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Dave Shanoskie holds a Bachelors degree in the Administration of Justice: Courts & Corrections and a Masters degree in English. A competitive pole-vaulter in high school, he played tennis throughout college eventually leading him to coach both sports for Miami Beach High where he helped produce ATP ranked players as well as several top ten state finalist pole-vaulters. A true ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ he spent several years working for an international law firm in construction litigation, became an operations manager for a multi-million dollar architectural firm, and presently finds himself teaching Art History at a nationally ranked magnet school for the arts. David Shanoskie
contributors Andrea Mead Cross, a former world-class athlete, has traveled across the globe competing on US teams as a competitive swimmer and in the triathlon. Sponsored by top companies in the industry, she ranked among the top 10 in the world. Transitioning from sports into the corporate world, she started her own design business, working with many national and international clients, including Parade, Huffington Post, ESPN, and HSBC while teaching Visual Communications as an adjunct professor for both Florida International University and Miami Dade College. Photography soon became Andrea’s passion, which she turned into a thriving career photographing some of the best athletes on the globe. Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Fitness, and MORE, in addition to Oprah Winfrey’s, “Super Soul Sunday” and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Andrea recently released a collection of her photographs entitled, Sports Souls the book, featuring over 25 world-class athletes, available on Amazon. Photographer Andrea Mead Cross @AndreaMeadCross
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HIGH TECH SPORTS
Olympic swimmer Glenn Mills founder of GoSwim.TV is the swimmming tech go to guy--Fine tune your skills!
Industrial designer Johad Ellis designs for both the car and product industry. Check out his designs for Oakley!
FIRST DRAFT BOOK REVIEW
Photographer Andrea Mead Cross takes an up close and personal look at world-class athletes outside the arena in her new book, “Sports Souls.”
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Across the Pond, takes a look at Ireland through the eyes of photographer Kevin Hayes.
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Best known for his insights on women’s ice hockey, Mark Staffieri is based in Canada’s capital region and has reported on events such as the Clarkson Cup and the Women’s World Football Games. With works included on Bleacher Report, along with features for Hockey Canada during its coverage of the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships, Mark has also covered WWCFL football. Among a group of writers that recently voted for the inaugural NWHL Awards, Mark is currently a regular contributor to Women’s Hockey Life and Women Talk Sports. Kelley Kwiatkowski has always had sports in her blood as part of a family who lived and breathed them. Growing up with a father and uncles who played or coached professional football, sports filled her existence. Following in the family tradition, she became a professional triathlete and for over a decade was one of the best, competing for the USA worldwide on national teams, world teams, and the Pan Am team. Seeking new challenges as her athletic career came to a close, Kelley began working in NYC at one of the top firms in the country using her background in industrial design to design products for companies such as, American Airlines, AT&T, and Polaroid. Eventually, she started her own business relocating to South Florida, where she worked with Disney and Warner Brothers, while also teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Florida International University. For the last ten years, she has been collaborating with Andrea Mead Cross, producing projects and designing all media content. Her most recent design work can be seen in Sports Souls the book, by Andrea Mead Cross and in this issue of NowVIZ sports + beyond!
Behind the scenes on location in Brooklyn with photographer Andrea Mead Cross + NBA Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
LETTER from the Editor-in-Chief It may have been a coincidence, but releasing our third issue in the month of November compels us to be mindful of all that we have to be thankful for. The overwhelmingly positive reception by a record number of readers of our last issue is definitely one of the blessings we’re counting this year. So, let us start off by saying just that: Thank you! We’re elated to know that you find this fusion of Andrea Mead Cross’s extraordinary images with the latest happenings in our sports-connected world along with a glimpse of some really interesting people doing some phenomenal things something exceptional. NowViz sports + beyond is committed to bringing you outstanding content and we hope you’ll find just that in this issue. It goes without saying that the world of NASCAR is fast-paced, and in this issue we cover two opposing positions in the sport, one a seasoned driver and team owner, Jennifer Jo Cobb and the next an up-and-coming star—Matt DiBenedetto. You’re sure to be hearing about them when the new season kicks off in February especially since each has made an indelible mark in the sport so far. Former first-round pick in the NBA draft, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, is one of the high points in the Brooklyn Nets’ season this year. We’ve got him covered in this issue as he has flourished so far by having a career year averaging 14.7 points and is shooting a career-high 49 percent from the field. Anticipating the excitement, the high-octane intensity, and yes, the glamour of the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, we found ourselves in one of the most exquisitely and primatively beautiful places on the planet—the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with Lindsey Jacobellis, Alex Deibold, and Joey Mantia. World record holders, World champions, and Olympic medalists among one of nature’s most strikingly unique accomplishments just seemed to be the ideal environment to showcase the talent, beauty, and ambition of what it requires to be truly the best among equals. We also take a look at the striking beauty of Ireland along with its vibrant cycling scene (some say a national obsession!) as captured by the peripatetic Kevin Hayes. Johad Ellis gives us a glimpse into what goes into designing stylishly streamlined sunglasses for Oakley—must have accessories whether you’re on the court, field, slopes, waves or hiking the peaks. Enjoy the perspective! As always, stay connected- David Shanoskie
The new face of NASCAR? ?? It’s certainly something in the sights of
