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YouTube Originals Premieres Copy That

YouTube Originals premiered the first episode of “Copy That!,” the new five-part competition comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producer Charles Wachter, where four-star YouTube creators each with a different, incredible skill, step out of their comfort zones and attempt to copy their fellow creators’ area of expertise in hysterical ways! Episodes debut daily on each spotlighted creators’ channel beginning on today only on YouTube. Additional “Copy That!” bonus content will premiere daily with each episode for YouTube Premium subscribers, only on the YouTube Originals official channel.

“Copy That!” stars Sofie Dossi (6.21M subscribers), Lisette aka Luhhsetty (3.15M subscribers), Rosanna Pansino (13M subscribers) and Preston (17.9M subscribers) who demo their gaming, cooking, dancing, or beauty and makeup mastery in a blur of action and charisma, and then it is up to the other star creators to COPY THAT! and nail their own version. Whether it be a delectable crêpe cake, make-up demos, or jaw dropping dance routine, the other star creators will be in over their heads trying to create their own magic in a space they know little about. 

Fans can follow the episodic rollout on each creator’s channel daily:

“Copy That!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Charles Wachter. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper serves as Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, with Cara Casey and Ryan Bratton overseeing “Copy That!” for the global platform.

About YouTube Originals

YouTube Originals are award-winning series, specials and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect, and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide.  Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.

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Amber Mark – Softly

Today New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases a brand new single ‘Softly’ via PMR/Interscope Records. Sampling Craig David’s ‘Rendezvous’, the new single is the fifth preview of her long-awaited debut album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’. Due for release on January 28th, the album will be followed by huge UK, EU and US spring tours including a night at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.

Amber’s debut album arrives almost 4 years after the release of her second EP ‘Conexão’, an extended process that has proved central to its thematic development. The 17 track album can be divided into three main acts that follow the arc of Amber’s personal and musical development; WITHOUT, WITHHELD and WITHIN. Beginning by acknowledging her insecurities and anxieties before reflecting on her time in denial and spent processing them in all the wrong ways, Amber eventually widens her focus by seeking answers to the world’s negativity and trauma on a cosmic scale. Finding peace and a form of inherent spirituality in the world of astrophysics while writing the album led to a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of self. Amber’s debut album is simultaneously a profound concept album and a love letter to herself, richly intertwining messages of self-worth and reflections on the universe beneath a veneer of shimmering pop. In true Amber Mark style, ‘Three Dimensions Deep’ is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of influences and genres, drawing from funk and R&B, soul and hip-hop with international accents influenced by a nomadic childhood spent travelling the world with her late mother. View a trailer for the album HERE.
 
“Three Dimensions Deep is a musical journey of what questions you begin to ask yourself when you start looking to the universe for answers.” says Amber; “I can only go as deep as the third dimension as that’s how we see the world, but what about when you start looking to the universe within for answers.”
 
The three official singles previously released from the album ‘Worth It’, ‘Competition’ and ‘Foreign Things’ marked Amber’s first official singles since 2020’s ‘Generous’, though 2020 was still a hugely productive year for Amber. With her hometown of NYC hit hard in the first wave of the pandemic and placed under strict lockdown, Amber turned to her simple home studio to create an acclaimed series of home-produced covers and originals titled ‘Covered-19’, each accompanied by a homemade video and artworks. The series was followed by a collaboration with longtime friend Empress Of on the protest song ‘You’ve Got To Feel’, earning Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, ‘Tune Of The Week’ and a spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Earlier this year Amber was featured on legendary DJ Paul Woolford’s new piano-house track ‘HEAT’, again snagging Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and a long run across the Radio 1 and 2 playlists. Having already amassed over 300 million streams since the release of her breakout debut EP 3:33AM in 2017, Amber has built a global fanbase eager to hear her debut full length – pre-save it HERE.
 
