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10.29.2013

Introducing: Knockaround Class Acts

On November 1st, Knockaround is taking you to school. We are excited to introduce Knockaround Class Acts, a campaign which aims to donate money, resources, and art supplies to underfunded elementary schools.

You might remember our trip to Hilltop Elementary in 2012 when a fifth grader named Sebastian designed the Shark Attack Premiums. 200 pairs of these shark themed Limited Editions went into production and sold out in under an hour. As a result, we were able to donate $5 from every pair to purchase new art supplies for Sebastian’s school.

Well, we’re at it again. Over the last few weeks the Knockaround crew visited three elementary schools in the San Diego area. We held a design contest and received over 300 submissions. We’ve selected an awesome winning design to share with the world.

We will be pre-selling the glasses on Indiegogo.com during the month of November. That way, everyone who wants a pair, gets a pair, and we can maximize our potential donation. 100% of the money raised during our November campaign will be given back to the participating elementary schools, and ArtReach, our partnering non-profit organization which facilitates art education in underfunded elementary schools around San Diego. Read more about them here.

So stay tuned, the design will be revealed on November 1st.

10.28.2013

LXM PRO: Atlanta Recap

The LXM PRO Tour was in Atlanta this past weekend with the sixth matchup of the season. Team STX was up 3 – 2 in the series, and Maverik United was looking to tie things up.

A slow first half left the teams tied 7 to 7 at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. A strong 3rd quarter from Maverik United would put them up 13 – 9. A goal from Brandon Corp of Maverik United would start off an intense 4th quarter.

Maverik’s defense could not keep up with a late comeback from Team STX. Xander Ritz and Kyle Harrison went on an eight-goal run late in the second half, with no response from Maverik United. Once at a five-goal deficit, Team STX came back in the 4th quarter to bring the game to a tie with a little over five minutes to play.

A crucial goal from Max Ritz would give Team STX the lead. Maverik United didn’t have enough to fight off the power players from STX, and the game ended 18 – 16 in favor of Team STX.

After the game, the players signed autographs for fans at the official Knockaround Autograph Session. A few lucky fans went home with custom LXM PRO x Knockaround Premiums.

The tour is headed to Texas for the next game in the series.

10.22.2013

Limited Edition Bowling Premiums!

If you’re reading this, chances are you already have a pair of Knockarounds… but it’s time to pick up a spare.  Introducing Limited Edition Bowling Premiums!  You’ll be the talk of the alley wearing a pair of these, which feature frosted grey fronts, smoke lenses, and screenprinted matte white arms.   The design is simple and classic, just like the game itself:  just roll the ball down the lane and knock over as many pins as you can.  Each pair comes with a hand-sewn flannel Kingpin pouch, a desktop bowling set, and a custom Knockaround Bowling League patch.  Only 450 pairs are available, so don’t hesitate, Turkey!

10.21.2013

Breast Cancer Awareness 5k!

This past weekend the Knockaround crew took part in a breast cancer awareness 5k walk through Balboa Park in San Diego. We were happy to fight off the fog and chilly weather for a great cause. Donations raised by our team went to the American Cancer Society.

10.07.2013

LXM PRO: Sacramento Recap

This past weekend the LXM ATS returned to California. Maverik United and Team STX were tied 2 – 2 in the series, which would set a competitive battle to take the series lead in Sacramento.

Back and forth goals throughout the fist half made for an evenly matched fight. Just before the half Maverik United’s Nick Tintle was out on a cross-checking penalty, giving Team STX the advantage at the start of the second half.

Team STX led 5 – 4 as the players headed into the third quarter. STX maintained their command through the quarter, but never exceeded a two goal lead. For every STX goal, Maverik United responded with a goal of their own. Entering the fourth quarter, Team STX was up 9 – 8.  Crucial saves from Matt Russell in combination with a pair of goals from Davy Emala and Sam Bradman would put Team STX up, 12 – 9. STX closed out the game with a 12 – 10 win.

Post-win, Matt Russell, Team STX goalie, tended to a broken thumb, a mid-game injury! The rest of the players made their way to the official Knockaround Autograph Session. They met with fans, signed LXM x Knockaround posters, and handed out custom LXM x Knockaround sunglasses to a few lucky youth players.

Next stop, Atlanta.

10.03.2013

LXM PRO: Orem Recap

After a nice month-long break, the LXM PRO’s were headed to Utah for the fourth stop of the LXM ATS. Both teams donned new Champion uniforms, along with custom LXM x Knockaround Premiums. A beautiful venue among the Wasatch Mountains set the stage for an exciting night in Orem.

Maverik United had a strong start, leading 8 – 3 at the end of the first quarter. Team STX came back with a powerful attack from fan favorites, Xander Ritz and Peter Baum, however STX fell short of a lead by the end of the first half. The teams left the field at the half, 10 – 8 in favor of Maverik United.

The second half was hard fought by Team STX. After gaining the lead, Team STX was threatening another win, but two quick goals from Johnny Christmas would put Maverik United up by two with under a minute remaining in the game. A late goal from Sam Bradman of Team STX was not enough to clinch a victory and Maverik United took the game 20 – 19.

Following the game, fans enjoyed a meet-and-greet with the professional players at the Knockaround Autograph Session. A few lucky fans got a pair of the custom LXM x Knockaround sunglasses, and went home with autographed posters and jerseys.

Only a week before the next tour stop. LXM ATS heads back to the Golden State for the next game of the series. You can catch the game on October 5th in Sacramento.

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