Sports & Rec
Occupation: Director of Membership Development, Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
What’s your favorite thing about Downtown Phoenix? I love the culture and diversity between the arts and the professional aspect. The juxtaposition of the sports venues, business towers, open spaces and public art.
What are your favorite places downtown? They’re based on neighborhoods. I love Roosevelt Row, all the way from Pita Jungle to Welcome Diner and everything along the way. Hance Park and What Should Go Here Pop-up Park. The restaurants on 1st and 2nd Streets like FilmBar and Angels Trumpet.
What’s would you consider your style? It’s a hybrid between professional and trendy and sometimes chic. My best friend is a fashionista so whatever she tells me. More specifically, it’s blazers mixed with skinny jeans, stilettos and a statement necklace. It has to work to go to board meetings with lawyers and finance people, while also hanging out with arts people and able to wear to evening events.
Biking fashion tips? I like to mix it up and sometimes wear skirts or dresses and bike in heels, but I always have backup flats or flip flops with me. It’s all about the step through bike.
Biking Essentials: A basket, bell, lights, my briefcase is always with me with a backup mini purse that can hang from my wrist, and sunglasses!
What she’s wearing: Black patent flats, black skinny jeans, a blouse from Target, and a vintage houndstooth-print jacket purchased in Los Angeles.
How do you think Grid Bikes will change/improve bike culture in downtown Phoenix? It’s for people like me who carpool. It’s a great opportunity to leave the car and not drive from garage to garage and have to remember where you parked. It’s great to have options.
Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks? To many football fans, this is the most pressing question leading up to Sunday’s big game. To others, it’s which car company will have the most outrageous commercial, or if Bruno Mars will live up to Beyoncé’s power-outage inducing half-time performance from last year.
For Mayor Greg Stanton, the question was how to enjoy the game and showcase how Phoenix will welcome visitors for next year’s Super Bowl here in the Valley.
To begin the countdown to 2015′s Super Bowl XLIX, Stanton—in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, Inc.— is inviting everyone in the Valley to his Super Pool Party on Sunday at Hotel Palomar‘s Lustre Rooftop Garden, beginning at 2 p.m. Mayor Stanton will speak at 4 p.m., welcoming guests and starting the countdown clock for the 2015 Super Bowl return to Phoenix.
“The Phoenix region is ready to play host for Super Bowl festivities next year,” Stanton said. “Our Super Bowl party will be a great way to enjoy the game and remind people what a fantastic place Phoenix is this time of year.”
While the majority of the country has been experiencing a winter of record-breaking low temperatures, Phoenix has been basking in above-average temperatures and not even a drop of rain. While the East Coast braces for another blizzard, and sportscasters stand on the sidelines dressed as if they were hitting the slopes, Stanton and DPI couldn’t envision a better way of showcasing the Valley’s temperate winters than an afternoon poolside.
Downtown Phoenix, Inc.’s CEO David Krietor shares the mayor’s enthusiasm: “Downtown Phoenix is the front door to our region, so what better place to have a party on Super Bowl Sunday. It will be good practice for 2015.”
Lustre will be serving a tailgate-inspired menu that includes mesquite-smoked brisket sliders, buffalo chicken wings, and buckets of beer for you to eat and drink while lounging by the pool, enjoying the game on the big screen.
Additional party guests will include Arizona Cardinals players Alameda Ta’amu, Franks Sanders and Anthony Clement (maybe they’ll be the ones on the field next year?), and the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinder cheerleaders, ensuring festive football fun.
If You Go
What: Super Pool Party – Countdown to Super Bow XLIX
When: Sunday, February 2, starting at 2 p.m.; kickoff 4:25 p.m. — end of game.
Cost: Free admission.
Sponsors: The Mayor’s Super Pool Party is presented by Downtown Phoenix Inc. and its affiliates Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Journal, CityScape, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Four Peaks Brewing, Shamrock Foods and Pro2U.
DPJ’s Suns Spot blog series features a fan’s perspective of Phoenix’s first major league sports franchise.
I admit, I have mixed emotions about the injury to Eric Bledsoe. Prior to his surgery to repair a torn meniscus the Suns were the surprise of the NBA, solidly in playoff contention with a 19-11 record. They are 5-6 since and clinging to a playoff spot.
Every indication is that Bledsoe will take his time rehabbing the knee to make sure he’s 100% healthy before returning to action, so there’s no telling when we’ll see him again this season. Part of me feels he should take as much time as he needs, and maybe even more.
Here’s my theory…
There are six elite teams in the Western Conference. The ageless Spurs continue to be the class of the league. The Thunder, Rockets, Clippers, Blazers, and Warriors are all loaded with young talent and are only going to get better.
