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Capital Chevrolet Teaming Up with Salvation Army Youth Soccer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Capital Chevrolet is partnering with the Salvation Army Youth Soccer in Raleigh, N.C. Capital Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Soccer program to provide new equipment, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

"Playing the game of soccer helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Capital Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Soccer are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Raleigh," said Richard Cholerton, Sales Manager for Capital Chevrolet. "Chevrolet believes that encourages a positive focus and supports the spirit of teamwork that soccer instills in its players."

2017 marks Chevrolet's Youth Soccer program's eighth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting young people in communities where Chevrolet's customers live, work and play. In 2016, more than 600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Capital Chevrolet will present the teams with kits that include useful items such as equipment bags, pop-up goals, soccer balls, and Chevrolet Youth Soccer t-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring instructors from UK Elite.

In addition, Capital Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Salvation Army Youth Soccer. Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

Cholerton commented, "Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household".

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Soccer, please visit http://www.chevrolet.com/youth-sports/.

About Chevrolet:
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heartbeat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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NC’s Gorges State Park a Prime Viewing Location for Total Solar Eclipse

SAPPHIRE, N.C. -- The Friends of Gorges State Park is sponsoring "The Eclipse at Gorges," a 3-day celebration leading up the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. This free, family-friendly event, hosted by Gorges State Park, promises to be an unforgettable experience for park visitors. Attracting adventure seekers and astronomy enthusiasts from all over the country, The Eclipse at Gorges will feature live music, food trucks and educational talks/hikes with Park rangers.

The solar eclipse, frequently billed as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, will travel a path of totality over the entire U.S. for the first time in 99 years. Everyone in the lower 48 states will get to see at least a partial eclipse but only those in the path of totality will experience the true total solar eclipse. Residing fully within the path of totality, Gorges State Park has been identified as one of the top ten viewing locations by CNNtravel (*note 1). Located entirely in Transylvania County, it is the only North Carolina State Park in the path of totality and is a center of eclipse activity.

Bob Andrews, president of the Friends of Gorges State Park, is eagerly anticipating the event. "We're proud of the collective efforts from volunteers, friends and Park staff that are culminating in three days of events to showcase the eclipse and the park itself," he said. "Thanks to the leadership from Gorges State Park Superintendent Steve Pagano, this extraordinary event is set to exceed all expectations for visitors."

EVENT DETAILS:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Nature Day:
State rangers and naturalists will direct hikes from the Visitors Center to specific destinations in the park. Discussions will include flora, fauna, and geology.

Sunday, August 20, 2017, Fun Day:
Sharon Becker, Regional Director of Interpretation and Education Programming for N.C. State Parks, will offer a hands-on educational experience about the history of eclipses in the world and the actual science behind eclipses. Curtis-Wright Falconry will offer close-up experiences, educating participants about the ancient sport of falconry. Live music will be provided by Land of Waterfalls Dulcimer Players, Blue Ridge Bakery Boys and Tina Eno Music. On-site food will be provided by Lola's, Coffee Carts, Sugar & Snow Gelato and more. Exhibitors will include Let's Face It - Face painting, Paintings by Sharyn, Boutique of Blue Ridge, Mud Dabbers - locally produced pottery, North Carolinas Friends of State Parks, Rosman High School Seniors, and many more.

Monday, August 21, 2017, Eclipse Day:
Gorges State Park will open to the public at an unprecedented 5 a.m. Park staff recommends that all visitors be in their selected viewing locations by 11 a.m. The eclipse will begin at 1:07 p.m., with totality beginning at 2:36 p.m. and lasting for over 2 minutes. The eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m.

Safety is a priority for all. Safety glasses and an informational brochure will be shared with visitors, while supplies last, as they enter the park on eclipse day. The eclipse glasses are provided by the Friends of Gorges State Park and made possible through funding from the North Carolina Friends of State Parks.

This Eclipse at Gorges has been designated as an official "2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party" through a joint effort between North and South Carolina, coordinated by the Morehead Planetarium and funded by the NC Space Grant and SC Space. For more information on the eclipse parties, please visit http://moreheadplanetarium.org/eclipse.

