Captains’ Practice Brings Over 150 Area Girls Together for Leadership and Service

On Martin Luther King Day 2016, Live Like Blaine sponsored the First Annual Captains’ Practice, bringing together over 150 high school girls from over 50 schools in the Delaware Valley for a day of leadership and service at the William Penn Charter School in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

The day began with an inspiring talk about the foundations of leadership from Courtney Banghart (@coachbanghart), Head Coach of Princeton University’s Women’s Basketball and one of Fortune magazine’s 2015 50 Greatest Leaders.

The girls were then divided into small groups for team building and leadership training facilitated by Up2Us Sports (www.up2us.org). Through a variety of exercises, they had fun while learning the value of teamwork to accomplish goals. The girls were led by 15 of Blaine’s former teammates, classmates and friends who brought Blaine’s spirit to the day with stories and memories of her leadership and athleticism.

The day concluded with University of Pennsylvania Director of Athletics Grace Calhoun’s (@pennathletics) inspirational discussion of her journey to leadership of a Division I athletic department.

Learn About The Next Captains’ Practice Leadership Conference!

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LB Hosts First Annual LEAD Event

On Saturday evening, November 12, 2016, we hosted the first annual LEAD Event at YSC Sports in Wayne, PA. LEAD stands for Leadership. Education. Athletics. Dreams. 300 friends, family and supporters gathered for a night of food, dancing, beer pong and, most of all, fun. Blaine’s spirit, joy and laughter filled the room. The event raised over $130,000, but the real success of the evening was introducing Live Like Blaine’s FIT TO LEAD program, highlighted by our partnership with Harlem Lacrosse.

Simon Cataldo, founder of Harlem Lacrosse shared the story of introducing lacrosse to 11 middle schoolers at Frederick Douglas Academy in Harlem in 2007 and the growth of the program from there.

But the real highlight was hearing from Harlem Lacrosse student athletes, Jordany and Kadi, about how Harlem Lacrosse changed their lives. Hearing Jordany talk about his journey from an at-risk youth to a young man who now wonders not if but where he will attend college inspired us all.

For more photos and to view a list of our sponsors, please click here.

The LEAD Event News

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The LEAD Event 2016

The LEAD Event

On Saturday evening, November 12, 2016, we hosted the first annual LEAD Event at YSC Sports in Wayne, PA. LEAD stands for Leadership. Education. Athletics. Dreams. 300 friends, family and supporters gathered for a night of food, dancing, beer pong and, most of all, fun. Blaine’s spirit, joy and laughter filled the room.

The event raised over $130,000, but the real success of the evening was introducing Live Like Blaine’s FIT TO LEAD program, highlighted by our partnership with Harlem Lacrosse. Simon Cataldo, founder of Harlem Lacrosse shared the story of introducing lacrosse to 11 middle schoolers at Frederick Douglas Academy in Harlem in 2007 and the growth of the program from there.

But the real highlight was hearing from Harlem Lacrosse student athletes, Jordany and Kadi, about how Harlem Lacrosse changed their lives. Hearing Jordany talk about his journey from an at-risk youth to a young man who now wonders not if but where he will attend college inspired us all.

Thank you to our very generous Sponsors listed below!

Thank you to our very generous Sponsors!

