#PressRelease Former Athlete Turned Entrepreneur Launches World’s First Portable Basketball Shooting Machine. #GRINDBasketball


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(Houston, TX – May 15th, 2020) Thomas Fields, Founder & C.E.O. of GRIND Inc., a sports technology and athletic equipment provider, recently announced the launch of “GRIND Machine”, the world’s first portable basketball shooting machine designed to enhance independent drill training- anywhere and anytime.

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The revolutionary shooting machine has been proven to be effective in improving players’ catch & shoot efficiency, footwork, balance, explosion and follow through, while increasing player creativity & basketball IQ.
GRIND Machine allows the player to shoot up to 500 shots an hour by capturing rebounds and automatically passing the ball back to the player at any given spot on the court- including the NCAA 3pt regulation range. GRIND Basketball is equipped with a 12-foot net around the rim that strategically forces players to put more of an arch on their shot, translating to a higher percentage of made shots. This technique in repetition aims to increase muscle memory.

Fields believes this might be the most innovative, yet ideal shooting machine ever designed – “You practice ten times more efficiently using the shooting machine, so it was important to design this for practical use. I wanted to build something that basketball players, coaches, and trainers would love, because they could use it wherever and whenever.” said (Thomas Fields, Founder/Ceo of GRIND).

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Fully furnished, GRIND Machine seamlessly folds into a 4’x2’ weather-protective duffle bag, equipped with durable wheels for relaxed transportation.

 

Key Features:
● Portability at 48” L x 22” W x 22” H
● Weight: 100Ibs (equipped with wheels to easily transport)
● 500 shots an hour
● Manual 5 spot shooting
● Affordable (lowest market price with payment plan options)
● One-year complimentary warranty

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Training Benefits:
GRIND has a NO STANDING RULE, the GRIND Machine uses one ball and forces players to work hard and smart, simultaneously.
● Move without the ball
● Catch and attack
● Make shots under fatigue
● Perfect the footwork
GRIND Machine is now available for pre-orders for delivery November, 2020. For more information, please visit GrindBasketball.com. 

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ABOUT GRIND
Founded in 2016 by Thomas Fields, GRIND Inc. was created to equip underserved communities with innovative sports technology that enhances athlete performance, elevates the training experience, and allows athletes to practice anywhere, anytime. The company strives to inspire the youth to access pathways of entrepreneurship, engineering and technology through athletics and GRIND products.

GET YOUR POPCORN READY! – “WAR BEFORE THE STORM” BASKETBALL SHOWCASE IS BRINGING THE HEAT MARCH 27th-29th. @Warb4storm

“WAR BEFORE THE STORM” Basketball Showcase is set for March 27th-29th in Dallas, TX, delivering heavy matchups & fire talent amongst confirmed teams from #3SSB (adidas), EYBL (Nike), UA (Under Armour), and independent programs ready to set the record straight!

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“War Before The Storm” Basketball Showcase is the ultimate event experience delivering competitive match-ups and individual talent, live-stream & highlights from BallerTV, national & local media coverage, live stats, “down-south cooking” hospitality room for media and team coaches, DJ spinning top hits, organized, well-ran event with the best staff! This is an opportunity for your team to get some work in before the real action hits in April (live period). Last year we had to turn down over 90 teams who registered late. Don’t be that team in 2020….GET YOUR SPOT SECURED & REGISTER NOW!

 

WHAT: WAR BEFORE THE STORM BASKETBALL SHOWCASE

WHERE: DUNCANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL – DALLAS, TX

WHEN: MARCH 27th-29th, 2020

WHO: 4th Grade – Varsity Boys

HOW:  CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM

 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES: @Warb4Storm 

Questions or more information: 817-845-3338

 

 

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North Crowley Basketball to Host the Loaded 2018 Cowtown Tip-Off, November 9th & 10th #CowtownTipoff2018

2018 Cowtown Tip-Off hosted by North Crowley Basketball

Dallas/Ft. Worth is gearing up for yet another exciting weekend of high level hoops with the 2018 Cowtown Tip-off taking place Friday, November 9th & Saturday, November 10th at North Crowley High School. The event kicks off the high school basketball season with a lineup of top boys basketball programs, elite players, fire matchups, and the implementation of a shot clock.

