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River Cats To Host Annual Winter Wonderland

Toy Donations Accepted at Raley Field On Deck Shop
Posted: 12/1/2011

WEST SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento River Cats will host families in need from local non-profit organizations at the eighth annual Winter Wonderland on Thursday, December 8, from 3-6 p.m. at Raley Field. As part of this holiday celebration, the River Cats are collecting toys and gifts that will be presented to the children attending the event. River Cats partner Supercuts will provide free haircuts to attendees.

Toy donations can be made at the Raley Field On Deck Shop (Hours: M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed weekends). New, unwrapped toys suitable for children ages 16 and under are requested. Interact clubs from the greater Sacramento region will also collect toys, along with area Macy’s employees. In an effort to spread holiday cheer and the spirit of giving, the River Cats host the annual Winter Wonderland at Raley Field. The event is designed specifically for children and families in need in the Sacramento community. The baseball-themed wonderland offers activities such as holiday learning stations, seasonal craft projects, ballpark food and gifts.

More than 2,000 people attended the 2010 Winter Wonderland, and more than 2,000 families in the greater Sacramento area have benefited from this program since its inception in 2003.For more information about Winter Wonderland and the toy drive visit www.rivercats.com/foundation or call (916) 376-4676.

The Sacramento River Cats begin their 2012 home schedule on Friday, April 13, when they host their Interstate 80 rivals, the Reno Aces (Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) at Raley Field, at 7:05 p.m. To purchase 2012 River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans and group outings, call the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). In their first 12 seasons, the River Cats have won two Triple-A championships, four Pacific Coast League championships and 10 South Division championships. No other major American sports team has won 10 division titles in that span.


ALL FOUR UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAMS IN THE RUNNING TO EARN THE RIGHT TO HOST 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Sacramento fans can cast their vote on Saturday, Destroyers faithful show their commitment, Opening weekend record attendance helps teams stake their claim
Posted: 9/29/2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The race to win the right to host the 2011 United Football League Championship Game is heating up as the regular season enters its third week.

The combination of fan support, attendance, social media integration and each team’s winning record, which decided the venue for the 2010 finale, will influence where the 2011 UFL Championship Game will be played.

“This strategy was popular with our fans last season, so we will again allow them to help us determine where to play our showpiece event,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE. “Each team will have played at least one home game and had an opportunity to impress on the football field before we make our decision and announcement in the coming weeks.”

Fans of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, whose 19,938 attendance in Week 1 was the first sell out in UFL opening weekend history, have another opportunity to cast their vote by coming out in force at Hornet Stadium this Saturday when the Mountain Lions take on the Omaha Nighthawks. The Omaha fans, whose passion for the Nighthawks earned them the opportunity to host the 2010 title game, added 15,836 to the Week 1 numbers, making for a UFL-record combined attendance of 35,774.

Fans can help influence the decision by interacting on UFL social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, which are listed at: http://www.ufl-football.com/about-us/connect-us.

“We would love to host the biggest game of the season here in Sacramento in November and we hope our fans also see that as an exciting prospect and will help us win the right to stage the Championship Game,” said Mountain Lions Senior Vice President JOE WAGONER. “Only the players can control the on-field element, but our fans can increase their social media activity and come out to Hornet Stadium this Saturday at 4pm.”

In Virginia last weekend, the Destroyers fans underlined their passion for UFL football in Virginia as 12,167 braved the rainstorms that pummeled the east coast and were rewarded with a thrilling 34-17 victory over Las Vegas. The fans of the defending champion Locos will have their first opportunity to come out in force at Sam Boyd Stadium, which hosted the 2009 UFL Championship Game, when Jim Fassel’s team takes on Omaha on October 8.

Destroyers Vice President of Sales and Marketing JOHN CASTLEBERRY said: “Despite terrible weather conditions and the team being a relatively unknown quantity, Destroyers fans packed into the Sportsplex last weekend and showed they deserve the UFL Championship Game here in their back yard. We've had great fan support since day one. Now we've got a quality football team on the field I have no doubt that this community would go all out to make championship week a memorable event for the United Football League.”

The Destroyers (2-0) currently top the UFL regular season standings, followed by Las Vegas (1-1) and Omaha and Sacramento, who are both 0-1 and meet this weekend.


Youngest NASCAR Driver Ever Teams with Mercury Insurance to Promote Don't Text & Drive Pledge

Posted: 9/20/2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When a 14-year-old professional NASCAR racer talks to teenagers about the perils of distracted driving, they listen. That’s why Mercury Insurance has partnered with Andrew Murray – the youngest sanctioned NASCAR driver* – to promote Mercury’s “Don’t Text and Drive Pledge” campaign.

“Distracted driving, especially among teens, is reaching epidemic proportions,” said Erik Thompson, advertising director for Mercury Insurance. “Andrew is helping us connect with teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving – especially texting – and encouraging them to sign our Don’t Text and Drive Pledge at http://mercuryinsuranceopen.com/pledge.aspx.”

Mercury will be sponsoring Murray in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at All American Speedway in Roseville, California (near Sacramento) on Oct. 15. He will be driving the Mercury Insurance #32 Team Heritage Motor Sports Chevy.

Murray, who hails from Temecula, California, will be 15 years and 12 days old on race day, making him the youngest driver in the series’ 57-year history.

“My two goals right now are to work my way up the ladder to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup racer, and to continue to educate teens about the consequences of texting while driving,” said Murray.

Murray, who began his racing career at age five, has already been speaking to high school students on behalf of Mercury’s Don’t Text and Drive Pledge. “Safe driving is a major concern of mine and Mercury’s,” said Murray. “A lot of my peers need to fully understand how deadly it can be when they don’t concentrate while driving.”

Thompson said Mercury’s Don’t Text and Drive Pledge, which launched at the recent Mercury Insurance Open tennis event in Carlsbad, Calif., will use social media avenues, such as Facebook and Twitter to help promote Murray and spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving.

In early 2011, at 14 years, eight months, Andrew became the youngest NASCAR-sanctioned driver by competing in the NASCAR Late Model Division.

Andrew Murray began his racing career at five, driving go-karts and winning races when many of his peers had to be buckled into child seats to even ride in a car. Andrew has set “youngest driver” records at every level he has competed while consistently out-driving much older competition. In early 2011, at 14 years, eight months, Andrew became the youngest NASCAR-sanctioned driver by competing in the NASCAR Late Model Division. The next step up the NASCAR ladder: Driving in the K&N Pro Series West 12 days after his 15th birthday.

- 2006 – (Age 9) Youngest driver to win a Stars of Karting event.
- 2009 – (12) Youngest driver to win a USAC Junior race. (Won four times during the year.)
- 2010 – (13) Youngest Full Focus USAC driver. (He finished second three times.)
- 2011 – (14 yrs., 8 mos.) Youngest 360 Sprint driver and youngest NASCAR Late Model Division driver. (Finished third and fifth in seven races.)
- 2011 – On October 15, becomes the youngest driver in the 57-year history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at 15 years, 12 days old.
- The Future – After competing in the Pro Series West for a few years, Andrew hopes to become one of NASCAR’s youngest drivers in the Nationwide Series.