26 year-old Matt DiBenedetto who’s been driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for GoFas Racing. His third season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the sport’s highest level of professional competition, proved to be one step closer to the pinnacle he’s been chasing since his spectacular debut marked him as the youngest winner in the history of the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway when he raced there 10 years ago. Talented, driven, and personable, he just might be the perfect guy to fill the imminent void about to be created with Dale Jr. retiring. Somehow, it’s his stubborn optimism that makes him relatable—that and the undeniable raw talent he has shown flashes of since representing the GoFas team. In the this year’s Daytona 500, his first for GoFas, Matt finished 9th racking up his second career top 10 finish—he picked up the other finishing 8th at this year’s Brickyard 400. So, it’s easy to appreciate that it’s no secret that statistically Matt has proven to be GoFas Racing’s best driver since the team’s founding in 2011. Racing cars is Matt’s only passion. Everything else in his life appears to revolve around that untempered drive to pursue greatness in a sport he’s loved since he was a kid. Sometimes what defines us comes to us without us ever devising a plan, or even understanding it is exactly what we wished for or dreamed of. Growing up in Northern California, family legend has it that when he was five years-old, Matt became obsessed with racing after having seen a few fleeting moments of it on TV while his dad flipped through the channels anticipating a baseball game. He says he was hooked, and before long became a diehard fan of the No. 99 car driver, Jeff Burton. That obsession soon became a reality when his parents bought him a go-kart. Next thing you know Matt’s turned the family backyard in Northern California into a dirt track. Then, it was onto modified cars. Matt’s fearlessness had him winning local races and ultimately, championships. Word was the kid had something, but Northern California soon became too small. When he turned 12, his family headed to the heart and soul of racecar driving—Charlotte, North Carolina, and settled in a town called Hickory. There on the local circuits, he kept winning—race after race and by the time he was 16, he found himself touring up and down the East Coast where the sun always rises. Of course, it goes without saying that racing-–no matter the level—requires cold hard cash. Believing in his dream, his family had financed his passion for as long as they could. To Matt, it seemed like all those physically grueling and demanding hours spent racing that were getting him noticed would surely land him a big-time sponsor who would put him in a car worthy of his talent, but what he got was his first real bump in the road. The family ended up selling Matt’s racing equipment. Fortunately, the story doesn’t end here. A team out in Asheville puts him in one their cars, and then it’s a family in Charlotte. The money may have gone away, but not Matt’s ambition, not his raw talent, and what do you know? He finds himself first at the finish line in Bristol. Joe Gibbs Racing comes calling, with a contract. He starts out in the minor leagues doing exactly what he’s been doing all along—winning. In 2009, Matt’s racing in the Xfinity Series living the dream. The next season, the dream evaporates—some unfortunate decisions, a lot of bad luck and then, during the final races a well-funded driver appears bringing millions with him, and Matt finds himself at home in Hickory working in a body shop. By 2014, he’s back racing in an Xfinity car, but it’s two years later when his tenacity, his dogged determination, and his absolute refusal to give in to the naysayers brings him to the successes he’s earned with GoFas. It’s not likely, not even close to probable, that we’ll see an end to Matt’s story anytime soon. He’s developed a solid foundation to be just what more than a few insiders believe he can accomplish and that just might be the new face of NASCAR. Now, all it takes is for some of that cold hard cash to come his way to put him in a car worthy of that extraordinary talent.
NowVIZ: You are definitely one of the most physically fit drivers on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series! Can you give us an idea of what kind of training you do off the track that helps your racing on the track? Matt: Well, a lot of drivers like to run and bike, but I’m pretty much a “180” of every other driver and focus mostly on strength training. I like to go to the gym and do a lot of high intensity training--setting up super-sets or circuits with minimal break to keep my heart rate up. It doesn’t interest me to get on a bike and ride 40 miles or go for a run forever. The gym is what I enjoy and it’s my passion and because what we do is such a big responsibility with lots of stress, going to the gym everyday helps me blow off some steam and just helps me to feel better mentally more than anything. NowVIZ: After watching this year’s incredibly wild Daytona Coke Zero 400 from start to finish, how do you prepare yourself to handle the pressure and intensity throughout a race like that? Matt: With a race like Daytona, anything can happen. It’s nerve racking--you can get caught up in a wreck, and it’s just so easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, how I best get through those weekends, and it sounds backwards, is that I go into them without a whole lot of game plan! I try to relax and let things play out naturally; otherwise, you worry and stress yourself to death. Because once you get in that pack of 40--it’s such a mess and it’s such a big race--trying to come up with a game plan and a strategy just gets thrown out the window! So in those super speedway races, I try to stay calm, let things happen and pretend it’s just another day at the office. The more I follow our normal routine, listen to my crew chief, and race smart, the more I feel it ends up better. NowVIZ: You were a kid when you started winning go kart races in California. Then, you and your family moved to Hickory, North Carolina to continue your racing pursuit. Today, with what sounds like tremendous determination and work ethic, along with the willingness to do what it takes, you’ve risen through the ranks and drive among the best in the business! What’s been the most difficult challenge you’ve encountered to get to this level? Matt: Essentially, it’s been working to overcome a lack of funding. I’ve been trying to make it in this business purely on my driving ability, marketability, and personality, but in this day and age, that can only take you so far. Eventually someone else comes along with a six million dollar budget and kicks all that to the curb. Unfortunately, it’s not like playing football or baseball where you buy a ball and a bat and there’s a legitimate chance you’ll make it. In this industry, it’s just not like that. Money is a big factor in how well a team performs. NowVIZ: This is your third year in the NASCAR Cup Series and you’re racing for the Go Fas Racing Team in the #32 car. What are you learning on this team that you haven’t had the opportunity to learn previously? Matt: Actually, GoFas is an even smaller team then I was on before. We had a two car operation and about 60 people, and on GoFas, we’re a one car operation with 15 people total. So this year, I’ve had to learn to maximize my leadership skills and become a driver-slash-leader. We’re a small team--the guys have a huge workload and everyone has to multi-task, which at times gets stressful. I’ve had to work hard and be aware of the entire team by helping to keep everyone going and upbeat. It’s been a real eye-opener. I try to always have a positive attitude because I know it affects their attitude. I just really try to be the biggest cheerleader for all my guys, for everyone on the team and in the shop because it’s such a small operation and they need that support. We’re a team of 15 people and we race against teams that have 600 people!
