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Unique Charity Golf Open to Raise Funds for Veterans’ Employment Program

WHAT: Disabled veterans will play alongside business leaders, military and government officials, and more at the 12th annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open to support Paralyzed Veterans of America’s employment program, PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment). This one-of-a-kind tournament will showcase the latest adaptive sports technology that allows paralyzed individuals to stand and play golf.

Since its inception in 2007, the PVGO has raised more than $4 million and dedicated 100% of those funds to PVA’s employment program, PAVE, which provides free job support and vocational counseling assistance to all veterans, transitioning service members, spouses, and caregivers. PVA is committed to helping the overlooked, underserved, and undervalued veteran workforce — including those with catastrophic injury or illness, female and minority veterans, and post-9/11 service members. Leveraging a high-touch approach, PAVE employment analysts and vocational rehabilitation counselors work with clients to overcome barriers to employment at all stages.

The tournament is hosted each year by founding sponsor Agility Defense & Government Services.

WHO: David Zurfluh, U.S. Air Force veteran, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Carl Blake, U.S. Army veteran, Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Major General Daniel G. Mongeon (Ret.), U.S. Army, President & CEO, Agility Defense & Government Services
Colonel Rich Brooks (Ret.), U.S. Army, Chairman, Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open and President, Agility Logistics
Major General Scott R. Dingle, Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command
Colonel Barney Barnum (Ret.), U.S. Marine Corps, Medal of Honor Recipient
General John Tilelli, Jr. (Ret.), Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
John Farley, U.S. Army veteran, PVA client
Jeff Edwards, U.S. Army veteran, PVA client
Reginal Becton, U.S. Navy veteran, PVA client

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. Golf demonstration and adaptive cart technology showcase
9:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony
9:45 a.m. Shotgun Start
4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Program

*Note: Veterans and other spokespeople will be made available to the media all day.

WHERE:The Golf Club at Lansdowne
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176

To learn more or to register for the PVGO, please visit

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at

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PGA Tour Winner Rory Sabbatini Continues Partnership

Centinel Spine®, LLC, the largest privately-held spine company focused on anterior column reconstruction, today announced that its current partnership with six-time PGA Tour Winner, Rory Sabbatini, will continue through the 2020 PGA season.

Since 2018, Centinel Spine has worked in partnership with Sabbatini, four-time PGA Tour Winner, Brian Gay, and Performance Tech Motorsports (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), with the goal of educating individuals about solutions for spinal injury and disease, stressing that patients do not need to live with pain or stop performing at a high level. Sabbatini and Gay were both treated with the Centinel Spine prodisc® C Anterior Cervical Total Disc Replacement product several years ago, and were quickly able to return competitively to the PGA tour.

“The goal of the extended collaboration with Rory Sabbatini is to demonstrate to patients throughout the world that the lumbar and cervical products provided by Centinel Spine have the potential to give them back their life,” said Centinel Spine Chairman & CEO John Viscogliosi. “Centinel Spine’s mission is to provide solutions that allow individuals to regain their lives and continue to function at a high level after spine surgery. Our motion-preserving prodisc system was purposefully designed to restore long-term physiological motion and allow patients to quickly return to their normal active lives. Rory just completed his most successful PGA season since 2011, and is a prime example to all patients that the right procedure and product can result in extreme recovery.”

“The prodisc system not only saved my PGA career but really saved my life,” said Sabbatini. “I had unbearable arm pain and decided that surgery gave me the best chance for recovery. Getting back the range of motion in my neck was also an important factor related to maintaining my high level of activity. For me, I needed surgery, and a total disc replacement was clearly the best option,” Sabbatini continued. “I had confidence that my surgeon would provide me with the best surgical solution and I had confidence in the Centinel Spine prodisc system based on its long term history of success.”

Spine surgeon Robert L. Masson, M.D. (Masson Spine Institute, Orlando FL) specializes in complex spinal disorders, and reconstructed Sabbatini’s cervical spine using the Centinel Spine prodisc Total Disc Replacement system. “Rory came to me with declining performance on the PGA tour because of excruciating and disabling nerve pain and weakness. He understood that return to the highest level of golf not only meant an arthroplasty solution with the prodisc system, but a commitment to a rigorous rehabilitation,” Masson said. “Centinel Spine is committed to optimization of surgeon performance, highly intelligent surgical technologies, and maximized patient functionality post-surgery.”

This announcement follows recent news from Centinel Spine that it has entered into partnership with professional athlete, Tiger Woods. Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery using Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti Anterior Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion product in April 2017 to alleviate ongoing, debilitating pain in his back and legs.

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Former MLB players Create Advisory Panel

TRUE Diamond Science announces the formation of its Advisory Panel with former major leaguers Mark McGwire, Edgar Renteria, Eric Byrnes and seven others as founding members. Set to launch on Thursday, September 12, 2019, TRUE Diamond Science, a division of TRUE Sports, Inc., aims to disrupt the youth baseball industry with its bat fitting process and wide range of sizing options.

The TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel will play an integral role in the company’s current and future strategic decisions, said Todd Harman, General Manager, TRUE Diamond Science.

“We worked to build an Advisory Panel with tremendous depth of baseball and hitting knowledge,” Harman said. “Mark, Edgar and Eric fit perfectly into that vision. Each will be an invaluable asset in this journey. They’ve had success at the highest levels of competition and are eager to continue sharing their knowledge with young athletes while helping shape the future for TRUE Diamond Science.”

Renteria, a three-time Silver Slugger award-winner, echoed Harman’s excitement.

“The TRUE Diamond Science approach will disrupt the baseball bat market,” Renteria said. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to not only join the Advisory Panel but to be able to share my experiences with young athletes throughout the process.”

Other members of the inaugural Advisory Panel include: Dave Coggin, former MLB pitcher and owner of Performance Fitness for Athletes; Dan Keller, creator of Dugout Captain and assistant baseball coach at Cypress College; Ryan Fuller, former professional baseball player, former NCAA Division I assistant coach and owner of Fuller Hitting; Timothy Gibbons, director of player development at The Data Cage; Ariel Polanco, professional hitting and fielding coach and creator of Working with Polanco; Scott Brown, owner of P5 Apparel; and Bill Phillips, owner of Play It Again Sports in Orange County, California.

Dwayne Johnson And Dany Garcia Present First-Ever, Thrilling Live Event Experience, Athleticon

Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia today unveiled Athleticon, a first-of-its-kind 360 immersive experience bringing together the very best in athletics, wellness and entertainment, from Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11th, 2020, in Atlanta. In partnership with IMG and inspired by their shared passion for the pioneering category of fitness entertainment, Athleticon is the culmination of decades of lessons learned.

Athleticon is an inclusive, family-friendly experience designed to simultaneously thrill, energize, excite, inspire and transform lives. Carefully curated programming with leading experts, athletes and influencers will provide all the necessary tools designed to nurture the body, mind and soul. Culinary delights, training and fitness programs, the latest innovations in fitness gear, pulsating musical performances, comedy sets, top celebrities and exclusive film premieres, all guaranteed to unite and delight attendees in a never-been-done-before way.

“We are thrilled to be launching Athleticon in October 2020,” Garcia says. “We’re inviting you to step into a new world – and discover our joy throughout this journey. We want to inspire the power and connection of community through these delightful experiences in athletics, wellness and entertainment. These moments of awe are pure magic and incredibly special. The spectacles will wow you and change your thinking in your approach to your health and your life. My training was the foundation that helped me find my path to pursue my deepest personal dream, which has enriched all aspects of my life. Athleticon allows me to share this dream with you in the great city of Atlanta.”

“We’ve always been committed to fitness and health – it’s what sustains us mentally and physically,” Johnson says. “Creating Athleticon is a natural extension of everything we do for our global audience who are connected to the people and brands that inspire them. Whether you’re at the peak of your fitness game or fighting for every gain, I can’t wait to see your transformative journey at Athleticon. Join me and let’s get to work.”

Every day, Johnson and Garcia work to build experiences for their global audiences that will both entertain and positively impact them. Athleticon is the exciting culmination of this work, offering attendees the unique opportunity to transform the way they think about athletics, health and wellness, and entertainment, all while uncovering hidden passions, untapped physical expressions and immense will.

Athleticon is about disrupting your limits and building a foundation for your life. It’s unlike anything that has been done before – an event on a global scale that will allow real people, with real lives, to celebrate movement and competition, to enrich themselves and loved ones, and experience the joy of life and community.

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300 New York Yankees Tickets Get Donated to New York City Schools

Retro Fitness announced Monday it is donating over 300 New York Yankees tickets to three New York City schools in District 11 as part of the fitness franchise’s commitment to giving back to communities.

Over 300 seventh and eighth graders along with school chaperones and parents from Bronx Green Middle School, Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy will head to Yankee Stadium thanks to Retro Fitness. On September 17th and 18th these lucky students will watch the New York Yankees as they battle late in the Season.

“Retro Fitness is about making a difference, whether it be in the lives of our 400,000 members or in the communities we work and live,” said Retro Fitness CEO Andrew Alfano. “This is a stressful time of the year for kids, and if for just one evening we can help make a difference, we consider it not just a privilege, but a responsibility we all have to give back.”

“Sports have a transformative power for students, keeping them motivated and focused in and out of the classroom,” said Bronx Park Middle School Principal Renee Rinaldi. “Thank you to Retro Fitness for providing our students access to this quintessential New York experience.”

If you want to learn more about supporting Fund for Public Schools, please visit

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