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Runner from Spain wins Princess Half Marathon; Dani Cook of Colorado wins women’s division; More than 25,000 runners compete in the 13.1-mile princess-themed race; Race video and photos available via the FTP link below.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — (February 25, 2018) – Victor Da Costa Mendoza of Spain can now check off “winning a half marathon” from his vacation bucket list. In a sprint to the finish, Mendoza celebrated a fairy tale ending to the 10th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon, sweeping past the competition with a winning time of 1:19:03. Matching step for step with top racers, Mendoza found his stride around mile nine, pulling away to win the 13.1-mile race. Crossing the line after Mendoza was Mark Ruhsam of Orlando, FL (1:27:26) and Zachary Thomas of Austin, TX (1:28:49).

For Da Costa Mendoza, who’s visiting Walt Disney World Resort on vacation, today is about more than winning.

“It’s about having fun, honestly,” said Da Costa Mendoza. “I won it, but it’s not about winning, it’s about having fun.”

Winning the women’s division, Dani Cook, of Fort Collins, CO, was running alongside her sister-in-law when the pixie dust of encouragement pushed her forward to take the crown as the top female finisher with a time of 1:20:31. As a former Indiana State runner and trained athlete, top finishes aren’t new for Cook but the female support which epitomizes the Disney Princess Half Marathon marks a new milestone in her career. Cook was followed by Natasha Baskin from Montverde, FL (1:22:52) and Elle Ellender from Hilton Head, SC (1:24:38).

“To see a lot of women, feel empowered and triumph for the first time, and to have that comradery out there, really empowers you while you’re running the race,” said Cook.

Cook joined more than 53,800 runners who participated in the largest women-focused running event in the country. In addition to the half marathon, the race weekend included a 5K, 10K, Kid’s Races, and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is one of four race weekends at Walt Disney World Resort, followed by the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend sponsored by OtterBox on April 19 – April 22. For more information, visit www.rundisney.com.

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in broadcast-quality video and high-res photos from the Disney Princess Half Marathon, can download assets via FTP link: https://dlbroadcast.exavault.com/login (Username: Princess, Password: runner).

Media Contact:

Jessica Baker, Disney Sports Public Relations, (407) 202-3179, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The 10th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will take place this weekend at Walt Disney World Resort.

The race weekend, which has grown from 10,000 runners in 2009 to more than 53,800 expected participants this year, will include 226 “perfect” Princess runners (number of runners who will have participated in every Disney Princess Half Marathon).

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is the largest women-focused running event in the U.S., where the participants trade in ball gowns and glass slippers for running shoes.

More than 45 countries will be represented this weekend with 25,000 runners expected to participate in the half marathon, 13,500 in the 10K, 13,000 in the 5K and about 2,300 taking part in the kid’s races.

Two storylines that have emerged from this weekend’s races include:

Cara Koprowski (Longwood, Fla.), who is running the 2018 Disney Princess Half Marathon to fulfill her late friend Amy’s dream of running the race together.

Cara met Amy while working as an elementary school teacher following her family’s move to Washington state in 2007.

The pair became instant friends and Amy, a fellow teacher, was also an avid runner who inspired Cara to start running again following her recovery from back surgery. In March 2017, Amy passed away. This Sunday, Cara is running the Disney Princess Half Marathon, her first runDisney race and second long-distance run, in honor of her friend, Amy.

Carol Perry (Pewaukee, Wis.), along with friends and family, is running the Disney Princess Half Marathon to celebrate her sister Teresa’s recovery from stage III colon cancer. As a member of her local triathlon team, it came as a shock when Teresa was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. After Teresa underwent chemotherapy and radiation, as well as colon resection surgery, her sister Carol made a plan for them to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon with a group of 12 “princesses,” made up of friends and family – many who have never attempted a half marathon – to celebrate Teresa’s courageous fight with the disease.

The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo begins Thursday at noon. All three races – the Disney Princess 5K, the Disney Princess 10K and the Disney Princess Half Marathon — all have 5:30 a.m. start times.

