December 2, 2016 - Play and Learn

If there is ever an organization we hope takes off and flourishes, it's this one. The American Baseball Foundation has made it it's mission to help youngsters excel in the classroom and on the playing fields. What could be a more worthy cause than that? 

Each summer, they host over 100 grade school and middle school kids to their summer BASIC program. During this terrific session kids get to play sports like baseball, soccer and volleyball, mixed in with a curriculum of reading and math tied into sports to make it more interesting. They play for time, study for a while, then go back to play. The objective is address the recession of learning that occurs during the summer months and keep kids' brains sharp during the non-school months. But they do it in a way that promotes fun and physical activity. It is a win-win.

BASIC summer programming features a common book reading time ending with a competition among BASIC “home teams”. Home teams are composed of three to four students who work together in the classroom and on the field, supporting each other as they strive to win achievement tickets for the program-ending raffle of toys, sports equipment and recreation prizes.

It is only through donations that the ABF is able to keep providing services. Without the help of the sponsors, the ABF would have to turn away children. If there are more donations, they can add to the number of participants. 

There's nothing as rewarding as seeing kids grow and bloom. And the results the American Baseball Foundation gets are astounding. You can support them by going to their website, and you'll be glad you did. Everyone's future will be a little brighter because of it.

Source: American Baseball Foundation

 

November 27, 2016 - Odor De-Feeters

We love spotlighting the entrepreneurial spirit here on Sports Product Review. While some of the products we showcase are from big companies with hundreds of employees, most are from companies started by people just like you and me. People who had an idea for a great product they thought would help solve a problem, a product that might just become popular and sell a little bit...maybe a lot. 

The shin guard deodorizing bag made by XerosGear is such a product. It isn't as well-known in the soccer world today as it will be in the future, but we're here to say that it's here to stay.

For those who do not play soccer, understand that shin guards get nasty. They go directly on the shin and are covered by socks. So after a long, hot game or practice you can imagine how pleasant they are when peeled off of sweaty legs. That was the problem. This is the solution. 

It is simple, yet it works. The deodorizing bag owes it's effectiveness to the moso bamboo charcoal. insert. Moso bamboo charcoal is well knows for it's odor eliminating and drying properties. Just slip the bag containing the charcoal into the center pouch of the bag, and place both the musty shin guards on either side. Forget about them until the next time you need them and realize that they're no longer damp and stinky, but dry and fresh. This isn't only aesthetic purposes either. It means no bacteria on the skin, longer life for the guards and a host of other benefits. And when the bamboo charcoal is finally used up it can be simply recycled as a garden supplement making this one of the most eco-friendlly products we've reviewed. 

My daughter is a college soccer player and when XersoGear sent a pair for us to try, I figured we'd pass them to her for the ultimate test. She couldn't have given it a higher rating and plans on using the bag the rest of her career. She said it did exactly what it was meant to do -- made her shin guards dry and smell good.

Designing and taking a product like this to market takes a ton of innovation, and just as much courage. But it mostly takes conviction. Knowing that this is something needed by millions. Now, all we can do is hope that those millions find out about XerosGear. The soccer world will be a much better-smelling place for it. 

Source: XerosGear

 

November 18, 2016 - Sturdy as She Goes

You want something built to last? Something safe and reliable? Then when you're planning the school or city's new basketball gymnasium, make your first call be to the folks at Bison. They've been doing basketbal equipment since 1985 and have become the standard of the industry. 

Their products and innovation mean everything you get, from backboards, to goals, multi-colored padding, you name it, is on the cutting-edge of technology. They'll gladly provide you with a fast, professional quote and you can be sure that the price will be significantly less than the value you receive. 

Everything you can imagine basketball is in their catalog. And they do a variety of other sports as well. When you're building your "Gym of Dreams" you want it done right. And the right way is the Bison way.

Source: Bison

 

November 4, 2016 - Go Ahead. Make My Day

One of the things we don't do often enough is say thanks. Thanks to loved-ones, friends, and even complete strangers. And for those of us with kids who play sports, one of the most important "thank-you's" is reserved for those who coach our youngsters. 

And even if you do, as you should, take a moment at the end of the season to shake their and thank them for their efforts, how cool would it be to send them a card to let them know you really appreciate what they do? 

We know. Sounds like a hassle. And what kind of sappy card will you find at the store anyway. And you'll look like a putz sending it, right? Well not if you use Greeting Card Universe. Check out these cards for basketball coaches. They are classy, elegant, topical, appropriate and would make the day of any volunteer or professional coach. Amazingly, Greeting Card Universe will let you customize the inside of the card and mail it for you all for around five bucks - total. You can go online choose your card, order through their secure site and in less than two minutes you go on about your day knowing you're about to make someone else's. 

They have cards for soccer, football, baseball, cheerleading and 24 other sports...in other words, whichever sport your child plays. So there is no excuse, now that you know, to not show you care. It may seem like a small thing, but in today's world of texts and emails, getting a real card in the mail is all the more special. You can make it seem like you put in a lot of effort, without lifting more than a couple fingers. And for those coaches who really did put out a ton of effort, isn't that the least we can do?

Source: Greeting Card Universe

October 27, 2016 - What's theScore?

Are you looking for a free app that satisfies your most fanatical sports craving? One that keeps you up-to-date in real time and delivers all the excitement of actually being at the game, even if you're at work?

theScore (AndroidiOS) delivers game updates and statistics as they happen, as well as breaking sports news. It's terrific event calendar helps you search for upcoming games, stats, and, of coursem the latest scores and most important plays.

You'll get detailed breakdowns of stats that go deeper than anyone in their right minds would need and a realistic play-by-play description. Follow players, teams and leagues, and enjoy updates of plays and breaking news as they happen. You'll be able to share using the social feature so that your friends are in on the fun too.

All we know is that if you're addicted to sports, theScore is your cure. Or is it only really fueling your addition? Who cares? Just tell me the score.

Source: theScore 

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