Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Fwd: Kids of Steel Fest Update, Marathon and Turkey Trot | Registrations are now open!

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Kids of STEEL February Newsletter 2

Calling all families! MOVE with us at the 2024 Kids of STEEL Fest on April 6, 2024 at the P3R Track & Field, located at the RMU Island Sports Complex (7600 Grand Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15225). From 9:00-11:00 AM, free-flowing games and activities centered around movement will be available with each activity being an opportunity for participating children to complete their scorecard and earn prizes at the on-site Kids of STEEL store. 

Participate in the FREE family-friendly activities led by partners such as Chick-fil-A, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Pittsburgh Passion, PFFL, Roaring Lion Martial Arts, YMCA, Clemente Museum and the Kids of STEEL staff. Take pictures with your favorite mascots, snap selfies and pose at the P3R backdrop for a great family photo. Enjoy tasty treats and vendor giveaways from some of your favorite brands such as Eat n' Park, Turner's Tea, Kona Ice, Caliente Pizza and more! Don't miss your opportunity to get the whole family moving in a fun way!

All individuals planning to participate in the event must register and complete a waiver. To save time and reduce lines, pre-registration is encouraged, but on-site registration will also be available. 

Be sure to follow us on social media @KidsofSTEELpgh to stay up to date on who you can expect to see at the event.

Register While Spots Last

Exciting news! Registration is now open for the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot! Don't miss this exciting opportunity, register today! 

About the Toddler Trot:
The Sheetz Toddler Trot gives parents and families the opportunity to introduce toddlers to family fitness while earning their first race medal! And you never know -- this might plant the seed for a future marathoner! 

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Time: There are 4 heat times. 8:30 am, 8:45 am, 9:00 am, and 9:15 am.

Start Line and Finish Line: This race is a 50-yard dash in Point State Park.

About The Kids Marathon:
The one-mile Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is a perfect way for kids and their families to participate in the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. This race is the culminating race for Kids of STEEL participants following the Kids Marathon training plan - they run 25 miles throughout their training and run the final mile of their marathon on race day!

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Time: The first heat begins at 9:30 AM. Run with your Kids of STEEL site! A heat schedule sorted by sites will be released closer to race day.

Start Line: In front of PNC Park on West General Robinson Street

Finish Line: Boulevard of the Allies between the blocks of Wood and Market Street (Downtown).

More info

Allegheny Parks Impress! 

Looking for a new scenic area to workout?  Allegheny County Parks has you covered! 

The Allegheny County Parks system is made up of nine beautiful parks including North Park, Boyce Park, South Park, Deer Lakes Park, Harrison Hills Park, Settlers Cabin Park, Round Hill Park, White Oak Park, and Hartwood Acres Park. Each park offers endless recreational activities and events year-round. Take advantage of the Allegheny County Parks with seasonal activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. In the summer, stay tuned for activities and events at the four county pools, summer concerts, and much more.

Learn more about the Allegheny County Parks, and discover upcoming activities and events.

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March Prize Announcement! 

Cape Kid will make you jump jump! Cape Kid will make you jump jump! Lets send Cape Kid to the moon by logging those miles for a chance to win 4 Free Passes to both locations at Skyzone! 

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Recently we had the honor of partnering with NFL Play 60 at the Heinz History Center! Did you miss the fun? Don't worry, we have an incredibly energetic recap video for you to check out.  

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Fwd: Renegades this week

Hi Renegades,

A few upcoming opportunities to play water polo

1. Tomorrow night, Thursday 2/15, we are scrimmaging at CMU from 7-9 pm. 

2. We are hoping to enter a team in a tournament in Cleveland on April 13-14.  We need to make a decision by Friday, so let me know (either respond to this email or comment on our Facebook Page) if you can make it.  We will only enter a team if enough people can commit.

3. We are continuing to practice on Mondays at Oliver High School, 6:15 - 8:15 PM.  We'll do a structured swimming/water polo workout and perhaps a little scrimmaging if we get enough players.  If you are going to be late, call (don't text) coach Mark's cell phone, so that we can send someone up to open the door.  Sign up here

I hope to see you all at the pool soon!


