fbpx
Connect with us

Entertainment

IT’S OFFICIAL: PICKLEBALL IS NOW A “BLIMPWORTHY” SPORT

Published

on

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — For more than 65 years, the Goodyear Blimp’s presence at a sporting event has signaled the magnitude of the game as it’s known for only showing up to the greatest matchups.


On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Goodyear Blimp is scheduled to enter the airspace above the Life Time Rancho athletic resort in San Clemente, California, where the best Professional Pickleball Association (PPA Tour) players will compete in the CIBC PPA Tour Finals. This will mark the first time the Goodyear Blimp will provide aerial coverage for a professional Pickleball tournament and officially designate the sport and the PPA Tour as “Blimpworthy.”

To commemorate this moment for the sport, PPA Tour athletes Anna Leigh Waters, Catherine Parenteau and Jay Devilliers joined Goodyear Blimp pilots on Wednesday for a flight on the blimp to play the world’s smallest Pickleball match in the sky, as well as a pop-up Pickleball match at Goodyear’s airship base in Carson, California with the blimp looking on.

With an average growth rate of 158.6% over the last three years, Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America with more than 36.5 million players. The Carvana PPA Tour is the pro tour of Pickleball, where the sport’s top athletes go head-to-head to determine the best male and female players in the world.

“The Goodyear Blimp’s appearance at the CIBC PPA Tour Finals, the culmination of a thrilling season, is a symbol that Pickleball is officially entering the ranks of other professional sports – that we have arrived,” said Connor Pardoe, Founder and CEO of the PPA Tour. “We are thrilled to celebrate in this exciting moment for the sport as a whole and the PPA Tour this weekend with players and fans alike.”

Since 1955, the Goodyear Blimp has been providing stunning aerial views of stadiums across the country, revolutionizing the way fans experience sporting events. To date, the blimp has provided aerial coverage for more than 2,000 sports and entertainment events.

“We have a saying: if it’s a big event, the Goodyear Blimp is there,” said Chris Kostiuk, director, Goodyear Airship Operations.

“The Goodyear Blimp’s appearance at the final PPA tournament of the year is a fitting tribute to the sport’s growing popularity,” he added.

During the on-ground and in-air matches, both pilots and players donned a special line of Pickleball shoes designed by Skechers, the official shoe and sponsor of the PPA Tour. A natural complement to this collaboration, Skechers’ Pickleball shoes are designed with non-marking outsoles made with Goodyear Gold rubber technology. Built for increased durability and enhanced traction, the inclusion of Goodyear rubber allows the elite player to perform controlled slides on Pickleball court surfaces. In a nod to this unique collaboration among the three brands, Skechers is offering fans nationwide a chance to obtain a special offer announced during Sunday’s CIBC PPA Finals tournament broadcast.

Weather permitting, aerial coverage provided by the Goodyear Blimp for Sunday’s matches can be viewed on FS1 beginning at 3 p.m. PST. For more information on the blimp’s whereabouts, visit GoodyearBlimp.com.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear (NASDAQ: GT) is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 74,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

About Carvana PPA Tour:

Founded in 2019, the Carvana PPA Tour is where pickleball’s top athletes go head-to-head to determine the best male and female players in the world. The Carvana PPA Tour organizes and conducts tournaments at world-class facilities across the country, establishes player rankings, and awards over $5.5 million in annual prize money during the 2023 season with equal play and pay. Inviting amateur players to also compete and “play where the pros play,” the Carvana PPA Tour offers divisions for every age group and skill level. Characterized by a uniquely festive and fun atmosphere, Carvana PPA Tour events deliver unparalleled experiences for fans on-site, including pro player meet-and-greets, clinics, food, beverages, live entertainment, giveaways, games, shopping, and VIP upgrades. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com, and follow us on social: TwitterInstagramYouTubeFacebookLinkedIn.

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Continue Reading
Advertisement

anime

Exciting News: Undead Unluck Reveals Additional English Voice Cast Members!

