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.
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.
Led by 2009 Northwest League Championship-winning manager Tom Trebelhorn, the Volcanoes have shaken awake their pitching, batting, and catching muscles and plan to explode on their opponents during the 2011 season. The Volcanoes are a Class-A affiliate of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, with seven former Volcanoes having played in last year's championship games, including Pablo Sandoval, Sergio Romo, National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, and two-time Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum. This Groupon is good for one ticket to Diamond Club lower-box-level seating and admission to the climate-controlled VIP Diamond Club, which resides directly behind home plate for convenient psyching-out of the opposing team through philosophical Cartesian debates while they wait in the on-deck circle.
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.
No treadmills, no ellipticals, and definitely no ancient vibrating belts. In fact, at Twist Sport Conditioning, you won't find any machines. Because the trainers work primarily with athletes, they eschew boring, repetitive machine work for functional movements that translate into real results on the court, field, or Mario Kart track. Trainees gain strength, flexibility, and agility with classes like Adult Functional Fitness, and Twist even offers a convenient 60-minute session that makes the most out of your lunch hour. The center also hosts programs specifically for kids and young adults, plus sports camps that offer a longer, more intense experience.