Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Software, Sports and Activities

South Carolina Youth Soccer Partners with Sports Connect to Grow Registration with Innovative Technology

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Youth Soccer (SCYS), the governing body for US Youth Soccer in the state, has announced Sports Connect powered by Stack Sports as the Exclusive Technology and Online Registration Provider for the state. This multi-year partnership serves to support SCYS's purpose of developing, promoting, and administering the game of soccer for your players in the state. Sports Connect provides technology solutions for the state association, affiliated leagues and clubs, and the participating players, coaches, families, and volunteers.

Sports Connect is a key component of the U.S. Soccer Connect mission of growing participation and advancing the sport of soccer in conjunction with U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Soccer Connect initiative consists of leading services powered by Stack Sports connecting every level of the soccer pathway. It represents the largest commitment of technology and sports resources to any project in American sports history.

"SCYS has partnered with Sports Connect since 2016, and we are excited to continue collaborating with them for an additional three years," said Walter Clapton, Executive Director at SCYS. "We want our affiliated clubs' staff and volunteers to have the most innovative and easy-to-use tools available to manage their club, and Sports Connect provides just that."

"We are humbled to have the partnership and trust of South Carolina Youth Soccer," said Adam Abney, General Manager of Sports Connect. "SCYS provides a safe and fun environment for all young soccer players to thrive, and we are proud to serve alongside their mission through innovative technology and best-in-class support."

Affiliated clubs partnering with Sports Connect have access to a full suite of features, including Mobile-First Registration, seamless data integration with SCYS, safety and compliance tracking, professional website designs, business insights, fanwear, and much more.

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About South Carolina Youth Soccer:

South Carolina Youth Soccer (SCYS) has been developing, promoting, and administering youth soccer throughout South Carolina since 1977. The SCYS membership consists of 50+ clubs and 25,000+ registered players. South Carolina Youth Soccer is a Member State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and is a proud member of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). As one of the 54 US Youth Soccer Member State Associations, SCYS helps make up the largest youth sports organization in the country.

About Stack Sports:

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on four key pillars - Grassroots Engagement, Participation Growth, Recruiting Pathways, and Elite Player Development. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit .

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U.S. News & World Report Names TerraBella Spartanburg a Best Senior Living Award Winner

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Senior living community TerraBella Spartanburg earned a top spot in the first-ever Best Senior Living rankings by U.S. News & World Report, winning in the Best Memory Care category. The 2022-2023 Best Senior Living guide is a debut offering from U.S. News & World Report, itself the foremost global authority in health ratings and consumer advice, attracting more than 50 million visitors per month.

The initiative began last fall, and used objective, independent statistical assessment of consumer satisfaction survey data gathered from nearly 2,500 Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities throughout the United States. The rating criteria included analysis of consumer satisfaction data across categories such as community & activity, food & dining, caregiving, and management & staff.

"It's a great honor to be recognized for excellence on this national stage," said Jarred Pearson, Executive Director of TerraBella Spartanburg. "This meaningful achievement further validates that our community's care and lifestyle programming, and most importantly, our team members, allow us to stand out and truly outshine the competition."

"Until now, families have had limited information when comparing providers of independent living, assisted living, memory care or continuing care," said Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News & World Report. "The Best Senior Living ratings fill this informational gap with comprehensive and transparent data to help older consumers and their families identify high-quality senior living communities that meet their needs and preferences."

TerraBella Spartanburg is operated by Florida-based Discovery Senior Living, which had 34 communities across the country place atop the inaugural Best Senior Living rankings.

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For more information about the ranking criteria, and to view winning communities, please visit the U.S. News & World Report website here:

About Discovery Senior Living:

Discovery Senior Living is a family of companies that includes Discovery Management Group, Morada Senior Living, TerraBella Senior Living, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Design Concepts, Discovery Marketing Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. With almost three decades of experience, the award-winning management group has been developing, building, marketing, and operating upscale senior-living communities across the United States. By leveraging its innovative "Experiential Living" philosophy across a growing portfolio of more than 15,000 existing homes or homes under development, Discovery Senior Living is a recognized industry leader for lifestyle customization and, today, ranks among the 10 largest U.S. senior living operators and providers. Information:

About U.S. News & World Report:

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Advertising and Marketing, Business, Free News Articles

Pops Mart Fuels, LLC Signs Sokal as AOR

CAYCE, S.C. -- Pops Mart, LLC recently signed Sokal, the Raleigh, N.C. based automotive advertising agency firm, as their agency of record. Pops Mart, LLC, whose chain includes 24 stores currently, will utilize Sokal to provide website design, digital, and a variety of creative design services.