Attached below is the schedule.
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MEDIA: Use hashtag #Cowtowntipoff2018 and tag @NCBasketball   @CowtownTipoff

 

What: 2018 Cowtown Tip-Off

Where: North Crowley High School & Crowley High School (9100 S. Hulen St. Ft. Worth, TX 76123)

When: Friday, November 9th & Saturday, November 10th

For more information contact: Coach Tommy Brakel @ tbrakel@crowley.k12.tx.us

 

 

 

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#PressRelease Elite 14 Showcase Announces Increased Field and a Friday Night Addition to the Event

Elite 14 Showcase Announces Increased Field and a Friday Night Addition to the Event

Elite 14 Showcase Announces an Increased field of 40 Top Basketball Teams, Along with Implementing a Friday Night Prep Showcase Featuring 10 National Programs 

DALLAS, TX, September 18th, 2018 – The 14th Annual Elite 14 Showcase kicks off the 2018 NCAA November evaluation period with a full weekend of action-packed high school basketball beginning Friday, November 2 through Saturday, November 3rd. The event will take place at Denton Guyer High School on Friday night and at Hirschi High School in Wichita Falls, TX all day Saturday.

This invitational has established itself throughout the years as a centerpiece of the nation’s best collection of high school teams and individual talent anticipating the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of college coaches, national and local media, NBA scouts, family and fan enthusiasts. What started out as a rivalry showcase thirteen years ago with initially 14 teams, hence the name, from Texas and Oklahoma, has now grown to 40 top teams from across the nation.

“We are excited about the growth of “Elite 14 Showcase” and thankful for the support of everyone who has helped make this event a success each year. It is our mission to continue providing student-athletes a national platform to perform on in hopes of garnering exposure and furthering their basketball initiatives,” said Coach Hedge Elite 14 Showcase Director and Hirschi High School Head Basketball Coach.

 

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In an effort to build and cultivate the high school basketball experience, The Elite 14 Showcase announced a Friday night addition to the event: “Elite 14 Prep Showcase” featuring 10 National programs going head-to-head in key matchups.

Traditionally, Saturday will remain the same: a full day of exciting hoops at Hirschi High School along with the best home cooked hospitality room.

 

This year’s event will feature the following participating teams:

2018 PARTCIPATING TEAMS

TEXAS- 19
Duncanville High School, Duncanville, TX (6A) 28-7 Area Finalist
Estacado High School, Lubbock, TX (4A) 25-6 Regional Semifinalist
Denton Guyer High School, Denton, TX (6A) 38-2 Regional Finalist
Hirschi High School, Wichita Falls, TX (4A) 25-9 Regional Quarterfinalist
Lancaster High School, Dallas, TX (5A) 16-12 Regional Finalist
Lewisville High School, Lewisville, TX
Little Elm High School, Little Elm, TX
North Crowley High School, Fort Worth, TX (6A) 31-6 Regional Semifinalist
Northwest High School, Justin, TX (5A) 35-6 State Finalist
Pearce High School, Richardson, TX (6A) 23-9 Regional Quarterfinalist
Rider High School, Wichita Falls, TX (5A) 26-8 Regional Quarterfinalist
Prosper High School, Prosper, TX (5A)
Sulphur Springs High School, Sulphur Springs, TX (5A) 30-5 Regional Quarterfinalist
St. Marks the School of Texas, Dallas, TX
The Colony High School, Lewisville, TX, (5A) 26-11
Timberview High School, Mansfield, TX (5A) 26-7 Regional Quarterfinalist
Trinity Christian, Cedar Hill, TX
Wagner High School, San Antonio (6A) 29-7 Regional Quarterfinalist
Wyatt High School, Fort Worth, TX (5A) 23-12 Regional Semifinals
OKLAHOMA – 11
Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa, OK (5A) 20-7 State Runner-up
Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK (5A) 20-6 State Semifinalist
Heritage Hall High School, Oklahoma City, OK (4A) State Champions
Memorial High School, Tulsa, OK (5A) 27-2 State Champions
Newcastle, OK / Millwood High School, Oklahoma City, OK
Norman High School, Norman, OK (6A) 15-9 Area Finalist
North High School, Norman, OK (6A)
North High School, Putnam City, OK (6A) 25-5 State Champions
Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma City, OK (5A) 20-6 State Semifinalist
Sapulpa High School, Sapulpa, OK (6A) 14-10
West High School, Putnam City, OK (6A) 20-7 State Quarterfinalist
PREP SCHOOLS- 10
Handle It Academy, Seattle, WA
Redemption Life Christian Prep, Tulsa, OK
Southwest Christian Academy, Little Rock, AR
St. Louis Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO
Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita, KS, 22-2
Trinity International, Las Vegas, NV
iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy, Lewisville TX
Cy-Fair Learning Center, Houston TX
Universal Academy, Coppell, TX
Lawton Christian High School, Lawton, OK

