Gold Fever in FunGoPlay!

The Olympics are finally here!!! Many sports fans have been anxiously waiting for 4 years for this special event! Many athletes have been working and training hard to represent their countries in their sport. What an awesome experience that the whole world can celebrate together! Come celebrate the Olympics with us in FunGoPlay this weekend!

What: It’s an Olympics-themed party in FunGoPlay!

When: Saturday August 4th, 4pm EST (1pm PST, 2pm MST, 3pm CST)

Where: In front of Breakwind Park in Wild World. We’ll be playing Mud Run Mania so click on the Map button, then click on “Mud Run Mania”

Why: Come meet some FunGoPlay mods and make some new friends! Most importantly, help your team in this week’s “Gloppy Glory” tournament! You could even earn a super-cool special edition Olympics trophy! How cool would THAT look in your trophy case??

Flashback Friday: Ted Williams

Baseball legend Ted Williams was born on August 30th 1918 in San Diego, California. His Dad was a soldier, sheriff and photographer, and his mother was a Salvation Army worker. He picked up baseball from his uncle, who was a semi-pro baseball player at the time.

Right after graduating from high school, he played with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League for a couple of seasons, then the Red Sox ended up buying his contract. He played with the Red Sox for the rest of his professional baseball career (1939 – 1942, then again from 1946 – 1960) where he was a left-fielder. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, flying 39 combat missions in Korea!

Williams was named MVP when the Red Sox won the American League crown by 12 games in 1946. The next season, he won the Triple Crown (for the second time) for hitting 32 home runs and driving in 114 runs. He had a batting average of .343. By the end of his career, he had hit a total of 521 home runs and 2654 hits.

Williams was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1966. He actually has two plaques in the Hall of Fame. The first plaque that was made did not look close enough in terms of likeness to his portrait, so a second one was made. He was also known for being an expert in fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing. In fact, he was also inducted into the Sportsman’s Fishing Hall of Fame! Not many people can say that they are in two different Halls of Fame!!

In the early 70’s, he wrote a book called “The Science of Hitting”. It is still a very popular baseball manual to this day. He is well known to be the last player in the MLB to bat over .400 in a single season.

Flashback Friday: Paul Robeson

Paul Roberson was the youngest of five children born in Princeton, New Jersey. His father was a former slave who later became a minister. He was the third African American ever to attend Rutgers University, where he played baseball, football, basketball, and track! He was there on a four-year scholarship! He became the first student from Rutgers to be chosen as a member of the All-American football team.

He was recognized in “The Crisis” (an NAACP publication) for his talents in sports, academics and singing! Talk about multi-talented! Later, he went on to study law at Columbia Law School. He became an assistant football coach to put himself through school, then was recruited to play for the NFL!

On top of that, he was also a singer and actor in off-campus productions. His love of public speaking prompted him to become an actor. In the 1920’s through the 1930’s, he was a very popular singer and actor all across the globe!

He believed that fame came with responsibility to promote change in the world so he spoke out against racism and in support of peace as an activist for civil and human rights. What an awesome guy!

Flashback Friday: Terry Fox

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1958. A typical kid; he loved soccer, rugby and baseball.

He wanted to play on his school’s basketball team badly, but his teacher felt that cross-country running suited Terry a little more. He wasn’t too keen on running, but decided to give it a try out of respect for his teacher. Eventually, he won his high school’s athlete of the year award and shared it with his best friend, Doug Alward. He went on to study physical education at Simon Fraser University.

When he was about 19 years old, he started to feel a lot of pain in his knee. It got so bad that he had to go to the hospital where they found out that he had a form of bone cancer. His right leg had to be amputated right above his knee.

During his treatments, he decided that he wanted to make a difference in the world and help find a cure to this dreadful disease. With an artificial leg, he was determined to to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. In April 1980, he started his “Marathon of Hope” run. His intention was to run a marathon per day across Canda from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

He started in St John’s, Newfoundland and by the end of his journey, he had almost reached Thunder Bay, Ontario. He had run about 3,339 miles in 143 days!!! Can you imagine running 26 miles every single day, 7 days a week?? For Terry Fox to accomplish this on one artificial limb is amazing!