"We, at Sokal, are extremely pleased to provide advertising services to Pops Mart Fuels," commented Melissa Clark, CEO of Sokal. "We'll deliver a uniquely creative edge with an expert team, enhancing digital strategy and visibility for them. We're anticipating a great start!"

Starting immediately, Sokal will provide advertising services for Pops Mart Fuel, LLC.

"Pops Mart Fuels, LLC was very impressed with the work the Sokal team has done and excited about moving forward. We look forward to a very successful relationship," announced Donald R. Draughon, Jr., CEO Pops Mart Fuels, LLC.

Pops Mart Fuel convenience stores are located across the Greater Columbia area, Newberry, and Winnsboro.

About Sokal:

Headquartered in Raleigh N.C., Sokal is one of largest automotive advertising agencies in the country.

The company specializes in digital marketing (SEO, paid search, CTV, pre-roll and display ads) and award-winning website design, and maintenance. Sokal also boasts a full-service agency experience with experts trained to execute everything from radio and television production, ad design, direct mail, media buying and much more.

Sokal employs well over 100 staff members including Digital Strategists, Website Developers, Graphic Designers, Video Producers and Editors, and Account Managers and Coordinators while currently managing well over 350 clients across the country.

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Announcing the Dee Mack Annual Tennis Scholarship Award

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The LowCountry Tennis Association (LCTA), in partnership with the Charleston Post and Courier, Announces the Dee Mack Annual Tennis Scholarship Award.

The LowCountry Tennis Association is acknowledging long-term volunteer excellence, along with, supporting our Local High School Athletes with this Annual Scholarship.

Using the Post and Courier's Annual Evaluation of the Top Tennis Players (Boy and Girl) in the LowCountry High Schools - The LCTA will award $1,000 to each player (Top Boy and Girl) towards their College Education.

The LCTA is recognizing the long-serving Local League Coordinator, Dee Mack, for her dedication and skill in annually organizing and leading the volunteer efforts that have made the LCTA so successful.

Congratulations to Dee and to the future recipients of the Dee Mack Annual Tennis Scholarship Award.

"The LowCountry Tennis Association has grown dramatically over the last several years as interest in tennis playing has blossomed. We are recognizing our exceptional volunteer leadership, exemplified by Dee Mack, along with honoring the hard work and commitment of our LowCountry tennis youth by helping them with an economic pathway towards the future," remarked Bill Ennis, President of the LowCountry Tennis Association.

About the LowCountry Tennis Association:

The LowCountry Tennis Association (LCTA) is a USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) serving Charleston, SC and the surrounding area. The LCTA board is an all-volunteer board and focuses on USTA league tennis. Other points of emphasis centered on tennis involve community development, charity work, supporting local tennis facilities, and improving tennis's profile in the community.

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youturn and First Sun Partner to Provide EAP clients with Innovative Substance Misuse Support

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- youturn, the world's largest platform of evidence-based and therapist led video content for Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Misuse, announced a partnership with First Sun EAP. Through the partnership, youturn and First Sun will co-market services to help enterprises decrease employee stress and anxiety while increasing resilience and productivity.

The partnership will provide First Sun clients with access to youturn's risk mitigation training content for businesses and the youturn library will supplement First Sun's expansive employee and leader support programs.

youturn's CEO, Shay Houser, said, "First Sun is the leading EAP in the Southeast. Serving over 150,000 lives, we believe our combined efforts can reduce employee Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (SAD) while minimizing the impact of substance misuse inside the enterprise."

According to Maria Lund, First Sun's president and COO, "Our business is designed to grow with the needs of our customers. Offering youturn is a great added-value service that aligns with the how we are helping our customers support their employees through this difficult time."

