From the shoes we wear on our feet to the high definition televisions in our living room, wearable devices, the sports universe is a breeding ground for technology. Writer and Photographer Rick Limpert will examine this each week on The Tech of Sports – With guests which include athletes, inventors and journalists that cover the intersection of sports and technology.
David Marcus, EcoGrip
Rick is joined by David Marcus, the founder of EcoGrip this week.
Note: A biodegradable tennis / pickleball grip: a high performance grip for racket sports, which decomposes naturally within one year.
David had the idea for a biodegradable overgrip while traveling around eco-friendly Ireland in 2008. In 2010 I finally found a highly skilled industrial chemist in Australia and told him about my green idea. He joined our company. After several years of trial and error together our small team developed a great patent pending polymer for the overgrips. During the very hot summer of 2013 we play-tested EcoGRIP Smooth and Hi-Tac in 10 different countries with 30 excellent tennis coaches and players including a young teen player from California named Cici Bellis. No players were told the grips were eco-friendly. Every one of the players told us the grip played excellent, felt great and lasted longer than their current overgrips.* When we told them the grips would safely biodegrade in one year after changeout … they were blown away.
EcoGrip Hi–Tac overgrips use a slow-release formula and small perforations to offer much longer tack and superior sweat absorption.
Decomposes naturally in the environment within 1 year. Good for your game & great for the environment.
Makes a great holiday gift for a tennis/pickleball player.
Greg Wires, Golf Minnesota
As the 2023 golf season wraps up, Rick is joined this week, by Greg Wires, the owner and publisher of Golf Minnesota.
Golf Minnesota 2023 Digital lists all public golf courses in Minnesota, the Twin Cities and featured courses in western Wisconsin. It provides a wealth of golf resources. The handy directory contains maps and phone numbers to find your golf retreat and reserve your tee time.
This is our 28th Edition as they celebrate our partners through the years. Enjoy the reading.
Rivalry with Wisconsin
What’s to come?
See more at www.golfminnesota.com.
Phil Southerland, Supersapiens Founder and CEO
Rick talks to Phil Southerland of Supersapiens, this week.
Supersapiens is a real-time energy management system for athletes powered by Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor, empowering you with live data and insights around the key variable for athletic performance: Glucose.
Supersapiens is the brainchild of Founder and CEO, Phil Southerland. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at seven months old, doctors told his mother he would either be blind or dead by the age of 25. Despite the grim diagnosis, Phil didn’t just overcome the odds – he reimagined what was possible with diabetes and went on to achieve incredible success as a professional cyclist.
While this system is used by athletes of all backgrounds, it is especially crucial for athletes competing with diabetes. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought this would be the perfect time to share Phil’s story.
Phil Southerland is a global ambassador for diabetes and is committed to educating and empowering the 1.2 billion people across the globe associated with the condition. He is the CEO and co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk, the first all-diabetic cycling team and CEO and founder of Supersapiens, a groundbreaking continuous glucose monitoring ecosystem that allows athletes to gain insights into how glucose and fuel impact their bodies in real time.
Kevin Silberman, High School Coach and Teacher, TikTok and Instagram Star
With over 1.2 million TikTok followers and over 52 million likes on TikTok, you should know who Kevin Silberman is… because your kids probably do.
Silberman may seem like the typical high school teacher and track coach in Minnesota, but not really.
Silberman has “blown up” on social media! What started out as a cute way to engage and encourage his students has grown into a full-time hobby for Silberman.
Silberman is funny, topical and uses a dry humor and “plays on words” to generate weird looks and laughs.
From filming with his students (with permission) to his “man on the street” interviews. Once you start watching these short videos, you can’t stop.
Here’s an interview with Silberman.
Enjoy… a guy with 52 million TikTok likes has to be interesting and check out his head of hair! … “thank you very much!”
Katie Williams, Executive Director of Visit Athens (Georgia)
Rick talks about everything Athens, Ga. today with Katie Williams, Executive Director of Visit Athens.
Sports, along with creativity and the artsy vibe of Athens, Georgia are what make the Classic City stand out to visitors and locals alike. From potters and painters to jewelry makers and local artisans, the many artists in Athens make the city a flourishing hub for the creative and curious today. Add in the restaurants, the University of Georgia and a new arena, and you have a great destination that is close to Atlanta.
Katie serves as Executive Director of Visit Athens, the official destination marketing organization charged with promoting Athens for tourism, groups, and meetings. Williams is passionate about the role of tourism in economic development, and strongly believes that community collaboration is the key to success.
From 2009 – 2020, Williams served as the founding Executive Director of Discover Dunwoody, the destination marketing organization for Dunwoody, Ga. She began her tourism career in 2008 in Thomasville, Ga., where a piece of her heart still resides among the roses.
Hailing from Roswell, Ga., Williams attended the University of Georgia, receiving a degree in Public Relations. Williams is certified as a Travel Marketing Professional by Southeast Tourism Society. She is Past-President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. In 2021, Williams was named an Athens-area Gamechanger.
In addition to her day job, Williams is a wife and mom to three children.
John Ellis, Roll Ranger
Rick talks with inventor, John Ellis about why his latest product is a must-have gadget this holiday season?
Ellis is the founder of Optics for Hire and the inventor of Roll Ranger, the world’s first tape edge sensor that solves the everyday problem of losing the edge of the tape. This nifty device is the stocking stuffer you never knew you needed; saving you time, money, and frustration of split tape when wrapping Christmas presents. It could make a great addition to a list of holiday hacks or similar types of articles. Ellis and his inventions have been featured in Boston Globe, NBC4, SFGate, LinkedIn, and many others.
Certain inventions solve a problem so easily that you wonder how you ever got through life without it, and the Roll Ranger is one of those inventions! Have you ever struggled searching for the edge of the tape or end up tearing it then opting for a new roll? Roll Ranger has come to rescue, and is the ultimate solution to all your tape troubles. Say goodbye to tape frustration, and unwrap the gift of convenience this holiday season with Roll Ranger!
The Roll Ranger is the perfect gift for anyone in your family and makes an excellent stocking stuffer for every household.
Available for only $12.99 on Amazon, Ace Hardware, and the Roll Ranger Store.
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even if you are not a huge fan of sports the interviews that they have are just awesome. Tune in and listen to some interesting people
Interesting podcast concept talking about the integration with technology and sports.
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Worth a listen each week for sports and technology fans.