EU/UK TOUR 2022
Sat March 5, Paris, Nouveau Casino
Sun March 6, Brussels, Botanique
Mon March 7, Munich, Strom
Wed March 9, Berlin, Frannz
Thu March 10, Cologne, Luxor
Fri March 11, Hamburg, Stage
Sun March 13, Amsterdam, Melkweg Oude Zaal
Tue March 15, Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed March 16, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Fri March 18, Dublin, Academy
Sat March 19, Glasgow, Garage
Sun March 20, Liverpool, Arts Club
Tue March 22, Leeds, Stylus
Wed March 23, Manchester, Academy 2
Thu March 24, London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
 
US TOUR 2022
Mon March 28, Boston, MA, The Sinclair
Wed March 30, Montreal, QC, Le Belmont
Thu March 31, Toronto, ON, The Garrison
Sat April 2, Detroit, MI, El Club
Sun April 3, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Tue April 5, Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Fri April 8, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
Sat April 9, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
Sun April 10, Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret
Wed April 13, San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Mon May 9, Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Thu May 12, Houston, HOB @ The Bronze Peacock
Fri May 13, Dallas, TX, HOB @ The Cambridge Room
Sun May 15, Atlanta, GA, Aisle 5
Tue May 17, Washington, DC, Union Stage
Wed May 18, Philadelphia, PA, Foundry
Fri May 20, Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
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2021 BattleBots World Championships

The hit TV show BattleBots, the world’s premier robot combat competition has found a new home in Las Vegas and tickets to be part of the live audience are on sale now. Robots from around the globe will convene to battle for the highly-anticipated 2021 BattleBots World Championship, which takes place inside the iconic BattleBox arena at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios on Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. Fans will witness world-class fighting machines and the very best domestic and international bots battling to the death in the hopes of being crowned the 2021 BattleBots World Champion. Presented by returning hosts Chris Rose and Kenny Florian, the sixth season of the popular show will air on Discovery Channel later this year.

More than 65 teams from the United States, Europe, Asia and South America will travel to Las Vegas with their fighting machines to slug it out in a series of battles to the death. The ultimate winner will take home the greatest prize in the sport: The Giant Nut, which is currently held by New Zealand’s End Game. The audience will witness the awesome spectacle of robot-on-robot, gear-grinding mayhem and see their favorite bots including Whiplash, Witch Doctor, Hydra, Blacksmith, Minotaur, End Game and Sawblaze. Also fighting this season is local favorite Jackpot, built by Las Vegas local Jeff Waters who had a record of 3-1 but lost in the Round of 32 in season five. He’s back this season to win the battle for Las Vegas.

There will be two ticketed sessions per day, culminating in the crowning of the 2021 BattleBots World Champion on Sept. 4. Dark days for the live show take place on Aug. 25, 26, 30 and Sept. 1.

BattleBots

BattleBots is the world leader in robot fighting sports. For over 20 years BattleBots has brought the joy of glorious robot fighting to TV and live audiences around the world.

BattleBots remains the most popular robotic combat sport in the world, created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson and now seen in over 150 countries. Produced by BattleBots, Inc. and Whalerock Industries, executive producers are Chris Cowan, Edward (Trey) Roski, Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge, Aaron Catling and Evan Gatica. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers, Joseph Boyle and Wyatt Channell serve as executive producers, and Paola Espinosa as associate producer.

Las Vegas’ Own Team Jackpot

With the home field advantage this year, Team Jackpot co-creators Jeff Waters and Robert Stehn fully intend to keep the Giant Nut in Vegas. Waters discovered robotics as a kid by watching the original BattleBots and even created his own arena in his garage and began hosting small competitions. Eventually, Waters and Stehn sought to grow the robotics community in Las Vegas and created Vegas Combat Robots – their own robotics club. Jackpot is a weapon-focused robot with a dual vertical blade spinner called the Double Diamond. Team Jackpot has stayed true to their Vegas aesthetic by incorporating slot machine pull arms for the self-righter system and bottom-lit Lexan panels. They hold a season 5 record of 3-1 after being knocked out in Round 32.