Exciting news! TMS Entertainment unveils additional English voice cast for Undead Unluck. Episode 11 on Hulu now. Stay tuned for more!

Published

on

© YOSHIFUMI TOZUKA/SHUEISHA, UNDEAD UNLUCK PROJECT

TMS Entertainment has recently delighted fans with the release of Episode 11 of Undead Unluck, titled “Rio de Janeiro,” showcasing protagonists Andy and Fuko embarking on an intriguing mission. This installment introduces a thrilling black market auction and the elusive negator, “Unrepair,” adding depth to the series.

Moreover, Episode 12 will feature Chikara Shigeno, promising more riveting developments for viewers. The latest reveal of the English voice cast breathes life into these characters, with notable talents such as Stephen Fu, Kate Clarke, Chris Tergliafera, Chris Wei Lewis, and Kevin Andrew Rivera lending their voices to key roles.

Undead Unluck enthusiasts can catch Episode 11 on Hulu, with further cast announcements on the horizon. Creator Yoshifumi Tozuka’s unique narrative of a hapless girl and an immortal man colliding in chaos has captivated audiences since its serialization in 2020.

For more insights into this captivating series, visit tmsanime.com/undead-unluck and witness the magic unfold in the Undead Unluck trailer. TMS Entertainment USA, Inc., a powerhouse in anime production, continues to bring iconic titles like LUPIN THE 3rd and Dr. STONE to global audiences, solidifying its status as a premier anime studio.

Stay connected with TMS Anime on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to stay informed about Undead Unluck and other exciting projects. Let the saga of Undead Unluck sweep you off your feet as the plot thickens and characters evolve in this compelling tale of fate and friendship.

 For more information, visit www.tmsanime.com.

Follow TMS Anime to keep up with the latest announcements regarding Undead Unluck and other titles.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tmsanime
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnimeTMS
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tmsanime/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/AnimeonTMSOfficialChannel

Source: TMS Entertainment

Continue Reading

amusement and theme parks

10,000-room Crystal Lagoons Project Opens in Orlando Just Steps From Disney World

***The most visited destination in the U.S. offers a wide range of entertainment but lacks a beach. This development will make up for this with a crystalline lagoon and white sandy beaches.

***The complex features the first Conrad hotel in Orlando and consolidates the presence of the multinational in the hospitality industry.

Published

on

MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — More than 10,000 rooms will surround the lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® technologyrecently inaugurated in the United States. It is located just steps from Disney World and Universal Studios in the heart of Orlando, the most visited destination in the US, with 75 million tourists annually.  This city offers a wide range of entertainment options but lacks a beach, an issue remedied in this great development with a crystalline lagoon of the multinational innovation company founded by the scientist Fernando Fischmann.

Crystal Lagoons brings beach life to Orlando with an 8-acre crystalline lagoon at the Evermore Orlando Resort

The lagoon forms part of the Evermore Orlando Resortone of the largest tourism projects in Florida. The large 8-acre body of water with extensive beaches breaks the hotel paradigm by providing truly superior standards and consolidates the presence of Crystal Lagoons in the hospitality and entertainment industry.

Surrounding the lagoon is Orlando’s first Conrad hotel, a luxury brand of the Hilton chain, as well as a variety of homes, villas and apartments. In addition, there is an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers in history.

“Every hotel project incorporating a Crystal Lagoons® amenity becomes the most attractive destination in the area. Conrad, one of the world’s leading hotel chains, understood this and decided to make a qualitative leap with respect to the existing offer in the most touristic area of the U.S.,” said Iván Manzur, Senior Vice President of Sales of Crystal Lagoons US Corp.

The United States is the main operation of Crystal Lagoons worldwide, with more than 275 projects at different stages of development and negotiation. Among the most important are Aqua, Mirada, Sole Mia, Balmoral, Windsong Ranch, Beachwalk, and Southshore Bay. The recent joint venture to develop four Public Access Lagoons™ complexes, also known as PAL™, in Texas, stands out and will add to the successful public access developments Epperson (Florida) and Lago Mar (Texas).