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ABOUT MERCURY INSURANCE (www.mercuryinsurance.com) Mercury Insurance (MCY) is a multiple-line insurance organization offering predominantly personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent agents in California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, New York, Georgia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Since 1962, Mercury has specialized in offering quality insurance at affordable prices – core values that distinguish Mercury in the marketplace.


Sacramento Area­ Shooters Compete For National Handgun Title

Posted: 9/14/2011

BURLINGTON, Wash. – The top shooters in the dynamic “run-and-gun” sport of practical shooting will converge on Las Vegas to compete in the 2011 STI USPSA National Handgun Championships.

Among the more than 650 shooters from across America, and around the world, competing for the coveted title of National Champion will be local top guns John Hartsock of Carmichael, Lori Bofman and Tim Bofman of Dixon, Ron Troyer of El Dorado, Jim Taloy of Elk Grove, Dale Martin and Daniel Rice of Placerville, Bruce Keillor of Sacramento, Cesar Mata of Tracy and Manuel Newman of Vallejo.

In all, 45 states and six foreign nations will be represented at the competition which is organized by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, the 20,000 strong member organiza­tion that is the national governing body for the sport of practical shooting.

The 2011 STI USPSA National Handgun Championships take place September 16-24 at the Desert Sportsman’s Rifle & Pistol Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During competition shooters will face 20 stages – or courses of fire – that are designed to test the competitors’ speed and accuracy using multiple targets, including moving targets that swing, bob and appear briefly before quickly disappearing.

Competitors will put more than 250,000 rounds of ammunition downrange during the event.

The STI USPSA National Handgun Championships consist of two major events. The first is­ the Open, Limited-10 and Revolver division competition September 17-20, followed by the Limited and Production division contest September 22-24.

Divisions are based on the different types of firearm used in each. The Production Division features commonly available stock or “duty guns” with only limited changes permitted to the firearm, while the Open division utilizes fully customized pistols featuring recoil reducing compensators and optical sighting systems.

To learn more about the sport of practical shooting, visit www.USPSA.org, follow @USPSA_Shooting on Twitter or find USPSA on Facebook.


TEENAGE SENSATION JACK SOCK & FERNANDO GONZALEZ AWARDED WILD CARDS INTO NATOMAS/USTA MEN’S PROFESSIONAL TENNIS EVENT

Natomas Racquet Club to Host USTA Pr o Cir cuit Event, October 1 – 9
Posted: 9/14/2011

SACRAMENTO – The Natomas Racquet Club today announced that Jack Sock of Lincoln, Nebraska and Fernando Gonzalez of Santiago, Chile have been awarded wild card entries into the 2011 Natomas/USTA Men’s Professional Challenger Tournament that will take place October 1 –9 at the Natomas Racquet Club.

Sock, 18, is currently ranked 555 in the world and just won his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, winning the Mixed Doubles with Melanie Oudin. In 2010, Sock won the Junior Singles Title at the U.S. Open.

Gonzalez, currently ranked 296, had a career-high ranking of 5 in 2007. In 2007, Gonzalez was the Australian Open Finalist with wins over, Hewitt, Blake and Nadal before losing to Federer in the finals. Gonzalez is coming off of right hip surgery in 2010.

ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:

With more than 90 tournament throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking points. Any Roddick.

Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, James Blake, John Isner, Melanie Oudin and Mardy Fish are among today's top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide - an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional home in their neighborhood.


OMAHA AND SACRAMENTO TO HOST OPENING GAMES OF FOUR-TEAM 2011 UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEASON IN SEPTEMBER

Colonials players will be reallocated as UFL suspends operations in Hartford; Teams to open training camps week of August 22 ahead of third season
Posted: 8/13/2011

Sacramento, CA – The United Football League will operate a four-team format when the Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers kick off the 2011 UFL season on September 15 and 17.

Omaha and Sacramento will host season-opening games when the Nighthawks debut at their new TD Ameritrade Park home in Omaha against the Virginia Destroyers on Thursday, September 15, and the Mountain Lions face the two-time reigning-champion Locos at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, September 17.

The full 2011 UFL season schedule will be announced next week. Games will be aired through a combination of broadcasts on HDNet and regional sports networks.

The UFL has suspended operations in Hartford, Connecticut, where the Hartford Colonials played the 2010 season at the city’s Rentschler Field stadium. Colonials players will join the other four UFL teams through an allocation draft to be held on Monday, August 15, while head coach Jerry Glanville will assume a new role as a consultant to the league.

“We are moving forward as projected having revised our strategy and realigned the make up of the United Football League,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE. “We are disappointed to have suspended operations in Hartford and are grateful to the Colonials fans for their support. We have not closed the door on Hartford and will review the viability of returning to the city at the end of this season.

“We hope that football fans in Omaha and Sacramento are excited to learn that their teams are hosting the first games of the new season and look forward to a great atmosphere in those venues when the games kick off next month.

“The September 15 start date will allow teams to retrieve players who are in NFL camps, but do not make final rosters. Our shorter season will allow players to pursue their dream of making an impact in the NFL by joining teams earlier in the process once the UFL season has concluded.”

Players will report to training camps being held during the week of August 22 in Las Vegas, Omaha, Sacramento and Virginia to prepare for the third UFL season.

The opening game in Omaha will mark the UFL coaching debut of both NFL veteran head coach MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER of the Virginia Destroyers and Nighthawks head coach JOE MOGLIA. The September 17 match up in Sacramento pits DENNIS GREEN and his Mountain Lions against the most successful coach in UFL history JIM FASSEL and the two-time champion Las Vegas Locos.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to get our football team out on the field and give fans something to shout about,” Fassel said. “In a short season like this every game counts and all four teams will be eager to start positively. Our players are ready to get back and bring high quality football and some fun to the UFL community."

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About The United Football League: The UFL provides high-quality professional football during a traditional fall season while embracing innovation and fan interaction. The UFL serves its local communities with pride and dedication, and aims to provide every fan with an exciting and memorable game experience. The inaugural 2009 champion Las Vegas Locos won a second championship in 2010, lifting the William Hambrecht Trophy with a 23-20 win over the Florida Tuskers. The 2011 season will feature the Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers. The UFL is led by Commissioner Michael Huyghue and is funded by a consortium of private investors. For season tickets, more information and to interact with passionate football fans, please visit www.UFL-Football.com.


New Community Basketball Leagues Looks to Capture Attention of Players and Fans After NBA Announces Lockout

Posted: 8/13/2011

In a world of salary caps, revenue sharing, and ever-growing player paychecks, NBA owners and players failed to agree on a new contract, leading to the expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement on July 1. The disappointing result is a lockout with no end in sight. In fact, some experts say the entire 2011-12 NBA season might be in jeopardy.

The official word from the NBA: During the lockout, players will not receive their salaries; teams will not negotiate, sign or trade player contracts; players will not be able to use team facilities for any purpose; and teams will not conduct or facilitate any summer camps, exhibitions, practices, workouts, coaching sessions or team meetings.

