Damian Lillard’s Advice For Young Athletes

Damian Lillard’s Advice For Young Athletes

Most kids can only dream of playing basketball with their favorite player. Our young athlete cover star, Luke Calvin, got to do just that when he hit the court with Damian Lillard in Oakland for our photoshoot. Luke also got to hang out with Damian for a while, asking for advice and soaking up everything he could from one of the game’s best point guards.

Focused On Greatness: T.J. Booker

Focused On Greatness: T.J. Booker

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At first glance, T.J. Booker may seem like your typical 12-year-old kid. He is obsessed with sports and spends his free time cheering on his favorite football teams: the LSU Tigers and New York Giants. He dreams of playing under the bright lights on Sundays and making play after play. Many young athletes his age have similar aspirations, so you’re probably wondering why T.J. is our new cover star. What makes him so special? Well, from his mindset on-field and off to the time and effort he has put into his skills, he is already miles ahead of his peers.

“Football has been a part of my life for as far back as I remember,” T.J. explained. “A lot of my family members played the game, including my dad. So that’s a big reason why I love the game so much and want to be playing it 24/7.”

He’s not kidding about his never-ending passion for the game either. While other kids his age are playing different sports or relaxing, T.J. is attending football camp after football camp and training with professional athletes.

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“I got the chance recently to work with (former pro) Sean Jones,” he said. “We spent a lot of the time working on the defensive side of the ball with tackling and cornerback drills. I also trained with (Indianapolis LB) Edwin Jackson on ladder and hurdle drills.”

All that extra work has paid off on the field, where he’s helped lead his elite Atlanta youth team to numerous championships and won his fair share of individual awards along the way. He starred at receiver and cornerback for his squad, taking the first steps in his journey towards the NFL.

“Once I make it to high school, I want to leave my mark. That way I can get into a good college and eventually make it into the league,” T.J. said.

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Lofty goals. But before he can conquer all of that, he needs to dominate the challenge that is directly ahead of him: middle school ball. And he’s addressing it the only way he knows, by training non-stop.

“That’s the main way I’m getting ready. Just taking things up a level,” T.J. said. “I’m getting stronger by doing workouts like push-ups and getting better endurance by running a lot. Just whatever I can do to elevate my game.”

Who knows what the future holds? The road to pro football stardom is long and treacherous. But if there’s one young athlete with the talent, motivation, and smarts to turn his dreams into a reality, it’s T.J.

Gift Greatness: Girls’ Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Greatness: Girls’ Holiday Gift Guide

You’ve been great all year long and deserve the best gifts to make this holiday season shine the brightest. We’re here to help you find the top gear in your favorite brands, styles, and sizes you need to ensure your gifts are the greatest.

  1. Timberland 6” Premium Waterproof Boot

Timberland 6” Premium Waterproof Boot

Cold weather should never dictate your style. Get the best of both worlds this holiday season in these Timberland 6” boots. On top of their superior style, they have a waterproof, leather upper for ultimate warmth and protection against rough weather. So add your favorite pair to your list this holiday season.

  1. Nike Huarache Run

Nike Hurache

If you’re looking to unwrap the hottest kick around, then you’ve come to the right place. Nothing says style quite like the Nike Huarache Run. It’s ultra-soft and flexible foam midsole provides extreme comfort with every step you take.

  1. Under Armour Favorite Fleece Hoodie

Under Armour Favorite Fleece Hoodie

Get the gift of warmth and comfort in this Under Armour Favorite Fleece Hoodie. It’s equipped with Under Armour ColdGear technology that is best for cold weather below 55 degrees, ensuring you superior warmth and comfort.

  1. Under Armour Speedform Slingride

Under Armour Speedform Slingride

Want to gain some serious speed? We’ve got the shoe for you. The Under Armour Speedform Slingride has seamless asymmetric zonal compression that slingshots your feet from heel to toe quicker than ever. With its two-piece Charged Cushioning® system, you’ll be overwhelmed with comfort and support. So pick your favorite color and add it to your list so you can find a pair waiting for you under the tree.

