Category Archives: Tech of Sports

From the shoes we wear on our feet to the high definition televisions in our living room, wearable devices, the sports universe is a breeding ground for technology. Writer and Photographer Rick Limpert will examine this each week on The Tech of Sports – With guests which include athletes, inventors and journalists that cover the intersection of sports and technology.

AJ Griffin, Atlanta Hawks No. 1 Draft Pick, Athlete’s Foot Brand Ambassador



Rick talks to Atlanta Hawks No. 1 draft pick, AJ Griffin this week. Griffin is getting ready for the upcoming NBA season, but also giving back.
School kids and those who happened to be in the Athlete’s Foot store on Lee St. in the West End of Atlanta, doing some shoe shopping were treated to a 90 minute appearance by the recent draftee out of Duke, last Saturday.

Griffin also happens to be Athlete’s Foot newest brand ambassador, a title he takes seriously. The Atlanta-based retailer identified the former Duke basketball player for this partnership, with both Atlanta and North Carolina being key markets for the business. The Athlete’s Foot take shoes and shoe releases very seriously, as this weekend, the new Air Jordan Citrus 7 launched and was garnering a lot of attention at the store.

He also did a little shoe shopping, took pictures with fans and signed autographs. He also Griffin presented a $5,000 check to Fundamental Skills Camp (Community Development Capital) of Atlanta. Many of the young basketball players were in attendance.

With just a few weeks remaining until training camp, Griffin says his focus will soon shift to basketball.

“Ever since draft day, I’ve been (ready). I work everyday to get better and be around the guys, it’s all been fun. I can’t wait to play some ball”

The event also featured a backpack giveaway with each backpack filled with goodies and Griffin offering some tips to the young basketball players.

The Athlete’s Foot is a global retailer of athletic inspired lifestyle for streetwear, footwear, apparel and accessories. The Athlete’s Foot sneaker and streetwear chain has 550 stores and e-commerce shops in 30+ countries.


Shereese Cutler, Track and Field, ‘The Pretty Jumper’



Rick is joined by track and field’s Shereese Cutler, “The Pretty Jumper.”

I held high school records in both cross-country and track and field. I attended college on academic and athletic scholarship, and now I compete professionally in the long jump.

I have a love for all sports and Muhammad Ali is one of my favorites. He was credited for being the first to use his athletic fame to make a difference in the world. From the, I understood that winning an Olympic medal would not be enough of a goal for me if I weren’t making the world a more positive place.

The Pretty Jumper
The pretty jumper is my athletic alias. Jumper, because I am a long jumper in the sport of track and field. The name “The Pretty Jumper” comes from my fictional hero, Sailor Moon, who calls herself “The Pretty Guardian” (of Earth). We actually have a lot in common – same zodiac sign, love for food (especially desserts), and we are passionate about helping other people. Nonetheless, my alias is a means to harness the attention I receive with my athletic talents. With it, I model, attract sponsorships, and public speaking. I try to redirect that attention to the projects I work on that help others…

More info:

29th Infantry Division at Headquarters – Fort Belvoir, Virginia
171 Aviation – Dobbins Air Force Base – Marietta, GA
165th QM (BADS) – Dobbins Air Force Base – Marietta, GA
201st HRF (Homeland Response Force) – Dobbins AFB
HHD 250TH MI (Military Intelligence) – Long Beach, CA
Military missions I was part of
Rear detachment – 29th ID HQ, 2017
Covid Mission – 201st HRF, 2020
Civil Unrest at Atlanta Capitol, 2020
Random facts
The club team I competed with when I was a child was called Quiet Fire.
I went to Torrance High School my freshman year and transferred to Saint Mary’s Academy in Inglewood to complete the last three years of my secondary education.
I attended college at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I was accepted as a Chemistry major on academic and athletic scholarship, but I received my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication with a minor in photography.

Enjoy this talk with Shereese.


Wayman Britt, College Basketball Star, New Author



College hoops star Wayman Britt found success in athletics, business and government, but his story is one of guts and grace behind any glory. Today, Britt uses his life experiences to inspire others — particularly those in underserved communities — to overcome challenges, dream bigger and achieve more in life.

