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Faces and Places: Racing to House of Blues

New interactive fan event for NASCAR

NASCAR announced the launch of the inaugural interactive fan event, NASCAR Contenders Live sponsored by Toyota and Sprint, on July 20 outside the House of Blues in Chicago. Unveiling a 2012 Toyota Camry SE (from left): Keith Dahl, Toyota national manager of motorsports and engagement marketing; driver Kyle Busch; Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney; Lou Garate, NASCAR senior director of partnership marketing; and Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock.

Where there’s Smoke, there’s NASCAR

Oliver Dizon, ESPN SVP of asset management, shows off the car of reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at ESPN’s New York office July 12. The car and the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy were there to promote NASCAR Sprint Cup races on ESPN beginning with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis on July 29.
Photo by: ESPN

Kraft health center opens

New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft celebrates the launch of the Kraft Center for Community Health, established at Partners HealthCare, with a party at his home. The event July 17 offered a chance to welcome the first class of program participants who will practice in community health centers and care for people in low-income communities. From left: Jay Light, dean emeritus of Harvard Business School; Kraft; Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School; and William Swanson, CEO of Raytheon.

UMass-ive turnout

Comcast-Spectacor employees who are University of Massachusetts alumni recently gathered in front of the statue of Julius “Dr. J” Erving (also a UMass alum) in front of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia (from left): Cindy Stutman, Philadelphia Flyers VP of customer service; Bob Schwartz, VP of marketing for Global Spectrum; intern Alex Ostrow; Doug Higgons, Global Spectrum regional VP; interns Vincent Rubinaccio and Nick DeChristopher; Paul Dionne, director of marketing for Global Spectrum at Mullins Center on the UMass campus; interns Brian Watson and Leonardo Gomez; Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor president; Emily Hess, Philadelphia Wings assistant marketing manager; interns Ben Spotts, Matthew Graham, Drew Rosen (front in lavender shirt) and Alex Mercer; Brian Ohl, regional VP for Global Spectrum; and interns Gregory Keith and Dana Reynolds.

Smart start for new Adidas system

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber (left) and Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer show customized Smart Soccer 2013 jerseys. They celebrate the leaguewide integration announcement of the miCoach Elite System, which will give coaches real-time performance measures, at a news conference in New York City on July 19.
Photo by: ADIDAS

Tennis hall of fame class inducted

The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was inducted July 14 in Newport, R.I. From left: Spanish tennis star Manuel Orantes; tennis industry innovator and executive Mike Davies; Brazilian tennis star Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten; former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati; and Tom Snow, father of the late Randy Snow, a wheelchair tennis champion and three-sport Paralympic medalist.

Venue managers meet up

The International Association of Venue Managers held its annual conference July 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Top photo (from left): Tom Paci, Turner Construction; Allen Johnson, Amway Center; Robert Rayborn, Turner Construction; Charles Leone, Amway Center; and Dale Koger, Turner Construction.

At a panel discussion on sports and entertainment facilities (bottom photo, from left): Claude Delorme, Miami Marlins; Bob Hunter, Air Canada Centre; Jim Riordan, Florida Atlantic University; Rich Krezwick, Prudential Center; Brad Mayne, American Airlines Center; Mark Williams, HKS; and Bobby Goldwater, Goldwater Group.

Photos by: DON MURET / STAFF (2)

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