“We have made several proposals to the union, including a deal targeting $2 billion annually as the players’ share — an average of approximately $5 million per player that could increase along with league revenue growth,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver in an NBA press release. “We will continue to make every effort to reach a new agreement that is fair and in the best interests of our teams, our players, our fans, and our game.”

While the NBA lockout affects basketball fans and players across the U.S., there is a company that will soon be providing basketball fans and amateur players with an alternative. An innovative basketball league, called the CBL, now offers excitement and opportunity for basketball lovers nationwide. The Community Basketball Leagues (CBL) is the fastest-growing, amateur-based basketball network in the U.S. and they are currently raising $2.5 million for their expansion into 600 cities across America. The buzz surrounding the CBL centers on its Exposure League (also known as the E-League).

“The CBL is creating the most unmatched and comprehensive preparatory basketball league experience in America,” said Jamar Johnson, chief commissioner of the CBL. “Our E-League is amateur-based so NBA players could not play in our league, but we would love for NBA players to join us as general managers and mentors of E-League Teams in local communities across the country.”

The dynamic CBL E-League will offer professionally organized and managed teams, as well as guaranteed playing time and player development opportunities for all players. CBL players and teams have access to the organization’s global basketball network of college coaches, professional and minor league basketball teams and scouts, and every basketball agent in the United States representing grad-level players within the US and overseas. General managers and coaches even receive an incentive bonus if they place a player on a college, minor or professional basketball league team.

“The CBL is the most important sports league to ever come to our area!” said CBL player Brandon A. “The league is constructed to create a pro-like environment for what are mostly amateur players. The CBL did an excellent job of making rules designed to create an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed game, where all of the players get equal playing time.”

And according to CBL participant Cecil M., “The CBL provided not only a chance for players to have a safe and fun environment to play in, but it also provided an outlet for families to come and enjoy basketball at all levels.”

With a 30-game E-League scheduled slotted to begin in May 2012, players and fans throughout the U.S. can depend on the CBL for exciting, family-oriented, community basketball. The 2012 CBL schedule includes E-League teams from cities in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas. To learn more about the CBL youth and adult leagues and its nationwide, preparatory E-League basketball program, visit the CBL at www.cblhoopsusa.com.

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About Community Basketball Leagues: The CBL is an amateur and semi-pro basketball league organization and amateur sports marketing company in the United States. The CBL has a participation level for all community members, including players, fans, and business sponsors. Make a difference in your community and take part in CBL today!

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About CBL CEO Jamar Johnson: The CBL is the creation of entrepreneur and former basketball player Jamar Johnson. After graduating from Indiana High School, where he played as an All-State basketball player in 1990, Johnson went on to lead the University of Nebraska men’s basketball program to its first ever Big 12 conference tournament championship in 1994 and completed his bachelor’s degree in human resources and family science. From May 1995 to May 1997, Johnson served as an Administrative Graduate Assistant Coach for the University of Nebraska men’s basketball program. And in 1996, Johnson also had a brief stint in the professional Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the Omaha Racers.


Street Stock Driver Byron Gonzales owns three championships in three different divisions

Source RMG Race Media Group
Posted: 7/24/2011

Byron Gonzales
Byron Gonzales

30-year-old Sacramento resident Byron Gonzales drives the No. 98 RV Doctor George Street Stock at the 1/3 mile asphalt oval All American Speedway, Roseville CA. Byron has been racing since he graduated from San Juan High School in 1998. He has no family history of racers but was just a huge fan of Saturday night racing at All American Speedway. Byron and his dad Dave would attend Saturday night races and bet quarters with each other on who was going to win. As the love for the sport grew the two of them started buying pit passes to lend a hand with some teams in the pits. As they learned how race cars work and the different types of divisions, Byron bought a race-ready Street Stock to introduce to the Speedway as a new driver. Since then Byron has captured three Championships at All American Speedway; 2001 Street Stock Champion, 2003 Pro Stock Champion and 2005 Inaugural West Car Late Model Champion.

Within his three years of racing in the Street Stock division Byron has captured over a dozen main event wins and 15 fast qualifiers. Byron also won a few trophy dash wins and has come within two one-thousandths of the track record in 2001. Posting a fast time of 14.31 seconds when the track record was 14.29 seconds.

In 2002 Byron sold his Street Stock and bought a Pro Stock to race for the 2002 season at All American Speedway. Within two years racing the Pro Stock division Byron captured the 2003 track championship. Byron posted four main event wins and nine fast qualifiers along with six trophy dash victories. In 2004 All American Speedway terminated the Pro Stock division half way through the season leaving Byron and his team to experience traveling to other tracks that had the Pro Stock division.

“Everyone likes to win and I'm no exception. However, more than winning I love to race. Whether it be for the win or for 10th I love a good clean and competitive battle with someone about as fast as I am. I love any kind of head-to-head competition,” stated Byron.

In 2005 Byron sold his Pro Stock car since he wanted to support racing at All American Speedway and picked up a Late Model to compete for the inaugural West Car Late Model Championship. In the first year Byron captured the 2005 West Car Late Model Championship. In Byron’s second year in the Late Model division he finished sixth in the championship points. Within the two years in the Late Model division not only did Byron received the first championship but won two main event wins and three trophy dash victories.

The team took a hiatus from racing in 2007 and 2008 due to budget and time, as the time went by without being in the driver seat Byron had the itch to get back into racing. In 2009 Byron brought out his stored Late Model and returned to All American Speedway to contest in the last six races.

In 2010 the team bought back his old championship Street Stock and brought it out for the last four races of the 2010 season. Today the team is campaigning a full season in the All American Speedway Street Stock division looking for solid finishes and hopes to add another championship under his belt. The team’s 2011 racing goals are to run for the 2011 championship but are not consumed by it. Their weekly goals are first to have fun and second improve. “If you're having fun and working to improve the wins and championships will come,” says Byron. The team made little to no changes in the off season leading up to the 2011 season however, during the season the team made some suspension modifications and straightened the frame which was bent in a large crash in 2003 by the previous owner. The team looks to overcome the tight operating budget.

Byron’s team consists of his father Dave, wife Shannon, mom Mary, friends Richard Trundy and Ron Ricketts. Dave Gonzales plays a few different roles for the team; he is the car owner, crew chief, set up specialist, head mechanic and back up driver. Shannon Gonzales is Byron’s safety support, tire manager and general pit support. Mary Gonzales is the team’s video support and web master. Richard is the engine and general maintenance support and general pit support. Ron is an extra helping hand for the team. Very important is Byron’s racing mentor, Hurricane Howard. Hurricane Howard is one of the most significant drivers in Byron’s racing career. Hurricane Howard is always positive and respectful while perpetually pushing the limits of convention, his racecar and his abilities. Howard is a pillar of sportsmanship and competitiveness. He has taught Byron how to appreciate racing as a philosophy. “Each time before I get on the track, in the few moments I have alone, I take the advice of a great racing mentor, Hurricane Howard, and I envision myself on the track and imagine myself hitting my marks. It helps me get focused for the task at hand,” explains Byron.

“The street stock division has a lot of camaraderie and respect. There are a lot of great drivers who are here for the same reason we are, to race,” stated Byron on racing his Street Stock. “At the very least racing is fun. It is a game of strategy and performance. It’s a physical and mental workout. What I love most is the opportunity to challenge myself to better my last performance and all the time maintain certain values and standards.”