All races start and finish at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

For a full schedule of the weekend’s events, see below:

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Princess 5K • Epcot

Friday, 5:30 a.m. start

Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Princess 10K • Epcot

Saturday, 5:30 a.m. start

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Disney Princess Half Marathon • Epcot

Sunday, 5:30 a.m. start

 Media interested in covering the weekend events must contact Jessica Baker a day in advance to arrange for credentials. Media must arrive at Epcot by 4:00 a.m. for live coverage of the 5K race on Friday and the 10K race on Saturday and 3:30 a.m. for the half marathon on Sunday.

Media Contacts: 

Jessica Baker, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(407) 566-5743 (office); (407) 202-3179 (cell)

Darrell Fry, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(407) 566-5338 (office); (407) 409-1612 (cell)

 

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Disney Sports recently caught up with Atlanta Braves All-Star center fielder Ender Inciarte during a break from off-season workouts at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Inciarte and the rest of his Braves teammates concluded their first full-squad spring training workout of the season on Feb. 19.  The speedy Inciarte is cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances in 2018 and hopes the season ends with Atlanta’s first trip to MLB’s postseason since 2013.

DS:  You are a Major League All-Star center fielder who trains here at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with a bunch of NFL prospects preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft.  Why are you here?

EI: “The first thing I did last year when I was getting ready for the season was work on my body to get stronger.  I have a really good relationship with a lot of Major League Baseball players, and I started talking with Carlos Gonzalez.  He told me to come here [ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex] and try the workouts with coach Shaw for a couple of weeks.  He told me that if I liked it, I should stay until the end of the sessions.  When I got here, we worked really hard in the weight room, but then we started doing lots of conditioning work outside on the football fields and on the track.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was exactly the kind offseason training I needed to be participating in.”

DS:  Obviously, coach Shaw’s program paid immediate dividends.  You won your second National League Gold Glove award, had a career-best 201 hits and earned a spot on the 2017 National League All-Star team. 

EI: “That’s what I want to keep doing.  I don’t want to be a guy who takes two steps forward and one step back.  I want to keep getting better and know the work we put in here with coach Shaw at the sports complex helped me tremendously last year, so that’s why I train here.”

DS: The Braves play in the rugged National League East.  How realistic is it for you guys to be competitive in your division this season?

EI: “I think we have a really good shot to win a lot of games against our division opponents and win the division. At the end of year, we played a lot of games against division opponents, and we won a lot of those games, so I think we can challenge the Nationals for the NL East crown in 2018.  We’ve got a good shot, but the bottom line is that we’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

DS:  As a professional athlete, you’ve worked with a number of professional trainers.  What’s different about coach Shaw’s program?

EI: “I like the combination of all of the speed, core, strength and conditioning work that coach Shaw incorporates within his program.  You can work hard in the weight room, you can work hard on your core.  You can stretch a lot, and for a guy like me, I rely a lot on my speed.  I’ve got to be fast as a center fielder, and I know what I’ve been doing here is working. I’m stronger.  I feel better than I’ve ever felt during this point of the offseason, and I’ve never felt this fast at this point of the offseason, so the goal is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and stay healthy.”

DS: What’s the prognosis for the Braves this season?

EI: “Our new GM [Alex Anthopoulos] has been very aggressive.  He wants to put this team in position to win games.  I feel we’ve been in a rebuild mode for the past three years and now, you can see some of the moves we made start to come together.  We’ve got a lot of young players, but we have a lot of talent, too.  We’ve got a lot of good players coming up and we’ve got a lot of good players on the team, too.  We all believe that this year is going to be a lot better, and hopefully, we will be able to surprise a lot of people.”

Ender Inciarte At-A-Glance

MLB Debut – May 2, 2014 for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Inciarte joined the Atlanta Braves via trade from Arizona on December 9, 2015

Jersey number — #11

Batting Average — .295

Hits – 628

Hits in 2017 — 201

Home Runs – 24

Runs batted in – 158

Runs scored – 305

Stolen bases – 78

All-Star Appearance – (1) National League – 2017

Gold Glove Awards – (2) — 2016, 2017

 

 

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Several of the top NFL Draft prospects are training at the Tom Shaw Performance Camp at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Headlining Shaw’s 2018 class is running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State).

