Happily Ever Zogger

ZogSports Mission: Bring People Together | Create Highlights | Make A Difference

We always love to hear stories from Zoggers who have lived out the ZogSports mission, like Ann Marie’s…

 

I am so fortunate to benefit from ZogSports’ vision for a better future.

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I joined Hoboken’s ZogSports a year after losing my fiancé to a brain aneurism almost ten years ago. I didn’t know at that time if I could ever be happy again. Everyone I knew was either getting married or married with kids, except me. Widowed at 30, I felt like my old life didn’t fit me anymore. I knew I needed to meet people my age but it is so hard to make friends when you are in your 30’s. I didn’t think I had any particularly interesting hobbies, and was never the athletic type, so I was intimidated easily by sports. Lucky for me to have found ZogSports which offered a variety of organized sports that catered to all skill levels (including the two I joined: kickball and dodgeball). These weekly games kept me out of the house and for lack of better words, saved my life.

It was during my first season as a Zogger where my now husband said he noticed me. We were out celebrating our respective games and exchanged a quick introduction. He told me later that he always looked for me after the games to see if we could meet up again. Four seasons later, the timing seemed right on both our ends and he asked me out. He seemed to know long before I did that we would end up together. Seven years later, We are happily married with our third child on the way this January.

I will always be forever grateful for ZogSports. It changed the trajectory of my life and allowed me to have a happy ending after all.

We couldn’t be happier to have played the role in your life that we did, Ann Marie!  Congratulations to you and your family.

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A ZogSports Proposal

ZogSports’ Mission: Bring People Together, Create Highlights, Make a Difference.

Thousands of people join ZogSports every season to keep playing and make new friends.  Often, these new friendships blossom into beautiful relationships.

Andrew met Marisa in a ZogSports Basketball league five years ago.  This month, Andrew came to us and asked if we could help him plan his proposal to Marisa at that very same gym where they first met.  Here is their story:

Marisa and I met playing in a casual coed basketball league a little over five years ago.  I moved to NY after college so I thought it might be a good way to meet people.  Our team didn’t win that many games but it didn’t matter, we ended up bonding over how terrible our team was.  I started emailing Marisa separately and she invited me to join her ZogSports football team.  We started dating a few months later and we’ve been playing with the same football team for 5 years now.

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[For the proposal] I wanted to do something that would surprise her and something that would take her back to when we first met.  Earlier that night after I asked her to sub for my friend’s volleyball team.  [When we walked in] she said to me, “Hey – Isn’t this the gym where we first met?”  It was perfect.  I could tell by her reaction when she walked into the gym that she had no idea it was going to happen.

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People who join ZogSports are generally looking to meet people and have fun.  It helps to meet someone while doing something you love, like playing sports, because you know right away that you have shared interests.  I know a few couples who have met through ZogSports and I don’t think I ever would have met Marisa if it weren’t for ZogSports! img_7765

We couldn’t be happier for Andrew and Marisa.  Congratulations!

Want to be next?  Join a ZogSports league near you at www.ZogSports.com.

 

10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports

We all know you’re not just playing in that kickball league just for the fun of it.  You learn something new every day, and you’ll be damned if you don’t expand your mind when you step up to the plate…literally.
10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports
1) You probably weren’t as good in gym class
as you thought you were
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2) There are no professional scouts in the stands
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3) Always take photos at the beginning of the night
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4) Don’t date anyone who yells at referees
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5) You don’t really know your coworkers
until you’ve survived a dodgeball match with them
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6) Don’t give out your number after a game of 105 cup beer pong Drunk Flirting - Meme Center

7) You’re never too old to make new friends
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8) You won’t get judged on your skills, but you will get judged on your team name
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9) A game of flip cup can be the solution for ending an age-old rivalry
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10) Playing social sports can make you feel like a super hero Super Hero - Pinterest

 

What life lesson have you learned through playing social sports?
Comment below and let us know!

Highlight of the Week – Love From NYC to SF

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“We both joined Zog Touch Football in NYC as free agents in January 2013 (I had never done football before, just volleyball).  We ended up on the same team and have played on a Zog team together every season since.  We moved to San Francisco a little over two years ago and are getting married in a few weeks at a vineyard in Sonoma!

-Chelsea,  Snap, Tackle, Pop!, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you make the game winning catch?
Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

We want to hear about it!

