If you’ve ever been close to the day in and day out of college sports, then you know how boring and monotonous off the field activities can be.
And for the Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s Tennis team, one recent road trip proved just too much.
So instead of testing out new sounds for when they make contact with the ball (seriously, why do tennis players do that?), the boys decided to do something a little more sensible.
They choreographed the whole of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”- all three and a half minutes of it.
You have to admit that it is pretty good actually.
So next time you run into a tennis player on campus, you may want to ask him for a dance lesson. Who knew?
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This piece was originally published on risemiaminews.com on July 23, 2015.
By Marcus Frias
It’s summertime and we all know what that means. It’s that time when the hottest bods strut down South Beach wearing the sexiest and spiciest swimwear pieces of the year.
For a while, all the rave has been about Wildfox, Mikoh, and San Lorenzo Bikinis, but now there’s a new girl on the block with a swimwear line that’s bold, innovative, and exciting.
Isabella Soto and her killer line—Kokoa Swim.
Soto says that she’s always had an interest in fashion although it wasn’t always something that she expressed through her clothing.
“It was something I was around constantly,” Soto said. “My mother graduated AI with a degree in fashion design and I’d constantly watch her create amazing projects.”
But that all changed during her sophomore year at Miami Sunset Senior High School when she decided to stop watching and start doing.
“As a sophomore in high school I would sew hair bows by hand and sell them to friends for $3,” Soto said. “My senior year I launched a fashion blog and another small business. I’d purchase thrifted jeans and distress them, dye them all sorts of colors, and stud them. I would also sell these to classmates.”
With Kokoa Swim still far in the future, Soto became the fashion editor of the school’s yearbook. Fashion became more than an interest—Soto’s hard work to make a name for herself while she was still so young was both admirable and astonishing.
One of Soto’s high school teachers, Natalie Gutierrez says that Soto’s success doesn’t surprise her at all.
“Ever since I’ve known her she’s had high expectations of what she wanted to be and what she wanted to do with her life,” Gutierrez told Rise Miami News. “She’s a go-getter with a lot of passion and dedication. It is that attitude that has helped her achieve this dream of hers at such a young age.”
Still, her hardworking and ambitious attitude remains.
“This has all been such a huge learning process,” Soto said. “I started this business entirely from scratch and have made so many mistakes along the way.”
Those mistakes, though, simply motivate the youthful 20 year old to work harder.
Soto dedicates an average of 30 hours a week to the growing line—but says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I wake up and do this until I have to head out to work. Sometimes I’ll come home from work and continue,” Soto said. “It’s not a burden. I love doing this.”
In those 30 hours Soto designs new collections, shops for fabric, handles social media accounts for Kokoa Swim, and networks for opportunities to showcase her work.
Despite participating in big events like Swim Miami Fashion Week Kokoa Swim’s success is mostly due to its internet presence.
“I am eternally thankful for social media. It’s been a huge contributor to Kokoa’s growth. Instagram, especially, has helped me network and build a following of amazing people,” Soto said. “Through social media, I was given the opportunity of participating in my first Swim Week event at the Broken Shaker. I met other local brands that are doing the same. It was amazing to see brands I’ve been following online, in action. “
Kokoa Swim has over 8,000 Instagram followers and that number grows everyday. Models like Harley Gusman and Mahila Snyder have all hopped on the Kokoa wagon and have stepped in front of the camera to model for the swimwear line.
Soto loves the partnership with these up and coming models.
“Like myself, these girls are working hard to build a name in the industry and it’s fascinating that our work benefits each other,” Soto said.
Indeed, a name is being built.
Kokoa Swim, a line that was built on impulse—surely has consumers buying on impulse, too.
A sketchbook dream that has turned into an incredible reality, but Isabella Soto won’t stop here. She hopes to have her line available for purchase at local stores within the next year.
With all of this success tucked under her belt at the young age of 20, it is safe to say that Isabella Soto was not fashionably late, but instead fashionably focused and early to the scene.Post Views: 458
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Barry Bonds is not quite Pete Rose in the eyes of baseball purists. But he’s damn close.
That’s why it would it would be pretty earthshaking if the tainted all time home-run king landed a job as a coach in Major League Baseball.
A report by CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman indicates that Miami Marlins brass have been trying to woo Bonds to serve as a hitting coach in South Florida.
From CBS Sports:
“Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his image and has a keen love of coaching.”
According to Heyman, the Marlins would maintain current hitting coach Frank Menechino and bring Bonds on as a second hitting coach.
For the Marlins, it makes total sense. The Fish finished 29th (out of 30) in terms of overall offensive production, home runs, and runs last season while finishing 9th in hits. The Marlins couldn’t drive in runs to save their lives but they still have some really great talent on the team, especially superstar Giancarlo Stanton.
Could this be the way Bonds gets back involved in the MLB? Could it even help lead to a future reconciliation that Rose and other controversial players have never received?
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By Kelsey D’Auben
Today, Sports Illustrated Magazine announced that world renowned tennis star Serena Williams, would be their 2015 “Sportsperson of the year.”
Williams is the first woman to receive this title since it was given to track-star Mary Decker in 1983. She is also only one of four female individuals to ever receive the title. The US women’s soccer team as a whole was also given the title in 1999.
Williams has been named one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. She holds the most major titles of any active tennis player, male or female.
Along with holding three major titles and 21 grand slams victories, Williams is the only female tennis player to ever win all four majors after the age of 30. She is also the only player, male or female, to hold grand slam titles in two different decades.
This year, she was on the path to getting the grand slam (winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open in one calendar year) but lost the US open after an elbow injury attained earlier this year.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2015
Her loss was deemed one of the biggest tennis upsets of tennis history.
But nonetheless, she was still able to keep her No. 1 ranking at the end of the year. This is the 7th time Williams has been received the No. 1 ranking.
Sports Illustrated’s Christian Stone defended his publications’ decision to select Williams, despite some backlash from the public.
“Sports Illustrated honors her dominance in 2015, when she won 53 of her 56 matches, three of the four Grand Slam events and built the most yawning ranking points gap between her and her closest competitor in tennis history,” Stone wrote. “We honor her, too, for a career of excellence, her stranglehold on the game’s No. 1 ranking and her 21 Grand Slam titles.”
But the title of “Sportsperson of the Year” isn’t just about being a good athlete. The title is given to athletes who display the true spirit of sportsman-ship.
The “Sportsperson of the Year” issue will hit the stands December 21st.
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