Monday, June 9, 2014

Uganda Update - Riley & Nico Sharing the Game of Soccer

Today was definitely one of the best days we have had here in Uganda! Me, Riley, Chris, Angela, and a few other people held a clinic on a soccer field at a school. When we first saw the field, we didn't know how we were going to work with it. It was extremely high grass and goals made of wood. But, we gathered all the kids together and with a little help from a translator, held an "American soccer practice" on their field. We first put the kids through a warm up (about 30 kids). It was most likely their first time doing a warm up involving stretches and running. After, we did a passing and volleying drill which they loved! We did a few other activities before splitting up into 11 v 11 games. It ended up being around 80 kids all together. Today was a real eye opening day. We got to see how and where another country plays the game we love. Their style was about the same but the condition of the field made us realize how fortunate we are to play at College of Charleston, on a beautiful field. At the end of the day, we donated the soccer balls to the school and village which was an amazing feeling. The smiles on their faces were priceless, and they really appreciated our help and time!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Kenny Koretsky, a veteran on the NHRA and IHRA circuits and Owner of KPK Motorsports

-- May 28 2014
Kenny Koretsky, a veteran on both the NHRA and IHRA circuits, is the owner of KPK Motorsports and the driver of the team's Nitro Fish Wear/Mace/Bucks County Kawasaki Dodge Stratus Pro Stock which he competes on the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series.
Koretsky, has driven both Top Fuel Dragsters as well as Pro Stock in a career that dates back to 1976. He is the only driver to qualify both a Top Fuel Dragster and a Pro Stock Car in the same NHRA national event, a feat he accomplished in 1990 at Phoenix.
This Richboro, PA. Driver wouldn't settle for just qualifying both cars. In that event, he won his first round pairing in each class. However, during the second round of Top Fuel, an engine failure sent Koretsky into the sand trap at the top end of the track, cracking a vertebrae in his back, and ending the historic weekend.
Later that year, Koretsky recovered from his back injury in time to participate in a legendary charity event - a softball game pitting the heros of the NHRA against many of NASCAR'S top stars. Koretsky knocked in the winning run in the seventh inning to give the NHRA the win in this highly-publicized event.
Rather than follow the hectic pace of operating two drastically different race cars, together with a rule change implemented by the NHRA that prevents a driver from competing in two professional classes simultaneously, Koretsky returned to his roots and began building a loyal following as a Pro Stock driver.
Koretsky, who ran a limited schedule in 2001 and a part of 2002 because of business commitments, returned to the drivers seat full-time at the 2002 Brainerd, Minnesota NHRA event when he signed a primary marketing partnership with Mace Security International, Inc. Running the complete NHRA schedule in 2003, Kenny finished just outside the Top 10.
2004 had been a year of change for the KPK Motorsports team. In January it was announced that drag racing's original merchandising brand, Nitro Fish Wear would join KPK Motorsports as the primary sponsor of a brand new Dodge Status Pro Stock, featuring powerplants from reknowned Pro Stock engine builder and driver, Larry Morgan and Pro Stock Bob Glidden. Mace Securities will return as an associate marketing partner, as well as Bucks County Kawasaki and Plaza Car Washes.
Away from the track, Koretsky is president and CEO of KPK Development, a real estate investment company. Married for 20 years, he and his wife Karen, have three children: Kenny Jr., Kyle, and Taylor. When not racing or attending to business, Koretsky enjoys golf, aviation, and boating.