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Super Bowl LVIII on CBS was the most-watched telecast in U.S. history. … The effort to build a new arena for the Washington Wizards and Capitals hits a speed bump. … Why big changes might be coming to the PGA Tour's rowdiest tournament. … Inside the documentation of Super Bowl losses. … And going back more than a century to the birth of a major shift in professional baseball.

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Never Bigger: Super Bowl LVIII Draws Record Audience of 123.4 Million

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History has been made as Super Bowl LVIII now stands alone as the most-watched event in American television history.

The Chiefs' 25-22 overtime win over the 49ers on CBS drew an average audience in the U.S. of 123.4 million, beating last year's record Super Bowl draw of 115.1 million by 7%, according to Nielsen fast national figures released late Monday by the network.

The viewership average—spanning the main CBS broadcast network, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Univision, and related digital properties—tops all other scheduled programming spanning more than seven decades of television audience measurement. There are various estimates that the 1969 landing on the moon by U.S. astronauts drew an American audience of 125 million to 150 million across multiple networks, and perhaps 500 million to 600 million worldwide. But those figures were not verified, leaving Sunday's game as the new industry standard bearer, certainly for any programmed event aired on a single network.

The Super Bowl LVIII viewership total is also the culmination of a banner season that included robust audience growth in the regular season and then the wild card, divisional, and conference championship playoff rounds.

CBS said 202.4 million people in the U.S. cumulatively watched all or part of the Super Bowl, representing the game's largest total audience ever, up 10% from the comparable figure from a year ago. The network itself by far led the way with the average viewership among the various Paramount-owned properties, generating a figure of 120 million. 

For the game, though, there was a further confluence of powerful factors helping to drive viewership beyond the surging popularity of the NFL overall, including an attractive Chiefs-49ers matchup, the allure of the first title game in Las Vegas, just the second overtime game in Super Bowl history (which very nearly became the first to reach double overtime), and of course, the Taylor Swift effect. Specific demographic information on the game viewership hasn't yet been released, but it's expected there was some boost into the telecast from fans drawn in because of the pop star's romantic relationship with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. 

Full Nielsen figures from the game are expected to be released Tuesday.

Key Legislator: Leonsis Arena Project 'An Absolute No'

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Ted Leonsis is now facing his biggest setback to date in an already-challenged effort to build a $2 billion arena and mixed-use development in Alexandria, Va., for his Washington Wizards and Capitals. 

As Leonsis is seeking roughly $1.5 billion in state-issued bonds from Virginia to help fund the project, a key legislator has declared legislation backing the Monumental Sports and Entertainment plan is "not ready for prime time." That opposition adds to growing residential resistance and marks the most serious broadside to date.

"The more we use the reputation of the commonwealth to finance billionaires' projects, the more we risk not being able to finance our own projects," said L. Louise Lucas, a prominent Virginia state senator and chair of that body's finance and appropriations committee. Lucas is refusing to stage a hearing on the arena project in her committee, though a separate effort regarding the development remains alive in the Virginia House of Delegates.

But when asked whether the initiative was dead, Lucas said, "As far as I'm concerned it is. … As long as the full faith and credit of this commonwealth is backing this project, my answer continues to be an absolute no."

Lucas then took direct aim at the integrity of Leonsis and MSE, tweeting, "As I said this morning in committee—if Monumental Sports will renege on its agreement with D.C., why would we ever believe they would not do the same to us?"

The arena project also serves as a microcosm of the deep political divides within Virginia. Both chambers of the state legislature are controlled by Democrats, but Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is a rising figure in that party nationally and an ardent backer of the MSE development. 

Even before these latest political battles, though, Leonsis was facing such opposition that he took the unusual step of publishing a nearly 2,600-word open letter about his reasoning behind leaving the 26-year-old Capital One Arena.

MSE said in a statement that it continues to have "healthy discussions" with Virginia legislators and pointed to projections from the development effort for "tens of thousands of new jobs, and billions in revenue and economic impact."


