MEET THE HEYDAY TEAM!
Yoga enthusiast // former Golf pro // #NovaNation
Dan originally interned with Philly Sport and Social before ultimately taking on a more ownership role. Now, he is currently one of the Heyday Athletic (formerly Philadelphia Sports Leagues) partners and oversees the daily operations of the business. He lives locally and is married with 3 kids. If you have suggestions on how to improve our leagues please feel free to contact Dan at any time!
What's your secret talent? "Juggling"
If he were a crayon, he'd be? "Red"
Favorite Family tradition? "Every night at dinner my kids, my wife, and I have to name our favorite part of the day"
Basketball trick shot specialist // #BillsMafia
Jason has lived and breathed sports from a young age. Basketball and football are his favorite sports but he will never turn down a good game! He cofounded Philly Sports Network in 2005 after first moving to Philly. Former architect turned Heyday Athletic Partner, he's putting his creative juices to good use leading Heyday's marketing efforts. Jason is married to his college sweetheart and has two very active boys.
What's his secret talent? "Folding Laundry"
What color Crayon would he be? "Green"
Truly passionate about: "Cooking and Basketball"
Freak in the spreadsheets // Would rather be golfing
Ryan has had a lifelong passion for playing sports and from early childhood was the one organizing pickup games in the neighborhood. After moving to Philly in his adult life and still seeking an outlet for sports, he met colleague Jason Cooper (another Partner) and together they began organizing pick-up games for their architecture firm and eventually the broader building industry in Philly.
What animal would he be: "Not like an ordinary house cat, a really smart winged cat"
Secret Talent: "Drawing/Painting"
Craziest thing he's ever done: "Cliff jumping Lake Nipissing, Canada"
Self-proclaimed American Bald Eagle // Customer Service Savant
A sports industry veteran, Tim began his career with Philly Sport & Social as a part-time referee, umpire, and league manager in 1998 and was named Director in 2004. Prior to Philly Sport & Social, Tim worked in the sports business as a sports reporter, sports equipment sales rep, baseball umpire, and high school baseball coach. Tim, wife Kelly, and daughters Tessa & Grace live in his hometown of West Chester. Tim is a diehard Phillies Phan (favorite all-time Phillies players are Tug McGraw and Lenny Dykstra).
What is he truly passionate about? "Being a Daddy"
Secret Talent: "I can pick things up with my toes pretty well"
Craziest thing he's ever done: "Snuck into Veteran's Stadium after hours with two of my brothers"
Eric, GM - Heyday Athletic Philadelphia & Philly Burbs
Resident plant man // Home Brewer // not a very good bull rider
Quality Traits: calm, cool, collected. Good listener. Tries to be funny.
He's in charge, but doesn't force us all to remember it everyday. He leads by example, stays focused, gently handles ridiculous situations, and ensures everyone stays encouraged and feels supported. Basically, he's everyone's older brother.
If he were an animal? Red Tail Hawk (yes, we had to look that up too)
Favorite place on this earth? Glacier National Park
Craziest thing he's ever done? "Helped rescue a man from a wild bear attack" (we're still not sure if this is true)
Brian, Partner / GM - Heyday Athletic New Jersey
Former Cheerleader // got a hair cut AFTER a photoshoot // posts a lot of cat photos
Quality Traits: Chill. Multitasker. Jersey Boy.
Brian heads up our NJ branch which used to be aptly named after his own initials - BAM Sports Leagues - because he's all about bringing the fun. He may seem quiet at first but this guy is not afraid to whip out a backflip or two on the dance floor.
What is he truly passionate about? "Basketball and the NBA! I follow every team!"
Secret Talent? "Plays guitar"
Still on his bucket list? "Sky diving"
Gabby, GM - Heyday Athletic Lehigh Valley
Mini Wheats Advocate // World Traveler // Paranormal Enthusiast
Quality Traits: Hard worker. Team player. If there's a challenge, there's a Gabby.