A New Solution to a Growing Epidemic:

First Sun EAP has witnessed the transformation of mental and emotional assistance for employees for decades and, since the onset of the pandemic, has seen first-hand the impact of the rise in mental illness and decline in well-being. There is clear evidence for the need and value of organizations investing in substantial support for employees around stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, the national rise in substance misuse is impacting every business.

According to a Gallop Poll, close to half of U.S. adults, 46%, have dealt with substance use problems in their family. And that was pre-COVID-19. Substance Misuse amongst employees has accelerated to epidemic levels. And, the missing link in the well-being of employees, is the impact of loved ones at home who are struggling. This trend is a silent killer of productivity, and more importantly, people.

First Sun and youturn intend to address this crisis by combining youturn's evidence-based educational content with First Sun's extensive clinical and workplace expertise.

"An increasing number of employees struggling with mental health challenges are reaching out to First Sun for help," said Maria Lund. "It is our goal to make our broad array of services accessible to everyone. We can now expand our convenient well-being solutions to include youturn's powerful suite of offerings."

About youturn

youturn maintains the world's largest library of proprietary, therapist-led, video content about substance misuse. youturn's team has lived experience and have supported tens of thousands of individuals and families navigate the world of substance misuse. youturn has been utilized by leading institutions such as the Illinois Army Reserves, University of South Carolina Medical School, Clemson University School of Medicine, The South Carolina Veterans Administration, Prisma Health as, and numerous publicly held enterprises. Learn more:

About First Sun

First Sun EAP is a leading provider of well-being solutions for work, home and life. We collaborate with enterprises and groups so their entire population is covered through our comprehensive well-being services: full service EAP, population programs, training and development, and critical incident response. Our integrated approach to well-being reduces the overwhelming challenges people face every day and supports leaders with tools to create success. For more information or to get a quote visit


youturn: Shay Houser, CEO, 864.373.5007

First Sun: Maria Lund, President/COO, 803-530-2748

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Digital Health Company, MD On Demand, Now Offers Affordable Health Care In The U.S.

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- MD On Demand now provides patients with access to high-quality doctors and nurses in the U.S., whether or not they have health insurance, while saving the patient valuable time and the costly expenses. "It was very concerning to me that so many people cannot access competent care, so I am happy that I can use MD On Demand to solve this serious issue. This lack of affordable healthcare is an ever-growing problem and makes our mission even more important. We can provide medical services through any device as well as through our 24/7 call center," says CEO Edward Johnson.

MD On Demand puts its patients' needs first. It is free to sign up for services, and the price of the visit to the physician is always transparent so that there are no billing surprises to the patient. The company works with many major insurance plans and employers. Their services are extensive and include urgent care, behavioral health, preventative health, and chronic care.

Along with services in the U.S., MD On Demand provides services in India and Egypt making it one of the only telemedicine companies that offers Digital Health care in three countries.

"At MD On Demand, we believe that everyone should have instant and affordable access to a board-certified doctor, whenever and wherever you need one," says Edward Johnson.

"Our team is available 24/7. We can even help you order prescriptions. Feeling better should not involve so much stress, so we've done everything we can to take the hassle and guesswork out of getting well," says Raj Singh, VP of Operations.

About MD On Demand

MD On Demand is a digital health company puts the patient first by providing access to physicians, psychiatrists, therapists and a care team of clinical providers and coordinators via video visits, voice and messaging. Patients can access coordinated, high-quality care in all 50 states, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Porter-Gaud School recognizes Bill Ennis for exceptional leadership and service

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Porter-Gaud School, located in Charleston South Carolina, announced it has awarded the Annual Sandra and Hank Cheves Leadership Award to Bill Ennis for his Exceptional Dedication and Service to The Porter-Gaud School, its Foundation and Endowment.

Bill Ennis is a Daniel Island resident and two of his Children attended Porter-Gaud School.

About Porter-Gaud:

The Porter-Gaud School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school in Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

Porter-Gaud has an enrollment of some 1000 students, comprising an elementary school, middle school, and high school, and is located on the banks of the Ashley River.

