After safely riding out Sandy in her apartment on the UWS, Zogger Amanda Bickerstaff wanted to help any way she could. After spending a few days volunteering at Red Cross shelters all around Long Island, she returned back to her UWS home and realized she wanted to do even more. As she was busy cooking in her kitchen, she thought of the perfect idea to continue helping out. That was when she decided to form her very own organization, UWSLoves. Amanda spent the next three weeks feeding 1,500 people hot food, baking for over 1,500 people, and making over 3,000 sandwiches right out of her home. Through the help of friends and volunteers, they were able to help communities in Rockaway, Coney Island and Brooklyn. As the recovery went on, she joined forces with Do Your Part, a 501(c)3 charity that has been integral in disaster relief since Hurricane Katrina. Through her efforts they have raised over $30,000 in monetary and in kind donations, hosted a group of volunteers from Vermont, hosted a Children’s Festival in Rockaway, and helped out hundreds of families.
A year later, the communities are still in need, so UWSLoves is hosting a fundraiser on October 26th at No Idea Bar to raise additional money. All donations will go towards families, like the one of a volunteer firefighter in Gerristen Beach that has spent so much time helping others that she has neglected her own recovery and must now completely rebuild her home. Click here to purchase tickets for the event.
Hope to see you there Zoggers!
A typical day at the ZogSports headquarters involves customers emailing, calling and of course picking up team shirts. One person may come to get tees for their ZogSportsNJ soccer team, “Man-Chest-Hair United”; you may think the entire office falls silent when they say their name. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. Hearing team names such as the one mentioned has become part of the jargon at ZogSports. Sometimes Zoggers come in and are embarrassed to say their team name and we have to lower the music to try to hear them. “Nothing Butt Hole” is the way we roll here at ZogSports. Take a look at some of the good, the bad and the ugly team names here at ZogSports.
One may wonder how Zoggers choose what name they want to be for an entire season. Well for one team it was an obvious choice. With a baby on the way, the captain knew she had to warn her competitors. “Leggo my Preggo” was officially born. This team definitely caught the attention of ZogSportsLA with their creativity in the name as well as the captain’s gear!
Future Zogger in LA!
Some Zoggers take what is all over the news onto the field. Whether it was related to Charlie Sheen or Occupy Wall Street, pop culture exploded the rosters over the past few years. This season, ZogSportsDC already has some Miley Cyrus classics such as “Twerkaholics” or “End Zone Twerkers”. We just hope ‘twerking’ stays as the team names rather than making an appearance at the games or happy hours! One ZogSportsNY team stands out from the rest.* Taking a reference from a pop culture classic, SNL, the “Kernal Angus and the Cork Soakers” have set the bar high for all you NYC Zoggers. Time to start planning for next season Zoggers! Catch up on all of your pop culture and maybe you can make it into our ZogSports Name Madness Fantasy League.
ZogSports Name Madness!
Whether your ZogSports team is “bust[ing]-a-nutely” or “Butt-Fumblers” out on the field, the ZogSports staff thank you Zoggers for making our jobs a hell of a lot more entertaining each season.
*One tip of advice to grab our attention, try not to do anything with the words, “blue” and “balls” we have seen a few too many of those!