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FundPlay: 3 Ways LeagueApps is Funding Fun Play

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Credit: @FutureChampsU17 on Twitter

Credit: @FutureChampsU17 on Twitter

This isn’t just a quote on the wall at LeagueApps, it is a foundational part of our mission to make sports happen. Everything we do is part of our goal to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to great sports experiences.

To fulfill that mission, LeagueApps has launched FundPlay. FundPlay is a LeagueApps initiative and the actionable manifestation of LeagueApps’ mission to “make sports happen.” The goal is to provide opportunities for memorable sports experiences to children who don’t have access to the best sports and educational resources.

FundPlay strives to make sports happen by partnering with like-minded 501(c)(3) organizations like Rally Cap Sports, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Volo City Kids. In fact, nearly 30% of all LeagueApps’ partners are non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status.

“FundPlay is weaved into the fabric of LeagueApps’ being,” says LeagueApps President Jeremy Goldberg. “This is an initiative that everyone in the company participates in, and takes pride in. We believe we can improve youth sports and can effect positive change. FundPlay is part of our focused effort to accomplish that.”

FundPlay was in part inspired by the great work that the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program does through their Project Play initiative, providing leaders with the guidance to help build healthy communities through sport.

“Youth sports should be accessible to all kids, regardless of zip code or ability,” said Project Play Executive Director Tom Farrey in a previous interview with Forbes. “There is a great demand for solutions and partnership, and we welcome any initiative that can be a change agent in youth sports access and opportunity.”

There are three pillars that constitute FundPlay, and all will have a role to achieve positive change.

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LeagueApps Lax Partners Well Represented at Long Island Lax Fest

Company News, Lax, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community

Over the years, the LI Lax Fest has grown into one of the largest tournaments in the nation. Teams from all regions of North America come to play in a festive and competitive atmosphere over the course of two days. It’s hosted every year by LeagueApps Lax partner George Breres and My Lacrosse Tournaments.

College coaches have also taken note of the abundant amount of talent that takes the field annually as the LI Lax Fest hosts an average of well over 100 college coaches to check out potential future college athletes.

The LeagueApps Lax team was on-site to share the experience with our partners.

About 300 boys and girls teams participated in this year’s tournament. Several of LeagueApps Lax partners made the trek out to LI Lax Fest, including Team 91 Lacrosse, HGR, Long Island Express, and Long Island Empire, among others. The entire event was powered and hosted by LeagueApps.

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LeagueApps Is Recruiting a Customer Success Specialist All-Star. Is This You?

Company News, LeagueApps Team

Are you sick of your days at the office standing still? Want to find something rewarding, challenging, and fast paced?

Then it’s time to test the free agency waters and sign with the LeagueApps team. We’re looking for a stellar Customer Success Specialist to fill our roster in the LeagueApps New York City office located in Union Square.

You will join the Partner Success department; a team responsible for helping local sports organizations maximize their experience and value on the LeagueApps platform. LeagueApps has spent years developing a software solution to bring value and benefit to sports organizers and their participants.

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Top 7 Reasons To Work At LeagueApps

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps Volunteers at Ballin for Charity

LeagueApps is looking to expand its roster with top notch talent like yourself. We’ve crushed our previous goals and have set even higher expectations, so we’re hiring multiple positions across several departments to fit the needs of our championship team.

As an employee at LeagueApps, you’re on a mission to make sports happen. We’re a team of tech-savvy professional athletes, college stars that got drafted to the start-up big leagues, and passionate SportsDogs that want to Play Forever.

Together, we’re transforming the future of sports to help thousands of organizations, programs, and companies grow. Including LeagueApps. If you’re results-driven and ridiculously passionate, this might be the team for you.

Here are 7 of the top reasons you should work at LeagueApps.

Click here if you already know you’re a fit to join our team and see what positions are available to you.

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4 Things Rick Peterson’s Crunch Time Can Teach You About Running Your Sports Program

Best Practices, Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community

 

Rick on Reframing

Former MLB pitching coach and author Rick Peterson dropped by the LeagueApps office recently to deliver some reframing strategies based on his book Crunch Time: How To Be Your Best When It Matter Most. Reframing is Rick’s pitching secret and it enables you to see a pressure situation with a new perspective.

The reframing strategy originated for pitchers in the majors and was a big reason for Rick’s success with several organizations, including the Moneyball Oakland Athletics of the early 2000s. Today, Rick and Lelia O’Connor deliver these same principles to businesses and other organizations looking to succeed in their respective industries.

These same strategies can be useful for sports directors and organizers like you who are looking to grow their programs. Here are 4 things the LeagueApps team learned that can help you do just that.

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LeagueApps Prepares For Workshop Led By Former MLB Coach And Crunch Time Author Rick Peterson

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community
Image via MLB

Image via MLB

The LeagueApps team will be treated to a special workshop hosted by former Major League Baseball pitching coach Rick Peterson. Peterson has worked with Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and some of the other great pitchers of the past 25 years.