Barkley, who many NFL observers feel will be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft in April, powered the Nittany Lions offense over the past three seasons and led his school to the 2016 Big Ten Championship.

“Saquon is a guy that every young person should try to be like because of his work ethic and his desire,” said Shaw.  “He [Saquon] recently saw a 12-year-old kid working out three fields over from where he was.  Saquon had already finished for the day and he had taken off his cleats.  He thought this 12-year-old kid was outworking him that day, so he puts his cleats back on and runs over to the 12-year-old kid three fields away and starts working out with this kid.  This is a guy who doesn’t just talk about being the best, he proves it every day on the field.”

Barrett, Ohio State’s former star quarterback, led the Buckeyes to a 38-6 record and the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship.

Shaw, who has worked with 145 NFL first-round draft choices, 10 No. 1 picks and 11 Super Bowl MVPs, thinks Barrett has a chance to become the next great NFL quarterback.

“This kid could be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever had in my camp,” says the guy whose roster of NFL quarterbacks he has personally worked with reads like a NFL Pro Bowl roster with guys named Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Michael Vick and others.

“We’ve had a lot of good guys come through our program, and this kid has an arm that’s impressive.  He also has the ability to learn and he really wants to be a great NFL player.”

Other marquee NFL players who have trained with Shaw at Disney include Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl linebacker Kahlil Mack and Devin Hester, the NFL’s all-time kickoff and punt return leader (20 combined TDs).

Workouts for Shaw’s NFL Draft hopefuls continue this week with the 2018 NFL Combine set for Feb. 27-March 5 while the NFL Draft begins April 26-28.

The draft prospects and NFL veterans have been working side-by-side at the sports complex for the past six weeks.  Shaw and his team work with the players on the exact drills, techniques, and strength and conditioning workouts they will encounter when they go to the NFL Scouting Combine in late February in Indianapolis.

Prior to establishing his own performance camp at Walt Disney World Resort, Shaw was on the strength and conditioning staffs for Florida State University, the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.

And in addition to working with NFL players, an increasing number of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars have been spending large chunks of their respective off-seasons working alongside NFL players at Shaw’s performance camp at Disney.

Guys like Atlanta Braves All-Star center field Ender Inciarte, Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado and free agent Carlos “Cargo” Gonzalez are participating in the kinds of workouts normally reserved for men who make their livings on Sunday’s in athletic cathedrals like Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin or the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The baseball players believe Shaw’s non-traditional winter workouts, a mix of strength and endurance training, football cutting drills and other techniques that are synonymous with football, have made them quicker, stronger, better prepared for spring training (which begins in earnest for all 30 MLB teams this week) and better equipped to stay healthy for the 162-game season.

“In baseball, you always have to do a lot of movement,” said Inciarte.  “The movements we work on all winter and spring with coach Shaw helps us all stay healthy.  Sometimes, because you don’t work on it all the time in baseball, when you do react like that, you can get hurt.  But once you’ve been doing it consistently on a daily basis, you are going to be ready for anything that can happen on the baseball field.”

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Several of the NFL’s top draft-eligible players are training at the Tom Shaw Performance Camp at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Headlining Shaw’s 2018 class is running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State).

Barkley, who many NFL observers feel will be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft in April, powered the Nittany Lions offense over the past three seasons and led his school to the 2016 Big Ten Championship.

“Saquon is a guy that every young person should try to be like because of his work ethic and his desire,” said Shaw.  “He [Saquon] recently saw a 12-year-old kid working out three fields over from where he was.  Saquon had already finished for the day and he had taken off his cleats.  He thought this 12-year-old kid was outworking him that day, so he puts his cleats back on and runs over to the 12-year-old kid three fields away and starts working out with this kid.  This is a guy who doesn’t just talk about being the best, he proves it every day on the field.”

Barrett, Ohio State’s former star quarterback, led the Buckeyes to a 38-6 record and the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship.

Shaw, who has worked with 145 NFL first-round draft choices, 10 No. 1 picks and 11 Super Bowl MVPs, thinks Barrett has a chance to become the next great NFL quarterback.

