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Jack an off-field Darling - 20 April 2017

PLAYERS CARE Players like Jack Darling are hard to come by. Athletic and agile key position forwards are rare but the West Coast big man has also shown a personal quality the majority of the footy world wouldn’t be aware of. Darling’s a Ronald McDonald House ambassador, which isn’t new information, but what’s come to light is his passion for helping out those in need. “I’d like to think I’d still be doing something like this even if I wasn’t a footballer,” Da...
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The best of the MoleMap series - 30 March 2017

    The AFL Players’ Association teamed up with MoleMap throughout summer to spread the message of skin checks within the Australian lifestyle. As part of the series, AFL players Andrew Mackie and Tom Lonergan, Daisy Pearce and Mel Hickey and Luke Breust and Isaac Smith described their football journeys — most of which involved being outdoors and playing sport from an early age. With two out of three Australians getting skin cancer in their lifetime, early detection is vital and can save...
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ESPN SC Featured - Presenting The Cubs' World Series Rings: The Ring Bearers - 17 April 2017

For 108 years Chicago Cubs fans waited, but in 2016 the unthinkable happened as the “lovable losers” became champions. To honor their fans, the Cubs held a contest to make a dream come true for 20 of their most loyal fans: presenting the World Series rings. Published on Apr 17, 2017  
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Cubs trophy seen as nearly 'a religious artifact' - 19 January 2017

The Chicago Cubs World Series trophy seems to have taken on special meaning for thousands of fans who have waited for hours to see it in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. “It's almost becoming a religious artifact of some sort,” said Allen Hermeling, senior director of corporate partnerships for the Cubs, who accompanied the trophy. The estimated 5 million people who turned out for the parade and celebration in Chicago in November put that event in the top 10 of mass gatherings w...
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Toyota Tundra Carries Ten-Foot-Tall World Series Trophy During Cubs Victory Parade - 4 November 2016

Toyota, the official automotive sponsor of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, congratulates the Cubs on their historic World Series Championship! During the World Series victory parade, a ten-foot-tall replica of the World Series trophy will be carried in the bed of a 2017 Toyota Tundra. A second Tundra will carry Clark, the official mascot of the Cubs, who will be waving to fans along the parade route. A RAV4, featuring an exclusive Cubs wrap, will round out the lineup. Last year, the Cubs an...
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Flying the W flag after a win is tradition, but now it's changing - 20 October 2016

Chicago Cubs fans are showing their loyalty these days and not just after a North Side victory. For Cubs fans, the flying of the W flag after a victory is tradition. But now that tradition has evolved. The custom began in the 1930s. After home games, scoreboard operators would hoist either a white flag with a blue W or a blue flag with a white L, thus announcing the outcome to neighbors and elevated-train riders. The Cubs also installed two lights on top of the scoreboard to illuminate the flag...
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A Conversation with Night Train Veeck - 17 February 2016

A little after Thanksgiving in 2012, I met up with Night Train Veeck, then a group sales executive with the White Sox, at Miller’s Pub for drinks and conversation. Baseball fans may recognize that last name: Night Train is the grandson of Bill Veeck Jr., former owner of the Chicago White Sox, and the son of Mike Veeck, the promotions director responsible for the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park in 1979. Night Train began interning with the Sox in 2010, becoming the third gen...
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Baseball's Bill Veeck Changed The Pitch Of The National Pastime - 11 June 2016

Bill Veeck's surname rhymes with deck. As in how he KO'd baseball's tradition. A transformational baseball owner, Bill Veeck: Changed the makeup of stadiums, players and fans. Signed the first black player in the American League. Turned venues into carnivals. Produced Cleveland's last World Series triumph. Hired the first black front-office executive. Put the Go in Chicago's pennant-winning Go-Go Sox of 1959. Added names to uniforms and pregame shows to radio. Made millions of doll...
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Mike Veeck Preaches Fan First Fun for St. Paul Saints - 1 March 2015

