Expanding Safe Soccer Spaces: Goal 2026 Initiative

The LA Galaxy Foundation, Herbalife, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced a joint commitment to install four new mini-pitches across Los Angeles by 2026.

The four new mini-pitches build on two new mini-pitches installed at DeForest Park in Long Beach earlier this year. The LA Galaxy Foundation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation also installed a mini-pitch at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Santa Ana as part of the 20-for-20 Initiative with Major League Soccer, adidas, and Southern New Hampshire University in 2016.

"The LA Galaxy are honored to continue our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Herbalife as we look to install new mini-pitches across Los Angeles by 2026," said Tom Braun, LA Galaxy Senior Vice President of Soccer & Business Operations and Business Development. "Not only do these fields provide safe places to play in our neighborhoods, but they expand on our collective commitment to the advancement of the sport at all levels as we look to grow the game of soccer in our communities."

About the size of a basketball court, mini-pitches are small, customized, hard-court surfaces that are perfectly suited for organized soccer programs and pick-up games. Mini-pitches serve as community hubs and are shown to strengthen community cohesion, encourage physical activity, and improve safety perceptions.

"Through this partnership and commitment to giving back to our communities, we can make a lasting impact on children by encouraging well-being based on positive experiences that help them live their best lives," said Humberto Calleja, Vice President and General Manager for Herbalife, North America.

Community surveys found that 99% of those living in communities with mini-pitches say that people in their community are more active after the installation of a mini-pitch, 98% say that their community feels safer after the installation of a mini-pitch, and 91% say that their mini-pitch serves as a community hub.

"We're thrilled to expand upon our relationship with the LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife and provide more safe places to play across Los Angeles," said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. "These mini-pitches not only provide safe places for youth to play, but serve as community hubs that strengthen communities."

This new commitment marks the latest development in the U.S. Soccer Foundation's It's Everyone's Game national movement to ensure children in underserved communities can enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game. To date, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has installed over 600 mini-pitches nationwide. The goal is to install 1,000 by 2026.

For more information, visit www.Herbalife.com.

About Herbalife Ltd.

Herbalife is a premier health and wellness company and community that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a business opportunity for its independent distributors since 1980. The Company offers science-backed products to consumers in more than 90 markets through entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle to live their best life.

About the LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy are Major League Soccer's most successful club. Based in Carson, Calif. at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Galaxy have won the MLS Cup a record five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), the MLS Supporters' Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and one Concacaf Champions Cup (2000) since their inception in 1996. Led by LA Galaxy Head Coach Greg Vanney, the Galaxy are the premier club in MLS, with stars like Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Riqui Puig, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Javier Hernandez and Cobi Jones representing LA over the team's 27 years in MLS. For more information on the LA Galaxy, visit www.lagalaxy.com.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation's programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

NYT's Best Folding Bikes: Compact Mobility Solutions

For over four decades, folding bike pioneer DAHON has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. Its high-quality folding bikes are at the heart and mind of bike riders around the world.

To find out which folding bike does it all the best for most commuter riders and utilitarian users, the New York Times has conducted a survey on 13 popular models from 9 manufacturers, with 85+ hours of research and rigorous testing on the aspects of user experience, comfort of riding, ease of folding, and bike weight.

At last, the well-designed DAHON Mariner D8 stood out with all those aspects, combining good riding experience, high-quality components, and a reasonable price, topping the chart of "New York Times' Best Folding Bikes".

The design inspiration of DAHON Mariner D8 originates from the sailing concept. The super anti-rust surface of its parts is suitable for high-salt and high-humidity environments. Marine D8 can be stored on board a yacht or a boat for a long time before the rider goes for a comfortable ride on the island.

Upon folding, Mariner D8 can be stored in the trunk of a car or a recreation vehicle. Whether carrying on the bus or in the subway, commuters can easily carry it around in the hustle and bustle of the city. Mariner D8 can easily meet the travel needs of cyclists. It can be described as an "all-rounded chariot".

The New York Times notes that "the Mariner D8 rides comfortably, smoothing over bumps and shifting fluidly up and down hills; it folds and unfolds quickly and locks securely in both modes; the design also addresses practical concerns". It comes with fenders to keep mud from splashing in the rain; the front bag can be installed on the frame, and the rear frame can carry and hang items.

Well-known bicycle magazines such as Canadian Cycling Magazine and Momentum Mag coined DAHON Mariner D8 as the best choice for green commuting and leisure travel.

"Good value for money with perfect craft design" is the true feeling of most riders who have experienced DAHON folding bikes.

To make the single-beam folding bike stronger, more stable and faster, the Founder and CEO Dr. David Hon led the R&D team on a rigorous research to develop a patent of "Folding Bike Frame with Reinforced Cable at the Down Tube", giving birth to the DELTEC cable nowadays.