NowVIZ: Many top athletes have a mentor who helps navigate them through tough situations whatever it may be. Is there someone throughout your career who has been able to help guide you? Matt: It’s an interesting situation for me because I’m a first generation racer. Nobody in my family has ever been involved in racing. I’ve leaned on so many people through different parts of my career--the list is huge! In the beginning, leading up to my late model years, there was a guy named Mike Griffith, who actually picked up and moved from California, cross country, strictly for us because he thought I was so talented. He would go to work then volunteer to work on our cars at night, sometimes through the night, and sleep in the shop. He was literally that dedicated just because he believed in me so much. Then, when we were racing late models on a skeleton budget for years, a guy named Greg Marlowe really helped us out to be able to succeed at that level and move onto the next. At the Cup level, it’s been my crew chief Gene Nead who came on board half way through my 2015 season. With Gene, I’ve honed my skills and learned so much about the race cars and how to put together a perfect race at the Cup level. I feel like I’ve gained ten years experience packed into two and half years. He’s honestly probably taught me more than anyone my whole life. NowVIZ: What motivates and inspires you to keep getting behind the wheel? Matt: This is all I’ve ever known. I think it’s just kind of been meant to be for me to be here and doing this because like I said, nobody in my family ever raced, knew about it, or cared about it. For some reason, I was a gear-head, as I call it, ever since I was a kid! All I ever did was go wide-open on anything I ever got on-- four wheelers, dirt bikes, and I loved watching NASCAR! My family could never figure out why! It’s my passion and it’s been my passion. It’s crazy to say, but I literally don’t have a passion for anything else! Racing is all I think about 24/7 and that’s why I’ve pushed so hard and I think that’s why I’ve made it this far, because I’ve been relentless--it’s all I care about. NowVIZ: We hear you’re a pretty darn good cook! How did that come about and do you and your wife Taylor share the cooking duties? Matt: Well, I’d call myself an average cook, but the edge I have over my wife is that I know how to follow directions and that’s what I pick on her about! I definitely don’t think I’m an expert cook, but I am better at the “following directions” category and my stuff just ends up tasting better just for that reason alone! NowVIZ: What’s up with “DiBurrito”? How did that come about? Matt: Well, that started years ago and everybody knows I like food. I love burritos, love Mexican and Italian food. And it was Ryan Ellis who does our PR who actually was the first to start that by just joking around calling me “DiBurrito” (and you know DiBenedetto’s hard to say and kind of long), so because I like food, he was like you should be named DiBurrito, and all of a sudden it took off! Everyone loved it, and then it spread like wild fire, so now it’s become a funny thing! no w v iz s p o r t s
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NowVIZ: What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not training, traveling for tennis, and competing? Bethanie: I’m a big foodie and I love to shop. I recently went to Hong Kong and it really might be one of my favorite destinations for both--had some amazing culinary dishes while we were there, and it was so much fun to discover Asian fashion brands that I had never heard of! I’m super spontaneous, so don’t be surprised if you hear of me jumping out of a plane somewhere, sometime soon!
NowVIZ: You’re a super vibrant personality on Tour who definitely stands out on and off the court. How do you navigate so successfully in a sport that doesn’t always seem to embrace change or longestablished attitudes?
NowVIZ: You LOVE your fans! How about giving them a shout out? Matt: I definitely don’t want to sound like the average guys saying how much they love their fans because I’ve had to get here a different way than most other people, so I actually wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my fans! (That’s no joke!) And my fan base has grown like crazy because I think they all embrace my story which I think is really cool. So when I’m saying it, I’m not being repetitive--I actually mean it when I say I really do appreciate them more than anyone else! Racing is my passion and I know I actually wouldn’t be this far without my fans. They’ve helped me attract more sponsorship to piece together enough to be where Thank I am. Being a small Good team, the sponsors like that I have a good YouonMATT! luck this season! following and it allows me to continue my passion. That’s why I always do try to take the extra time to have fun with the fans ‘cause that’s what it’s all about!
Thank you Matt! Good Luck this 2018 season!
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Olympian Glenn Mill
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Founded in 2002 by US Olympian Glenn Mills, GoSwim.tv is the world’s leading content provider for the sport of swimming. Glenn and his team create instructional videos featuring Olympians from the USA and around the globe that describe and demonstrate the techniques each individual competitor does and every swimmer can easily learn to do. With his impressive swimming background, Glenn knows exactly how to film superstars like Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak, Aaron Peirsol, and Brendan Hansen in the water. He expertly captures unique angles while utilizing the finer points of technique that even the most attentive viewer misses when watching these athletes on TV. Vivid colors, split-screen techniques, along with slow-motion footage and engaging narration informed by the athletes themselves make the viewer really start to think, “Hey, I can do that!”
Acclaimed and unsurpassed for clarity of filming, content, and commentary, GoSwim’s videos are highly respected throughout the sport. Through its presence on YouTube, Facebook, and its own online subscription platform, GoSwim videos are watched by tens of thousands of swimmers and coaches every day and in nearly every country in the world. At any given moment, there’s a swimmer, somewhere, watching a GoSwim video with the desire to become his or her absolute best!
Thanks Glenn! @goswimtv
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In 2010, GoSwim launched swimming’s first iPhone app, bringing the best of its content right to the pool deck. Then, in 2011, GoSwim (always at the forefront of using technology to improve coaching and swimming) created the industry’s first subscription platform for delivery of swim-driven content. The platform offers swimmers a simple, inexpensive way to access all of its content, and gives coaches the added ability to send selected videos to their swimmers each day before practice.
