Sports played with spheres are easier to master than rectangular sports, such as Rubik's cubing and throwing bricks into windows. Circle fun with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of footwear, apparel, and more at Valenti Sports in East Rochester.
Locally owned and operated, Valenti Sports has outfitted athletes with high-end gear for more than 16 years. Its extensive collection of sporting goods contains a battleship’s worth of footwear, with 600 styles, including 130 types of cleats, turfs, and flats. Asics Gel-Nimbus ($107.95) and World Cup–ready Adidas Copa Mundial cleats ($89.95) cradle feet as snugly as braces embrace poppy seeds. The Valenti collection of soccer balls encompasses a wide array of colors in sizes three to five, and protective football helmets, pads, and chinstraps come in youth, intermediate, and adult sizes. Those who prefer sports as spectacle can peruse a plethora of team shorts, tanks, and spirit apparel.
The staff at Valenti Sports emblazons the uniforms and off-court garb of more than 400 local teams with their respective logos, names, and numbers. They also help guests to navigate a 9,000-square-foot haven loaded with sports gear from big names such as Under Armour, Nike, and Adidas. Their shelves boast more shoes than an octopus's swim-in closet with more than 600 styles of footwear, including 130 types of cleats, turf shoes, and flats.
Beyond stocking goods for baseball, football, basketball, and soccer players, the shop also celebrates the lesser-known sport of pickleball. The wiffle-ball-and-paddle-fueled pastime gets spotlight treatment inside and outside the store, with an onsite court available for test-driving products or testing hand-eye coordination for upcoming Whac-A-Mole championships.