Byron Gonzales would like to thank his sponsors and supporters RV Doctor George, California Auto Body North, Matco Tools and last but not least All American Speedway and the fans. To view more about Byron Gonzales visit www.98racing.com.


UNITED WAY KICKS OFF ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN WITH UNITED WAY NIGHT AT THE RIVER CATS ON AUG. 18

Event will include nonprofit fair, barbecue and baseball game
Posted: 7/24/2011

SACRAMENTO – Residents can help United Way California Capital Region and its partner nonprofits score a home run in the annual campaign this year by attending United Way Night at the River Cats on Aug. 18. The event will include a fair where residents can learn more about United Way’s 140 certified local nonprofit partners, a barbecue dinner, live music and the game featuring the River Cats versus the Albuquerque Isotopes. Tickets for the barbecue and game cost $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 10 and under. Game-only tickets are $15. To purchase, visit http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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United Way is the region’s leading provider of innovative solutions on the community’s most pressing issues, including high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. Working with other nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers, United Way provides positive, measurable results on vital health and human services issues. Through new and traditional fundraising and mobilization programs, community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.


Arden Hills Head Personal Trainer Debunks Fitness Myths in New Book

"Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer"
Posted: 7/21/2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With education, research and his longtime personal training experience as a guide, Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa Head Personal Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Robert Linkul has authored his first fitness book titled "Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer: (Volume I) The Fitness Revolution Educating You On The Right Way to Exercise." Published by Trafford Publishing and released June 22, the 140-page book costs $12.99 and is available on Amazon.com and by pre-order at Barnes & Noble book stores.

Seven months in development, the "Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer" fitness book is focused on debunking myths about fitness fads and ineffective exercise regimens, many of which will be eye-opening to readers. For instance, Linkul steps away from the norm when he encourages readers to "ditch the cardio" for those interested in burning fat. He also outlines why site-specific weight loss is a myth and turns to science to support his full body fitness approach. Linkul goes on to explain why fitness drinks and juices are, at the end of the day, simply empty calories that do not assist in achieving fitness goals. Instead, Linkul's fitness philosophy is focused around the importance of high intensity training which develops muscular endurance, builds muscle and burns fat most efficiently. Additionally, Linkul touches on the importance of a proper diet and eating healthy "9 out of every 10 meals" when focused on achieving fitness goals.

After earning a master's degree in Sports Science/Personal Training, longtime personal trainer Linkul joined Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa in 2004 where he has trained hundreds of individuals and helped them to achieve their fitness goals. In 2009, Linkul designed and opened a private, state-of-the-art Strength & Conditioning facility at Arden Hills that is for use by highly motivated athletes wanting sport-specific training, high intensity training (HIT) or personalized workout programs developed and implemented by on-site certified personal trainers or strength coaches. After releasing his first fitness book this summer, Linkul is already working on "Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer: (Volume II)" that will be focused on step-by-step ways to achieve personal fitness goals and how to put his philosophy into practice.

By August 1, copies of the "Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer: (Volume I) The Fitness Revolution Educating You On The Right Way to Exercise" will be available for purchase at the Spa Boutique at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. For general resort information or details about Strength & Conditioning training options available at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, please call 916-482-6111 or visit www.ardenhills.net.

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About Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa

For more than a half century, Arden Hills has been at the forefront of inspiring young and old to experience a more abundant life. Whether it is world-class athletes needing that extra edge, business professionals looking to improve their productivity, or individuals seeking to improve their self image through health and beauty enhancement, they all look to Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, a state-of-the-art wellness resort offering cutting edge technology and education combined with first-class service. Sound nutrition is the foundation of our wellness philosophy. Our award winning chefs specialize in natural, organic whole foods and are supported by a highly trained nutritional staff. Situated in the heart of California's capital, Arden Hills has been both world-renowned and treasured by locals throughout its colorful history. The wealth of services offered at Arden Hills are available to both members and to daily and overnight guests. Enter the resort and be prepared to be transformed on your way to a more fulfilling life of health and happiness. To explore and experience the wide range of wellness offerings available to everyone, visit www.ardenhills.net or call 916-482-6111.


UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE MOVES 2011 SEASON GAME SCHEDULE TO SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER

Posted: 7/20/2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The United Football League today announced that it is moving its 2011 season game schedule to begin in mid-September, consistent with the past two years. The new season had been slated to begin on August 13, 2011.

“We originally moved up our season to meet fan demand during the slow month of August,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE. “We felt, and still feel, that playing meaningful games during August would benefit the UFL. Unfortunately the uncertainty gripping pro sports given the NFL and NBA lockouts created a destabilizing impact throughout the industry. Ultimately this delayed our ability to secure television agreements and other related business matters.

“We believe though that the added time will allow for some necessary housekeeping that will strengthen our product and our brand. Any time you have to change your plans midstream it is obviously disappointing. As such, we have decided to resume our normal game schedule. This will allow us the necessary time to finalize our television agreements and other critical business affairs.”

Although players have reported to training camp, they will return home at league expense and return to camp in mid-August with the season opener slated for mid-September. Several players will remain in each market to promote their teams. All team coaching staff will remain in place.

UFL owner and founder BILL HAMBRECHT said: “Our ownership group is committed to funding our 2011 season. Uncertainty and instability in professional sports, notwithstanding, we believe fully in our investment, our product and the UFL mission.”

Season ticket holders may receive a full refund for any tickets they wish to return, while existing tickets will be honored for corresponding revised home games. Information for fans and season ticket holders regarding the new game schedule will be posted at www.UFL-Football.com. When a new opening weekend date has been confirmed, the Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers will reschedule training camps accordingly.


SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS SIGN OTIS AMEY, REGGIE WILLIAMS, MANY OTHERS AS TRAINING CAMP APPROACHES

Posted: 7/13/2011

Sacramento, CA – Wide receivers OTIS AMEY and REGGIE WILLIAMS are among the recent signees by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

Head coach DENNIS GREEN and his staff have signed 55 players so far and the team is expected to open training camp with about 70 players. The players will report to town on TUESDAY, JULY 19 and training camp will begin at Natomas High on FRIDAY, JULY 22. Training camp runs through FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 and it is open to the media and the public every day (times not available yet).

Amey, who had a record-breaking career at Sacramento State, was with the Mountain Lions for the 2010 season. He played in 11 games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, scoring a touchdown the first time he ever touched the ball (75-yard punt return). He also played in preseason games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Amey was an Arena Football League star from 2007-08, combining for 201 receptions for 2,549 yards and 66 touchdowns. He also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2009. Amey, healthy now, dealt with ankle problems with the Mountain Lions in 2010 (16 catches, 148 yards).

Williams was a first-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004 (No. 9 overall). He remained with the Jaguars through the 2008 season, totaling 189 catches for 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best statistical season came in 2007, when Williams caught 38 passes for 629 yards and a team-record 10 touchdown receptions. Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April of 2010 but was released prior to the season.

