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Magazine Tri-State Shields Football

Making their mark in the NPSFL

Poughkeepsie Raceway

Continuing the Metro Area’s Motorsports Tradition

Kristina Esposito Racing

Sept - Dec 2020

A Championship Month of November

Alicia “Slick” Ashley

Brooklyn boxer inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame


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September-December 2020 4 Tri-State Shields Football There’s a new winning football team in town, making their mark in the National Public Service Football League. 14 Poughkeepsie Raceway Local race track is keeping the NY Metro Area tradition of motorsports alive and helping develop a new gen eration of racers. 20 Kristina Esposito Racing A November to Remember for this local racing champion as she captures two series crowns. 26 Alicia “Slick” Ashley Inducted Into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame Local boxing champion out of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn to be honored at Las Vegas ceremony in March

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Train Like a Champion. Train with a Champion. MetroSports Magazine’s former Athlete of the Month and cover of our May-June 2015 issue, Keisher “Fire” McLeod, a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, current NYS Flyweight Champion and current WIBA World Flyweight Champion can now be your personal boxing trainer at the world famous Gleason’s Gym.

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TRI-STATE SHIELDS FOOTBALL by Warren Rosenberg and Clark Thompson Some might think it’s been a pretty disappointing year for New York Metro area football. The NFL’s NY Giants and Jets have been struggling, at best. Fordham and St. Johns have cancelled their fall football season and Rutgers has yet to start. But there is one local team that has posted a winning 3-1 record in 2020 and kicked off its most challenging game of the season on Saturday, October 17th, with a win. That team is the Tri-State Shields, a hard-hitting semipro team of the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL).

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he Shields are one of four New York based teams in the 19 team league which also has teams in Charlotte NC, Columbus OH, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Dallas TX, Los Angeles CA, Orange County CA, Orlando FL, Philadelphia PA, Roanoke VA, San Bernardino CA, San Diego CA, and Washington D.C. Representing the NPSFL in the New York Metro area are the NYPD’s New York’s Finest, the NYC Department of Correction’s New York’s Boldest, the FDNY’s New York’s Bravest, and the Tri-State Shields. Chartered

as a “a team comprised of Police, Fire, Corrections, Courts, Federal Agents, Military and E.M.S. personnel, the team’s members represent the NYPD, Clarkstown P.D., New Rochelle P.D., Darien P.D., Bridgeport P.D., Westport P.D., Suffolk P.D., Connecticut Dept. of Correction, NYC and New York State Departments of Correction, NYC Hospital Police, NYC Homeless Police, Federal Police, the FDNY, Norwalk Fire Department and the NYC Dept. of Sanitation. On Saturday October 17th, the Tri-State Shields took on the powerhouse team of the continues on page 7

Above: Members of the 2020 Tri-State Shields pose after a victory with their proud sponsor, Kreindler Law

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New York City Department of Correction, New York’s Boldest, in their first outing against a NPSFL home-town rival. Saturday’s game, alternatively billed as the “HAUNTOBER Bowl” and the “First Responders Birthday Matchup” featured a children’s Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treat candy giveaway. The NYCD’s Boldest celebrated their 20th birthday as a team by taking on the Shields in their inaugural year. The game opened with the National Anthem and a salute by the New Rochelle Police Department Honor Guard in full dress uniform. The Shields were the first to score early in the 1st Quarter but were not successful in the point after conversion attempt and carried a 6-0 lead into the 2nd Quarter. It didn’t take long for the Boldest to even the score running the ball in for a TD early in Quarter and, like the Shields before them, were unable to put any additional points after on the board. Late in the second quarter the Shields scored again and took a 12-6 lead into the half-time break.

The Shields added to their lead with 3rd Quarter TD and two-point conversion expanding their lead to 20-6. They did not score again but the Boldest did with their own 4th Quarter TD and two-point conversion. This hard-fought contest concluded with the Shields victorious over the Boldest, 20-14. While out on patrol, the Westchester County Police aviation unit flew by in a helicopter fly-over salute to their first-responder brethren. This highly specialized unit comprises two helicopters and four police officer pilots who protect Westchester from their unique perch in the skies over the County. The Aviation Unit provides assistance to all emergency service entities (police, fire, EMS, and emergency management) in Westchester County as well as other county agencies. When requested, the unit provides assistance to state and federal agencies and on occasion to jurisdictions outside Westchester County.

