Where to find used sporting goods and fitness equipment in Charlotte
Gear Goat XCHG
Are you interested in trying a new sport, or upgrading your equipment? Save some money by purchasing used equipment. You might also be able to get some money back by selling or consigning your old items.
You can search on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or bid on eBay, but nothing really compares to seeing a lot of gear in person, at the same place.
We’ve put together a list of a few places in Charlotte to shop for used sports and fitness equipment. Do you know of others that should be added to this list? Let us know and we might be able to add it.
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Gear Goat XCHG
Gear Goat XCHG
824 Lamar Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204
Gear Goat XCHG is an outdoor gear consignment shop in Plaza Midwood, behind Moo & Brew, just off Central Avenue.
If you’re looking for a bike or gear for camping, hiking, backpacking, running, skiing, snowboarding or climbing, make sure to check out Gear Goat XCHG.
About 70% of the inventory is used and 30% new. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can add your item to a wish list. That way they’ll put the item on the wish list on their website, and they’ll contact you if it comes in.
If you’re consigning here, the commission is based on the sales price of each item. Up to $500 it is split evenly, over $500 you get 60%, and over $1000 you get 70%.
You can take the money as soon as the item sells or you can spend the proceeds in the store and get an additional 10% bonus on your purchase.
There is always the option for the store to purchase your items outright, with the cash offer generally less than commission. Goat Gear XCHG does extensive research on each item to get the best value while still pricing the item to encourage timely purchases.
No appointment is necessary if you want to sell or consign your gear. Just drop in with your items and they’ll check it out. If you’re interested in a cash offer, please allow ample time for them to go through your items. If customers are present it may take us longer.
The Charlotte Re-cyclery
1132 N Caldwell Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
The Charlotte Re-Cyclery is a community bike shop that supports Trips for Kids Charlotte, which provides bicycles and biking programs for local children.
The Re-Cyclery does this by accepting donated bikes, refurbishing them, and selling to them to the community. They also do repairs on bikes.
When you buy a bike from the Re-Cyclery, the price is based mostly on the amount of labor it took to refurbish it. Their inventory varies based on what was donated. They are able to refurbish between 20 and 30 bikes a week. Every Monday they update the inventory on their website. The main categories they usually have are hybrid (also called city bikes), mountain, and road bikes.
The way they’re working right now is that if you want to test ride or buy a bike, you make an appointment for a day that week. They’re open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You meet outside. Customers aren’t allowed in the shop at this time.
You don’t need an appointment if you want to drop a bike off for repairs, or if you want to donate a bike. Just show up during any of the above hours.
Carolina Fitness Equipment
Carolina Fitness Equipment
3353 Reno Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216
Carolina Fitness Equipment buys fitness equipment from gyms, generally when they’re upgrading, and sells it at a discount to the public. They also have some equipment that’s new.
You can find cardio machines, strength equipment, free weights and more.
They don’t buy equipment from individuals, just from gyms. If you want to visit their warehouse at this time, you need to wear a face mask.
Play It Again Sports
Play It Again Sports
8500 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
Play It Again sports is a national chain. In addition to the Charlotte location there’s another nearby store in Mooresville. They sell both new and used brand name sporting goods and exercise equipment. It’s the only store on this list that sells equipment for team sports.
- Fitness Equipment
- Disc Golf
- Weight Lifting
- Skis and Snowboards (seasonal)
- Water Sports Equipment (seasonal)
- Field Hockey
They pay cash for your quality used sporting goods and fitness equipment. Or, save more by trading it for the items that you need.
They base their buying prices on brand, condition and demand for the items. Typically they resell used items for about 40-60% of what they would sell for new today.
As a seller, you receive 30-50% of that amount, depending on demand, condition and current inventory levels of like products.
If you trade, you’ll receive 20-30% more.
They also do consignment on select items. You don’t need an appointment to bring in your equipment to sell.
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Charlotte North – Lacrosse – Boston College AthleticsNORTH’S CAREER HIGHS*
Points: 12 at Boston University (2/12/20)
Goals: 8, twice, last vs. Albany (2/23/21)
Assists: 5 vs. Hofstra (3/11/20)
Ground balls: 2 vs. Albany (2/23/21)
Caused turnovers: 1 vs. Virginia (3/13/21)
Draw controls: 13 vs. Louisville (3/28/21)
*Career at BC
AS A SENIOR (2021)
Tewaaraton Award winner … Mary Garber ACC Female Athlete of the Year … IWLCA Player of the Year … Honda Sport Award Winner … NCAA Woman of the Year nominee … Consensus first team All-American … All-ACC first team … ILWomen Player of the Year … IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team … Four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Week … Three-time IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week … ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year … ACC All-Academic Team … IWLCA Honor Roll … NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player … NCAA All-Tournament team … Started all 21 games on the year … Scored an NCAA-record 102 goals … Had 114 points, the fifth-most in a single season at BC … Had 174 draw controls, the second-most in a single season at BC … Second in the country in points and third in draw controls … Had 18 multi-goal games and 16 hat tricks … Grabbed double-digit draws in 10 games … Set the NCAA Tournament record with 31 goals in a single tournament … Tallied the second-most points in a single NCAA Tournament with 33 … Scored eight goals in the season-opener against Albany on Feb.