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Designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Name: Johad Ellis Age: 26 Previous Company: Oakley Current Company: Uber Advanced Technologies Group Title: Industrial Designer Designer Highlights: Designer of the Unisex Sun Frame: Stringer Designer of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prescription Frame: Reversal
NowVIZ: You mentioned that when you were applying to Oakley, the company liked your car designing background. Can you elaborate? Johad: When applying to Oakley, it was a viable transition to go from Transportation Design, since right before I had worked as an automotive designer for Volkswagen in Germany, to Product Design. The main factors they saw as positives were my strong sketching abilities, the fact that I was able to create numerous concepts in a well-illustrated manner in a short timeframe, along with the different perspective I had from other traditional Product Designers, and especially that I took inspiration from automotive forms and applied them to eyewear design.
NowVIZ: You are both a product designer and a car designer. How did your car design background help you when you worked for Oakley? Johad: It was really interesting to apply automotive-style breakup of surfaces when designing eyewear. For example, with the Stringer’s injected polycarbonate frame, I was able to do a lot of elaborate surfacing that would be too costly or too sculptural to produce by just milling acetate. We were able to come up with a piece that really stands out in the crowd.
NowVIZ: Designing eyewear would seem to be difficult to revolutionize! What did you do for inspiration? Johad: It might seem that way at first, but there are so many ways to ideate within the “eyewear” umbrella! As you get to more sports and performance frames, things can get really exciting. The frames curve more to allow a greater viewing angle. Performance under extreme conditions has to be considered while designing, and in terms of styling, sculpture and pattern were also big inspirations while designing new frames. Whenever I could catch a local pottery show or art exhibition, I would snap a few quick pictures with my smartphone, and actually take those and morph them into stems for The Sunglass, and then sketch over it, which would always create patterns I would otherwise not sketch organically myself.
NowVIZ: Can you tell us which Oakley models currently on the market you designed or collaborated on? Johad: Two of my frames are out at the moment--the Unisex Sun Frame “Stringer” and the Women’s Prescription Frame “Reversal” and two more will be coming to market in the next few seasons. Both were incredibly fun to create and very different from each other! The Sunglass is injected polycarbonate, so the surfacing is on the wild side. For the Prescription Frame, milled acetate was used, so the challenge was to achieve sculpture through the material’s constraint.
NowVIZ: When you’re not designing, what keeps you fresh? Johad: Travel, travel, and once more, travel! Because of design, I’ve been able to go to some pretty amazing places that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I was just recently in South Korea finishing a vehicle for Kia Motors. Without any exaggeration, I am literally answering these questions on a plane from Los Angeles to Gothenburg, Sweden where I’ll be on business for a week. Seeing new places, perspectives, and aesthetics keeps me fresh and reinvigorated to design more awesome things.
Thank you Johad!
Brooklyn Nets continue assembling a formidable roster, a key element in this
configuration includes a capable Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. An assiduous forward whose ability to adapt, complemented by a good natured presence makes him a highly coachable yet focused individual, his hardcourt prodigy was evident from an early stage. Raised in Chester, Pennsylvania, Hollis-Jefferson helped his high school reach the apex of an undefeated season, while establishing himself as one of the community’s hardcourt legends by capturing Delaware County Player of the Year honors more than once. Appearing in the 2013 edition of the highly prestigious McDonald’s All-American Basketball Game, he was labelled as a five-star recruit. Making the trek westward, the 6’7” forward would star alongside Aaron Gordon with the University of Arizona Wildcats. Having spent two seasons in the desert, Hollis-Jefferson supplied a tremendous durability, appearing in 76 games. Building on the accomplishment of Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2014, he would proceed to make his positive presence felt with a tremendous 2014-15 season. Capturing spots on the Pac-12 All-Defensive and AllTournament Teams, Hollis-Jefferson would display further brilliance in the postseason with a spot on the NCAA’s West Region All-Tournament Team. Praised by coach Sean Miller as an enjoyable player to coach, one of his greatest legacies at Arizona was his unselfish play. In spite of being a forward, a traditionally offensive position, he showed a strong focus on defense, highlighted by peerless rebounding performances and a knack for shot blocking. Putting the team first while displaying strong versatility, such lauded skills resulted in Hollis-Jefferson joining the 2015 NBA Draft Class. Selected in the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers, the professional odyssey would not extend his heroics on the West Coast. Instead, he returned to his Eastern roots, shipped to the Brooklyn Nets on draft day with Steve Blake for Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaugthon. Gaining the opportunity to compete in Brooklyn has seen Hollis-Jefferson participate in a sporting renaissance for the borough. With the migration of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn, it has heralded the rebirth of major league sport, rekindling fond memories long dormant since the departure of the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Along with the opening of Barclay’s Center, other teams that have called Brooklyn home during this compelling revitalization included a pair of hockey teams, the New York Islanders and the NWHL’s Riveters. Although Hollis-Jefferson assembled some solid performances in his inaugural season of NBA basketball, highlighted by 13 points against Boston in the first half of said season, a fracture in his right ankle shelved any aspirations for a Rookie of the Year-type campaign. Displaying character, he would bounce back, returning before season’s end, although his compelling comeback truly took place in 2016-17. Making 50 starts, while appearing in 78 games, Hollis-Jefferson experienced improvement in five major statistical categories, including rebounds, assists and points per game. Having competed as both a scoring forward and a power forward with the Nets, the ability to incorporate defensive ability into his repertoire of abilities should transform him into an invaluable Sixth Man. With his promising career a work-in-progress, the admirable and determined Hollis-Jefferson is also paying homage to his formative years in the game, working towards developing a youth basketball league, testament to his team-first approach. Focused on balancing both sports and academics, the C.H.A.P. Youth Basketball League may be Hollis-Jefferson’s greatest gift to the game. Respectful of the sentiments of parents, the values of his effort shall transform competitors into well-rounded individuals capable of developing integral skills on and off the court, creating character people who will truly be model teammates.