Along with the North Carolina Friends of State Parks, the Transylvania County Tourist and Development Authority has supported the efforts of the Friends of Gorges State Park in coordinating the weekend events.

For more information, please refer to the following resources:
Friends of Gorges, Eclipse at Gorges (http://friendsofgorges.org/eclipse-at-gorges/)
Great American Eclipse (https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/)
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) (http://www.pari.edu/things-to-do/2017-eclipse/).

*NOTE 1: Where to See the Total Solar Eclipse by CNNtravel (http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/where-to-see-total-solar-eclipse-2017/index.html).

About Gorges State Park:
Gorges State Park is set in Western North Carolina in upper Transylvania County, the Land of Waterfalls. The gorgeous park is punctuated by plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species. Exploration of this unique environment often begins at the expansive, Gold Level LEED Certified visitors center with its educational exhibits, retail center, beautiful stone fireplace and unbeatable vistas. The center is surrounded by picnic areas that are perfect for a family pit-stop before hitting the trails.

About the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TCTDA):
The TCTDA is responsible for promoting Transylvania County to the wider world. Funding for the organization is provided by a 5% occupancy tax on Transylvania County accommodations. The TCTDA's mission is to: "generate and enhance tourism opportunities in Transylvania County through strategic promotion coordinated with tourism-related businesses and local government and to contribute to a vibrant, sustainable economy." In addition to advertising and promotion, the TCTDA annually sets aside funds for marketing and sponsorship grants. Local businesses, civic groups and individuals can apply for the funds to help support their tourism-oriented events and programs. The TCTDA also manages a year-round Visitor Center, located at 175 East Main Street in downtown Brevard. For more information about the TCTDA, contact Clark Lovelace at (828) 883-3700 or clark@brevardncchamber.org.

About Friends of Gorges State Park:
Friends of Gorges State Park was formed in March 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt, tax-deductible public charity supporting Gorges State Park. FOG members develop, encourage and promote public awareness; serve as a philanthropic volunteer organization for support of programs, development of facilities, and promotion of recreational facilities for Gorges State park; solicit, hold, and expend funds for such purposes; and render assistance as requested by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. For more information, please visit our website at http://friendsofgorges.org/.

Media Contact:
Bob Andrews
President
Friends of Gorges State Park
info@friendsofgorges.org
(828) 419-0415

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Former Los Angeles City College Basketball Coach Michael ‘Mike’ Miller’s Amazing New Self-Help Book Is Endorsed by Clergy and Coaches Alike

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Pyramid Press proudly announced today its latest book, "Coach Miller's Guide and Workbook To Life And Success" (ISBN: 978-0996893503) is available now at all bookstores and on Amazon. The book has an inspired and moving introduction by Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams and an amazing foreword by noted religious and political leader Rev. Misi Tagaloa, Ph.D., Head Pastor Second Samoan Church of Long Beach.

"Coach Miller s Guide and Workbook to Life and Success" is filled with wisdom and philosophy much needed for a successful life. What follows is gathered from years of practical study and achievement in coaching and teaching and can be applied to coaching, business, life and relationships of many types and kinds.

This is a workbook and is meant to be used as an interactive exercise in self-improvement as well as an important and valuable learning tool. It is important to follow the instructions for use to maximize the benefits and results.

Reviews Are In:

"Coach Miller motivates, inspires, teaches and coaches the reader to greater heights in leadership, love, and life. We all need a coach and there is none better than Coach Miller who has broken every record possible while coaching high school, college and professional basketball. He takes these same philosophies and turns them into useful tools for ministers, leaders, coaches and administrators. Coach Miller coaches all of us to win, perform at our highest levels and lead others to greater success. As a youth pastor for over 40 years I find these tools incredibly useful. As a coach and a teacher I relay on these tools to motivate and inspire the students. As a father I need these tools to help my sons reach their true potential. I can only pray you try as I did and I know you will see amazing results in your own life from following the truths you will learn." -- Rev. Ramon Baker, Ordained Minister.