In 2009, Peterson along with other business partners launched a sports technnology company called 3P Sports. 3P Sports combined Peterson’s coaching philosophies for conditioning and pitching drill with wearable technology using the work done by American Sports Medicine Institute as the benchmark.

Peterson recently co-authored Crunch Time: How To Be Your Best When It Matters Most. In Crunch Time, he and leadership expert Judd Hoekstra share Rick’s secret. It’s called reframing and it enables you to see a pressure situation with a new perspective. They offer six powerful reframing strategies, with behind-the-scenes examples from Rick’s work with some of the top names in sports.

You can read the Amazon reviews of Crunch Time here.

Rick will be joined by Lelia O’Connor in leading a performance workshop for the LeagueApps team. Lelia is an internationally recognized Executive Career and Leadership Coach. She has worked with the likes of General Electric, American Express, Novartis, Omnicom, Olympic Athletes, and award winning business leaders.

Follow LeagueApps on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to receive valuable insight from Rick and Lelia during tonight’s workshop.

2017 MLB Season Preview: Bold Predictions From LeagueApps Dugout Technology Experts

Dugout, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community
Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

What happens when technology experts that love the game of baseball make season predictions? With Opening Day literally hours away, our LeagueApps Dugout experts wanted to share with all the baseball organizers just how much they know and love the game as well.

The expert panel consisted of Baseball Partnership Consultants Michael Block and Jeff Snyder.

Here are the bold predictions for 2017 from our LeagueApps Dugout technology experts.

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Social Media Talks Ballin’ for Charity Tournament

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Press, Sports Community

LeagueApps Volunteers at Ballin for Charity

Here are some of the reactions on social media during and after the second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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International Women’s Day: LeagueApps Celebrates Women Shaping The Youth Sports World

LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps Celebrating International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we wanted to take some time out to recognize not only the female employees that work here at LeagueApps but also our amazing female partners and the women leading youth sports organizations.

 

We want to recognize these seven amazing women and say how much we value them and all women for what they do.

 

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WOLA: Cultivating a Culture That Supports Women In the Sports Tech Industry

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

This Article Was Written By Launch Team Manager Stephanie Vera

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. To coincide with today’s historic event, LeagueApps is happy to share with everyone some initiatives around the office regarding WOLA, or Women of LeagueApps.

The following is written by Launch Manager Stephanie Vera.

As of March 2016, LeagueApps started a group called WOLA — Women of LeagueApps. The objective of WOLA is to create a safe environment for the women of LeagueApps to feel comfortable, confident and empowered. WOLA aims to grow the diversity at LeagueApps through sharing resources about women in a leadership in sports role.

As you can imagine, a sports technology startup is severely male-dominated. All three industries (sports, technology, and startups) are each predominantly male themselves. LeagueApps is no different. Only 9 out of 50 employees- less than 20%- are women.

“WOLA is an opportunity in our company for female empowerment. We’ve come a long way in terms of gender equality, but there are still gaps, and we happen to be a part of two, sports and technology,” Senior Launch Coach Emily Mumford said

“By creating this safe space in our office we have an opportunity to lift one another up, be encouraging and grow into great women in business. Being a strong woman isn’t easy, but having encouraging role models and mentors is important and WOLA provides that opportunity.”

According to National Center for Women & Information Technology, in 2015 only 25% of professional computing occupations in the U.S. workforce were held by women. Additionally, only 17% of Fortune 500 Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions were held by women in 2015.

LeagueApps is cognizant of these numbers and through supporting WOLA, welcomes guest speakers to speak to the women in the office on topics such as confidence, communication, building your personal brand, and negotiation.

“Just like female sports, WOLA is here to show that there are barriers and obstacles that women have to overcome, purely based on their gender. It’s refreshing to be supported by a group of successful, powerful women in this company, and I’m eager to see where it can go from here,” Partnership Development Specialist Melanie Rose said.

LeagueApps believes every team member deserves the opportunity to be a difference maker. Through creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable, confident and empowered, LeagueApps is paving the path to making an even bigger impact across youth sports.

Our mission is to help people everywhere have greater access to great sport experiences — sports touches people of different genders, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc.

“LeagueApps is all about empowering everyone involved with sport – from the organizer to the parent. WOLA empowers the women in our company. Being empowered and empowering others is a transferable skill,” Business Development Manager Casey Miller added.

“The WOLA community enables us to be the very best we can at our jobs because it empowers us and puts us in a position to empower other people around us,” she added.

Consider your sports organization and the market you are serving. By creating a culture that is open to all and allows everyone to feel comfortable, confident and empowered, you eliminate barriers to productivity and put yourself in a better position to achieve your goals.

Casey sees the success of LeagueApps as also coinciding with the power of WOLA,

LeagueApps recognizes the power of the female voice in an otherwise male dominated space, and WOLA has encouraged the entire company to not only accept but actually seek out that perspective. I think this is a big reason for our success. Women offer perspectives that men might not have, and creating a safe space where women feel confident to vocalize that only leads to bigger and better things. Have women in your organization. Encourage them to voice their opinion. Give them a seat at the table. Their perspectives and insights will challenge status quo and improve the company’s bottom line.

 

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