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Half-time also provided a chance for local youth to participate in some fun and safe Halloween trick-ortreating and a costume contest with treats provided by Entenmann’s bakery and other local merchants. The mid-field costume parade allowed children a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween and was enjoyed by all. After the game, the Shields team captain, Ivan Monge, told MetroSports Magazine, “This was a huge game for us. NYC BOLDEST is the first New York team that we played that is part of the NPSFL. We thank the NYC BOLDEST for putting together this HAUNTOBER game with us. The kids had fun, a lot of COOL costumes, a lot of candy for the kids to enjoy and hopefully we can do this again. As far the game - there was a lot of great hitting from both teams, everyone played well and everyone got home safe. The TRI-STATE SHIELDS, will definitely be on the map in the NPSFL. LET’S GO SHIELDS!!!” Chris Chamberlin, president of the NY Boldest commented after the game that, “This is the first NPSFL game since Covid. I’ve been posting for the last 3 Above: Hilary Crannage, Heavyweight Open months that, on October 17th, we were going to take Below: Darci Ruggles, Lightweight Masters football back – and together we did that – both teams. I know the league Board is going to be calling me tonight or tomorrow, asking me my opinion on the Shields - are they worthy of voting into the league as a full team – and I say absolutely.” He added the following in a social media post, “Not the outcome we wanted but definitely motivation we accept. Huge shout out to Shawn Wandel and the @ tri_state_shields for an exciting game! The Tri-State Shields are a class act organization and will be an asset to the National Public Safety Football League. Not only have they put a good product on the field, but they represent the core values of what an NPSFL team are off the field. Special thanks and appreciation to the Shields for taking proceeds from your gate and donating towards a fundraiser for one of our players in need during a tough time. Lastly, thank you to all who came out to support for our 20th Football Season. COVID-19 may have put a damper on our 2020 season, 8 | September - December 2020


but on 10-17-2020, Boldest Football along with the Tri-State Shields, and all who attended, took football back from COVID-19.” The teams and professionals who play in the NPSFL care about more than just football. The teams support numerous charities across the country with the four New York teams helping raise funds for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, Wounded Warrior Project and the Widow’s and Children’s Funds of the various services, among others. And there are many organizations that provide support to the teams. Notable among the supporters of the Tri-State Shields are the law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler who represent 9/11 first responders, and New Jersey recording artist Jon Bon Jovi. As a long-time supporter of first responders, Bon Jovi donated a signed guitar as a fund-raising auction item for the Shields earlier this year. Perhaps his song, Superman Tonight, co-written with Richie Sambora and Billy Falcon, summarizes this long-standing affection.

As a long-time supporter of first responders, Bon Jovi donated a signed guitar as a fund-raising auction item for the Shields earlier this year. Perhaps his song, Superman Tonight, co-written with Richie Sambora and Billy Falcon, summarizes this longstanding affection. There’s something about you I wanna rescue I don’t even know you So what does that mean You’re looking for a hero But it’s just my old tattoo Tonight I swear I’d sell my soul To be a hero for you Support for the Shields games is provided by numerous local businesses and individuals including Reign Total Body Fuel, County Beer and Soda, and Entenmann’s Bakery among others. The full list of Shield’s supporters can be seen at: https://www.shieldsfootball.org/sponsors

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Earlier in the season, on Saturday September 19th, the Tri-State Shields took on the New York Bandits in a highly anticipated semi-pro football game at Joe Fosina Field in New Rochelle. Although this was the team’s second game, it wasn’t their second battle. The Tri-State Shields first battle was mapped out in May of last year at a Cleveland bar, when eight members of the NYPD decided it was time for a new team, one that would provide a more convenient practice location than at Utec high school in Brooklyn where the eight played as members of the NYC Department of Sanitation’s, NY Strongest Football team. According to team president, Shawn Wandel, with no coaching staff, no home field and no funding, the battle to secure a franchise with the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL) was far from a sure thing. But this scrappy band of brothers fought on, secured funding from the law firm Kreindler and Kreindler, found a coaching staff and practice field, were voted into the NPSFL in November, and fielded a team of 60 members. Below: Westchester County Police Ariborne Unit helicopter patrolliing the skies above the game