All these teams are on pace to win at least 50 games this season, and are built for long-term success. Even a completely healthy Suns team would be hard pressed to crack that group this season. To once again reach the top level of the Western Conference, the Suns, as much as I love this year’s model, need to a few more key pieces. Adding another quality young player with a high draft pick would help.
On the other hand…
I can’t wait until Bledsoe gets back on the court. It would be great to see what kind of run this team could make with everyone healthy. The total domination of the Pacers on Wednesday night, who happen to have the best record in the league, proves that this team can play with anyone, with or without Bledsoe.
Everyone in the rotation is playing at or near career best levels. Miles Plumlee is averaging nearly a double-double and is in the top 10 in blocks. Channing Frye is having a truly miraculous comeback season. Gerald Green is finally in a situation that is allowing his incredible talents to emerge (did you see that dunk?). PJ Tucker has settled in as a starter and team leader. The Morris twins are providing a great spark off the bench. Leandro Barbosa is back, and hasn’t missed a beat. Jeff Hornacek is a strong candidate for NBA Coach of the Year.
With Bledsoe back, he and Goran Dragic can pick up where they left off, quickly becoming one of the top backcourts in the NBA. Did I mention that I love this team?
OK, maybe my emotions aren’t as mixed as I thought.
If You Go
Event: Suns vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, January 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: US Airways Center
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16 Athletes Compete for Cash, Pride and Prizes at Rush Club Nation Event on January 18th in Downtown Phoenix
Eight men and eight women between the ages of 18 and 38, will take part in a fitness competition on January 18th designed to test strength, agility and endurance. Professional athletes Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Josh Bridges will also participate in an exhibition before the Final throw down.
Rush Club, founded in February 2013 by Stacey D. Snyder and Abenadi (AJ) Richards was born from a shared love of fitness and the desire to create a workout competition that was all inclusive and exciting for people to watch. The duo takes pride in creating an electric atmosphere for their fans, and likes to call the feeling of involvement experiencing “the rush.” Stacey is a NASM certified personal trainer and AJ (a combat veteran of the Iraq war) is the owner of RushRx CrossFit Mesa.
Since its inception, RUSH CLUB has grown to see 500+ spectators at their local competitions. They have hosted 56 athletes on the Rush Club stage and have awarded approximately $7,000 in cash prizes. The pair has plans for continued growth of the competition and brand in 2014. Unlike traditional sport competitions where athletes typically pay a fee to participate, Rush Club caters to the athletes with no fee. This is made possible through sponsors, vendors and spectator ticket sales.
“I believe we are creating the most exciting head to head competition to draw crowds of all ages.” says Richards. “Our goal is to promote health and fitness in the most exciting way possible!”
“When you help people meet their physical goals and see how much it helps them overcome their mental hurdles too, that’s pretty powerful stuff.” adds Snyder. “This is a sporting match for anyone and everyone.”
A portion of the Final Rush event proceeds will benefit the United Phoenix Firefighters.
When: Saturday, January 18th, Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Preliminary matchups kick off at 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Pressroom, 441 W Madison St.
Cost: $25 & Up
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Here at DPJ, we’re all about sharing what we love. Beyond the stories that make us love downtown, we often come across things that catch our eye, tingle our senses or have us dancing in delight. “We Like…” turns a brief spotlight on the little treasures that make our day, with helpful links so you can share in the fun.
It’s a new year, a new me, and now I have Kaleidoscope Juice in Cityscape to get my healthy resolutions off to a perfect start.
Kaleidoscope’s fourth juice bar is nestled inside Chloe’s Corner, but the company’s vibrant colors and equally delicious offerings called to me from afar. I found out about this downtown location via Twitter a few weeks ago, as I was pondering the amount of pumpkin pie I’d eaten during the holidays. Kaleidoscope couldn’t have opened at a better time.
Every summer it seems easier to do a juice or smoothie cleanse and eat healthy, but during the school year, as stress bears down on me, fast food temporarily takes the edge off my schoolwork woes. I was gung ho for buying my own blender for my dorm and creating my own smoothies, but it became too time consuming. To me, what’s fantastic about smoothies and juices is that when they have the essential ingredients of a balanced meal, they are all you have to consume for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
On my first visit, I was in the mood for a creamy, rich and nutrient-packed smoothie to start my day. The Strawberry Warrior helped me face everything that came my way in the hours that followed. With protein, almond milk, almond butter, goji berry and banana, the vitamin-filled drink was delicious and made me curious to scope out the other options when I’m next in need of a boost.
With juice bars popping up around the country, and celebrities constantly seen holding a blended green drink, Kaleidoscope encourages one to not only be on trend, but healthy at the same time. At the beginning of each year, I’ve found it’s always best to make my body happy first, and then true style and confidence will radiate from that.
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