5 Reasons to Attend the Valspar Championship This Year

Last year was my first time going to the Valspar Championship here in Florida. As an athlete, I am always up for watching a sporting event, but then I learned that there is SO MUCH more going on than just the playing of golf itself. There truly is fun for the whole family, so I wanted to highlight five (of many!) reasons you will want to get tickets to the Valspar Championship this year!

1.) Food: This is more than your typical sporting event concession stand food. There will be a food truck rally with local food trucks. There will also be the Gape and Grain, which will house upscale beer, wine, and spirits, as well as Frenchy’s Pool Party which is great for families.

2.) Music: Valspar LIVE! Will take place on Saturday, March 10th, with not one, but TWO country music stars– Jake Owen and Dustin Lynch who will play at the conclusion of the tournament, and YES the concert is FREE with your tournament ticket! Last year, the combination of PGA TOUR golf and Valspar LIVE! produced the first single day sellout in tournament history and a repeat is possible in 2018. I was there (Toby Keith) and it was so much fun.

3.) Activities: Loving the tiny house trend? Then you will love the tiny homes block party behind the 18th green. Fans will be able to check out these homes painted in bright Valspar paint colors. This area will also have complimentary popsicles and autograph sessions on Thursday and Friday. Also be sure to check out chameleon cove, a beach and relaxation zone, featuring a 100-ton sand sculpture which is TWICE as big as last year, with colorful fan seating and concessions. There will also be a family fun zone featuring a 16-foot-tall rock climbing wall, monster putting green, Imagination Playground as well as arts, crafts, and games.

4.) Players/Tournament: Of course there is a golf tournament going on as well! Rory McIlroy, the four-time Major Championship winner will be among the new names joining the tournament. Adam Hadwin is the returning 2017 Valspar Champion and will be back to defend his title.

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5.) Charity/Veterans: Last year, Valspar Championship generated $2,412,196 for charity, – an increase of 13% from the previous year. The tournament has now generated just under $39 million for charity since 1977! So amazing! There will also be a Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost — one of the TOUR’s largest Patriots Outposts. The Outpost is a hospitality chalet with complimentary Chick-fil-A, Marco’s Pizza, Michelob ULTRA, and Coke products.

As you can see, there are tons of reasons to get your tickets to the Valspar Championship this year. Just click this link to be taken directly to the page with tons more information. Hope to see you there!

 

Family Photos

I found some old pictures of my grandparents that I wanted to share. In love history and looking at old photos.
This is of my dad’s parents, growing up in New Orleans, they got married in the early 1950’s.

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My grandfather played football and baseball. He was an amazing baseball player and was going pro after college but he threw his shoulder out. Check out some of the clippings and photos I found in his scrapbook:

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How fun! I found tons more, and pictures of my dad as a kid. Maybe I will share more later. 🙂

QOTD: do you have old family photos?

Baltimore half race recap tomorrow on the blog!

Golf Outing

On Thursday, Bobby and I hit a local golf course because Bobby had a couple for 9 free holes of golf the course sent him on his birthday. It was a hot afternoon, but we figured it was as good a time as any.

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I of course was the official driver and locator of golf balls in the trees. Smile Poor Bobby doesn’t get to practice as much as he would like. He hasn’t played in a year!

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It was an older course that wasn’t in great shape…but really for free I wasn’t going to complain, but wow it was bad. At some parts, the path just disappeared and you went off into the grass until it reappeared again. There were tree roots going all through the course, and the sand traps had more grass in them than sand. Oy.

However, I did have fun zipping around in the cart and keeping score for Bobby. I also got to putt a few times. I’m not too shabby, but let’s also say I have no future in golf.

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I also got to try out my snazzy new Under Armour shoes. Love them, way cool.

It was a fun way for the two of us to spend a couple of hours together just goofing off and having fun. We are hoping to go back and do the same thing next week. Maybe we will wait until about 6:00 instead of 2:30. I was ready for some air conditioning!

QOTD: Do you play golf, or ride in the cart? Hate golf all together?

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

When you take a family vacation to Walt Disney World, you will find a wide range of fun activities  to choose from. The most common ones that come to mind are of course the theme parks, but there is so much more to Walt Disney World than the Magic Kingdom. One of my favorite sometimes overlooked places on property is the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. As a runner, I used to only think of the sports complex as “the place we go for the race expos”, and never really paid much mind to other things that may be going on there. Fortunately, my eyes have been recently opened, and come to find out a lot of amazing events happen every week at the complex.