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NowVIZ: As you begin your third year in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets, you’ve been named the 2017 Nothin’ But Nets, Defensive Player of the Year, named to the NBA Africa Game--World Team, and you’re being called one of the best all-around defenders in the League! Give us a run down on your success and goals for this upcoming season. RHJ: I’m really looking forward to my third year with the Nets. We have a great team and as the longest tenured player, I really want to take on more of a leadership role. One of my biggest tasks this year is to become more vocal and organized so that I can keep everyone accountable. The goal is to make a good run at the playoffs and this year I just really plan on stepping up in any way that I can. NowVIZ: Midway through the 2017 year, you switched positions from small forward to power forward. What challenges did you face in making that adjustment? RHJ: The transition was a little tough at first because there are some incredible athletes with a lot more size to them than me. At the power forward position, I’m going up against guys who are at least 20lbs heavier than me. So for me, it was making the physical adjustment that was pretty difficult. By the All-Star break, I was a lot more comfortable taking on the role and was able to adapt to the position. NowVIZ: Is there a single NBA player you’ve faced that’s been an extra challenge? And how do you prepare when you are going to play each other? RHJ: There are a lot of great players in the NBA, but the toughest matchup that I have had to face is Derrick Favors, who plays on the Jazz. He’s a really big guy, who uses his weight and skill to his advantage. Despite being smaller than him, my biggest goal is to just make the game hard for him and prevent him from getting as close to the basket as possible. For me, it’s about making sure that I’m staying agile and loose. In that way, I can use my quickness against him. It’s about using my advantages against his disadvantages. NowVIZ: What is most important in your training regimen that has contributed to your success? RHJ: The most important thing to me is taking care of my body during the season and in the offseason. It’s about being cautious of everything that I do off the court. For me, it’s about everything I do outside of basketball, so the way I sleep, and the way I eat. When I put more emphasis on those elements, I can really control my training and stay in that competitive mindset. NowVIZ: You’ve been in the NBA two years now. Can you give us a brief rundown of what NBA life is like? Is it all you dreamed it would be? RHJ: NBA life is amazing and challenging. There are a lot of incredible people I get to meet and the experience of playing on such a big stage is indescribable. But, it’s also tough. There’s a lot of hard work and off-court training that has to be done to be competitive. Some guys complain about it, but I embrace it. I definitely didn’t expect it to be this hard, but the challenge is something I look forward to everyday.
“I do go back a lot and I try to give back as much as I can.
It’s really important to me to be there for the community, especially the young athletes in the area because that’s where I got my start.”
Ball is life
NowVIZ: Playing with the Brooklyn Nets, you’re not too far away from your hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania. What do you like to do in the off season when you’re away from the court? RHJ: I do go back a lot, and I try to give back as much as I can. It’s really important to me to be there for the community, especially the young athletes in the area because that’s where I got my start. I would have loved it if an NBA player came and talked to me about how to get started, so I’m just trying to be a part of the cycle and to be a role model for the kids. Right now, I’m in the process of starting my own youth league in my city called The C.H.A.P. Youth Basketball League. It’s not only about basketball--it also puts an emphasis on education. I feel like the education component is often left out and that’s something I really want to incorporate. A lot of parents want a league that’s very competitive on the court, but I want it to be educationally competitive too. Eventually, I’d love to bring this not just to my home city, but also to each of the boroughs in New York and any other school districts that might want to partner with me. NowVIZ: Growing up as a kid did you have a particular coach or mentor who was able to help you make the right decisions? RHJ: Growing up, I had a lot of different coaches and mentors. I really can’t pinpoint one, since it really does take a community to help raise someone. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a great group of coaches and influences who helped me become the man I am today. NowVIZ: What athletes do you like to watch outside basketball? RHJ: I watch a lot of basketball, and I really study the game, but outside of it, I like to watch soccer. I love watching Premiere League soccer with athletes like Messi and Neymar.
Thanks Rondae! Keep on keepn’ on!
Andrea Mead Cross
My passion + World-class athletes + For a cause
sports souls the book began with a love of photographing world-class athletes, a passion for helping animals in need, and the ambition to combine the two successfully. Over a twoyear period, Andrea Mead Cross traveled across the country to capture an up close and personal moment with each athlete. The beautiful full color portraits are unassuming and fresh with a unique perspective away from the competition arena. The bold series includes and features renowned athletes Misty May-Treanor, Beach Volleyball star and three-time Olympic gold medallist. Taylor Phinney, two-time Olympian Cycling; Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, two-time Olympian silver medalists Ice Hockey; Sam Mikulak, Olympian and seven-time NCAA champion Gymnastics; Lauryn Williams, two-time Summer Olympian; gold and silver medalist for Track and Winter Olympian, silver medalist Bobsled and Diana Nyad, history-making Marathon Swimmer. Also featured Christy Gardner, USA National Sled Hockey Team; Tony Azevedo, four-time Olympian and silver medalist Water Polo; Mirinda Carfrae, triathlete and three-time Ironman World Champion; Connor Jaeger, Olympian and American record holder Swimming; Anna Tunnicliffe. Olympian Gold medalist for Sailing; Steven Langton, Olympian and two-time bronze medalist Bobsled and more! The athletes also write their inner struggles, philosophy on life, and what it takes to be the best. The body of work is truly inspirational for those who appreciate awe-inspiring images and the quest for perfection. Andrea is recognized as one of the premier sports photographers in the country. Her work has been published in numerous magazines including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Outside, Fitness, has been shown on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” and on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Additionally, her photographs can be found in the projects of well-known athletes published by Random House, Knopf, and Crown Publishing. Proceeds benefit animal charities.