Adding to the talented receiving corps, KEARY COLBERT also recently signed with the Mountain Lions. Colbert played five seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers (2004-07) and the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions (all in 2008). He caught 121 passes for 1,540 yards and eight touchdowns in the NFL. Colbert started 15 games with the Panthers in 2004, catching 47 passes for 754 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. He played with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers for two games in 2009 after being released by the Detroit Lions earlier in 2009. He coached tight ends at his alma mater, USC, in 2010.

“I’m very excited to have an opportunity to be playing football again,” Colbert said. “After taking a year off and coaching last year, I realized that I wasn’t done with the game, and my heart was still in playing.”

Another local product, defensive back ZACHARY SCHRADER, has signed as well. He played at Western Washington (2007-08) before transferring to Sacramento State (2009-10). He was Second-Team All Conference (Big Sky) as both a junior and a senior at safety.

Adding to the local flavor are recent signees JOHN FALETOESE and JOSH LEONARD, both of whom played on the defensive line for the Mountain Lions in 2010. Faletoese (six tackles for the Mountain Lions in 2010) graduated from Jesuit High in Carmichael and UC Davis. He has spent time with two NFL organizations (Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos). Leonard (Center High) began his college career at Sierra College in Rocklin before transferring to the University of Hawaii. He had 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Mountain Lions in 2010 and has off-season experience in the NFL with the Houston Texans (2009) and the Tampa Bay Bucs (2010). He had 33 sacks in two seasons at Sierra, earning Junior College All-American honors as a sophomore.

Many of the recent signings, in addition to Faletoese, Leonard and Amey, also played for the Mountain Lions in 2010. Included in this group are wide receiver AARON WOODS (Portland State), tight end NATE LAWRIE (Yale), running back STEVE BAYLARK (Massachusetts), linebacker PRINCE KWATENG (Northwestern), defensive backs DENNIS KEYES (UCLA) and LENDY HOLMES (Oklahoma), defensive linemen JOSH SAVAGE (UTAH) and ERIC MONCUR (MIAMI), center MIKE MABRY (Central Florida) and offensive lineman MATT SPANOS (USC).

Among the 13 recent signees that played for the Mountain Lions in 2010, 12 of them have spent time with at least one NFL organization. The only one who hasn’t is Woods, who made a major impact on special teams for Sacramento last year (21.4 yards on kick returns, 11.1 on punt returns; returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown at Hornet Stadium against Hartford in Week 6). His touchdown was the first punt return for a score in UFL history.

Williams, Colbert and Schrader are not the only recent additions that are new to the Mountain Lions. Joining them are kicker JOSE MARTINEZ (Texas-El Paso), linebackers JASON BEAUCHAMP (UNLV) and LORENZO EDWARDS (Florida), defensive back JOSH GATLIN (North Dakota State), offensive linemen KAINOA LACOUNT (Hawaii), SEAN MIDDLETON (Southeast Missouri State) and FREDERICK AMANO (San Diego State), defensive tackle DELJUAN ROBINSON (Mississippi State), tight end GALEN STONE (Saginaw Valley State) and receiver JAMES FINLEY (Oregon).

LaCount and Gatlin were chosen by Green in May’s UFL Draft while Robinson has the most NFL experience among this group. Robinson played for the Houston Texans (2007-09) and appeared in 27 regular season games from 2008-09, combining for 33 tackles and a forced fumble during that time.

The Mountain Lions will open the 2011 season at home (at Hornet Stadium) against the Omaha Nighthawks on Aug. 14 before playing another home game on Aug. 20.

Season tickets are on sale now at www.sacmountainlions.com or by phone at (916-383-5466). Fans can also visit www.buyUFL.com for merchandise.


Golf Tournament Supporting At-Risk Youth Needs Golfers and Sponsors

Project SAVE Proven to Reduce Youth Violence
Posted: 7/13/2011

Every year in Sacramento County hundreds of students are expelled from school because of involvement in on-campus violence. Many of these instances of violence involve weapons. In order for these students to be readmitted to their schools, especially in cases reaching the court system, they must successfully complete a sanctioned violence prevention program. Project SAVE (Safe Alternatives and Violence Education) is one such program. It is a program that needs the public’s help and support.

The 9th Annual Project SAVE Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2011 at the Catta Verdera Country Club, in Lincoln. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the “shotgun” start will begin at 9:00 a.m. This annual fundraiser is the main source of funding for this model community project that has been proven to prevent and reduce youth violence and bullying behaviors.

The mission of Project SAVE is to reduce youth violence and weapons possession through strong partnerships with local agencies. The mission emphasizes that weapons possession and violent behavior are unacceptable, especially on school grounds. Since 1998, Project SAVE has served more than 2,500 young people in Sacramento County. Nine out of ten participants remain violence-free after participating in the program.

Project SAVE is a collaborative project involving the County Probation Department, County Sheriff's Office, Sacramento City Police Department, Superior and Municipal Courts, Sacramento County School Districts and community members and is coordinated by the Prevention and Student Services division of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).

Entry fees for the October 3, 2011 golf tournament are $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. Tournament host, contest sponsor and individual hole sponsor opportunities are also available. Project SAVE is also seeking door prize donations to benefit the program. A short luncheon will be provided at the conclusion of the tournament.

For more information about the Project SAVE golf tournament, or to find out about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Cheryl Raney at (916) 228-2201 or craney@scoe.net.


More than 670 Athletes to Participate in 2011 Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games

Hundreds of Law Enforcement Personnel to Kick-off Event with Fundraising Torch Relay and the Lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron at UC Davis
Posted: 6/21/2011

Davis, CA – More than 670 Special Olympic athletes from 30 Northern California counties will converge on the UC Davis campus June 24-26 to participate in a remarkable competition and celebration of physical achievement at the 2011 Summer Games. Each athlete has trained long and hard for the opportunity to compete in championship-level play.

Special Olympics provides athletic opportunities that instill the confidence young people and adults with intellectual disabilities need to navigate life more successfully. Special Olympics serves more than 18,000 participants and their families throughout Northern California and Nevada year-round. All programs are free of charge to participants and the best of the best compete in the Summer Games.

To kick-off the games and raise much-needed funds, more than 500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies will be running the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope™ throughout Northern California June 9 through June 24th. The Games officially begin after the final leg of the Torch Run has been completed and the Flame of Hope™ lights the Special Olympics caldron during Opening Ceremonies.

“The Summer Games is our largest Special Olympics sporting competition in Northern California,” said Rick Collett, CEO of Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada. “Our hundreds of athletes will be showcased in four sports offered during the spring season – aquatics, bocce, tennis, and track and field.”

Admission is free for both the Opening Ceremonies and the Summer Games.

Corporate sponsors make the Summer Games possible and include Adobe, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, Jenkins Insurance Group, Enterprise, Durham School Services, Flyers, Kohls, US Forest Service, 4H Clubs, student groups, families, and many individuals. In addition to their sponsorships for Summer Games, corporations also provide the volunteers needed to staff the Games.

“Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games and sports training programs would not exist without the spirit and energy of our volunteers and corporate sponsors,” said Collett.

