Extol Celebrating Health

MAR 2017

Extol Sports is a publication dedicated to celebrating, covering and featuring health, fitness and sports in Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

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Imagine willingly entering an arena where normally-civilized people told you where to go (and what to do to yourself once you got there). Professional basketball referee Eric Ballenger has done just that for 35 years. But why?!? In this issue of Extol Sports, writer Steve Kaufman goes behind the whistle to find out. Art Director Adam Kleinert and I were on hand for Eric's photo shoot with photographer Tony Bennett, but what you won't find in this month's cover story is anything about that enjoyable afternoon. A family man who prefers to stay out of the limelight when it comes to his second profession on the court, Eric was willing to share his story and oblige us as we tried to get the perfect shot, photographically speaking. Hopefully, you're not one of those folks who come unglued when a ref makes a call you don't agree with, but if you're a sports lover, surely, you've taken a ref 's call to heart at some time or another, even quietly, haven't you? Regardless of how you react, I encourage you to read Eric's story to see a view from the other side. ank you, Referee Ballenger, for being such a good sport. Perfect Partnership No matter what industry you work in, partnerships are key, and I'm excited to announce our latest: Beginning next issue, you'll get to read the views from some of your favorite local hosts, reporters and personalities from 790 WKRD, which broadcasts from Louisville and is owned by iHeartMedia. Stay tuned for more. Favorite Sports Bar Lastly, with the debut of ExtolSports.com, we are busy compiling a list of your favorite sports bar in Kentuckiana. We'll soon list the top favorites in a poll on the website, with the winning locale getting a fan-fueled feature in an upcoming issue of this magazine. So, send your pick in an email to angie@extolmag.com. Just be sure to put "Favorite Sports Bar" in the subject line. As always, thanks for picking up Extol Sports. EDITOR'S NOTE Yours truly, Angie Fenton Editor in Chief Katie George, Howie Lindsey and Matt Willinger are among the 790 WKRD crew now partnering with Extol Sports. Stay Tuned! • Courtesy Photo Photo of Eric Ballenger by Tony Bennett 9

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