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What if your child had just 5 more years?

The world has stopped moving… That’s the motivation behind a new campaign called Designed To Move. It launches today – and it’s a new way to bring more attention to the lack of physical activity that our kids are getting, the consequences from that inactivity, and what we can all do to help. Nike’s President & CEO will join First Lady Michelle Obama in announcing this campaign, which is a national commitment to bringing physical activity back to our nation’s schools to ensure the health and longevity of America’s kids.

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Are YOU the Sports Parent of the Year?

Ok – So I admit fully that I am NOT athletic. Or coordinated. Or even all that active {but hey, chasing a toddler half of the day in between writing on my laptop counts for something, right?} But I do come from a pretty athletic family – My brother James was kind of a rockstar at basketball, for most of his life – until high school when he hurt his knee. And his son, my nephew Cade, is the amazing little sportsman that was invited to attend the Young Athletes Innovation Summit with me, at the Nike World HQ earlier this year. Awesome stuff. And that kid – oh man. Throw him into any sport, even something {if you can find it!} that he hasn’t played – and he’ll still blow everyone out of the water. It’s so amazing to me to watch, since I’ve never been blessed with any type of physical skill. {I always say that I have 3 left feet… Yep, it’s THAT bad, lol.} So – since we love to celebrate athletics and the people who help kids succeed, I’m excited to share something new and very cool from Sports Illustrated with you guys….

For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated Kids is naming a “SportsParent of the Year”

This campaign is modeled after the famed Sportsman and SportsKid of the Year awards, which you’re probably familiar with. So this new SportsParent of the Year title will honor a parent who embodies the essence of sportsmanship. After all, we wouldn’t have a Sportsman or SportsKid without the role model who initially set the example, right?  A true SportsParent is dedicated to using sports to support family and community, not scores and trophies. The SportsParent will exemplify qualities that SI Kids aims to impart to children through a shared passion for sports, including fun, dedication, healthy living, and the value of community and team.

The “2012 SportsParent of the Year” Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,000 VISA gift card to support his/her child’s or community team’s sports needs! The winner may also be featured in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine and/or on How cool is THAT, right?

How to Enter: 

  1. Decide who to submit for the award, whether it is yourself, your spouse or another parent.
  2. Simply go to and follow instructions to submit your nomination.
  3. Remember there is (1) nomination per person or email account.
  4. “Like” the Sports Illustrated Kids Facebook page.
  5. Share your entry with all of your friends and followers via social media (Twitter Hashtag: #SPOTY2012).

Get a FREE SI Kids September tablet issue COMPLETELY FREE! 

The tablet edition has everything that the print magazine has, but also includes bonus photos and interactive features like games and sports cards that kids will love! Simply download the SI Kids app on iPad or Kindle Fire, and use these credentials to access this latest issue: Login: & Password: september2012.


Or, if you ready to get an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95, you can subscribe right now by heading HERE!

{Disclosure: I received this great information from Sports Illustrated Kids in conjunction with this post, so that I could share it with you ladies. I also received a complimentary year subscription & limited promotional merchandise as compensation. Regardless, all opinions, as always, are my own – and 100% honest.}



Why Skyhawks Camps Rock this Summer

Some of you may remember my trip to the Nike Campus a few months ago – I was invited to bring my nephew with me, who is a seriously amazing little sports super star. He just impresses me so much… Some people have two left feet, and are super clumsy. Well folks – I have three left feet I think. Lol. I can’t run, jump, catch, or throw. So when I see him beat team records and win all his games – It’s an amazingly proud moment for this auntie. Which is why when I found out aboutSkyhawks camps coming to our area, I knew right away I had to get him signed up and involved with this….