Tickets

The five ticket types include:

$40 – General admission

$75 – Premium seating

  • Premium seats.
  • Free parking.
  • Special edition badge.
  • 5 Percent merchandise discount.

$125 – VIP

  • Backstage tour.
  • VIP swag bag.
  • Premier seating
  • Free parking.
  • Exclusive VIP badge.
  • 10 Percent merchandise discount.

$200 – Box suites

  • Seat up to six people.
  • Receive prominent television coverage.
  • Behind the scenes views but restricted view of the fights.

$1,500 – Super Ultra Mega VIP tickets are sold out, but a wait list is available by emailing this address.

  • Single tickets to all 18 sessions.
  • Backstage tour.
  • Free Rock Star parking
  • Free t-shirt and VIP swag bag
  • Special edition Super Ultra VIP badge
  • 15 Percent merchandise discount.

Space is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE. Guests will not be admitted without proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test administered within the previous 72 hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

Health and Safety Info

We understand that the past year has been challenging for everyone and we feel fortunate that we are now able to stage this year’s BattleBots 2021 World Championship tournament in front of a live audience of fans. However, because we are taping the event for TV, there are certain restrictions we all must follow. Restrictions include:

  • All ticket holders, crew and builders must wear masks while visiting the BattleBots Studio Complex.

All members of the audience aged 12 years or over must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours (no proof of vaccination or negative test is currently required for children under 12, but all children must wear masks). Proof of vaccination and testing details can be found HERE.

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Rolls-Royce Hosts Young Designer Competition

Motor car handover ceremonies are an important part of the Rolls-Royce experience. But the marque has delivered a very unusual car to an extremely important person in somewhat unusual circumstances.

Rather than the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, the setting was the playground at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, a fully inclusive, highly successful Church of England school for girls in inner-city Southwark, South London. The guest of honour was Sofia, UK regional winner in the marque’s global Young Designer Competition held in 2020.

As part of her prize, Rolls-Royce presented a complete new Greenpower car kit to her school to be used in future events run by the Greenpower Education Trust. This UK-based charity aims to inspire young people to excel in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects through designing, building and racing an electric car.

The kit comprises a standard chassis, motor and batteries. It’s left to the team to design and build the bodywork themselves. Sofia and nine friends, all currently in 8th grade, have formed ‘The Rolls Racers’ to create their car. The team will receive advice and support from Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and one of the Young Designer Competition judges.

For all the right reasons, the Greenpower car kit is supplied in a series of highly practical but prosaic packing cases. Rolls-Royce felt this lacked the proper celebratory feel for a national prize-giving. Accordingly, the occasion was graced by the official Greenpower demonstration car, finished in a striking gold livery, and a magnificent Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made, brought to London specially from Goodwood. 

Although both cars represent the very best of their kind, neither can match the features or capabilities of Sofia’s winning entry in the Young Designer Competition. Her Bumble Bee 5000 is driverless, and equipped with comfortable tables and chairs, a disco ball, the best surround sound system, WIFI, GPS, a hook for luggage and much more; it also changes colour depending on the occasion or season.

Launched in April 2020, the competition was devised to provide a creative outlet for children aged 16 and under confined by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. It proved an instant and spectacular success, eventually attracting more than 5,000 entries from over 80 countries.

Asked only to design their ‘dream Rolls-Royce of the future,’ children had complete creative freedom, allowing them to develop ideas of astonishing scope, complexity and vision far beyond the realms of automotive design. Winning entries included designs inspired by (among many other things) unicorns, turtles, space travel, the Egyptian pyramids and Pablo Picasso.

Although the worldwide event ended in June last year, the format is currently being reprised in a Young Designer Competition recently launched by Rolls-Royce Lebanon.