The Future of Fan Engagement Is Here

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Learn how Oracle is powering the next frontier of fan engagement by bridging in-venue and out-of-venue touch points to help teams and venue operators understand fan behavior and unlock incremental revenue.

Lost in the Super Bowl Shuffle: Chaos at PGA Tour's WM Phoenix Open

WM Phoenix

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We won't blame you if your attention was entirely focused on football this past weekend and not pro golf. But if so, there's a lot to catch up on.

The PGA Tour made its annual stop at TPC Scottsdale for the WM Phoenix Open, and the tournament lived up to its calling card as the rowdiest in golf—in more ways than one. Despite chilly conditions in the desert that brought numerous out-of-the-ordinary frost delays, fans made plenty of headlines—some not so great—for their enthusiastic behavior:

  • Some fans entered the tournament without tickets.
  • Eventually, gates were temporarily closed to reduce crowds.
  • Alcohol sales at some stations were stopped briefly to slow down the chaos.
  • Sloppy conditions enticed fans into attempting mudslides.
  • Zach Johnson lashed out at the crowd after some fans criticized his U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy.

On Monday tournament director Chance Cozby told Golf Channel that organizers didn't like what happened and that they would be looking to make major changes in 2025—although no specific details were provided. "Nothing is off the table," he said.

The Phoenix Open stopped releasing attendance figures in recent years, but it has been estimated to draw more than 200,000 fans on Saturday alone during the tournament. The event has never abided by a capacity limit, but perhaps that will change moving forward. This past weekend's events could also be a warning sign to any other golf events looking to mimic the energy found in Phoenix—particularly around the par-3 16th hole that features a 17,000-seat ministadium around it.


They Said What?


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"You can see the raw emotion of what a loss looks like. … People are literally throwing up on the floor. You're hearing grown men crying."

—Justin Wilkes, executive producer of an upcoming Apple TV+ docuseries about the Patriots, on what goes on behind the scenes after a Super Bowl loss. To hear more about the series, check out the latest episode of Front Office Sports Today.

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Feb. 13, 1920: A New Era

On this day 124 years ago, the first Negro National League is founded at a Kansas City YMCA by player-manager Rube Foster in an effort to give stability and organization to what were previously independent or barnstorming teams. (Slogan: "We are the ship, all else the sea.") Originally comprising eight clubs, the league pulls in over a dozen more throughout its 11-year existence, featuring players like star shortstop John Henry Lloyd, who is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Foster, who serves as league president, makes it into the HOF in '81. The league ceases operations in '31, but in '33 a second Negro National League is created by businessman Gus Greenlee.


Bringing Tech to the Sports Spotlight

At first glance, the NFL and the tech industry may seem worlds apart. But behind the scenes there are a handful of surprising parallels, namely: the strategic depth and teamwork essential for success.

Few understand this overlap better than Cisco

Before the 2023 NFL season, Cisco teamed up with the league to launch the NFL IT Apprenticeship Program, allowing one graduate from Cisco's esteemed Networking Academy to work alongside some of the world's best sports technologists.

This initiative marks a major step toward weaving Networking Academy's technical education into the fabric of the NFL ecosystem—and the first of many steps.

To explore how the NFL and Cisco are empowering both professional and former players with technical career opportunities, read the full article here.


That Tracks

Dunkin Doughnuts

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Minutes it took on Monday for Dunkin' Donuts to sell out its inventory of $60 DunKings track suits and bucket hats tied to a popular Super Bowl commercial starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Tom Brady.

Conversation Starters

  • The Sphere in Las Vegas is in full gear. The new phenomenon took advantage of the city's first Super Bowl. See which brands put the new engagement tool to good use.
  • There was a surprise marching band appearance during Usher's halftime show. Check out which nationally recognized musical franchise showed off its skills.
  • Nickelodeon brought its Super Bowl coverage to the kids. Watch how the network showed the Chiefs' game-winning touchdown in overtime.

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