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Faces & Places: From clubs to rackets

Woods visits China

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PGA Tour golfer Tiger Woods (top, center) drew a crowd (above) when he visited Beijing Sports University last month as part of the Nike Golf Make It Matter Tour of Asia. Olympic hurdler and fellow Nike endorser Liu Xiang also spoke to students as part of the tour stop.

UnitedHealthcare puts name on Revolution jerseys

The New England Revolution and UnitedHealthcare announced a multiyear jersey sponsorship April 22 at Gillette Stadium in conjunction with a free community soccer clinic. From left: Bob Hughes, UnitedHealthcare director of alliance management; Michael Carroll, UnitedHealth Group VP of portfolio marketing; Lawrence Aldridge, UnitedHealth Group chief alliance officer; Michael Matteo, UnitedHealthcare CEO of national accounts; New England Revolution investor/operator Jonathan Kraft; Craig LaFiandra, UnitedHealthcare VP of national sales effectiveness; and Brian Bilello, Revolution COO.

Marathon party

Saucony President Richie Woodworth (center) attends the Runner’s World Party at the Boston Marathon with Rodale Sports Group publisher Chris Lambiase and Runner’s World associate publisher Molly O’Keefe. The party was April 16 at Lucca Back Bay, just a few yards from the finish line.

Daytona provides new trees at airport

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III speaks at a ceremony marking the planting of three groves of trees at Daytona Beach International Airport, near the speedway. Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno and International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy were on hand for the April 20 event, where the speedway planted trees to offset carbon emissions as part of NASCAR’s green initiatives.

IndyCar CEO excels

Izod IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard (right) was keynote speaker at the fifth annual Excelerate Hendricks County! luncheon on April 26 in Danville, Ind. With him is Rick Myers, publisher of the Hendricks County Business Leader and the Hendricks County Icon.

Rasmussen speaks at trade show’s 30th edition

ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen was guest speaker for the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association’s 30th annual trade show April 19 in Plantsville, Conn. From left: NESMA President Bill Lathrop, Rasmussen, LCD Consulting’s Lynn Daniels and NESMA board member Tim Dudzinski.

Swinging rackets at the White House

Tennis legend Chris Evert (left), USTA board member and Tennis Channel personality Katrina Adams and President Barack Obama hit a few balls on the 10 and Under Tennis Courts at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 25.

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