“This kid could be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever had in my camp,” says the guy whose roster of NFL quarterbacks he has personally worked with reads like a NFL Pro Bowl roster with guys named Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Michael Vick and others.

“We’ve had a lot of good guys come through our program, and this kid has an arm that’s impressive.  He also has the ability to learn and he really wants to be a great NFL player.”

Other marquee NFL players who have trained with Shaw at Disney include Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl linebacker Kahlil Mack and Devin Hester, the NFL’s all-time kickoff and punt return leader (20 combined TDs).

Workouts for Shaw’s NFL Draft hopefuls continue this week with the 2018 NFL Combine set for Feb. 27-March 5 while the NFL Draft begins April 26-28.

The draft prospects and NFL veterans have been working side-by-side at the sports complex for the past six weeks.  Shaw and his team work with the players on the exact drills, techniques, and strength and conditioning workouts they will encounter when they go to the NFL Scouting Combine in late February in Indianapolis.

Prior to establishing his own performance camp at Walt Disney World Resort, Shaw was on the strength and conditioning staffs for Florida State University, the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.

And in addition to working with NFL players, an increasing number of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars have been spending large chunks of their respective off-seasons working alongside NFL players at Shaw’s performance camp at Disney.

Guys like Atlanta Braves All-Star center field Ender Inciarte, Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado and free agent Carlos “Cargo” Gonzalez are participating in the kinds of workouts normally reserved for men who make their livings on Sunday’s in athletic cathedrals like Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin or the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The baseball players believe Shaw’s non-traditional winter workouts, a mix of strength and endurance training, football cutting drills and other techniques that are synonymous with football, have made them quicker, stronger, better prepared for spring training (which begins in earnest for all 30 MLB teams this week) and better equipped to stay healthy for the 162-game season.

“In baseball, you always have to do a lot of movement,” said Inciarte.  “The movements we work on all winter and spring with coach Shaw helps us all stay healthy.  Sometimes, because you don’t work on it all the time in baseball, when you do react like that, you can get hurt.  But once you’ve been doing it consistently on a daily basis, you are going to be ready for anything that can happen on the baseball field.”

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Several of the NFL’s top draft-eligible players are training at the Tom Shaw Performance Camp at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Headlining Shaw’s 2018 class is running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State).

Barkley, who many NFL observers feel will be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft in April, powered the Nittany Lions offense over the past three seasons and led his school to the 2016 Big Ten Championship.

“Saquon is a guy that every young person should try to be like because of his work ethic and his desire,” said Shaw.  “He [Saquon] recently saw a 12-year-old kid working out three fields over from where he was.  Saquon had already finished for the day and he had taken off his cleats.  He thought this 12-year-old kid was outworking him that day, so he puts his cleats back on and runs over to the 12-year-old kid three fields away and starts working out with this kid.  This is a guy who doesn’t just talk about being the best, he proves it every day on the field.”

Barrett, Ohio State’s former star quarterback, led the Buckeyes to a 38-6 record and the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship.

Shaw, who has worked with 145 NFL first-round draft choices, 10 No. 1 picks and 11 Super Bowl MVPs, thinks Barrett has a chance to become the next great NFL quarterback.

“This kid could be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever had in my camp,” says the guy whose roster of NFL quarterbacks he has personally worked with reads like a NFL Pro Bowl roster with guys named Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Michael Vick and others.

“We’ve had a lot of good guys come through our program, and this kid has an arm that’s impressive.  He also has the ability to learn and he really wants to be a great NFL player.”

Other marquee NFL players who have trained with Shaw at Disney include Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl linebacker Kahlil Mack and Devin Hester, the NFL’s all-time kickoff and punt return leader (20 combined TDs).

Workouts for Shaw’s NFL Draft hopefuls continue this week with the 2018 NFL Combine set for Feb. 27-March 5 while the NFL Draft begins April 26-28.

The draft prospects and NFL veterans have been working side-by-side at the sports complex for the past six weeks.  Shaw and his team work with the players on the exact drills, techniques, and strength and conditioning workouts they will encounter when they go to the NFL Scouting Combine in late February in Indianapolis.

