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Volume 25 No. 24

People and Pop Culture

PeacePlayers Int'l will be honored with the Celebration of Service Award at the Sports Business Awards on May 23 in N.Y. This is the second year that SportsBusiness Journal/Daily have selected a Celebration of Service recipient; last year’s inaugural honor went to the Homeless World Cup and was accepted by its co-founder MEL YOUNG. “We will continue to shed light on organizations using the power of sports to improve our world,” said ABE MADKOUR, Exec Editor of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. “Last year, it was incredible to see the industry stand and applaud Mel Young for his efforts. This year, we are very proud to recognize the outstanding work of PeacePlayers International, which has worked tirelessly for nearly two decades on conflict resolution through basketball and helping children in some of the most troubled areas of the world.” PeacePlayers Int'l was established in '00 by two brothers, SEAN and BRENDAN TUOHEY, with the vision of building relationships and trust through basketball. After graduating from Lehigh Univ., Sean Tuohey played pro basketball in Northern Ireland and operated basketball clinics for Protestant and Catholic children in Belfast. Through the clinics, he became convinced that basketball could help ease conflicts between the two groups. Sean recruited Brendan, who had played basketball at Colgate and later professionally in Ireland, and together, they established PPI. The global nonprofit offers sports programming, peace education and leadership development to those living in communities rife with conflict. Part of the mission includes teaching young people about the skills needed to confront conflict and training them to be change agents and leaders in their communities -- all around the game of basketball. PPI operates year-round programs in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Middle East and South Africa. In '17, it launched a multiyear partnership with Nike to target communities in the U.S., focused on improving relationships between youth and law enforcement. They have established programs in the last year in Baltimore, Brooklyn and Detroit, and aim to launch similar programs in Chicago, L.A. and Memphis later this year. Brendan Tuohey leads the organization from its headquarters in DC, with offices in Israel, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the U.S. Overall, the award-winning program has worked with more than 75,000 young people in 22 countries. The Celebration of Service Award will be presented during the Sports Business Awards on May 23. Full nominees for this year’s program will be announced March 19.

Former Clippers Chief Strategy Officer JENNIFER VAN DIJK is returning to Wasserman, where she worked before leaving to join the NBA’s Team Marketing & Business Operations division in October '15. Van Dijk, an SBJ/SBD "Forty Under 40" honoree in '15, worked for the Clippers from July '16 until March 2 of this year. She rejoins Wasserman on April 2 as Exec VP/Marketing. The Clippers said the team is restructuring van Dijk's duties and are currently searching for a VP/Corporate Partnerships. Van Dijk said of her prior stint at Wasserman, "I led in the digital consulting side at the time. I am excited about what I am going back to. I am excited to take my digital expertise and contribute it to part of the whole business where I can."

Capitals GM BRIAN MACLELLAN has "signed a multiyear contract extension," which "provides some organizational stability" for the club (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/9)....The NCAA D-I Men's Basketball Committee named Atlantic 10 Commissioner BERNADETTE MCGLADE and Bradley AD CHRIS REYNOLDS to five-year terms with the group, effective Sept. 1 (A-10)....USL club Louisville City COO STEVE LIVINGSTONE, who took on the role last July, "will shift to a short-term consulting role for the soccer club" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/9)....The Cubs named former MLBer CHRIS DENORFIA Special Assistant to the President/GM and former MLBer MATT MURTON Baseball Operations Assistant. The club also promoted VIJAY TEKCHANDANI to Dir of Team Travel & Clubhouse Operations (Cubs)....Univ. of Nebraska AD BILL MOOS has restructured the athletic department's senior leadership. Deputy AD BOB BURTON will add the title of Chief of Staff, while Deputy AD & CFO JOHN JENTZ will retain both roles. Deputy AD and Senior Woman Administrator PAT LOGSDON will keep her roles, and also will serve as a member of the Big Ten Sports Management Committee. The three other NU execs at the senior level will continue to be Exec Associate AD/External Operations MARC BOEHM, Exec Associate AD/Academics DENNIS LEBLANC and Exec Associate AD/Compliance JAMIE VAUGHN (NU)....The Athletic named SportTechie Managing Editor DIAMOND LEUNG Senior Editor for its N.Y. site (TWITTER.com, 3/9)....Esports organization FlyQuest Sports named TRICIA SUGITA COO. Sugita was previously Head of Partnerships with esports outfit Immortals and its Overwatch League team, the L.A. Valiant (FlyQuest).

