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“Unfortunately, no one on the bench really stepped up to help us win the game,”


— Lionel Hollins 12



20 Clipped 12

After being shut down by the Clippers in game seven, the Grizzlies ponder what is next

Seven Things to Forget About Game Seven 14

The entire series was full of disppointing moments, so we focus only on what we wish we could forget about game seven

Bird Food 18

Hot Shots 6 Grizz grind

Varsity Spirit 24 Who will make it to the Summit?

Front Nine 8 Adrienne Bailey answers a full nine questions

Power Train 26 Group Training

All Stars 10 Laying the groundwork

Tailgating 28 Game Seven

Get Fit 22 Challenging the half-marathon

Picture Puzzle 30 Towels Aplenty

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Grizz Grind Photo by Justin Ford The Grizz Girls were one of the major highlights in the Grizzlies game 7 loss at FedExForum.

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Nine questions. Nine answers.

Adrienne Bailey Written by Mike Bullard, photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis

Adrienne Bailey accepted the position of Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in February 1995. At that time, there were only two case managers on staff. Through hard work, dedication and a determination to heighten the awareness of the agency and expand the services it provided, she has successfully assembled an enthusiastic and devoted staff that includes six case Big Brothers Big Sisters holds an annual event in Memphis: The Sports Ball. What is your favorite game to play at the event? Jousting, it is sooo daring!! What is something someone might not know about the event? It has a wide age appeal – from 10-80 years old. How did they come up with the idea to originally do the Sport Ball? It was the brain-child of our former board chairman, Willie Gregory, Director of Community & Business Relations at Nike. We were trying to come up with something different, exciting and engaging. POW!!!…we did it! What is the most memorable thing to happen at the event over the years?


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managers. Mrs. Bailey is passionate about the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and fervently believes that we can all make positive changes in the lives of children by caring and sharing in ways that nourish their souls.

The year that Roy Jones, Jr. flew up on his private jet to appear as our special guest (thanks to Brand Jordan); that year we also had many of the Memphis sports legends attend, Penny Hardaway, Lorenzen Wright, Elliott Perry, Audrey Turner, Keith Lee, Cedric Henderson and Todd Day. To cap off the evening we had a special wrestling match between Michael Eaves (sports reporter) and Jerry “The King” Lawler. A very rich and exciting evening! Tell me about the new picnic? This will be a great opportunity for our bigs, littles, (all alumni bigs and littles) friends and supporters to come together to compete, eat and have fun! Our former Big Brother Richard Glassman and his Little Brother William Terrell are hosting this special event. Where did the idea for the sports weekend come from?

Our fabulous chairwoman, Valerie Morris. She thought it would be good to connect these events so we could have engagement from many different levels. What sports stars have appeared in the past? Rudy Gay, Coach Lionel Hollins, Deuce McAllister, Cedric Henderson, Coach John Calapari, Coach Josh Pastner, Penny Hardaway, Lorenzen Wright, Elliott Perry, Audrey Turner, Keith Lee, Todd Day, Jerry Lawler, Roy Jones, Jr. What stars will be there this year? Get off the bench and come out and see. Where does the money from the event go? All proceeds support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Best of the Preps

Laying the Groundwork Written by Ben Hogan, Photo by Leah Harrington The 2011-2012 school year just wrapped up, but Evangelical Christian School (ECS) already has big plans for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. ECS has installed a new turf onto their athletic field as part of a big renovation project for their athletic facilities.

well as being teammates with current Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. Walters knew upon his arrival that he had his work cut out for him. He was not only expected to keep up the expectations for a football program that has had plenty of

Things took off from there and now there are many college and high school fields that have been installed by AstroTurf, including Florida State, Oregon, and Louisville. They are also the official artificial turf of Major League Baseball. The type of field ECS is installing is the GameDay Grass 3D60 Xtreme surface. The surface itself has the technology to lower the surface temperature by 18%. It also has something called the “RootZone,” which provides a more consistent playing surface. According to the press release, “A study at Michigan State University, funded by NFL Charities, found that AstroTurf GameDay Grass systems looked and performed more like natural grass than any other synthetic product measured, also making it the safest option.” The cost of the new turf and installation is $1.3 million and will be funded by generous donations from family and friends of ECS. The new field will be Legends Field and will be dedicated on August 16 before a scrimmage vs. Germantown. Also at that game, the presentation of the first class of the Legends Hall of Fame. Walters says, “Each year we will elect a couple of coaches that made an impact on students/ athletes through living the athletic mission of Evangelical Christian School.”