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King of the Dot Brings Rap Battles to Detroit via Twitch

KING OF THE DOT BRINGS THE HEAT TO DETROIT FOR THE THIRD ROUND OF RAP BATTLES

More than 250,000 viewers tuned in to Twitch to watch live as battle rappers competed in downtown Los Angeles in the second round of this year’s King of the Dot (KOTD).

Watch an Instagram recap of the second round HERE.

KOTD brings the most competitive rappers from across America to clash with flows in head-to-head battles. The top four competitors from each division will move into sudden-death S1 playoffs, which begin in November where they compete for one winner to take home $100,000 in cash.

Viewers on Twitch will be granted access to the exclusive closed set that offers a front-row seat for the battles. Not only will the battles be streamed for millions of fans around the world, but each fan will also play a role in voting on the winners.

Winners of each battle are determined by their Total Battle Score or TBS. A TBS is the score each of the four judges gives the competitor, with a maximum of 10 points and a minimum of seven points per round. Fan votes are weighed as though they make up a single judge, with the rappers getting points depending on whether the win was convincing or close. Each battle, an artist can accumulate a maximum of 150 points, or a minimum of 111 points across the three rounds.

KOTD now heads to Detroit, where rappers in the North region will battle it out. Upcoming matchups include the following:

Mackk Myron vs. Dallas Cash on July 4

Times vs. 100 Shot Frenchie on July 4

Ciddy vs. XQZ on July 4

MORE ON KOTD AND S1

As announced earlier this year, the six-month S1 format introduces a series of weekly episodes organized by King of the Dot and streamed exclusively on Twitch. In November, one winner will take home $100,000 USD and additional performance-based prizes. Catch one of the most intense rap face offs of the summer!&#a0;

Instead of the old East vs West rivalry from the 90ߣs hip-hop, the modern era has burgeoning scenes in every region. With an East, West, North, and South division, King of Dotߣs regional talent managers have courted the top talent from New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Atlanta, respectively, to clash for the life-changing grand prize.

League founder and owner Travis Organik Fleetwood says of the S1 partnership, After we saw how the Twitch community and Twitch team embraced battle rap in 2020, we didn’t even blink when we had the chance to make history with them in delivering S1. You learn more from people’s actions than you do from their words, and Twitch demonstrated that they are committed to creating the best experience for battle rap fans around the world every time the ball came their way. We look forward to bringing our audience onto the service for many more successful seasons.

King of the Dot events mix A-List celebrity guests and athletes with a dedicated audience who travel far and wide to participate in the spectacle. Artists like Ice T, Deadmau5, Method Man, and the OVO front-man Drake, who once knighted himself as KOTD’s #1 fan, have helped the league grow to become renowned as the worldwide leader in innovation for this space.

The Canadian King of the Dot league has always been first-movers in the battle rap space with smaller leagues replicating their format for good reason. They were first to popularise winner-takes-all tournaments, the first to create the Pay-Per-View model that is now deployed globally, and the first to launch and license a number of the formats which ultimately define the culture today, including the introduction of seasonality.

S1 seasonality is the only logical step for our league, artists, and partners. The regular cadence enables artists to make new fans every week, from every corner of the map, and puts them in a position to capitalize on their talent all year round. We’re filling Madison Square Garden twice with the number of viewers passing through these streams and our artists deserve even bigger audiences, says Charles Morgan, owner of King of the Dot.

The season will air live battles every Sunday at 12pm pst/3pm est, alongside an exciting slate of lifestyle content featuring artists from the league and around the world. The full programming schedule, covering sports, gaming, music, and culture, will be made available exclusively to viewers on Twitch.

Keep up with King of the Dot via their website, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch

ABOUT TRAVIS ORGANIK FLEETWOOD

Hip-hop booms everywhere – from basements and street corners to arenas and stadiums. Travis Organik Fleetwood has brought the King Of the Dot battle rap league to every corner of the culture supported by a rapt and rabid audience of millions. The Toronto native has evolved from a deft and dynamic wordsmith himself, into one of the most influential executives in the game, respected by icons such as Drake and touted by Vice, The Source, Music Business Worldwide, AllHipHop, and many more.

