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PTR Mourns the Loss of Dennis Van der Meer
Posted: July 28, 2019 in Other News

Dennis Van der MeerHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is sad to inform the tennis world of the passing of its Founder, former Chairman and President, Dennis Van der Meer. After a lengthy illness, Van der Meer passed quietly with his loving wife, Pat, by his side. He was 86. Indeed, Van der Meer dedicated his life to tennis, more importantly to coaching. He was the teacher among teachers, constantly seeking information on biomechanics, methodology and techniques. As an innovator in the field of tennis education, Van der Meer believed in sharing knowledge. During the early stages of PTR, known then as USPTR, Van der Meer found that only limited educational materials existed for tennis teaching professionals. So, he set about to provide a series of handbooks and manuals by assembling the finest educators to write on their areas of expertise. Read More...

Larry Green to Receive 2019 Augie’s Quest Founder’s Award
Posted: July 17, 2019 in Other News

Augie's QuestSANTA ANA, CA - Augie's Quest has announced that Larry Green, CEO of System Pavers, will be honored as the 2019 Augie's Quest Founder's Award recipient at the upcoming Augie's Quest 14th Annual Tradition of Hope Gala. This fall's fundraising event will be held at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA on October 11, 2019. This event's host will be comedian, actor, and best-selling author Jay Mohr. Read More...

ATA Martial Arts Celebrates 50th Anniversary During Worlds Event
Posted: July 5, 2019 in Other News

ATA Martial ArtsLITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes ATA Martial Arts, the world's largest organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to all ages. ATA Martial Arts is gearing up for its annual Worlds event July 8 to 14 in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. ATA estimates nearly 20,000 people, including visitors from most of the U.S. as well as South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and South Korea, will flock to Arkansas' capital. They will take part in specialized training and advanced competition when the organization celebrates 50 years of Taekwondo excellence during the global event. Read More...

IDEA Health & Fitness Association Honors Industry Leaders at the 2019 IDEA World Convention
Posted: June 27, 2019 in Other News

IDEA WorldANAHEIM, CA - IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals, announced the recipients of its annual IDEA World Fitness Awards, recognizing individuals who strive for excellence, show an outstanding commitment to their clients and communities and spread their passion for fitness across the globe. Read More...

$300,000 Raised in 26.2 Miles for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Posted: June 10, 2019 in Other News

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon SeriesMEMPHIS, TN and SEATTLE, WA - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital raised $300,000 for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases at the 11th running of the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. This year, 800 individuals registered as St. Jude Heroes, which means they fundraised for St. Jude while training for the marathon, half marathon and 5K. Since becoming title partner two years ago, St. Jude Heroes have raised nearly $500,000 to support the hospital's lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children. Read More...

Warren Wertheimer Passes Away After Tragic Fall – December 6, 1933 – April 20, 2019
Posted: June 4, 2019 in Other News

Warren WertheimerWarren Wertheimer, 85, of San Rafael California, passed away on April 20, 2019. He lived a full and active life until his very last two days when he suffered a tragic fall and died peacefully after being wished farewell by many of his friends and family. Warren described himself as a father of two, grandfather of four, student of A Course In Miracles, Harvard Lawyer, millionaire former owner of a multisport family club business, psychic, firewalker, motivational speaker and consultant. Read More...

Robert “Bob” Fitzgerald Passes Away
Posted: June 4, 2019 in Other News

No PhotoRobert W. Fitzgerald, Age 77, passed away on May 7, 2019. He was preceded in death by his amazing wife, Jane L. Fitzgerald. He was the father of John (Agnese) Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald, Robert (Kathy) Fitzgerald and Julie (John) Nimesheim. He was the grandfather of ten. Services and interment private. Read More...

Your Guide to Joining Augie’s Quest This ALS Awareness Month
Posted: May 5, 2019 in Other News

Augie's QuestMay is ALS Awareness Month. All across the US, Augie's Quest To Cure ALS will be joining forces with our partners to fund innovative ALS research. And we can't do it without you! Read on for ways you can join Augie's Quest all month long! Read More...

