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TeamSnap Health Check Issues 3 Million COVID-19 Screenings for Youth Sports Teams Over the Past Month

BOULDER, Colo. -- TeamSnap announced today that 3 Million COVID-19 Health Check screenings have been performed since the popular tool launched last month. The surge in demand comes from thousands of youth sports teams and clubs leveraging the platform to help manage the COVID-19 symptom screening process.

TeamSnap Health Check debuted in August free to all users as part of the company's ongoing effort to support sports organizations and teams in the return to play amid the pandemic. Users are able to easily access COVID-19 screening questions through TeamSnap on any iOS or Android mobile device.

"TeamSnap Health Check has quickly become one of the most important features on our platform," said Dave DuPont, Founder and CEO, TeamSnap. "It is gratifying to know that so many sports organizations are taking the necessary precautions and are trusting TeamSnap Health Check to manage the continuous screening process to help ensure a safe return to play."

TeamSnap Health Check is the first COVID-19 screening tool to be fully embedded into a sport management platform. While maintaining user privacy, administrators can track reports and notify members of any possible COVID-19 exposure.

TeamSnap Health Check is being used extensively across all sports with soccer, hockey and football clubs ranking as the top users. Some of the sports organizations and teams using TeamSnap Health Check on a daily basis include New York Bluebirds Softball & Baseball, Richmond Jets Hockey and Florida Hawks FC.

Health Check is part of Teamsnap's comprehensive strategy to help sports organizations navigate the pandemic while keeping athletes and their families, and everyone involved in sports safe. TeamSnap has been tracking live engagement data for the return to play across North America. The company has also created a resource hub that gives families access to the necessary information to Return to Sports with Confidence.


About TeamSnap

Since our formation in 2009, TeamSnap has been single-mindedly focused on taking the work out of play. 24 million coaches, administrators, players and parents rely on TeamSnap's powerful and easy-to-use tools for communication, scheduling, payment collection and registration, organizing every sport and group activity in the world. For more information, visit

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Brazilian Flat Track League organizes online race for 2020

SOROCABA, SP, Brazil -- It's not a secret that Covid-19 had 2020 pretty much canceled all over, affecting some of the major events in the USA and abroad, but has also brought people together and fired up new ways for connecting and exchanging ideas, says the Brazilian Flat Track League.

In Brazil, the two biggest custom motorcycle shows - the BMS (Brasil Motorcycle Show) and the Lucky Friends Rodeo - had to be canceled, and with it, the races for the recently created Brazilian Flat Track League. Or, so we thought.

In an effort to not let the sport lose momentum, the Brazilian Flat Track League, the organizers from BMS, and Lucky Friends Rodeo got together to keep the competition going and fire up the teams and racers with an online event that promises to bring the excitement of the race to the audience's screens: the "On Track."

On November 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. (ET/EST), flat track fans worldwide will be able to tune in online and watch "On Track," the first Brazilian flat track race event to be offered online. Viewers will get a taste of how the sport is creating roots among racers and motorcycle enthusiasts in Brazil.

To broadcast the event, the Brazilian FT League will use the platform

Anybody can sign up to watch the race for free, but numbers are limited, so the organizers recommend the public to sign up as soon as possible using the link (there is an English option for singing up at the bottom of the page).

"Everything changed. People are finding new ways to work, to support their favorite restaurants and bars, to be together in general. So why not bring the adrenaline of flat track racing right to the safety of their homes?" says Cezinha Mocelin, founder of BMS Motorcycle. "With an online event, not only are we still making sure the sport keeps growing in Brazil, but we are also guaranteeing the safety of the fans, the racers, and all the team members."

The "On Track" organizers are following all WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations for the participants of the race: health check booths and Covid-19 tests for racers, team members, and production crew, and lots of masks. The race will happen in Sorocaba, SP - Brazil.

Flat Track in Brazil

Flat track races are relatively new in Brazil. The category started to gain popular attention in 2016, at the Lucky Friends Rodeo event, and then with the BMS Motorcycle. With more of a roots appeal and an underground vibe, it quickly gathered momentum among the motorcycle community and the custom culture fans.