LE Tonglet Set For Season Debut in Englishtown

-- May 26 2014
After missing the first three Pro Stock Motorcycle events of the season, LE Tonglet will make his 2014 debut at this weekend's Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. Tonglet will once again be flying the colors of Ken Koretsky's popular Nitro Fish Apparel brand on his 190-mph. Suzuki. Tonglet missed the first three races of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in order to complete training for his new position as a member of the Metairie, La. Fire Department.
''A couple months ago, I wasn't sure I'd be racing at all this year,'' Tonglet said. ''Then, a few things fell into place. For one, I found some guys at my station that were willing to cover for me. They all like to hunt in the winter so I told them I'd gladly trade with them. The other firefighters at my station all think it's cool that I race so I'm really grateful that we were able to work this out. I'm also grateful to Kenny [Koretsky] and Nitro Fish for continuing to support our team. We wouldn't be doing this without them.''
Tonglet will be riding the unique aluminum-framed Suzuki that was last campaigned by his older brother and crew chief, GT, during the 2011 season. That bike was called into service after LE's championship Suzuki was damaged in an accident when the team was attempting to license another rider.
''We tested this bike last week and it worked very well,'' Tonglet said. ''The aluminum frame reacts a little differently than my old bike but it felt very smooth and I think we've got something we can work with. For me, it was great just to get back on a bike and make some runs so I could find my rhythm again. I have ridden a few street bikes lately but nothing compares to a Pro Stock Motorcycle.''
Tonglet is also making his first appearance since an NHRA rules revision allowed Suzuki entries to build bigger engines., moving the maximum from 107-cid to 113-cid. Tonglet believes the new combination will enable him to improve on his career best performances of 6.825-seconds and 196.27-mph, both set at the 2011 Gainesville race.
''The new engines should definitely make us better,'' he said. ''We have one of the new engines in our trailer and it's fresh and ready to go. I'm excited to see what we can do with it.''
In Englishtown, Tongelt's Suzuki won't be the only bike in the Pro Stock Motorcycle field flying the Nitro Fish Apparel banner. Reigning world champion Matt Smith will have Nitro Fish as a major sponsor of his MSR Racing Buell while Smith's teammates, Angie Smith, John Hall, and Scotty Pollacheck, will feature associated sponsorship from the popular brand on their Buell entries.
''The Summernationals in Englishtown is not only one of my home events, but it is also a very important market for the Nitro Fish brand, said Nitro Fish founder Ken Koretsky. ''We wanted to make sure that we got a lot of exposure so we decided that we'd have a whole school of Nitro Fish bikes there. We'll have the Nitro Fish colors on Matt's bike at several events this season and I couldn't be happier. Matt and LE are both world champions and it wouldn't surprise me to see either one of them win the race.''
The Toyota NHRA Summernationals will take place at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J, May 29-June 1. Pro Stock Motorcycles will qualify at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
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Kenny Koretsky - Facing the Fears

