For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor and gear so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take flamboyant exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase a ton of different athletic accoutrements. Baseball fans can outfit themselves with a bat, a glove, a helmet, a pair of batting gloves, cleats, or a dozen baseballs. Divot devotees, meanwhile, can load up on 100 used golf balls or three golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a random collection of medicine balls, hockey sticks, and 25-pound weights so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
The diver double-checks all her gear before leaving the surefootedness of the boat and falling into the deep water, where she explores shipwrecks and seemingly untouched expanses throughout the Michigan Underwater Preserves in the Great Lakes. The team of PADI- and SSI-certified instructors at Scuba Centers of Michigan helps students prepare for these types of adventures every day, covering advanced topics such as diving at night and how to properly greet a sturgeon. The instructors also start from the beginning, teaching basic open-water diving techniques, which their pupils practice in the onsite heated pool. To complement its courses, the center stocks gear from equipment brands such as McNett, Aqua Lung, and Suunto, and it organizes diving trips to South Africa and Australia.
Casual and determined athletes alike will find their sport at Game On Sports Center, a complex that hosts everything from drop-in open gyms and parties to private instruction and weeklong camps. Adults and kids can play volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, and dodgeball on three courts, their fancy footwork benefiting from the all-purpose Sport Court flooring endorsed by the NBA and the NCAA. An additional baseball and softball practice area features two 70-foot batting cages, as well as pitching mounds, L-screens, tees, and other equipment. Though Game On hosts a regular rotation of clinics and camps led by athletes that have played and coached at high school, collegiate, and semi-pro levels, all of their supervised facilities are also available to rent for private parties or for dramatic sports-movie montages.
Ambassador Bicycles stocks a broad spectrum of two-wheelers, ranging from all-terrain bikes to urban cruisers, within its sprawling 3200-square-foot pedal emporium. Their expert staff of experienced mechanics administers tender loving care to weary people movers with a full menu of service and repair options, including simple tune-ups and comprehensive rebuilds. The basic tune-up inspects, cleans, and lubes coarse pivot points and components while adjusting shifting components and brakes to maximal efficacy. The performance tune-up package—which includes all basic features plus multi-planar lateral and horizontal truing of wheels and cleaning and greasing for bearing assemblies: headset, wheels, and the bottom bracket—expresses the utmost affection possible for dependable speedsters without resorting to tongue-action.
The Hub’s mechanics-in-training (MIT) program teaches high-school-age youth the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and customer service as part of an apprenticeship. In addition to gaining practical employment experience, MITs develop social and leadership skills by assisting The Hub's educational staff in training children how to repair bikes during the summer Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Young people also receive a small stipend during their tenure as apprentice mechanics. With additional aid, The Hub can support one of their mechanics-in-training for another month beyond the initial summer apprenticeship.
Since May 2008, Wheelhouse Detroit has been offering its customers a healthy and highly efficient new way to see Motown, with guided bike tours traversing the terrains and trails of Detroit. More than 30 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the "East Riverfront/Downtown/Dequindre Cut" tour on Saturday, May 1, you'll pedal-push 10 miles through the eastern end of RiverWalk, cruising past Gabriel Richard Park, Lafayette Park, downtown Detroit, and the Dequindre Cut, with its bike trail bedecked in city-approved graffiti. The "Architecture" tour, held on Saturday, May 8, is led by architect Brian Hurttienne, who will guide the group through downtown Detroit to explore the relationship between architecture and urban planning, with discussions on famous buildings and the future of Detroit's architecture. Strap on your American-flag shower cap and your freedom flippers for the "Arsenal of Democracy" tour on Saturday, July 3, which examines Detroit's patriotic contributions during World War II with visits to auto factories that were used to assemble weapons for American troops.