It all stems from an unwavering passion and commitment to hip-hop.

He discovered that purpose as a kid just outside of Toronto. Gravitating towards hip-hop, he not only loaded up his computer with at least 30,000 songs downloaded on Limewire, but also recordings of battles and videos. The artform of wordplay immediately grabbed his attention. Obsessed with Big L, Chino XL, Method Man, and more, he recorded his own rudimentary loops from an Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) tape and cut his own verses. By high school, he started battling. He triumphed in one competition after another (often returning to win again in subsequent years). He emerged victorious at Canadian BET’s Canadian Spring Bling, Proud 2 B Eh Battle MC, and the World Rap Championship.

ABOUT KING OF THE DOT

King of the Dot Entertainment, also known as KOTD, is a rap battle league founded in Toronto, Canada in 2008 by Travis Organik Fleetwood. The company hosts rap battles with emcees and loyal viewers from around the world.

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How gamers have become online celebrities

Online streaming is one of the most popular activities that gamers can do in the modern era, and it is proving to be rather lucrative for some of them.

Indeed, with so many people becoming interested in eSports and watching gamers play their favourite games as a way of either learning to play the game themselves by picking up various tips or for sheer enjoyment pleasure, many of the best online gamers have gone on to become celebrity figures.

With names such as Ninja and Pewdiepie having emerged and become some of the biggest names in the industry, there will be many that use Platincasino who will instantly know exactly who they are and why they have become celebrities.

Ninja

Better known by the name ‘Ninja’, Richard Tyler Blevins is perhaps the most famous celebrities to have been created via the world of eSports and live streaming. Of course, platforms such as Twitch and YouTube have helped his brand and name grow, with more and more continuing to follow him and watch what he does when he plays live.

Ninja – who is from Detroit – first started playing in 2009 when he played Halo 3 professionally for teams such as Cloud9, Renegades, Team Liquid and Luminosity Gaming. However, his celebrity status only really took off in 2017 when he played Fortnite Battle Royale. He saw his followings increase exponentially, thus making him attractive to businesses.

As of November 2020, Ninja had more than 16.1 million followers on Twitch, whereas he had over 6 million people follow him on Twitter, over 14.5 million on Instagram, 4.3 million on TikTok and almost 25 million people subscribing to his channel on YouTube; thus further highlighting his appeal as a celebrity.

Pewdiepie

Gaming influence Pewdiepie has also had a huge impact on the live streaming market and one that has allowed for those who are successful to become celebrities. Of course, Pewdiepie is a game and user tag, as the Swede is actually known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg.

The Swede was one of the first to experience huge growth in the live streaming sphere, as he managed to acquire over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel in July 2012, and subsequently became the most subscribed channel in August 2013.

In 2016, Pewdiepie was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine; further highlighting why he has been able to become a celebrity figure.

Why have they become celebrities?

Indeed, with so many followers, it only made sense for businesses and brands to try and get their products and services represented by Ninja and Pewdiepie, as it would only help them to potentially tap into a new market demographic, or simply take advantage of a huge market that could be presented to them.

Ninja’s status helped Fortnite Battle Royale’s developers, Epic Games, make billions whilst he also earned close to $10 million, whereas he was also paid $1 million to promote Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends, whilst his celebrity status has been so big that he has appeared on a number of celebrity-edition TV shows, including The Masked Singer and Family Feud.

Special Olympics illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

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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TEAM SPEEDWAY WINS BIG

Speedway Motors announced today, Team Speedway, won multiple autocross events this past weekend at Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT.