Kenny Koretsky sat in the lounge portion of his transporter at Texas Motorplex, relaxing and having a sandwich to calm his nerves.
It has been two years since the horrific accident involving both he and Bruce Allen during the 2005 NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. But to Koretsky, sitting in his transporter wondering if he would be capable of answering the call to qualify, the incident might has well have been yesterday.
Koretsky returned to part-time driving in 2006 but elected to skip the Motorplex date. He said he just wasn't ready to face the track where he experienced the worst accident of his career, one that sent him away with two broken ribs, a bruised heart, broken right hand, a sore neck and a concussion.
Allen also suffered a concussion and abrasions and promptly retired from drag racing. Koretsky stayed in the game.
However, to truly be back in the game, Koretsky was going to have to open up and face his worst fears not just in his own mind, but in the minds of all those who wanted to know how he was really feeling about that fateful afternoon.
''I try to block the crash out of my mind,'' Koretsky said. ''I've thought about it a few times this week, and asked myself 'why am I even doing this?''
''But all the great fans we have and [his apparel company] NitroFish and NHRA drag racing; I felt that it's just something that I have to do. That's why I came back to do this racing full time this year with Greg Hill and it's been a lot of fun.
''I'll keep driving but with these Friday night sessions, if it doesn't feel right to me at this particular race, or anyone for that matter, then I just won't run, like if it gets real cold out.''
Koretsky said he wouldn't call his condition a form of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, but agreed it's about as close as a drag racer can get to it.
''I don't actually know what you would call it,'' Koretsky mused. ''I think there's something going on where I'm constantly thinking about why myself and Bruce came out without more major problems than we did. I don't know what you would call that but there's no question that I'm thinking that someone was really looking after us.''
Koretsky said he's not the same person that he was before the accident. He added that a person couldn't help but change when subjected to that kind of trauma.
''There are parts of my life that have changed me a lot,'' Koretsky said. ''I actually enjoy life -- everyone knows I enjoyed life before -- but now I really, really enjoy it. I understand that anything can happen, and it doesn't matter if it's on a race track. It kind of puts life's situations in perspective.''
Despite the crash, Koretsky said that he feels the safest on the race track.
''I think I'm safer in a race car than I am driving down I-95 into Philadelphia,'' Koretsky said. ''These cars are safe, the NHRA rules are safe and I believe that Rick Jones, Jerry Haas and Jerry Bickel built great race cars and we're all safe in them. I think it's just a matter of keeping the safety equipment on, the Hahn's Device, the right helmet, and as long as it stays safe I'll keep doing this.''
Koretsky made the decision to return to drag racing last year at the insistence of friends suggesting ''that he had to get back up on the horse.'' He said two of his close friends, Clay Millican and Evan Knoll, were constantly encouraging him to face his fears.
Millican crashed two years ago in Milan, Michigan as then team owner Koretsky watched. He emerged uninjured.
Knoll wasn't as lucky. His accident was on a county road in Michigan in 2004. He struck a tree with his 1,100 horsepower Dodge Viper and suffered a broken ankle and a concussion, an injury that still nags him from time to time.
Their common message was - ''You can beat this.''
Koretsky listened. Not only did he return to competition at the 2006 Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, he also qualified. He admittedly messed up on his first burnout due to lack of practice. He said it's amazing that he even cranked the car when taking into account the flashbacks running through his mind that day.
''What am I doing here in this race car?'' Koretsky said he asked himself. ''I had Dave Northrop there driving a car for me and Mike Thomas did some driving for me. I said to myself, 'why am I doing this?'
''I just didn't want to quit on a crash. I felt I owed it to my fans, I owed it to the Nitro Fish fans, and to myself and my family, that I had to finish my career racing, not on a crash.''
Koretsky said his flashbacks of the incident are limited, but they are enough to raise his level of fear.
''The only thing I remember -- after about 30 or 40 seconds I remember seeing some fire and my butt was getting really hot -- so I thought maybe the car was on fire,'' Koretsky said. ''I couldn't get out the door because it was stuck against the guardrail, the concrete wall. I remember seeing Toni Yates and Jamie Yates; were basically the first people there. I was able to get out through the roof, through the passenger side. Then everything started tightening up and my body was going into some kind of shock from coming to such a sudden stop at such a high speed.''
Koretsky said the adrenalin of the crash temporarily blocked out his injuries. He said he got out of the car and walked around before the pain set in.
''I was able to get out of the car because I thought I was on fire,'' Koretsky said. ''I knew that my hand was broken, I knew that my thumb was broken, I had blood all over me and I knew that there were some isses but the fire actually scared me the most.''
The accident took a matter of seconds, but Koretsky's recovery took six months of grueling rehabilitation.