Prior to establishing his own performance camp at Walt Disney World Resort, Shaw was on the strength and conditioning staffs for Florida State University, the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.

And in addition to working with NFL players, an increasing number of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars have been spending large chunks of their respective off-seasons working alongside NFL players at Shaw’s performance camp at Disney.

Guys like Atlanta Braves All-Star center field Ender Inciarte, Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado and free agent Carlos “Cargo” Gonzalez are participating in the kinds of workouts normally reserved for men who make their livings on Sunday’s in athletic cathedrals like Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin or the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The baseball players believe Shaw’s non-traditional winter workouts, a mix of strength and endurance training, football cutting drills and other techniques that are synonymous with football, have made them quicker, stronger, better prepared for spring training (which begins in earnest for all 30 MLB teams this week) and better equipped to stay healthy for the 162-game season.

“In baseball, you always have to do a lot of movement,” said Inciarte.  “The movements we work on all winter and spring with coach Shaw helps us all stay healthy.  Sometimes, because you don’t work on it all the time in baseball, when you do react like that, you can get hurt.  But once you’ve been doing it consistently on a daily basis, you are going to be ready for anything that can happen on the baseball field.”

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 Media can view and shoot workouts, and interview players at the start of workouts each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. For additional information and to apply for media credentials, please contact Jared Burleyson in the Braves Media Relations Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The hard work of molding and building a potential playoff caliber team has begun with Atlanta Braves spring training underway at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Braves, 72-90 in 2017 and third in the National League East division behind Washington and Miami, enter this season with baseball’s deepest farm system.  Many of their top minor league stars will be on display at spring training, including left fielder Ronald Acuna, arguably the number one prospect in all of baseball.

Braves fans have a lot to be optimistic about in 2018 when you consider the positive attributes of their roster, which include one of baseball’s premier power hitters in first baseman Freddie Freeman (.307, 28 home runs and 71 RBIs last season) despite playing in only 117 games because of a fractured wrist; a veteran catching tandem (Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki) that was among the game’s best in 2017; and a Gold Glove National League All-Star centerfielder in Ender Inciarte. On the mound, multiple pitching prospects could provide a much-needed boost to Atlanta’s starting pitching rotation. Veteran Sean Newcomb, power thrower Luiz Gohara, and lefty Max Fried will add depth to a bullpen featuring veteran All-Star pitcher Julio Teheran and Brandon McCarthy, who joined the club in December via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As for Acuna, he will compete for a spot on the club’s opening day roster.  Longtime MLB observers have already named Acuna, Gohara and Fried among the very early top candidates for National League Rookie of the Year honors, so watching them and the other young Braves develop on the big stage should be exciting this spring and throughout the season for Braves fans.

Braves fans will definitely be keeping close tabs on the working infield duo of second baseman Ozzie Albies (six home runs in 57 games last season) and home-grown shortstop Dansby Swanson (Kennesaw, Georgia), who is looking to regain the red-hot form of his rookie season in 2016 when he hit .302.

Atlanta will play 33 games before the start of the regular season with 18 taking place at Champion Stadium.  Atlanta begins its home spring training schedule on Feb. 26 when it hosts the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.  The Braves will play their final home game at the Sports Complex on March 24 against the vaunted New York Yankees.

The 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros will also visit Champion Stadium later this spring.  The Astros, who won their first World Series title in the team’s 56-year history last October and celebrated it afterward with a magical parade at Magic Kingdom Park, take on the Braves in an afternoon contest on March 8.

Atlanta Braves 2018 spring training arrival schedule:

Pitchers/catchers report: Tuesday, February 13

Pitchers/catchers first workout: Wednesday, February 14

Full squad first workout: Monday, February 19

First Home Game: Tuesday, February 26 vs. Washington Nationals

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are some of the in-game entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a unique experience.

Individual spring training game tickets are available at www.espnwwos.com/braves, through Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. Tickets range from $15 (general admission berm seating in left field) to $59 (lower level reserved seats).

