Russell Athletic Asks You To Fight Like Dylan

Last month Russell Athletic started up with their fifth annual “Fight Like Dylan Award” campaign that honors high school teams that have demonstrated inspiring determination and perseverance through sports. And who better to lead the panel of judges than former NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy.

Along with Dungy a group of judges will select one recipient to receive a $50,000 grant in athletic apparel and sports equipment for their school. If you know someone who deserves recognition go to

Last year’s “Fight Like Dylan Award” recipient was Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, New York, which honored fallen teammate Tom Cutinella who embodied the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship. Tom rallied the team around the idea of being the Long Island Champions. Through his inspiration, the Wildcats finished 10-0 and won the Long Island title.

“This is truly a program that is near and dear to my heart,” said program spokesperson Tony Dungy. “I am so proud to partner with Russell Athletic, Dylan’s family, and the previous recipients to celebrate these great stories of teams coming together to overcome tragedy and hardship.”

For those who don’t know of Dylan Rebeor’s story here is some background on the courageous young man. In 2010, he was diagnosed with cancer, but after becoming ill, his commitment to his team never wavered. His final wish was for his team to receive new uniforms for the upcoming season through the “Make A Wish Foundation”.

The “Fight Like Dylan Award” was established by Russell Athletic in conjunction with Dylan’s family and coaches to not only grant that wish, but to celebrate other teams facing adversity and turning it into a powerful story of success through teamwork.

“Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances,” said Heather Rebeor, Dylan’s mother.  “We’re so proud that Dylan’s memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award.’”

Jordan Brand Adds Another Athlete To The Team

To celebrate the kick-off of the professional football season and the 23rd Anniversary of the Air Jordan VII silhouette, the Jordan Brand outfits its football athletes with player-exclusive cleats.

Originally released in 1992 and worn by His Airness in his first back-to-back championship season, the Air Jordan VII features a neoprene inner bootie and colorful geometric detailing inspired by West African tribal culture. Each Air Jordan VII cleat incorporates team-specific colors. The Lunarlon cushioning system delivers a responsive feel, while the multi-colored 12-cleat configuration offers premium traction and durability.

Each season, Jordan Brand adds to its family of football athletes with players who embody the championship mindset and represent the iconic Jumpman on and off the field. Today, the brand welcomes Joe Haden, two-time Pro-Bowler and elite cornerback, to its family roster.

“I am honored to represent the Jordan Brand this season alongside some of the best players in the game,” says Haden. “The brand’s legacy of pinnacle performance product is unlike anything in the world and I am excited to continue showcasing that heritage on the field.”

Kendrick Lamar Throws Out The First Pitch At Dodger Stadium

Kendrick Lamar was pumped to throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles this week, wearing the new Reebok ZPump Fusion sneakers to deliver the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers vs Giants game.

Proudly wearing his Dodgers blue and flashing a huge smile, he made a perfect pitch right over home plate as “King Kunta” (from his latest album To Pimp A Butterfly) blared over the loudspeakers.

The Reebok ZPump sneakers (black/graphite/white) are available now for $110 at, Finish Line and additional retailers.