Outside of players and managers, there are few names in baseball that are as recognizable as the name Veeck. It is a name that is on equal standing with such legendary baseball figures as George Steinbrenner, Ken Burns, and Bill James. Many recognize the name Bill Veeck as a Hall of Fame owner, but it is his son, Mike Veeck, that has taken his personal passion for the game and built the most highly successful independent league baseball team in North America, the St. Paul Saints. Mike’s father...
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The St. Paul Saints went marching out of Midway Stadium, marking end of an era - 29 August 2014

Three hours before game time at Midway Stadium on Thursday seemed to follow the same familiar ritual the St. Paul Saints have followed for the past 22 seasons as they prepared to face the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Players, arms crossed and talking, stood scattered around the tarp-covered field under an intermittent drizzle and dreary-gray skies. The first hint of barbecue smoke wafted from the nearby parking lot, signaling the arrival of the early die-hards, like the Miller family, who have been coming...
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Lowertown Ballpark Update #1 - 12 June 2013

In this first in a series of regular updates, the City of Saint Paul takes you behind the scenes on construction of the Lowertown Regional Ballpark, the future home to the Saint Paul Saints, amateur and youth teams and other events. In this episode we'll learn about the architectural firm designing the facility, and the environmental clean up company readying the old Diamond Products factory for demolition.    Published on 12 June 2013  
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Mike Veeck talks about the St Paul Saints' new stadium in Lowertown - 14 May 2013

The location of a new professional sports stadium is critical to building support -- public and private, financial and emotional. Perhaps there's no better example than the new stadium for the St. Paul Saints, to be built in Lowertown -- a now trendy part of St. Paul. It's a unique location for a team that is equally out of the ordinary. Published on May 14, 2013.    Greater MSP Business Show  
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A Veeck is back working for the White Sox - 12 September 2012

Sunday was Grandparents' Day at U.S. Cellular Field. The person in charge of group sales for the event, according to a sign spotted at the ballpark, was one "Night Train Veeck." Was this some kind of gag? Is there such a person as a Night Train Veeck? And, if so, does it mean that a member of the legendary Veeck baseball family has once more been turned loose upon our fair city? A call to the number on the advertisement provided quick answers. “Train,” came the voice on the other end of the p...
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Mike Veeck has shaped the St. Paul Saints in his own image - 2 May 2012

Every year, Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, waits for the crowds at the Baseball Hall of Fame to thin. He finds a bench with his wife, Libby, and stares up at the plaque facing them. The visage of Mike's father, Bill, looks down — his trademark grin emblazoned across the facade. "It's the place I feel closest to him," Mike says, his charcoal goatee turning up in a bittersweet smile. The plaque enumerates Bill's many accomplishments: World Series owner, renowned innovator, "c...
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Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints - 2 May 2012

St. Paul Saints' Midway Stadium is crumbling. Ask anyone on the team, and many lawmakers in the city and state Legislature, and it's the common refrain. "Midway's great, but it's time to move on," says Kevin Millar, former St. Paul Saint and World Series winner with the Boston Red Sox. Constructed in 1982, Midway Stadium, near Energy Park, was designed as a civic ballpark to be open to the public. It has since undergone two expansions, and currently seats over 6,000. Thirty years on, Midway reta...
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Veeck's mission is simple: Bring the fun - 1 November 2006

Fun is good, and so is business for the minor league's premier ownership team, the Goldklang Group. Guided by minor league promotions guru Mike Veeck, four of the five teams fully-owned by the Goldklang Group - Charleston, Fort Myers, Hudson Valley and flagship St. Paul - set attendance records this season. The Saints, who play an abbreviated schedule in the American Association of Professional Baseball, led the way, drawing 377,078 fans. Unwilling to rest on their success, the Goldklang Group ...
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Mike Veeck says "Fun is Good" - 1 April 2005

