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U of P wins D-backs' Gold Glove

University of Phoenix was awarded the Most Valuable Partner Award — Gold Glove at the second annual D-backs Most Valuable Partner Awards on Jan. 17 at Gila River Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel in Phoenix. From left: Steve Mullins, Arizona Diamondbacks vice president of corporate partnerships; Rob Jennings and Hillery Jennings, University of Phoenix; Derrick Hall, Diamondbacks president and CEO; Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix president; Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt; Nina Munson, Arra Yerganian and Kesa Zagar, University of Phoenix; Tiffanie Tallman, Diamondbacks corporate partnerships; David Fitzgerald, University of Phoenix; and Diamondbacks Executive Vice President Cullen Maxey.

Athletes on stage for Clinton speech

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference last month in Palm Springs, Calif. Joining Clinton in the closing session was Wasserman Foundation Chairman Casey Wasserman and (from left) U.S. Olympic medalists Rebecca Soni, Jen Kessy, April Ross and Kristin Armstrong Savola.

Real Salt Lake executive honored

Real Salt Lake President Bill Manning (right) was presented with the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award at the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis Jan. 17. He was presented the award by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Photos by: MLS

Rays greet their sponsors

At the Tampa Bay Rays annual Sponsor Summit last month, Rays players mingled with corporate sponsors. From left: Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings; Bart Catmull, Sagicor COO/CFO; pitcher Jake McGee; pitcher Matt Moore; and James Burke, Sagicor vice president of corporate communications.

 Garden of Dreams event

The Garden of Dreams Foundation hosted an event at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22 to launch  the sale of six one-of-a-kind, signed canvases, which are being auctioned on From left: Hank Ratner, president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Co. and chairman of the board, Garden of Dreams Foundation; Oscar, a young child from Garden of Dreams; and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Singapore Sports Hub update

Gathering in Singapore for pre-opening meetings and construction update of Singapore Sports Hub is (from left): Mich Sauers, senior vice president of business development, Comcast-Spectacor; Mark Collins, managing director, Global Spectrum Asia; Fred Maglione, president, New Era Tickets; and John Page, Global Spectrum COO.

Reebok digs Spartan Race

Reebok and Spartan Race announced a multiyear partnership that includes title sponsorship of the global race series and the official apparel, footwear and accessories supplier for the Reebok Spartan Race series. The partnership was launched Jan. 17 at The Reebok Spartan Race Times Square Challenge. From left: Spartan Race co-founder Joe De Sena; Tiki Barber, former New York Giants running back and Spartan Race participant; Yan Martin, head of global brand marketing, Reebok; Brooklyn Decker, actress and Spartan Race participant; and Chad Wittman, director of sports marketing fitness and training, Reebok.
Photo by: REEBOK

Global sports program at Georgetown

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business held its new Executive Certificate course, The Global Business of Sports, Jan. 22-24. Surrounded by program attendees at Verizon Center are Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis (red tie); and Rita Benson LeBlanc, owner and vice chairman of the New Orleans Saints (on Leonsis’ right).

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