By Lindsey Micheletti,
The InSports Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Twin Cities Classic, a charity all-star high school basketball event on August 10, 2014 at 2pm. The one-day event will feature the top Minnesota high school basketball players, as well as other prestigious top players from across the country. There will be 3 all-star games on this day; Additionally there will be a three-point shoot out and a slam-dunk contest.
The Twin Cities Classic is partnering up with the American Cancer Society, all of the proceeds will go towards research and families in need. The InSports Apparel division is happy to supply the jerseys for this event as well as provide event t-shirts that will be available for purchasing that day.
“The event is more than a showcase of basketball talent. It provides the players a platform to show they are more than just athletes. They are contributing to a cause bigger than themselves — something bigger than basketball. Those who passed away from cancer don’t leave a legacy of cancer; they leave a legacy of fight. Their fight to be there for their family and community. That fight continues with the Twin Cities Classic.” –www.TwinCitiesClassic.org
Please feel free to join us on August 10, 2014 at Woodbury High School for this event and come watch some of the best up and coming youth basketball players perform while supporting cancer! Are you in?
Visit www.twincitiesclassic.org for more information
By Lindsey Micheletti,
The InSports Foundation recently had it’s first ever InHockey Camp from July 8-10 in Fargo, North Dakota. The camp was completely free to its campers who came from the Fargo-Moorhead Area as well as the Twin-Cities.
During the camp, the participants had the opportunity to win an equipment scholarship in honor of Anthony Titus. Anthony Titus was an ambitious young athlete from Minneapolis, MN who participated in hockey and football. At the age of 16, Anthony was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting and tragically passed away. InSports wants his name to live on through a scholarship dedicated to Anthony.
The Anthony Titus Scholarship was awarded to three InHockey Camp participants who worked exceptionally hard, showed a positive attitude, and demonstrated outstanding coachability throughout the camp. These traits exemplify what Anthony stood for, and are a fitting tribute to his name.
Originally, there were going to be two scholarship winners, however the competition for the winners was so tough that we had to choose three winners. The winners included Mea Johnson of Fargo, Matthew Anderson of New Prague, and Saysetha Philaphandeth of Minneapolis.
We interviewed each of the winners to get their insight on what the camp and hockey overall means to them.
How long have you been playing hockey?
Mea: 3 years
Matthew: 4 years
Saysetha: 3 years
Which scholarship item are you going to choose? (New skates or 3 new sticks)
Matthew: 3 sticks
What are you excited about for next season?
Mea: “I can skate harder and shoot the puck faster for next season!”
Matthew: “Possibly making it on the JV or Varsity team for New Prague High School.”
Saysetha: “I am excited to play with my friends Nikos and Jezeir next year on our team, Novas. Also looking forward to trying out some new moves with the team!”
What was your favorite part about the camp?
Mea: “The coaches were always there to answer questions if you asked.”
Matthew: “The best part of the hockey camp was meeting all those nice kids and especially getting closer to the coaches and Max and all the players. Also doing all the activities, I’m thankful for all of it.”
Saysetha: “Staying at a hotel, exploring Fargo and its shops, especially Scheel’s. Also, I really liked the games we played at the camp.”
What is your favorite thing about hockey?
Mea: “It’s more fun than figure skating! And there’s more contact.”
Matthew: “The action and being in the play the whole time!”
Saysetha: “I like hockey because it’s challenging for me being a goalie.”
The first InHockey Camp was a great success! We would like to thank everyone for coming out, we had a great group of kids that all deserve to be recognized. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers, we couldn't have done it without them. InSports is already planning and looking forward to next year's camp.
By Drew Trafton (WDAY),
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may not think of July as a month for hockey.
A local college player, who's choosing this summer to make an impact, on and off the ice.
"There you go! Nice jobs, guys."
Sports fans might recognize Max Smith as a defenseman for Concordia's men’s Hockey team.
Or as a golfer, because he is also on the school's golf team.
But today, he was something else: the Founder and Director of inSports, the foundation providing the absolutely free "inHockey" camp to 35 athletes from the F-M and Twin Cities metros.
"I wanted to get more involved in the community and to help more kids be able to play sports if they couldn't afford to do so,” says inSports Founder and Director Max Smith.
inSports is owned by Innovative Office Solutions, a literal parent company: Smith's parent own it.
But Smith's standing out on his own.
Despite being in operation for less than a year, the idea has already appealed enough to the Fargo Youth Hockey Association to donate ice time for the multi-day camp.
"Getting more kids on the ice and getting everybody the opportunity, especially in the summertime, is a great idea,” says Operations Manager of the Fargo Youth Hockey Association Jeff Lockhart.
Smith is also getting heavy support from his school, teammates and even head coach Chris Howe.
The benefit of the program extends beyond the rink and in to the wallet. The inHockey program here in Fargo has raised $3,000 for Zach Kraft, the Fargo hockey player fighting brain cancer, $6,000 for the Concordia Men's hockey team and an additional $2,000 for its women's program.
And that's just from custom merchandise sales.
inSports, also put on a golf tournament in June, and currently is running a separate fundraiser for an Eagan, Minnesota hockey player with bladder cancer.
Eventually, Smith hopes to extend the program beyond the blue lines.
"inSoccer, inFootball, inGolf,” says Smith.
But for now, school, hockey, golf and inHockey, will be just fine.
At the end of the camp today, two players were given scholarships bearing the name of a Twins Cities hockey player who died in a shooting.
The players could choose between a new pair of skates, or three new sticks.