"The most amazing self-help book I have ever read. A must have for every youth and religious leader. Perfect for clergy and any administrator." -- Rev. Misi Tagaloa, Ph.D., Lead Pastor Second Samoan Church of Long Beach.

"Coach Mike Miller knows a lot about life and a lot about basketball. I have known him for many years and know that he is devoted to helping the people that he coaches and works with to improve their situation. Coach Miller s Guide and Workbook to Life and Success is a compilation of the many universal truths and life lessons that Coach Miller has learned in over 30 years of coaching. The life lessons in this book may just be the life lesson your player, child, employee or student needs to change the way they think. These life lessons are short, simple, easy to understand and can have tremendous impact if used at the perfect time and in the right situation. This book is full of lessons that many of us need. As do our players and our children need. If you read this book and only one or two of these lessons impact you or impact those that you lead then it will be a book you will never forget." -- Buzz Williams, Head Basketball Coach Virginia Tech.

Now any parent, coach, student, athlete, teacher or mentor can use this guide and workbook to increase their wisdom and ability to teach and motivate others. This book is designed for the seasoned coach or a new parent, the Chief Executive Officer or the Chief of Police. Anyone who wants to lead more effectively and be more effective as a parent, coach, teacher or leader will enjoy the lessons and insight learned over a 35 year coaching career of unparalleled success.

From the youngest varsity head coach in the state of California at age 21 to the youngest head college coach in the country at age 26, coach Miller has modeled consistency and greatness throughout his remarkable coaching career.

In his four years as a high school head coach, Coach Mike Miller attained the fifth highest winning percentage in California high school history. Coach Miller is the first coach in California basketball history to win a State Championship at both the high school (1990-91 Ribet Academy) and college levels (1996-97 & 2002-03 LACC).

From 1992 to 2008 coach Michael "Mike" Miller led Los Angeles City College's (LACC) basketball program into a national prominence for a record breaking 16 years as men's head coach and director of athletics. Coach Miller's LACC teams have won over 80% of their games during his tenure, including four straight 30+ WIN SEASONS (1999-2000 to 2002-03). His teams were models of consistency, as demonstrated by setting a new national record of fourteen straight conference championships. This amazing streak started in 1993-94 and continued until 2006-07, breaking UCLA's old record of 13 (nine of which were won under John Wooden).

Additionally this amazing book is dedicated to coach John Wooden, who impacted coach Miller's career in many important ways serving as a mentor and teacher. Coach Miller stated one of the greatest compliments he ever received was when an opposing college coach commented after a game: "Coach Miller, You guys at Los Angeles City College run the UCLA high post better than UCLA ever did," said Gary Williams, head coach at Long Beach City College.

From 1999-2000 to 2006-07 the LACC teams compiled an overall record of 241-38 over eight seasons with a winning percentage of .864, exceeding all NCAA Division I Programs during the same time period. Coach Miller is most proud of producing almost 100 Division I players; thought to rank first in the nation during this same time period.

Currently Coach Michael "Mike" Miller is entering his third year as California Basketball Association (CBA) President and Commissioner, after having coached the Los Angeles Skyline of the CBA to an undefeated season in 2016-17.

Before taking the reins of the CBA Coach Miller spent a year with the Los Angeles Lakers observing Phil Jackson during his last season in Los Angeles. This valuable experience ingrained and reinforced in coach Miller the importance of knowledge and intelligence for coaching success and inspired him to write this book. This book is dedicated to Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson who is considered by coach Miller to be the greatest professional basketball coach of all time.

Coach Miller has been honored as "Coach of the Year" eighteen times in his nineteen full seasons as a head coach at both the high school and college levels. He has produced almost 100 Division One players while coaching eight different teams to 30 or more wins and joining the 500 win club by the young age of 44.

Currently, Coach Michael "Mike" Miller hosts a popular TV show called "Time Out with Coach Miller" which features high school, Junior College and D-1 College coaches and players. The show can be seen live on http://www.dromebox.com/, usually Saturdays at 4 p.m. PT.