Midgets? Nuns who give massages? Disco Demolition Night? Free vasectomies on Father's Day? If there's one thing Mike Veeck learned from his father and from building a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, it's this: Fun is good.   Laugh if you want at Labor Day, when pregnant women get in free. Chuckle at the mascots running bases, the silly gags, the goofy promotions. That's exactly what Mike Veeck wants. One of minor league baseball's most successful ...
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Veeck Still Treats Baseball As Game; Fans Are No. 1 When They Visit Minors' Saints - 23 June 1996

St. Paul Saints games in the independent Northern League, massage-giving nuns roam the stands and a tuxedo-clad pig delivers baseballs to umpires. They have had a ballpark seance in which fans tried to reach Thomas Edison but kept getting some guy named Joe. And one night they debuted Mime-O-Vision, where five mimes recreated close plays and got pelted with hot dogs. "We sold 26,000 hot dogs," Saints' co-owner Mike Veeck told the Los Angeles Times. "It was great." Veeck is the No. 1...
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Veeck His Name, Fun His Game; Bill's Son Mike Running Class A `Riot' In St. Paul - 27 June 1993

      ST. PAUL — The St. Paul Saints' first workout was being watched closely by the local media at Municipal Stadium-until club President Mike Veeck walked in. See Veeck? He's the guy dressed in the purple shirt and silk tie with baseball-team logos on it. Even in the minor leagues, Veeck doesn't look like your stereotypical baseball executive. Any resemblance between Veeck and some of the button-down major-league executives who run their clubs like corporations is mere coinci...
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Mike Veeck couldn't stay away - 5 May 1991

Jericho the Miracle Dog fetches foul balls. Fans behind the first-base dugout get their hair  and a blind radio announcer broadcasts from the press box. Visiting Municipal Stadium for a Florida State League game, you`d think Bill Veeck were still alive. Veeck died in 1986. But his willingness to try any promotion that would put people in the seats lives on in his son Mike, president of the Pompano Beach Class A team known as the Miracle. `My dad and I were great friends for a long time...
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Good partnerships win, say global event leaders Brendan McClements and Paul Bush - 4 December 2015

Strong partnership is the key to success, according to the leaders that attract events to Scotland and the Australian state of Victoria. Strong partnerships are the key to delivering a flourishing events and festivals portfolio, according to Brendan McClements, Chief Executive of Australia’s Victorian Major Events Company and Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events.  The driving forces of two of the world’s most successful event destinations spoke to Host City at the National Event...
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International Champions Cup to Expand to Asia In 2015 - 5 August 2014

      With the success of the International Champions Cup soccer tournament, the event organizers have announced that the competition will be expanding to Asia in the summer of 2015. “The 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup featured the largest soccer crowd ever in the United States, continually put world-class soccer on display across North America, and Monday night in Miami was no exception,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports. “Manchester United and Liverpool...
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PNG Hunters prove popular as they blaze a trail for a rugby league-mad nation - 17 September 2015

The Intrust Super Cup team is bringing together a culturally diverse country and creating pathways for a whole new generation of players Michael Marum is more than just a rugby league coach, he is the leader of a movement. “At village level rugby league has replaced clan warfare,” he says. “At a national level the PNG Hunters are bringing the nation together. Millions are watching.” Papua New Guinea is a land of 1,400 islands, 1,000 ethnic groups, 800 languages and one great love: ...
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Yalla Yalla! The joy and pain of supporting Iraqi football

Irrespective of the on-field heartbreak or heroics, the Iraqi football fans have shown an Australian audience what passion looks like.  As Liverpool FC's legendary Manager, Bill Shankly once said " Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that ...". When Shankly shared this nugget of wisdom, it was unlikely that he had Iraqi football fans in mind, but it’s a more than fitti...
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AFC Asian Cup 2015 Communities Program Delivers Amazing Crowds - 8 April 2015

