NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Seven-time Super Bowl champion and entrepreneur Tom Brady has entered a partnership with Knighthead Capital Management LLC (“Knighthead”), to become a minority owner of Birmingham City Ltd. Brady will become Chairman of the new Advisory Board, working directly with the Club’s Board and members of Birmingham City Football Club’s leadership team.
As Chairman of the Advisory Board, Brady will apply his extensive leadership experience and expertise across several components of the Club, including working alongside the sports science department to advise on health, nutrition, wellness, and recovery systems and programs. In addition, Brady will work closely with the Board and the management team on global marketing efforts and the identification of new commercial partnership opportunities for the Club.
An NFL legend who is universally recognized among the greatest players in league history, Brady retired in 2023 after 23 illustrious seasons. Among his innumerable accolades and accomplishments, Brady holds the record for most Super Bowl victories with seven and most Super MVPs with five. In addition, he earned the NFL Most Valuable Player Award three times, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice, and has been honored with multiple ESPY Awards and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year distinctions, along with his naming to the NFL 100th Anniversary ‘All-Time Team.’
Even in retirement, Brady has continued his relentless pursuit of sporting excellence, and his passion for competition has culminated in several highly successful global endeavours with Knighthead across a variety of sports. In addition to the Birmingham City Ltd. partnership, Brady joined Knighthead’s ownership group for a Major League Pickleball team in 2022, and in March 2023, Brady’s lifestyle apparel clothing company, BRADY™, was announced as the Official Apparel Partner of Knighthead’s World Endurance Championship racing team, Hertz Team JOTA, which competed at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June. Taken together, these ventures are illustrative of Brady’s unyielding commitment to exercise his entrepreneurial instincts and to bridge the gap between athlete and entrepreneur.
Tom Wagner said: “Tom Brady joining the Birmingham City team is a statement of intent. We are setting the bar at world class. Tom is both investing and committing his time and extensive expertise. As Chair of the Advisory Board Tom will have a direct impact on the Club. The Men’s, Women’s, and Academy teams are going to benefit from the knowledge. The goal that Tom has committed to own is to make Birmingham City a respected leader in nutrition, health, wellness, and recovery across the world of football.”
He added: “A commitment to Blues fans was made on May 8, 2023, to add experts from the world of sport and football to the team, putting in place the building blocks for future success. With Garry Cook as CEO, Hope Powell as Women’s Technical Director and now Tom Brady we are off to a fast start. Success does not come overnight. It takes time. But when you have great leaders in place everything becomes possible.”
“Birmingham City is an iconic club with so much history and passion and to be part of the Blues is a real honor for me,” said Brady. “BCFC is built on teamwork and determination and I’m excited to work alongside the board, management and players to make our Second City club second to none. I’ve been part of some amazing teams in my day, and I’m looking forward to applying my perspective to create that same success here in Birmingham.”
About Knighthead Capital Management LLC
Knighthead Capital Management, LLC (“Knighthead”) was co-founded in 2008 by Ara Cohen and Tom Wagner and currently has approximately $9.5 billion of assets under management. Knighthead is an event driven and deep value focused SEC registered investment advisor that specializes in investing in companies that need financial and operational restructuring. Knighthead has worked to create a diversified credit platform with an experienced team of investment professionals, specializing in credit analysis, sourcing, trading and restructuring. Knighthead’s long-term objective is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for its clients while emphasizing the preservation of capital. Knighthead manages assets across a variety of investment vehicles including a long/short Evergreen Hedge Fund, a number of Closed-End Credit Vehicles, a dedicated Real Estate Lending business and a sizable Insurance Asset Management business.
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Players World of Sports Welcomes New Ownership
HILTON HEAD, S.C., /PRNewswire/ — Players World of Sports, the esteemed local provider of tennis and pickleball equipment, apparel, and accessories, is excited to announce its recent change in ownership. With a long-standing history and strong reputation within the Hilton Head community, the business has been acquired by the dynamic duo of Daryl and Kathy Daye of Bluffton, SC, along with the powerhouse team of Jeff and Heather Yakes of Hardeeville, SC. As the torch is passed and the page is turned to the next chapter, South Carolina residents, businesses, and visitors should prepare for an energetic resurgence of expertise, excellence, and excitement throughout the local sporting community.
Since 1982, Players World of Sports has been proudly serving the Hilton Head Island community as an independent, family-owned business. Known for its expertise in tennis racquet selection, racquet restringing, and the fast-growing sport of pickleball, the store offers a wide selection of top-name brand racquets, paddles, apparel, court shoes, bags, and accessories.