Opening Ceremonies, June 24th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., U.C. Davis Aggie Stadium The weekend begins at Opening Ceremonies held at the UC Davis Aggie Stadium with the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron signifying the start of the Games. This ceremony highlights and honors the athletes, coaches, volunteers of the year, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers and fundraisers. The event provides excellent opportunities for video and photography, and Special Olympics is available to assist the media to secure the best possible images from these moving ceremonies.

Summer Games June 25th & 26th

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. Games begin at various locations on the UC Davis campus
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. Games begin at various locations on the UC Davis campus

Our Sponsors

The 2011 Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games is sponsored by Adobe, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, Jenkins Insurance Group, Enterprise, Durham School Services, Flyers, Kohls, US Forest Service, 4H Clubs, student groups, families, and many individuals.

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About Special Olympics Northern California

Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada provides athletic opportunities that instill the confidence young people and adults with intellectual disabilities need to navigate life more successfully. Special Olympics serves more than 18,000 participants and their families throughout Northern California and Nevada year-round. All programs are free of charge to participants and Special Olympics is entirely funded through the generosity of local individuals, law enforcement groups and businesses.

Support

If you are unable to attend the games, but want to support the athletes please visit: www.summergamesdonations.org

For more information on Special Olympics Northern California competitions and fundraisers visit: www.SONC.org


SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS PRESIDENT, GM AND COO, ALAN LEDFORD TO LEAVE ORGANIZATION

Posted: 6/19/2011

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento River Cats President, GM, and COO, Alan Ledford, announced today that he has resigned and will be leaving the organization to pursue future business interests in the sports and entertainment industry.

“I am incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished during my tenure with the River Cats and Raley Field, and will always be grateful to Art and Susan Savage for the opportunity, experience, and friendship,” said Ledford. “Over the course of nearly nine (9) seasons, I have had the privilege to work with an extremely talented and dedicated staff, as well as community and business partners who supported us in a remarkable way. The River Cats are well positioned for the future, and I’m very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for me.”

During each of Ledford’s nearly nine-year tenure, the team has led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance, and established itself as a benchmark franchise winning seven (7) division titles, four (4) Pacific Coast League (PCL) Championships, and two (2) Triple-A Championships. Ledford was named Minor League Baseball’s 2006 Executive of the Year by Baseball America.

“Alan’s leadership has been critical to establishing the River Cats as a premier franchise in Minor League Baseball, and one of Sacramento’s true community assets,” said Susan Savage, River Cats CEO and Majority Owner. “We wish him the very best.”

Ledford’s resignation will be effective June 24. River Cats Vice President of Business Operations, Jeff Savage, will assume Ledford’s responsibilities as General Manager, and the team will seek a replacement for Savage in his current role overseeing sales and marketing.


Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts Voted Top Martial Arts School For The 5th Year in a Row

One of only nine companies to earn this distinction five years in a row
Posted: 6/14/2011

SACRAMENTO, California - Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts has just been named the Top Martial Arts School in the Sacramento region by voters on KCRA’s A-List for the fifth consecutive year. Voters throughout the region chose Kovar’s for its combination of innovative instruction and outstanding customer service. Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts are located in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Granite Bay and Cameron Park.

“We are extremely grateful to our students and their families who voted for us,” said Dave Kovar, founder of Kovar’s and the head of instruction at the company’s nine schools in the area. “We put a huge emphasis on providing an outstanding student experience. We know that there are lots of martial arts schools in the area, so our entire program is built to give every student the experience they hope for.”

Over the last five years, the KCRA A-List has been giving people in the Sacramento area the opportunity to vote for the businesses that provide outstanding value and service. Hundreds of businesses have been nominated over this time and dozens have won in their categories over the years, but Kovar’s is one of only nine companies that have earned the top spot in their category all five years the contest has been in existence. This year alone, Kovar’s beat out 86 other martial arts schools to earn the number one ranking.

Comments from Maureen Nelson, a parent of three children who train at Kovars are typical of the hundreds of positive comments the company received in the voting. “Our whole family loves training at Kovars. Their children’s program is without a doubt the best after school activity for kids of all ages. As a parent, I particularly appreciate that their instructors have to undergo a rigorous training program before they are certified to teach martial arts to children. And their adult programs give you a great workout while you learn practical, effective self defense.”

Parents appreciate the life skills that their children learn, but kids love Kovar’s for very different reasons. Jayna Fishman, 13 years old, recently earned her black belt at Kovars. “I’ve been training at Kovar’s since I was 9. The instructors are great. They teach you all these great moves, and the classes are a lot of fun.”

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About Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts: For over 30 years, Kovar’s Satori Academy has provided martial arts training at its nine locations throughout the Sacramento, California area. Kovar’s has age specific programs and students can start training as young as four years old. In addition to teaching highly effective self defense, programs emphasize the mental aspects of martial arts, helping students develop perseverance, confidence and success at school, at work and in every aspect of their lives.


Local Law Enforcement to Run Flame of Hope™ Through Northern California, Kicking Off Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games

Posted: 6/10/2011

MORE THAN 500 LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL RUN THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SACRAMENTO — More than 500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies will be running the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope™ through Northern California from June 10 through June 24. The event is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a year-round fundraising campaign that will culminate at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, June 24–26 at UC Davis. The Special Olympics Summer Games brings together more than 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Northern California to compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis and track & field. The Games officially begin after the final leg of the Torch Run has been completed and the Flame of Hope™ lights the Special Olympics caldron during Opening Ceremonies.

As one of the state’s largest grassroots fundraising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics Northern California, a free year-round sports program that serves over 14,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Since 1995, Northern California law enforcement has raised $10.3 million with the goal to raise another 1 million in 2011.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run begins in Tulare County on Friday morning, June 10. Throughout the next two weeks the Flame of Hope™ will travel hundreds of miles throughout 21 counties arriving at Davis, California on Friday, June 24 for the opening of the 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. Every officer running the torch has earned the right to be a “Guardian of the Flame” by raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. For specific details on the torch route contact Wendy Shipley at 510-334-8860 or Dorreen Roth at 925-381-1170.

Opening Ceremonies will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Aggie Stadium. Athletes and their coaches will be escorted by a police motorcade and welcomed into Aggie Stadium by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of Law Enforcement personnel from all over Northern California. Law Enforcement personnel will be joined by several Special Olympics athletes and together they will light the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games. Competition is scheduled to continue from 8 am-4pm on Saturday, June 25 and 9 am-2 pm on Sunday, June 26. The public is invited and admission is free.

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Over 14,000 athletes compete in over 200 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. Programs are free to all eligible athletes. For more information about Special Olympics Northern California please visit www.SONC.org.


KVIE Airs New Edition of Golf in Northern California, Tee Time II

Posted: 5/19/2011

SACRAMENTO, CA, May 13, 2011—KVIE Public Television (ch. 6) announced a new edition of Tee Time: Golf in Northern California, airing on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. (encore: 5/20 4pm, 5/22 6pm). Discover the legacy of George Archer, a Northern California golf professional who could read the green, but not words. Now, his legacy raises money to help children read and write, and we talk with him about his golf tournament. Also, meet World Golf Hall of Famer Johnny Miller as he premieres the completely re-designed North Course at the historic Silverado Resort in Napa Valley.

