combined. The number of fans increased after each season with an estimated 8 million fans. That is why baseball becomes the king sport in Korea.

In big games, getting a ticket to watch a baseball game is just as hard as watching football. The ticket fever is partly due to the passion of the fans, partly because the capacity of Korean baseball fields is only about 20,000 seats, half the capacity of football fields.

The most interesting baseball tournament is the Korean National Baseball Championship. The official tournament has been organized as a professional model since the 1982 season. Korea Baseball Championship officially changed its name to KBO League with six professional baseball clubs participating in the franchise in this tournament.

So far, the number of professional baseball clubs has increased to ten with fierce competition and the more complete playing technique. There have been quite a number of Korean professional baseball players signing for US professional baseball clubs as part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) tournament.
 

Houston Astros – Apology

Nonpologies and Missed Opportunities: The Damaging Responses to a Crisis

By Sean O’Meara

When Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman put the final period on the final sentence of his apology statement for remarks he made toward three sports journalists in October 2019, he probably thought he’d done a good job.

Taubman probably read the statement back to himself and checked off in his head all the points he wanted to make; including what a great guy Brandon Taubman is (“Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father”) and how the Sports Illustrated report about his behaviour doesn’t reflect that (“the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values”.

Now that the dust has settled on the Houston Astros Brandon Taubman controversy, we’re able to reflect on what team leadership could have done better.

Astros management had already tried to deny the accusations on behalf of Taubman and did what a lot of organizations under fire do; they attempted to muddy the waters with a half-baked public statement, accusing the reporters of ‘fabrication’ in the process. And Taubman’s subsequent ‘apology’ was only necessary because other journalists had corroborated the allegations against him.

That Taubman or indeed the Astros put out a statement with such audacious levels of equivocation is a very bad reflection on their crisis planning. The fact that Taubman ended up getting fired and the Astros ended up apologising for how they handled the scandal, is a bad reflection on the organization’s leadership.

Here’s Taubman’s apology in full.

“This past Saturday, during our clubhouse celebration, I used inappropriate language for which I am deeply sorry and embarrassed. In retrospect, I realized that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate,”

“My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue. Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I hope that those who do not know me understand that the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions.”

Taubman’s nonpology did more damage than not saying anything would have done. There’s equivocating, weasly, nonpologies, and there’s whatever this is. Taubman actually manages to weaponise the language of contrition in attack against the journalists, while simultaneously giving himself a glowing character reference; “I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father.”

It was no real surprise that it didn’t wash. By apologizing in this manner, Taubman effectively questioned the integrity of the journalists who reported his remarks. Any communications advisor would caution against that course of action. It’s dangerous for a number of reasons, not least because it adds an extra layer of complexity to the situation and provides another thing to apologize for when you’re found out to be wrong. But then, this is exactly what Astros did as an organization when they implied that the journalists were mischief-making with their accusations.

The Astros were the next to find themselves apologizing. But not before they’d fired Taubman. Owner Jim Crane wrote a personal letter to Stephanie Apstein copping to a momentous lapse of judgement.

“On behalf of the entire Astros organization, I want to personally apologize for the statement we issued on Monday October 21st.

“We were wrong and I am sorry that we initially questioned your professionalism. We retract that statement, and I assure you that the Houston Astros will learn from this experience.”

The really frustrating thing here is that the above is an example of a good apology. In The Apology Impulse, a book I co-authored with renowned psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, we examined what makes a good apology and what makes a bad one.

There were abundant examples of the latter of scant examples of the former. Had this apology, with its frank concession of fault, assurances that they will do better and the notable lack of equivocation, been given as we were writing the book, and had it not been given as the humiliating culmination of evasive accountability avoiding behaviour and victim smearing, it would have been a case study for how to say sorry. In other words, had the Astros’ first apology been this frank and direct, they wouldn’t have needed to make multiples, and Taubman may still have had his job.

The Taubman affair is best characterised as a litany of missed opportunities. Taubman had the opportunity to apologize properly for his outburst. He missed it. The Astros had the opportunity to apologize on his behalf. They had the opportunity to retain his services had they managed to contain the fall-out from his original remarks. The only opportunities he grasped with both hands were the opportunities to sack Taubman and the opportunity to withdraw their accusations against the journalists. Neither reflect particularly well on the organization.