Robby Unser doubled up winning both the PRO-X class and the PRO-X portion of the Fuel Curve Great Salt Shootout in the Speedway Motors sponsored ’70 Camaro. Unser is no stranger to racing, hailing from one of America’s most storied racing families. He boasts the 1987 World Hill Climb Champion and 1989 American Indy Car Series Champion titles and was named IRL Rookie of the Year in 1998. He has raced a wide range of classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winning an unprecedented 9 times. Unser has also competed twice at the Indianapolis 500 and has been one of Team Speedways drivers for more than 7 years. Teammate Brian Martin also doubled-up in Salt Lake with wins in the PRO class in a ’86 Corvette.

Returning to its competitive racing roots Speedway Motors began sponsoring Team Speedway in 2014.

“Team Speedway drivers have pushed the ’70 Camaro, ‘67 Camaro and ’65 Nova cars to their limits, slamming through courses with 1.7g lateral loading and intense braking, plus acceleration that only a 750 hp engine can provide,” said Bill Schneider, Speedway Motors R&D Engineer and Team Speedway Manager. “If G-Comp components can handle this type of punishment, you can be sure they’ll be reliable for whatever automotive activity you have planned.”

Team Speedway regularly puts parts to the test and the ’70 Camaro was built with performance in mind. Sporting Speedway Motors G-Comp 1970-81 Camaro/Firebird Torque Arm Rear Suspension Kit Schneider said, “Measurements were taken, scans were made, and models created to figure out how to make a 50-year-old car handle like a new Corvette.” The car was also fitted with an Unser Edition Front Suspension Kit and sports a 427 LS7 on an RHS block and heads built by Speedway Motors Racing Engines.

The C4 ’86 Corvette sports a Tremec conversion kit and shock package from Speedway Motors.

This is the second win for Team Speedway this year. Unser also doubled up at the 11th Fitech Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz. claiming the PRO-X class shootout victory in Goodguys CPP AutoCross Racing Series.

Team Speedway is scheduled to compete in a number of upcoming events including:

  • Goodguys Nashville Nationals May 28-30 in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Big Blue Mile Shootout June 4-5 in Seward, Neb.
  • Sturgis Camaro Rally June 24-27 in Black Hills, S.D.
  • Goodguys Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals July 2-4 in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Goodguys July 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) Aug. 10-14 in Arnold, Neb.
  • King of the Mountain Aug. 26-28 in Clearfield, Pa.
  • LS Fest East Sept. 10-12 in Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Goodguys Lone Star Nationals Sept. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Oct. 9-10 in Bowling Green, KY
  • Drive Optima in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals Nov. 19-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information about Speedway Motors G-Comp or Team Speedway test cars visit here. Check out the story on Speedway Motor’s website.

Speedway Motors Releases New Products

Speedway Motors recently released their Under Box EFI Ready Fuel Tanks for your Classic Truck. Both versions of the mentioned tanks are available for ’48-’60 Ford trucks’47-’53 Chevy trucks’55-’59 Chevy trucks, and ’63-’72 Chevy trucks. There’s also a new version in the works for ’73-’87 Square Body Chevy fans.

Another new product that was introduced at SEMA360 last year is the Speedway Chevy Engine to Chevy Transmission Steel Bellhousing. Read more about it here or watch this video.

About Speedway Motors Inc

Speedway Motors is a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of high-quality automotive parts and racing products. Since 1952, Speedway Motors has been committed to providing a broad selection of high-quality, affordable automotive parts—delivered quickly, efficiently and without any hassles. Their products and expert advice are available to customers by calling 1.800.979.0122, online or at retail stores in Lincoln, Neb. and Tolleson, Ariz.

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Georgia Tech Wins Entrepreneurship Competition

Georgia Tech Team Wins at Global College Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Insight Optics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, won third place at the Third Annual TiE University Global Pitch Competition held on May 15-16, 2021.