  1. Nike Free RN

Nike Free RN

Nike has created the perfect shoe for you to run in. With its lightweight, supportive mesh and flexible cushioning, the Nike Free RN is built to take you that extra mile. The flywire cables provide a lockdown fit to keep the foot from moving within the shoe. If you’re a seriously fast, you deserve this cutting-edge gift.

Still not sure what to add to your list? No problem. You can always give and receive the gift of greatness by purchasing a Gift Card from eastbay.com.

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Gift Greatness: Boys’ Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Greatness: Boys’ Holiday Gift Guide

Make sure your holiday gifts are the envy of the season by checking out our top gear and adding it to your list! We’re here to help you find the gear you need in your favorite brands, styles, and sizes to ensure your gifts are the greatest.

  1. Timberland 6” Premium Waterproof Boot

Timerberland Boot

Unwrap the hottest boot around this holiday season. The Timberland 6” Premium Waterproof Boot is the one that started it all. Its stylish, classic look compliments any outfit. On top of its style, this kick has a waterproof leather upper with a padded collar for comfort, and a seam-sealed construction to keep your feet dry when rough weather hits.

  1. Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner

Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner

Style and sport combine in this Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner. There’s nothing better on a cool day than slipping on some Nike Tech Fleece. You’ll get the warmth and softness you need, without the bulk. With six different colors available, you will find the perfect one you’ll want to see under your tree this holiday season.

  1. Nike LeBron Soldier 10

Nike LeBron Soilder

Want LeBron’s explosiveness? Harness his power in the Nike LeBron Soldier 10. With its laceless closure and 3 hook-and-loop straps, you’ll get a secure, customized fit for all of the quick jumps and cuts you need to make. Want to play like a king? Then add the LeBron Soldier 10 to the top of your wish list.

  1. Under Armour Big Logo Hybrid T-Shirt

Under Armour Big Logo T-Shirt

Show off your elite Under Amour status in this Big Logo Hybrid T-Shirt. This lightweight tee features built-in anti-odor technology so that you’ll stay dry and comfortable all day long. Unwrap this style staple and enjoy the fresh comfort this holiday season.

  1. Nike JDI Swoosh T-Shirt

Nike JDI Swoosh T-Shirt

You know the Swoosh, you know the slogan. The iconic trademark that put Nike on the map is the focal point of this classic tee.  You’ll need it in your closet this holiday season, so make sure it gets crossed off and wrapped up just for you!

Still not sure what to add to your list? No problem. You can always give and receive the gift of greatness by purchasing a Gift Card from eastbay.com.

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Youth Training Gear Guide: Future superstars deserve the very best

Youth Training Gear Guide: Future superstars deserve the very best

Kids Training

Youth training gear is unique. To elevate your game, you need more than smaller sizes and lesser versions of adult products. We’re here to help. We have tons of training apparel and footwear built specifically for the young athlete. Here are some of this season’s top options:

Fitted Clothing

Fitted clothing gives you the style, fit, and comfort you crave during workouts. So what are some of the best products to grab?
You can’t get too far without mentioning Nike Pro Cool Fitted Tops. They’ve got the elite performance, breathability, and look you need.

In terms of style, fun, and moisture-wicking, you’ll want to direct your attention to Under Armour HeatGear t-shirts. These shirts feature your favorite Marvel and DC comic characters, so that you are sure to stand out during every lift and mile.

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Compression Clothing

Reduced friction. Moisture-wicking tech. A skin-tight, comfortable fit. Once you take to the gym or the practice field in compression clothing, you’ll never want to be without it. Leading the charge is the massive Nike Pro line. Its fit is unmatched, its performance unparalleled. And there are a TON of options. Seriously, look at this:

Nike Pro

This is a great base layer at a great price point. You’ll stay dry and feel great all day. Available in tights, shorts, and bras.

Nike Pro Cool

Now let’s take things up a notch. Pro Cool gear adds a layer of ventilation and breathability to keep you comfortable and cool. Available in capris, tights, and tops.