Thank You Team Quest4ALS Nashville!
Posted: April 30, 2019 in Other News

Team Quest4ALS NashvilleNASHVILLE, TN - Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Team Quest4ALS Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon & 5K this weekend! Your support led to $455,000 in critical fundraising for innovative ALS research. Congratulations to our top fundraisers: Rosalyn Yellin and Susie McLaughlin; Marc Masso; Paul Stabile; Vincent Zambrotta; Adam and Kaitlyn McHugh; Molly McHugh; Diane Karpus; Chrisy and Ashley Coon; Mark Lowder; and Alexis Arena. Read More...

A Special Message from Augie Nieto
Posted: March 29, 2019 in Other News

Augie's Quest14 years ago today, my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with ALS. For those of you who don’t know, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the motor neurons in otherwise healthy individuals, until you cannot walk, or talk, or move. I know my wife Lynne and I are one of the lucky ones with ALS. I am so fortunate to still have a voice to raise funds for critical research and spread awareness about this destructive disease. It is a lot harder for me to speak now, so I choose my words carefully: ALS can only be cured if all of us work together! Please consider donating $15 to support our quest to fast-track innovative ALS research that can help end ALS once and for all. Every single dollar counts! Thank you. Read More...

End of 2018 Update From ALS TDI
Posted: December 31, 2018 in Other News

ALS Therapy Development InstituteCAMBRIDGE, MA - As our team works through the last hours of 2018, we wanted to take the time to reflect on some of the ALS Therapy Development Institute’s notable accomplishments from the year. Despite all the progress made this year, we know that 2018 also brought incredible loss to families and people battling this disease. Loss of independence, loss of abilities and the devastating loss of loved ones. Not a day goes by at ALS TDI that we don’t mourn someone who has passed and talk to others who are currently fighting. These conversations motivate us to keep up the momentum of 2018 and try to do even more in 2019. Read More...

International Tennis Hall of Fame Elects New Officers
Posted: December 20, 2018 in Other News

Tennis Industry AssociationNEWPORT, R.I. - Michael F. Goss, Executive Vice President and CFO of Sotheby's, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, following his three-year term as Vice Chairman. Goss succeeds John Arnhold, who is concluding a three-year term as Chairman. Charlie Pasarell, a longtime tennis industry leader and a 2013 inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, has been elected Vice Chairman. Read More...

Augie’s Quest Reports First Subject Successfully Enrolled in AT-1501 Phase 1 Study, a First-of-its-Kind, Promising Treatment for ALS
Posted: November 28, 2018 in Other News

Augie's QuestORANGE COUNTY, CA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world's foremost nonprofit biotech focused solely on ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), in partnership with Anelixis Therapeutics, LLC., and via targeted funding from Augie's Quest to Cure ALS, announced the first human was successfully given a dose of AT-1501, a promising investigative drug to treat the neurodegenerative disease. Not only does this critical step signal the continuation of the phase 1 human safety trial and the first achieved milestone for AT-1501, it is the first time a nonprofit drug discovery center has successfully brought a new molecular entity, this type of experimental treatment for ALS, from inception through to the clinical trial phase. Read More...

Donahue Wildman and Ron Thompson, Health and Fitness Club Industry Giants, Pass Away!
Posted: September 18, 2018 in Other News

Donahue Wildman and Ron ThompsonDonahue Wildman and Ron Thompson, both truly health and fitness club industry giants in their own realms, passed away within two days of each other with Wildman departing this earth on September 16th and Thompson departing on September 17th. Read More...

