From bar crawls to street festivals, there's plenty of ways to meet new people in the city. There's also plenty of ways to get exercise, such as jogging along the waterfront or scaling a skyscraper in a gorilla costume. Cities and Sports brings both worlds together through seasonal sports leagues that are as much about winning and getting exercise as they are about socializing and having fun. After the games, players can hang out with their team members and meet new people at the league sponsor bar. During warmer months, the company organizes leagues at local parks and beaches for weekly rounds of softball, kickball, and volleyball. Then, when winter rolls around, it moves its operation indoors for properly sheltered sessions of dodge ball, volleyball, bowling, and basketball.
When Ben Shimon first started S3 Leagues, he envisioned recreationally competitive leagues full of people with whom he wanted to be friends. Six years later, they've run 96 leagues total and attracted 13,400 participants. S3 Simply Social Leagues and S3 Singles Leagues hosts dozens of coed leagues year round, such as 16-inch softball, kickball, skeeball, beach volleyball, Whirlyball, and dodgeball at locations throughout the city. After matches, all teams hang out at local sponsor bars for celebratory sips or to plot their comeback in the next game. Each of the leagues meet once a week, with off-field events happening as players' social calendars dictate.
The DePaul Blue Demons tip off 2012 under the national spotlight, opening this season's conference play against Big East rival and top-ranked squad Syracuse Orange on New Year's Day. In his second year at the helm, Head Coach Oliver Purnell leads the up-and-coming Blue Demon battalion, which has sprinted to an impressive 9–3 start through 12 games. Reigning Big East Rookie of the Year and proficient scorer Cleveland Melvin anchors a potent DePaul offensive attack, dazzling hoops fans with rafter-rattling dunks, aggressive rebounds, and a penchant for drawing up elaborate plays on his pocket Etch A Sketch. Behind legendary coach Jim Boeheim, Syracuse charges onto the Allstate Arena court as one of the country's best teams, which has garnered iy an elite ranking in national polls and explains why a troupe of trumpeters escorts the players from the locker room before each game.