Gabby is the newest (and youngest) addition to the Heyday team! She is bringing new energy and ideas to our Lehigh Valley Leagues and taking on the world with a smile as a recent Temple graduate - Go OWLS. Welcome, Gabby!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? "Outrageous Orange, the name says it all!"
Craziest thing ever done? "My field hockey team and I traveled from Phoenix to Palm Springs! We spent our Thanksgiving in Joshua Tree National Park sleeping in our car. It was insanely dark, cold and there was nobody else in the park, we were all alone in the middle of the desert. Even though I was terrified, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!!"
Mark, GM - Heyday Athletic Lehigh Valley
Astronomy lover // not a Star Wars lover
Quality Traits: Always has great ideas. Really Fun. Really Sweet.
Mark manages, runs, and promotes all leagues running in Lehigh Valley. A Sponsor Bar pro and an impeccably fast learner. Mark's - for sure - at the creative forefront in keeping these leagues fun and engaging for everyone.
Favorite place in the world? "My favorite place so far is Bar Harbor, Maine. It's completely dog friendly, peaceful, great scenery and food, and has a lot of hiking and other outdoor activities."
What's he TRULY passionate about? "I follow NASA on Twitter and enjoy seeing the updates from what they're doing in space.
Pete, GM - Heyday Athletic Delaware
Coordinating Extraordinaire // Owner of the world's cutest dog // Lover of Rice Chex
Quality traits: Personable - like cool uncle vibes
Pete is all about organizing and structuring the fun. By day, he is the main guy behind our Delaware leagues - everything from creating the schedule for each season to coordinating details with facilities to building relationships with players, he's it. By night, he's probably the chillest bartender you ever did see.
Favorite place in the entire world? Whistler
Craziest thing he's ever done? Cave Diving
Favorite family tradition? Easter Bacon and Sausage Bread
ADMIN AND OPERATIONS
Marc, Director of Administration
Spin Extraordinaire // always appreciates a good joke // Calves like Adonis
Quality traits: Focused, Mentally Organized, For the Team
To give you almost everything you need to know about the head of our Admin team, he has a really big computer so he can't see anyone. He says it's for working with really big spreadsheets organizing all of our leagues and players and whatever, but idk.
What's Marc's favorite cereal? Cheerios with EXTRA PROTEIN!
If he were a crayon color? "Laser Lemon"
Who inspires him? "My children who teach me something new everyday"
Garrett, Assistant Director of Administration
Former pro wrestler prospect // won't eat lunch with you // will send you gifs // creator of creative names
Quality traits: Composed, witty. Encouraging hype man
Garrett, part 2 of 3 of the Admin team, probably sends about 100 emails a day (not an exaggeration). And creates leagues schedules and details.
If he could be an animal? An eagle with the head of a bear
If he could be a crayon color? Tie-dye
First thing he ever checked off his bucket list? Hiked a Volcano
Victoria, Assistant Director of Administration
Nickname: Smallz // Soccer Star // carries things twice her size
Quality traits: tells it like it is, funny, task master
As part of the Admin team, Victoria gets **** done. A lot of score reporting, a lot of answering league specific questions, a lot of schedule building. She's mighty.
If she could be an animal? " I would be a cougar... pun intended"
Direction of her toilet paper? "My toilet paper hangs over; it's illegal to hang it under"
Favorite place in the entire world? "A toss up between Disney and the Wells Fargo Center, tough call"
Lanie, Marketing Manager
Not the cornhole champion // always covered in cat hair
Quality traits: Will bore you with details. Won't be sorry about it.
Heads up, she may (slash probably will) awkwardly stop you for a photo at your game or randomly on the street in your Heyday shirt - never know when you'll end up on our instagram or website 🙂
First thing crossed off her bucket list? "visited a national park (well, like 5 now) in an attempt to visit every National Park as an adult!"