Information on Braves spring training season tickets, suite/hospitality, group tickets and mini-plans is available by calling the premium sales team at (407) 939-GAME (4263) and online at www.espnwwos.com/braves. The popular mini-plans will be available again this season, featuring three three-game options.

2018 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Monday, February 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Sunday March 4 Miami Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 9 New York Yankees 6:05 p.m.
Monday, March 12 Philadelphia Phillies 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14

Thursday, March 15

Philadelphia Phillies

Detroit Tigers

1:05 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 19 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 Detroit Tigers 6:05 p.m.
Friday, March 23 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 New York Yankees

 

1:05 p.m.

 

 

All dates, times and opponents are subject to change.

 

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First full spring training workout for pitchers and catchers is Wednesday, Feb. 14; first full-squad workout is Monday, Feb. 19

The hard work of molding and building a potential playoff caliber team begins on Tuesday when Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers report to Champion Stadium for the 21st edition of spring training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves, 72-90 in 2017 and third in the National League East division behind Washington and Miami, enter this season with baseball’s deepest farm system.  Many of their top minor league stars will be on display at spring training, including left fielder Ronald Acuna, arguably the number one prospect in all of baseball.

Braves fans have a lot to be optimistic about in 2018 when you consider the positive attributes of their roster, which include one of baseball’s premier power hitters in first baseman Freddie Freeman (.307, 28 home runs and 71 RBIs last season) despite playing in only 117 games because of a fractured wrist; a veteran catching tandem (Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki) that was among the game’s best in 2017; and a Gold Glove National League All-Star centerfielder in Ender Inciarte. On the mound, multiple pitching prospects could provide a much-needed boost to Atlanta’s starting pitching rotation. Veteran Sean Newcomb, power thrower Luiz Gohara, and lefty Max Fried will add depth to a bullpen featuring veteran All-Star pitcher Julio Teheran and Brandon McCarthy, who joined the club in December via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As for Acuna, he will compete for a spot on the club’s opening day roster.  Longtime MLB observers have already named Acuna, Gohara and Fried among the very early top candidates for National League Rookie of the Year honors, so watching them and the other young Braves develop on the big stage should be exciting this spring and throughout the season for Braves fans.

Braves fans will definitely be keeping close tabs on the working infield duo of second baseman Ozzie Albies (six home runs in 57 games last season) and home-grown shortstop Dansby Swanson (Kennesaw, Georgia), who is looking to regain the red-hot form of his rookie season in 2016 when he hit .302.

Atlanta will play 33 games before the start of the regular season with 18 taking place at Champion Stadium.  Atlanta begins its home spring training schedule on Feb. 26 when it hosts the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.  The Braves will play their final home game at the Sports Complex on March 24 against the vaunted New York Yankees.

The 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros will also visit Champion Stadium later this spring.  The Astros, who won their first World Series title in the team’s 56-year history last October and celebrated it afterward with a magical parade at Magic Kingdom Park, take on the Braves in an afternoon contest on March 8.

Atlanta Braves 2018 spring training arrival schedule:

Pitchers/catchers report: Tuesday, February 13

Pitchers/catchers first workout: Wednesday, February 14

Full squad first workout: Monday, February 19

First Home Game: Tuesday, February 26 vs. Washington Nationals

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are some of the in-game entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a unique experience.

Individual spring training game tickets are available at www.espnwwos.com/braves, through Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. Tickets range from $15 (general admission berm seating in left field) to $59 (lower level reserved seats).

Information on Braves spring training season tickets, suite/hospitality, group tickets and mini-plans is available by calling the premium sales team at (407) 939-GAME (4263) and online at www.espnwwos.com/braves. The popular mini-plans will be available again this season, featuring three three-game options.

2018 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Monday, February 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Sunday March 4 Miami Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 9 New York Yankees 6:05 p.m.
Monday, March 12 Philadelphia Phillies 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14

Thursday, March 15

Philadelphia Phillies

Detroit Tigers

1:05 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 19 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 Detroit Tigers 6:05 p.m.
Friday, March 23 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 New York Yankees

 

1:05 p.m.

 

 

     

All dates, times and opponents are subject to change.