His upcoming book, Fulfilling the Dream: My Pathway to Leadership and Finding Purpose in Serving Others.

A long way from the North Carolina tobacco farm where he grew up, college basketball standout Wayman Britt captained the University of Michigan Wolverines to the NCAA title game in 1976. It had always been his dream to play the game he loved for a bona fide powerhouse like the Tar Heels of North Carolina, and the Wolverines fit the bill. After realizing one dream, Britt set his sights on another. And another.

Britt didn’t let his poverty-stricken environment in the North Carolina Jim Crow era of racial discrimination dissuade him from envisioning a bigger world and a better life.

In his new book, Fulfilling the Dream: My Pathway to Leadership and Finding Purpose in Serving Others, Britt shares his personal account of growing his skills through life experiences. Following his successful careers in college and professional basketball, he grew into a management role for an international company and later rose to administrator for one of Michigan’s largest counties. Along the way, he became a dynamic leader and role model in the communities he served.

Britt candidly tells of the hard work, determination and faith in God that propelled him through challenges, disappointments and setbacks. He takes readers through his quest to open up the American Dream to people long excluded, and relates lessons and experiences of competing at the highest levels in athletics, corporate culture, government and politics to some of the most sensitive cultural issues of modern times.

This compelling account of the way Britt found his life mission will stimulate readers to reflect on how the individual accomplishments of one person contribute to building a society that matches Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” of opening opportunity to every citizen. Fulfilling the Dream is a tale about pursuing dreams, realizing them—and then dedicating one’s life to helping others.

Enjoy Rick and Wayman talking about the book and a lot more.

 


Sir Ben Anslie, Olympian and SailGP



As Sir Ben Ainslie makes his SailGP debut on home waters at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth this weekend, SailGP will be putting into action some of the most progressive technological and sustainable clean energy innovations the sporting world has ever seen!

The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix will be the most sustainable on-water event ever with the largest number of electric solutions integrated across the race weekend and the entire race village 100% powered by clean energy.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, will also be in attendance, joining a group of young people taking part in the Protect Our Future program by the 1851 Trust – the official charity of the Great Britain SailGP Team. Her Royal Highness will then get a taste of the incredible speed and skill involved in SailGP when she boards Ainslie’s British F50 and takes part in a friendly Commonwealth race!


Andrei Duarte, College to Pro Tennis, Atlanta Open



Rick is joined by a great guest this week. Georgia State men’s tennis fifth-year senior Andrei Duarte, who was awarded a main draw doubles wild card for the 2022 Atlanta Open as announced by the professional men’s tennis tournament and tournament director Eddie Gonzalez. Duarte will pair with Alvaro Regalado of Columbus State to compete in the ATP 250 Tour event against a pair of ATP Tour Pros on July 26.

He also talks to Rick about his compelling story and more.

Duarte joins former Panthers men’s tennis player Zack Kennedy as the latest GSU tennis standout to compete at the US Open Series tournament in Atlanta. Kennedy received a doubles draw to the Atlanta Open in 2016 and secured a win in the first round over tennis pros Yoshihito Nishioka and Thiago Monteiro.

Duarte prepares to make his professional tournament debut at this year’s Atlanta Open having closed his tenure with the Panthers in 2022 as the school’s all-time leader in wins. Duarte’s five-year career at GSU was capped off with a historic season that saw the fifth-year help lead GSU to Sun Belt Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Duarte received All-Sun Belt Singles and Doubles First Team honors for the spring 2022 season.


Rachel Pearcy, CFO of WNBA’s Dallas Wings



She built on the organization’s winning 2021 season and playoff appearance, key player re-signings, and increased global exposure for the organization, leading the charge to streamline key financial operations using integrated software – a critical element to the team’s success. Her approach offers a recipe for success.

Rick is joined by Rachel Pearcy, this week on ‘Tech of Sports.” Rachel is the CFO of the Dallas Wings of the WNBA.

An advocate for community, having made a move to the sports industry two years ago, Rachel is passionate about building a solid foundation to enable her to focus on relationships to drive the organization forward and help ensure success both on and off the court.

The WNBA is hot! She talks about that and a lot more.