Learn more about Pyramid Press: http://www.pyramidpress.net/.

LINK TO BOOK ON AMAZON: http://a.co/31cpxDS

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Supreme Lending Partners with Baseball Hall of Famer Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez for American Century Championship Golf Tournament

DALLAS, Texas — Supreme Lending, a nationwide mortgage lender, has announced that it is partnering with baseball Hall of Famer, Major League Baseball All-Star and former Texas Ranger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who will serve as the company’s ambassador during the American Century Championship Golf Tournament, July 11-16, 2017 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The American Century Championship Golf is a celebrity golf tournament that raises funds for local and national charities. This year, the tournament features a purse of $600,000, and its official national beneficiary is the Stowers Medical Institute for Medical Research, a 550-person basic biomedical research organization focused on the development of innovative approaches to treat, diagnose and prevent disease. The star-studded event is owned and broadcast by NBC Sports, and features more than 80 of the greatest names in sports and entertainment.

In January 2017, his first year of eligibility, Rodriguez was one of three players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame. In addition to two tours with the Texas Rangers, the catcher played for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. He has played in two World Series, one with the world champion Florida Marlins in 2003 and the other for the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

“We feel particularly connected to Pudge Rodriguez and the American Century golf tournament because their values reflect a lot of our core values here at Supreme Lending,” said David Colarchik (NMLS 300510), branch manager of Supreme Lending’s Tahoe team in Incline Village, Nevada. “We believe in working together, accomplishing good things, and lending a helping hand to those who need it the most. We’re happy to be contributing to a worthy cause and teaming up with people who enjoy coming together to a make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

About Supreme Lending:
Established by founder Scott Everett in 1999, Supreme Lending is a full-service mortgage lender licensed in 50 states with branches throughout the U.S, adding more branches each month. The growing company employs hundreds of employees and has been ranked among the “Best Places to Work” by American City Business Journals for the past five years.

Supreme Lending has established relationships with all major investors, is a Fannie Mae seller/servicer, and offers a full range of mortgage programs, including conforming and non-conforming loans and FHA/VA loans. The corporate culture is based on a customer-comes-first approach, which helps homebuyers realize their dreams of homeownership.

Supreme Lending has been recognized for five consecutive years as an Inc. 500/5000 company and in 2013, 2014 and 2015, was named one of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Supreme Lending is a licensed mortgage lender in NV Division of Mortgage Lending Mortgage Banker License 4063.

For further information, please visit http://www.SupremeLending.com/ or call (888) 392-0250. EVERETT FINANCIAL, INC. D/B/A SUPREME LENDING NMLS ID #2129 (www.nmlsconsumeracces.org).

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Mass Luminosity Announces Global Esports Amateur Project

DALLAS, Texas -- Dallas, Texas based Mass Luminosity, Inc., the parent company of the leading social media network for PC gamers, GTribe (www.gamingtribe.com), announced today that it is launching a global Esports project for casual gamers, endorsed by Logitech G.

Mass Luminosity has recruited the most outstanding pioneers of Esports, some of which, to the very date, 20 years ago (June 27, 1997) launched a new era of sports by creating the world's first professional gaming league for PC gamers, the Cyberathlete Professional League.

This initial team is composed of the following:
* Mike Wardwell - First full time Esports commissioner (1997)
* Tim Schuh - First Esports network coordinator (1997)
* Monte Fontenot - First Esports event coordinator (1998)
* Dan Hammans - First multiple event Esports champion (1998)
* Andrew Waterman - Designer of the first Esports amateur league (2000)
* Frank Nuccio - Commissioner of the first Esports amateur league (2001)
* George Kaspiris - First Esports press director (2001).

"We are thrilled to have this group of visionaries join our team at Mass Luminosity, to assist us on the launch of this global Esports endeavor for casual gamers," said Angel Munoz, CEO at Mass Luminosity. "We are also pleased to have the GTribe(TM) engine power this new experience, both on the web and on mobile devices, and look forward to announcing more details of this exciting new experience soon."