@AndreaMeadCross for more info! AndreaMeadCross.com
Sports Souls is available on Amazon
Mind Body + Soul Jennifer Jo Cobb
is a NASCAR World Camping Truck Series driver and team owner. She controls her own destiny and also helps others create theirs!
Makeup artist: Shirley St. John
Accelerating fearlessly the goals where towards a finish line attained are beyond expectation, Jennifer Jo Cobb holds a permanent place among the most groundbreaking drivers in the racing milieu. With racing roots that can be traced back to her hometown of Kansas City in the early 1990s, Cobb’s career would eventually take her to the iconic Daytona International Speedway. At a genesis which resulted in women holding a less isolated position in a traditionally male dominated domain, Cobb’s efforts were essential in helping reach the realization of the value that women held in motor sports. Followed by the likes of Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Maryeve Dufault, Sarah Fisher, Ashley and Courtney Force, Jutta Kleinsmidt, Pippa Mann and Simona de Silvestro among others, Cobb’s pioneering presence served as a riposte to those who did not believe women earned a rightful place on the track. Such a significant impact is one that has propelled Cobb into a spotlight that has seen her gain admiration from sporting novices and casual fans, intrigued by her indomitable spirit. A Nationally Registered Speaker and presenter with approximately 50 speaking engagements scheduled per year, Cobb meticulously balances such a lofty calendar with academic ambitions, nearing completion of her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Kansas (she holds an Associate’s degree in Pre-Journalism). Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the greats of the circuit, Cobb was named one of Fox Sports top 10 Most Powerful Women in NASCAR. Having participated in 142 races over the course of a 16year time span in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, she has also made her competitive presence felt in the Xfinity Series, likewise under the NASCAR banner. Of note, she partook in 29 Xfinity races over a course of nine years. Focusing on full-time truck racing as of 2010, it was also the year in which she became the highest female points finisher among the three major NASCAR series. Reaching 17th place in the overall series standings that year, a consistent Cobb would surpass that milestone with a 16th place overall ranking in 2014. Building upon such success stands among her racing hallmarks. With each subsequent race, she adds to her empowering record in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the female driver with the most starts in the series. Such a superlative standard also includes the highest finish by a woman in any of NASCAR’s top series’ races held at Daytona International Speedway. This was realized in 2011 as the first race of the NCWTS season saw Cobb soar with her No. 10 JJCR Ford F-150 to the first top 10 finish in her career, successfully completing 103 laps, attaining an inspiring sixth place finish. Undoubtedly, the ability to persevere and maintain an encouraging stature cannot be measured in terms of achievements alone.
Highlighted by a fascinating entrepreneurial spirit, Cobbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unforgettable career would evolve into taking on the role of team ownership, aptly named Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. With the team making its debut at the 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, the drivers that have raced for her team included the likes of Korbin Forrester, Matt Mills and Tommy Regan. Launching a unique brand, known by the sobriquet Driver Boutique, it was the start of an admirable effort which saw Cobb determined to positive shape her racing destiny. Having rebranded her apparel lines into combined DrivenSwag.com shop in 2014, a key focus remains on proceeds from sales encouraging other women to follow their racing dreams. Additionally, serving as the founder of Driven2Honor, which was launched in 2011, such a commendable initiative has allowed Cobb to add the classification of sporting humanitarian to her compelling body of work, subsequently enhancing her empowering legacy on the race track. Geared on recognizing the wondrous women and their brave service in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, the objectives were two-fold. From the outset, all proceeds raised go towards assisting homeless female veterans. Orchestrating an opportunity for the valiant female military members (past or current) a treasured chance to gain a VIP experience at every NASCAR event that Cobb competes in, it is the kind of poignant gesture that exemplifies the positive impact of what women can achieve in sport. What lies at the heart of the narrative is literally a drive to succeed. Having carved a legacy as one of the circuits most consistent racers on the Camping World Truck Series, the focal point of Cobbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energetic career is one built on compassion and desire. Fueled by the constant reminder that every race is an exultant opportunity to make history, Cobb is a beacon whose influence shows no signs of slowing down.
Jennifer Jo Cobb, driver of the #10 VG Pride Group/Oorah! Hydration Drink Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jennifer: It very much depends on the week. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind—a whirlwind I absolutely love. I left Mooresville, NC with my team on Halloween at midnight. Seven of us rode in the team van to a race in Texas and I drove from midnight to 4 am (I am the night owl). We arrived and had a team meal at our Air BNB house. I always have my computer with me (on the beach while vacationing, while traveling - even right now sitting at a restaurant having lunch!). We went straight from Texas and drove to Phoenix for that race and stayed in another Air BNB. After the Phoenix race, I went to Las Vegas for my sponsor, Think Realty, to mingle and network at a convention. From there, I flew to Miami for a photo shoot, and now I am headed to Homestead to race. This will conclude the 2017 season, but I’ll immediately start working on following up with everyone I want to thank that helped us this year, complete sponsorship performance reports and get prepared for 2018. A typical week finds me waking up Monday through Wednesday and working on my computer responding to fan mail, fulfilling Driven Swag apparel orders, working with my social media manager, Ronnie Rizzo, on promoting our D2H honoree for the next race, checking on sponsor requests, inputting race details for NASCAR for the next race, and after lunch, I head to my race shop. Thursday through Friday, I am typically at a race track which entails practice, qualifying, and racing, in addition to making sponsor appearances and entertaining our guests. When we race on Friday evenings, my husband and I will usually stay together in whatever city we are in for some quality time since his team is in Ohio and we do not see each other much during the week. NowVIZ: You’re a role model for all women in sport and your passion and success as both an athlete and business woman are respected by all, in and out of the sport. What are some of the key challenges you’ve had to overcome that have played an instrumental role in your success? Jennifer: Thank you for that, but I’m not sure about “ALL!” If anyone admires what I have done, that is a huge honor. The financial challenges are the most difficult. I am proud of having built a reputation where I can buy equipment from other teams on payment plans, something really rare. Earning the respect of my competitors and other team owners is really important to me. There are a dozen other team owners I can call right now for help, advice, or equipment who will offer solutions. That means a lot. But, there are competitors who just don’t understand that our lack of performance (not racking up wins) is related to a lack of finances. That hurts, but I try to tell myself there is no room for feelings in this sport, so just walk one step at a time, race one lap at a time, and move on. What’s interesting is our team has outlasted many teams and drivers who come from mega-millionaire families. That is also a good feeling.
