Athletic Supporters will hold it’s first event come October in South Korea. We are expecting a nice turn-out and will provide an educational message to support volunteering and conservation causes through athletics. Stay tuned as we will provide more information about the event.
In order for things to change an idea needs to be made, accepted and challenged.
The world over has made a case to put environmental policies on the back burner. Numerous political powers are insinuating that the ‘time of change is upon us’—only to backhand these comments and the people who eagerly await. Countries such as Brazil encourage others to contribute and to do their part. However, when the time comes for strides to continue; the political and powerful shy away.
Brazil is the front runner on successful environmental policies. However, and according to www.countrystudies.us, “the government has not, on the whole, been effective in controlling damage to the environment.” Their policies have been favored, but have not necessarily taken control of their potential failures. Continue reading
Officially, boxing started as a match between two men, 3 minute rounds, gloves and a bout until the ‘finish’. The first official fight, credited by many historians, was between James Corbett, also known as ‘Gentleman Jim’, and John L. Sullivan. Though Sullivan was much more impressive in stance, ‘Gentleman Jim’ proved that lofty footwork and supreme hands could overcome a bigger, overpowering man. In the 21st round, James put down Sullivan and proved that skill overcomes.
Though there were many bouts before this, this fight opened the door for modern era boxing.
“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” –Gentleman Jim
A discussion between boxing and UFC.
What do you think? Is boxing a ‘dying breed’?
Is MMA and UFC the new fighting sport?
Will there be any boxing greats in the near future?
Or, is this even a discussion?
Like every month, Athletic Supporters will focus on a different sport and bring to light the volunteering and conservation efforts within that sport. This month, boxing will be the main feature. There are exciting volunteering issues that the boxing world provides for their community.
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In order for things to change, changes need to be made. This simple statement was given precedence in the barren lands of United Arab Emirates. Masdar, a planned city project, is currently being constructed and developed with environmental concerns and sustainability as the focal point. The developer, Mubadala Development Company, an Abu Dhabi investment company, is building an entire city that “will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology.”
Keeping the traditional design of local Arab cities, Foster + Partners designed a city from the ground up that will “incorporate narrow streets; the shading of windows, exterior walls and walkways; thick-walled buildings; courtyards and wind towers; vegetation and a generally walkable city.” The entire design is meant to provide a specific purpose and functional. For example, the close proximity of the buildings will provide shade for the city dwellers as they pass through the streets. And, the wind towers will provide even more relief from the heat. Even the office workers will be relieved as the walls of their office buildings will naturally prevent the heat from penetrating. Everything has a reason, a purpose and function.
Even further, Masdar, which means ‘source’ in Arabic, will incorporate a PRT (Personable Rapid Transportation) system that will give the visitors and locals the ability to travel underground to their destination–hands free. This Youtube video shows the use and functionality of the PRT:
Masdar will also incorporate power from the newly designed solar system Shams 1. The Shams 1 is designed to concentrate solar power and provide 100 Mega Watts of energy which can power around 20,000 homes. Shams 1 is a new design and, therefore, tests are still being carried out on functionality.
The idea remains–in order for things to change, changes need to be made.Though the area is new and the idea is bold, Masdar is a step in the right direction. For the first time, a city will be completely self-sustaining with zero waste. This is exactly what the world needs to see and may inspire other large cities to consider such changes.
Pietermaritzburg,South Africa was home to the kick-start of the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup series. Both cross-country and downhill events launched in the middle of March, and each event will end in August and September. The event is held on 3 continents and 9 countries worldwide. Wikipedia provides a great reference for the event locations, with timely information on the current winners.
In addition, the team from UCI has been uploading and keeping viewers up-to-date with great videos showcasing each event. Here is one such video featuring a few highlights from Pietermaritzburg:
Currently, Nino Schurter is taking all the points. In 2009, he won the Mountain Bike World Championship in cross-country and seems to be heading for a championship run again. Though the season is still early, most people are looking at him to repeat this year as he did in 2009. One man, Julien Absalon, is projected to give Nino a run for his money though as he is a mountain biking icon in his own right.
As with most riders, Nino enjoys practicing and showing off his skills. In the video below, he displays his good times on the bike:
Though the Championship run is still young, there has been some exciting moments already. Stay tuned as Athletic Supporters will keep you updated on the current happenings.
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
In order to promote a healthier lifestyle, May has been decided on as National Bike Month. During this time, individuals are encouraged to bike to school on the 9th and bike to work on the 14th-18th.
The objective of this awareness is to encourage people to consider other means of transportation. In return, the participants can save money at the pump, reduce their carbon footprint and feel good about themselves.