Essentials: A Folding Chair and Thermacell

We’re adding two new “essentials” to our resources page, and these are geared towards the parents of our athletes. First, every sports mom and dad needs a quality lawn chair to watch their child compete.


Along with a sturdy chair, my most essential never-leave-home without it is my Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Outdoor and Camping Repeller Device. I know this says camping, but I use it on the fields because I am a bug magnet and on some fields, I can be eaten alive.  It’s so easy to use (I pop it in the cup holders) and covers up to 15 feet – so if the game is tense and I can’t sit still, I’m still protected.

I carry my Thermacell everywhere where I think there will be mosquitoes- I even carry it while I’m walking my dogs at night, and keep it on my picnic table at home.  It doesn’t contain deet, which is very important to me.

Thanks to Thermacell – they are graciously giving away a Thermacell to our customers from — sign up here and be entered to win.

June 26: Happy Belated Birthday, Babe Didrikson Zaharias!

babe didrikson

Happy belated birthday to Babe Didrikson Zaharias, named the 9th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press and the 10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN. Didrikson Zaharias excelled at a variety of events, especially those within the areas of track and field, basketball, and golf. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1951, the Texan native won 41 LPGA tours, including 10 major championships. She has also won three Olympic medals- two gold medals, in the javelin throw and 80m hurdles, and a silver in the high jump. In terms of basketball, Didrikson Zaharias gained All-American status and played for the Amateur Athletic Union. She is considered a Renaissance woman due to her versatility and success across a wide range of athletic events.