Discovering 50 Things Before I am 50: Sports

 

Hello from NYC! I am here to celebrate a milestone family birthday and wanted to share some of my progress on my project of 50 New and Adventurous Things Before I turn 50.

I went to my very first hockey game with JNTO. I loved being in the suite and learning about a whole new sport. I had never watched a hockey game on television or in person before. You may asking yourself, “Did she live under a rock?” Nope! I grew up in Los Angeles and never knew that I LOVE hockey! What a great sport. I love the non-stop action and the giant men jumping over the short wall to get back on the ice. They keep playing even when their sticks break. It was incredible. I cannot wait to go again. Thank you to the JNTO for introducing me to the L.A. Kings. I loved sudden death overtime and a shoot out to ELEVEN! AMAZING!

VideoMy first LA Kings hockey game

I went to my very first NCAA Basketball game and saw my own college team, University of Pennsylvania, play at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The Quakers were incredible for three quarters. I loved being there, cheering on my team and singing the Red and the Blue. The final score against Texas A&M (63 – 61) did know show that how well they played for most of the game.

Video: My First NCAA Women’s Basketball Game 2017

In the last year, I started a new sport. I am learning to play tennis. My coach recently said, “It is too bad we did not take video of you when you started.” I said, “Why? So people could see how much I sucked?” He said, “No, to see how much you have improved.” Once when I was very new with him, he said, “Lisa, What are you watching? Because it is definitely not the ball.” I had an eye issue for most of my life that was only recently diagnosed and treated.  I always thought I was uncoordinated and kind of wimpy. It turns out I could not hit a baseball or tetherball because I could not see the ball properly. After many months of weekly therapy, my eye doctor recommended I try tennis lessons. I said, “That sounds frustrating.” Dr. Brodney said, “You have learned new skills and now you have to challenge yourself to use them.” I have made great progress and continue to work on my hand-eye coordination.

VideoLisa Niver’s Tennis Lesson: 15 Months of lessons

It has been exciting to try out new activities like tennis and enjoy sports where I can follow the ball or the puck when others are playing. I recently went on the Olympic Bobsled in Utah. I am on the look out for more new and adventurous activities, let me know any suggestions for my 50 new things list!

Video: Lisa Niver, Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set, in Utah on the Olympic Bobsled and skiing with the National Ability Center. (starts 16:45)

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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