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Responsible Athletics: PRIVIT

Ensuring Complete, Accurate, Student Athlete Health Information at The University of Cincinnati

Case Study:

The University of Cincinnati has a total enrollment of 46,244 students. The Bearcats’ athletics program feature over 500 student athletes on 19 varsity teams. Every year UC receives athletes from all over the country – and the world. In order to participate on any of the University’s sports teams, incoming athletes must complete a packet of health information forms each year. Returning athletes must update their packets to show accurate information regarding their physicals and insurance, among other required forms to meet compliance requirements.

The Problem

A few years ago, collecting all these required packets and information proved to be a difficult task. UC’s medical staff had to make an attempt to send packets out to players as they were coming in and hope they would fill it out before arriving on campus. This presented the challenge to the athletic staff to have to track down students who were missing forms, or other important information. Sometimes the student athletes would return their required paperwork and sometimes they would not. Having the athletic staff track down missing health information and incomplete packets was becoming an increasingly difficult and tedious process. “The process was cumbersome, but it was the best available at the time,” said Aaron Himmler (AT, MS), UC’s Assistant AD for Sports Medicine and Football Head Athletic Trainer. Then Aaron heard about PRIVIT, “PRIVIT was available right when we [the athletic staff] were about fed up with our current process.” He decided to contact Stanford University about how they were implementing PRIVIT at their school.

The Solution

PRIVIT offered a technology that completely eliminated paper as the method for collecting sensitive student athlete health information. The athletic department staff no longer had to chase down incomplete forms and information. UC recently finished its fourth year of utilizing PRIVIT’s secure technology.

“I can’t image going back to the paper route, all the steps included in that process and then getting incomplete information and not knowing that until they [student athletes] get here to campus. There are 100 to 150 brand new athletes coming in every year so going back to paper means being unsure of information you are getting and not sure you will get it. Not a good situation. Now the time it takes to remind athletes of any missing information is minimal. It eliminates having to individually call athletes to complete missing information.” – Aaron Himmler (AT, MS), Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Head Football Athletic Trainer, University of Cincinnati.

The decision to make the change was made and the athletic staff decided to go all in with the new method that PRIVIT provided. The learning curve was short, and they have now reached a point where using the platform is second nature.

Right after an incoming football player sends a letter of intent they receive an email to begin the process of completing their required health information through PRIVIT’s user-friendly advanced mobile technology. By the time the athletes arrive on campus for their incoming physicals the athletic staff has all their information and it has been accessible for some time. This process has become a necessity for the sports program administrators. The department says the quality of information they are receiving has improved significantly.

More Complete and Accurate Information and Reduced Workload for Staff

Aaron says continuing to implement PRIVIT technology is a no-brainer:

“Anything that can give us better, more accurate information on our student athletes I am on board with – because ultimately that is a factor in being able to provide better healthcare,” Himmler says. Being able to collect more accurate, complete and secure health information is critical to the mission of their sports department. “If we can make that process more efficient and less work for the department why wouldn’t you do that? If you can make your life easier and get even better information, then why not?” Since implementing PRIVIT technology the University of Cincinnati’s trainers and athletic staff can review athlete’s health information before they arrive on campus and have the best information available to them.

Another feature Himmler says is invaluable is provided to the students themselves. When students have completed their time at UC, they leave with an accurate medical snapshot available to them to take anywhere they need – whether that is transferring or moving on to the next level or the pros. “A lot of athletes don’t have a good grasp of their medical history. They get shots when they’re younger but don’t remember what for. PRIVIT’s ability to integrate with EMRs [Electronic Medical Records] is great. Transition from one platform to another and being able to share that information is pretty interesting and helpful. Ability to have athletes give information to us through PRIVIT and then we [UC] can transfer to EMR is amazing. Gives a highly detailed medical history and it’s unreal.”

A newer feature being utilized at UC is requiring insurance information for each student athlete to be put in the system. This information has proven to be extremely helpful for the athletic department’s staff. Aaron says the department’s experience with PRIVIT has been easy to use and adaptable to their changing needs. For example, the department is looking into utilizing the welcome video feature to create education pieces that student athletes are required to complete in order to be eligible to play. He calls PRIVIT a “one-stop shop for all pertinent information: physical, immunization, insurance card.”

GuardLab Announces A New Mouthguard Collaboration with Bauer

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — GuardLab® Inc., a New York-based innovative sports technology brand, utilizing 3D scanning technology and 3D printing to create the most accurate fitting mouthguards in the market, announced today they are collaborating with leading hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer® Hockey to supply a new line of Bauer APEX™ and APEX™ Lite Mouthguards, a product of GuardLab, available this September.   