"Twenty years ago, we recruited some of the most talented people in the world to create an organization that would propel PC gaming into the realm of professional sports," said Kimberly Vizurraga, Vice President at Mass Luminosity. "Today we are proud to bring the same team together for a concept that we believe will bring Esports to even wider audiences and make it easily accessible to millions of people worldwide."

About Mass Luminosity:
Mass Luminosity, an initiator of global engagement and community experiences, manages large social media channels and is the parent company of Gaming Tribe (GTribe), the leading social media network for PC gamers and technology enthusiasts, located at https://www.gamingtribe.com/.

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LA Watts Summer Classic Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Finals June 24, 2017 at Crenshaw High School and East Los Angeles College

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The annual LA Watts Summer Classic Basketball Tournament returned to action last week on June 16, 17 and 18 at various sites throughout Los Angeles. Over 20 boys and girls teams participated in the basketball event announced the California Basketball Association.

The California Basketball Association (CBA) led by Commissioner Dr. Michael Miller, announced that Crenshaw High School located at 5010 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043 will be the site for the boys basketball semi-finals and finals.

Dr. Miller excitedly announced the competing teams for the 2017 summer championship on Saturday morning June 24, 2017 as defending L.A. City Section Division 1 Champions Crenshaw HS led by coach Ed Waters; defending L.A. City Section Division 2 champions Gardena HS led by coach Ernie Carr; and the third boys team is L.A. City Section Division 4 runner-up Augustus Hawkins HS led by coach Tamao Kawai.

The schedule of games at Crenshaw HS on Saturday morning June 24, 2017 starts with the first semi-final at 10 a.m. between Gardena HS and veteran former college coach Ernie Carr against coaching newcomer Tamao Kawai and his outstanding team from Augustus Hawkins HS from South Central Los Angeles. The loser of this game goes on to play Ed Waters and the famed Crenshaw HS Cougars in the second semi-final at 11 a.m. The winner of the second semi-final game plays the winner of the first semi-final at 12 p.m. for the championship.

CBA Commissioner, Dr. Michael Miller is elated over the quality of teams and talent that will be on display in the Crenshaw HS gym.

He was quoted as saying "Any of these outstanding teams is capable of winning two games Saturday morning to take home the crown of 2017 LA Watts Summer Classic champions." Commissioner Miller went on to say: "We are also excited about having the finals hosted by Crenshaw HS and express our deep gratitude to principal L. Remon Corley and the rest of the Crenshaw staff for allowing us to use this historic site for the boys finals."

The girls basketball finals will also be held on June 24, 2017 and will be held at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, the California in the men's gym. Games times for the girls site are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. followed by the championship game at 12:30 p.m.

The competing teams on the girls side are led by defending L.A. City Open Division champions Fairfax HS and coach Chuck Harrell. The field also features defending L.A. City Section Division 3 champion Torres HS led by Coach Walter O'Neal. Torres high school is located right around the corner from East Los Angeles College and comes into the event as the sentimental choice by the locals. Upstart Rancho Dominguez HS led by coach Box will be attempting to become the first small school to win the ladies crown in LA Watts Summer Classic history.

Admission prices range between $5-$10 and are good for all games at both sites.

Commissioner Miller said: "This event is all about bringing people together from all of walks of life and from diverse areas of Los Angeles. The intent is to experience, through sport, a common bond and enjoy friendly competition through sport."

He went on to say: "The LA Watts Summer Classic is all about making new friendships and enjoying great people while sharing a common experience. We at the CBA are honored and proud to be a part of this amazing annual event and look forward to seeing some great basketball games played on Saturday June 24, 2017. We certainly invite all basketball fans and all citizens of Los Angeles to come support the teams as they play with spirit and honor."

Learn more: http://www.californiabasketballassociation.com/.

*Photo Caption: CBA Commissioner Dr. Michael Miller with Sotomayor head coach Jesus Fernandez at the LA Watts Summer Classic in Compton, Calif.