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The NPSFL had previously released a 2020 season schedule with the Shields set to take on the Philadelphia Blue Flame, FDNY, Cleveland P.D. and DSNY Strongest back in March, April and May. Covid-19 destroyed that schedule. With the pandemic losing its grip in the tri-state region and athletic competition once again taking the field, Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to pit the Tri-State Shields against the FDNY Bravest team in a contest billed as the First Responders Bowl. When the FDNY announced on September 4th that they were cancelling their fall schedule, the Shields reached out and found a worthy opponent in the Bandits of the East Coast Football League. This game opened with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, performed on-field by Cesar Munoz who also provided the upbeat musical entertainment through Total DJs’ Music Productions. Free energy drinks were distributed by REIGN – Total Body Fuel and hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza provided by the team. The Shields 26-6 victory allowed them to claim the 2020 “Tougher Than Covid “ trophy.


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Poughkeepsie Raceway

Continuing the Metro Region’s Tradition of Racing and Developing the Next Generation of Drivers by Warren Rosenberg and Clark Thompson

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he New York metropolitan region and its northern Hudson Valley suburbs hold a sacred place in the history of American auto racing going back well over a century. One of the earliest events among these was the 1896 Cosmopolitan Race, a 60 mile road course running from New York’s City Hall to the then site of the Cosmopolitan Magazine headquarters in Irvington, NY, and back. On February 12, 1908, the New York to Paris race set off from Times Square in New York City and headed north, up Broadway through Harlem, and continuing along what is now Route 9 through Yonkers, Tarrytown, Ossining, Peekskill, Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, and Hudson before turning west at Albany. On April 24th of that year, the Briarcliff Trophy Race set off as part of the Vanderbilt Cup race series through the streets of Briarcliff, Millwood, Yorktown, Mt. Kisco, Armonk, Valhalla and Eastview. “Drive safe, but fast. Be a smart driver and bring home the win. Always shoot for your goals.” Brendon Tymon “When I was growing up, my family was always into racing, and ultimately I kinda thought about wanting to become a race car driver. Kyle Busch

While these events featured known American and international racers, the region was beginning to develop its own race drivers at small home tracks throughout the region. Included among these tracks were the 1 mile dirt oval at the Poughkeepsie Fairgrounds opened in 1900, the ½ mile dirt oval at the Rhinebeck Speedway opened in 1904, the 1 mile dirt triPhotos by Clark Thompson. www.ClarkShots1.com Facing Page: Brendon Tymon, #34, on track at Poughkeepsie Speedway

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oval at Goshen, opened in 1908, the Carmel Racetrack in Putnam County opened in 1929, the 1/3 mile dirt oval at Brewster opened in 1949, and Poughkeepsie’s Arlington Speedway opened in 1951 among others, all closed now with some just remnants on satellite images and others just memories. Some well-known race car drivers got their start in just this way including NASCAR’s Regan Smith who began racing go Karts in Cato NY at the age of 4, as did Martin Truex, Jr, from Mayetta, NJ, and Andy Lally from Northport NY. Other local race car drivers growing up in the region and covered previously in MetroSports Magazine include Joey Logano, Middletown, CT, Kristina Esposito of Mamaroneck, NY, and Aurora Straus of Cold Spring, NY. Carrying this tradition into the present is the 1/5 mile paved oval currently operating as Poughkeepsie Raceway. The track originally opened in 1986 as a 1/8 mile dirt oval operating under the names of the Mid-Hudson Speedway and the Dutchess Kartway.

The facility was converted to its current form in 2001. The current owner of the Poughkeepsie Raceway, Dawn Tymon told MetroSports Magazine that, “I wanted to get this track up and running again for the kids and adults as well. Racing has become a lost sport and in today’s society it’s important to get family and friends together in a team effort to provide the experience of a life time, for all involved. It’s a passion of mine as Well as Brendon’s to bring acing to a reality for so many that want a chance to experience what racing has to offer.“ The Brendon she’s referring to is her son, fourteen year old Brendon Tymon, part of this racing family along with dad Kevin, and mom, Dawn, all with racing experience. Brendon, from Oxford Connecticut, is currently a freshman, in the 9th grade at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury CT. He raced in his first Kid Kart at the age of 3 ½ at MotoTown U.S.A. and moved on the Kid Champ Kart series at the family’s Poughkeepsie Raceway at the age of five. He is now competing Junior Champ karts and will possible move up to Senior Champ karts next year.