The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Communities Program has been instrumental in ensuring the Asian Cup is one of the most successful and inclusive major events ever held in Australia. Almost 383,000 fans attended the 26 matches not involving the Socceroos for an average of 14,727. The LOC had worked with cultural marketing specialists Red Elephant Projects to execute the program. The program achieved outcomes beyond our expectations. The Asian Cup crowds have been a vital part of the tournament...
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Community ambassador program could prove to be the legacy of 2015 Asian Cup - 3 February 2015  

The 2015 Asian Cup could have a legacy far greater than covered benches at football grounds as Football Federation of Australia are in discussions to maintain the community ambassador program that helped make the tournament a success.  An ambassador program run by Red Elephant Projects and funded by the 2015 Asian Cup LOC was a major driving force behind the high ticket sales for games not involving the host nation and it could now help boost support for the A-League and other games. Me...
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Hyundai A-League in harmony with Australia’s diversity - 20 October 2012

The first multicultural audit of the players in the Hyundai A-League have revealed an extraordinarily diverse player base drawn from all continents with 56 ancestries represented. The audit involved a survey of over 200 Hyundai A-League players across 10 clubs in 2011/12 and was commissioned by FFA as part of a multicultural fan engagement campaign. It measured a number of variables including ancestry, player place of birth, languages other than English spoken and those who have one or more pa...
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Australians of all backgrounds and creeds will come together for Melbourne Heart FC's inaugural Harmony Day game - 16 February 2012

Australians of all backgrounds and creeds will come together for Melbourne Heart FC's inaugural Harmony Day game on Friday February 17 as Melbourne Heart FC take on Gold Coast United at AAMI Park. Australians of all backgrounds and creeds will come together for Melbourne Heart FC's inaugural Harmony Day game on Friday February 17 as Melbourne Heart FC take on Gold Coast United at AAMI Park. Melbourne Heart FC Assistant Coach Ante Milicic has described Friday's clash as a 'must-win' for the s...
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AFL kicks goals for multicultural Australia - 24 November 2009

AFL kicks goals for multicultural Australia   Nick Hatzoglou talks to Neos Kosmos about the AFL's Multicultural Program and its work in extending aussie rules to culturally diverse communities. 5         1 vote Select rating Cancel rating Poor Okay Good Great Awesome Cancel rating Poor Okay Good Great Awesome Your rating: None Nick Hatzoglou with future Greek AFL s...
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New Zealand Rugby League World Cup Festivals kick off this week - 16 March 2017

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) are launching their national Festivals programme in Dunedin this week. NZRL and RLWC2017 have partnered to deliver 20 festivals across New Zealand, giving young rugby league players and their families the chance to learn more about rugby league and to get behind the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns in their respective Rugby League World Cup campaigns this year. Fans and their families will get their first opportunity this Friday (1...
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RLWC2017's first New Zealand community ambassadors inducted - 3 February 2017

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 Organising Committee has welcomed the first of the tournament's New Zealand Community Ambassadors at an event held in Auckland. In front of New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill, the first of a 100-strong team of Community Ambassadors received their uniform from RLWC2017 Chief Ambassador NZ, Sir Peter Leitch. "Our Rugby League World Cup Community Ambassadors are passionate advocates of the sport and understand...
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Major Events Fund invests in Rugby League World Cup

2017 Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced up to $1.35 million will be invested, through the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF), to help New Zealand co-host the Rugby League World Cup 2017 with Australia. “The Rugby League World Cup 2017 is expected to deliver strong economic benefits for New Zealand, particularly as New Zealand will host a home semi-final game,” Mr Joyce says. “As one of the host nations, New Zealand ...
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Olivet Announces Education Partnership with Chicago Cubs - 2 March 2016

Olivet Nazarene University today announced a new partnership with the Chicago Cubs, that makes Olivet the official education partner of the Cubs organization. Ben Zobrist, Cubs second baseman and a member of Olivet's class of 2004, will serve as the University's spokesperson. Zobrist is a 12 year veteran of Major League Baseball, World Series champion, and an alumnus of Olivet. As an ambassador for Olivet, Zobrist will appear in promotional assets for the partnership specifically focusing on the...
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Kansas City Royals Fans Save Puppy Left in Hot Car for Hours - 23 June 2016