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Ultimate Packer Fans Unite In The Name Of Charity

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Join Professional Football's Ultimate Fan Association inductees Steve Tate and Wayne Sargent and former and current players invited to attend the 6th Annual Ultimate Packer Fan Connection party at The District D2 on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The gathering of Ultimate Packer Fans will include food, raffles and silent auction items. There will also be vendors selling their favorite Packers related wares, including the 2017 Cheesy Scarf produced by residents and volunteers of the New Community Shelter.

The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection board of directors has chosen the New Community Shelter as the beneficiary of the event because if its service to homeless adults and Community Meal Program that serves meals daily to children and adults.

"The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection is committed to making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate," said Kris Olson, New Community Shelter Development Director said. "The board has been planning this great day to bring together fans and some players all in the name of charity. They live all over the state and fans they are associated with come from around the country to be part of this great organization. We are honored to be associated with such kind people."

The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection:
Saturday, June 17, 2017
D2 - The District (formerly the Best Western Hotel)
Located next to the Resch Center across from Lambeau Field
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Food, Fans, Fun for all!!

For more information about The Ultimate Packer Fan and events - visit: http://www.theultimatepackerfan.com/

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/TheUltimatePackerFanConnection/

Learn more about New Community Shelter at: http://newcommunityshelter.org/.

For further information about the event, contact: Wayne Sargent, (262) 626-1053 or Jenn Schultz (920) 242-4334.

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Mighty Grip Inc. and MercVille Productions Release Second Season of ‘The Pole Dancing Chronicles’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the creative forces behind MercVille Productions, have announced the release of the second season of their popular web based docu-series, "The Pole Dancing Chronicles." Sponsored and co-produced by Mighty Grip Inc., a leading worldwide sporting goods manufacturer, "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" showcases people and events from within the pole and aerial community.

With the growing recognition of pole dance and aerial art as respected fitness regimens, "The Pole Dancing Chronicles," provides an insider's peek into the sport and the people behind it, highlighting, in particular, men and women who are defying societal expectations and are excelling within the field.

The second season launched with an episode on 56-year-old pole artist Makeda Smith. A grandmother and entertainment publicist, Smith has garnered international media attention for her poling acumen at her advanced age. The second episode of season two covers "Chronicles" producer Villegas and details her love for the art as well as her intention and motivation to create and produce "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" with her partner Mercer. Episode three, the most recent feature, highlights acclaimed multi-championship pole performance artist, Nadia Sharif, a former engineer turned dancer and instructor.

Former docu-reality producers for network television, Mercer and Villegas formed MercVille Productions in 2013 with a goal to create entertaining, inspiring, and informative stories about everyday people. A pole and burlesque instructor, Villegas also opened her dance studio, Flying Curves Dance Studio in 2013. After teaching pole dancing and empowerment through movement to women on and off for nine years while also working in reality TV, she decided to combine her love and passion for pole with her passion for video storytelling and production.

When Villegas began producing "Goddesses Empowered: The Show," a live pole and burlesque show, she was inspired by the various tales, trials and tribulations of her students. She felt that the compelling stories of women who had evolved through pole dancing needed a global platform and the idea for "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" was born. Mighty Grip, a wholesale distributor and online sporting goods store, came on board in 2015 and in 2016 the season debuted with eight shows, which were released online monthly.

"We have met so many wonderful and talented people that have opened their arms and hearts to us," expresses Villegas.

"Pole and aerial is an emerging art and is often misunderstood," adds Mercer. "Our series not only introduces a larger audience to the sport, dispelling myths and concerns, but also serves as a tool of empowerment and motivation within the pole and aerial community."

Mighty Grip, Inc. is widely recognized for their popular grip aids for athletes. Stephanie Housel, President and COO of Mighty Grip, Inc., initiated launching the brand into the pole world, universalizing the use of the product among pole and aerial enthusiasts internationally. "We are honored to offer 'The Pole Dancing Chronicles' as an important vehicle for sharing personal stories about the world of pole and aerial dance," cites Housel. "As one of the leading providers of grip aids, gloves, and protective gear for pole and aerial artists, 'The Pole Dancing Chronicles' allows us to stay in touch and in tune with our client base on a personal level. Our customers are real people with real stories, and we are excited to share them with the world."

