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Personalized Sports Gifts for the Sports Nut in Your Life

When you are looking for that special gift for an enthusiastic sports fanatic, get them a personalized sports gift. After all, there are many different kinds of gifts to choose from. For example, if they still enjoy catching a couple of passes, you might want to buy such a football with their photograph or favorite team depicted on the surface. Or, if they are pretty busy with work and everyday activities, a coffee mug with their alma matter photo and the year they graduated might be a better choice.

Regardless of the occasion, time of year, and how close you are to the person, you can always give a personalized sports gift to a sports fanatic and rest assured that it will be greatly appreciated. Any sports fanatic, or even a sports enthusiast, will enjoy a gift with their favorite team on it; especially when it is personalized to have their name on it as well. That combination makes it even more special.

With items to choose from such as personalized photo baseballs, personalized baseball mouse pads, personalized basketball bag tags, personalized basketball participating award plaques with the individual's name on the plaque, personalized hockey pucks with the individual's picture on the puck, and on and on. If it is a sport, chances are, there is some type of memorabilia out there for it waiting to be personalized just for your occasion.

One of the most popular personalized sports gifts is the coffee mug with the person's favorite sport team on it and their name. This shows their team spirit and there is no question about whose coffee mug it is so when a fellow employee, who also loves the same football team, decides to "borrow" the mug, there is no debate about who it really belongs to. What a way to stop those office arguments!

Personalized sports gifts are great for those sports teams too. When you have a really great baseball team, one that has performed well against all odds, beating out all the other office teams, you need to show solidarity. And what better way than to have some type of memorabilia with the team information on it? Mouse pads that everyone can use at work with the team picture would be a great way of showing off just how great the team really was. Especially when it is the photo with that great big trophy in front and the whole team huddled around it! Talk about a way of making the rest of the guys in the office jealous. They will all want to be a part of your next sports team just so they can have a personalized sports gift too!


The History and Origins of Basketball

In the modern day Basketball is an extremely popular sport that appeals to a wide range of people of different ages, genders, and backgrounds. Even 16 years back in 1996 Basketball had become popular enough to reach Hollywood with the smash hit Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and other NBA stars. The sport now has even given birth to newer derivatives such as the action packed sport Slam Ball that involves trampolines, Basketball nets, and full contact. With the sport providing so much entertainment and new innovative derivatives it can be quite refreshing to take a look at its history.

The origins of Basketball can be traced back to over 100 years ago, to the town in Massachusetts known as Springfield. The establishment formally known as YMCA, the Young Mans Christian Association, and now regarded as the Springfield College was the home to the birth of Basketball. A P.E Professor, Dr James Naismith, at this college first initiated the sport. He was simply looking to keep his class entertained on a rainy day in early December 1891. The first game of Basketball had some significant differences from the modern day game, firstly instead of a hoop a peach basket was used, and the only way that you could move the ball around the court was to pass it.

After the initial birth of basketball the game developed slowly from what was just described towards our modern day sport. The Canadian inventor of the sport, James Naismith, kept working on the sport, and even brought in some rules from a childhood game he played called duck on a rock. It wasn't until the early 1900s that the fundamental Basketball rules we all know really came to be. The first game was played in Albany, New York. At this time the concept was very broad and the rules and regulations had not been fully developed, however this did not stop the sport from travelling and becoming an instant success across Canada and the United States.

Following this the sport was picked up at colleges and high schools, and by time the 1920s rolled around it had grown into a professional sport. Then Basketball went international, and in 1936 James Naismith travelled to Berlin for the summer Olympics and the sport was first featured as a medal sport. Ironically the YMCA began to discourage the sport about a decade after because it was attracting or creating rough and rowdy crowds. Finally in the 1950s Tony Hinkle emerged with the first ever basketball designed specifically for the game, the orange colour was picked for visibility.


Tips For Keeping Kids Active and Healthy

So many kids today are overweight and obese that the phenomenon has reached near epidemic proportions in the United States alone. Parents are the strongest influences in their children's lives and it's up to them to feed their children right and then get them up and moving. If you are a parent who worries about keeping your children active, here are some tips.

-- Limit TV viewing and video games

Yes, the kids will protest. Yes, they may cry about it at first. Parents are sometimes so worried about angering their children that they don't stand up for what they know to be in their children's best interest; but it's essential that parents put their foot down and set scheduled times for TV and video game use in their own homes. Start with two hours a day and let each kid choose when the actual time will be that they will be allowed to stare at a monitor, be it TV or computer.

-- Set the proper example

Sitting around all day being passive participants in life leads to overweight parents just as much as it leads to overweight children. Send a message that physical activity is important by engaging in it yourself on a regular basis. If possible, include the kids. Plan hikes as a family or go for a swim at the local pool or nearby lake. You could take karate lessons together or set a time for regular family bike rides. Not only will everyone be healthier, your lines of communication will also improve when you're having fun together.

-- Make your backyard a place where the kids want to go

How about installing a basketball standard on that unused slab of concrete out back? Many families would like to have a trampoline but worry about safety: how about getting a bounce house for your little ones instead? They can bounce for hours without your worrying about dangerous falls or injuries. Get a swing set or a jungle gym for the kids to monkey around on. If you are home during the day, organize backyard games and invite the whole neighborhood over for some good old fashioned physical fun.

-- Get your kids involved in sports

Participating in organized team sports is a great way for children to develop social skills, understand the concept of teamwork, and stay fit while having fun. All communities have soccer, baseball, and basketball leagues for all ages and sexes. If team sports aren't interesting to your child, help him to experiment with various types of individual sports and one just might pique his interest: try tennis, golf, swimming, and even horseback riding. Don't give up too soon if he doesn't find "his" sport right away: when he does, he'll be more likely to be active for a lifetime!


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