AS A JUNIOR (2020)
Named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America First Team … led the Eagles’ offensive production with three goals and 12 draw control wins in season-opener at Massachusetts (Feb. 8) .
Played her first two collegiate seasons at Duke University where she finished the season third in the country in goals per game (4.32) and led the team with 82 goals … was a Tewaaraton Watch List selection and an IWLCA All-South Region and All-ACC Second Team honoree as a sophomore … was an All-ACC selection and an All-America honorable mention and All-Rookie team selection by Inside Lacrosse as a freshman .
Charlotte is the daughter of Kerry and Paula North … has three sisters, Caroline, Claire and Penelope and one brother, William … majoring in sociology.
Charlotte McGuire – Women’s LacrosseHonors and Awards:
BIG EAST All-Academic (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
IWLCA All-Academic (2018-19)
2018 (R-Jr.): Appeared in all 18 games, making six starts … Finished second on the team with a career-high 42 goals and added seven assists to finish one point shy of 50 … Had 13 multi-goal performances, including 11 hat tricks and one sock trick ... Tied a then-career-high with four goals in the victory against Kennesaw State (2/18), adding a ground ball, caused turnover and two draw controls . .. Set a new career-high and matched the MU standard with six goals on nine shots (all on target) in a win over Niagara (3/3) … Netted three goals and an assist for four points against Northwestern (3/10) … Scored four goals and collected four ground balls with a caused a turnover against Cincinnati (3/18) … Registered multi-goal efforts in eight-of-nine conference games, finishing with 23 goals in league action … Registered a career-best seven-point effort with four goals and three assists, to go along with two ground balls and two caused turnovers against Denver (4/18) … Scored three goals and four points in a must-win victory over UConn (4/28) to clinch MU’s first-ever trip to the BIG EAST tournament.
2017 (R-So.): Saw action in 15 games, including seven starts on attack … Scored 15 goals, ranking sixth on the team … Netted two goals at Kennesaw State (Feb. 28) … Added in a goal at California (March 16) … Scored a goal and registered two draw controls at Temple (March 25) . .. Scored a career-high and game-best four goals with an assist against Villanova (April 1) … Netted a goal and caused a turnover against No. 3 Florida (April 5) … Added a goal and caused a turnover at UConn (April 12) … Recorded two goals and scooped up three ground balls against Georgetown (April 15) … Notched three goals and an assist to end the season at Vanderbilt (April 30).
2016 (R-Fr.): Appeared in 14 games, starting eight times … Made her collegiate debut with an assist and a ground ball in a 14-6 loss at No. 15/16 Louisville (Feb. 6) … Grabbed two ground balls against Michigan in a 11-8 loss (Feb. 21) … Scored her first collegiate goal and added an assist in a 10-8 loss to Colorado (Feb. 28) … Had her first multi-goal game with two tallies and dished an assist for a career-best three points in a 17-4 victory vs. Central Michigan (March 19) … Netted a goal and secured two ground balls in a 11-5 loss to Denver (March 25).
2015 (Fr.): Did not appear in a game as a freshman.
Prior to Marquette: McGuire earned three varsity letters in lacrosse at New Trier High School, where she served as team captain as a senior in 2014 … Earned US Lacrosse All-America First Team honors as a senior, while helping the Trevians to a 22-1-1 record and the first undefeated regular season in team history … Posted 63 goals, 31 assists, 64 draw controls and 54 caused turnovers as a senior in 2014 … Earned all-state recognition as both a junior and senior and was an Under Armour Underclass All-American in both 2012 and 2013 … Three-time US Lacrosse Midwest Player of the Week during senior season … State runner-up as a senior and ranked third in the Midwest by US Lacrosse … Team notched a third-place state finish in 2013 and a runner-up placement in 2012 … Competed with Lake Shore Lacrosse from 2010-12 and was a club teammate of Marquette’s Fran Meyer … Also earned two letters in both field hockey and cross country at New Trier.