Unfortunately, he was never able to complete this journey as the cancer had affected his lungs. By the time he ended his marathon, he had already raised $1.7 million towards cancer research! Donations continued through the Winter and by Spring, $23 million had been raised! In September 1980, he was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Order of Canada.

In 1981, Fox had lost his battle with cancer but his legacy lives on till today through the Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Foundation was set up in 1998 to help manage this annual event internationally. To date, the event has raised over $600 million for cancer research. Terry Fox was truly a hero!

Flashback Friday, Football Edition: John Mackey

John Mackey started playing football in Syracuse University as a halfback but during his junior year, he was selected to be in the tight end position – one of the most challenging and brutal positions on the team.

After college, he played for the Baltimore Colts, then the San Diego Chargers. He quickly became a premier performer at his position. Right after he joined the Colts, he became the only first-year player picked to play in that year’s Pro Bowl! In 1992, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his career, he caught a total of 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns! Phew! That’s a lot!!

He was lightning fast on the field, too! In 1966, six out of the nine touchdowns he scored were more than 50 yards! His most memorable play was during Super Bowl V in 1971 – he caught a pass from the quarterback after the ball first bounced off the hands of a receiver, and then almost caught by the defensive back. It landed right into Mackey’s arms, where he ran 75 yards for a touchdown! This was a Super Bowl record at the time.

After retiring as a football player, he became the first president of the NFL Players Association.

Flashback Friday: Alison Streeter

Known as the “Queen of the English Channel”, Alison Streeter is the only person who has swum the English Channel a total of 43 times – more than anybody else in the world! She swam the Channel for the very first time when she was only 18 years old. Swimming the Channel is no easy task as the water is very cold and the tides, unforgiving. She is the first person to cross the Channel seven times in just one year!

Alison Streeter is the only woman to have completed the “three-way” — from England to France and back, then to France again! It took her a total of 34 hours and 40 minutes. We’re talking 70 miles here!! She also holds the record for the fastest woman to swim from France to England (8 hours and 48 minutes).

One of her main reasons to swim is to raise funds for various charities. She has raised over 120,000 pounds sterling. In 1991, the Queen gave her the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for all her accomplishments and for her fundraising work. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

She worked in London as a currency trader most of her working life but now spends part of her life in Adelaide, Australia, and she spends her summers in Dover (right on the English Channel) as a boat pilot.

Flashback Friday: Steve Prefontaine

With the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field kicking off yesterday (6/21/12), we couldn’t think of a better person to highlight for Flashback Friday than Steve Prefontaine! Prefontaine (nicknamed “Pre”) is considered one of the greatest American runners of all time!

He was born in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1951. In high school, he tried playing basketball and football but was never selected for any games because he was too small for those sports. He decided to take up running instead. He became one of the best in cross country and track in the nation! During his senior year at Marshfield High School, he set the American record in the two mile run.

Track coach Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon recognized Pre’s talent and recruited him. During his career at the University in Eugene, Oregon, Pre had won 7 NCAA titles – 3 in cross country and 4 in the three-mile in track. He was the first athlete ever to win 4 NCAA titles in the same event! On top of that, he held 8 collegiate records. His records for the 3 and 6 mile races have not been broken to this day!

He made the 1972 Olympic team in Munich in the 5000 meter run and ended up in fourth place. Regardless, he became a local celebrity in Eugene, Oregon. People would cheer “Pre! Pre! Pre!” when they saw him compete. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 19. During his running career, he won a total of 120 out of 153 races.

He had set a goal to win a medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal but in 1975, when Pre was only 24 years old, he was killed in a car crash. His legacy will live on forever. The Prefontaine Classic, the most prestigious track meet of the world, is held in his honor every year.

To this day, Eugene, Oregon, where the U.S. Olympic Trials are held, is known as Track Town, USA.

