A couple weeks ago NBA Point guard Steve Nash gathered a few friends for a friendly pick-up game. You’d think that with NBA stars like Tony Parker, Grant Hill, Brandon Jennings, and teammate Marcin Gortat in attendance, a competitive game of hoops would ensue. That was not the case.
It has long been known that Nash is a passionate soccer fan. He played growing up in his native British Columbia, long before he ever picked up a basketball. Together with The Steve Nash Foundation, Adidas, and main sponsor Ortsbo, he put on a pickup soccer game called the Showdown in Chinatown NYC for the fourth consecutive year. Team Nash competed against a team led by former US Men’s national team captain Claudio Reyna.
One of this year’s main draws was the opportunity to see rising soccer stud Giuseppe Rossi; who did not disappoint and took home ‘Man of the Match’ honors. Rossi is a New Jersey native and Italian national team regular, in addition to starring in La Liga Villareal CF. Other participants included Nash’s teammates Raja Bell, Leandro Barbosa, and the laughable Jared Dudley, who should have a few nice turf burns from his post-goal celebration. Other memorable moments came from guys scoring goals on Gortat, the jolly green giant goalie for Team Reyna, whose performance in goal will certainly not be earning him a call up to any league in any part of the world. Throughout the match, Nash stayed true to his point guard nature and set his teammates up with nice dishes, while coming up with 2 goals of his own.
Overall the event was a success with over 300 fans in attendance at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side. Team Sportsvite was glad we had a chance to catch some of the action before it started pouring.
Final Score: Team Nash 16 – Team Reyna 10.
For more information on the Steve Nash Foundation click here, https://www.stevenash.org
Ever find yourself longing for a post-work recess session? Xoso Sport & Social League got you covered! Xoso is back for another season, headlining the summer season with their very own Recess “variety pack’ league!
Xoso founder Nick Berruezo had a mission to bring recreational sports to Sacramento.
“I played in two different kickball leagues in San Diego, and had always wanted to have my own business… always searching for the right idea. My plan was to move back to northern California and start Xoso in San Francisco, but saw a need in Sacramento since there wasn’t a sport and social league there!”
So Berruezo did just that. In May 2008, he started a kickball league with 50 players. He then added dodgeball, indoor kickball, and volleyball the following year. Then came Xoso’s revolutionary idea- a Recess league that combines all three sports (Indoor Kickball, Dodgeball, and Volleyball) into one “variety pack”, or “sampler” league. In just 3 years, the organization grew to over 3,000 members! Check out the full Xoso timeline here.
Xoso doesn’t shy away from other extracurriculars either, with seasonal pub crawls that have earned them acclaim on both the local and national levels. Berruezo and co. volunteer for community charities and events too. Upcoming events include the MetroEDGE dodgeball tournament benefitting Junior Achievement, the Race for the Ring benefitting the Sacramento Food Bank, and the West Coast Brew Fest. They’ve also created a VIP discount card to help support local businesses and give members quality discounts. Talk about a win-win!
Registration is now open for Xoso’s coed Dodgeball & Recess summer leagues. Sign up here, you won’t regret it!
Hoopsters in Texas should be chomping at the bit right about now. Why might you ask? Because Shamrock Basketball Association is back for another season. SBA founder Ryan Girardot is taking his tournament-style league to new markets this summer, and taking the Texas rec bball world by storm in the process.
Girardot started SBA about 8 years ago in his rural hometown of Forney, TX. As a kid, he ball-boyed for the Dallas Mavericks and got to watch Dirk Nowitzki from up close. Girardot naturally took after Dirk’s game, to the point that strangers regularly call him “Dirk” before the end of many pick-up games!
Motivated by the success of his beloved Mavs, Girardot’s vision was to create a state-wide summer league for various ages, high-schoolers & up. What started as a hobby grew into a full-fledged program quicker than a J. Kidd-led fast-break. Last summer SBA hosted 40 teams in 4 different cities, or “divisions” (Tyler, Levitt, Forney, Dallas). This year Girardot and co. have secured 200 teams and 18 divisions, thanks to new partnerships with gym facilities in Austin, Bryan, & San Antonio to name a few.
At the end of the summer, SBA will invite each of its division leaders to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT in San Antonio, where a Shamrock champion will be crowned. A dunk contest and three-point shootout will also be part of the festivities.
But that’s not it for Girardot, who truly takes the saying Everything’s Big in Texas to heart. “Our players will actually be looked at by all of our local coordinators and the best players will be invited to try out for our Pro-Am tourney representing the All-SBA team, possibly even getting to play with some current and former NBA players.”
Ryan Girardot is pumped to see how this season goes, and plans to one day take SBA to the national level. At this rate, don’t bet against him!
Spring season officially begins this week for Sacramento’s very own sport and social club. Appropriately named Sacramento Sport and Social Club, this unique adult sports experience has something in store for all types of social rec athlete in the Sacramento area.
The idea first arose in 2008 when SSSC founder Brad Satterwhite and a co-worker of his wanted to get a group of their employee friends together for some good-natured out-of-office fun. They decided on bowling, but when the crew couldn’t find a local league that fit their needs, Satterwhite stepped up and played the role of league organizer. The office-mates started with 12 teams in what later became known as the Planning, Policy, Urban Development Bowling League (or ‘PUDL for short, named after their career field). 3 years later, PUDL is back for a Spring season and more popular than ever before. Longtime PUDL member Jim Clark says:
“PUDL gives you that chance to have a really great time with really great people. You will not find a bowling league that has as much fun both in the alley and out than we at PUDL do.”
But even this is just the tip of Sacramento’s iceberg.. Last year league members started asking about other sports and activities. Recognizing the potential there, Satterwhite has since set up leagues that appeal to the socially-inclined, co-ed crowd- adding Mini-Golf, Cornhole, and Beer Pong to the mix. There is even a league devoted entirely to team trivia, as well a golf league named “Putt-Putt League of Awesomely Fun People” (all members are guaranteed free putt-putt after the season ends.. nice!). Thus, Sac Sport and Social is creating a niche for itself as THE social league in greater Sacramento. You can almost think of it as a well-organized, neverending carnival for adults.
The commish also emphasizes rewards and prize opportunities for his participants. Sign up on the official SSSC website here and win a pair of movie tickets to Tower Theatre in Sacramento- just enter “Sportsvite” in the ‘Referred by/from’ section of the form.
Once you’ve created an account on the website, register for summer leagues here via SSSC’s LeagueApps-powered online registration, OR in person at MVP’s Sports Grill on Thursday, April 28th from 5:30pm-7pm.
This past weekend, Memorial Sloan-Kettering held its Cycle for Survival event in 2 Equinox gyms in Midtown Manhattan and 1 on Long Island. The Sportsvite team watched as riders raised over $4.2 Mil towards rare cancer research, nearly equaling the previous 4 years’ combined totals. There’s still one final spin event in San Francisco on March 5th.
Everyone in the gym had high spirits- the bikers pumped their legs with purpose, while all the non-bikers cheered on like it was the final leg of the Tour de France. Even Seth Myers of SNL was there to bike his goofy butt off.
The energy was contagious! Just being in attendance was truly inspiring. We took some photos and videos of the action. It was nice to see Sportsvite on the back of the t-shirts, but we vow to be active participants and bring our own team next year. We hope to see you there. Congrats to everyone!
Here’s a nice, informative recap by Fox News NY.