In 2019, it became an official race class in the country with the creation of the Brazilian Flat Track League and its first season of official competitions. The League has not only pushed the popularity further, with more media coverage, sponsors, sanctioned events but also gave flat track racing legitimacy in Brazil.

By the beginning of 2020, flat track season in Brazil was shaping up to be the greatest yet, starting in March when a group of nine racers and 12 people from Brazil came to the US for the weekend of FlatOutFriday and Mama Tried, in Milwaukee - Wisconsin.

"Even though the event didn't happen as expected, the time our group had in Milwaukee was crucial for Brazilian flat track. It allowed us to connect even more with other teams and with industry players. We did the best we could under the circumstances at the time, and in the end, we came back to Brazil with a lot accomplished," says Chrys Miranda, Brazilian racer and one of the founding members of the Brazilian Flat Track League.

One of the most significant announcements once "OnTrack" was confirmed, was the addition of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 Flat Track class to the race; besides the traditional H-D Sportster and the H-D Antique hardtail classes.

BMS Motorcycle and Lucky Friends Rodeo

The collaboration between BMS and Lucky Friends Rodeo isn't new. Combining lifestyle, custom culture, attractions like the only Wall of Death in South America, music, art, bike building exhibits, and, of course, races, both events bring together over 20 thousand fans.

"Nothing better than combining our forces to bring to our public and to the fans of Flat Track a new experience. We are preparing a great event, so the audience will be able to feel all the adrenaline from the race straight from their homes", said Flavio Sieber, founder of Lucky Friends Rodeo.

"On Track"

Presented by: Harley-Davidson do Brasil and Royal Enfield Brasil

Sponsored by: MXF, Heineken, Jack Daniels, Urban, and Gedore

Supported by: Mitas, Motobatt, Wings Custom, and Accor Hotels.

WHEN: November 1, 2020 - at 1 p.m. (EST)

WHERE: Races will be broadcast online. Competitions will happen in Sorocaba, SP, Brazil.

HOW: Sign up the transmission list for FREE at:

Brazilian FlatTrack League:
Spokesperson - Guilherme Foster
+55 (11) 94224 0585


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Sokal to Sponsor Greg Biffle’s Return to NASCAR

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sokal, a leader in the advertising world, will sponsor the long-awaited return of Greg Biffle to NASCAR.

Sokal, a long-time supporter and avid fan of NASCAR, will be the proud sponsor of this event.

"I'm extremely proud to sponsor Greg's return to Darlington and my prayer for him is that he becomes the only driver in the history of NASCAR to win all three NASCAR series races held at Darlington," commented Mark Sokal, Founder/Chairman of Sokal. "I will be rooting for him and I'm anticipating an excellent win!"

Biffle, who is now 50 years old, secured the Truck Series race last year at Texas Motor Speedway, but prior to that he hasn't competed full time in NASCAR since the 2016 Cup Series season.

His racing accomplishments include 43 top five finishes, 55 top ten finishes, 12 pole positions, and an average finish of 9.0. He'll now return to NASCAR once more for the Darlington Raceway Truck series race and make his appearance in the #24 Chevrolet for GMS racing in this event.

The race is planned for Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. and will be held at Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, SC.

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AAA Flag & Banner Hits Home Run with Online Ordering Portals for Sports Teams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- AAA Flag & Banner, the company that made headlines with its quick and innovative solution for filling empty Major League Baseball stadiums with cardboard cutout fans, has elevated its service to the next level with the rollout of custom online ordering portals for teams across the country. Their new end-to-end solution allows fans of professional, collegiate and high school sports teams to conveniently upload their image, while also managing the ordering, production and venue installation process.

Capable of developing cutouts for both stadium-style and bleacher seating to accommodate any venue, the cutting-edge solution developed by AAA Flag & Banner's internal software development team has already been implemented by a number of NFL & MLS teams nationwide, including the San Francisco 49ers and Inter Miami CF. The service is also being adapted by several SEC, Big 12, & ACC universities for their Fall football seasons, and AAA Flag & Banner is poised to support schools in other conferences, as they respectively return to competition in the near future.

"For many years, we've been helping professional and collegiate sports teams deliver amazing, immersive experiences to their fans," said Craig Furst, President & CEO of AAA Flag & Banner.