Affordable & Fun Skill-Based Youth Sport Camps

One of the things that I love most about these camps is their focus on safety. Kids are by nature little risk takers, and when they get into competitive sports, that drive can get the best of them, and guide them to bad decisions. But the Skyhawks team totally encourages safe, fair, and positive interaction – starting with the way that the coaches meet all of the parents in the parking lot during drop off time, through guiding the kids into the rec area – until the kids are released back into their parents care again. Seriously great.

skyhawks kids sports camps

Skyhawks Sports Academy offers week-long sports camps for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Since 1979, over 1.5 million children have attended a Skyhawks Sports Camp. For over 30 years, Skyhawks has been committed to providing a safe, fun, and skill-based experience for kids. Our camps and programs are offered locally throughout over 500 communities.  The format includes traditional week-long summer day camps and year-round after-school programs that range from 45 minutes to 6 hours in duration, per day.

Find a Skyhawk camp near you by visiting – Skyhawks Camp Locations.

{Disclamer: I was provided with a complimentary item as a thank you for sharing this information with you guys. Only the best products, sites, and services make it onto this site – Yep, this camp is that good!}


Supporting the Big Dreams of Young Athletes#NikeKids

“I never ran 1000 miles. I could never have done that. I ran one mile 1000 times.” – Stu Mittleman When you think of athletes, you usually think of the celebrities; Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Mia Hamm. But all of those great athletes have something in common – they were youth athletes once too. Nike recognizes this, and with an incredible amount of research behind them, are now the biggest innovators in athletic shoes for the kids who might someday make it big too.

behind the scenes at Nike

“Some men see things as they are and say ‘why’? Others dream things that never were and say ‘why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

My nephew and I were invited to be part of the first ever Young Athletes Innovation Summit, at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton Oregon. They took us on a behind the scenes tour of what goes into creating their shoes and other athletic gear. I admit, I’m not an athlete. I’m not someone that would be described as sporty. So I didn’t know much at all about athletic shoes, and honestly assumed that they were all pretty much the same. I figured that with a more expensive shoe, you’re probably just paying for the marketing. I could not have been more wrong. After hearing a few presentations, and learning about the incredible amount of research, testing, and ground-breaking technology that goes into every new style of Nike shoe – I was amazed that they are able to sell them at such an affordable price. What they do in their research labs is simply amazing.

Nike Kids Innovation

“Your aspirations are your possibilities.” – Samuel Johnson

Innovation means NOT just shrinking adult shoes, and Nike realizes this. They realize that for kids under the age of 12 – the sky is the limit. They believe that they can do anything, be anything, achieve anything. And Nike wants to encourage kids to get into sports by giving them the best shoes and gear so that they can succeed, and keep that confidence. We sometimes forget that the foot is where it all starts – everything a child does, from even a young age, involves running – first they run around the house, then the playground, then on a sports field. And strong feet mean better balance, more range of motion, and less injuries. So, what is Nike doing to build strong youth athletes?

#NikeKids Nike Free shoes

“Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

They’re building the world’s best kids shoes, that’s what! Let me introduce you to the Nike Free – a totally unique new shoe for kids and adults. What makes it different is that it’s incredibly light-weight, and it’s got a super flexible sole. During some of that intense amount of research that Nike does in their labs, they realized that when you train for sports barefoot, your foot gets much stronger. A foot is meant to be bare, right? But – that’s not exactly practical, since stepping on a rock or other sharp objects would pretty much stop anyone’s momentum. So Nike developed the next best thing – The Nike Free. I got a pair myself – in a super fun bright pink – and it is THE. MOST. COMFORTABLE. SHOE. EVER. No exaggeration. I also got them for the rest of the family – and everyone agrees, these shoes rock. No doubt about it.

“May your dreams defy the laws of gravity.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Nike put together an incredible trip for us – from the amazingly beautiful hotel we stayed in, {see more pics of our trip here} setting up a gorgeous bloggers lounge with ports to charge our phones and laptops, a kids lounge with a Wii, Playstation, AND an XBox, to the gifts to make our stay more comfortable – they thought of every detail. And that isn’t surprising, when you see the amazing attention to detail that goes into every single product that they create. I can know say, without a doubt, that our family are Nike fans for life.