Even though it will not be used for actual athletic competition, the field will be used throughout the summer for practices and camps. In fact, things got underway at the ECS Jr. Football Camp from May 29 - 31. The groundwork for this renovation was laid in 2010 when the school hired Geoff Walters to be their Athletic Director, as well as their Varsity Head Football Coach. Walters has been around some good company when it comes to football, as he was a QB in college at Valdosta State, and then at Samford. The one year he was at Samford, he was coached by former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Bowden, as


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success including state titles in 1983, 1999, 2000, and 2005; but also keep up the facilities in a competitive market for high school sports. ECS did their research when they decided to bring in a new field. In the end, they chose to use AstroTurf. Walters first contacted an old friend, Keith Bonnell, who was a teammate of his at Valdosta State. The fact those two had a good history led to ECS feeling comfortable with AstroTurf installing the new field. The AstroTurf company has been around since the mid-60s and installed their first turf into the Astrodome in Houston.

The field took seven weeks to install and will be available for 5 ½ days a week, 24 hours a day. The field will not only be available and used by the football team, but also the soccer, lacrosse, and various middle and high school teams there. Along with the turf being put in, the other facility upgrade include a new press box, new lighting to the baseball field, seating to the track and girls’ soccer field, and future tennis courts. Walters cannot wait for football season to start for more than one reason in the fall, “Our athletes and fans are very excited to begin enjoying the facilities; we hope our new facilities will be the best in our area.”

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Written by Andre Johnson, photo by Justin Ford

The Memphis Grizzlies were roughly an hour removed from their disheartening opening-round season-ending 82-72 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference playoffs on March 13, and shooting guard Tony Allen tried his best to remain sanguine in what was mostly a dispirited atmosphere in the locker room. Known for his customary pranks and antics with his fellow teammates, Allen jokingly singled out center Marc Gasol, who was walking toward to the shower. “Hey Marc,” said Allen, “You’re going to invite me to Spain? I wanna come hang out in Spain.” Appearing rather amused, Gasol, a 7-foot-1 Spaniard, turned toward Allen and said aloud, “How are you going to come hang out in Spain? You can’t even leave Southwind!” Though the brief colloguy between Allen and Gasol brought about laughs among the assembled media that stood around in the locker room, many would agree that the events leading up to the Grizzlies’ early playoff exit weren’t anything about which to smirk.


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That’s because one year after the Grizzlies became only the second team in NBA history to upset a No. 1 seed (San Antonio) in the playoffs’ best-of-seven format --- and fourth No. 8 seed overall --- then had the Oklahoma City Thunder on the ropes before falling in Game 7 of the semifinals, Memphians clung to lofty expectations that the Grizzlies would stage another dramatic postseason run. Unfortunately for Memphis, which managed to secure the West’s No. 4 seed and home court advantage through the opening round after the Clippers dropped three of their last four regular season outings, the drama that unfolded in its historic Game 1 collapse against fifth-seeded L. A. will linger at least until the start of training camp in October. With Rudy Gay, the team’s franchise player and leading scorer making his postseason debut after being sidelined a year ago with a season-ending shoulder injury, the Grizzlies appeared to