Above (from Left):Martin Truex, Jr., Reagan Smith, Aurora Straus, Kristina Esposito Facing Page: Cover of the April 2017 Special Racing Issue of MetroSports Magazine highlighting some of the local racing history, showing the route of the 1908 Briarcliff Trophy Race and including Poughkeepsie Raceway, Aurora Straus and Krstina Esposito.

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Brendon enjoys the competition and also meeting new people in the sport. He told MetroSports Magazine that, “I get butterflies in my stomach before I get on the track but once I get on the Grid, I go into a focus zone, thinking and strategizing about what’s about to happen to take the Checkered Flag.” “I started racing Bandelero‘s at age 8, which is a small scaled-down NASCAR car with suspension. I raced these on tracks at the WaterFord SpeedBowl in CT, Bethel Motor Speedway in NY, Riverhead on Long Island, and at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bojangles 500, two years in a row. But, Poughkeepsie Raceway is special because it’s my home track and 1/5 mile asphalt and fast. Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway was special because of the level of competition and meeting new people from all over the racing circuit.” “Kyle Bush is a Driver I’ve always admired and look up to. I’ve enjoyed racing in the King Of Asphalt Series in my Champ Kart and The Bojangles 500 Shootout Series in my Bandolero. Someday would love to race in the NASCAR Cup Series.” By the way, not unlike Brendon, Kyle got his first driving experience at the age of six in a go-kart and is a two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

Above: Brendon Tymon and dad, Kevin, in pre-race preparations.

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While racing can be a challenge for anyone, it has proven to be a therapy for Brendon. Diagnosed at the age of one with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brendon has struggled with everyday life. With the right team in place and lots of support from family and professionals, he’s learned to work with his learning disorder. According to his family, “racing has helped him tremendously with his everyday life. He will tell you the sky is the limit. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do something!!” We asked Brendon if there was anyone he would like to thank for helping him in his young driving career. “I have my parents to thank, along with my Grandfather, Grandma and Tia. And my sponsors thru the years.” Tony Power Motorsports Engines Mike Perry RPM Set Up Chris Daley Tires SDR Engines TC Facilities “I’m very thankful for everyone who has made all this become a reality for me.”


Above: On-track collision sends Brendon Tymon, #34, onto his side. No driver was injured in the incident Below: Driver Brendon Tymon, with a firm grip on the wheel, works his way around the track at Poughkeepsie

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Kristina Esposito Racing A November to Remember by Warren Rosenberg

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hile 2020 has been a tumultuous year for most of us, it has been a most rewarding year for New York Metro area race car driver Kristina Esposito and a particularly satisfying month of November. MetroSports Magazine has featured Kristina in previous coverage of local race drivers and teams and is pleased to report on her most recent accomplishments. On the weekend of November 7th and 8th, Kristina raced in the National Auto Sports Association’s “One Last Chance North East NASA” at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., the final event of the NASA 2020 season. Competing in the Lightning Class, Kristina posted the third fastest qualifying lap on Saturday and finished in second place in Saturday’s provisional race. On race day, Sunday, in the Lightning Class Race and driving the #78 Hyundai Genisis Super Touring car, Kristina posted the fastest qualifying time among all drivers, claimed the pole and, from there, went on to take home the win. Coached by professional driver in the TC America racing series, Jeff Ricca, Kristina was not only the sole female driver in the Lightning class, but she was the only female driver in the entire race field, a position she is not unfamiliar with. The Mamaroneck resident, Rye Neck High School graduate, and University of Miami Mechanical Engineering freshman is no newcomer to racing success. She scored her first racing trophy ten years ago, at the age of only 8, driving a kart at the Grand Prix New York indoor track under the guidance of coach Stevan McAleer. 20 | September-December 2020