LLB PRESENTING SPONSOR

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LLB CHAMPION
The Fass Family
Max and Bella Stein Foundation
Jill, Sid and Leigh Steinberg
LLB CAPTAIN
Camp Walden Chefs and Parents
Sandy Silverman and Rich Gorelick
The Henkel Family
Post & Schell, P.C.
Jay Melograno and Laurel Rubin
Peggy and David Tanner
LLB TEAM LEADER
The Angelakis Family
Audi Devon
Mitchell Benson and Savran Benson LLP
Katie, Troy, Elizabeth and Caroline Blackburn
Randye and Gerald Blitstein
Steve, Susan and Brianna Blumenthal
Nancy and George Broder
Beth and David Buckman
Mindy Cohen and On Point Legal
Nurse Consulting, Inc.
Beth and Jonathan Frieder
Carolyn and Marc Goldfarb
Graham Partners, Inc.
Gloria and Jim Johnston
Levy Baldante Finney & Rubenstein P.C.
Longstreth Sporting Goods
Keith and Alix Morgan
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
LLB TEAM LEADER cont.
Resource America, Inc. and Resource Capital Corp.
Susan Hollenstein and Howard Ross
The Rubenstein Foundation
The Shipley School
Abby and Richard Simkus
Mitchell, Toba, Addie, Zachary and Sarah Spector
The Tiger Family and Atlantic Medical Imaging
Walsh & Nicholson Financial Group
Amy Fox and Daniel Wheeler
Jane and Mark Wilf
Barbara Wolf, MBA, CFP® and Abacus Wealth Partners LLP
Jan and Ken Wyman
Michelle Tiger and Philip Yampolsky
Janine and Jeff Yass
LLB TEAM PLAYER
Susanna Lachs and Dean Adler
Jill and Paul Aschkenasy
Dale and Allan Bell
Terry & Amy Buckman of Buckman Iron and Metal
Pat Calabrese & Son, LLC
Camp Canadensis
Harriet and Andy Conn
The Cozen O’Connor Foundation Inc.
Cindy and Alan Dannenbaum
DMAC Consulting Services, LLC
Cindy and David Edelson
Amy and Steven Erlbaum
Nicole and Rasheed Epps
Dene Feldman
John Finkle
Sally and Steve Gendler
Tracy and Marc Ginsburg
Dr. Paul Glat – Plastic Surgery and Hair Restoration
Carol, Bob & Hilary Gray
Hofstein Weiner & Meyer, P.C.
Michael Gross and Family
Cristy & Mitchell Hollin
Jacobson Strategic Communications
Marcy Sandler & Jim Janover
Missy & Howard Johnson
Marjie and David Katz
Sharon and Joseph Kestenbaum
Karen and Bill Kramer
Stephanie & Richard Lawrence
Ellyn and Seth Lehr
The Litner Family
The Main Line CrossFit
Sally and Tony Mann
A Margolis Realty Co
Luhara Cotta and Chris Meredith
Debbie &Bryan Merryman
Elesa Nelson
Robyn and Jon Pollack
The Ragg Family
Alison Rosenberg, LCSW and Counseling Matters, LLC
Rosenthal Lurie LLC
Alice and Hugh Rovit
Enid and Michael Rudney
Patti Owens & Jeff Saltz
Julie Foudy and Ian Sawyers
Andrea Feirstein & Frank Schiff
The Schoenberg Family
Elyse Seltzer
Katie and Dhiren Shah
Michele & Adam Sherman
Margie and Tony Sherr
Sylvia and Adam Spector
Sharon and Andy Speiser
Emily Glasser and Billy Susman
Ellen and Mark Sweetman
Donna & John Tamasitis
Jill & Josh Tarnow
Bette Tiger
Timoney Knox, LLP
Robert Tintner
Weir & Partners LLP
Peter Winebrake
Amy & Mark Wittenstein

Event Underwriters

Bella Caters
Dart Container Corporation
DJ April Price
Kartman Fire Protection Services
Krispy Kreme
Roni Lagin & Co.
Moore Brothers Wine Company
YSC Sports
Underground Productions, Inc.

Host Committee

Elizabeth Blackburn
Susie Bleiman-Soll
Beth Buckman
Emily Carter
Mindy Cohen
Harriet Conn
Cindy Dannenbaum
Beth Frieder
Holly Harper
Cristy Hollin
Jaime Hyman
Karen Kramer
Stephanie Lawrence

Carolyn Lindheim
Melissa Margulies
Alison Rosenberg
Megan Rubenstein
Sandra Scutt
Liz Shapiro
Julia Siegal
Abby Simkus
Nicki Softness
Carli Sukonik
Michelle Tiger
Carrie Wolf

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering to help with the 2017 LEAD Event, please contact Amanda Camacho at amanda@livelikeblaine.org.

