As the AHL minor-league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch has primed players for the big league since 1994. They confront rivals from the Eastern Conference's East Division and beyond at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena, in front of 7,000 fans whose fiery passion for the team melts the ice beneath opposing players' feet.
As the owner and operator of the University of Surfing, Matt Cole has transformed incredibly talented surfers into an accomplished team of instructors. From Kyla Langen, the 2012 Bud Light Lime Tour Champ, and her globe-spanning surf career to veteran teacher and decorated pro surfer Kevin Rhodes, students reap the benefits of the instructors? years of experience during two-hour introductory surfing lessons. In addition to these basic lessons, the staff also coaches intermediate surfers and offers private lessons, giving advice about paddling, proper standing technique, and proper burial technique for broken surfboards. The wave-loving group also hosts daylong and overnight camps that cover the deepest aspects of surfing.
At Fitness Therapy the dedicated trainers believe total well-being stems from mental and physical harmony. They strive to help their clients reach this state of wellness with not only physical training, but an understanding of how it affects every area of their lives, from preventing injury to completing everyday tasks. Their holistic approach?blending training and education?encompasses each of their group-fitness offerings, including TRX suspension training, which pits guests against their own body weight with a system of stretchy bands, and circuit training, which combines strength training and aerobics drills to carve lean bodies. To shake up fitness regimens, students can frantically kick their way to wellness in cardio kickboxing and shimmy off excess calories in Zumba dance cardio. In each session, students make use of an arsenal of equipment, including weight sleds, kettlebells, footwork ladders, and cast-iron tap shoes.
When eager students haul their clubs onto the grounds at San Bruno Golf Center, they may find themselves pulled in more than one direction. Their first inclination may be toward the grass practice area; at 20,000 square feet it almost has its own gravitational pull. Or they might be drawn to the center’s 65 mat hitting stations. These are spread across an open-air upper deck and covered lower deck that protects players from the rain or any tears that fall from the upper deck. The short game area, meanwhile, spreads across two acres and features two chipping greens, a putting green, three bunkers, and a 75-yard tee box shot. When golfers have worn themselves out with divot digging and perfecting the arc of a gentle draw, they can recline on the clubhouse’s redwood deck and look out over their fellow clubbers.
Mark Emmons calls upon a lifelong passion for the game and more than 15 years of experience as a golf instructor during group and semiprivate lessons at San Bruno Golf Center. Over the course of his career, Mark has proffered insight to students at all levels of play. Students can opt for semi-private instruction with Mark for more focused development of technique and consistency. Semiprivate lessons also often employ the use of video analysis, breaking down swings frame-by-frame and providing instant feedback.
Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.