"Now that audiences have been temporarily taken out of the game, we're pleased to offer teams this comprehensive solution so their loyal fans can feel like they're still part of the action."

Each custom online ordering portal is thoughtfully branded for the sports team to maintain consistency with the rest of their marketing campaign, and to provide a fully-integrated experience for fans. Once an order is placed and a fan uploads their image, an immediate notification is sent to AAA Flag & Banner for production. The company then handles image quality control, printing and venue installation of the fan cutouts.

AAA Flag & Banner is a company synonymous with bringing sporting events to life, with its high-quality design, printing and installation of large-scale signage and graphics. With its start-to-finish project management model, the company's flexible and fluid culture immediately positioned them as the leading provider of stadium cutouts in quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As sports teams across the country sought solutions to minimize the visual impact of empty stadiums and keep fans engaged, AAA Flag & Banner responded with a creative way to solve both problems simultaneously.

Additional information about AAA Flag & Banner can be found online, at

Sports teams can see an example of a custom online ordering portal online, at

About AAA Flag & Banner

AAA Flag & Banner is a full-service, large format graphic printing and installation company, bringing events and environments to life. They print and install large format graphics for outdoor advertising, retail, sports, entertainment and corporate events. AAA Flag & Banner are experts in using full-color digital imaging on fabrics, vinyl, and almost any substrate any size. From design and printing to installation and ongoing maintenance, they go the extra mile to make your vision a reality.

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A5 Volleyball Club to Open New State-of-the-Art Sportsplex Facility – Millions in Revenue for Alpharetta / Roswell Expected

ATLANTA, Ga. -- At a time when many youth club sports clubs are struggling or shutting down as a consequence of the national pandemic, one metro-Atlanta based club, A5 Volleyball Club, is boldly expanding, offering more world class opportunities for athletes to train and compete.

Thousands of athletes and families train with A5 making it one of the largest youth club volleyball organizations in the country. A5 recognizes that, now more than ever, kids need outlets to exercise and connect with friends through playing sports.

This facility expansion has been in the works for some time and came together in January when a deal was made with the Andretti family to take over their vacant facility on Alpharetta Hwy in Roswell. The transformation of the 70,000-square foot space has energized the youth volleyball community that was devastated when the 2019-20 season was suspended in March.

Club founder Bob Westbrook said, "We believe this move into our new facility will prove to be a transformative event for the youth volleyball community in Atlanta as well as the Southeast. We are blessed to have this opportunity."

The A5 Sportsplex will be home to A5 Volleyball Club with the capacity to offer 40+ competitive and regional teams, leagues, and adult play as well as individual volleyball training. The venue will also serve as a volleyball tournament destination hosting teams, regionally, from Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and nationally as well. Youth sports generated 15 Billion dollars last year in the US as Volleyball continues to be one of the fastest growing sports for young men and women in the country.

The regional and national growth of this business has the potential to bring in millions of dollars to the local economy. On any given weekend during the competitive club volleyball season, tens of thousands of players and their families travel to tournaments. A5's new facility is poised to become a sought-after tournament destination, drawing players and families from all over the country to stay in hotels, frequenting restaurants and shops in the metro Atlanta area.

Inside the A5 Sportsplex, there are 13 Taraflex courts including an actual Olympic court from the 2016 Rio Olympic games positioned as Center Court. Spectators will enjoy a mezzanine view of all courts as well as having the benefit of bleacher seating on the floor. Five outdoor sand volleyball courts are planned for construction in Fall 2020. These courts will support and take advantage of the tremendous growth in outdoor Beach Volleyball occurring world-wide. A5's on-site Pro Shop will offer a full line of volleyball apparel, equipment, and accessories. Additionally, the venue has ample parking to accommodate players, families, and fans. Independent restaurant and gaming vendors are planning to occupy additional space in the facility as well helping provide a full-service experience for visitors.