With DELTEC cable installed on a single-beam folding bike, a stable triangular structure is formed at the frame, which greatly increases the service life and load capacity of the overall frame structure. At the same time, the longitudinal rigidity of the whole vehicle is increased by 15%-35%, and the force of pedaling is effectively converted into propulsion, reducing energy loss and being faster than other vehicles.

In the future, DAHON will continue to innovate folding bikes' design and actively promote green and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

For more information, please visit: www.dahon.com

Online Fitness Market: Projected $204359M by 2031

Global Online/Virtual Fitness Market Forecast Analysis: As per the report published by Research Dive, the global online/virtual fitness market is projected to garner a revenue of $2,04,359.4 million and rise at a stunning CAGR of 34.6% over the analysis timeframe from 2022 to 2031.

Dynamics of the Global Online/Virtual Fitness Market

The increasing preference of individuals for choosing healthier lifestyles such as good diets, flexible activities, and better healthcare is expected to fortify the growth of the online/virtual fitness market over the analysis timeframe. Besides, the increasing demand for progressive fitness assemblies to acquire physical fitness and the rising demand for innovative and convenient fitness solutions among individuals are expected to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period. However, the high cost associated with advanced virtual fitness programs may hamper the growth of the market in the coming period.

The rising trend of exergaming platforms among individuals to develop their self-confidence, strength, and health is further expected to create extensive growth opportunities for the market during the forecast timeframe. In addition, virtual fitness platforms deliver a range of progressive fitness assemblies such as high-intensity interval training, strength training, and others which are expected to fuel the growth of the market over the estimated period.

Covid-19 Impact on the Global Online/Virtual Fitness Market

Though the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated several other industries, it has positively driven the online/virtual fitness market. This is mainly due to the increasing demand for virtual/online fitness platforms among individuals to maintain physical distancing and control the spread of the deadly virus. Moreover, many people have started adopting new technology to stay healthy and connected during the pandemic due to lockdowns and social distancing guidelines. All these factors have increased the growth of the market throughout the crisis.

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Apart from the information summarized in this press release, the final report covers crucial aspects of the market including SWOT analysis, market overview, Porter's five forces analysis, market dynamics, segmentation (key market trends, forecast analysis, and regional analysis), and company profiles (company overview, operating business segments, product portfolio, financial performance, and latest strategic moves and developments.)

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NYC Footy Hosts Largest Adult Soccer Tournament

NYC Footy, the city's most prominent adult soccer league, is proud to announce the upcoming Governors Cup tournament, taking place on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. The Governors Cup is recognized as the largest soccer tournament in New York City, bringing together 80 teams and 1,000 players for a weekend of friendly competition on Governors Island.

Soccer lovers of varying skill levels, genders and backgrounds will converge to create a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere for players and spectators alike. What sets the Governors Cup apart is that all teams are entirely mixed gender, highlighting the league's dedication to fostering inclusivity and providing social connection through sport.

According to a recent study conducted by Telemundo Deportes1, soccer is the fastest-growing team sport in America. The growing popularity of the sport is reflected in the surge of players joining NYC Footy and the success of The Governors Cup, which has reached maximum capacity on Governors Island two years running.

Team bonding activities like sports, play a vital role in fostering social connection and combating the epidemic of loneliness and isolation. As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, engaging in community-driven events can significantly improve social well-being and mental health2. The Governors Cup not only offers thrilling soccer matches but also serves as a platform to strengthen community bonds and promote a sense of belonging.

The Governors Cup is proud to have the support of prominent sponsors, including NYCFC and Gotham FC - NYC's two marquee professional soccer clubs. Umbro, GU Energy, Dumbo Moving, and BetterPlayer are joining to make this tournament a comprehensive festival-like experience and refreshments will be provided by Heineken, Liquid Death, BodyArmor, Athletic Brewing, and LMNT. The support of these sponsors demonstrates the national and local appeal of supporting inclusive sport.

"We are excited to bring back The Governors Cup, which truly unites the vibrant soccer community of New York City," said Tarek Pertew, co-founder of NYC Footy. "This tournament represents the spirit of inclusivity, teamwork, and passion for the game."

NYC Footy is the largest adult soccer league in NYC, is exclusively mixed gender, and operates beginner thru advanced leagues throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. NYC Footy also hosts two of New York's largest tournaments, the Governors Cup and The Footy Fest. Through their Ted Lasso Code of Conduct, created in partnership with Women in Soccer, NYC Footy leads in efforts that promote inclusion and kindness on and off the field. For more information, visit www.nycfooty.com.