The 18 wide fairways at Papio Greens Golf Center stretch toward smooth, par 3 greens designed to be manageable and challenging for both beginner and advanced players. Groundskeepers and staff have styled the complex as a place where families can take to the links together. Young golfers can be found preparing for their upcoming junior-league tournaments on the facility's water driving range, and adult players await their tee time by rehearsing bunker chips on the nearby practice green. Certified teaching pro Mike DeBoer teaches onsite clinics and private lessons that help beginners sharpen their swings and cut down on balls lost to the water hazards and intergalactic wormhole framing the course. Night or day, players can practice their putting beneath the lights that illuminate 36 holes of miniature golf.
Ultimate Baseball Academy’s bullpen of coaches and professional and college players enlightens their athletic students in all aspects of their sport across a 55,000-square-foot facility. Batting cages rattle with the metal-pinging or wood-cracking ricochets of fair and foul hits, with baseball cages capable of four speed settings spanning from 40 to 80 miles per hour for experienced players and radar-gun calibration. Twenty-four training tunnels, five pitching machines, and a 150’x150’ turf field set the stage for pedagogical sessions in techniques such as pitching, catching, hitting, and fielding, as well as training camps and clinics. The academy also organizes youth baseball and adult softball tournaments, pitting hopeful teams against each other in battles either to the top or to the top of the sportsmanship rankings.
Academy Award-winning director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic, Steven Soderbergh discusses his filmmaking career with Kurt Andersen, author and host of Public Radio International's Studio 360, during this arts-foundation fundraising event. Soderbergh’s unique filmic perspective stems from a prolific directorial career, with numerous projects garnering Oscar nominations and awards, as well as induction into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Omaha native and Academy Award–winning writer-director of Sideways Alexander Payne kicks off the evening with an introduction to the presentation.
Two-year-olds in HappyFeet soccer training sing “Roll, roll, roll your ball” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The program’s graduates, though, often go on to more sophisticated activities—such as collegiate and professional soccer careers and jobs kicking computers that won’t work right. Founded by Andy Barney, the HappyFeet franchise encompasses two programs: one for tots aged 2–6 and Legends soccer for older youths. HappyFeet’s coaches focus on childhood development while hosting onsite classes at preschools. Their curriculum fuses soccer drills with kid-friendly characters such as Gus the Gorilla. Meanwhile, the Legends program takes a more grownup approach, emphasizing the arts of dribbling, scoring, and evading opposing players with deft footwork.
Nestled against the rolling hills of Fontenelle Forest, Fontenelle Hills Golf Club's nine holes morph daydreams of long-distance ball conveyance into quickly accessed realities for area golfers. Sharpen club-wielding skills on the 32 par red course or the 34 par blue course, surrounded by lush flora and fauna, including roaming deer and their cartoon-bunny sidekicks. Whether sharing a fairway excursion with a partner or stretching two solo rounds between visits, golfers discover challenging chip shots thanks to the courses' dual pin placements and tee boxes. The club boasts more than 2,000 yards of inviting green vistas, allowing guests to putt the day away without the cramped conditions and property damage of in-home driving ranges. Players schlep clubs and cohorts around Fontenelle's scenic pastures behind the wheel of one of the club's motorized carts.
Growing up in Las Vegas, Dr. Raymond Frye found himself drawn to bling at a young age. After training in general dentistry in Oregon, he decided to return to that youthful love of all things sparkly by imbuing his clients' teeth with an otherworldly glimmer. To that end, he created Bling Dental Products and launched a series of cosmetic-dental products such as the in-home Icing teeth-whitening kit, the Diamond ultrasonic toothbrush with UV sanitizer, and Shazzam teeth-whitening strips. Embarking on several projects, such as his pro-bono work in Brazil, Dr. Raymond's creations form an arsenal against dullness that aided in the gifting suite at the 2012 Academy Awards and help non-celebrity clientele flash a smile to gain entry to exclusive clubs and temporarily blind bouncers at movie-award ceremonies.