Nike Pro Hypercool

The best of the best is Hypercool. These top-of-the-line products have a reflective look to them that actually deflects sunlight away when it hits you, to keep you unbelievably cool and locked in. It’s kind of hard to explain, but you really need to try it, because it’s also hard to beat. Available in tops and bottoms in multiple different lengths.

We’ve also got a lot of great Under Armour HeatGear tops and bottoms. Looking for style? Comfort? Moisture-wicking? HeatGear training has all of these in spades.

Cold-Weather Clothing

When the weather gets colder, your outdoor training gear becomes even more crucial. While some young athletes may take one look at that wind chill or snowfall and decide to take the day off, the very best look at it as a blessing. This is your chance to separate from the pack.

Let’s start things off with the Nike Pro Hyperwarm collection. With mock, crew, half-zip, and tights options available, you can add the warm, snug coverage you need in a style and fit that works with the rest of your outfit. And what better way to complete your look than with Nike Therma clothing? Made with plush, comfortable fleece, the Therma collection is ideal for layering and helping block out the worst that Mother Nature can throw at you.

Under Armour ColdGear has been a leader in the cold-weather clothing department for a while now, and it’s easy to see why. Their fitted tops and bottoms are made with four-way stretch fabric for added mobility, and the Moisture Transport System wicks sweat quickly and effectively. Plus, with chafe-free seams and anti-odor tech, you stay comfortable and your gear stays fresh all workout long.

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Footwear

Shoes for running. Shoes for agility drills. There are different types of shoes for seemingly every type of workout, and frankly, it can be hard to keep track. Thankfully, we’ve got the latest, greatest, and most versatile options around so that you can take your training sessions to the next level.

Let’s start with the UA ClutchFit Rebelspeed. A Micro G Foam midsole adds explosiveness to every step, and that ClutchFit upper hugs your foot for an incredibly comfortable fit and great support.

Looking for a lightweight, flexible running shoe? Then the Nike Free RN can’t be beat. Its updated Free 5.0 platform and Flywire cables make every step you take your best one yet. The Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 offers the traction, responsiveness, and fit that young stars need during agility training and lateral movements.

Now here’s the crazy part: We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all of our great youth training gear. We have the brands, styles, and sizes that you love. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take your workouts to the next level.

Cam Shepherd: Racing Towards Gridiron Greatness

Cam Shepherd: Racing Towards Gridiron Greatness

Cam Shepherd

Watching UA Next athlete Cam Shepherd play football is a thing of beauty. Fast, strong, and smart, the youngster truly stands out from his peers. The playmaker started playing football at the age of four and has piled up 17 rushing touchdowns, 7 passing touchdowns, and a 75% completion rate during his youth career.

As Cam continues to grow on and off the gridiron, he draws inspiration from some of his favorite pro players: Carolina’s Cam Newton and Jacksonville’s T.J. Yeldon. “I like the way they play,” Cam said. “Plus, with Cam, he spent time at a smaller college and worked his way up to a bigger school and then to the pros. So I’d like to follow in their footsteps.”

However, that’s much easier said than done, and he knows the road won’t be easy. “It will take a lot of hard work,” he said. “It will also take getting good grades and staying in school.”

But Cam is already putting in those long hours and late nights. “I do a lot of drills with my trainer,” he explained. “The toughest one is probably the ‘Killjoy,’ where we have to run up the hill with somebody on our back.”

Cam Shepherd

Whether he’s pushing himself during these intense training sessions, leading his team on game day, or even hanging out with friends during his free time, one thing remains the same: his love for Under Armour clothing and gear. Cam loves the premium fit, proven performance, and cutting-edge style that are synonymous with the brand.

One of his favorite products is the Under Armour Highlight RM football cleat, which he wears during games. “I love the way it fits,” Cam said. “It feels great and is very comfortable.”

If you’re looking to burst ahead of your peers in the style and skills department just like Cam, you’re in luck. Our new catalog is designed specifically for the elite youth athlete, with page after page of this season’s hottest products in every sport, size, and style. So grab one today and start to build your own legacy.