In Tee Time II, join us behind-the-scenes as we meet Silverado Country Club and Golf Resort’s Executive Chef Jeffery Jake as he prepares some of his favorite signature entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Learn the lore behind Silverado’s famous cheeseburger served on a hot dog bun and its popularity at the golf resort.

Production funding provided by Del Webb and InterWest Insurance Services.

About KVIE Public Television:

Broadcasting from California’s capital, KVIE Public Television helps everyone explore the world through television experiences in history, current events, drama, nature, and science. And for the natural-born explorer, KVIE serves as a trusted guide for children with the best educational programming. Established in 1959, KVIE serves more than 1.4 million households in the nation’s 20th largest television market. With one of the largest geographic signals in the country, KVIE can be viewed in 28 of California’s 58 counties. KVIE is one of the leading producers of public television programming in the country with series like America’s Heartland and ViewFinder. For more information, visit KVIE’s website at www.kvie.org.


USYVL Youth Volleyball Starts Here!

Posted: 5/18/2011

Registration and Volunteer Positions are now open for the USYVL Fall 2011 Season. Register now and don’t miss out on the exciting youth volleyball league!

USYVL is brining a fun-filled season of volleyball to your community this fall. All kids and parents are invited to enjoy instructional volleyball practices and games that help to build self-esteem and confidence.

The 8 week league in Sacramento at William Land Park will run from September until November of 2011.

The USYVL is also looking for volunteer coaches, site directors, and clinicians (volleyball instructors) for the fall 2011 season. Volunteers must be great with kids, be dependable, and enthusiastic. Volunteering with the USYVL is a great opportunity to work with youth in helping to promote confidence, self-esteem, and to share with them the sport of volleyball!

For more information on registration, volunteer positions, or locations near you, please log on to www.USYVL.org or contact the National Office at 1-888-988-7985.


Wilton Teenager to Compete in National Archery Tournament

Posted: 5/19/2011

A Wilton teen is heading to Kentucky to represent California at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament on May 13. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Campbell, a junior at Wilton Christian School, earned the honor after finishing first in a statewide “virtual” archery tournament.

“I’m really excited about it,” Jacob said. “I’ve been bow hunting since I was five.”

Thirteen-year-old Esther Jones, an eighth grader at Wilton Christian, was the top-scoring female archer in the virtual California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP) tournament. She also qualified to compete in the national tournament, but will not attend. Both Jacob and Esther received new Genesis bows from NASP.

This was the first year CalNASP held a virtual archery tournament, encouraging schools from across the state to participate and introduce students to the sport. The virtual format enabled schools to hold their own competitions and then record their scores online, allowing students from schools in more rural communities to compete with one another and participate in the program.

Jacob, who volunteers as a teacher’s assistant for the archery program at his school, performed at the top of the class, showing the focus and concentration needed to shoot well. As CalNASP’s first-place winner statewide, Jacob has earned the right to further test his mastery of the sport at the National NASP tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wilton Christian School’s CalNASP program is coached by physical education teacher Terry Jones (Esther’s mother), who attended special training through the CalNASP program in order to implement the program at the school. Fifty-five boys and girls from ages 10 to 18 practice during physical education classes supervised by Jones with the assistance of junior and senior students.

Jones said that the popular archery program opened a world of opportunity for many of the students at Wilton Christian. “I even had students who are no longer in PE wanting to participate and try it,” she said. “This gave some of the students who normally aren't part of the regular team sports like basketball, volleyball, or soccer the chance to compete and learn this skill.”

Other schools producing high-scoring students included Brookhaven Elementary School in Sonoma County, Weimar Hills Middle School in Placer County and Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Monterey County.

NASP started in 2002 in Kentucky with 21 middle schools and the aid of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Since then it has become a nationwide program, implementing curriculums in more than 9,000 schools across the country and partnering with 47 other state agencies for funding support. California was the 35th state to join NASP and currently has close to 70 schools offering the program in physical education classes. CalNASP is sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game.

This year’s national contest will be hosted by NASP in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It will begin on Friday, May 13, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. The event will start at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

It will be the largest archery contest ever held, surpassing the 6,784 attendees who competed in 2010. The first place boy and girl will each receive a Genesis bow and the first, second and third placing teams from each of the divisions represented will receive team trophies.


SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS PLAYER TRYOUTS THIS WEEKEND

Posted: 5/11/2011

Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League will hold two OPEN PLAYER TRYOUTS in Sacramento this weekend. The Mountain Lions, coached by Dennis Green, will hold a tryout on Saturday (May 14) at Foothill High and on Sunday (May 15) at Natomas High. The tryouts will run from 9 a.m. to noon on both days. The Mountain Lions held their first of three open player tryouts at San Diego High on Saturday, May 7. They have already added two players from that tryout to their active roster – tight end DOMINIQUE JONES (Shepherd University) and defensive end BRIAN COULTER (University of Missouri). Players can register online for this weekend’s tryouts at http://www.ufl-football.com/tryouts/molos or they can register in person between 7:30-8:45 a.m. on the day of the tryout. Pre-registration is encouraged and the registration fee is $60. These tryouts are for all positions, including kickers and punters. Athletes will be timed in the 40-yard dash and will participate in a series of individual and team drills. “Our entire coaching staff is excited about the opportunity to have these tryouts,” Green said. “All the players who came (to tryouts) last year worked hard and quite a few made it to training camp.” The UFL season will begin in August. The game schedule has not been finalized yet. Ticket information will be available soon at www.sacmountainlions.com. Fans can also visit www.ufl-store.com for merchandise. Sacramento Mountain Lions tryout details and sign up and contact information: Contact: molostryout@UFL-Football.com

Saturday, May 14 Foothill High School, Sacramento, CA
Sunday, May 15 Natomas High School, Sacramento, CA

RegistrationTryout

7.30am – 8.45am9am – 12pm


RIVER CATS ANNOUNCE 11TH ANNUAL SUTTER HEALTH SUMMER CARAVAN

Caravan Kicks Off Thursday, May 5, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento
Posted: 5/4/2011

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., – The Sacramento River Cats will kick-off their 11th Annual Sutter Health Summer Caravan on Thursday, May 5, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, team officials announced today. During the months of May and June the Caravan will make six appearances at Sutter care facilities throughout the Sacramento region including stops in Sacramento, Auburn, Davis and Roseville.

River Cats players and coaching staff will visit the hospitals, sign autographs and take photos to help bring cheer to patients and staff. “We always look forward to this annual event with our partner Sutter Health. This is a wonderful opportunity for our team to get out into the community and interact with fans that may not have the opportunity to see a game in person,” said Alan Ledford, President, General Manager and COO.

River Cats Manager Darren Bush, 2011 River Cats players, and River Cats official team mascot, Dinger, will be on hand at the Caravan’s first stop in Sacramento on Thursday, May 5. Bush and players will visit pediatric patients at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5 Schedule:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. River Cats players/Dinger will participate in arts and crafts activities with pediatric patients
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. River Cats players/Dinger will visit with pediatric patients and new moms and dads in their rooms

2011 Sutter Health Summer Caravan Stops:

Date Time Location

May 5 10:00 a.m. - Noon Sutter Memorial Hospital (pediatric and maternal newborn patients)
May 24 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sutter Senior Care Center
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sutter Center for Psychiatry
June 2 10:00 a.m. - Noon Sutter Davis Farmers Market
June 10 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sutter Rehabilitation Institute
11:00 a.m. - Noon Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Media wishing to attend any of the Sutter Health Caravan dates should contact River Cats Communications Manager, Rebecca Brutlag.

