Special Olympics Founder Honored at 25th ESPYS

Eunice Kennedy Shriver pic

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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Professional chef Edwin Hammond Meredith holds multiple interests from learning foreign languages to snowmobiling. Additionally, Edwin Hammond Meredith supports several notable causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics.

With over 5.3 million participating athletes from 170 countries, the Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The group organizes a biennial sporting event that features over 30 Olympic-type sports.

The late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. Last July 12, 2017, she was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 25th ESPYS. Regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in all of sports, award recipients have exemplified the ability to manifest courage in the face of adversity.

One of her children, current Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver, accepted the award on Eunice’s behalf. During the ceremonies, he called his mother a revolutionary who used sports to break down the barriers to opportunity for some of the world’s most marginalized population.

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Beginner Tips for Choosing a Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboarders pic

Stand-Up Paddleboarders
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Florida-based chef Edwin Hammond Meredith is a self-proclaimed lover of the great outdoors. During his free time, Edwin Hammond Meredith engages in several active hobbies such as surfing, climbing, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

SUP, a type of board sport, basically uses a surf-style board and a long paddle. The sport traces its roots to Hawaii, where it is known by the name Hoe he’e nalu. Despite its ancient origins, the sport has recently been enjoying a resurgence, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing board sports.

In order to aid burgeoning interest, a design and manufacturing industry for SUP equipment has taken ground. A wide range of boards exist in the market, and this can result in confusion for a beginner.

Standup Journal, an online resource dedicated to the sport, offers the following general advice to beginners who are about to buy their first board: a wider board, typically with a width of 30 inches or greater, is the best way to go for a starting SUP enthusiast. Another consideration is the board material. While carbon vacuum-bagged boards are lighter and more responsive, they can also be expensive. Beginners should consider soft-top boards, which while heavier, are cheaper and easier to learn on.