What’s Your Flavor of Sports Balls?

Athletic Balls, Sports Balls, Wilson, Spalding, BadenYou will find in every season of the year, there is some sport kicking off around the country. We are now transitioning from baseball into football. Soon after, we will be transitioning into basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. Right now we are kicking off football season in the United States. So who are some of those athletic ball manufacturers in the U.S.?

Did you know that since 1941, every NFL game ball that appeared in super Bowl competition has been made at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio? Did you also know that Wilson is the leader in the production of footballs and continues to produce all of its leather game footballs in America, the world’s only dedicated football factory? The National Football League is the only major sports league whose balls are manufactured in the United States.

Spalding, an American sporting goods company was founded by Albert Spalding, a pitcher and the manager of a baseball team in Chicago, the Chicago White Stockings, in 1876? Although the company specializes in the production of balls for baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball and football, it is most-known for its basketballs.

Baden revolutionized the basketball industry when it introduced its patented Cushion Control Technology™ and developed the first women’s sized basketball. Baden volleyballs are consistently the choice of NCAA champions, while its soccer ball construction and dramatic designs make Baden the choice of elite players and soccer moms alike. Baden Sports, Inc., an independent, family-owned company, entered the athletic ball market in 1979 to address the need for higher quality products.

So what’s your favorite sport using the ever popular athletic balls?

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Events, Sports/Athletics


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Poetry Open Mic Celebration

Poetry Open Mic Reading, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, NC Poet Kym Gordon Moore
North Carolina Poet, Kym Gordon Moore will moderate the evening’s poetry open mic. Follow Kym on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Celebrations, Poetry, Reading


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North Carolina Poet Celebrates Two Years as ITCAC Open Mic Moderator

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North Carolina Poet Celebrates Two Years as ITCAC Open Mic Moderator

The poetry group at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center celebrates their second year anniversary of open mic events, on Saturday September 12, 2015. This is a F-R-E-E, fun-filled event moderated by North Carolina poet Kym Gordon Moore.
Kym Gordon Moore, Poetry Moderator at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

Kym Gordon Moore, Poetry Moderator at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C.Aug. 20, 2015PRLog — North Carolina poet Kym Gordon Moore is pleased to announce the second anniversary celebration of poetry open mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center (ITCAC), on Saturday September 12, 2015. Festivities will begin with a “Meet, Eat & Mingle” on the grounds of the center, at 5:45p.m. Open mic performances will take place from 6:30 to 8:30p.m.

“It’s hard to believe that two years of poetry open mic has transpired so quickly,” says Moore. “When I approached Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist during the summer of 2013, I asked if they offered open mic readings. After a conversation about the possibility of introducing a poetry event to the community, since there was not a venue that consistently offered open mic readings in the area, I volunteered to help showcase our first poetry event on September 28, 2013. All readings are F-R-E-E and scheduled on the second Saturday of each month.”

Moore went on to say, “Susan and I didn’t want our poetry open mic experience to be monotonous, boring, elusive or disparaging. Such emotions were a turn off for me and several friends who occasionally attended various open mics. I envisioned an atmosphere that challenged the traditional approach to poetry, by making these events fun, comfortable, educational and engaging. Susan and I agreed on this style and I truly believe this is why our platform has been so successful. Each month since we kicked off our first open mic, we have given participants a theme to challenge their creativity when composing poetry, short stories, art or music. This keeps the conversation fresh and we continue to see new people who either participate in some fashion or simply enjoy the recitals from the audience. Since our successful poetry open mic launch, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, other venues in our area have followed suit and now offer similar showcases for artistic appetites.”

The ITCAC presented many pivotal “firsts” during the span of their two-year open mic events. Participants and audience members continue to experience a rewarding and engaging environment. During their 2014 National Poetry Month festivities, Mayor Michael Alvarez presented the first Mayoral Proclamation declaring April as National Poetry Month, in Indian Trail. The proclamation was then submitted to the Academy of American Poets to show the town’s support of the genre. Other firsts included a free children’s poetry workshop and food drive collaboration with Poets for Hunger© to benefit the local Common Cupboard pantry.

