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LIL WAYNE JOINS TEXAS RANCHERS MAJOR LEAGUE PICKLEBALL OWNERSHIP GROUP AS INVESTOR & STRATEGIC ADVISOR

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The Kid LAROI, Emmanuel Acho, The Ruia Family (Essar Group), Alex Moore (8VC) and more join the team as part-owners.

The Texas Ranchers are backed by an illustrious list of owners, including Scottie Scheffler, Zach Bryan, Taylor Fritz, Bobby Bones, Kendra Scott, Micah Parsons, Myles Garrett and more.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, Oct. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas Ranchers – one of the eight founding Major League Pickleball (MLP) teams in the U.S. – today announced that GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lil Wayne will join the team’s ownership group and will serve as a strategic advisor. Lil Wayne joins the Texas Ranchers’ group of more than 30 owners, which spans power players from professional sports, fashion, business, music and entertainment.

Lil Wayne Named Investor & Strategic Advisor for the Texas Ranchers

In his role as strategic advisor, Lil Wayne will provide direction for the brand to help drive national and local fandom to the sport, further strengthening the Texas Ranchers position as America’s Pickleball Team. He will also support creative ideation and the development of future apparel collaborations, and work with the team to build pickleball courts in underserved areas.

“Pickleball is the moment and I’m excited to be part of the Texas Ranchers ownership group,” said Lil Wayne. “I’ve enjoyed watching and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join this team of owners.”

“We’re so excited to have Lil Wayne on board,” said Evan Floersch, CEO of the Texas Ranchers. “From the get-go, we set out to build a team that, at its core, was centered in pop culture to support our mission of becoming one of the most recognized brands in American sports. Having Wayne’s guidance, along with the rest of this incredible ownership group, emphasizes our stance on redefining sports ownership and being a positive force for good in our local pickleball community and beyond.”

The Ranchers have expanded the ownership group with the additions of singer-songwriter and rapper The Kid LAROI; sports commentator and former NFL athlete Emmanuel Acho; 8VC venture capital partner Alex Moore; LA Clippers owner and CEO of Verbena Road Holdings Dennis Wong; real estate moguls Richard and Pam Squires; Matt Mullenweg, the Founder of WordPress; The Ruia Family, the billionaire business tycoons who founded and own the Essar Group in India; CEO and Founder of ENTITY Academy Jennifer Schwab Wangers; and CEO and Founder of Levitate Foundry Steph Liu.

The Ranchers ownership group includes #1 ranked golfer in the world Scottie Scheffler; award-winning country music star Zach Bryan and veteran managers Danny Kang and Stefan Max; United Talent Agency partner Mike G; Kenny Meiselas, partner at Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, P.C; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett; Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson; #1 ranked American tennis player Taylor Fritz; one of the NFL’s top agents David Mulugheta; radio personality Bobby Bones; founder and designer Kendra Scott; Raising Cane’s founder Todd Graves; leading marketing group Get Engaged Media and its co-founders and partners Cam Fordham, Alex Dermer and Ben Hiott; and Hollywood brand amplifiers Ken Hertz and Liz Heller.

Additional owners include: Ajay Nwosu (CEO & President, TeqBall), Navin Chaddha (Mayfield), Arjun Sethi (Tribe Capital), Max Altman (Apollo Projects), Garrett Salpeter (NeuFit), Gordie Gronkowski, Jr. (Gronk Fitness; VUE Drink), Brek Shea (Blade & Grass FC), Michael Ma (Liquid 2VC; CreatorDAO), Jesse Boskoff (Status Labs), Harold Hughes (Bandwagon), Devon Low & Jeremy Hills (Kollective), Bill Vuylsteke (ProvidentFM), Nancy Fechnay (Founder, Unique Ventures), Ted Moskovitz (Founder, DecentraNet), Brad Palmer (Palm Ventures), Limited Ventures, Jason Loebig (Live Better Co), Mike Krilivsky (NFTPay), Drew Austin and Elana Dickman’s Red Beard Ventures, Spencer Kaye (Transform Capital), Eric Goldreyer (bnbfinder), Tony Gupta (LXMI Capital), Lucas Siegel (Flukies Capital), Nick Jarjour (JarjourCo), and TRID and Sheena Melwani (Content Creator and Media Personality), among others.

For more information on the Texas Ranchers, please visit https://ranchers.com/ and follow the team on Instagram.

ABOUT TEXAS RANCHERS
The Texas Ranchers is the premier Major League Pickleball (MLP) team in the United States, located in Austin, Texas. Founded by Bryan Sheffield with an investment by tech banker Tim Klitch, the Texas Ranchers were one of the founding MLP teams in 2021. Now helmed by 26-year-old serial entrepreneur, Evan Floersch, alongside Ted Moskovitz and Nancy Fechnay, the Texas Ranchers are supported by an influential list of more than 30 owners including professional athletes, artists, pop culture figures, business moguls, entrepreneurs and investors. With a mission to become America’s Pickleball Team, the Ranchers are committed to redefining what sports ownership looks like in the future and how sports can leave a lasting, positive impact on the world and countless communities. For more information, please visit https://ranchers.com/.

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE PICKLEBALL (MLP BY MARGARITAVILLE)
Major League Pickleball (MLP by Margaritaville) is the preeminent team-based professional pickleball league and the standard-bearer for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Founded by Steve Kuhn in 2021, MLP has since expanded from eight to 24 teams and is committed to growing the sport’s role in society and impacting every facet of pickleball’s business.

MLP features nearly 100 of the best athletes in the sport spread across 24 teams, a unique coed format, iconic team owners, an innovative draft format, easy to understand scoring, and the largest payouts in prize money across all of pro pickleball.

In December 2022, MLP named its first-ever title sponsor, Margaritaville, branding the league MLP by Margaritaville. A global lifestyle brand inspired by Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville, has served more than 20 million travelers and consumers every year to change their latitude and attitude with Margaritaville. For more information, visit www.margaritaville.com.

For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit the official website and follow MLP on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTok and YouTube.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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  

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

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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.

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