Photo Credit: Mike Woeller, WindShadow Photo Studios, www.WindShadowStudios.net

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Just two weeks later, on November 14th and 15th, Kristina was back in her college town of Miami, Florida, competing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Formula and Automobile Racing Association (FARA) Endurance Championship, co-driving with her teammate and Shift-Up Now mentor, Pippa Mann. On Saturday night, Kristina picked up the 2020 FARA Enduro Championship Trophy in the MP-3B Class followed by another win on Sunday. “Pippa and I placed first in class for the Enduro and third overall in the last FARA race of the season” said Kristina after Sunday’s races had finished. Among the eleven FARA Enduro class Champions for 2020, Kristina is the only female driver. “Finishing out the season with a win is always the best way to finish out a season. It’s been great to see Kristina’s improvements this year as a driver, and coming home with two class wins in the final two races, and a podium overall in today’s race, is a great way to head into the 2020 off-season”, said Mann. After the Miami-Homestead races, Kristina told us that, “This weekend concludes my 2020 racing season and I’m proud to say that I have won the FARA endurance championship in my class. Super

special thanks to my coach, mentor, and co-driver, Pippa Mann. I would also like to thank @tlmusaracing @rowemotoroilusa @chrisgreenphotos @ shiftupnow. And thanks to everyone following and supporting me wherever I go!” It certainly seems that Kristina is well-served by her mentorship from Pippa Mann. The British born Mann is an accomplished professional race car driver, perhaps best known for her multiple Indianapolis 500 performances and for being the first woman to break the 230 mph barrier around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which she did during qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 in 2017. Both Kristina and Pippa are members of Shift-Up Now, a collective of female racers using motorsports to inspire confidence and courage. Founded by Lynn Schultz Kehoe, CEO, and along with Karen Salvaggio as President, Shift-Up Now has been making significant inroads in developing young women as racers. Both Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook serve as pro advisors in the organization which includes up and coming drivers such as Kristina Esposito, another New Yorker Chloe Chambers, and Loni Unser of racing’s Unser family.

Facing Page Top: Kristina competed as in the #78 Hundai as part of the GenRacer team. Photo Courtesty Kristina Esposito Racing Facing Page Bottom: from left -Kristina with teammate and SHiftUpNow mentor, Pippa Mann, during some pre-race preparation and on the wnners podium at Homestead Miami Speeday. Photo Credit - Kristina Esposito Racing

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Kristina’s racing career got its start at the age of 7 when she began racing go-karts and where she accumulated multiple indoor league wins. In fact. MetroSports Magazine first encountered Kristina in an indoor kart series at Grand Prix New York competing against Aurora Straus who is now racing professionally, Josh Green who has moved up in the open wheel racing circuit, and her brother, Nicholas Esposito. At age 14, she enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and received her Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) license when she was 15 years old. She joined the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Drivers Club and bought a Mazda Miata ITA class racecar. She participated in a number of SCCA and National Auto Sports Association events. Kristina finished 4th place in her first two SCCA races. She soon won 1st place in her class in an SCCA Regional Race and then won 1st place in her class in a solo 6-hr leg of SCCA’s Devil in the Dark in October 2018.

Kristina has added to that list of accomplishments being the only woman in NASA North East history to take 1st place overall and one of just two female NASA-NE racecar drivers along with Christina Lam, who will be going pro in 2021 in TC class at SRO America. Recognized as a hometown hero by one who knows both Kristina and racing very well. “Kristina Esposito” noted Norman Rosenblum, former Mayor of Kristina’s home town Village of Mamaroneck “is a seasoned race car driver since she was seven years old whose experience and ability belies her age as a senior in high school. I have been fortunate in being directly involved in NASCAR Truck series Jim Rosenblum/FDNY #28 team, the America’s Cup, Courageous Challenge team in Australia and confidently see Kristina as a high level competitor, team member and unlimited in success for her future as a championship level driver.”

Above: Kristina with the owner of NASCAR’s FDNY Racing Team, Jim Rosenblum and former Mayor of her hometown of Mamaroneck, NY, Norm Rosenblum.

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Kristina now and then. Above (left) with her teammate and mentor Pippa Mann and (right) in her Shift-Up Now racing gear. Below (left) Piloting the #94 kart at Grand Prix NY and (right) her first championship at the age of 8 with coach Stevan McLear.