NowVIZ: You are one of the few NASCAR owner/driver teams, and the only female owner/driver team. You’re a public speaker, have an apparel line DrivenSwag.com, and you’ve launched Driven2Honor.com honoring American female military members. You’ve also been named one of Fox Sports top 10 Most Powerful Women in NASCAR! You’re a very busy woman! Can you give us the run through of a typical day/week?
NowVIZ: What is it that motivates you to continue to get behind the wheel? Jennifer: The pursuit of success and improvement, and let’s face it: I love to drive really, really fast in these sexy machines! I have not accomplished near what I hope to in my career yet. I am grateful to have built a solid team, but I want better results on the track. So, I fully believe that if I can increase our team’s sponsorship, then the results we want will follow. I don’t want to be remembered as someone who just “tried really hard.” The pursuit of success drives me to keep digging. NowVIZ: Each team’s pit crew is an essential part of any driver’s success. What is it about your crew that supports you to race your best? Jennifer: They have my back. I am so grateful for them because my life, my business and my career are in their hands. Mistakes happen, but they understand my goals and work very hard so that as a team, we can continue to grow. I can trust them to run the day-to-day things at the shop, so that I can do my part as a driver and owner. My former Crew Chief, Steve Kuykendall, was like a brother to me and he brought me through some really tough circumstances as well as some huge successes, like our 6th place finish at Daytona. He started a business to pursue a better financial situation (our small team does not have big salaries). My Crew Chief now, Tim Sliva, is very different from Steve and both are really great, and I have an enormous amount of trust in them both as well. Steve worked harder than anybody in the sport and was the man who could make the impossible happen. Tim is more about building a team and getting the right people in place for the organization as well as building relationships with other drivers who have sponsors to bring to the team to drive our second truck. One of my third-year crew members keeps saying this is the most fun he has had in racing and is very excited about 2018. That makes me feel really good about the direction we are going in. One of the accomplishments I am proudest of is being able to give people who have not had the chance a shot at their dreams to work in NASCAR. One young lady started working for us and within a few years became a NASCAR official. We gave the first transgender over the wall pit crew member in the sport her first opportunity. We discussed a plan to help her handle any situation she might encounter and she is very well liked in the sport and I am so proud of her. She is now working on a Cup team. This year, I hired NASCAR’s first deaf over the wall crew member. It’s an amazing experience to see these people accomplish their dreams. Even when they go on to work for other teams they take care of me. It is the epitome of what this life is about—helping others succeed and I am so honored that they are still my friends. I had a mechanical issue earlier this year and had to pull behind the wall when two of my former crew memberwho were working for other teams in the garage area came running over to me as fast as they could—the first to arrive to help me get back on track!
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NowVIZ: Every driver has some type of fitness training they include off the track. Can you tell us what you include in your regime that is essential to your success on the track? Jennifer: I feel really blessed to be able to race full-time and I think logging the laps is the best way to stay in shape and train my body for what it needs. It is hard to duplicate what happens to our bodies during a race—from the heat (150+ degrees inside the truck on some occasions while wearing a helmet and thickly padded driving suit) to the G Forces that pull on my neck, to the arm and leg strength required to be smooth on the controls. My schedule does not allow me to get to the gym as much as I would prefer, but in the off-season and when I can during the season, I enjoy a combination of cardio and weightlifting and I am a big proponent of yoga and stretching. You’ll often see me stretching before qualifying or a race to reduce the tension that builds up. Massage and chiropractic therapy are essential. NowVIZ: Your dad, Joe Cobb, is a veteran race car driver who helped start your racing career in 1991. Can you tell us one of the most important things he has instilled in you that continues to help you today? Jennifer: Around 1996, we were having a very rough year. I kept getting wrecked and destroying the race car and it was getting expensive. Our all-volunteer local racing team was pulling all-nighters to get the cars back together and then reporting to their jobs with no sleep. I felt really bad. My Dad knew none of the wrecks were my fault—they were because of parts failures or were intentionally caused by a competitor. So, I told my Dad after the next wreck that I was going to do everyone a favor and quit. It was a heartbreaking decision, but I felt it was best for everyone. I was so shocked when my dad’s response was to get angry and tell me, “You don’t quit because it is hard or when things are going wrong.” He told me that we would keep rebuilding the car and if I still wanted to quit after I finished the next race, then I could. He taught me so much about perseverance and that is one of my best attributes.