Season two of "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" consists of 10 episodes released monthly online through to 2018.

Catch episode two of "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" on Christina Villegas at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQIWoTDoA6s and watch the latest episode with Nadia Sharif at https://youtu.be/Pp5hmM-tRt8 .

Watch the entire series online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNNOaW9ExN14GG4_gv9HWXQ.

Like "The Pole Dancing Chronicles" on Facebook and visit MercVille Productions and Mighty Grip there as well. Find them on Instagram at @mercvilleproductions and @mighty_grip.

For more information about Mighty Grip Inc. go to http://mightygrip.com/.

For more information about MercVille Productions (MVP), visit: https://www.mercvilleproductions.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Makeda Smith
Jazzmyne Public Relations
makeda@jazzmynepr.com
Phone: (323) 380-8819

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Hedstrom Fitness Launches the Next Generation Surge – The Surge Storm

ASHLAND, Ohio -- Hedstrom Fitness is thrilled to announce the launch of their newest product in the Hydro-Inertia(R) Training line, the Surge(R) Storm.

Hedstrom Fitness has brought Hydro-Inertia(R) training to the forefront with the Surge(R) and Kamagon Ball(R) over the last three years, and is acting on market feedback and industry needs with the development of the Surge(R) Storm.

"We've learned a lot and received great feedback from pros and consumers alike regarding the products, and we felt the time was right to redesign the Surge to make it a bit more user-friendly, and launch the next generation," said Nate Logan, Director of Business Development for Hedstrom Fitness.

The sleek new design provides greater accessibility and comfort while allowing for multiple new exercises and uses. The Surge(R) Storm is 42-inches in length and can hold up to 65 lbs. of water. Two soft grip handles, one long centered handle and end cap grips allow for a wide range of motion.

"What makes this product unique is the sleek design with multiple grips for endless exercise options, plus Hydro-Inertia technology," said Candice Brooks, Hedstrom Fitness Programming & Master Trainer Team Director. Hydro-Inertia(R) is the utilization of water to create an unstable resistance that increases core strength and stability during exercise.

"The Surge Storm is an essential tool for integrated functional training, strength training and core training, and can be used by everyone from elite athletes to beginner fitness enthusiasts," says Brooks. "Utilizing water for both resistance and stabilization challenges means the Surge Storm is adaptable to anyone's fitness level."

The Surge(R) Storm is available at https://www.getthesurge.com/.

About Hedstrom Fitness:
Hedstrom Fitness is a division of Ball, Bounce and Sport, Inc., one of the nation's premier manufacturers, distributors and marketers of play and sports balls with more than 400 employees and distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Ashland, Ohio, Hedstrom Plastics, a sister division, currently manufactures the Kamagon(R) Ball and the Surge(R). Hedstrom Fitness is dedicated to delivering products that are unique and versatile, and fill a specific niche within the fitness industry.

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Lethal Weapon #1 wins 2016 / 2017 Prime Time Softball League Championship!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Thomas Tom Oseransky, Prime Time Softball League (PTSL) board member, congratulates "Lethal Weapon #1" who beat "Pure Genius" 12 to 11 to win the Championship. It was an exciting game that went back and forth and was finally over after an eighth and extra inning.

The teams had to wait three months to play the game due to rain delays. Oseransky says the 2016 season began with 30 teams, and 16 made the playoffs.

According to Thomas Tom Oseransky, previous years' Champions have included "Coach," "Home Improvement," "Suddenly Susan," "CSI: NY," "Smallville," "Law & Order," "Bones," "Castle," "Parenthood," "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and many, many more.

Thomas Tom Oseransky says that, "The PTSL is the Entertainment Business's longest running softball league and has been in existence since the late '80s. The League is coed and rules state that at least two women must be playing for each team at all times."

Thomas Tom Oseransky has helped run the league since its inception, which was started by himself and Rosario Roveto Jr. and Larry Rosenthal.

For more information on the Prime Time Softball League, visit: http://www.ptsl.net/.

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