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Not only is the sports complex a beautiful 255 acre facility with amazing technology and top notch amenities, but it is a great place for the whole family to visit and enjoy. It boasts over 350 professional and amateur events a year! In the spring you can go watch an Atlanta Braves spring training game, or you can see the Pro soccer classic. In the fall don’t miss the slow-pitch world series or the Disney Junior Soccer classic. There is something for every sports fan, and many for kids to participate in with their teams, and not just the typical sporting events you think of like baseball and soccer. Think bigger: cheerleading, volleyball, wrestling, and even lacrosse. These special events happen all throughout the year, so be sure to check out the schedule on the ESPN Wide World of Sports website.

 

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Not to mention, your kids can participate in events, camps, and spring training at the sports complex. Disney is the perfect location to “get your feet wet” in the world of traveling sports teams and tournaments. A lot of young athletes of all ages and their families would love to get started with traveling to out of state tournaments, but aren’t sure where to start. It can be an intimidating thought, but Disney makes the process so easy for you (more on that in another post). Not only is it a safe and friendly environment for your child, but it’s also fun for the whole family. Siblings, parents, and grandparents alike can all have a blast by making this sporting trip into a vacation suited for the whole family. Disney helps with the planning, and has activities to keep you entertained for your entire stay. What better place to teach your kids about the value of teamwork, and a friendly competitive spirit than Walt Disney World?

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The weather in central Florida makes for an ideal place for a team to branch out and have some fun together, especially if you live in a northern state. Escape the snowy winter and freezing temperatures of winter by traveling to Disney for a tournament or spring training camp. All of the fields and facilities are made of the finest quality materials, so your child can feel like a real pro playing on the best surfaces available.

Want to visit the sports complex on your next trip to check it out? There is so much to do, that the complex appeals to athletes and spectators of all ages. You can even grab a bite to eat at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, check out the gift shop, or go play in the PlayStation pavilion. Help me spread the word about all of the options available for you and your family, and let me know if you have any questions.

Be sure to check out the ESPN Wide World of Sports’ official YouTube channel to see highlights from events throughout the year. Will your child be on the next highlight reel? You can make it happen! Visit ESPN Wide World of Sports for more info.

QOTD: Did you know all of these events existed? For those with kids, would you want your child to play in a tournament or attend a sports camp at Disney?

*Photos courtesy of Disney Sports News

Olympics Survey

 

I have mentioned on the blog before my love of the Olympics. Did you also know that I attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta? We lived in Atlanta for 7 years and had just moved away a couple years before, so we decided to go back and visit friends. I was going into sixth grade, and was stoked to cheer on my country. I so wanted to go to the gymnastics events but they were sold out so we went with my sisters choice, equestrian horseback riding. Not my first choice but still exciting. We drove from New Orleans, with the van decked out in shoe polish “honk if you love the USA” and “Olympics bound.” It was SO much fun. We painted our nails red white and blue, and cheered our little hearts out. Ah, memories. Ok ok enough of a walk down memory lane. I got this survey from Enjoy Your Healthy Life, and just knew I had to participate!

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Favorite Olympic Sports to Watch:

summer: gymnastics, volleyball, track and marathon

winter: figure skating, curling

Favorite Athletes:

summer: Kerri Walsh, Shannon Miller, Kara Goucher, Lolo Jones

winter: Michelle Kwan, Apolo Ohno

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(soruce) I love Lolo. She is a Christian and an LSU graduate! I can’t wait to cheer for her!

Sport/game/race most excited to watch:

summer: marathon, Kerri Walsh/Misty duo in the finals, USA women’s gymnastics against China and Russia

winter: no favorite I can think of

Most boring sport to watch:

summer: boxing/wrestling

winter: speed skating

Toughest sport in my opinion:

summer: gymnastics purely for the technical aspect of it. I can’t even do a cartwheel, so it fascinates me! I of course think the marathon is tough endurance-wise!

winter: figure skating. Being flexible and daring…on ice? Crazy!

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This chick is a beast. I look up to her so so much. Oh to be her!

Who I root for if no American is racing:

summer: Australia, UK, Canada

winter: ditto

Where I am going to watch the Olympics:

At home on my TV. I will probably be DVRing a lot of it.

What Olympic sport I wish I was good at:

summer: Gymnastics, I COULD play volleyball (not Olympic level of course) and I would love the opportunity to go pro with volleyball!

winter: figure skating

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Who else is excited?!? I can’t wait for the opening ceremonies on Friday night. They always do such a good job. Who remembers the amazing drummers from the Beijing opening ceremonies?!?

My FAVORITE! Loved these guys!

QOTD: What are you most looking forward to about the Olympics?