ESPN showcasing the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship

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Sky Zone is having a media moment.

In addition to the brand making its big screen movie debut in Bad Moms Christmas this week, Sky Zone’s Ultimate Dodgeball Championship is being featured on ESPN’s national TV schedule tomorrow night (Sunday, November 5th).

The 2017 semi-final and final matches will be showcased in a 1-hour special on ESPN2 and the ESPN app tomorrow at 8 PM EST.

Last year ESPN showed UDC content via online video, and this year the coverage was upgraded to primetime.

Congrats to the athletes who make the UDC matches so much fun to watch!  And thanks to the Sky Zone team members who put so much work into bringing UDC to life.

Bad Moms jump at Sky Zone

 

I can’t wait to see this movie.

Because it’s going to be funny? Yes.

And because it’s Sky Zone‘s theatrical debut.

The first Bad Moms was a hit. The sequel opens in theaters this week. The original bad moms are joined by by their own mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon.

You can catch a peek of the characters’ visit to Sky Zone at 1:33 and 1:57 in the trailer above.

Check out the film at a theater near you this month. I’d be curious to hear what you think of the movie and the Sky Zone scene.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested, here are a couple article sharing insights about the comedy.

Forbes – Interview with Bad Moms film producer Suzanne Todd

LA Times – “How ‘Bad Moms’ went from sleeper hit to female-driven franchise

Jump to Fight Breast Cancer

 

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In support of breast cancer awareness month, Sky Zone is partnering with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Throughout October, participating Sky Zones are offering limited-edition pink SkySocks for guests to take part and show their support. The network will donate $150,000 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

 

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a network of walking events dedicated to raising awareness and funding the research, treatment and care of breast cancer. 

I’m participating in a walk this coming Saturday (Oct 15, 2016).  All donations welcomed!

 

Argentina, Summer 2016

Argentina, Summer 2016

My wife’s family lives in Buenos Aires, and we try to visit every year.

After spending time with family and friends, the second best thing about visiting the country is the food.

As anyone who lives or has visited there would likely agree, the food is fantastic. Not only the beef for which the country is most famous….

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But much more.  The Italian food in particular is excellent.

Many people outside the country are surprised to learn that over half the Argentine population is of Italian descent.

It’s less surprising if you think of the family names of famous Argentines … Messi, Maradona, Bergoglio (a.k.a., Pope Francis) Ginobili, Del Potro. To put it in perspective, more Italians emigrated to Argentina than to the much larger U.S. (total population 318 million vs. 41 million).

One result — pasta shops where you take out freshly made pasta and sauces to heat at home.

Or, in many cases, just call up and they’ll motorcycle your order to your door.

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You can get all types of food directly from vendors this way. The best is moto delivery ice cream:

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Butcher shop delivery:

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Although the desserts have a way of calling you into the shops:

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Moving on from food, here’s public art we found in San Antonio de Areco:

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Buenos Aires….

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July = winter

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If you’re interested, I previously posted photos from past trips to Argentina here:

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Writing this has made me hungry for a snack…

The Sky Zone story and CNN video

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I’ve been meaning to write more about Sky Zone ever since changing jobs in December.

Lucky for me, CNN recently shot a video that provides a great overview of the company, including one of the most interesting parts of the Sky Zone story:  how it started with one idea then pivoted to another, creating a new category of out-of-home entertainment in the process.

 

This entertainment category — indoor trampoline parks — is expanding quickly.

Sky Zone, by far the largest player in the market, was just named to Inc.’s Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Los Angeles (and #273 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.).

Sky Zone and other competitors are opening parks around the world. E.g., Sky Zone recently announced park openings in Saudi Arabia. A recent Bloomberg article highlights this expansion.

Here are 3 more videos to help introduce the company and what it stands for.

The brand manifesto:

 

Some of the activities inside our parks:

 

Dodgeball is one of the most popular activities. It’s played year-round inside the parks — pick-up games, within events & parties, and some local tournaments. However, the biggest event is our international competition, Ultimate Dodgeball Championship:

 

If you haven’t visited a Sky Zone yet, I hope you have the chance to check it out. Jumping isn’t just a lot of fun, but a great workout, too.  If you do, please let me know your thoughts.

 

Buenos Aires, July 2015

Buenos Aires, July 2015

After half a year without a post, I’m back at the keyboard.

Where was I? Mainly in Los Angeles, adjusting to a new job and also busy at home with my family.

Luckily family time also included a recent trip to Argentina. As mentioned in an older post, we try to go as often as possible to visit family and friends.

After the last trip I posted a handful of photos, including a few examples of Buenos Aires’ colorful street art.

This time I’d like to share more photos — an attempt to capture a tiny glimpse of the aesthetics of the neighborhoods we visited (mainly Belgrano, Palermo and Barrio Norte).

Hope you enjoy them — and please share any comments or feedback, including about your own experiences there.

 

I wish everyone reading this post a great summer (or winter, for my Argentine and other southern hemisphere friends).

More posts to come…. in less than half a year’s time.

Cycle for Survival – Cancer Research

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Please help me raise funds for the battle against pediatric cancers, leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian and other types of cancer.

I’m riding in Cycle for Survival this weekend to raise money to fund lifesaving cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

100% of every dollar you give will go directly to pioneering research within six months of the events.

Thank you for your consideration!

Donate here:  http://bit.ly/1BTKju6