Hall of Famer Ray Allen discusses his new autobiography in conversation with ABC News

first_imgApril 3, 2018 /Sports News – National Hall of Famer Ray Allen discusses his new autobiography in conversation with ABC News FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News.(NEW YORK) — Former professional basketball player Ray Allen spent nearly two decades playing in the NBA, and over the weekend, it was announced the star shooter was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen, who last played in the league in 2014, is part of a 2018 Hall of Fame class that includes former NBA stars Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Grant Hill.Allen recently sat down with ABC News to discuss his new autobiography From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, reflecting on how his youth shaped his career and talking about the things that drove him to work towards a Hall of Fame career.“As a military dependent, you travel all over the world… you had to learn how to fit in,” Allen tells ABC News, discussing his military upbringing and how at times he felt like an “outsider” as a child. “Often times, sports bonded all of us.”His goal, and hope, was always to become a professional basketball player. While he was not surrounded by NBA athletes growing up, he witnessed a lot of missed opportunity: those who had the ability to reach the NBA, but never ended up making it.“There were examples of those in my community of why it didn’t happen for them… ‘Alcohol ruined me. Injuries ruined me.’ So, I was getting all this firsthand knowledge these are the things I need to steer clear of if I want to be successful. I don’t know if I can make it to the NBA, but I wanted to give myself a chance.”A high school basketball star in South Carolina, Allen went on to play the sport at UCONN and get drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He talks about his college experience and NBA career, moving from Milwaukee to Seattle to Boston and Miami, but says there was more the wanted to include:“There was so much. It’s hard to encapsulate everything that I’ve known and everything that I’ve thought of and every person good and bad that has inspired me. After writing this, I thought I could write two books because there was so much.”Allen capped off his career in Miami, winning a championship with the Heat in 2013.His autobiography is now available in stores and online.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival is a great tourist story and a platform for how our tourist product should look like

first_imgI constantly emphasize that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination.Exactly in Dubrovnik and Konavle from 2 to 9 October 2017 will be held a new quality and interesting tourist content and story – Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking FestivalThe Dubrovnik Hiking Festival is primarily intended to show a different face of Dubrovnik, away from the crowds, focused on local tastes and trails, with a sense of freedom, tranquility and belonging to nature. Fertile Konavle fields, picturesque villages, hiking trails, the old railway, vineyards, wineries and local households await tourists in a unique program designed for everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced mountaineers.”We want to show the secret places that are mostly known among the locals in a sustainable form of active program to discover the unique food and wine of the region. With the festival we try to prove that this period, from August to July and August, is the best time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee that we will all come to the same conclusion – Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination.”Points out Zoran Ateljevic, one of the organizers.This image and experience is rememberedRural households, authentic gastronomy, culture, tradition, heritage… are part of this unique tourist story, all with the main focus on authenticity. Everything that is not written in tourist brochures, and the locals know, and that is exactly the story we have to tell – our authentic story combined with a superb, ie unforgettable experience. We remember the experiences from our travels, and as the motive of the trip is to get to know and experience a new and authentic way and culture of living, it must be an imperative of our tourism. That is the essence of tourism.Let us respect ourselves, our tradition, heritage, culture, identity so that others can respect us, and let us be what we are – Croats. All of our amazing authentic stories and diversity I have to pack nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell the story. This is the whole philosophy and paradigm of tourism. Yes, it’s that simple.Also, we should praise the excellent quality video, which is certainly a lure and a real motive for coming, in addition to excellent shots, it presents what we are – our story. This is the best possible pattern of how to organize all other festivals, events and tours, because tourists want to experience, see, taste… – our authentic story. Then why would they travel hundreds of miles if we sell them what they have at home?Content, content and only quality and primarily authentic content is the essence of tourism. These are the real ambassadors of our tourism and such tourist stories should be promoted and co-financed because this is the best platform on how to be our main tourist product, and not mass tourism, form and be copies of others.So simple, yet ingenious. Tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.More details about Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival and how to apply can be found herelast_img read more