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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

NBC Sports Group announced on Thursday the cities selected for the 2015 Dew Tour schedule. The 11th year of the Dew Tour will bring the world’s best skateboarding and BMX athletes to Chicago, Ill., to kick off the season June 20-21. First-time host Los Angeles, Calif. will also provide a playground for a celebration of the sport and culture of skateboarding, spanning the downtown area from August 14-16. Concluding the season will be eight-year host Breckenridge Ski Resort with snowboard and freeski events Dec. 10-13.

The Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five year hiatus, highlighted with the successful skateboard and BMX streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago.  For the first time ever the Dew Tour will be taking over the beautiful new Grant Park Skate Plaza for skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions.  Sunday of this event coincides with international Go Skate Day, and will feature special activities for local Chicago area skaters.  Dew Tour’s return to Chicago will also be a celebration of the summer opening of the new Grant Park Skate Plaza.  As part of the celebration, the Dew Tour will be working with the Chicago Park District and Grant Park Conservancy to make further improvements to the park.

Heading to downtown L.A., where skateboard roots run deep, the Dew Tour will create a skateboard cultural ecosystem, inclusive of art, fashion, music, movie premieres, competitions and more. For the first time in the Tour’s 11-year history, the Ace Hotel will act as the central hub of the Dew Tour, encompassing theaters, concert venues and outdoor competition courses. Dew Tour L.A. will feature skateboard street, skateboard streetstyle, and additional skateboard competitions to be named at a later date. It will also host the cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push.”

“Los Angeles is the heart of the skateboard industry, and the Dew Tour has long celebrated the diverse culture that has grown from this hub. We’re shaking things up and tapping into the resources the area provides, from adding movie premiers to incorporating fashion, art and music on a grander scale. We’re ready to bring Dew Tour home to skate’s roots,” said Chris Stiepock, General Manager of the Dew Tour. “This year NBC and the Dew Tour are very excited about holding events in two of the three largest cities in America."

Come December, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge, Colo. for the eighth year in a row, representing the winter sports of freeski and snowboarding. As one of the top winter resorts in their capacity to hold a major early-season event, Breckenridge Ski Resort will once again support the top international men and women’s snowboard and freeski athletes to compete in superpipe and slopestyle competitions, while downtown Breckenridge plays host to streetstyle competitions, music and more.

Complete coverage of the events in Chicago, Los Angeles and Breckenridge will all be broadcast on NBC. Additional details about NBC broadcast dates and times will be announced at a later date. 

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 20-21 Dew Tour Chicago Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 14-16 Dew Tour Los Angeles Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 10-13 Dew Tour Breckenridge Breckenridge, Colo.

Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears learning from LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers

Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears learning from LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers

The Bears are reportedly getting value out of the virtual speaker series they launched while under stay-at-home orders

According to the Los Angeles Times, one particularly gripping guest was Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who spoke to the team for an hour and fifteen minutes on May 21.

“I’ve heard a lot of people talk to groups,” Matt Nagy said via the LA Times. “And Doc, to me, not to take anything away from anybody else, but that was one of the most powerful hour-and-15-minute discussions that I had selfishly for myself and we had as a team.”

Rivers is one of the most successful basketball coaches in NBA history, leading the Boston Celtics to a championship in 2008 and winning Coach of the Year in 2000 with the Orlando Magic. He’s also tied with Red Auerbach for 12th all-time in wins at 938.

He’s also a Chicago native who attended Proviso East, so he’s a big Bears fan too.

“Talking to the Bears, the whole team, are you kidding me?” Rivers told the LA Times. “I was jacked up about that.”

Apparently the Bears were pretty “jacked up” too, because according to the report after the talk ended Nagy’s phone blew up with players and coaches wondering if they could ask Rivers more questions.

Some of the things they did talk about, according to the report: how Rivers scored 54 points in a high school game only to be pushed harder by his dad, organizing a duck boat ride for Boston’s “big three” in 2007 to motivate them for a future parade route, and Kawhi Leonard’s leadership style.

“Man, there was so much good stuff in there,” Nagy said. “A lot of the stuff I don’t even want to tell because I don’t want other people to know.”

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Bulls issue statement following death of George Floyd, recent protests

Bulls issue statement following death of George Floyd, recent protests

In a statement issued Sunday, the Bulls joined many in the sports world by speaking up in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Floyd died in police custody on May 25 after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine straight minutes (a video of which spread across the internet). Since, mass protests have taken root across the United States, including in Chicago.

In the statement, Nancy and Michael Reinsdorf expressed condolences to the families of those mourning, condemned racism in any form and called for action towards equality and justice for all.

“The events of the past weeks have been disturbing and challenging for us all. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the incident with Christian Cooper, were gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. The Bulls organization sends our condolences to these families who have been caused unthinkable grief and to all those who suffer because of these terrible incidents.

“All too often, after these tragedies we talk but the conversations don’t result in any meaningful changes. Our communities can’t move forward or hope for peace when we’re constantly hitting the reset button after each incident. Everyone deserves to feel safe, to be respected and to be able to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, that’s not the kind of world we live in.

“We are angry, sad and confused. Racism in any form is wrong, and what we see happening makes us want to take action. We know that’s the same for a lot of people. But anger isn’t about destruction. Lawless actions won’t bring better understanding, and they don’t honor the lives that have been lost. We should use our energy and efforts to come together to build a better Chicago that stands for equality and justice for all.

“There is a crisis in our country, and we need to redouble our efforts and work harder than ever. We have to rise above our differences and come together to affect real change for the future; otherwise we’re going to see the past repeat itself again. We have to listen to each other, act with love and be intentional and relentless in our pursuit of a better world. It is time. We at the Chicago Bulls organization are committed to working together to stand for real change. We can do this together.”

Saturday, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White also voiced their reactions to Floyd’s killing:

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