During their second annual open mic celebration in September, participants are invited to recite a poem, share a story, song or theatrical performance surrounding the theme: “Your Open Mic Experience.” For more information, to sign up to perform or to RSVP, contact Susan Didier at 704-821-2541, or email at The Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center is located at 100 Navajo Trail, in Indian Trail, NC.…

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Start your engines because it is Indianapolis Motor Speedway Day

Indy 500, Indianapolis Speedway

Did you know that on August 19, 1909, the first race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Now known as the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500 is built on 328 acres of farmland, which was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.Celebr

Happy Indianapolis Motor Speedway Day!

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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Celebrations


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What Are You Writing For?

The Charlotte Writing Academy

If there’s something strange in your writing-hood, who you gonna call? Well, if you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area you don’t want to call Ghostbusters, but call The Charlotte Writing Academy. I had the pleasure of attending one of the organization’s monthly meetings on Saturday. Facilitator, Debra Funderburk led writing exercises and engaging discussions about the art of writing, and what to expect if one wants to pursue their writing and publishing endeavors.

The Charlotte Writing Academy formerly known as “Queen City Writers Group” was developed to educate, network, and promote writers through monthly meetings and workshops. The mission of the academy is to support writers of all skill sets.

Have you ever wondered what steps you need to take in order to jumpstart your writing? Or how to choose your book design and layout? Do you know how to become a disciplined and dedicated writer? If any of these questions run through your mind, you are not alone. Sometimes writing can feel like a long, lonely journey, but you have a lot of comrades walking on that same road as you are. On the third Saturday of each month, The Charlotte Writing Academy meets at Caribou Coffee in the Park Road Shopping Center, from 10:00-12:00p.m. If you’re in the vicinity, be sure to stop in and join the discussions so many novice and veteran writers are taking advantage of.

Be sure to mark your calendar for their Fall Writing Conference to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, November 5-7, 2015. The keynote speaker is Jason Mott, whose New York Times Bestseller The Returned became the inspiration behind the ABC television drama Resurrection. Click on the conference image below for more information about breakout sessions and registration information, or visit the CWA website at Here’s to #greatthings!

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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Writing & Speaking


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The Poetry of Pet Pals Open Mic

Poetry Open Mic, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Kym Gordon Moore, From Behind the Pen

Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist and Kym Gordon Moore, Open Mic Moderator

Let it be known that we “let the dogs out” on Saturday night at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, during our Animal Instincts Poetry Open Mic. At the heart of the night’s poetry writing prompt, poets were invited to share a tribute to their favorite pet or a story about a memorable animal experience. From trivia about animal titles, songs or team mascots audience members were captivated with art, stories and poems about our favorite pet companions.

Indisputably, “Dogs” received the most votes for the “Best Pet Representation,” during the evening. Our poets shared delightful and heartwarming stories about their favorite pets. Norman Bartee read a poem about his best doggie friend Cinnamon, and shared pictures of his beloved pet. Dwight Roth read a poem, “Tiger Cat” about the curious adventures of his pet cat named Tiger. Catherine Ross shared a short story chronicling the adoption process, from the view of her dog Dawson. Lillie and Isabella Fish presented their artwork based on the evening’s poetry prompt, while they each shared a poem about their dog Merry.

Jennifer Knicks and her son Allan performed a couple of songs depicting unconditional love, and stories about their beloved dog Snoopy. Christian George shared his poem The Lost that was inspired by the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. Other stories were shared by audience members about their darling pets like different types of fish and a ferret. As the evening wound down to a gentle roar, Susan Didier and Kym Gordon Moore gave everyone the poetry writing prompt for next month in celebration of the poetry group’s 2nd Year Anniversary, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon!

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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Poetry, Reading


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How Do You Wiffle Your Ball?

Wiffle Ball, Perferoated Balls

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Wiffle ball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, resilient plastic ball and a long, typically yellow, plastic bat. The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son.

Tournaments have been the driving force in modern wiffle ball and have been held in the United States and Europe since 1977. That year, Rick Ferroli began holding tournaments in his backyard tribute to Fenway Park in Hanover, Massachusetts. In 1980, the World Wiffleball Championship was established in Mishawaka, Indiana. With the explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, there are now hundreds of Wiffle ball tournaments played in the United States, most in the same place every year, with a few tournament “circuits”. The World Wiffleball Championship remains the oldest tournament in the nation, having moved to Skokie, Illinois in 2013, after introducing regional stops over three decades in Baltimore; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Eugene, Oregon; and Barcelona, Spain. The tournament is featured at #20 in the popular book, “101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out.”

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Leisure Pursuits


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