There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots?a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
With its name gracing a new 6,500 square-foot training facility, Asana Climbing has officially come full circle. Founded in 1999, the company has long been designing and manufacturing gear specifically for the sport of bouldering, including branded apparel, chalk bags, and chalk for gripping holds. In 2013, the company made the move to not only outfit climbers, but provide the climbing wall they aim to master. The company began inviting longtime brand ambassadors and newcomers alike to use the 2,000 square feet of bouldering space inside the new Asana Climbing Gym. In addition to challenges designed for experts and tournament-level competition, the facility offers a designated area for beginners and young climbers, a weight and cardio training zone, and a changing area with showers.
The guys at Joyride Cycles freely look forward to sharing their 30 combined years of biking experience. Philip, Daniel, Jesse, and Bear stock their store with high-end frames and bikes from an epic assortment of name brands, as well as safety and style gear. The fellas can painstakingly shape custom wheels or employ a computer-aided program to precisely fit the right-sized bike to the rider. The gentlemen of Joyride Cycles created an online catalog of all their wares so that they can ship parts and gear to bike fiends down the street, in New Mexico, or stowed away in a transatlantic steam ship.
At Divotz Range and Pierce Park Greens, an on-site all-grass driving range and short game facility offer opportunities to iron out swings, while a pro shop equips players with all the necessary gear. Pierce Park Greens also offers golfers a 9-hole par 3 courses that challenges players of all levels. Instructors lead private lessons during which they focus on golf fundamentals such as swing mechanics, putting, short game, etiquette, and how to celebrate politely after winning a golf cart drag race.
Moving to the mantra, “Where performance comes from within,” Urban Beat Dancers molds students of all ages into confident, sure-footed individuals. The facility begins a new four-week program at the beginning of each month, with two classes per week tiered into five different age groups. During those classes, instructors teach a blended mix of jazz and hip-hop, making sure to squeeze in important life skills during sessions for younger students.