About Crystal Lagoons

Crystal Lagoons is a U.S.-based multinational that developed a technology allowing crystalline lagoons of unlimited sizes to be built and maintained at low cost anywhere. It has more than 1,000 projects at various stages of development and negotiation worldwide.

With over 3,000 patents in 160 countries, its sustainable amenities use up to 100 times fewer chemicals and only 2% of the energy required by conventional swimming pools. Bureau Veritas verified the technology’s efficient water use, concluding that a 1-Ha/2.5-ac. lagoon utilizes 33 times less water than a golf course and 40% less water than a park of the same size. Crystal Lagoons® amenities can use sea, fresh, and brackish water, which is abundant and has no other use.

Contact: press@crystal-lagoons.com  

SOURCE Crystal Lagoons

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Qualifying Tie Between Ukraine and Romania to be held at Omni Amelia Island Resort

Published

on

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Omni Amelia Island Resort – the oceanfront destination nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast – will be the location for the Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Qualifying Tie between Ukraine and Romania from April 12-13, 2024.

Billie Jean King with Elina Svitolina

The Svitolina Foundation, which manages the Ukrainian women’s national team in the Billie Jean King Cup, selected Omni Amelia Island Resort as the new host site for the tie. Racquet Park, the resort’s award winning tennis and pickleball center, features 22 har-tru clay tennis courts in addition to a sunken stadium court. Omni Amelia Island Resort has hosted professional tennis tournaments for over three decades, most notably serving as the host site of the WTA International tournament from 1980-2008.

“I am so excited to be part of this exciting opportunity at Omni Amelia Island Resort to bring world-class tennis back to North Florida,” said Elina Svitolina, the top ranked Ukrainian player and former world no. 3. “Of course, our dream would be holding our home tie in Ukraine, as it has always been, but during the war it is not possible. Bush Tennis Center has been an amazing supporter and partner of the Svitolina Foundation, and to have them supporting us in our first tie as the organizing party of the Ukrainian Billie Jean King Cup team means a lot. We hope that many people can come out and support us as we take on Romania and really help us create a home atmosphere.”

The competition will be a best-of-five match series with the top women’s players from Ukraine and Romania competing to advance to the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals. The event is one of eight held around the world in April, with the winners of each advancing to the finals next November in Seville, Spain, to compete for the title. The qualifier begins Friday, April 12th with two singles matches featuring each country’s top two players. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 13th with an amended schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.

“Omni Amelia Island Resort is a fantastic venue for both teams to compete,” said Tim Stallard, tie co-organizer and Executive Director of Bush Tennis Center. “The strong local tennis community has a great opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world compete in the ‘World Cup of Tennis’.”

Tickets and VIP hospitality packages will go on sale to the public March 8th at 9am. More information, including final schedule and confirmed players will be announced soon. 100% of the proceeds from the tie will benefit the Svitolina Foundation and the Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program, helping children worldwide with access to tennis equipment, programs and other resources. 

For media inquiries, or information on corporate or individual sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tim Stallard at tim@bushtenniscenter.org or (512) 576-4796.

For more information on the event visit: www.billiejeankingcup.com

About Svitolina Foundation

A charitable organization that has been working hard since 2019 to identify and support young talent  and create the right conditions for them to ensure the future of Ukrainian tennis. Since the beginning of the large scale invasion, the Svitolina Foundation has launched new areas of activity: assistance to athletes and their families fleeing the war, a psychological support program for athletes, sports diplomacy, and a series of tournaments with grants of support for Ukrainian children.  

About Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program

The Bush-Wikse ACE Outreach Program is a non-profit organization honoring the legacy of President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and Hall-of-Fame Coach Patrick Wikse,  to Advise, Counsel and Encourage (ACE) youth by connecting positive role models and resources through the sport of tennis. In addition to learning the sport of tennis, ACE promotes core values of sportsmanship, integrity, self-confidence, and hard work.

SOURCE Bush Tennis Center

Continue Reading

Trending