The APEX™ and APEX™ Lite Mouthguards, created exclusively for Bauer Hockey by GuardLab, feature a patent-pending, award winning design developed through GuardLab’s extensive research and experience with 3D images taken from thousands of real athletes.  The APEX™ guards are designed to closely replicate the look, feel and fit of GuardLab’s custom-fitted mouthguards, including ergonomically tapered top edges, plus a pre-indented bite pattern that guarantees a precise fit.   

“Bauer Hockey believes that all athletes – especially hockey players – should always wear a mouthguard, even if not mandated by their teams or leagues, to protect their teeth and minimize injuries. Bauer looked at several alternatives, concluding that GuardLab produces the best, most comfortable and form-fitting mouthguards,” said Ed Kinnaly, CEO of Bauer Hockey.  “We believe GuardLab mouthguards are unlike any other product on the market – the innovation, comfort and 3D technology blends well with our brand vision.  We are excited to launch our new line of APEX™ mouthguards in retail stores and to utilize GuardLab’s 3D digital scanning technology to fit our Bauer Athletes and select teams with GuardLab’s custom-fitted neuromuscular ARC™ PRO mouthguards.”   

The product launches in select stores across the United States and Canada in various colors, sizes and helmet tether options. With two levels of comfort, the Bauer APEX™ Lite Guard (at 2.5mm) is one of the thinnest and most comfortable new guards on the market.  Local hockey teams can get their team logos on exclusive editions of Bauer APEX™ Guards in certain locations.

“We are thrilled to team with Bauer, a world-class brand synonymous with high quality, performance and protection.  Our patented mouthguards are the perfect addition to Bauer’s hockey equipment line. It’s a privilege to collaborate with them to better serve the hockey community,” said GuardLab’s Chairman, Tefft Smith.  

Visit GuardLab.com for more information and a list of Bauer retailers.

About GuardLab, Inc.  

GuardLab is a sports technology company changing the way athletes protect their teeth, using 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. GuardLab has clients across all major professional and collegiate sports, including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLL and NCAA; such as multi-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, current NBA Champion Toronto Raptors, UNC Men’s Basketball, NY Islanders, LA Kings, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Toronto Blue Jays and more.  GuardLab is 100% Made in the USA, using dental grade quality and toxic free materials.  

About Bauer Hockey  

Bauer Hockey is the world’s most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer Hockey developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer Hockey has continued to develop the most sought-after products in the industry, including the widely successful SUPREME®, VAPOR® and NEXUS® lines of products. 

SOURCE: Guardlab.com
Link: https://guardlab.com/blogs/news/bauer-hockey-launches-new-mouthguard-line-with-guardlab

FLIPGIVE Raises $5M Series A To Help Reinvent How Youth Sports Teams Fundraise

Digital fundraising platform FlipGive has raised $5 million in a Series A to help accelerate its mission of changing the way North American youth sports teams raise money.

“We have only scratched the surface of what is possible in the world of team-sport and club fundraising.”

FlipGive offers an online platform that connects merchants to consumers through community fundraisers. Teams can raise money by receiving cash back through shopping at partnered online stores or certain in-store locations. The startup touts itself as having revolutionized the fundraising space for youth sports, member organizations, and clubs raising money.

The Series A was led by Toronto-based Framework Ventures Partners, the first investment of its new $100 million fund announced earlier this year. The round also saw participation from New York-based venture firm FJ Labs as well as iGan Partners. The capital will help FlipGive hire talent, develop enhanced product features, and bring on new brand partners, as well as support marketing and “member acquisition.”

“We have only scratched the surface of what is possible in the world of team-sport and club fundraising,” said Mark Bachman, FlipGive co-founder and CEO, a father of three, who founded the company alongside Nicholas Lee, after experiencing the need for a more efficient way to fundraise for his kid’s various sports teams.

Bachman told BetaKit that on top of using the funding to build out its platform, FlipGive also plans to expand into new sports verticals including volleyball, gymnastics, and swimming, as well as school teams and trips; to date, the platform had been focused on baseball, soccer, and hockey teams.

Founded in 2008 FlipGive didn’t officially launch its current platform until 2016. The platform now enables its members to shop for groceries, gas, and clothing from a number of major retailers including Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart, Apple, Nike, and Hotels.com. Users are also able to plan team events and accept donations. In 2017, FipGive announced that eight-time NBA All-StarDikembe Mutombo joined the company as a major shareholder and global ambassador. Earlier this year, the startup announced a partnership with TeamSnap, a Colorado-based sports team management platform. At the time FlipGive indicated that, since its launch, teams and groups have raised over $20 million through its platform.