Sean O’Meara, co-author of The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can’t Stop Saying It, is the founder and director of Essential Content, a communications and public relations consultancy. With more than 15 years of professional experience in corporate communications, O’Meara has worked with organizations including the BBC, Convergys (now Concentrix), and Co-op Bank.

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NEW ERA × LA DODGERS


New Era Cap is excited to launch a new collaboration with Union and the Los Angeles Dodgers today at 1pm ET. The New Era x Union x Los Angeles Dodgers Collection will be available on www.neweracap.com for a retail price range of $44.99-$99.99.
 
This new collection features four unique 59FIFTY® fitted caps featuring either a Union Frontman logo on the front and Los Angeles Dodgers wordmark logo on the back or a Los Angeles Dodgers logo on the front with a Union Frontman logo on the back. These 59FIFTYs® are available in two colorways, black and blue.
 
In addition to the caps, this collection also features a selection of apparel including a hoodie and a t-shirt. Available in black and blue, the hoodie features the Los Angeles Dodgers wordmark logo on the front and on the back is two iconic Dodgers logos, a Union Frontman logo well as the address of Dodger stadium. Available in black and blue the t-shirts feature a Union Frontman logo on the front and on the back is a Dodgers logo.

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New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., and renowned film director Spike Lee unveil the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection. The line features seven unique designs that pay tribute to the unmatched 27 World Series Championships of the New York Yankees. The New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection will be available on www.neweracap.com and at select headwear retailers for a price range of $42.99-$51.99 USD. 

“We are honored to work with Spike Lee on the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection, our largest combined collection to date, which celebrates the New York Yankees 27 World Series titles,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. ”The Yankees logo has become a symbol that extends beyond sports, into entertainment and culture, and this collection celebrates the team’s iconic status.”

Available in seven different designs, these 59FIFTY® fitted caps feature either baseball bats or gloves that represent each year the Yankees won the World Series, as well as a sweatband that reads, “A Spike Lee Joint designed for New Era.”

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.

Back and Better, 360 MAGAZINE, Ross F. Hoffman

CALIFORNIA AUTHOR WRITES FIRST BOOK OF SIMPLE RECOVERY EXERCISES DESIGNED TO BE PERFORMED IN BED

Available now is Back And Better, a one-of-a-kind guide to 37 easy exercises designed to help the bedridden, as well as other people seeking better muscle tone, improved strength, flexibility and more restful sleep.

Written by California author and life-long athlete Ross F. Hoffman (former UCLA baseball star), the author developed these exercises for himself to perform in bed to speed his recovery after two separate accidents requiring surgery. Ross said his doctors were amazed at his rapid progress after both surgeries.

“I decided to take a completely different direction to be more proactive in my own recovery,” Ross said. “Now I’m sharing these quick fix exercises I developed that helped me get better.”

Back And Better was the number one trending category bestseller on Kindle upon its launch.

Among the compelling testimonials on the website BackNBetter.com is this statement from a training professional: “Ross’ book gives anyone the tools to retain their strength and return to an active life after being bedridden in the shortest possible time,” said Dale Collins, Master of Science, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Exercise Physiologist.

Ross said: “In addition to the bedridden, these exercises helped me recover from injury, reduce my pain, improve sleep and get stronger. This book illustrates an easy and effective exercise program that helped me recover faster and more completely than the doctor or physical therapist ever expected.”

Sample content can be viewed at BackNBetter.com, where you can buy the book directly from the author or through a link to Amazon.

The Best Sporting Events for Traveling to in 2020

Author: Robert Bell

Mixing sport and travel is a fantastic way to see the world. If you want to see the best action that the world has to offer, then where do you need to head to in 2020?

The following are a few of the events that you might want to see. They offer terrific sporting spectacles, as well as perhaps providing you with an incentive to visit interesting new places.

Superbowl 2020, Miami Gardens, Florida

We don’t yet know which teams will be competing in Superbowl LIV. Yet, we do know that it will be held on February 2, 2020, in the setting of Miami Gardens, Florida. This will be the sixth time that this football game is held in this stadium, but the first time in 10 years.

You can already start planning your Superbowl 2020 trip before the competing teams are decided, as tickets can now be bought online. Keen football fans will know that New England Patriots and Kansa City Chiefs are already among the favorites to win this event, according to the latest Super Bowl odds.

While you are in Florida, you can enjoy natural attractions such as Oleta River State Park, Greynolds Park, and Miramar Pineland Park. Of course, the wonderful beaches and restaurants are also pretty tempting there.

