Building a strong community bond is as important to Salem Sabres’ owner, Rhonda Alexander, as is forming an elite basketball squad. For the team's first season in the American Basketball Association, Rhonda recruited young players who shared her enthusiasm for the sport, but also a passion for helping others. Between practices and games against Pacific Northwest Division foes, Sabres players take time to host community events and volunteer at local schools, performing in anti-bullying skits, playing pickup games with the students, and giving kids expert tips on how to spell "horse" both on and off the court.
Since a frozen pinecone was first skirted past an ice-fisher's mukluks, the sport of hockey has proven that people can be athletically competent on ice. Today's side deal gets you both a ticket to see the Portland Winterhawks and a Winterhawks hat for $16. There are two games to pick, one on Saturday, February 20, against the Kelowna Rockets and the other on Sunday, February 28, versus the Prince George Cougars, both at 7 p.m. in the 100-level seats of the Memorial Coliseum.
The coaches at Gladiator MMA are an intense group. They've coached fighters and casual amateurs through a variety of fighting styles, including kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and boxing. Encouraging a fun and friendly class environment, students of all experience levels can practice their kicks and jabs while boosting their strength, flexibility, endurance, and agility.
Sparkling cerulean waters and the clean smell of chlorine greet visitors at the Lebanon Community Pool. Day and night, its lanes are filled with athletic swimmers gliding through the water and families paddling in the shallow end. A slide invites big splashes, and a training pool provides ample space for enthusiastic new swimmers.
The Hoop’s sprawling 51,000 square feet house a universe of athleticism, rolling out six basketball courts, six volleyball courts, and a fitness center stocked with cardio and strength equipment. Thrilling tournaments and regional competitions take place at The Hoop, where up to 3,000 spectators can witness fast breaks, powerful serves, and mascots performing elaborate mating dances.