mom bloggers and nike

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” – George F. Will

This is our group – and it was such an amazing group! I got to meet a few of my very favorite online blogging buddies for the first time in real life, and they were so much fun. I met a few new friends too – and am excited to hopefully see them again, out in the conference world. {BlogHer ’12 perhaps??} And the kids had a total blast hanging out together all day! And I have to give a huge thank you to the crew at Glam Media, and everyone at Nike who put this event together – They made this a seriously unforgettable trip. I learned an incredible amount of information – {Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing more with you soon too!} – while having a blast. We all agree – if we ever decide to change our line of work, Nike will be getting our resumes, lol. The energy, passion for innovation, and positive attitude there was totally contagious. All of these young athletes that attended with us definitely will remember what they learned here for years to come – so watch for some of them in a few years. I bet we see a few pros grow out of this group of athletes!

young athletes need great shoes

“You can if you think you can.” – George Reeves

Let Nike help your young athlete be the best that they can be too – Try the Nike Free. They are seriously a cool looking shoe – we get stopped all the time because people comment on them. And they are the most comfortable shoe that you will ever wear, hands down. Combine that with the fact that you’re giving your child the best support in strengthening their feet, which will lead to better performance on the field, and you just can’t beat the Nike Free.

{Disclosure: Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike.}


Touring the Nike HQ – Young Athletes Innovation Summit #NikeKids

Remember when I told you that we’d be heading out soon to the Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit at the Nike World Headquarters, in Beaverton, Oregon? Well – We’re HEEEEEERE!!!! The campus here at the Nike is over-the-top amazing. They call it a campus, and I can see why – It’s set up just like a college campus, with lots of separate buildings set around some beautiful open outdoor spaces. It is absolutely GORGEOUS, and must be just an amazing site to go to work at each day. This place is over 190 acres of pure awesomeness.

Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” – Nike

We have had a total blast today touring the Nike World Headquarters, meeting some totally amazing people, and getting to join in on some super fun stuff. The kids got along great – and some really good new friends were made – I think that Cade has a total new best friend!! And it wasn’t JUST the kids making new friends – I LOVED finally getting a chance to meet some of my favorite online bloggy buddies in real life, like Mickey from A Helicopter Mom, Jeannette from The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug, Linette from Kids Fun Review, Daisy from The It Mom, Angela from About a Mom – and I met some totally amazing new people too. Seriously, I could not have asked for a better bunch of ladies to spend the weekend with!

design your own nike shoes

He Just DID It…. Designed his own one-of-a-kind Nike shoes!

There were so, so, SO very many amazing things that we saw, heard, and learned about during the day. And there were so, so, SO very many amazing activities that the kids got to do. But – since I’m super limited on time today – Here are just a few highlights from our adventures at Nike:

  1. The kids got to climb rock walls, go swimming in the Lance Armstrong Center pool, create their own, totally customized shoes with the Nike design team – and they even got to go into some Top Secret areas where the athletes help test out new products!
  2. The moms – and the 2 dads! – got to tour the campus, learn about some super-cool upcoming products Nike will be launching later this year, had a Q & A Skype session with Mia Hamm, and got to do some serious shopping at the Nike Company Store. LOVE it!
  3. They even set up two separate lounge areas – one for the kids, that had a Wii, an XBox, AND a Playstation – and loads of snacks. And another for the adults, with some of the best cookies and pastries I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. Seriously.

I know that you guys have been waiting for some updates on our trip – but since I don’t have a laptop, I’m using the business center computer here at The Nines hotel to give you this quick update – which means I don’t have a way to load up any cool new pics to share! Our flight leaves soon – so I’m going to have to make this post short and sweet. But – I’ve been posting updates on social media like crazy all weekend, and you can check out more of the pics and cool info here:

