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Blogging with BP: Aug. 6, 2013
Release: Thursday 08/06/2013 

Earlier today I posted and distributed a news release regarding the re-opening of the Bradley Team Store Wednesday. If you are not familiar, the store is located next to the ticket office at the front of Renaissance Coliseum. Our athletic department partnership with adidas continues to become more and more visible and that partnership now is reflected with this re-opening. As the release states, the shop in Renaissance Colisem is the Official Apparel Store of Bradley Athletics. It is completely stocked with adidas apparel adorned with our new brand marks and as our teams complete their orders, you will see more and more apparel worn by Bradley student-athletes, coaches and staff available for public purchase only at the Bradley Team Store.Bradley Braves adidas t-shirt

While my view is obviously biased, the new apparel looks great and it also is pretty affordable by today's standards with t-shirts starting as low as $18.99 and hooded sweatshirts in the $30 range. For those looking for a non-celebrity endorsement, my favorite apparel item is a gray t-shirt (seen to the right) that already has the broken-in look and is feathery soft. I'll be buying one for myself Wednesday when the store opens.

Newest Addition to NBA Display
We have a new addition to the display of Braves in the NBA in the Basketball Performance Center at Renaissance Coliseum. Former Bradley Basketball manager Dana Davis was one of the great ambassadors for Bradley University and Peoria and his passing last Fall has left a hole in our community. Fortunately, his good friends Mitchell "J.J." Anderson, one of Bradley Basketball's all-time greats, and David Booth, pride of Peoria Manual H.S., are committed to making the Mitchell "J.J." Anderson All-Star Basketball Camp a lasting tribute to Double-D's generous spirit. As the primary organizer for J.J.'s camp, Double-D directly touched the lives of countless under-privileged children in Peoria, not only by providing them health care services and mentorship from a long list of role models in and out of the sporting community, but also simply the opportunity to play.

Dana Davis tribute in the Bradley Basketball Performance CenterAs those who follow Bradley closely know, Dana Davis served as the men's basketball team manager for Dick Versace and his colorful post-graduate career ultimately landed him with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, where he worked his way up the organization's front-office staff ladder to Vice President. Double-D will be memorialized alongside the 18 former Braves who went on to play in the NBA. A framed Memphis Grizzlies jersey, autographed by the team with a statement from former team owner Michael Heisley in tribute to Double-D, now hangs above Mitchell "J.J." Anderson Court.

I happened to be in the practice facility today when one of our new players asked about the new display and it gave me the opportunity to tell him about Double D. His spirit lives on.

Random Thoughts
While we have posted some updates on throughout this summer, it seems some achievements by Bradley student-athletes have flown a bit under the radar. Senior soccer players Brian Billings and Scott Davis both teamed with former Brave Tapiwa Machingauta on an Ocean City Nor'easters Premier Development League team that soared to franchise heights this summer. In addition to advancing to the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in franchise history and playing Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union down to the wire early in the summer, the Nor'easters just completed a run to the PDL playoffs semifinals, also a franchise first. Meanwhile, Bradley forward Alon Badat shook off the rust from his recovery from ACL surgery last fall by helping Team Canada to a bronze medal at the 19th Maccabiah Games last month in Jerasulem. Canada's run included a first-round win against Brazil and culminated with a 3-1 win against Mexico for its first-ever men's soccer medal at the Olympic-style competition for Jewish national teams.

Sophomore pitcher Brent Stong is turning in an impressive summer in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Stong has appeared in 13 games this summer. While his ERA recently bumped up to over 4.00, he has not allowed a run in eight of his 13 appearances and more than one run in just two of those 13 outings, while allowing only 17 hits and striking out 16 in 18.1 innings.

Congratulations to Bradley sophomore women's golfer Danielle Lemek. The 2012-13 Bradley B-Club Most Outstanding Female Athlete has enjoyed another impressive summer on the links by winning the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association stroke play title, as well as a qualifier for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She wrapped up play this morning at the U.S. Amateur, following up Monday's 79 with a 78 today for a 36-hole score of 157 at the Country Club of Charleston on the South Carolina coast.

On behalf of the entire Bradley Athletics staff, I extend a "Welcome aboard" to a quartet of new staff members: men's tennis head coach Tim Gray, women's tennis coach Matt Tyler, softball assistant coach Benet Higgs and Mackenzie Maddock, Coordinator of Academics and Student-Athlete Welfare, all have joined the staff in the last few days and are hitting the ground running.

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