In their new home, A5 will offer elite training year-round as well as competitive teams for athletes of all ages (girls and boys) from beginner to experienced levels. A5 has been making waves in the competitive club volleyball world since its beginning in 2004. Today, there are about 4,500 active clubs in the country. A5 is currently ranked #2 in the country, having earned more bids to the USAV National Championship tournament than any other club nationwide over the last seven years. In 2020, three A5 coaches earned the prestigious "Coach of the Year" award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). This is a record number of coach-of-the- year winners in the history of this award.

A5 Volleyball is moving forward with resilience and renewed vision for the future while remaining true to their mission: Teaching life lessons through the sport of volleyball. Organized sports are a healthy and integral part of youth development. A5's investment in the local community reflects their commitment to being part of a positive solution, critical to the world we now inhabit.

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KINONA launches Queen of the Green, a unique VIP Program designed to inspire and uplift

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Queen of the Green, a VIP program developed by women's golf fashion brand KINONA, aims to reward loyal customers while giving back to women-led causes.

Women's fashion trailblazer KINONA started from humble beginnings. Dianne Celuch and Tami Fujii were used to being the only women golfers at corporate events. But they didn't want to dress like the men they saw on the green, and together dreamed up a women's golf fashion brand that featured chic patterns, sustainable materials, and comfortable fits.

Developing their VIP program, Queen of the Green, was a lifelong dream for the brand. It intersected with their passion for supporting causes that uplift and inspire women in their communities and around the world. And as the women's golf community has supported them, Fujii and Celuch are ready to start supporting their community.

"We don't just want to give customers points," said Fujii. "We want to wow them. We want to honor them. We want them to feel like the Queens they are."

The program features a points system where customers earn 1 point for every $1 they spend during the calendar year. Shoppers qualify after reaching 800 points, and rewards include exclusive events, early access to new releases, and the opportunity to direct a $100 donation to a non-profit organization that helps women achieve more in sports and in life.

"We're proud to bring women together and do something great for the community at the same time," explained Celuch.

For more information on KINONA and their Queen of the Green program, visit our website or contact us at


Founded in 2017, KINONA brings a modern style, flattering styles and comfort to the game of golf. We're a team of women working to re-define the paradigm of "appropriate golf attire," reinvent the purchasing process, and look good both on and off the green.

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TeamSnap Welcomes Shaina Jordan as New Head of Analytics

BOULDER, Colo. -- TeamSnap, the industry-leading sport management platform, announced today that Shaina Jordan has joined the company's senior leadership team as Head of Data Engineering and Analytics.

In the new role, Jordan will be responsible for maximizing TeamSnap's analytical intelligence data to better support sports organizations, teams and brand partners. With nearly 24 million users across 100 different sports, TeamSnap has unique insights across all facets of the youth sport industry. This includes the latest sport participation trends in every major North American market.

TeamSnap has recently leveraged its industry data to track the Return to Sports across North America following the COVID-19 shutdown.

"Shaina is a great addition to the TeamSnap executive team. With her leadership, we will be able to further leverage TeamSnap's industry-leading data to improve customer experience, enhance advertiser engagement, and advocate for positive change in sports," said Woody Hartman, President of TeamSnap.

Jordan brings nearly a decade of technology and data experience to TeamSnap, most recently as Chief of Staff at Guild Education. As the first analytics hire at the education-tech start-up, Jordan helped implement a data informed culture which expanded the consumer business, including product, marketing and operations.

As an avid traveler, when Jordan is not at her home in Denver she can most likely be found trekking across the country in her campervan with her dog, Bruce.

Jordan will be leading TeamSnap's Fall Return to Sports outlook delivering in-depth projections on the return rates of youth sport across North America.


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Teays Valley Local Schools is Creating a First-of-its-Kind TV Network, Powered by Livecast365, to Broadcast Athletic Events to Fans Who Cannot Attend in Person

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One of the largest school districts in the state of Ohio, Teays Valley, is working with Columbus based digital media company, Livecast365, and their proprietary streaming technology. Teays Valley pursued their very own dedicated TV network and TV channels to support athletics and education within their community.