 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES: @Elite14Showcase

For media inquires, event sponsorship, or more information, please visit our website at www.Elite14ShowcaseSeries.com

Contact: Nina Zavala |NinaZavalaGroup@gmail.com | 469.601.6341

 

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The Basics: Marketing your Business/Organization

What is Marketing?
There are variations when defining what Marketing because it is so BROAD, but in this blog, we’re defining Marketing as creating, communicating, capturing and sustaining value for your organization or company. It’s a need that every business must have to foster growth and better yet, value.

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Why does my company/organization need Marketing?
1. Capture the attention of your target market
2. Facilitate your target market’s purchasing decision
3. And bottom line, it is the cornerstone of every successful business

The first step in Marketing your business is developing a Marketing Plan. Consider this your guide to understanding your businesses’ goals, objectives, target audience, etc. This plan will allow you to create strategic ways that resonate with your target audience and set you apart from the others.   Marketing Plan

In developing a Marketing Plan consider these components:
A. Situation Analysis– This is your company/organization’s current situation. What is your company about? where do you stand financially? what are your goals? Who are your competitors?
B. Target Market- Who are you trying to reach? What do they value? What are their needs?
C. Action Plan-How are you going to reach your target audience? What marketing strategies are you going to implement to help you reach them, grab their attention, influence their decision in using your product or services?
D. Evaluation Plan– Once you have created and implemented your strategy, monitor its effectiveness and make any adjustments required to maintain its success.

Example: (Short version of course)
• My goal is lose 10lbs in 30 days.

• My strategy to lose the 10lbs is to work out 5x a week and
Cut out all carbs.
• My evaluation plan is to create a journal of my daily intake and workouts. Every Sunday throughout the month, I’ll weigh myself, write it down in my journal and track the progression of my weight loss

marketing strategyMarketing Strategy: Your strategy is how you’re going to accomplish the goals in your plan. Your strategy promotes and communicates the benefits of your business. What differentiates your company from your competitors. Basic examples below.

A. Social Media Marketing– Free platforms that millions of people utilize each day. Develop a social media plan that targets your audience.
B. Advertisement – Paid Ad placement
C. Creative Content – Story telling through graphics and video’s, infomercials,
D. Public Relations (PR)- News stories, blog write-ups, interviews in publications, on radio & television about your company/organization.
E. Effective Blogging- This strategy has so much impact if used to its fullest capacity.
F. Leverage Influencers– Influencers are people who have a voice in the market you’re trying to reach. Use their platforms to communicate your message. Some companies create what we call “Brand Ambassador Programs”.
G. Partnering with a charity or non-profit. This is considered cause-related marketing. It allows your company/organization to become visible to the public in a positive light.
H. Cross Marketing/ Cross Promoting- Partnering with companies that share the same vision but are in two different lanes.