Send your ZogSports highlight with photos of you and/or your team to Highlights@ZogSports.com.


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Highlight Tapes

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That’s Hilarious

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The Hawk Will Never Die

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Season Made

Everyday Were Shufflin

Unwind and Socialize

Highlight of the Week – A Very Zog Engagement

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“I started playing Zog volleyball in Hoboken during the Fall season of 2013, Debra and I had been dating for about 9 months. It is likely that watching me play volleyball came a distant 3rd to exploring some of Hoboken’s fine restaurants and getting to see her boyfriend, but Debra dutifully attended many Zog volleyball games. I feel safe in saying that she was the #1 Zog fan. She learned all of my teammates’ names so she could properly cheer for them and learned the volleyball vernacular. Throughout the next four seasons, Debra resumed her status as #1 fan by stepping up her cheer “prop” game. It started out with the Volley Llama poster. She took her creativity to a new level with the Cream of Wheat noise makers. Lastly, but not least, she brought pom-poms for last season’s playoffs. You could say Zog was a big part of our relationship…

So it should come as no surprise that the day I had chosen to propose (Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11th) I also had a volleyball game scheduled in Hoboken. Now I know that Debra is very understanding but I certainly didn’t want to push my luck… I e-mailed my team and told them I couldn’t make it (for only the 2nd time in 2+ years of Zog volleyball). Of course things don’t always go as planned… Our captain e-mailed back and said we only had 4 players coming and 1 of them was limping quite badly. It was the last game of the regular season and we needed a win or 2 to make the playoffs. I told them I would see what I could do…

Nov. 11th arrived and I had everything I needed (parental permission, a shiny ring and the courage to go through with the biggest decision of my life). I’ll spare you the lengthy details but we spent the day together and I made a concerted effort to keep Debra on her toes. Every detour we took she wondered if there was another surprise waiting or if it was just another decoy. We finally made our way onto the pier in Hoboken and I got down on my knee and asked her to marry me. It was 7:45 PM, we were newly engaged and she says to me “Wait, do you really have a volleyball game tonight?!”. It might not be the most romantic thing to do after you get engaged, but the game was at 8 and we hurried across town to the Boys and Girls Club. The first people to hear that we were engaged were my Zog teammates. One of my best friends is also my Zog teammate… two of my Jersey City teammates were on the opposing team that night… Jen the ref has known us for 2+ years and watched our relationship grow.. and of course my Hoboken team is full of new friends. It might sound weird but Debra and I both thought it was very “us” that the 1st people to know about our engagement were our Zog friends. We won the match 2-1 and clinched our playoff spot. The wedding is set for September 24th of this year. It was a great outcome all around.”

-Mike, Cream of Wheat, ZogSports New Jersey

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Did you make the game winning catch?
Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

We want to hear about it!

Send your ZogSports highlight with photos of you and/or your team to Highlights@ZogSports.com.


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Didn’t Know You Before

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We Make Them Look Good

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Sandy Balls

All About The Glory

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A Great Experience

BTS with FTS

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You play ZogSports to make new friends, keep playing your favorite sports, give back, and experience a highlight every week.  Now it’s time to meet the people that help deliver those highlights.  Let’s go Behind the Scenes with Field Team Supervisors:

Meet Alex!

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Alex is a Field Team Supervisor for NYC Volleyball.

Z: How long have you been with ZogSports?

A: Playing since 2007, reffing since fall of 2010

Z: Why do you love working for ZogSports?

A: I love working for ZogSports, because it’s such a cool organization that brings people together from all walks of life.  I’ve made some great friends thanks to Zog.  And the fact that teams play for charity puts us a step over the competition out there that just plays for sport only.

Z: What’s the best team name you’ve come across while working for ZogSports?

A: “Mas Serve Aces” or “Cunning Stunts & Spicy Meats”

Z: Do you have advice for the best pickup line to use at a ZogSports happy hour?

A: Guy to girl: Sorry I spiked the ball in your face.  Can I buy you a drink?

Girl to guy: Sorry not sorry that I blocked your spike.  Now you owe me a drink.

Z: What has been your ZogSports highlight?

A: Having met my fiancé thanks to ZogSports!

Z: Next time you see Alex, ask him to tell you about the time…

A: I had an impacted tooth removed.

If you want to join the ZogSports team, apply to be a referee here.

If you want to experience the highlight of your week, join a ZogSports league here.