* Teays Valley and Livecast365 have partnered to broadcast sporting events and educational programming to district residents and fans. The broadcasts are available on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire devices.
* The district's first TV channel is set to launch with the upcoming football season. It will allow home and visiting team's fans, as well as friends and relatives across the country, to tune into Teays Valley's events through a digital ticket-based system.
* Livecast365 believes that these previously unobtainable services and capabilities should be accessible to educational communities at local and regional levels.
* Teays Valley district staff, volunteers, and students will run the network operation. This experience will double as unique on-the-job training for students interested in furthering their education in digital media.

Teays Valley Local Schools, just outside of Columbus, Ohio, has partnered with Columbus, Ohio based Livecast365 to launch its very own TV channel. The channel will launch this fall, starting with live and recorded broadcasts of Teays Valley High School football games. This is just the start of Teays Valley's efforts to bring the school district's many resources and opportunities directly into the living rooms of district residents. Teays Valley will also be broadcasting other events: including volleyball, soccer, and more from the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teays Valley's channel will also allow other districts, competing against Teays Valley teams, to tune in and watch the games. It is truly a win-win for everyone.

Location and accessibility has become obsolete. Now, friends and family throughout the country will be able to tune in. No one wants to miss their granddaughters or grandson's shining moments; with Livecast365, no one will have to. Livecast365 will assist Teays Valley at a time when attendance will be severely limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. Not to mention, the school district will have more diverse and unique opportunities to support their advertisers. Our unique partnership with Teays Valley provides them with greater control of revenue generating opportunities for clubs, teams, and the district itself.

Through Livecast365, creators have the capability to bypass cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms (the companies that traditionally act as a controller/distributor of such content). In short, you can create your very own and personally branded TV channel. What's even better? All of your generated revenue stays in your pocket. You can create live streaming content, pre-programmed content, pay-per-view content, subscriber content, and socially shareable content. Anywhere, anytime, through Livecast365. Our platform allows viewers to choose when, where, and how they watch your content.

About Teays Valley Local Schools

Teays Valley Local School District is a community located just outside of Columbus, Ohio, and is the largest school district in Pickaway County. It services the communities of South Bloomfield, Ashville, and Commercial Point. Teays Valley Local Schools serves over 4,000 students and their families.
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About LiveCast365
Create it. Stream it. Own it(TM). Based in Columbus, Ohio, Livecast365 is the most original, affordable, user friendly, and over-the-top digital content delivery network in the world. Through a proprietary online tool that aggregates digital content, customers can create easy-to-use, user-generated, revenue generating, live streaming TV networks and channels. These channels can be easily broadcasted over Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku, proprietary web and mobile apps, and various social media networks. All while allowing customers to own their content and advertising profits.

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Joel Baker, Athletic Director
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FormFree to Host Heroes Golf Classic on Oct. 30 in Support of the American Red Cross

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® today announced it will host the 2020 Heroes Golf Classic on October 30, 2020, at Château Élan in Braselton, Georgia. All proceeds from the charity golf tournament will be donated to the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps feed, shelter and provide support for people affected by fires and other disasters.

The Heroes Golf Classic invites companies and individuals to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia and honor local heroes who have held the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 by registering to play or sponsoring the event. Participants may register in teams of four or as individuals who will be matched with other players. Corporate sponsorships start at just $1,000, and all sponsorships include registration for a foursome.

Each golfer will have the opportunity to play alongside the event's special guest, professional golfer Matt NeSmith, who will be stationed at a hole on the Château course. The former University of South Carolina golfer made his debut on the PGA Tour in 2019.

"This is a chance for everyone to have a great time while showing support for the many local heroes who have kept our communities safe and healthy during these challenging times," said Marlon Trone, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia. "Our gratitude for hometown heroes includes the dedicated volunteers who make our Red Cross mission possible every day."

Château Élan is a 3,500-acre luxury destination resort home to one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast. Designed by renowned golf course architect Denis Griffiths, the estate's 63 holes of championship golf span the scenic north Georgia foothills just 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. The property boasts a 16th-century-French-inspired hotel, 10 bars and restaurants, a 35,000-square-foot European spa and a premier equestrian facility.

"Giving back has always been a core value at FormFree, and our hope is that the Heroes Golf Classic will bring out business and community partners to support a worthy cause," said FormFree Founder and CEO Brent Chandler.