 

I can go on and on about strategic marketing. It’s about being creative, innovative, and strategic. Put yourself in your consumers shoes, how would you like to be pitched? What are some things you would appreciate and like, if you were on the other side? Remember this, Branding is the foundation, and Marketing is the core!

My next couple of blogs will directly highlight in detail some of these marketing strategies from point A-Z, starting with Social Media Marketing- one of the most powerful marketing tools known in this era of technology.

 

 

 

 

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ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest | DALLAS vs the country | @HoopfestUSA

Dallas, TX is gearing up for the 2017 ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest set for Friday, December, 15th and Saturday, December 16th. The event will be hosted at Highland Park High School on Friday and at Lancaster High School on Saturday featuring local teams: South Garland, Desoto, Lancaster, Waxahatchie, and Highland Park and teams throughout the country: Chicago Simeon (IL), Whitney Young (IL), Sunrise Christian (KS), and Oak Hill Academy (VA). Each local team will play an out of town team.

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Friday, December 15th @ Highland Park High School
6:30pm: Highland Park (Girls) vs North Forney (Girls)
8:00pm: Highland Park vs Chicago Simeon

Saturday, December 16th @ Lancaster High School

2:30pm: South Garland vs Sunrise Christian (KS)
4:00pm: Desoto vs Whitney Young (IL)
5:30pm: Waxahatchie vs Chicago Siemon (IL)
7:00pm: Lancaster vs Oak Hill Academy (VA)

 

Click link to purchase tickets: ARS RESCUE ROOTER NATIONAL HOOPFEST

Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/HoopfestUSA

Event Director: Travis Haddock @ HaddockSports@hotmail.com

 

Nina Zavala
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The 16th Annual Texas Jamboree kicks off Thanksgiving weekend in Houston, TX

 

As the holidays approach, Houston and surrounding cities
are gearing up for the premiere high school hoops showcase that has become one of the longest, lasting go-to events for the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Thanksgiving in Texas signifies the gathering of family, friends, indulging in holiday food and the return of one of the longest running high school boys’ basketball tournaments, ‘Texas High School Jamboree”. The much-anticipated event will feature two full days of basketball beginning Friday, November 24th through Saturday, November 25th at Episcopal High School (4650 Bissonnet Bellaire, TX 77401).
Texas Jamboree helps to illustrate why the South is considered a “recruiting hot bed” for high school hoops. For the 16th year in a row, the tournament has delivered a national stage allowing talented individuals to garner exposure and showcase their talents in front of notable college coaches, media, scouts, and their families.
With this years’ lineup of schools and talent, Texas jamboree will continue to give the fans what they’re looking for.

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Schedule will be releasing on Monday, October 16th, 2017.  Be sure to follow us on twitter @TxJamboree.

For more information click link Texas High School Jamboree

For media credentials or partnership opportunities contact: Nina Zavala @ NinaZavalaGroup@gmail.com.

The stage is set in the Greater Houston area for RCS Sports “Season Opener” Saturday, November 12th

rcs-sportsJim Hicks of RCS Sports delivers another anticipated event, tipping the season off with Houston’s top H.S. Basketball teams. The “Season Opener” has yet to fail our expectations in the basketball community with top talent, great match-ups, hospitality and more!

Games begin at 9:30 a.m. @ M.O. Campbell Center (1865 Aldine Bender Houston, TX 77032). Tickets are now on sale for $5 and can be purchased at all 16 participating schools. Ticket prices will go up to $10 after November 1, 2016.

