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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 8

Yohan Blake leads off 2012 adidas Grand Prix lineup
World champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica, ranked No. 1 in the world at 100 meters, kicks off a scintillating lineup of superstars expected at the 2012 adidas Grand Prix in a possible preview of the 100m final at this summer’s Olympic Games. Homestretch tickets for the event, set for June 9, are now on sale at 877-849-8722.

More athlete announcements for the 2012 event are expected soon.

Last summer in Daegu, South Korea, Blake became the youngest 100-meter gold medalist at the World Championships since it began in 1983. "I would like to be a legend," he said before capping off his historic week by running the third leg and handing off to his training partner, Usain Bolt, on the 4x100-meter relay team that broke its own World record.

The eighth-annual adidas Grand Prix, one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, is the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit, and the third stop on the Visa Championship Series. It will begin at 1 p.m. on June 9 at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island. For more information, visit the event website at, on Facebook and Twitter.

GILL Athletics names recipient of 2012 USATF Coaches Education Level I Scholarship
Jemel Balkman has been awarded a scholarship from Gill Athletics for the USATF Level I Coaches Education School to be held at Villanova University from March 16-18.

“Jemel has been involved in track and field for over 16 years as an athlete, coach, student and mentor,” said Gill Athletics Sales Manager Mike Cunningham.

"Receiving this scholarship is quite possibly the best thing that has happened to me in this sport in a long time,” said Balkman. “The opportunity it represents and the endless possibility that lies ahead is immense and I'm humbled to even think about it.”

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Universal Sports now on DISH Network
The Universal Sports Network is pleased to announce it is now available on the DISH Network for all DISH subscribers through April 25 on channel 402. After this date, it will be available on various packages such as the Multi-Sport package (subscribers can check with DISH to make sure they get it).Universal Sports is the premier media destination for Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming. Universal Sports features domestic and international qualifying events for championship and Olympic sports, including track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, volleyball, marathons, triathlons and rugby.

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