  1. Instagram: You can find me on Instagram at sunandsipcups, or if you want to check out my pics on the web, you can see them here – web.stagram.
  2. Facebook: You KNOW I’m on Facebook all darn day, right? Lol. So watch for fun photos, updates, and cool stuff from the trip posted on my Facebook wall too! Have questions for Nike? Post ’em to my wall and I’ll try to get you some answers while I’m there!
  3. Twitter: You can follow me at @sunandsipcups, and see all of the fun tweets, pics, and posts from the event by following hashtag #NikeKids!
I have SOOO much more amazing stuff to share with you guys – From info about the new Nike Free shoes, tips on how to keep your own little athletes safe when training for their favorite sports, to some cool behind-the-scenes info about the Nike campus – I can’t wait to get home and write a longer post, with more of my pics! so, I’ll give you a better update tomorrow – and once I get some of the photos that Nike took of the kids, {we all felt like we were on a reality show, with all the camera crew following us around all day! The kids looooved it!} – I’ll have even more to share with you guys next week – So totally stay tuned. And if you have any questions about the Nike campus, leave me some comments, and I’ll answer them in the next post – Promise :)

Kids Nike FREE Run: If your feet flex, shouldn’t your shoes flex too? Must-have flexibility for young feet.

HUGE thank you’s to the Nike team, and to the great people from Glam – for setting up such an amazing experience for our kids! Every detail was planned and thought of, we were all treated to some amazing gear, meals, and good times, and both the adults and the kiddo’s made some really wonderful new friends that will last long after this event. I know I speak for all of us when we say – Nike Kids Rocks!!!!

Glam Family Logo

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike.}


Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit – Coming Soon! #NikeKids

After just returning from an amazing conference in Texas earlier this month – we’re off on another adventure again this week! I’ve been invited to attend the first ever Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit, at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Since this event is all about young athletes, I’m bringing my nephew with me too. This is such an amazing opportunity for him, and I can’t wait to meet the Nike crew and see what they have in store for us.

Young Athletes Innovation Summit with Nike

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” – Nike Running Ad

Nike is such an amazingly powerful brand. Not only are they known worldwide as the best in athletic gear, they’re also such a motivating and inspiring company. From the great products, to the ads that encourage you to strive for success – when you think Nike, you think awesome. To be hand-selected by Nike to attend this event is a pretty big honor.

Nike Worldwide Headquarters

“Just Do It.” – Nike

This is a preview of what we will be seeing soon – We head to this amazing Nike HQ on Thursday morning. It’s my nephew’s first time flying, and he’s excited about it… But not even close to the level of excitement he has about checking out the Nike campus! A few of the things he has to look forward to – and Innovation session with the Nike design team, a meet and greet with an Olympic athlete, some sports sessions, and a dip in the Lance Armstrong Center Pool with the other kids. Um, can you say “Dream come true??” He is going to have a total blast.

Super high kick on soccer field

“My better is better than your better.” – My Favorite Nike Ad Quote

My two nephews live with me part time – this is the older little guy. He’s 8, and a total sports super star. Me? I was NEVER good at sports. Ever. I don’t just have two left feet – I might even have three! Lol. I was always in awe of people who had the ability to jump into a sport and rock it – and I’ve been so proud to see the drive, determination, and excitement that my nephew shows as part of his many competitive teams. He’s awesome.

kids kick on the soccer field

“There is no finish line.” – Nike Ad Quote

I love that Nike has planned this event to focus on innovation in kids sports. There is so much focus on adults in sports – developing the perfect gear to optimize performance – but not always as much attention paid to what kids need. And a kids body is not just a smaller version of an adult – they can have very different needs, and those needs change quickly as they grow. {Ever tried keeping a growing boy in pants that fit? Yep. They change overnight sometimes!} I’m really excited to learn what Nike is doing, and what cool products they have on the horizon!

Kids Nike FREE Run: If your feet flex, shouldn’t your shoes flex too? Must-have flexibility for young feet.

We head out on our trip this Thursday, April 26th – and spend a fun day relaxing and meeting the other families at The Nines, in Downtown Portland. Then we spend the whole day Friday at the Nike HQ! And while you can’t come with me – I’m still going to include you in all of the fun! I’ll be tweeting from @sunandsipcups about the event – you can follow everyone’s tweets with #NikeKids. And I’ll be posting TONS of photos and updates to Facebook and Instagram too!! {Find me on Instagram at @sunandsipcups.}

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike.}