In addition to aiding those impacted by disasters, the American Red Cross supplies 40 percent of the nation's blood products, supports military members, veterans and their families and provides international humanitarian aid. The American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia will use funds raised at the Heroes Golf Classic to help maintain the United States' critical blood product supply and support disaster relief operations, services that have become especially critical during the COVID-19 health pandemic.

FormFree makes home lending faster, simpler and safer by electronically verifying consumers' assets in minutes. Since FormFree was founded in 2008, it has partnered with the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia in numerous service events. FormFree's Founder and CEO Brent Chandler has served on the board of the American Red Cross' Northeast Georgia chapter since 2017.

To register for the Heroes Golf Classic, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please isit or or follow @RedCross on Twitter.

About FormFree:

FormFree is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek and Passport are changing the credit decisioning landscape and encouraging lenders nationwide to incorporate a more holistic view of each borrower's financial DNA. To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing over a trillion dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, reduces origination timelines by up to 20 days and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey(tm). For more information, visit or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

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Teacher Bodybuilder Suits Up in Bikini as ‘Queen Of Swords’ for Ms. Health and Fitness Title

TULSA, Okla. -- Judy Stetson, widow, teacher, bodybuilder, and contestant for Ms. Health and Fitness 2020 suits up in a bikini to ride the wave of pandemic changes throughout the Fall school season. The teacher battled memories of 911 emergency calls and widespread stress syndrome from the COVID crisis that took the life of her adult former student.

A lucky lady will take home the title Ms. Health and Fitness 2020 and the cover of Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine. The public chooses the winner by votes open until October 8. Ms. Health and Fitness competition donates to the charitable organization Homes for Wounded Warriors that provides assistance to disabled veterans by building or remodeling handicap accessible homes

Millions brace for August Back to School facing uncertainty amidst a pandemic. Many parents plan to spend less on apparel and more on technology. As our nation continues to respond to COVID, September's National Preparedness Month prods: "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." Plan ahead in case of further waves of COVID during flu season or if a spike in cases triggers another school lockdown. October's Family Health Month reminds parents to reinforce habits that keep children healthy.

Stetson says, "I'm the widow and sister of two deceased veterans. Emergency responders rushed to our house eight times in one year. We lived in constant crisis. I took up weightlifting, so I'd be able to lift my disabled husband four times a day."

She took home an issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers and looked at the photos and stories of strong, beautiful women.

"The thought of them as sisters and day after day in the gym getting stronger helped me emerge from a cocoon of despair," Stetson said. "I'd dry my tears, grit my teeth, 'alright girl, soldier up.' I had to get my husband fed, his meds, lifted from bed, get to the bathroom, hosed him down in the shower, bathed, shaved, a fresh diaper, and dressed daily."

Stetson explained why it is important to support Homes for Wounded Warriors during a pandemic crisis, "Wouldn't it be wonderful not to feel so isolated? You could be a part of something beautiful that transforms the day-to-day life of a loved one confined at home."

"Wouldn't it be amazing to remodel any bathroom with handicap accessible features so an invalid can bathe safely and easily?" she asked.

As a teacher, Stetson fell into what she calls "the grey area of not poor enough to qualify for assistance." There was no money to remodel their home, medical bills piling up to $110,000, and her earnings going to pay for nursing care.

"We lived in what I consider now as medical poverty. I was on a treadmill of a hot mess," said Stetson. "As I got stronger, I felt more like Wonder Woman - even when I hit myself upside the head with nunchucks. I show and tell my students to make fitness a fun adventure full of twists and turns. I'm such a newbie to social media, but even a teacher must ride the wave, learn new ways to communicate."

Stetson, a self-professed sci-fi nerd, picks up a "Star Wars" inspired lightsaber. The once-upon-a-time Miss Valentine pageant queen twirls the sword and lunges forward, "I manifest Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to appear with me inside Muscle and Fitness magazine," she sends out her dream to the Universe. "I visualize $110,000 as if by magic. Earth angels join me and shine the light for Homes for Wounded Warriors."

Stetson sweeps the sword through the air with her red, white & blue star-spangled wish. Swoosh! Public support for the first English teacher to win Ms. Health and Fitness 2020 VOTE by contestant first name.

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