PGA Class-A professional and head of instruction Paul Surniak imparts hard-won golf wisdom accrued through 28 years of teaching experience to help his clients hunt birdies and evade mulligans. The six-time winner of the Colorado Long Drive Championship shares his knowledge through individualized lessons, while also utilizing advanced golf technology to develop consistent muscle memory and improve swing mechanics. During semiprivate lessons, Paul can address any aspect of the golf game, including short game, hitting off the tee, and golf-specific fitness. His video analysis and launch-monitor-assessment techniques also unveil whether players are using clubs that accommodate particular motions. In addition to physical guidance, Paul counsels students on the mental and strategic elements of the game, such as making swing adjustments on the fly and correctly answering the riddles of greenside gnomes.
As Colorado Springs' first and only women's flat-track roller-derby league, the Pikes Peak Derby Dames are members of the Women's Flat-Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and are ranked eleventh in the western region. The tough-as-hammers, take-no-shilly-shallying chicks compete year-round in monthly bouts at Colorado Springs Auditorium. Derby Dames come from all skates of life, from stay-at-home moms to business professionals to amateur magicians with data-entry day jobs. In each bout, two teams duke it out in a series of "jams," wherein a designated team "jammer" attempts to pass as many of the opposing team's players as possible on the track. Although roller derby is by nature a somewhat scrappy enterprise, penalties are issued for tripping, illegal blocking, and cutting the track, though no mention is made of banana-peel tossing in the official rules.
Following in the glove steps of a pantheon of famous punchers, the amateur fighters of the USA Boxing National Championships compete for berths at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials over the course of 13 gold-medal matches. Join the throng within the historic column-girded halls of the City Auditorium as the top male and female pugilists disarm opponents with jab steps, haymakers, and well-timed knock-knock jokes. More than half of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams first decorated themselves with gold at the National Championships, flitting through the quick paces of Olympic-style boxing for a chance at personal glory and national immortality. The tradition stretches back generations, with past tournaments resounding with the jabs of notable names such as Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, and both Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association pairs former baseball brethren with local and national celebrities in a charity baseball game to benefit the Children's Cancer Center. Baseball for Kids Day 2011 brings Hall of Famers such as Goose Gossage and Jim Bunning, and celebrities from other walks of life like Larry the Cable Guy to the Bright House Field for a day of fast pitches and hard hits. To complement the fun on the field, auctions and raffles provide official merchandise excitement with on-site winners.
Pikes Peak Athletics founders Anna and George Heidinger are a real power couple: he's worked for years as a strength conditioning and swim trainer, she as a swim club coach and former Olympic Trails qualifier. But their decades of aquatic achievement haven't made them narrowly focused swimmers whose skin starts shriveling on dry land. In small-group and private lessons, they view even the most advanced students not as swimmers but as "people who swim," and, consequently, take a relationship-first approach to instruction.
The Heidingers are aided by a squad of experienced junior and senior coaches, each certified in CPR, first aid, and water safety—and each extensively shadowed by a head instructor and a benevolent water spirit before being turned loose to instruct on their own. Beyond basic lessons and intensive coaching, staff also organize seasonal swim teams, and lead an annual swim camp that helps students hone the four major strokes and other aquatic competition skills using video playback.
For 20 years, the annual Southern Brewers Festival has been inviting guests to raise a glass and toast to good beer, good music, and doing good in the community. Held along the 21st Century Waterfront, the event seeks to introduce beer lovers to more than 100 crafts brews from 60 microbreweries—Southern Tier, Foothills, and Chattanooga Brewing, to name a few—with a focus on those headquartered within the Southeastern United States. Providing the soundtrack to the suds fest are live sets from the following bands: Gov't Mule, moe., Soulive, Greensky Blue Grass, Cabinet, Randall Bramblett & Friends, and AJ Ghent. And, best of all, guests can feel good knowing that 100% of proceeds from the beer-based event are donated to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.