be a far more superior and athletic than a Clippers squad that five months earlier had upgraded its roster by acquiring fivetime All-Star Chris Paul in a three-team trade. Playing off the energy of their sixth consecutive postseason sellout crowd at FedExForum, the Grizzlies seemed well on their way to a lopsided win after building a 27-point lead late in the third quarter. However, by the time the final horn had sounded to end Game 1, Memphis wound up on the wrong side of history. The Clippers shot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the final frame, outscored the Grizzlies 35-13 in the fourth, and rallied to shock Memphis, 99-98, in arguably one of the grandest comebacks in NBA playoff history. For the Grizzlies, their Game 1 meltdown was undoubtedly the most devastating defeat in franchise history for a team that, consequently, appeared affected by the loss for the remainder of the series. “You just don’t know how this feels,” said Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph, sitting alone near his locker shaking his head in disbelief. “It feels like a knife is sticking in my back.” The Grizzlies, to their credit, managed to recapture home court by limiting Paul to a series-low 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 34 minutes in a 90-88 Game 6 win at the Staple’s Center. However, in the decisive Game 7, with the Spurs awaiting the winner, the Grizzlies appeared stagnant and dormant from the outset.

platform while addressing reporters after the season-ending setback, it seemed the only thing the six-year veteran could do was dwell on the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve of a season many expected to mirror --- if not eclipse --- last year’s campaign. “Obviously, we shouldn’t have lost that game,” said Gay, alluding yet again to Game 1. “That was the difference in the series right there. It’s been a physical series. Neither team shot well. We played them six times before. So you can expect games to be slow like that. So how exactly did a season that was filled with much optimism and hope and high expectations suddenly give way to what was a somber mood in the Grizzlies’ locker room after their opening-round exit against the Clippers? “I can’t put my finger on it,” Gay said. “It’s very frustrating. It’s obvious no one wants to lose. Everyone wanted to be on a team to build on last year.”

“Unfortunately, no one on the bench really stepped up to help us win the game,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, they couldn’t duplicate last year’s postseason run that ended in a Game 7 loss to the Thunder. The focus, nonetheless, has now shifted to an offseason filled with what will almost certain to be an assortment of questions surrounding the future of a team that finished among the Western Conference’s elite this year despite enduring a rash of injuries to key players.

They never recovered. Instead, a team that registered its highest winning percentage in franchise history (.061) throughout the condensed, lockout-shortened season by getting valiant contributions from its bench was suddenly outscored, 41-11, by the Clippers’ reserves. That ultimately was the difference in the series finale. “Unfortunately, no one on the bench really stepped up to help us win the game,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “Tonight, every time I looked up, everyone was walking up court. And I kept yelling for them to get back up.”

Questions ranging from: Which free agents will the Grizzlies resign? Who will likely be the subject of trade rumors? And what areas the team must address as the June 28 NBA draft looms, among others? About the only thing that is evident at this point is that O. J. Mayo, the Grizzlies’ top reserve who, twice during his threeyear stint, was rumored to be dealt away, has likely played his last game for Memphis. Everything else is hanging in the balance.

However, even Hollins, who admittedly “slept like a baby” after the Game 1 loss, could not do much to persuade his players break out of their Game 7 funk which, by and large, was just dissatisfying as the series opener.

“My guys are hurting,” Hollins told reporters after Game 7. “I’m hurting. They’re dealing with a painful loss. And hopefully the sun will come up tomorrow.”

Still, as Gay sat alone shaking his head in disgust on the

Even after a historic Game 1 collapse that will linger at least until the start of training camp in October.

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Seven Things to Forget About Game Seven Written by CJ Hurt, photo by Justin Ford

A historic season for the Grizzlies came to an end during a very forgettable Game seven performance in the first round of the NBA Playoffs this season. Memphis finished the year with the best winning percentage in franchise history, the third best home record in the NBA (behind San Antonio and Miami), and home court advantage for the first time in Grizzlies’ franchise history. Yet, with all of the records that the team and individuals broke, it was not enough to

prevent an early exit from the playoffs. The series was full of disappointing moments, like the fourth quarter collapse in game one and the overtime loss in game four. However, game seven was full of moments that Grizzlies fans might want to forget ever happened. So in honor of the Grizzlies game seven defeat, here is a list of the seven things Grizzlies’ fans want to forget from game seven.



