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Programs for Hilliard’s Bo Jackson Training Facility Begin January 2nd.

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Across the street from Homestead Park sits Bo Jackson’s newest training facility, Elite Sports. Here, athletes will be able to train all year long, no matter the weather.

This new facility will give our snow ridden athletes the chance to compete on an even playing field against warm-weather athletes.

The 7-acre Cosgray Road tract is part of the 103 acres the city purchased from Hilliard City Schools for $40,000 per acre in 2015 and in turn sold to Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports for $45,000 per acre — or $315,000 — earlier this year, according to Mayor Don Schonhardt.

Athletes at the facility will be trained by professional and collegiate level coaches — parents are (politely) discouraged from offering their own advice. Bo Jackson has also gone on to say that the entire facility and his organization is fully committed to girl’s softball.

“My daughter is 26 years old. And when she was little she did gymnastics, she did track—but she didn’t have a place to go to play softball. And now you see something like this coming to town, we don’t want the public to think this is all smoke and mirrors. It’s easy to say ‘Hey, we put this up to make a buck.’ Its not the case.” He went to say that he wants to building not only to be about sports but life lessons as well.

The facility includes a full-size baseball diamond with major-league dimensions and training areas for lacrosse and soccer. See the floor plan below:image003

Programs for Bo Jackson Training Facility Begin January 2nd.

Soccer leagues, lacrosse leagues, baseball and softball teams, and those looking for private lessons are all welcome to register according to their website: bjescolumbus.com

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Meditation Monday

Julian Foglietti

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week's meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher, and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University's Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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Columbus Marathon Canceled

Julian Foglietti

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The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon has announced the cancelation of its 2020 Marathon. Originally planned for Oct. 18, the marathon is the latest in a string of future events cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Board Chairman Dan Leit stated “The safety of our athletes, volunteers, first responders, team and the entire community is the top priority for our event.” 

The races Director Darris Blackford stated in a press release that “When you think about the best health and safety practices needed to help slow the spread of the virus, holding a major running footrace isn’t the responsible thing to do right now.”

Since its debut in 2012, the race has raised over $10 million for Nationwide Children's Hospitals patients and families. 

There is not yet an announcement on what form of fundraising event will take place instead, and athletes have been sent instructions for how to receive a refund for the event in the meantime. 
View the full release here

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{WATCH} Meditation Monday

Julian Foglietti

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self-help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week’s meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University’s Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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