HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field

HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field The city of Memphis’ first community rugby field and its first turf rugby field will open up this fall at Gestalt Community Schools’ Power Center Academy in the Hickory Hill area thanks to a $250,000 grant from Republic Services through its National Neighborhood Promise community engagement initiative. Republic will work in collaboration with the school and Memphis Habitat to complete the field along with additional volunteer and neighborhood revitalization projects. “We started rugby about five years ago through the Memphis Urban Rugby League,” said Yetta Lewis, co-founder and CEO of … Continue reading HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field

MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events

MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events When he came up with the idea of an annual football game in Memphis between the teams of two historically black universities with large alumni bases locally, Fred Jones had two primary goals for what he called the Southern Heritage Classic. Those goals? “Prove that I could do it, and prove that it could be done in Memphis too,” Jones said as he prepares for the 28th annual classic at the Liberty Bowl in September. This year, it’s set to include 10 events over three days, including a three-day … Continue reading MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities. Tennessee Shakespeare Company received the matching grant award of $25,000 for its innovative 2017 Romeo and Juliet Project for the fourth time in its history. The project will perform “Romeo and Juliet” 27 times in 22 Memphis-area high schools and teach more than 700 in-school sessions for 6,400 freshmen with a … Continue reading MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

CA: Memphis native Dontari Poe hosting local football camp

CA: Memphis native Dontari Poe hosting local football camp A year ago, when Dontari Poe decided to create his own nonprofit foundation, he knew he wanted to start it in Memphis, with a football camp for kids. On Saturday, he and a handful of other NFL players will be back for round two. The Memphis native and Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman will host his second annual All-Star Football Camp on Saturday morning at Wooddale High School through his foundation, Poe Man’s Dream. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., he will lead local children through a series of drills alongside Houston Texas safety … Continue reading CA: Memphis native Dontari Poe hosting local football camp

MBJ: Agtech bringing scientists, farmers and investors to Memphis

MBJ: Agtech bringing scientists, farmers and investors to Memphis With presentation topics like gene editing, robotics, and rubber made from Russian dandelions, a meeting next week will bring scientists, farmers and investors to Memphis. Davos on the Delta will be held May 16-18 at the Peabody Hotel. According to event cofounder John Santi, the aim of the event is to strengthen and energize the agtech network in the Midwest and the South. In addition to continuing the Davos event in Memphis, the founders plan to host future events in St. Louis and Baton Rouge. “After this first event, [one of … Continue reading MBJ: Agtech bringing scientists, farmers and investors to Memphis

Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds

Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds In a minor league baseball landscape of increasingly outrageous logos and team names, the St. Louis Cardinals farm system is unusual. Three of the Cardinals’ six affiliates are named directly for their parent club, including Double-A Springfield, High-A Palm Beach, and Rookie League Johnson City. Two of the three Cardinal affiliates with unique names are the Low-A Peoria Chiefs and the Short-Season Class-A State College Spikes. The third is the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, who, of course, are indirectly named for their parent club. The nickname Redbirds has long been an unofficial moniker for the St. Louis Cardinals—in fact, … Continue reading Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds

ilovememphisblog: Explore Memphis With Freewheel’s Spring Slow Rides

ilovememphisblog: Explore Memphis With Freewheel’s Spring Slow Rides Want to explore Memphis by bike? Looking for a group to ride with, or a way to ease into street riding (since Memphis is getting more bike-friendly by the day)? You’ll want to connect with Freewheel bike group for their Spring Slow Rides, which kicks off on April 19. … If you want to reserve a bike to borrow, follow the link on each Freewheel Facebook event. You can find all of those here. All the rides start at 6 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. Meet up in the old Kudzu’s … Continue reading ilovememphisblog: Explore Memphis With Freewheel’s Spring Slow Rides

MDN: NCAA Men’s South Regional Returns to Memphis in 2021

MDN: NCAA Men’s South Regional Returns to Memphis in 2021 The University of Memphis will play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional with games set to be played at FedExForum on March 26 and March 28, 2021. “The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the most prestigious events in American sports, and we are extremely excited and proud to partner with the University of Memphis to once again host a South Regional here at FedExForum,” said Eric Granger, vice president of arena operations at FedExForum. “After a successful 2017 Men’s South Regional this spring, … Continue reading MDN: NCAA Men’s South Regional Returns to Memphis in 2021

Everfest Fest300: Beale Street Music Festival Each year 10% of the annual list is voted in by the international festival community. Get those bucket lists handy – these events serve up the truly remarkable experiences of a lifetime.

Perhaps this is the “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” of music festival rankings, but, nevertheless, BSMF received another accolade. “The Fest300 List highlights the 300 best festivals in the world, curated by festival guru Chip Conley and crowdsourced by you, the festival community. Each year 10% of the annual list is voted in by the international festival community. Get those bucket lists handy – these events serve up the truly remarkable experiences of a lifetime.” Everfest Fest300: Beale Street Music Festival The three-day Beale Street Music Festival is actually the kick-off event for Memphis in May, a month-long, … Continue reading Everfest Fest300: Beale Street Music Festival Each year 10% of the annual list is voted in by the international festival community. Get those bucket lists handy – these events serve up the truly remarkable experiences of a lifetime.

MDN: Midsouth Food Truck Fest Returns in May

MDN: Midsouth Food Truck Fest Returns in May Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin is preparing for the May 13 return of his yearly bash celebrating food truck culture in Memphis and is hoping to outdo the attendance numbers of the festival’s first two years. The one-day event, which once again is set for Tiger Lane at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, drew some 10,000 foodies in 2015, its first year. Last year, the number grew to 14,000, and this year Perrin is hoping the addition of new activities and attractions helps that number get even bigger. Many of the trucks … Continue reading MDN: Midsouth Food Truck Fest Returns in May