Mike Conley’s Performance

He was not good, but he was not bad either. Conley was sort of just there, and in elimination game just there does not cut it. Sure he was sick and going up against one of the best players in the league, but Conley’s play in game seven is one that he and fans should forget. It was the biggest game of the year and he has to find a way to do more than go 2-13 for just seven points. Conley missed several contested layups that could have swayed momentum and changed the outcome of the game. However, if the Grizzlies had a more capable backup at the point guard position maybe Conley would not have had to play so many unproductive minutes. The Clippers exposed and exploited Conley and the Grizzlies’ lack of depth at the point guard position all the way to a game seven victory.

The lack of bench production

It was a rough series for the Grizzlies bench, and game seven was no different. The Grizzlies’ bench only averaged 22.6 points per game in the series, while the Clippers’ bench averaged almost ten points more than that with 31.4 points per game. In fact, the Grizzlies’ bench was outscored by the Clippers’ bench by 19 points in game 6, so the fact that they were outscored again in game seven should not be that surprising. But to only score 11 points while the other team’s bench scores an impressive 41 points is inexcusable. OJ Mayo, one of the Grizzlies’ more consistent players, and their best bench player, only scored 4 points on 1-11 shooting from the field and went 0-3 from behind the arc. And to add insult to injury, it was the Clippers’ bench, not their starters that built the fourth quarter lead and held onto it. They scored 25 of the Clippers’ final 27 points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin did not play the entire fourth quarter and Chris Paul did not check back into the game until the 6:16 mark of the fourth quarter. Depth was something that Memphis believed it had an advantage in coming into the series, but the bench under performed throughout the series and did not play up to their potential when it mattered most in game seven.

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The entire fourth quarter

Memphis had a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and it only took 23 seconds for the lead to evaporate and never be seen again by the Grizzlies. Kenyon Martin hit a jumper to give LA a 57-56 lead and after that it was all down hill for Memphis. A three pointer by Nick Young immediately after Martin’s jump shot gave the Clippers’ a four point lead with less than a minute gone in the quarter and forced Coach Hollins to take a time out to try and stop the Clippers’ run. However, the Clippers’ still went on a 11-5 run after that timeout thanks to clutch shots and inopportune turnovers by Memphis. The Grizzlies were outscored in the fourth quarter by 11 points in game seven, with no Paul for almost half of the quarter and no Blake Griffin at all in the fourth for the Clippers. Rudy Gay could not make a shot, Zach Randolph did not touch the ball, Mayo missed a layup that would have cut the lead to four, Tony Allen fouled out, and the rest is history.


OJ Mayo’s missed lay up

With less than two minutes left, down 75-69, Mayo makes a terrific defensive play and rips Paul. He flies down the court with Paul matching him stride for stride, and a chance to cut the lead to four (or possibly three if he draws some contact and makes the layup). Sadly he does not draw the foul, or even make the contested layup. The ball rims out and Reggie Evans secures the rebound to all but seal a Los Angeles victory. What is truly infuriating about this play for fans is not just the fact that Mayo missed the layup, but that the grit and grind posse was not chasing him down the court just in case he happened to miss the layup. In fact, none of the Grizzlies’ other four players even crossed half court. A team that prides themselves on getting loose balls and fighting until the very end did no such thing on that play. Even sadder is if Mayo leaves in free agency (and all indications right now are that he will) that will be the last impression fans will have of him. Not the three point guns being holstered after a timely shot or the 18.5 points he averaged per game during his rookie season, but a missed layup that might have changed the outcome of game seven for Memphis.


Grizzlies’ offense

Memphis never looked in rhythm on the offensive end, struggling throughout the game to get quality looks. They shot an abysmal 32.5 percent from the field and were only 71 percent from the free throw line. On top of that, Memphis missed all 13 of their three point attempts. The Grizzlies made 11 three point shots in game one, but were just 2-31 from behind the arch for the rest of the


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series. Nobody could get anything going offensively as only two Grizzlies (Gasol and Gay) scored double digit points. They both led the team with 19 points a piece, but the next highest scorer was Zach Randolph who only had nine points. Their offensive output was offensive and a part of game seven that we all want to forget.