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LLB Sponsors 4 Girls to Attend Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy

In July 2016, Live Like Blaine sponsored four area high school girls to attend the JFSLA at the Peddie School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The girls spent a week playing soccer and lacrosse and learning leadership skills from Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) and Jen Adams (@JenAdams_7), Head Coach, Loyola Womens’ Lacrosse.

We know that Kate, Erin, Destyni and Erin had a great week and learned skills that helped them continue to succeed in their schools and on their teams.

Follow Up From Captains’ Practice: LENS

During the day, the girls were asked to name a life skill they learned through playing sports. We then collected the responses and designed the word cloud shown below. Also, we created LENS, Leadership Empowerment Network for Sports, as an online forum for the girls to connect with one another throughout the year to ask questions and share ideas and for us to provide leadership content to them.

Please join the LENS Facebook group!

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LLB Donates Over $40,000 of Sports Equipment

As part of Captains’ Practice, the girls organized athletic equipment and clothing drives in their neighborhoods and at their schools. The equipment, ranging from lacrosse sticks and soccer balls to snowboards and tennis rackets, filled a large storage locker.

Students from Penn Charter helped Jill and Sid and friends to sort every t-shirt, cleat and stick which was then donated to:

Burpees for Blaine Raises Over $100,000

Burpees for Blaine challenged people around the world to do burpees to honor Blaine’s commitment to fitness and to celebrate challenging themselves both physically and mentally. The breadth of the community that did burpees—Blaine’s friends, coaches, teammates, sorority sisters, bunkmates, family and those who were just touched by her life and memory—speaks to the impact she had and continues to have.

Hundreds of supporters around the world did tens of thousands of burpees over the 100 days from March 22, 2015 to June 29, 2015, culminating in the Burpees for Blaine Burpeethon during which Sid and Blaine’s family and friends did 122 burpees an hour for 11 straight hours!

6abc Action News story about the Burpees for Blaine Fitness Challenge

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article about the burpeethon

Burpeethon Video

Watch Some of Our Burpee Videos!

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Burpeethon

The Burpeethon marks the end of the Burpees for Blaine fitness challenge and will take place on days 99 and 100 of the Super Challenge starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 through 1:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29. Yes, that is 11 hours of burpees!

Sid and the Burpee Badger will be doing 122 burpees per hour. Please join them for moral support or to do some burpees with them for an hour or to challenge yourself to all 11 hours. All are welcome at Crossfit Mainline, 10 E. Athens Avenue, Ardmore, PA. There will be food, drinks, t-shirts and fun.

Burpees for Blaine Fitness Challenge

To kickoff Live Like Blaine, we are running a fitness challenge that combines fun and friendly competition, both of which Blaine loved. There are several different fitness options to choose from that will challenge any type of athlete – no gym membership required! We are offering two individual challenges as well as two team challenges so there are many ways to participate. Bottom line is that they all involve doing burpees for Blaine. By the end of the challenge, you will be in better shape and hopefully have made some new personal connections with others doing the challenge. As icing on the cake, you will have raised money for a good cause and had a lot of FUN along the way – just the way Blaine would have liked it.

Burpees for Blaine will officially begin on March 22, 2015 (Blaine’s birthday) and continue for 30 days through April 21, 2015 for all but the Super Challenge which will last for 100 days.

learn more about the Individual Challenges

learn more about the Team Challenges

We hope this will be a fun way to challenge yourself for a great cause. Let’s make Blaine proud!

How to do a burpee

Connect With Us

In order to make this more exciting, we ask that you post pictures and videos of yourself and friends “Doing Burpees for Blaine” on Facebook and Instagram during the challenge or email them to contact@livelikeblaine.org. Be sure to like Live Like Blaine on Facebook and tag us with #LiveLikeBlaine on Instagram!  Participants will have the opportunity to win bragging rights for the Most Liked Video on Facebook, Highest Cumulative Number of Burpees Performed and the Highest Amount of Donations Raised.

Projects We Support

In addition to supporting future projects of Live Like Blaine, proceeds from the burpee challenges will go to support at least two deserving organizations which advance our mission of empowering and inspiring young women to become leaders through fitness and athletics. These are the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation (www.foudyleadershipfoundation.org) and Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (www.bawsi.org).