For more information log onto http://www.RCSSports.com or email Jim Hicks at Rcs@USA.com

Be sure to follow these two on twitter: @RcsSports  and @DJones8301

 

 

 

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Superstar Rappers Bun B and Slim Thug to Host “Phi Slama Jama Jam” During Final Four Weekend

PRESS RELEASE                       
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUPERSTAR RAPPERS BUN B AND SLIM THUG TO HOST “PHI SLAMA JAMA JAM” DURING NCAA FINAL FOUR WEEKEND

Special guest celebrities will be making appearances at event as NCAA FINAL FOUR Weekend Returns to Houston

HOUSTON, TX (March 17, 2016) – The 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four®showcases the most prominent and notable athletes from the best college basketball programs in the nation as hey exhibit their talents in front of millions of viewers riding high on March Madness. Before the big championship game on Monday night, the biggest names in sports will converge on Houston’s nightlife looking for the best entertainment the city has to offer. The Phi Slama Jama Jam event will take place from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on April 2, 2016, at Social Junkie located at 2412 Washington Ave.

Hosted by SLAM Magazine, One Pass Away and the Nina Zavala Group, the Phi Slama Jama Jam will unite industry and sports power players with Houston’s elite social scene as they celebrate the storied history of The University of Houston’s Phi Slama Jama men’s basketball team. Several celebrities have confirmed their appearances including special invited guests and Hall of Fame basketball icons Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, who will be on hand to receive special honors for their place in the annals of Houston’s basketball lore.

Houston’s own DJ Mr. Rogers and DJ Kiotti will be in the mix keeping the invite only crowd entertained all evening. “Phi Slama Jama Jam” partners include, New Amsterdam Vodka, Gurkha Cigars, Sports Mix Live, and BMW.

To request attendance to the event, please email NinaZavalaGroup@gmail.com

What: SLAM Magazine, One Pass Away and the Nina Zavala Group presents the Phi Slama Jama Jam hosted by Bun B and Slim Thug

When:  April 2, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Where: Social Junkie located at 2412 Washington Ave Houston, TX 77007

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Wade Smith hosts The 2nd Annual Wade Smith Foundation Charity Weekend

MEDIA ALERT 
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ALL REQUESTS FOR MEDIA CREDENTIALS MUST BE SENT IN BY APRIL 24, 2013. Media Coverage is Invited. Photo and Interview Opportunities are Available.
What: Wade Smith hosts his  2nd Annual Wade Smith Foundation Charity Weekend aka “WADE’S WEEKEND”. Join Houston Texan Pro Bowl Left Guard, Wade Smith, as he brings his teammates and celebrity friends to his hometown for a weekend dedicated to children, charity and community. Also, meet our Guest Host, Sam Jones a.k.a. the iconic Flash Gordon! Confirmed Players include the following: Cedric Benson (NFL) Brandon Brooks (NFL) Duane Brown (NFL) Delano Johnson (NFL) Keith Browner (NFL) Antoine Caldwell (NFL) Perrish Cox (NFL) Patrick Crayton (NFL) Raphael De Priest (CFL) Dexter Ford (NFL) Edwin Harrison (CFL) Steven Hodge (NFL) David Hunter (NFL) Marshall Newhouse (NFL) Derek Newton (NFL) Franklin Okam (NFL) Barry Richardson (NFL) Steve Slaton (NFL) Shaun Smith (NFL) Herb Taylor (NFL) Lawrence Vickers (NFL) Chris White (NFL) Torri Williams (NFL). More are being confirmed daily!
Event Dates and Time::

Friday, April 26, 2013 (Morning)

“Reading with the Pros” Literacy Event

Area Elementary Schools- Closed to Public

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Friday, April 26, 2013 (6:30pm – 10pm)

Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Tournament

Bowl & Barrel – Shops at Park Lane

8084 Park Lane #145, Dallas, TX 75231

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Saturday, April 27, 2013 (8am – Noon)

Youth Football & Cheer Camp

Lake Highlands YMCA

8920 Stults Rd., Dallas, TX 75243

11am – 1pm YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Bring your family for an afternoon of great food, games and live entertainment. NFL players will be on-hand to sign autographs. Proceeds from some concessions will benefit The WSF.Instruction and coaching from your favorite LH alumni players and coaches PLUS other current and former NFL and college players!

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Wade’s Birthday Finale (10pm – 2am)

Winstons Supperclub

3102 Welborn Ave #110, Dallas, TX 75219

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