Owned and operated by the Jilly family for over 20 years, Players World of Sports has built strong relationships and has become a recognized staple of the Hilton Head tennis community. With the new ownership, the business is poised to continue its tradition of distinction and commitment to the active lifestyles of the local region.
The new ownership team, consisting of long-time family friends and business partners Daryl and Kathy Daye, as well as Jeff and Heather Yakes, share a deep passion for an active lifestyle and a strong commitment to the local community as residents of the Hilton Head area. Drawing from their personal experiences as athletes, the new owners understand the needs of sports enthusiasts and are dedicated to providing exceptional service and quality products.
Under the guidance of General Manager Amy Wright, a tennis guru and a resident expert, the knowledgeable and passionate staff of Players World of Sports will continue to deliver an unmatched shopping experience. From greeting customers with a smile to providing guidance on product selection, the team is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction every step of the way.
Players World of Sports offers a wide range of products and services to support various sports, beach, and leisure activities. Tennis enthusiasts can explore a comprehensive selection of racquets, bags, balls, equipment, accessories, and apparel from top brands such as Babolat, Head Racquet Sports, and Wilson. For pickleball enthusiasts, the store carries paddles, bags, balls, equipment, accessories, and apparel from trusted brands like Selkirk Sport, Joola, and Onix. The store also offers footwear, as well as a wide range of men’s, women’s, and kids’ apparel. Thrilled to continue the legacy of Players World of Sports and serve the Hilton Head community, the new ownership group is committed to providing the best products and unparalleled customer service to all sports enthusiasts in the area.
For more information about Players World of Sports and to explore their offerings, please visit the store or their website at playersworldofsports.com.
About Players World of Sports:
Players World of Sports is an independent, family-owned business that has been serving the Hilton Head Island community since 1982. As experts in tennis racquet selection, racquet re-stringing, and the growing sport of pickleball, the store offers a wide range of top-name brand racquets, paddles, apparel, court shoes, bags, and accessories. With a passionate team and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Players World of Sports continues to be a trusted resource for sports enthusiasts in Hilton Head and beyond.
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Pickleball in California Sees Unprecedented Growth: Investment Needed
California’s pickleball surge necessitates investment in courts to meet demand and sustain growth.
Pickleball, the popular paddle sport, is experiencing unprecedented growth in California. According to the recently released 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report by Pickleheads and The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the state will need to build a staggering 3,748 courts at a cost of $131.2 million to meet the increasing demand over the next 5-7 years.
The report also reveals that California currently has only 0.67 dedicated pickleball courts per 10,000 people, which is 45% below the national average. In fact, the state ranks 41st in the nation in terms of dedicated court coverage per capita. These figures highlight the urgent need for investment in pickleball infrastructure to keep up with the sport’s meteoric rise.
Brandon Mackie, Co-founder and COO of Pickleheads, emphasizes the significance of this growth, stating, “Pickleball continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in California. Our estimates show the state will need to invest $131M in courts over the next 5-7 years. This represents an exciting challenge for both public and private enterprises in California.”
Pickleheads, the leading online platform for pickleball, has been instrumental in compiling comprehensive data on pickleball courts across the country. Their database currently includes 51,937 courts across 12,081 facilities in the U.S.
To gain further insights into the state of pickleball and its infrastructure, the 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report can be purchased on pickleheads.com for $350.
As pickleball’s popularity continues to soar, the investment and expansion of pickleball facilities in California will play a crucial role in meeting the growing demand and ensuring players have ample opportunities to enjoy the sport.
Dink Ninja Paddle Review: High-Quality Performance!
“Discover the Dink Ninja Paddle’s high-quality performance in our review! Elevate your pickleball game with this top-notch equipment.
In a recent episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report, renowned host Mike Sliwa took on the challenge of reviewing the Dink Ninja 🥷White Hot Edition 🔥 Carbon Paddle. Known for his expertise and insightful analysis, Mike left no stone unturned as he explored the paddle’s features and performance.
The Dink Ninja paddle boasts an 18k Carbon Fiber face that delivers an impressive combination of power, spin, and accuracy. Its dual layer PP honeycomb core, coupled with a flexible paddle surface, provides an unmatched touch, allowing players to execute precise shots with ease. With a thickness of 16mm, this paddle offers increased power for those aggressive shots on the court.
What sets the Dink Ninja apart is its proprietary textured surface, which effortlessly generates impressive ball spin. Mike Sliwa couldn’t help but be impressed with the paddle’s ability to enhance his game and take it to the next level.
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