John S. Wineman, Jr. Passes Away – March 23, 1936 – August 19, 2018
Posted: August 22, 2018 in Other News

John S. Wineman, Jr.HIGHLAND PARK, IL - John S. Wineman Jr., 82, of Highland Park, passed away peacefully August 19, 2018. Beloved husband of Patricia, nee Larson; Cherished father of Kathy (Todd) Stetson, Andy (Janet) Wineman, and Karen (Don) Harris; Loving grandfather to Danny (Laura) Stetson, Julie (Shawn) Lipinski, John P. Wineman, Peter Wineman, Joy (Sam) Fangman, Nicole Harris, Jessica Harris, Joe Harris, and Timmy Harris; Adoring great grandfather of Emma Jane Stetson; Loved brother of Susan Adler and Jeffry Wineman; Devoted Uncle to many nieces and nephews. John was a lifelong resident of Highland Park, and a lifelong member of the Lake Shore Country Club. A constant volunteer and philanthropist, John was most recently President of Pads of Lake County. May John Wineman Rest In Peace. Read More...

Fred Streck, Early Racquetball and Sports Club Developer, and Co-Owner of CourtSouth, Passes Away
Posted: June 26, 2018 in Other News

Fred StreckFred Streck was a one-in-a-million kind of guy. A former U.S. Army Pilot during the Vietnam War, Fred landed in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1970s. There, his entrepreneurial talents as a developer and owner of several very successful night clubs, “The Stone Pony” and “Xanadu Night Club,” lead the way and made Fred quite wealthy in the years before he became involved in the racquetball and sports club development and operation business, partnering with Rich Boggs, Ray Irwin and this author, Norm Cates. Sadly, our friend and former partner, Fred Streck, passed away from an unconfirmed cause on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17th. A memorial event was held at the home of his daughter, Danielle, in Marietta, Georgia on June 30th. Read More...

Cooper Aerobics and Meritage Healthcare Strategies Integrate Services
Posted: June 15, 2018 in Other News

Cooper Aerobics DALLAS, TX - Meritage Healthcare Strategies announces the integration of its services and expertise with those of the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center. Together, they will provide a complete suite of services including project concept development, feasibility analyses, strategic planning, business performance improvement consulting, leadership training and education, wellness programming and fitness facility management for corporate, commercial, residential development and healthcare clients throughout the United States and around the world. Read More...

Upcoming IHRSA Board Chair, Jim Worthington, Instrumental in Passage of the Right to Try Bill
Posted: May 23, 2018 in Independents, Other News

Jim Worthington and Senator Ron JohnsonNEWTOWN, PA - On May 22, 2018, the Right to Try Bill was passed by the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. This bill was first passed in the Senate (S 204) in August 2017. It finally passed the House and will now proceed to the President’s desk for signature, which he has indicated he will sign. Jim Worthington has put all his resources and connections behind supporting this bill because of his connection to Matt Bellina, who suffers from ALS, a terminal illness giving him 2 – 5 years to live. Jim first met Matt in 2015 when he joined the Newtown Athletic Club, and they began raising money for Matt’s Mission to support Augie’s Quest and ALS TDI research. Read More...

First Large Scale Expanded Access Program in ALS Announced
Posted: May 23, 2018 in Other News

ALS Therapy Development InstituteCAMBRIDGE, MA - Biohaven Pharmaceuticals announced the initiation of an Expanded Access Program (EAP) in ALS for their orally dissolving tablet of riluzole. This program is thought to be the first EAP approved by the FDA in ALS which aims to offer broad access to an experimental medication outside of a traditional clinical trial, while the company prepares to submit an application for full marketing approval to the FDA later this year. Read More...

Join the Augie’s Quest MYZONE Challenge Today
Posted: April 3, 2018 in Other News

Augie's QuestMANASQUAN, N.J. - The Augie’s Quest MYZONE Challenge, to be held May 1 - June 17, has just reached 100 clubs. But, the initiative needs more as we raise the funds to get AT-1501 into Human trials for all those living with ALS! The Challenge is simple, and there is no charge to your clubs. Here is a step-by-step guide to join today... Read More...

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