 

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Allen is planning to spend more time working on his charitable endeavors in the years ahead
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The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Alexandra Wolfe profiled former NBAer RAY ALLEN, who, along with his wife, SHANNON, is working to "expand their organic fast-food chain, Grown, which has three locations in Florida and Connecticut." Allen this month is also coming out with a memoir, "FROM THE OUTSIDE," co-written by MICHAEL ARKUSH. Allen also plans to "spend more time working on his charitable endeavors, including on is nonprofit that builds computer labs in inner-city schools and on raising awareness of Holocaust history" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/10).

HELPING HANDS: Several Dolphins players yesterday attended a "free youth football clinic, held in conjunction with players from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team" that involved about 50 varsity and junior varsity players "helping kids age 7-16" (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 3/12). Meanwhile, Gold Medal-winning swimmer RYAN LOCHTE on Friday made an "unannounced visit" to the high school (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 3/12).

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Pac-12 this year expanded its Hall of Honor to "include both men and women from any sport." On Friday, this year's 12 inductees were introduced at halftime of the Arizona-UCLA conference tournament semifinal. The class was headlined by former CHERYL MILLER, MATT BIONDI and KERRI WALSH JENNINGS (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/10).....Teall Investments Founder & Chair BEN SUTTON JR. has been appointed to the White House Historical Association BOD (Teall).

NAMES: The KRAFT family's Partners in Patriotism charity this year will give $5,000 scholarships to five graduating Foxboro high school seniors (PATCH.com, 3/9)....U.S. Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) “paid a visit to Camelback Ranch” yesterday to see the Dodgers. Sanders was in town for a rally in Phoenix and “did not address the players" (LATIMES.com, 3/11)....JOHN BOWLEN, the son of Broncos Owner PAT BOWLEN, was “sentenced Thursday in California to three years probation and ordered to pay $2,415 in fines and court costs for a DUI charge. He was also “ordered to complete a DUI education program” (DENVERPOST.com, 3/9)....A new documentary, "RIDE: ONE MAN'S ADVENTURE," chronicles Rockies announcer JERRY SCHEMMEL's 468-mile bike ride last summer on U.S. Route 50 that raised money for Paws for Purple Hearts (DENVER POST, 3/11)....Free agent S NATE EBNER signed NEIL CORNRICH as his new agent (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 3/10)....U.S. skier GUS KENWORTHY will be the “celebrity grand marshal” of the 10th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on April 10 (MIAMI HERALD, 3/10)....PEYTON MANNING on Saturday joined singer THOMAS RHETT onstage during Manning’s annual “Celebration of Caring Gala” (INDYSTAR.com, 3/11)....JOHN MCENROE on Thursday “sold a 34-foot-wide painting inspired by serial killer CHARLES MANSON” for $10.4M at a Phillips auction in London (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 3/9)....Vox Media Chair & CEO JIM BANKOFF and BILL SIMMONS on Saturday were spotted at a dinner hosted by the media company in Austin. They were in town for the SXSW conference (POLITICO.com, 3/11).

Growth is a key word for much of the golf industry today. We examine the trajectory of Topgolf and what the future looks like the driving range/entertainment venue. The LPGA Tour has seen its viewership and tournament purses grow by double-digit percentages in recent years. How can it sustain this growth? And at the PGA Tour, we talk marketing strategies with new CMO Joseph Arcuri.

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