Representing TiE Atlanta, the Insight Optics team consists of Dr. Aaron Enten and TJ Lagrow. Their business venture delivers a mobile-adapted platform which enables primary care physicians to efficiently detect early signs of avoidable blindness before permanent damage is done. The team was mentored by Greg Cory, Neeti Dewan and Eric Ensor from TiE Atlanta.

The team received a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by the Naadam Foundation, and a $4,000 grant from the REAN Foundation. Insight Optics was “best in class” at the Startup Bootcamp hosted by TiE Silicon Valley in early May.

Insight Optics competed with 27 winning teams from across the globe including teams from TIE Chapters in seven countries across three continents. The teams were mentored by local TiE chapters and supported by global workshops, startup bootcamps and mock sessions. There were 526 startup teams with 1432 students that participated in local TiE chapter college competition rounds.

First prize went to TiE Toronto’s ALT TEX whose founders are from York University and the University of Toronto.  Their venture focuses on sustainable textiles engineered from food waste by tackling two serious issues — food waste and the high levels of pollution caused by the fashion industry.

The second prize winner was TiE Dallas’ SURVIVR whose founder is from the University of Texas at Dallas.  The company aims to make communities safer by providing immersive and humanized police training using virtual reality.

Chapter winners went through a semifinal round on May 15. The virtual event was viewed by over 500 audience members from around the world, and TiE Atlanta’s executive director, Amyn Sadruddin, was instrumental as the MC for a semifinals track.  Worldwide teams pitched diverse business ideas such as bio-toilets, career fulfillment tools for higher education, technology-enabled artificial limbs, and tech kits for 21st century education, among others.

The event also featured a fireside conversation between Prof. Jagdish Sheth from Emory University in Atlanta and Mr. Ronnie Screwvala of Mumbai. The co-founder and chairman of Upgrad, an online edtech startup, Mr. Screwvala inspired young entrepreneurs to take risks.  His book “Dream With Your Eyes Open” is a commitment to champion entrepreneurship and learn from failure.

This year, TiE University extended the concept of entrepreneurship to form a stronger ecosystem, even more strategically focused to dovetail multiple enablers, said Dr. Paul Lopez, Founder and Co-Chair of the TiE University Program. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, this year’s total cash prizes were $65,000, plus in-kind awards of over $600,000 to empower college entrepreneurs.

Eight university teams made it to the finals of the global pitch fest.  In addition to the top three winning teams, the other finalists were TiE Austin’s Clocr, a digital legacy management and emergency planning platform; TiE Chennai’s Kitab, a digital PDF-Reader that redefines the way technical literature and textbooks are consumed; TiE Dubai’s Small World that connects NGOs and high school students; TiE DC’s Early Intervention Systems that builds software and algorithms to enhance elder-care; and TiE New Jersey’s Sulis, a low-cost water sanitization device.

The keynote speaker on Finals Day was Sheel Tyle, Founder/CEO of venture capital global firm Amplo. Interviewed by TiE Coimbatore’s Pradeep Yuvaraj, Tyle has some advice for entrepreneurs, Whether you spend time doing something small or doing something big, it actually takes the same time. If you’re going to spend your precious time on something, do it where your time has the greatest impact on the world.

About the TIE University Program

TiE University, an initiative of TIE Global, aims to foster entrepreneurship among college students. University startup teams gain access to learning resources, mentorship by successful entrepreneurs and opportunities to participate in Hackathons, Startup Bootcamps, and Pitch Competitions. These interactions and experiences help startups take their business from a campus idea into a viable business.

About TiE Atlanta

TiE Atlanta is a top five chapter of TiE Global, a nonprofit consisting of 61 chapters in 14 countries, that generates prosperity through development of entrepreneurs in all stages by creating community and beneficial relationships to support them. TiE Atlanta develops entrepreneurs and startups through mentoring, education, investment, and networking. Learn more at their website.

Katie Zaferes image shot by Darren Wheeler for Super League Triathlon 2021 via Kim Koury at SPIN public relations for use by 360 Magazine

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