FlipGive co-founders Mark Bachman (CEO) and Nicholas Lee (Chief Technology Officer). Image courtesy FlipGive

“Framework is incredibly excited about working with Mark [Bachman], Nicholas [Lee, co-foudner], and the rest of the FlipGive team to tackle the tremendous friction associated with fundraising,” said Peter Misek, partner at Framework. “We deeply believe in FlipGive’s ability to service a market in dire need of intuitive, user-driven tools that can help families and other groups of people reduce the financial burden related to sporting and other organized activities.”

Return investor iGan, which is typically focused on investing in health tech companies, has been investing in the fundraiser startup since 2013. Founder and managing partner at iGan, Sam Ifergan, called FlipGive “an important enabler of youth sports as well as an incredible marketplace.”

“We are very excited to see FlipGive enter this new era. Having been invested in the company from the beginning, it is very fulfilling to see the vision become a reality,” he stated.

Platforms like FlipGive are becoming increasingly important for Canadian youth sports teams, with reports that parents are spending more than $1,000 per year on extracurriculars for their children. According to a study conducted by Global News last year, many parents expressed that they had gone into debt in order to pay for their kid’s activities.

“This is exactly why we built FlipGive,” Bachman told BetaKit. “Using the power of spending of families so they can earn cash back for everything they buy for their team. [FlipGive is] using that buying power to fund teams.”

With its cash back model, money raised through FlipGive can either go directly towards teams, or those teams have the option to reimburse parents directly.

“Families are forced to sacrifice so much so that their kids can have access to a sport they love,” said Bachman, earlier this year, noting that FlipGive has a goal of raising $100 million for youth sports teams over the next five years.

Photo by Jeffrey F Lin via Unsplash

URL: https://betakit.com/flipgive-raises-5-million-series-a-to-help-reinvent-how-youth-sports-teams-fundraise/


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As a partner of our projects, we are proud to support Visitor Queue

About VisitorQueue:
Visitor Queue is an advanced B2B (a business that sells to other businesses) lead generation software that identifies the name, contact details and user data of the businesses that visit your website. Gone are the days of cold calling and guessing, we feed your sales team hot leads that have already shown an interest in your products and/or services. With 98% of website visitors disappearing from your website without a trace, isn’t it time you found out who they were?

SOURCE: VisitorQueue

URL: http://www.visitorqueue.com

FlipGive – Giving Cash-Back to Youth Sports Teams.

Fundraising has come a long way from selling chocolate bars, door to door…

How it works…

As parents with kids enrolled in team sports and arts programs we were constantly having to sell cookies and host car washes to raise money year after year. We knew there had to be a better way. After a long search through candy and pizza fundraising companies, we couldn’t find a solution that we liked… so we decided to build our own.

We knew that the worst part of fundraising is having to ask and burden close friends and family to buy things that they don’t want or need. Leveraging our backgrounds in e-commerce and charity fundraising, we’ve come up with an alternative that we believe is a better way to raise funds for the things your family loves.

By partnering up with brands we’ve built an online shopping platform that connects you with the stores you already shop at except now they will give cash back to your team. Brands now have a way to give back to the community and teams can fund the things they love to do by simply shopping, eating out, and traveling. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!

At FlipGive, we want to empower parents, coaches, teachers, managers or anyone for that matter to fund the things they love and put the focus back on the kids and their development both on and off the field.


NEW YORK, Feb 14, 2019 — GuardLab® a New York – based custom mouthguard company specializing in 3D technology and 3D printing announces today a new Hockey Brand Ambassador, NHL forward James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers. Van Riemsdyk joins a diverse and talented spec trum of passionate and dedicated athletes, who believe in the quality of GuardLab products and our modern technology to improve the way athletes protect their teeth.

GuardLab uses 3D technology, powered by 3Shape, to make the most accurate fitting mouth guards, coupled with a proprietary Alignment Repositioning Cushion (ARC™Technology) that can help to increase oxygenation, reduce TMJ tension and stabilize the head, neck and jaw muscles during training and competition.

