Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
[We're the] home of the nationally ranked Valley Elite All Stars competitive cheer team. In 2014, the Valley Elite Twizzlers (youth level 2) team placed 10th in the country, the Red Hots (junior level 4) ranked in the top 16 in the Country, and Big Red (senior level 5 worlds team) hit a perfect routine at the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Working with children to teach them the importance of sportsmanship, camaraderie, goal setting, motivation, following directions, healthy living, and, most importantly, teamwork has been my passion since I started Valley Athletics and Valley Elite All Stars in 2007.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Working with the children and watching them grow to be amazing, successful adults.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Valley Athletics is the first athletic center in the Lehigh Valley/Easton area and is home to the Valley Elite All Stars. Our mission is to grow and develop all children to their fullest potential. Our main goal has [been] and always will be to bring fitness, tumbling, cheer, and fun to boys and girls of all ages and skill levels, [and to help them] gain confidence and self-worth on and off the mat.
Valley Athletics is the home base of The Elite Valley All-Stars, an award-winning competitive cheer team?partially because the coaches take the "team" part of the sport so seriously. Outside of their rigorous practices, they host myriad team-building events for their athletes, such as sleepovers, picnics, and holiday parties more fun than just holding a human pyramid until Christmas is over. Their emphasis on physical skills and social skills extends to their programs in gymnastics and tumbling, too, as well as their summer camps. While the camps feature trampoline jumping and other athletic play, the counselors also encourage campers to make new friends while they're there.
Players at Lehigh Valley Paintball wage simulated war across a variety of battlefields, choosing from a variety of play styles on both speedball and woodsball fields. The staff can also customize markers with engravings or leather wristbands, useful for proudly showing team affiliations, graphic designs, or helping identify guns that have escaped.
Professional Fencing Coach and Master Slava Danilov, as well as his lieutenant, Samir Machmoud, combine to bring more than 60 years of international fencing experience to Morris Fencing Club. Their collective expertise includes a bronze medal in the 1996 World Cup and an Egyptian national championship, plus coaching accolades that include leading their students to multiple World Junior Championship medals. Despite this imposing body of work, the duo also specializes in teaching fencing to beginners through their club programs, such as group lessons, private instruction, and camps. Regardless of prior experience, whether an Olympic-level epee swordsman or a person whose closest activity to fencing is making shish kabobs, students can comfortably enroll at Morris Fencing Club to build character and stamina through participation in the fun and active sport.
The ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Trenton Titans compete against the country's top hockey prospects in the Atlantic Division of the league's Eastern Conference. Founded in 1999, the Titans won the Kelly Cup in 2005 behind captain Rick Kowalsky and leading-scorer Scott Bertoli, capping off an impressive six-year span in which the team missed the playoffs only one time. As the Titans continue their quest to replicate past glory, raucous fans clad in red cheer them on at Sun National Bank Center, aided by the team mascot Rivet, who energizes fans without throwing AA batteries into the stands.
The Fightin Phils have served as the Double-A affiliate for the Philadelphia Phillies since 1967, forging the longest-running affiliate partnership in baseball, not counting the ancient business relationship between groundskeepers and chalk purveyors. Many Phillies stars have matriculated through the Fightin Phils clubhouse and made contributions to the Phillies' World Series wins in 1980 and 2008. The Phils have also enjoyed their own share of sandlot glory, seizing Eastern League titles in 1968, 1973, 1995, and 2001.
Built in 1951, the team's stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium, serves as the oldest home field in the Eastern League. Along with a lineup of characters featuring a frog, dog, and bear, the Fightin Phils' mascots include a pair of live ostriches and the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor—a striped-vested madman astride his faithful ostrich Rodrigo, who runs around the infield as the Vendor throws souvenirs into the stands.
On a scenic, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, 18 PGA TOUR elites will don their finest polos and drive, putter, and electric slide their way to the $5 million purse at the end of the rainbow. The Sherwood Country Club course incorporates a delicate blend of valleys, peaks, waterfalls, and fire pits to challenge a field that includes Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, and Martin Kaymer. Check the schedule to plan your viewing blitzkrieg.