SBJ/Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017/People and Pop Culture

Faces and Places

Celtics, GE power up sponsorship

Announcing GE’s jersey patch sponsorship with the Boston Celtics at a news conference Jan. 25: Celtics President Rich Gotham, GE CMO Linda Boff, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, GE CFO Jeff Bornstein and Celtics CEO and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck.
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES
Annual Scouts Foundation bash

At the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s “In the Spirit of the Game” dinner Jan. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel: Foundation President Dennis Gilbert and his wife, Cindy, and Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
Photo by: PAUL LESTER
Grinning with The Great One

Wayne Gretzky takes a picture with young fans at the Three-Way Chevrolet Condorstown Outdoor Classic presented by Mission Bank on Jan. 6 at Bakersfield College in California. The game featured NHL alums and celebrities and was played a day before the American Hockey League’s outdoor game between the Bakersfield Condors and the Ontario Reign.
Photo by: BAKERSFIELD CONDORS
LAFC, Delta announce partnership

At the LAFC Experience in Los Angeles on Jan. 21: LAFC’s Ryan Bishara and Jamie Guin, Delta Air Lines’ Juan Carlos Rodela, Octagon’s Nuvia Guzman and LAFC’s Zach Woolridge and Rich Orosco. LAFC and Delta Air Lines announced their partnership at the event.
Photo by: Enter Name Here
RunCenter is off and running

At the opening of the New York Road Runners RunCenter featuring the New Balance Run Hub on Jan. 11 in New York City: New Balance’s Rob DeMartini; NYRR’s Rachel Pratt, Ronnie Tucker and Peter Ciaccia; Olympic athlete Brenda Martinez of Team New Balance; New Balance’s Tom Carleo; Olympic athlete Jenny Simpson of Team New Balance; NYRR’s Michael Capiraso; New Balance’s Chris Ladd; and NYRR’s Christine Burke, Michael Rodgers and Sarah Cummins.
Photo by: NYRR
Celebrating Brooks

Members of the 1980 gold-medal-winning Olympic U.S. hockey team joined the Minnesota Wild Foundation, family of Olympic coach Herb Brooks and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold on Jan. 18 to unveil a new statue of Brooks in downtown Saint Paul: Steve Christoff, Eric Strobel, Dave Christian and Neal Broten; Dan Brooks, Herb’s son; Herb’s widow, Patti Brooks; Buzz Schneider; Kelly Brooks Paradise, Herb’s daughter; John Harrington, Leipold, Rob McClanahan and Mike Ramsey.
Photo by: BRUCE KLUCKHOHN
Nike royalty

Kobe Bryant (right) made a surprise appearance Jan. 15 to present Nike CEO Mark Parker with The Visionary award at the National Retail Federation Foundation Gala in New York City.
Photo by: JARED SISKIN
Jerry Jones’ Football Summit

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones led a Football Summit at The Star in Frisco on Jan. 17, inviting 17 influential voices in the sport to address issues and discuss strategies for growing the game.
Photo by: DALLAS COWBOYS
Alibaba joins TOP

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach exchange gifts during the announcement of Alibaba as an IOC TOP sponsor at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting Jan. 19 in Davos, Switzerland.
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES
NBA in Mexico City

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera take part in a Jr. NBA court dedication ceremony as part of the NBA Global Games at Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca Sports Complex on Jan. 14.
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES
Northeastern busy in Charlotte

Northeastern University’s Master of Sports Leadership program presented its Excellence in Sports Leadership Awards on Jan. 19 during the annual Winter Institute residency at Northeastern’s Charlotte campus: Professor Pamela Wojnar; award recipients Sam Purley (2015), Charlotte Hornets interactive media coordinator, and Jenna Mayo (2014), ESPN “College GameDay” producer; and program director Robert Prior.
Photos by: NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Students from the Northeastern program visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the Winter Institute residency.






















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