Established in 1982, Kennesaw State's athletics program first competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In the mid-90s, the Owls migrated to the NCAA, where they claimed 7 Division II championships in activities as diverse as men's basketball, cheerleading, and women's soccer. Just as a real owl hones its night vision until it stops stubbing its talons on branches, the school continued its ascent until it joined the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, netting two national tournament appearances in women's soccer as well as championships in men's track and field and women's cross-country.
SkeeNation's governing precision-rollers unite skee-ball aficionados for evenings of nostalgic play and friendly competition. Skee-ball, a classic arcade game that requires shooting skills similar to those of bowling and cheers similar to an elephant's trumpet, faces aimthletes against each other, with champions receiving cash, prizes, or a gleaming trophy. Unveil questionable slam-dunk strategies while schmoozing with other league participants, or impress a friendly bartender by building a trading-card house model of the Millennium Falcon. SkeeNation is the country's premier skee-ball league with chapters in eight cities so far. All participants must be 21 or older to attend.
Humans dreamed of achieving flight for millennia, driven by the desire to find out what clouds taste like (a lot like fog, it turns out). Take to the skies with today's Groupon. For $40 per person, you get a quarter-hour private helicopter tour from Whirl Helicopter Atlanta, a $79 value. Depart from McCollum Airport in Kennesaw and fly to Kennesaw Mountain and over Marietta Square and the Big Chicken.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for springing off. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
When pastry chefs want to find news, recipes, or interviews about the ins and outs of the pastry world, they can turn to Pastry Profiles. The website aims to provide chefs with information about what's going on in their profession. They also host an annual competition expo, Pastry Live, as the highlight of their calendar. There, dozens of pastry chefs come together to provide demonstrations and seminars on everything from creating seasonal dessert menus to expanding culinary creativity. Competitions are the highlight of the event, though, with top chefs vying for titles such as Best Cake and Chocolatier of the Year.
The students at West Cobb Martial Arts know that a fight isn't won with a series of memorized punches and kicks. That's because they learn how to apply each goju-ryu karate technique to a real-life situation. While their instructor imparts wisdom gained from more than a decade of experience, they build strength and coordination. Trim waistlines lead to bolstered confidence, and longer attention spans make it possible to read all the way to the end of recipes, avoiding any future birthday-cake tragedies.