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Volume 22 No. 34
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Faces and Places

Lunch & Learn panel

From the John Deere Classic Lunch & Learn Panel on July 9 at the 18th hole John Deere Skybox at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.: Greg McLaughlin, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and president of The First Tee; John Deere Power for Good scholarship winners Mombo Ngu, Katelyn Harris and Kharynton Beggs; and John Watson, relationship manager, The First Tee.
Photo: Kristen Fuller


Big night at Prudential

From the Top Rank Boxing event at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on July 13: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil; fight headliner and Newark native Shakur Stevenson; Michelle McCarthy, director, entertainment marketing, Prudential Center; Sean Saadeh, EVP, entertainment, Prudential Center; and Brian Gale, VP, entertainment, Prudential Center.
Photo: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment


Aston Villa Minnesota tour

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman and PR Director Tom West took staff from Aston Villa Football Club on a tour of their TCO Performance Center on July 15. Aston Villa was in the U.S. for a week of training and a match against Minnesota United on July 17 at Allianz Field. From left: West; Tommy Jordan, Aston Villa head of communications; Spielman; Aston Villa Chief Commercial Officer Nicola Ibbetson; Aston Villa Club Secretary Sharon Barnhurst; Ben Gibbon; and Mark Gibbon.
Photo: Brad Thomas


Freeing voices, changing lives

Atlanta Falcons and United FC owner Arthur Blank and philanthropist Laurie Tisch attended the annual American Institute for Stuttering Gala on July 11 in New York City.
Photo: Getty images


On the red carpet

Rusell Wolff, EVP and GM of ESPN+, and UFC President Dana White catch up on the red carpet before the ESPY Awards on July 10 outside Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Photo: Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images


Uncle Verne and the American

Legendary television play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist (right) served as the host of the American Athletic Conference Summer Kickoff and Media Days July 15-16 at Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina in Newport, R.I. Lundquist, with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, moderated roundtable discussions with The American’s 12 head coaches and four student athletes on topical issues in college football.
Photo: Ben Solomon / American Athletic Conference


Key to her heart

First lady of New York City Chirlane McCray (left) surprised USWNT midfielder Allie Long (third from right) with a new key to the city on the July 16 episode of “We Need To Talk” on CBS Sports Network, along with hosts (from left) Andrea Kremer, Lisa Leslie, Aditi Kinkhabwala and Katrina Adams. After the team was honored with a parade in Manhattan, Long’s key to the city was stolen from her hotel room. In a tweet following the incident, she asked the mayor’s office for a duplicate key.
Photo: CBS Sports


A story to tell

Jemele Hill, Benoit De Sutter, Taylor Rooks, Al Harrington and Sue Bird participated in the “Uninterrupted Live: The Day Ones,” a live athlete storytelling partnership between Courvoisier and Uninterrupted on July 9 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles.
Photo: Getty Images


Empowering Women Through Sports

Panelists gather in Deer District at Fiserv Forum following the Milwaukee Bucks’ “Empowering Women Through Sports” panel discussion on June 29. From left: Milwaukee Bucks play-by-play announcer Jim Paschke; founder and CEO of Images of Us Sports Bernell Hooker; Tina Jones, executive director of Girls on the Run, Southeastern Wisconsin; Marquette University women’s lacrosse head coach Meredith Black; ACC Network broadcaster Katie George; Milwaukee Bucks Communications Coordinator Grace Murray; and Marquette University women’s soccer head coach Markus Roeders.
Photo: Milwaukee Bucks


Teacher appreciation

Santander Bank Chief Marketing Officer Barbara Glasser was joined by New England Revolution President Brian Bilello to recognize hundreds of educators across New England at Santander’s Teacher Appreciation Night during the New England Revolution game on June 26.
Photo: Brandon Barrett / Replay Sports Management


Humana Cabana grand opening

From the grand opening of the Humana Cabana at Marlins Park on June 28: Marlins outfielder Harold Ramirez; David Oxfeld, Marlins VP and head of partnership strategy and development; Dr. John Montgomery, Humana VP and market medical officer; Billy The Marlin; Marlins pitcher Jordan Yamamoto; Marlins alumnus Cookie Rojas; and Humana Senior Manager Luis Acosta.
Photo: Courtesy of the Miami Marlins


Three Teams, One City, One Year

SNY hosted a premiere screening for its new documentary titled “62,000:1 - Three Teams, One City, One Year,” on June 25 at the Directors Guild of America in New York City. The documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the New York Jets, Knicks and Mets championship year. From left: MSNBC anchor Brian Williams; SNY President Steve Raab; Dick Barnett, Knicks; Cleon Jones, Mets; Don Maynard, Jets; John Schmitt, Jets; SNY anchor/host Doug Williams; Basil Iwanyk, producer, Thunder Road Films.
Photo: Marc Levine/SNY


Mikey strong

iPlay America hosted a celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of the New York Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. A silent auction with authentic jerseys signed and worn by Rangers legends (from left) Mike Richter, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Adam Graves was held benefiting the Mikey Strong Charity. Mike Nichols, who suffered a cervical spine fracture during a game for Monroe High School (N.J.) in January 2014, is in the front row.
Photo: iPlay America


He's going the distance

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen won the Korbel California Champagne Celebrity Spray-Off on July 11 at the American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Allen’s cork traveled 83 feet after he popped open a bottle of Korbel alongside Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. Allen received $5,000 for the charity of his choice courtesy of the Korbel Toast Life Foundation.
Photo: Korbel California Champagne


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