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Wimble-done: Oh My!

Over in Wimbledon, England both Serena and Venus Williams were both eliminated from the competition!

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I am someone who doesn't really follow tennis religiously, but after a trip to the mens US Open finals a few years ago, I learned why this sport is so addicting.

Orlando 3-on-3 Tournament: Hoops for Heroes

Do you love playing Basketball? Do you want to donate your skills and time to a great cause? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, this event is for you!

Hoop for Heroes is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that will include an incredible Dunk Contest and Three Point shoot out that will take place on the former Orlando Magic Practice court. Games through out the weekend will be on that court as well

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Female Sports Professional: Melanie Curtsinger

Want to know more about the Communications Manager for the Orlando Magic? We thought so. Happy Monday! We have the lovely Melanie Curtsinger featured as our Female Sports Professional today so brighten your day. In addition to her present role, she has been in the sports industry for 12 years ranging from roles with the University of Kentucky and the Philadelphia 76ers! Find out how her planning ahead scored her entrance into her dream job path.triple

Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I am the communications manager for the Orlando Magic, so that means I do everything from setting up media credentials for home games to writing press releases, setting up interviews/appearances for players and coaches, producing the game-day program and even traveling with the team as the PR rep. I completed a year-long internship at the University of Kentucky athletic media relations department after I graduated, did another 13-month internship in my current department with the Magic after that and worked for the Philadelphia 76ers as a public relations coordinator before joining the Magic again full-time in January 2006.

Featured Foundation: The Tim Tebow Foundation

Sports fans always have diverse feelings on Tim Tebow as a football player, but one thing you can not deny is his admiration to help people.

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When Tebow still played college football for the Florida Gators, NCAA rules did not allow him to start his own foundation. Some people would have seen that roadblock and stopped, but not Tim. He partnered up with the school and several other UF students and started: First and 15. This UF Student Government is still active on the UF campus and now raises money for several charites, including our feature foundation, The Tim Tebow Foundation.

What was it like to work for Mark Cuban?

"Cuban is an animal!" - Tim Sanders

Dallas Mavericks are Champs!

As soon as Game 6 of the NBA finals was over and the Mavs were the champs I shot up a quick thank you to the basketball gods for making all things right in the basketball world!

It was my love for fellow LadyBaller, Alexis, and my hate for the Miami Heat that had me cheering and routing for the Mavs during this season. I learned more and more about the Mavs are realized what everyone meant when they said they are a real team.

They have a true veteran lineup with players like 17 year baller Jason Kidd, 10 year veteran JET Terry and 13 year, 10 time NBA Allstar, Dirk Nowitzki.

I wonder who reads these surveys...

I wonder who reads these surveys? Have you ever taken a survey and wonder... Who reads this? Do people actually listen? Everytime I fill out an NBA survey, I really want to be there when someone reads my responses and I want to see the process of what happens with all the feedback.

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With the close of the NBA season approaching (hopefully this Sunday! Go Mavs!) the NBA is in search of answers to what I personally think about the league. "We would love to hear what fans like and dislike." It was very quick but I shared my honest opinions and I was wondering myself... What are your opinions?

Featured Foundation: The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

Did you know that Dirk Nowitzki has a foundation? I thought it was appropriate and just good timing to feature Dirk's foundation today. Founded in Austin, Texas in 2001, it's nothing elaborate or painfully specific as their mission is to provide education, health and well being for children around the world. 

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There are various projects they help out and Dirk is very hands on and always taking the time to get out into the community and help where needed. Dirk takes his work seriously on the court, but he is also serious about making a difference off the court. Each year he makes hundreds of appearances and signs thousands of autographs in his desire to help children. In December 2007, the NBA honored him with the NBA Community Assist Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic work. Whether it is meeting children throughout the season for the Make-A-Wish Foundation or purchasing and delivering thousands of dollars worth of Christmas toys for children in a local hospital, Dirk loves to give back to children.

OH-hi-o....smh

I've been avoiding this topic for several weeks in a row but for whatever reason now seems to be a perfect time. Oh, Ohio State. I almost don't want to discuss this here because it seems like every time I do I get ripped apart telling the facts. It's almost as if some people believe that the Buckeyes are infallible and that they redeem the state of Ohio. I know that if I start going on about tattoos, cars, and free meals I will be told it's all speculation. Therefore I will try not to harp on them. There is one fact that just came to light and that is Terelle Pryor decided to leave Ohio State. Yep, shocker there, huh? Him leaving does not phase me one bit, but I do have to laugh out loud at one thing. He no longer has to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.

Female Sports Professional: Alana Nguyen

 

anHappy Monday morning! We have the lovely Alana Nguyen today for our Female Sports Professional feature today, such a great treat. She has 5 years of experience in the sports industry under her belt and is currently the managing editor for Yardbarker, a FOX Sports Interactive company, and she has tons of amazing advice. We appreciate her sharing her journey and experiences. 

How did you learn you wanted to get into the sports industry?

I kind of got here by accident. I had always loved the online media world, but it wasn’t by design that I ended up in the sports corner of it. While in law school I wrote a few personal blogs about various subjects. One of them was a silly cartoon blog about the NBA that ended up getting me a gig as one of the original bloggers on NBA FanHouse. From there I networked my way into a job as a part-time producer for FanHouse and I eventually took over as head producer from my former bosses Jamie Mottram and John Ness. After that role, it was natural to stay in the sports space.