“Don’t be a afraid to give up the good to go for the great” ~ Steve Prefontaine

Flashback Friday: Pele

Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (aka Pele) is said to be the best soccer player of all time. A legend!

He was born in poverty in Brazil and started playing soccer at an early age. His inspiration was his father, who was also a soccer player but suffered a knee injury which forced him to stop playing professionally. Pele viewed professional soccer as a way out of poverty so he started practicing every day. They were too poor to afford a real soccer ball to practice with so he used a stuff sock instead. He also shined shoes to raise money to purchase a real soccer ball. What passion!

When Pele was only 11 years old, Waldemar de Brito, one of the country’s top soccer players at that time, saw Pele play soccer and was awestruck by his talent. He took Pele to Sao Paulo and declared to the professional team there, “this boy will be the greatest soccer player in the world.” At the age of 16, Pele played with their team for the very first time and scored a goal almost immediately! By 17, he played his first World Cup final!

He is the only soccer player to play in three World Cups. In his 22-year career, he scored a total of 1,281 goals! When he scored his 1000th goal, he dedicated it to the poor children in Brazil. He was so popular that in 1967, a two-day ceasefire was declared for Nigeria ‘s civil war just so that the nation could watch Pele and his team play. What an impact Pele had!

He retired in 1977 but has continued to be a worldwide ambassador for football. He is also currently serving as the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.

“Why should I get a FunGoPlay Membership?”

FunGoPlay has always been FREE to play – how awesome is that! There are lots of fun games to play, you get to customize your avatar, and interact with other kids in a safe, moderated environment. You also have access to FGP TV where you can view numerous videos and tips about your favorite sport. Not to mention…FunGoPlay SPORTS GEAR!! Awesome stuff!

However, if you really want to enjoy the full benefit of what FunGoPlay has to offer, getting a membership is definitely worth checking out! As a member, you can:

· Play ALL levels in games with no more restriction to just bronze medals
· Play weekly tournament games through all levels to help your team out!
· Earn DOUBLE GoDough and GoPoints for completing Daily Challenges! (Cha-Ching!!)
· Access all GoQuests
· Access all items in the Score Store to customize your avatar and your locker/clubhouse with
· Get a large “signing bonus” of GoDough
· Get access to an upgraded locker or an awesome Clubhouse (you can even expand your clubhouse to include a beach, kitchen, game room, and more!

For more information about FGP memberships, please check out this page:
http://www.fungoplay.com/membership.html
As always, please feel free to drop us a line at support@fungoplay.com with any questions, concerns or comments.

 

 

Flashback Friday: Swede Savage

At only 5-years of age, David Earl Savage Jr. already had a passion for racing. That was when he started Soap Box Derby racing in his hometown, San Bernardino, CA. He was nicknamed Swede because of his blonde hair (it was also a way to differentiate himself from his father, David Earl Savage Sr). As he got older, he moved on to racing quarter midget cars with his brother. He participated in the championships in Las Vegas, NV, driving a car nicknamed “The Bucket of Bolts” The number of the car was 79 – representing the boys’ ages at that time.

At age 12, he started racing go-karts, then later moved on to motorcycles by his mid-teens. In 1967, when he was only 21 years old, Swede attended a test session at the Riverside International Raceway. Monte Roberts, who worked for Ford Motor Company saw Swede wheelie a motorcycle for almost a mile! Awestruck by his talent and courage, Roberts recommended that Ford take Swede under their wing in stock car racing. Not long after that, Swede was invited by the legendary Dan Gurney to try sports car racing.

In 1970, he took first place in the “Bobby Ball 150” with an Eagle-Ford Indy car. He raced in the Indy 500 twice in addition to many other races. He was one of the brighest new stars in racing then.

In the 1973 Indy 500, Swede was in the lead from laps 43 to 54 before he had to make a pit stop. A few laps later, Swede lost control of his car, hitting the wall head-on. His car exploded in a 60-foot high plume of flame. Swede was thrown back across the circuit, still strapped in his seat and conscious. He was rushed to the hospital where he died 33 days after the accident due to complications related to contaminated plasma.