Chris Paul

He is the difference in the Clipper’s season , in this series, and the difference in game seven as well. During game seven, Paul was the grittiest and grindiest player on the court. His defense was stellar and he found a way to will his team to victory in an extremely ugly game. It is more than him simply leading his team in scoring with 19 points. It is the fact that he was an absolute pest on the defensive end. Whether it was pestering the Grizzlies ball handlers or forcing players to take contested shots, Paul seemed to be everywhere on the defensive end. Most impressive is that the shortest man on the court (Paul is listed as six feet even) grabbed nine defensive rebounds. Nine! In a game where the Grizzlies’ offense struggled mightily, extra possessions and second chance points were needed badly. Paul refused to give Memphis any easy buckets, as he and his Clippers teammates ended all of their defensive possessions by securing the rebound. Without Paul the Clippers are not in the playoffs, and without him the Grizzlies might still be in the playoffs.


The fact that Memphis lost

This is what Grizzlies’ fans everywhere want to forget the most about the game. Things were supposed to go differently. This was supposed to be the Grizzlies’ year. Last year, they shocked the best team in the Western Conference to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and they came within one game of reaching the Western Conference Finals. They did all of this without Gay, who is their best perimeter player. With his return to the lineup, we all figured that this team would go even further in the playoffs this season. The Grizzlies blew game one and lost the home court advantage, but they found a way to force game seven, bringing the series back to Memphis for a winner takes all match up. All offseason, fans were telling themselves that if that game seven against OKC was in the Grindhouse, with Gay in the lineup, Memphis would have won. This game was at home, where Memphis had the third best home record in the NBA this season, and Gay was on the court. The fans in the Grindhouse were supposed to will their home team to victory. Memphis was the favorite and history was on their side. Only 19.5 percent of visiting teams have ever won a game seven in the NBA. But the Grizzlies could not find a way to win, and fans watched as time ran out and the Clippers celebrated just their third playoff series win in franchise history.


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Bird Food Written by C.J. Hurt, Photos by Justin Ford

With the woeful winter months over, and summer time in full swing, Memphians everywhere are seeking outdoor activities to do in the wonderfully warm weather. One thing everybody should do this summer in Memphis is take a trip downtown to see the Redbirds. Game day at AutoZone Park is full of good baseball, fun activities, and great food. There is no need to go out to eat before a game because there are over 120 different (and affordable) concessions items in the ballpark, and that variety ensures that there is a tasty treat for everyone to enjoy. Whether it is concession staples like chicken on a stick or foot long corndogs, or a Memphis favorite like barbecue nachos, there is something enjoyable for even the pickiest of eaters. Mike Brulatour, General Manager of Ovations Food Services, is extremely proud of the wide selection of treats offered at AutoZone Park. “It is nice to have fancy stuff on the suite men,” items like seafood pasta and jambalaya re only available in the suites, “but we like to give the general public something good to eat too, so the variety here is great…” he said, “in fact this is probably the only ball park in the country where a hotdog is not the number one seller.” Of course barbecue nachos reign supreme at AutoZone Park so everything else is fighting for second place, but there are some terrific treats to go alongside the nachos. According to the executive chef, Bob Barlow, the creative culinary minds at AutoZone Park try to create something new every year. And this is where we come in. Our MemphiSport tasteologists sampled several of the new dishes at the ball park. So sit back, relax, and let me take you on a tasty journey through some of the new foods offered at AutoZone Park.

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1 Barbecue Bacon Dog: $6.00

There are about 18 different hot dogs at AutoZone Park, and this delicious delicacy is among the newest items offered. You can find this new dog at Main Street Pizza, King Cotton Classic, Trolley Stop, and Hot Dog Nation. Mr. Brulator explained where the idea for such a tasty hot dog originated, “Everything we have here is tied in with Memphis, Rendezvous, or barbecue. So all we did was combine our hotdogs with Rendezvous barbecue and slaw.� Yet the magic ingredient that really makes this hotdog one of the best I have ever had is the strip of crispy bacon placed on top of it. The combination of barbecue, slaw, and bacon is so good that you will almost certainly want another before the game is over. .