The American – born hockey player, a lso known as JVR , grew up in Middletown, NJ and experienced an orofacial injury early in his career while playing minor hockey. Since that time, and for several years since, Van Riemsdyk has been wearing a lime green dentist – made custom mouthguard to prote ct his teeth, trying out different custom guards from his dentists. Custom fit mouthguards offer the best in protection, however, the styles and thicknesses can vary from dentist to dentist and traditional putty impressions are required for every new guard .

After getting 3D scanned for an ARC – PRO Guard in 2018, van Riemsdyk was surprised by the ease, comfort, and accuracy of 3Shape TRIOS and the soft, thinner protective mouthguard made by GuardLab.

“I first got scanned for my GuardLab mouthpiece this past summer and the process couldn’t have been easier. It only took about ten minutes to do the 3D scan, so you don’t have to deal with the messy putty, clearly the technology is way better. I feel like that [process] allowed for a better fit, and now I find that my mouthguard is in my mouth more often than hanging out of the side of it. Not only was the process way easier, but the product is way better than what I’ve had in the past” said NHL forward, James van Riemsdyk .

Without major changes to his teeth, the same digital impression can be used to make as many mouthguards as JVR needs, sent directly to the athlete or organization in a matter of days. What was once a common site to see van Riemsdyk chewing his lime green mouthguard, may now become a thing of the past with GuardLab.​

Van Riemsdyk’s career includes over 650 NHL games played with the Philadelphia Flyers (2009 – 2012 and 2018 – to present) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (2012 – 2017). JVR is an exciting Hockey Brand Ambassador for GuardLab, as an active goal scorer with over 216 goals and 205 assists to – date, and counting.

About GuardLab, Inc.

GuardLab is a sports technology company changing the way you protect your teeth. We use 3D technology and 3D printing to create premium products that are accurate and comfortable, while being the most scientifically advanced – all at a fraction of what you would pay at the dentist, and available from the comfort of your home. GuardLab has partners and clients across all major professional and collegiate sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, UFC, MLL and NCAA – including the multi – time and current Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, the NCAA National Champion UNC Men’s Basketball, as well as the Vancouver Giants, Syracuse Crunch, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, AFL League and many more.

To learn more about GuardLab’s Dental Network or to find a 3D Scan Location near you, visit guardlab.com

Follow GuardLab on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @guardlab

#guardlab #BrandAmbassador #JVR #vanRiemsdyk #NHL #hockey #PhiladelphiaFlyers

Instant Sponsor’s New Business Model Will Revolutionize the $66 Billion Sponsorship Industry

Instant Sponsor is set to democratize the sponsorship industry by creating a marketplace connecting sponsors and rights holders

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Instant Sponsor‘s business model is about to receive a facelift. The once independent sports sponsorship agency is set to disrupt the $66-billion sponsorship industry with a revolutionary blockchain-powered platform that connects brands with rights holders across sports, esports, and entertainment.

Between 5-50 percent of a professional sports team’s sponsorship inventory goes unsold each season, resulting in billions of dollars of lost revenue across the industry. At the same time, player costs continue to rise, forcing teams to put an emphasis on selling sponsorship inventory. Instant Sponsor lowers the barrier of entry for brands to buy that unsold inventory on short-term contracts, while rights holders reap the benefit of additional income that would typically be lost.

Traditionally, the process for brands to secure a sponsorship deal with just one team can take up to five months including due diligence and contract negotiations. Instant Sponsor automates and standardizes the acquisition process with the help of smart contracts, reducing it to just under five hours.

Additionally, the platform allows brands to access sponsorship opportunities in real time. Instant Sponsor has previously delivered short-term sponsorship deals to teams and athletes just hours before a tournament or game commences. This process will now be expedited on a blockchain-powered peer-to-peer network.

Instant Sponsor’s first-of-its-kind global sponsorship marketplace is set to democratize the sponsorship industry by providing access, value, and efficiency. A proprietary algorithm calculates a brand’s target market, demographics, and budget to create a customized advertising campaign made up of diverse assets across multiple sports. The algorithm used to generate these results is guaranteed to deliver maximum ROI for the sponsor.

Sponsors can transact on the platform both in fiat or native Instant Sponsor cryptocurrency. A blockchain management platform allows smart contracting, reduced transaction fees, escrow and secure international payments.

Previously, Instant Sponsor has sourced sponsors for teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the Australian Rules Football league, Australian Football League (AFL), and multiple athletes from the PGA and European Golf Tours as well as the ATP and WTA Tennis Tours. 

Media Contact:

Mike Murphy
Phone: 484.784.8172
Email: Mike@instantsponsor.com

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance

URL: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/instant-sponsors-business-model-revolutionize-154900923.html