NowVIZ: Is there a question that you haven’t been asked that you’d like to answer? Jennifer: Yes, and that’s What motivated you to form Driven2Honor? Driven2Honor is a 501(c)3 that honors and promotes female military members. I wanted to share a camaraderie with these awesome women who area also in male-dominated environments. I also want to bring awareness to young girls that the military is a viable option for their future. My parents did not have a lot of money and had not saved for my college. If I had not become a race car driver, I was about to choose the path to become a Marine. When we stand for the national anthem, I just think about the women in some other countries who cannot pursue their dreams and some who can’t even drive legally. I am so grateful for the generations of military men and women who have protected us and fought for our rights.
Thank You Jennifer! Good luck 2018 season!
the sound / NowVIZ asks, “What’s pumpin’ t Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NBA Brooklyn Nets, Power Forward #24
“My music is totally dependent on my mood. If I’m feeling mellow, I usually put on some Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith. If I’m feeling like I need to get amped for a game, I’ll usually throw on some Lil Uzi Vert or Young Thug. My go-to is usually Jay-Z, but right now I’m throwing it back with a little 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Trying.”
Jennifer Jo Cobb, NASCAR World Camping Truck Series driver #10 “Oh man… this may sound funny but Rihanna’s Shut Up and Drive is a good one! I have recently rediscovered The Zoo by the Scorpions. Music is important to me so I do often wear headphones to the staging area. Sometimes it’s Shinedown Sound of Madness or AC/DC Thunderstruck… I could go on and on...”
Glenn Mills, Former Swimmer, Olympian, Founder GoSwim.tv
“Man... I listen to music all day long... so it’s tough to narrow down. I’ll start a list. Billy Gibbons and the BRGs - Chris Cornell - Samantha Fish - Joe Bonamassa - Johnny Lang - Robben Ford - Buddy Guy... all the way to my staples Joe Satriani and Steve Vai! If it has a guitar... I typically enjoy it.”
Kevin Hayes, Photographer from Ireland
“Music plays a huge part in my life, and I could fill the whole magazine talking about it. From an early age, I discovered all different types of music and still try to discover new acts whenever I can. I am a massive fan of Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Sigur Ros, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Elbow, LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads…the list is endless and gets added to every day!”
through your headphones?!”
Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR Cup Series driver #32
“Linkin Park has always been my favorite band. I was definitely sad to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington--my favorite song by them is Breaking the Habit. At the gym, it’s Nirvana and Aerosmith--”
Joey Mantia, Long Track Speed Skater, Winter Olympian, 2017 World Champion
“I’m really weird when it comes to music during competitions. I feel like most athletes want to listen to songs that are going to pump them up— maybe EDM or Rock with a high BPM, but for me anything that puts me in a good mood is my go to, usually songs that remind me of good memories or stuff that’s catchy. For example, a few of my go to jams around race time are Netsky- Work It Out — which you probably wouldn’t find too odd as its an upbeat drum and bass track, but when you follow it with Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean, Wrecking Ball by Eric Church, and New Freezer by Rich the Kid and Kendrick that’s when stuff usually stops making sense to most people. I don’t usually discriminate when it comes to genre. I like good music no matter what style it is.”
Alex Deibold, Snowboard Cross, Winter Olympic bronze medalist
“Oh so many things! Deer Tick, Led Zepplin, White Buffalo, Motely Crue, Kapix--”
Johad Ellis, Industrial Designer “Ha ha! This is always changing! I mentioned I was recently in Korea, and to my surprise, I’ve picked up a couple of enegetic K-Pop songs I’ve really enjoyed listening to while working with some of the designers over there. I’ve also got a fair share of house music, which I’ve been into since the early 90’s. Carl Cox’s Ibiza sets are at the top of that list. Finally, I’ve been taking salsa lessons recently, so Celia Cruz, may she rest in peace, is a staple in my music arsenal at the moment. Surprisingly, it gives way to some interesting, flowing, organic designs.”
behind the lens
NowVIZ: We initially found each oth your awesome images on Instagram @kevvhayes1972. Would you tell us about yourself, your photography, a you live?
Kevin: I’m originally from County Wic Ireland, but currently live in Dublin, which work as a Prison Officer (Correctional Of in the city center with my new wife, Ali, a Yorkshire terrier, Oscar. Photography ha a way to escape the stresses of work an Dublin is surrounded on one side by the and on the other by the Dublin/Wicklow M which makes escaping the city with my c easy. I take any opportunity to get up t mountains to capture the spectacular sc a few years of taking average munda I enrolled in courses at The Dublin Ph School and learned how to see photo differently. They taught me all I know made some amazing lifelong friends. Th school, I’ve travelled to places I wouldn done otherwise--places like Morocco, an most recently, Transylvania. Presently, I’ drawn to photographing cycling, a spo Ireland has an incredibly vibrant cycling cycling lends itself to some quite drama
NowVIZ:Your work portrays a beaut of your country Ireland. What is it a subject that motivates you to get be camera?
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credits + (more) Huge thank you to Mark Saffieri for his efforts and mastery in writing the Feature Athlete Intro’s for NBA Brooklyn Nets, power forward, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Up for the Challenge, and NASCAR World Camping Truck Series Driver + Team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb. His writing talent is amazing and we’re very fortunate to have him onboard at NowVIZ sports+ beyond! Additional thank you to NYC fashion design Nicholas K! What an incredible opportunity to work with an outfit that is bar none top in the fashion industry. NicholasK.com Instagram @nicholasKstudio To our Editor-in-Chief David Shanoskie THANK YOU! He’s infuses his expertise and incredible talent into NowVIZ sports + beyond for another awesome issue! You’re the best! And to photographer Andrea Mead Cross who has been integral in the inception, development, and launch of the NowVIZ sports + beyond! Her vision and creativity continue to exceed expectations and we’re fired up she is part of the NowVIZ Team! Thank you AMC! Rock on!
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