2 Corned Beef On Rye: $9.00

Hand carved when you order it, the corned beef on rye is a delicious sandwich that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. Chips accompany this wonderful dish, so if you want a good sandwich go to the Chef Express concession stand and get this superb sandwich. Now for those of you who do want corned beef you can also get roast beef or turkey too for the same price.

3 Fresh Fruit Salad & Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad: $7.50 ea. These treats are located at the Chef Express concession stand where they are both cut and prepared fresh when you order it. They are also some of the healthiest items on the menu. If that is not enough for you, the fact that these two healthy treats come in a nifty souvenir helmet might persuade you to purchase these awesome dishes.


4 Bottomless Popcorn: $4.50

Popcorn is a staple snack at ball parks everywhere. Yet, most places do not make it all you can eat. In their never ending quest to make the experience at AutoZone Park even better for fans, the culinary minds at AutoZone Park decided to not just sell freshly popped Orville Redenbacher popcorn, but to make it unlimited too. This is a terrific and affordable snack for everybody, and when you finish it you can always go back to the Court Square concession and get a refill whenever you are ready.



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5 Pizza Slice: $5.00

Pizza has been available for a while at AutoZone Park, but this is Hunt’s Brothers’ debut season. You might recognize this great tasting pizza from gas stations and convenience stores throughout Memphis, but it tastes even better outside at a Redbirds’ game. There are two types of pizza for you to choose from (pepperoni or three cheese), and the slices are a good size for the price. One slice at the ball park is like two regular slices, so head to the Main Street or Chef Express concession stands and enjoy some great pizza along.


6 Catfish and Hush Puppies: $8.00 Technically this is the sophomore season of this yummy meal, but this meal is so delicious and such a bargain, we had to include it on the list. Fresh fish, breaded and fried to perfection might seem like an odd snack at a baseball game, but when you think about how easy it is to eat and share with friends and family you begin to understand why it is selling as well as it does. This particular treat is easy to share amongst the kids and it can be a meal for adult attendees. Add to it the fabulous hush puppies and fries and you have one tremendous meal to enjoy with the game. If you are craving some great fish, just head over to the Gayoso Grill concession stand and order this meal between innings.

7 Parker’s Water Ice: Small $5.50/ Large $7.00 It is not ice cream. It is not a snow cone. It is not shaved ice. It is a delicious treat that is fat free, cholesterol free, dairy free, and kosher. Parker’s Water Ice is a local company that specializes in this unique frozen treat, and man is it good. They make this fantastic frozen snack by mixing water with fruit juice and fruit flavors, then they freeze it. What you end up with is a great treat that has a uniquely soft and smooth texture. Water ice is a tasty treat that is sure to cool you down during those hot days at the ball park. Sadly only five of the 34 flavors offered at AutoZone Park (lime, mango, cherry limeade, sour apple, and cherry), but if you want to try some of the other wonderful flavors you can go to their store located at 7050 Malco Crossings.




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Challenging the Half-Marathon Written by Beth Okeon, Photo by Leah Harrington For three Campbell Clinic team members, the same word could be used to describe the task they all chose to take on this spring—challenging. The challenge at hand? The 14th Annual Germantown Half Marathon.

2008 and entered her first half marathon the following year. In December of 2009, after training and participating in the St. Jude Half Marathon, Whitmore decided to tackle a half marathon a month for a year until a metatarsal fracture stopped her in her tracks until September of 2010, when she began training again. She has since completed races sporadically leading up to the Germantown Half Marathon. Whitmore balances her time running with other types of exercise including mountain biking and swimming, while also tackling full-time work at Campbell Clinic as a clinical assistant, part-time work as a waitress at a local pizzeria, and a full-time course load at the University of Memphis, where she is pursuing a second bachelors degree in biology. Whitmore’s fast-paced lifestyle is made manageable thanks to her love for exercise.