''For the first 6 month it was hard,'' Koretsky said. ''I really had aches and pains and with the broken ribs it took forever to heal. I still have some problems with my right hand and thumb. I'm actually still having some problems with my teeth cause I must've bit down so hard, even with a mouth guard, I cracked some teeth, I broke some caps.
''I'm gonna have surgery done on a couple of my molars soon after the Dallas race. I was trying to do it when we had a 2 week break between the races and have some teeth replaced that have cracks in them and I believe they are from the accident.''
Koretsky credits a strong supporting cast for the will to keep forging ahead of schedule in the recovery period.
''A lot of doctors and physical therapy and I went to a couple of chiropractors for a couple of months with the deal and they really helped me out,'' Koretsky said. ''I had to go see a neurosurgeon because they thought I had a head injury so I had to go there 3 times. I had to go get checked out before I came back racing cause that's one of the NHRA rules, before you're allowed back in you have to have your full physical and I had to be checked by a neurosurgeon.''
One would think Koretsky would downsize his operation following such a horrendous accident. Those who know the man nicknamed ''Captain Chaos'' by Warren Johnson for his work and racing regimen, laugh at that notion. Koretsky does too.
''I kept everything in full force and actually we're growing in teams now,'' Koretsky said. ''My son, Kyle is in a Super Comp car now, we bought Dave Connolly's actual event winning car, for my son Kyle whos 18 years old. My son Kenny still races the Kenworth trucks and by the way he won the Englishtown Diesel Truck Nationals last weekend in Englishtown. He won class for his truck which is something that we've been trying to do for 5 years and he finally won, he's 21 years old.
''But no, we're moving forward into next year, 2008, we're gonna definitely win in Pro Stock and we're looking at possibly another Top Fuel team as well as adding a Funny Car next year. We're working on some sponsors right now and we're fairly close on a pretty big deal where we can run every professional category.''
With Koretsky's middle son involved in drag racing and headed for a career in Pro Stock, he is quick to point out that he doesn't let the accident dictate whether he can race or not, even if he's involved in a similar mishap.
''I think it would be his choice,'' Koretsky said.
Koretsky's wife Karen, who was battling breast cancer at the time of her husband's accident, might not see things in the same light.
''I guess the scenario would be if he had an accident, when I got home Karen would probably hit me in the head with a baseball bat because she's been telling me that she doesn't want Kyle to drive one of these Pro Stock cars,'' Koretsky said. ''Kyle's a good race car driver and we're in safe vehicles, I don't foresee any major problems with safety in these Pro Stock cars in the future.''
Koretsky said he's always valued life, but the accidents outside of the accident such as Karen's cancer battle and losing close friend ''Big'' Mike Aiello has really put things even more in perspective.
''It's been a weird couple of years,'' said Koretsky. ''We finished in the top 10 in 2004, even though Karen was battling the cancer. She's doing great now and she's back to normal, everything's fine. She had breast reconstruction and her sister right now is battling breast cancer. She's doing great now.
''Then when I was recovering from the accident, I lost my buddy Mike. He was a great source of inspiration considering the physical battles that man had to fight daily. He was my late night partner on the telephone. We talked to each other for a couple of hours a night. Between him and Doug Davenport, I had two phone buddies on the west coast. I definitely miss Mike. Life goes on, we try to do the best we can with what we've got.''
Koretsky says he supports charities such as those formed in the name of Eric Medlen, Darrell Gwynn, Racers for Christ and the Special Olympics just to name a few. He said supporting these charities inspires him and provides a personal purpose.
Earlier this year, Koretsky teamed up with Greg Hill and abandoned his longtime Mopar relationship. He said the accident has inspired him to live life to the edge more often.
''I'm having a lot more fun now,'' said Koretsky. ''I had a lot of fun before the accident but I'm having a lot more fun now because we merged the teams together between KPK Motorsports and Fast Boys Racing, Greg Hill. The fact that we did this merger financially it's been better for Greg and myself. It makes it a little more fun when you don't spend as much of your own money.''
Fun? Yes. Chaotic? Even more so.
''My life is now more chaotic because I have Kid Chaos [Kyle] racing, my middle son, we just have so much going on right now,'' Koretsky said. ''It's really all good, I mean you know I'm a little more focused on race day. Clay Millican has helped me calm down a lot on race day and we're doing a few things. It's nice when Evan Knoll is there helping me, calming me down. It's all about friends and the insiders, ya know our little group, Evan, Clay and Doug Davenport. When you see familiar faces around when your racing it just kind of makes you feel like you're at home a little more.''
Koretsky said he feels at home behind the wheel of a Pro Stocker once again. It wasn't always that way after the crash. He initially didn't want to do the interview with Torco's but changed his mind.
''I had to face the fears,'' Koretsky said, when asked what changed his mind about talking.
Koretsky smiled as he took the last bite of his sandwich. The door opened and it was a crew man telling him it was time to head for the staging lanes.
''It's show time,'' Koretsky said. ''It's time to beat this thing.''
And he did. Not only did he run quick enough to make the field, he faced his fears and won.