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2011 River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, Flex Plans and group outings can be purchased by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). Individual game tickets, starting at $7, are available online and at the Raley Field Ticket Office. For more information about the 2011 River Cats season, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.


MOTHER’S DAY, CINCO DE MAYO AND DERBY DAY ON DECK FOR RIVER CATS MAY 2-9 HOMESTAND

River Cats Face PCL North Division Rivals, Salt Lake Bees and Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Posted: 4/28/2011

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 28, 2011 – An eight-game homestand begins on Monday, May 2 and fans will enjoy exciting promotions including Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day as well as Sutter Health Fireworks and Seniors and Kids Eat Free! The River Cats will host the Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) May 2-5 and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) May 6-9.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Thursday, May 5 at 7:05 p.m.
Fans can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Raley Field as the River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees. The night includes the recurring promotion Miller Lite Thirsty Thursdays featuring $2 beers and music.

Derby Day and Xfinity Family Pack Night – Saturday, May 7 at 7:05 p.m.
Catch this great deal for one of the five remaining Xfinity Family Pack Nights for the 2011 season. Fans can purchase a package for four starting at only $57. The package includes: four (4) River Cats tickets to the game, four (4) Raley Field food vouchers - each voucher good for a Raley Field hot dog, soda, potato chips and fudge bar, four (4) Fairytale Town tickets (good for any day) and four (4) Sacramento Zoo tickets (good for any day). Other Xfinity Family Pack dates include: June 18, June 23, July 30 and August 13.

Relive the Kentucky Derby River Cats style; wear your big hats, have a mint julep and enjoy the in-game Raley Field Derby! At the end of the night, all fans will enjoy Sutter Health Fireworks!

Macy’s Mother’s Day Bruch Ticket Package – Sunday, May 8 at 1:05 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with the River Cats! The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a River Cats Cold Cup Tumbler presented by PG&E.

Fans can purchase a special Macy’s Mother’s Day Bruch ticket package for $35 for adults and $29 for children. The ticket package includes: one (1) senate box ticket and one (1) voucher for the pregame brunch in the ballpark, one (1) $10 Macy’s gift card, gift pack and certificate for a free perfume at Macy’s. Additionally, every mother attending the brunch will receive a special gift from the River Cats (i.e. massages, hotel stays or future game vouchers) and one lucky winner will be randomly selected to throw out the first pitch.

The homestand will also include the following recurring promotions: Monday Seniors Eat Free and Baseball Bingo presented by Eskaton, Kids Eat Free Tuesdays presented by California Family Fitness with free membership in the Dinger’s Kids Club, Nine Innings @ Noon on Wednesdays presented by yp.com, Toyota Family Value Fridays with $1 hot dogs and $1 desserts and U.S. Bank Sunday Funday with pregame autographs and the opportunity for kids to run the bases postgame.

2011 River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, Flex Plans and group outings can be purchased by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). Individual game tickets, starting at $7, are available online and at the Raley Field Ticket Office. For more information about the 2011 River Cats season, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.


SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS ANNOUNCE 10-MAN RESERVE UNSIGNED LIST

Five Former NFL Players And The New Face Of The Ken Doll Are Among The Group
Posted: 4/26/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sacramento, CA – Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – The Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League have released a 10-man Reserve Unsigned list claiming the UFL rights to free agent players for the 2011 season.

These players join 40 Protected Players who saw action for the Mountain Lions in 2010 and were announced on April 6. The forthcoming 2011 UFL Draft and subsequent free agency period will allow all UFL teams to increase their rosters to the 70-man limit ahead of 2011 UFL training camps.

The Mountain Lions 10-Man Reserve Unsigned list features five players with NFL experience and the new face of the KEN DOLL.

Among the group are former NFL players WILL POOLE (cornerback), KEITH HEINRICH (tight end), KEARY COLBERT (wide receiver), TAVITA THOMPSON (offensive tackle) and DELJUAN ROBINSON (defensive tackle).

The list also includes Iowa State alum KURTIS TAYLOR (fullback), whose face is the new likeness of Ken, BARBIE’s longtime boyfriend (Mattel toys). Taylor tried out for the Mountain Lions in 2010 but was cut in training camp.

“Our staff is excited about the additional players that we added to our reserve list,” said Mountain Lions head coach DENNIS GREEN. “Five of the players have an NFL background. Both wide receiver KEARY COLBERT and tight end KEITH HEINRICH have solid backgrounds with several NFL teams. They will bring their experience to our receiver corps and continue our upward climb to be an explosive group.

“When we add this new group of ten different position players to our original 40 protected list, we think we have a group that will bring plenty of excitement to our Mountain Lion fans.”

Colbert played in the NFL from 2004-09, spending time with the Panthers, Broncos, Seahawks and Lions. He caught 121 passes for 1,540 yards and eight touchdowns in 68 regular season games. Heinrich played in the NFL from 2002-07, beginning with the Panthers before joining the Browns and then suiting up for the Buccaneers. Both players played with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL in 2009 and helped the Tuskers go undefeated that season.

Robinson played in a total of 27 regular season games for the Houston Texans over the last two years, totaling 31 tackles. Poole played in 15 regular-season games for the Miami Dolphins in 2004 and he also appeared in pre-season games for Miami in 2007 and 2008. Thompson played part of the season with the Mountain Lions in 2010 and played in the pre-season with the New York Jets in 2009.

Among the players on the 10-man list for the UFL’s Virginia franchise are running back WILLIE PARKER, quarterback PAT WHITE and receivers REGGIE BROWN and HANK BASKETT. Hartford’s list includes former University of Hawaii quarterback COLT BRENNAN while running back J.J. ARRINGTON is on the Las Vegas list.

Sacramento Mountain Lions – 10-Man Reserve Unsigned List

Pos Last First School HT WT DOB

    OT AFIF PATRICK WASHINGTON STATE 6-7, 313 3/20/83 LB BEAUCHAMP JASON NEVADA - LAS VEGAS 6-3, 235 5/5/87 WR COLBERT KEARY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-10, 205 5/21/82 TE HEINRICH KEITH SAM HOUSTON STATE 6-6, 255 3/19/79 K MARTINEZ JOSE TEXAS - EL PASO 5-10, 200 7/24/86 QB MROZ JEFF YALE 6-5, 230 7/11/82 CB POOLE WILL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 5-10, 193 7/24/81 DT ROBINSON DELJUAN MISSISSIPPI STATE 6-3, 307 7/1/84 FB TAYLOR KURTIS IOWA STATE 6-2, 255 4/6/85 OT THOMPSON TAVITA OREGON STATE 6-5, 309 12/26/85
The UFL season will begin in August. Ticket information will be available soon at www.sacmountainlions.com. Fans can also visit www.buyUFL.com for merchandise.


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