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Senior Citizen to Auction Waterfall, Lake and Rustic Cabin Comprising His Private, 5.8-Acre Mountain Oasis in South Carolina

SUNSET, S.C. -- In the mountains of western South Carolina, on a private property in the picturesque, lake-dotted town of Sunset, you'll find a most unusual lawn ornament. It rises 60-feet toward the sky, which, for the measurement-impaired, is about five stories, according to auction firm Tranzon Fox. This towering ornament is a natural waterfall, resplendent as the breathtaking focal point of owner Roger Abercrombie's 5.8-acre property that might be more rightly termed a mountain oasis.

Of course, during the pandemic, many people set about improving their outdoor spaces. However, no matter the capaciousness of one's budget, nor the voraciousness of one's ambition, Mr. Abercrombie's waterfall almost certainly would prevail in any contest awarding a crown for best backyard decor. Yet, he does not overlook its more practical side.

While many of us in this addled age purchase white-noise machines, play recordings of babbling brooks, and devour articles with sleep-hygiene tips in a bid to obtain a more peaceful slumber, Abercrombie just takes a seat on the porch of his rustic cabin overlooking the waterfall and lake. He reports that, having done so, he just about always drifts off within five minutes, serenaded to sleep by the sounds of water cascading over the rocks.

Of course, in case you missed the part about the lake, it should be noted that, yes, he also has not just a waterfall, but also a lake to enjoy. (It sure beats the rest of us ordering kiddie pools off of Amazon.) And it's trout-stocked, no less -- so perhaps the sounds of the fish occasionally splashing around also contribute to Abercrombie's ability to drift so swiftly off to dreamland.

Then again, many details of this property are storybook-perfect, as if constructed for a dreamland scenario, not least of which is the aforementioned cabin, with its flagstone fireplace, native wood floors and ceilings, and open kitchen and large family room with that glorious, glorious view of the lake and waterfall.

Oh, and the neighbors...or rather the lack thereof might also help soothe some folks to sleep.

As anyone who's had neighbors they didn't enjoy might appreciate, Mr. Abercrombie's paradise is bordered on three sides by the Keowee-Toxaway State Park. It's also got a remote-controlled gate and fencing to deter curiosity-seekers.

However, if your curiosity has been piqued, you might be thrilled to learn that Abercrombie, having known this property since first being introduced to it when he was a toddler, has decided it's time for someone else to enjoy it. He and his wife have retained Tranzon Fox to sell it via online auction, with bidding open May 25-27, 2021. After it's sold, they plan to satisfy a wanderlust and travel the country in an RV, possibly settling down, ultimately, in a place more remote than Sunset.

As it were, Sunset is halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, and 30 minutes north of Greenville, S.C., so this homestead easily allows use as a weekend getaway or family compound. And for those who need more room than the Abercrombies, there are a couple of suitable building sites, ideal for the construction of one's dream home. In fact, some have speculated it could even be a wonderful place to establish an inn, spa, restaurant, or other hospitality-oriented venture.

Ed Durnil, president of Tranzon Asset Advisors, who's partnering with Tranzon Fox on this sale, says, "In all my years, this is one of the most unique properties that's crossed my desk. And in a real estate market so lively that assessing the current value of even ordinary homes can be difficult, an auction is the perfect avenue to allow the buyers to help determine what this one-of-a-kind familial homestead is worth."

Ultimately, though, Mr. Abercrombie hopes that it will become a cherished part of the new owner's life and a wonderful source of family enjoyment - and that the new owners will find sleeping there comes just as easily to them as it does to him.

For more information, photos, open house dates, and to register to bid, visit

Tranzon Fox and Tranzon Asset Advisors are member companies of Tranzon, LLC. All Tranzon companies are independently owned and operated.


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Kids Read Now sends books through mail – no technology required – Closing the digital divide for South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across South Carolina, including Spartanburg County Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "The KRN in-home reading program has self-selected, leveled, and exciting books with parent-led activities every week which eliminates the need for technology and eradicates learning loss at the same time. Many kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"This was a neat program to get good books in the hands of students. I also liked the piece where they had to respond with parents. That added another layer that ensures they are reading the books. The program was easy and user friendly," says Kaye F., School Literacy Specialist, Spartanburg County Schools.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

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Monument to an African American Patriot Drummer? You Bet!