NOTE: Media are allowed to view and shoot workouts, and interview players at the start of workouts each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. For additional information and to apply for media credentials, please contact Adrienne Midgley in the Braves Media Relations Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Broadcast-quality video and photos from the Disney parade, plus the Disney commercial, are available now via the FTP link below

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2018) – It was a fairytale scene Monday, complete with its own castle, as Super Bowl hero Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles starred in a milestone moment – a celebratory “I’m Going to Disney World!” parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park.

In front of the majesty of Cinderella Castle the day after the Eagles’ 41-33 improbable Super Bowl victory, park guests and Eagles fans lined the famous street as a smiling Foles waved from a float he shared with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other beloved Disney characters. Balloons and a blizzard of confetti in the Eagles’ team colors completed the happy scene.

“World champions,” shouted Foles. “To be at Disney World is unbelievable.”

Afterward, Foles spent some time enjoying Disney World, experiencing several signature Disney attractions and interacting with Mickey and Minnie.

It was a magical experience for the hero of Super Bowl LII who passed for three touchdowns and caught a fourth touchdown pass (unprecedented for a quarterback in Super Bowl history) in Philadelphia’s upset victory on Sunday night in Minneapolis. A backup quarterback for most of the season, Foles stepped into the starter’s role in December and turned in a stunning performance in Sunday’s big game. His heroics helped him deliver Eagles fans their first world championship in franchise history and earned Foles the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

After the Super Bowl victory, Foles looked into the TV cameras and announced he was “Going to Disney World,” an iconic line that is part of a TV ad airing nationally.

Foles’ trip Monday to Walt Disney World Resort continued a rich Disney history that began in 1987 when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms first uttered those famous words “I’m Going to Disney World!” Thirty-one years later, the post-championship celebrations that take place at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California remain an enduring reminder of the power of magic that happens at Disney Parks.

MEDIA NOTE: Broadcast-quality video and high-res photos from the “I’m Going to Disney World!” commercial and celebratory parade at Walt Disney World Resort, are available now via this FTP link: https://dlbroadcast.exavault.com/login (Username: WhatsNext2018, Password: football).

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The NFL Pro Bowl Experience returned to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort Jan. 24-27, during 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Week. New activities to this year’s Pro Bowl Experience included some of the same challenges that AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers competed in during the Skills Showdown, such as: Kick-Tac-Toe, in which three footballs must be kicked in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board, and the Best Hands competition to catch as many different passes as possible.

Free to all guests, the football festival included interactive games and activities such as:

  • 40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and virtual NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.
     
  • Airbrush Tattoos: Show your team spirit through NFL and Pro Bowl themed airbrush tattoos and face painting.
  • Best Hands: Catch as many different passes as possible like an NFL all-star.
  • Family Football Zone: An interactive area for kids and families to play together. Play catch in the field or take part in a range of football and tailgate-themed games.
  • Kick-Tac-Toe: Kick 3 in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board. The Kick-Tac-Toe challenge will also occur doing the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, where AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers will attempt to do the same.
  • Long Snap Accuracy Challenge Presented by Verizon: Test your aim by long snapping footballs through a variety of obstacles.
  • NFL Pro Bowl Trophy: Take a photo with the official NFL Pro Bowl Trophy.
  • NFL Shop at Pro Bowl: Shop for your favorite NFL and Pro Bowl gear at the NFL Shop trailer located inside NFL Pro Bowl Experience.
  • Obstacle Course: Navigate through obstacle courses and train like an NFL player.
  • Panini: The exclusive physical trading card licensee of the NFL, Panini is an Official Sponsor of the NFL Pro Bowl. Stop by the Panini booth for a chance to win NFL trading cards.
  • Precision Passing presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18: Pass to as many targets as possible while on the clock.
  • Run-A-Route: Test your wide receiver skills and run a see-and-react route to catch a pass down field.
  • Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Virtual Reality Experience: Get inside the NFL with virtual reality technology and experience what it is like to be on-the-field on an actual NFL game.

Additionally, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosted AFC and NFC practices in a unique opportunity for NFL fans to see their favorite players up close. Pro Bowl Week activities culminated in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

 

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