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Alicia “Slick” Ashley Inducted Into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame On November 20, The InternationalWomen’s Boxing Hall of Fame announced it’s twelve new inductees in the Class of 2021. In this, the eighth class inducted into the IWBHF, are ten retired female boxers, a west coast boxing promoter, and an advocate and supporter of women’s boxing. MetroSports Magazine is pleased to share the news that Brooklyn-based boxer, Alicia “Slick” Ashley is one of the Class of 2021 inductees to be honored at the induction ceremony to be held on March 27, 2021 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Because the 2020 induction ceremony had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 class will also be formally recognized at the March 27th event.

against a procession of the elite fighters in the sport. Ashley also has made clear that she fully intends to stay involved in the sport she has graced, surely to lasting benefit of young female athletes in the US and around the globe.” In fact, as pictured on the facing page, MetroSports Magazine last saw Alicia in precisely this role, taking on the role as Coach to a young fighter at the USA Boxing Metro’s Ringmaster Championship held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Recapturing the Super Bantamweight title at the age of 48, Alicia is also a holder of two Guiness Book of World Records.

Upon learning of her selection, Alicia said, “I’m honored to receive my notice to be an inductee of the 2021 class into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame joining some extremely talented and awe inspiring women. I fell into the sport at an age when most fighters thinking about retiring and was able to spend 22 years in competition both amateur and professional. This sport took over my life and created opportunities that I never dreamed of. Thanks Sue Fox, WBAN and IWBHF.” In its press release announcing this year’s twelve inductees, the IWBHF stated that, “Of the ten boxers included in the 2021 inductee class, Alicia Ashley might, likewise, be a viable candidate for the title of “grande dame” of the sport. The 48 year old veteran, over a 19 year career in the ring, has held four world titles, boxed 299 rounds, compiling a 24-12-1 record Facing Page: Alicia Ashley now outside the ropes coaching diring the USA Boxing Metro’s Ringmaster Championships. Photo Credit Warren Rosenberg

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A Quick Way to Better Health Go Upstairs and Have a Snack

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ven before the Covid-19 pandemic forced us inside and away from physical activity, many Americans had become sedentary, overweight, and at risk for a number of ailments including heart disease and diabetes. Recent research has shown that there is a relatively simple way to regain better health. Take an ‘exercise snack’ and go climb some stairs. Whether you’re at home, at work, in the mall, or elsewhere, there is likely a set of stairs close by. Unlike the typically recommended 45-60 minutes of continuous exercise, an ‘exercise snack’ is a short bout of exercise that can be performed many times a day. A recent research study conducted on a group of university students has shown that just three short bouts of climbing three flights of stairs during the day, performed three times a week over a six week period, was sufficient to improve peak VO2peak, a measure of aerobic fitness by 5%.

research has shown that by implanting metal weights into experimental mice and rats or, having human subjects wear weighted vests for eight hours a day, the brain perceives a heavier body weight and the research subjects lose weight. And how much weight did the rodents loose? Just about the same weight as the implanted metal. The human subjects lost just over 3 pounds on average. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences summarizes that, “too much sitting time results in a decreased loading of the bones, does not activate its signal to the brain, and results in obesity” and that “increased standing time increases loading and decreases obesity.” They also find that it also increases glucose tolerance and helps prevent diabetes.

So, do you want a simple way to get healthier? Get out of your chair and take a walk upstairs. Simple Another study reported that, with three consecutive “snacking” will do. 20 second bouts of stair climbing with 2 minutes of rest in between, VO2peak increased by 12% and overall aerobic capacity increased by 1 MET. A third study demonstrated that two minute bouts of stair climbing, performed five times during the day on each of five days per week, improved VO2max by 17% and reduced blood cholesterol levels by 8%. Another area of research is providing evidence that, just as our bodies work to maintain a constant temperature, blood pressure, and other factors, we have an internal mechanism that works to maintain a normal body weight. In this system, given the name ‘gravitostat’, osteocyte cells in the bones of our legs measure our body weight when we walk and report our weight to the brain. The brain uses this information to regulate our body weight. If we sit too much and don’t accumulate the necessary amount of walking, our brain comes to believe we are too light and adjusts our hunger and metabolism to gain weight. On the other hand, 28 | September - December 2020


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