Envy Menswear Celebrates First Anniversary

SHERMAN OAKS, CA -- Envy Menswear proudly celebrates its first anniversary in the luxury men's intimate wear market. Envy's 204 SKUs are currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Scandinavia, Malta, and Russia, with new international partners finalizing their Envy partnership deals.
''Envy has proven to be a fast-rising star as a top selling line in only our first year,'' says Envy Menswear Director of Global Sales & Operations Christian Savoie. ''Our retail partners are devoting more space in their stores to make room for sexy menswear after seeing profits derived specifically from that market. We're thrilled with the consumer interest in Envy, and are pleased to have had such a successful launch year.''
''Enyv is such a great addition to my store!'' exclaims Adult Shop 61 representative Caitlyn. ''Great packaging, soft, durable material, and a great variety. Our customers have given us such a great response to the product. I would highly recommend this to everyone!''
Envy launched at last year's International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 55 initial styles, including briefs, thongs, boxer briefs, mesh briefs, tank tops, mesh tanks, and more. In the 12 months since, Envy has introduced hotter and trendier styles for the fashion forward man, leading menswear websites to taken note of Envy's extensive collection; notes, ''It is not very often [you] see a brand's initial collection being so extensive. It is a sign of a brand which is here to stay.'' and have also featured Envy.
Envy Menswear owner Frank Koretsky says, ''The appeal and interest from retailers and distributors around the world has been extremely enthusiastic. Their continued orders and reorders are a direct result of increased demand from their customers, who love Envy's designs as well as the price point. It encourages us to keep coming up with new designs and innovations in the menswear market, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with all our international partners.''
Folsom Gulch retail buyer Rick states, ''We've received a great response from our customers regarding Envy and sales have been great! If you're looking for a new brand of men's underwear to try, ENVY is it...the packaging is great too!''
Envy encompasses most male styles and fits of underwear, including basic foundation pieces, everyday wear, sexy styles, and dancewear. Featuring hot, trendy clothes for the fashion-forward man, the Envy Menswear catalog includes logo elastic, mesh, fishnet, wet look, microfiber, sport, bling, core basics, and liquid metal fabrics. Envy fashions include thongs, bikinis, briefs, tanks, and trunks, as well as bareback athletic jocks and briefs.
In addition to basic colors -- white, black, red -- Envy also features edgy gunmetal and camo, as well as new colors like neon pink, neon blue, and neon green in time for summer. Many Envy items are also available with sequin embellishments.
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Baci Lingerie Racks up 4 'O' Awards Noms from AVN

2014 'O' Awards Recognize Baci's Diverse Offerings of Lines from Lingerie & Costumes to Masks & Menswear!

-- Nov 20 2013
Los Angeles, CA -- Baci Lingerie nabs four nominations from the 2014 "O" Awards, presented by AVN Media Network. The prestigious nominations include Outstanding Packaged Lingerie Line for Baci, Outstanding Costume Lingerie Collection for Baci's Dreams 2, and Outstanding Accessory Product or Line for Baci's Luna Veneziana Masquerade Collection.
In addition to the three Baci Lingerie nominations, Baci's distributed line of menswear, Envy, is also up for Outstanding Packaged Lingerie Line.
The "O" Awards, held in Las Vegas this coming January during the AVN Novelty Expo, recognize the best of the best in the pleasure products industry, including design, innovation, and marketing.
Baci Lingerie Director of Global Sales & Operations Christian Savoie says, "This past year has seen Baci Lingerie experience global growth, expanding into many new areas of intimate apparel. The diversity of our "O' Awards nominations demonstrate Baci has been able to stay true to its core values, while creating an even larger selection of exquisite styles. Thank you to AVN Media for the recognizing this."
Recent honors and accolades for Baci Lingerie include the 2013 AVN Award for Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer, the 2013 XBIZ Award for Sensual Accessory Product/Line of the Year (Baci Eyelashes), and the 2013 StorErotica Award for Lingerie Manufacturer of the Year.
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Member of The 200 Club of Morris County

The 200 Club of Morris County proudly supports Morris County Police Officers, Fire Fighters, First Aid Squad Members, and Members of the New Jersey State Police who die in the line of duty. When tragedy occurs, grief is shared amongst the family as well as the members of The 200 Club of Morris County.