When Michael Warner heard a yelp, he knew something wasn't right. Leaving Sunday's Kansas City Royals baseball game early, Warner and his family heard the screams coming from the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium, according to the Kansas City Star. When they finally located the car from which the panicked shrieks were coming, the family realized it was a young puppy, trapped in the sweltering vehicle. “First I was like, there better not be a baby in a car. I walked over and started looking throu...
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Kansas City Royals To Host Peanut-Free Events For People With Allergies - 25 April 2014

The Kansas City Royals said on Thursday that they would offer special events at select games for those with severe peanut allergies. The announcement was a victory for Janna Miller of Knob Noster, Mo. In March, Miller started a Facebook group to encourage allergy-sensitive events at Royals games after noticing none listed on this season’s schedule. Her son, Weston, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy when he was three. Weston, who is now 10, had been to peanut-free events at Royals games...
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Fans rally behind Gold Coast NRL club pushing Titans’ membership to cusp of 10,000 - 6 March 2015

THE Titans are only 300 short of reaching 10,000 memberships for the first time in the club’s short history. About 9700 memberships have been sold ahead of the team’s first hit out on Saturday night. The club had a record 8768 members in 2014 and were hoping to break the 10,000 figure this year. While official numbers are still being verified membership manager Chris Knell said the club was well on track to reaching the major milestone. “If it keeps going the way that it is going we should g...
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Rise in membership numbers gives Gold Coast Titans boost following lean times for the NRL club - Gold Coast Titans supporters have rallied by buying memberships - 7 December 2014

THE Gold Coast Titans have seen a boost in membership numbers following mass changes in the club hierarchy. Despite four lean seasons on the field, including a 14th-placed finish last season, the Titans’ membership base is tracking at 10 per cent better than the same time last year. It has been a big year of change for the NRL franchise with club founder Michael Searle and foundation coach John Cartwright resigning from their roles in August. The club appointed a board of directors for the fir...
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mrblairhughes - Fun, Free, Fabulous: 2015 Netball World Cup FanFEST Review

Fun. Free. Fabulous. This was the slogan for the recent FanFEST held in August at Sydney’s AllPhones Arena as part of the 2015 Netball World Cup (NWC2015) and what a spectacle for the senses it proved to be for fans who travelled far and wide for the sport’s premier tournament. The sport of netball in Australia is a success story that continues to set new benchmarks as a result of record-breaking crowds in the ANZ Championship, an ever-expanding number of corporate partnerships, huge rises in...
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French, German & English travellers are sportshosted in Melbourne ( a few drinks and then an AFL game - 29 August 2016

French, German & English travellers meet locals in Melbourne to see their first ever Australian Rules Football game. Before heading off to the match they meet and have a few drinks at the Saint and Rouge. The SportsHosts Project is a social trial designed to connect travellers to locals to see sports globally.  29 August 2016  
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NFL And Super Bowl Host Committee Launch Super Bowl LII Business Connect Program - 18 November 2016

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC), in partnership with the National Football League (NFL), is inviting local, diverse business owners to the launch of the Super Bowl LII Business Connect Program. Business Connect is the NFL's Super Bowl supplier diversity initiative charged with identifying local, diverse and certified, event-ready businesses in Minnesota to compete for Super Bowl contracts and providing networking and professional development workshops for those businesses. The p...
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Super Bowl to bring 'Super School Breakfast' to 52 Minnesota communities - 15 November 2016

Host Committee Legacy Fund announces first phase of 52 weeks of giving leading up to Super Bowl LII, focused on Fun, Fuel, and Fundamentals. As part of its focus on 'Fun, Fuel, and Fundamentals,' the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund announced today that it will provide Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast-in-the-Classroom grants – a Super School Breakfast – to 52 communities across the state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. In partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60...
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Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's Website Now Bigger And Bolder - 15 July 2016

