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DIRECTV hosts star-studded Super Bowl party

yWVLnVQhe6_jSJwUUvGbwhaGVTpBM2Hxh7-apU9xzzcDIRECTV hosted the fifth annual DIRECTV Super Saturday near University of Phoenix Stadum, featuring a performance by worldwide icon Rihanna with special surprise guest Kanye West. Rihanna performed her fan favorite hits including “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy, “We Found Love,” and more. West surprised the party-goers when he joined Rihanna performing their hits, “All of the Lights” and “Run This Town.” The iconic rapper went on to perform a medley of his top singles (“Flashing Lights,” “Clique,” “Jesus Walks,” and more), plus his latest single “Only One.” Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd also performed on-stage with Rihanna and sang their latest song “No Type” together.

The event co-hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, has become known as the crown jewel of Super Bowl parties. The invitation-only event was held inside DIRECTV Super Fan Stadium at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale, Arizona’s Sports and Entertainment District, across from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the site of Super Bowl XLIX.

Among those in attendance include: 2 Chainz (Recording Artist), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Afrojack (DJ), Amani Toomer (NBC Sports), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Anne Burrell (Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America), Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars), Bobby Farrelly (Director), Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears), Camille Grammer (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals), Chace Crawford (Actor), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Curt Menefee (FOX), Daymond John (Shark Tank), DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), Derek Jeter (NY Yankees), Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Evander Holyfield (Former Boxer), Erin Andrews (Fox Sports), Forest Whitaker (Taken 3), Gavin Newsom (CA Lt. Governor), Hannah Davis (Model), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Hill Harper (The Boy Next Door), Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys Head Coach), Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Jay Glazer (Fox Sports), Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner/President/GM), John Legend (Recording Artist), Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Jonathan Tucker (DIRECTV’s Kingdom), Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays), Josh Brown (NY Giants), Josh Capon (Spike TV’s Frankenfood), Jordan Palmer (Tennessee Titans), J.R. Martinez (Actor), Kim Kardashian West, Lane Garrison (Actor), Lynn Swann (NFL Hall of Famer), Maria Menounos (TV host), Mark Cuban (Shark Tank), Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia Eagles), Michael Irvin (ESPN/Hall of Famer), Michael Strahan (Pro Football Hall of Famer), Mike White (DIRECTV Chairman & CEO),  Nick Jonas (DIRECTV’s Kingdom), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Paul Adelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce),  Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Sanya Ross (Track & Field), Steve Tisch (New York Giants Chairman/EVP), Tom Arnold (comedian), Tony Gonzalez (The NFL Today), Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Wiz Khalifa (Recording Artist), and many more.

FBP Team Picture (Left to Right) - Lloyd Jones, Kim Sanderhoff, Scott Ferreira, Johan Bender

Free Bike Project rolls out new campus programs

Usually when someone is offering something for free, there is always a catch. With the Free Bike Project, the only catch is that for every free bike rented by a college student for an academic year, its founders donate a bike to someone in need overseas. The Free Bike Project was started by two students at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011 and has now spread to 21 different campuses across the country. Last year, Free Bike Project started at Arizona State University (ASU) with 10 bikes and is looking to grow the program to the ASU’s downtown campus in Phoenix and to the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, Ariz. This fall, Free Bike Project is hoping to expand to 40 to 50 bikes on each campus with the additional 400 bikes it has just received from its sponsors.

The one “catch” is the $149 security deposit, which is for the bike and its lock. Once the academic year is over and if the bike is in good condition, users receive a full refund of the deposit. It is an easy online sign-up process. There is no monthly fee for having the bike, all the students have to do is take at least one picture of himself or herself with the bike, once a month and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The more pictures that the students post to his or her social media sites, the more perks he or she will receive from the Free Bike Project. For example, the last couple of perks that were given out to Free Bike Riders were Kanye West concert tickets and 20 to 30 percent off North West Clothing merchandise for a year.

The Free Bike Project is partners with an organization called Bikes for the World. Its mission is to provide better transportation to people living in secluded villages overseas. These programs help children get to and from school easier and quicker than walking and is also making it safer for them. In May 2013, Free Bike Project and Bikes for the World donated 100 bikes to the Philippines. This year, Free Bike Project is hoping to get more riders across the country to be able to donate more bikes to remote villages in Africa.  

Currently, the Free Bike Project is only available for students and faculty of college campuses. It is working with sponsors and others to start additional programs for student and staff cyclists who already own bikes. One is a bike valet. The other, is called “Tool Time,” which offers free bike tune ups for students.

“We hope that eventually we can reach out into the community and branch out of college campuses, to be able to include everyone in this program,” says Scott Ferreira, CEO of Free Bike Project. Until then, Free Bike Project wants to encourage as many people as possible to continue riding bikes to live a happy green, healthy lifestyle.