2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

When it comes to giant sporting events, there is nothing quite like the Summer Olympics. The 2020 event is officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and is set to be a spectacular affair.

There are going to be some interesting new events added to the Olympic roster here, including 3×3 basketball, Madison cycling, and freestyle BMX, as well as surfing and skateboarding. The Japanese authorities are building 11 new venues for the event, with the National Stadium in Tokyo being the main venue. Most of the action will take place within a few kilometers of the Olympic village.

You won’t want to miss visiting the Japanese capital without sampling some of the other amazing things to do in this city. From the panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree observation deck to the Sensō-ji, which is the oldest temple in the city, to the Imperial Palace, this is a place where you will discover unique attractions.

Champions League Final, Istanbul

The biggest prize in European club soccer will be at stake when two teams compete in the UEFA Champions League final in Turkey. The setting will be the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, which is where Liverpool famously came back from 0-3 to dramatically win the trophy from Milan in 2005.

This stadium has a 76,761, all-seated capacity and is located on the western, European side of the city. It was built as part of Turkey’s bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics and is renowned for both its size and the intense atmosphere generated inside it.

Before or after the game, there is plenty to explore in this historic city that straddles Europe and Asia. Hagi Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace Museum are all outstanding. However, for many visitors it is wandering through the mammoth Grand Bazaar that is their lingering memory of Istanbul.

Winter X Games, Calgary

The Winter X Games will be held in Calgary from 2020 through to 2022. This extreme sports event is expected to bring some 75,000 spectators to the Canadian city each of those years. They will also be hosting shows and special events while the games are going on.

Calgary was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics and has held many sporting events since then. If you are looking for something to do away from the games, then the local zoo and Calgary Tower, with a revolving restaurant at the top, are among the big attractions.

No matter what kind of sport you like, combining it with a new travel experience will let you get an unforgettable trip.

UNTUCKit × MLB

UNTUCKit, one of the fastest-growing retail brands in North America, announced today its first-ever product collaboration with Major League Baseball.

The UNTUCKit MLB Signature Series features the logo of one of eight individual MLB teams stitched into the sail of a classic UNTUCKit best-selling, wrinkle-free shirt. Team logos available include the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.

Beginning on Opening Day, baseball fans can support their favorite team in style when they pick up an MLB Signature Series shirt from UNTUCKit’s stores or website, on MLBShop.com or select team club houses.

The partnership is another step towards UNTUCKit’s growing presence in the sports industry. Last year, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and NASCAR driver Chase Elliott were each introduced as athlete ambassadors and investors in the brand. In addition to building their roster of athletes, UNTUCKit has strategically increased marketing and advertising across sports television, radio and arenas across the country.

“We’re excited about this partnership with the MLB, our first with a major sports league, given the natural affinity between our customers and the sports industry. We’ve taken a few of our best-selling shirt styles and added a fun, exclusive element we know customers will be excited about—an ode to their favorite baseball teams—to wear at the next game,” says UNTUCKit co-Founder and CEO Aaron Sanandres.

About UNTUCKit

Created in 2011, UNTUCKit has given men a seamless way to look sharp and feel casual by creating shirts designed specifically to be worn untucked. UNTUCKit solves the problem millions of men struggle with every day with their perfectly contoured hemlines and more than 50 tailored fit options. Through the last 8 years, the brand has expanded to offering 13 product categories—ranging from T-shirts and polos to sports jackets and pants—in addition to a wide selection of shirts, dresses and blazers for women. UNTUCKit is dedicated to creating an unmatched shopping experience, with more than 50 physical retail locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit UNTUCKit.com.

Travis Scott × New Era

New Era has partnered with music sensation Travis Scott to create the New Era x Travis Scott x Houston Astros Collection, a limited-edition cap collection for his hometown MLB team.

Above is an all-new picture of Travis in the collection (credit: Gunner Stahl).

Available in blue, black, and brown, the caps feature the Astros’ team logo, emblazoned on the front alongside three orange stars in the iconic style of Travis Scott’s popular Astroworld collection. In keeping with the Astroworld mash-up, the back of the cap features the “Wish You Were Here” slogan from Travis Scott, featured in bold hand-drawn print.

The collection is available for purchase at NewEraCap.com, TravisScott.com, MLB.com and Astros’ team stores for $40.