Still on her bucket list? "scuba diving license"
Favorite family tradition? "making butter boats for Zul (Kalmyk- Mongolian winter holiday)"
Josh, Director of Operations
Quiet at first // Freaky later on // Soccer Star
Quality Traits: REALLY nice to everyone, team player, task master, random spurts of funny things
As the ringleader of the Operations team, Josh is responsible for field maintenance and equipment & shirt deliveries He is also known for consistently knowing the weather and dropping whatever he's doing (even on the weekends) to help clear up any weather - related damage to fields in order to keep our players happy and playing. Thanks Josh!
Favorite place in the world? "Home"
What are you currently binge watching? "Fuller House"
Craziest thing he's ever done? "Dragging softball fields with a minivan"
Nick, Assistant Director of Operations
Former Crew Star for Drexel // Only one to get the toilet paper question wrong
Quality traits: fun, down for anything, also a task master
Nick also works on the Operations team, which means he helps with making sure all registered players receive their shirts, ensuring fields are clean and safe to play on, and entering score reports.
If he were an animal? "Dog, so I could be the best good boy"
Truly passionate about? "Tasting beers of all different styles from around the world"
Which way does the toilet paper hang? "Doesn't matter to me" (Note: this is absolutely the wrong answer and now we know who has been hanging it incorrectly in the office *busted*)
Cat Makarewich, Operations Coordinator
Iron[wo]man // Science Lover // Least likely to argue about superheroes
Quality Traits: Fearless. Data Master. Always up for a tournament.
She manages score reports and other behind-the-scenes bits and pieces that keep us running (literally). You may not see Cat that often, but she’s definitely seen you come across her desk!
Secret talent? "I can ride a unicycle."
Favorite place in the world? "Hawaii."
Favorite family tradition? "Cribbage tournaments over the holidays."
Jim Welsh, Basketball Assignor
Basketball Enthusiast // You can find him at the Jersey Shore // Spiders? He's out.
Quality Traits: Team player. Friendly. Most likely to bring donuts.
Jim oversees the assignments of referees for scheduled basketball games and ensures the refs have all they need before players start shooting hoops. He also puts on the referee hat from time to time, making sure the fun goes on!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? "Green because I’m Irish."
What is your favorite family tradition? "Summers at the beach."
If you could be an animal, which would you be? "Dog. Who doesn’t love dogs?"
TJ Kane, Media Associate - Philly Burbs
NY Giants Aficionado // Family Guy // Not a fan of Superman
Quality traits: Altruistic // Detail-oriented // Friendly
TJ monitors most of the Heyday Athletic leagues in West Chester and makes sure everything keeps going like a well-oiled machine! He also helps us with photography for tournaments and events so if you see him, smile and say "Heydayyy!"
Who Inspires you? "My father"
What is your favorite family tradition? "Christmas night dinner. Laughter and Jameson, lots of Jameson!"
Pam Figueroa, Marketing Intern
Island Gal // Tennis Dropshot Guru // Will probably remember your birthday
Quality Traits: Gets things done. Organized. The one to not stress when everyone is.
Pam will be with us for the 2020 Spring as part of her graduate internship at Temple U. She will be working alongside Marketing on branding, graphic design, and everything else that the HeyDay Athletic Team needs help with -- she's on it!
Favorite place in the world? "West coast of Puerto Rico."
Who Inspires you? "Roger Federer - the only G.O.A.T. in tennis non-debatable."
Most relatable or inspiring quote? "A tide raises all boats."
Nick Tarducci, Operations Intern
Philly raised // Probably eating Lucky Charms // Passionate about laughing
Quality Traits: Team-player. Smart worker. Will always find a way to help.
Nick will be with us as our first ever full-time intern for the 2020 Spring Semester as part of his senior internship for his program at Temple University’s School of Sports, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. He will be working alongside the Operations Team prepping everything - literally everything - from start to finish for every league!
What is your favorite family tradition? “Turkey Bowl. My dad and his buddies started playing football on Thanksgiving in South Philly when they were younger and this November will be our 47th annual Turkey Bowl (I believe it is the longest running Turkey Bowl in the city).”
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