The Big East’s final four teams scorch the nets at Red Bull Arena, dribbling and kicking their way to the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship. After racking up glory and grass stains in a single-elimination tournament played at campus fields, the remaining contenders square off in three games that promise more hands-free excitement than bobbing for apples in a shark tank. Louisville exudes confidence after winning 2010’s championship, but top seeds Marquette and USF wear their "favorite" status like stylish shin guards as they look to etch their names into the tournament’s annals. Meanwhile, Rutgers and West Virginia strike terror into the stitch-paneled hearts of opposing goalies as they try to convert their tournament berths into championship success.
The game takes place on November 27 at 1 p.m. within the friendly confines of Bridgeview’s Toyota Park. The turf warriors of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will employ all the fancy footwork and precision-timed plays in their arsenal in this must-win match against a fierce Italian front. Your sideline-level tickets grant you uninterrupted action vistas featuring Abby Wambach’s diving headers and full volleys. The included 2010 team yearbook commemorates your day at the match, including player’s statistics and soccer pictures that are a bit better than that portrait of you kneeling with a ball from first grade.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
From tap dance to muay thai kickboxing, classes at Paganini Dance Fitness Martial Arts impart movement skills that can be used to get fit or show off. In between classes, students lounge at the Samba Café, where coffee and flat-screen TVs help them recharge. Once sufficiently fueled up, they're back in Paganini's studios, where instructors teach kids and adults how to twirl, tap, step, punch, kick, or lift weights. Students can also learn how to perform the dance-influenced Brazilian martial art of capoeira or the martial arts–influenced dance of full-contact do-si-do.
Though competitive cheerleading gym Premier All-Stars of NJ sets its sights firmly on championships, glory is but a goal that compels its students to learn the value of hard work and sportsmanship. The long-view approach clearly pays off, as the gym has held numerous National and Grand Championship Titles as well as earning superlatives such as Best Jump Sequence and Best Audience Participation. While the cheerleaders work toward the next shiny medal to wear around their necks or trade for magic beans, they learn teamwork and social skills in addition to the physical traits of coordination and bodily awareness.