Solar Companies Can Score Big with Sports Venue Installations

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Vaha Energy’s installation for the Los Angeles Lakers UCLA Health Training Center. Credit: LG

Vaha Energy’s installation for the Los Angeles Lakers UCLA Health Training Center. Credit: LG

Solar contractors that can clinch sports venue projects get a great marketing advantage with the high visibility of these partnerships, but they’re often a considerable challenge even for the most seasoned installers due to aesthetic requests and massive energy consumption.

Vaha Energy learned this lesson firsthand on its installation for the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center. (This Clevelander had to suspend her grief on losing LeBron during this conversation.)

The building had a large, unobstructed flat roof that would’ve been perfect for solar panels. But Vaha couldn’t put panels on it, because the Lakers wanted to instead use that space for its logo.

“One thing with a sports team is everything is about branding and logos, so there was marketing value to them to put [the logo] there that, to my understanding, was worth more than the value of the power offset,” said Geoff Tomlinson, CEO of Vaha Energy.

The Lakers were after a LEED Platinum certification, a points-based green building rating system. Solar can add a considerable amount of points to a building’s tally.

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NBA and WNBA launch Her Time To Play

New program is designed to keep girls involved in sports and train female coaches and mentors.

By , The Undefeated

Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike celebrates her winning basket with about four seconds left as the Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA basketball championship title in Game 5 on Oct. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/Associated Press

Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike celebrates her winning basket with about four seconds left as the Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA basketball championship title in Game 5 on Oct. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/Associated Press

Fourteen is a pivotal age for girls. It marks the point at which many of them have dropped out of sports — twice the rate as boys of the same age, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation.

In an attempt to reverse those numbers, this week the NBA announced Her Time To Play, a new initiative to inspire girls ages 7-14 to learn and play basketball.

“In the age range of 7 to 14, when girls are facing many of the challenges, we’ve seen decline in participation,” said David Krichavsky, NBA vice president of youth basketball development. “We’ve also seen that there aren’t as many opportunities for women to serve in coaching and mentorship roles for girls. So we’ve launched a program this year as part of our Jr. NBA Week,” which runs Oct. 8-15.

The program will provide hundreds of youth organizations with a free basketball curriculum and life skills lessons developed specifically for young women. It also aims to train and license 500 new female coaches and mentors through USA Basketball’s Coach Licensing Program. Select coaches will be honored at the 2019 Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference for their commitment to growing the game.

“The response from the basketball community, the WNBA community and on social media has been that this is a truly important campaign, and a timely one too,” Krichavsky said. “We’re dealing with a society that’s evolving in a lot of ways, and we think this meets the needs of girls today.”

Her Time To Play is a collaboration with the WNBA, USA Basketball, YMCA of the USA, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

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East Greenwich SOAR Students Win STEM Competition

By Community Bulletin, NJ.com

Erik Distler and students

Erik Distler and students

East Greenwich Township School District’s sixth-grade SOAR students won the first-ever Axalta Summit “Shark Tank”-style STEM competition held on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The students worked to develop, demonstrate and present a scientific way to create safer and shiner football helmets. Pitching their idea in front of a judging panel, including Philadelphia Insider Dave Spadaro, earned a standing ovation from the audience.

It was later announced that the students and teachers would be awarded $1,000 from Axalta for the school. The amount was then matched by two other companies, Green Sports Alliance and NASCAR Green Innovation, bringing the total to $3,000.

The team’s five students, Kate Clune, Makenzie Kunsaitis, Anna LaPalomento, Natalie Ficarra and Trevor Farrell, were awarded free tickets to the Franklin Institute and a special invitation to the NASCAR Summit at the Pocono Raceway in July.

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