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- According to the Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance, if one battlefield archaeologist had his way, the first monument placed on the newly preserved Battle of Beaufort, SC site would not be to the two signers of the Declaration of Independence who also fought there. It would be an almost forgotten private. Not that Daniel Battle feels more than one monument is well deserved at one of South Carolina's newest sites.

By the end of 1778, most of the serious fighting of the War for American Independence had been predominantly in the northern half of the new United States. That was about to change as British Forces surged a new invasion into the southern states. During the British Southern Winter Campaign 1778-79, Georgia was overrun from both land and sea with forces invading from Florida and Sandy Hook, NJ. This appeared to it be the knock-out punch that might just end the American Rebellion. It was a chaotic moment when citizens and militia volunteers throughout the South were weighing their options and loyalties.

"If the King's Forces had strategized a forgiveness campaign as some had planned, rather than a war against the citizenry, the outcome of the war may have been much different," Battle claims. Still, a spark of hope in the American cause was desperately needed at this time. Southerners got that from an unlikely place at Beaufort, SC.

"The British had barely secured Savannah before the wharves had become backed up by wagon loads of loot and plunder being sent back out of port to destinations unknown. British officers were freely enriching themselves shipping off captured slaves and plantation commodities," Battle explained.

A British expeditionary naval force soon set off with the same designs for the Lowcountry of South Carolina. That navy flotilla left a trail of destruction, marked by plumes of burning residences, as it went up the sea islands toward Beaufort. After landing near town, however, they found an angry American force under the fiery General William Moultrie awaiting them. On February 3, 1779, British Regulars attempted to march into the town but were soundly repulsed. They were beaten by an ethnically diverse American militia. "This little victory helped bolster volunteers to the American Cause at a pivotal time when support was desperately needed for what was coming for South Carolina. The American Cause was on razor thin margins," Battle explained.

The engagement at Beaufort was the first true land battle of the war in South Carolina and the first victory for the Americans since the southern invasion. One British officer would later recount, with a sneer, the presence of several African Americans within the American ranks. One of these individuals, a free man of color from one of the surrounding islands, was serving as a drummer in the 4th SC Artillery.

"Drummers were critically important in those days because we didn't have electronic communications like radios to give out battle orders. The beat of drums informed our fighting men of such things as keeping to their post or alerting to new orders during the fighting," Battle explains. This was the beginning of Beaufort's Jim Capers distinguishing career. Private Capers would serve in some of the bloodiest battles of the war all the way up to the surrender of British General Cornwallis' at Yorktown.

"He would have likely had the honor to play his drums as the British stacked their arms and this must have been an incredible experience for Capers," Battle states.

During the war, his name had become well-recognized throughout the Southern command according to pension applications. One soldier claimed: "While encamped at Jacksonborough near Charleston, I heard that the 'great Drummer Jim Capers' under (Francis 'Swamp Fox') Marion was wounded at the battle of the Eutaw Springs, South Carolina."

After the war, Capers applied for the first United States pension. Capers and his wife, who was listed as a slave, were denied benefits. Capers died without the United States ever honoring the debt for his sacrifice of service. A simple gravestone in Alabama reads, "Jim Capers a man of Color and resident in the County of Pike & State of Alabama."

"Capers was an unwavering American Patriot who deserves recognition. There is a wrong here that should be set symbolically right. Certainly, we cannot even begin to ponder what the dream of freedom must have meant to soldiers like him. Erecting a monument makes an important statement and helps set the record straight. It bridges a gap with those who have often felt little or no connection with this part of our American History," Battle states.

About Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance:

The Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance (GARPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to study, research, and promote preservation of American Revolutionary War resources in the southeast region of the United States. Our group is made up of professional archaeologist and other specialist who support a range of projects from publications, scientific research, and visual resources for distribution to the public. Our goal is the identification and preservation of endangered battlefields and forts predominantly related to 18th Century America.

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