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An Overlooked Pioneer
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Jackie Robinson is a national icon. But , the man who broke the color barrier in the NBA is largely overlooked. And as you'll learn in our interview with him, that's just the way he likes it! Plus, we shape things up in studio with fitness guru Hadley Allen.
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Sports and Torts: Hadley Allen
Just take one look at Hadley Allen, and you know she knows how to get and stay in great shape. She joins Elliott in studio to share training tips and eating advice, as well as details on her personal training services, and her workout programs aimed at boomers.
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Sports and Torts: Earl Lloyd
Elliott and David talk with the former West Virginia State standout about breaking the NBA’s color barrier, what it was like playing in the era of segregation, and the honor of being inducted in the Hall of Fame. We also get his thoughts on today’s NBA and on Jackie Robinson.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Hadley Allen
Hadley Allen takes fitness seriously. Her clients are her number one priority but she also makes time to keep herself in top shape for both physical and mental agility. While a die hard fitness and wellness trainer, Hadley also has an artistic side. She holds a Bachelor Degree in music from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City where her passion for health and wellness was first born. From there, Hadley became inspired with the human body – how it functions and how to help colleagues and students overcome aches and pains caused by working in their artistic field. Upon graduation, Hadley plunged into studying Kinesiology and Nutrition. Today, she is certified from the America Council on Exercise (ACE), including post/prenatal fitness and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). With ten years under her belt, Hadley is an accomplished marathon runner, triathlete and trainer. She finished Arizonaʼs half marathon in 2:01 and is currently training for the “Escape from Alcatraz” triathlon. As a trainer, she teaches boot camp, spin, strength training, hardcore cardiovascular classes and is a performance trainer for athletes and triathletes. Beyond the physicality of her profession, Hadley is especially focused on helping her clients overcome mental barriers and simply feeling good. Be it weight management, stress management or overall mental wellness, Hadley is known for helping her clients achieve health and wellness levels they never knew were possible.

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Earl Lloyd
On the night of October 31, 1950, Earl Lloyd, a forward with the Washington Capitols, became the first African-American to play in a NBA game. From that moment, Lloyd would forever change how African-Americans would integrate into professional basketball. Lloyd's ability to conduct himself with grace, style and professionalism both on-and-off court during an era of segregation became the model for others to follow. Lloyd was a two-time All-America selection at West Virginia State where he helped lead his school to an undefeated 30-0 season in 1947-48, a Conference championship and an unofficial "national champions" status as voted by several black newspapers. The 6-foot-8 Lloyd enjoyed a solid NBA career with the Capitols, Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons. A rugged power forward who became a starter on Syracuse's NBA championship team in 1955, Lloyd was known for his defensive play on the opponent's top scorer, rugged rebounding and effective offensive game.

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