Campbell Clinic clinical assistant Dana Whitmore rests alongside the clinic’s mile marker on the Greenline in East Memphis. Whitmore often trains there for the half marathons she competes in regularly. Two of the three overcame significant injuries to train for this event while the other veered from a lifetime of one sport to participate in the 13.1-mile race, where more than 2,000 runners competed on Sunday, March 18. As presenting sponsor, Campbell Clinic encouraged its team members to participate in the race, and more than 10 took to the streets to begin training. Dozens also volunteered at the event and attended to cheer on their colleagues. Dana Whitmore, a race veteran among the three, began running recreationally in


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“Not only does staying active build your energy, but it affords you time alone to de-stress and think,” she said. “And, the focus you develop through training for races translates across the board, professionally and personally. No matter the scenario, I know I can set a goal and achieve it thanks to my training.” Campbell Clinic physical therapist Nick Bird also suffered a setback when he tore his ACL while playing soccer several years ago. He decided to incorporate running into his fitness routine following recovery from the injury and ran in his first half marathon in 2011. The father of two keeps fit by keeping up with his young children and combining weight training with cardiovascular exercise on a near daily basis. He attributes the endurance he’s developed to keep up with the physical demands of his work at Campbell Clinic to his dedication to stay in shape. Physical therapy technician Cory Smith always considered basketball his primary source of exercise until he took up

running as a way to condition himself for the sport. Only when the Germantown Half Marathon came along did he decide to participate in his first ever race. “I’m a competitive person so naturally this was the best way to compete against others,” said Smith. “But, ultimately, I wanted to challenge myself.” Smith prepared for race with several high intensity workouts per week, long-distance runs on the weekends and basketball games in between. He finds that by staying fit, he and his fellow race participants and coworkers can provide the type of example patients at Campbell Clinic can look up to. “I think it’s important to practice what you preach,” Smith explained in regards to working with physical therapy patients at Campbell Clinic. “It’s not easy to convince someone to lead a healthy lifestyle if you don’t do so yourself.” Bird also shared advice for those looking to start running or participate in a longdistance race. “Start slow, and build up your program gradually,” he said. “It’s important whether it’s the first time you’ve laced up your running shoes or the tenth time you’ve run a race to always listen to your body as it will let you know what you are able and unable to do.”

Celebrating over 100 years in business, Campbell Clinic is dedicated to providing unsurpassed patient care while continuing the clinic’s role as the leader in teaching and research in orthopedic surgery. Campbell Clinic has locations in Germantown, TN; Collierville, TN; the Medical District in Memphis, TN; and DeSoto, MS. Campbell Clinic also has an After Hours Clinic which is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. For more information on Campbell Clinic, call 901.759.3100 or visit

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Who will Make it to the Summit? The best of the best will compete at Disney in 2013

Varsity All Star is pleased to announce the launch of the ultimate all levels national championship, The Summit, which will replace the International All Levels Virtual Championship as their end of the season event. The inaugural Summit, which will take place on May 4-5, 2013 at the Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., will offer 450 bids to the best teams from across the country in Youth, Junior and Senior Levels in non-Worlds divisions to face-off in a live competition, broadcast worldwide on Varsity TV. Varsity All Star will be selecting teams to take the climb to The Summit by offering bids at their existing World Bid Events and at least eight other two-day events. An anticipated 450


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partial paid and at large bids will be offered throughout the 2012-2013 season. The Level Grand Champions from the 2012 International All Levels Championship have already received paid bids to defend their titles in 2013. “The Summit is an opportunity to broaden the field for more athletes, coaches, and gyms from every region of the country to reach their highest potential at this one-of-a-kind event,” says John Newby, Executive Vice President of Varsity All Star. “We are proud to support the USASF and what Worlds has done to recognize All Star’s highest caliber athletes, but we feel the timing is right to create an additional event that showcases athletes in all levels of All Star cheer.”

The Summit was announced at the Varsity All Star annual Gym Owners Conference in Las Vegas on May 22, where it was met with positive feedback from gym owners. “As a small gym owner, I don’t have a Level 5 team that puts us in the running for Worlds. I love the idea of a prestigious, all levels destination event for our teams,” says Mindy Clayton, Gym Owner, Idaho Falls Elite. “We’ve never had an opportunity to do something like this, and I think it will help attract more athletes to our gym.”

The Summit will take place on May 4-5, 2013 at the Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit


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