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee announced today it has added fresh content and features to its website, which serves as a central hub for updates and news around activities and events in Minnesota leading up to Super Bowl LII, to be played in the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The updated website is to serve as hub for news related to Super Bowl LII events and activities. "Our Host Committee website is our portal for keeping residents, visitors, local businesses and sponsoring partners up-to-th...
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Andrew Fagan talks about life as Crows CEO - 1 April 2016

Andrew Fagan halts mid-sentence as he recalls the days following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh last July. He is remembering the thousands who gathered just below his first floor office at Crows’ headquarters to leave a tribute — a footy, maybe an old jumper, a note — to mourn the loss of a man most of them had never met. “I just got tingles speaking about it,’’ he confesses. To Fagan, the reaction to Walsh’s tragic killing was an indication of just how deep the roots of football...
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Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Appoints Communications Executive - 25 August 2015

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the hiring of Andrea Mokros as Vice President of Communications to oversee media engagement and outreach efforts around Super Bowl LII, which Minneapolis will host in February 2018. Andrea Mokros is tasked with showcasing opportunity, personality of Minnesota and Bold North. "Super Bowl LII is a platform to showcase Minnesota's engaged business community, innovative and progressive lifestyle and beautiful attractions to the world," said Ho...
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Mokros appointed to Super Bowl LII Host Committee - 25 August 2015

Andrea Mokros’ public relations career has taken her to Gov. Mark Dayton’s office, President Obama’s White House and now the National Football League’s Super Bowl. Mokros announced Tuesday that she’s returning to Minnesota to oversee media and outreach for the Super Bowl Host Committee, which will run the event at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018. The Vikings’ new $1.1 billion home won’t open until next summer, but the state has already won the bid to host the big game. Since Host Committee CE...
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"Sons of the West" Graduation - Channel Nine News Melbourne Feature

Published on Aug 27, 2014 Watch the Channel Nine News Melbourne feature on the 'Sons of the West' Men's Health Program Graduation that was held at Victoria University Whitten Oval, where successful participants were presented guernseys by program ambassadors to mark their successful completion of the 12-week program. Published on 27 August 2014
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Sons of the West flock to Health Expo

The Western Bulldogs' men's health program is recruiting members! The Sons of the West gathered at Victoria University Whitten Oval for a health expo and we spoke to program ambassadors Doug Hawkins and Steve Kretiuk about the importance of men's health in the Western region.. Published on May 27, 2014 The Western Bulldogs' men's health program is recruiting members! The Sons of the West gathered at Victoria University Whitten Oval for a health expo and we spoke to program ambassadors D...
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Western Bulldogs launch 'Sons of the West' mens health programme

BulldogsTV was on hand as the Western Bulldogs today launched Sons of the West, a $1.2 million men's health initiative developed in alliance with the Liverpool FC Foundation " the community arm of English Premier League powerhouse, Liverpool FC (LFC). AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou, media identities Luke Darcy and Gerard Healy, celebrity chef Shane Delia and past players Doug Hawkins, Brad Johnson, Steve Kretiuk, Scott West and Tony Liberatore. Published on May 8, 2014 - Western Bulldogs
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Reselling the Hawks to Atlanta

Diagnosing the root of Atlanta's historic apathy toward its NBA franchise has long been a discussion among the city's sports fans and amateur sociologists. The snarling traffic is often cited. Some say Atlanta is a city of transplants who brought their loyalties to other teams with them. There's the loser theory, too - that fans in Atlanta don't connect to the Hawks because the team hasn't been to the NBA's final four since 1969. and that the roster hasn't featured a bona fide superstar since Do...
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Western Bulldogs back Sons of the West wellness program

The Western Bulldogs, Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council have partnered up to launch the ‘Sons of the West’ male health program – which aims to change men’s physical activity programs in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs. The free program aims to promote healthier lifestyles and improved health for men aged 18 years and over living and working in Melbourne’s West
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