“Does anyone know what a tailgate is?” asks the spokeswoman for our local soccer team, the Las Vegas Lights FC, addressing about 250 potential tailgaters of tomorrow. “That’s what you call a party before a sports game!”
That slapping sound you hear is just Assistant Principal Rob Rosenblatt’s palms connecting with his forehead as a giddy mass of third-to-fifth-graders in the Ernest J. May Elementary School lunchroom gets a lesson in the A-B-C’s of partaaay-heartiness.
So, Sports Tailgating 101 isn’t normally an element of grade-school curriculums? Fear not, parents: Rosenblatt’s playful grin gives away his good humor because this is all for a good — correction, vital — cause:
“We want to encourage you to keep pushing yourself, do even more — read even more,” Las Vegas Lights Community Relations Manager Tia Coward tells the kids at this traveling “Reading Goals” assembly, one of many the professional team stages at elementary and middle schools valley-wide, to encourage literacy among schoolkids.
In June 2018, the blockbuster trade show’s owner/producer, the Consumer Technology Association, gave the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the gift of Bo and Wells — two black Labrador Retrievers that are “vapor wake dogs” — to enhance the LVCVA’s security efforts.
PLATEFUL DECISIONS: UNLV hospitality students try to crack the code of the kitchen on quest to become Vegas tourism titans
The drill at these kitchen grills is not about stirring a student’s culinary talent until it bursts into a flambe of fame, a la Wolfgang Puck. Rather it’s about heating up the larger instincts necessary for hospitality/tourism careers, which produce Vegas’ economic bread and butter.