Now in its 54th year, this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic marks the return of defending champion Lee Westwood, who will stride over the scenic knolls in defense of his No. 1 world ranking, turning sand traps into four-star sand hotels in his wake. The roster of players also includes celebs from other areas of expertise, including Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who plays on June 8. All stick-swingers will test their mettle against the challenging terrain of TPC Southwind, ranked among 2007's Toughest Courses by the PGA TOUR for its deceptively tricky holes and distracting natural splendor. Proceeds from the tournament benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which works to fight common childhood cancers.
Since 1984, skaters have glided across the maple hardwood floor at Magic Wheels Skating. Depending on the time of day, skating sessions might be soundtracked by country or rock, or?on Saturday afternoons?kid-friendly pop music. Sunday nights, the house DJ spins all hip-hop, R&B, and old school, turning the rink into a fun dance party without forcing everyone to do the Lindy Hop, which would be difficult on skates. Birthday parties turn into memorable celebrations at the rink, with party packages that include drinks, ice cream, and food.
The National Basketball Academy's instructors host clinics, training sessions, and tournaments for various age groups. Their coaching helps participants improve all aspects of their performance on the court, from shooting to defense, and their youth programs nurture sports skills in children as young as kindergarten. They also set up teams and leagues that allow players to compete in a supportive, friendly environment.
After moving from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001, the Grizzlies have established themselves as one of the NBA's perennial playoff threats, making the postseason five times since 2004. Competing in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference,
Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears that have been damaged by the cacophony of city life and the screeching of prima-donna chalkboards.
Dugout box seats put you close enough to the base-based action to smell the fresh grass and hear a position player wonder if he turned the oven off. Watch the game unfold from a perspective not normally glimpsed on television and appreciate the geometry and sports dynamics as they play out before you and a friend or family member. An affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds were the 2009 PCL champions and are within striking distance of first place in the PCL American North Division, so be prepared for finely tuned minor-league action. With its combination of traditional and contemporary architecture, AutoZone Park is frequently lauded for its charming atmosphere and impressive views from throughout the park, including one of the largest scoreboards in minor-league baseball.