Personal: McGuire was born in Evanston, Illinois and is the older of two children to Dan and Stephanie McGuire . .. Has a younger brother, Dylan … Majoring in communications.
Charlotte Castronovo – Women’s Lacrosse
• Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
AS A SENIOR IN 2017
Team captain … Aldo “Buff” Donelli Leadership Award recipient … Played and started in all 18 games … Totaled 22 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers … Recorded two ground balls and two draw controls against UMass Lowell (Feb. 25) … Collected two ground balls at San Diego State (March 5) … Tallied two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers at Bucknell (March 19) … Picked up two ground balls, came up with two draw controls and caused a turnover against Navy (April 15) … Picked up three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover at Army (April 22) … Posted three ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover at New Hampshire (April 26).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2016
Played and started in all 18 games… Totaled one goal and one assist… Picked up 16 groundballs… Won one draw control… Caused 12 turnovers… Picked up one ground ball and caused one turnover against #9 Boston College… Caused one turnover in a win over Fairfield… Caused one turnover in a win over American… Picked up two ground balls against John Hopkins… Totaled one assist and two caused turnovers in a win over Bucknell… Picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers in a win against Vanderbilt… Picked up two ground balls in a win over Colgate… Caused one turnover against Lehigh… Picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers in a win vs. Lafayette… Caused one turnover in a win over Bucknell… Picked up three ground balls and caused one turnover against Navy
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015
Played in 18 games making 18 starts…Totaled one goal, picked up 11 ground balls, caused 19 turn overs and won two draw controls…Made Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. ..Scored first collegiate goal against #5 Boston College…Caused two turnovers in the win over Bucknell…Picked up two ground balls and caused one turnover in the win against Lehigh…Caused one turnover at New Hampshire…Produced two turnovers against #17 Loyola…Caused one turnover at Vanderbilt…Picked up one ground ball in the win at Siena…Picked up one ground ball and caused one turnover in the win against Lafayette…Won a draw control and picked up a ground ball at Yale…Produced two turnovers against Navy…Picked up two ground balls and caused one turnover in the win at Holy Cross…Picked up one ground ball at Denver.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014
Appeared in two games … Made collegiate debut against Holy Cross and caused a turnover.
BEFORE BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Led team to a pair of state championships … Four-time Scholar-Athlete honoree … All-County honorable mention as a senior … Also played field hockey and was a team captain and All-County honoree.
Born May 22, 1995 … Daughter of Joseph and Beth Castronovo … Has two siblings, Katherine and Alexander … Both parents are BU alums … Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society … Enrolled in the School of Management.
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|[14:14]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Alex Aken won by QUMLAX20, [14:14] Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 Drew Flack.|
|Turnover by QUMLAX20 Drew Flack (caused by Teagan Hersh).|
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|Turnover by PBAM Teagan Hersh (caused by David Byrne).|
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|Turnover by QUMLAX20 Johnny Staten (caused by Nick Whelan).|
|[13:26]||Ground ball pickup by PBAM Alex Aken.|
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|[13:00]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Noah McKoeun won by QUMLAX20, [13:00] Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 Drew Flack.|
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|[12:57]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Alex Aken won by QUMLAX20, [12:57] Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 David Byrne.|
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|[12:04]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Alex Aken won by QUMLAX20, [12:04] Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 Drew Flack.|
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|[11:21]||GOAL by QUMLAX20 Tyler Ewen, Assist by Kealan Pilon.||7||2|
|[11:21]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Corbin Schneider won by QUMLAX20 (on faceoff violation).|
|[10:30]||GOAL by QUMLAX20 Quinn Tallant, Assist by Matthew Cameron.||8||2|
|[10:30]||Faceoff Drew Flack vs Corbin Schneider won by QUMLAX20 (on faceoff violation).|
|[09:57]||Shot by QUMLAX20 Adam Barry, SAVE Lee Rowden|
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|[09:15]||Ground ball pickup by PBAM Trevor Rowland.|
|[08:44]||Shot by PBAM Austin Evans, SAVE Kyle Hornik|
|[08:39]||Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 Justin Swick.|
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|Turnover by QUMLAX20 Laszlo Henning (caused by Lee Rowden).|
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|Turnover by PBAM Lee Rowden.|
|[05:54]||Ground ball pickup by QUMLAX20 Kevin Barry.|
|[04:55]||GOAL by QUMLAX20 Kealan Pilon, Assist by Laszlo Henning.||9||2|
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|[04:33]||10||3||GOAL by PBAM Zach Holmes, Assist by Henry Sloyan.|
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|Turnover by QUMLAX20 Jacob Bowen.|
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|Turnover by PBAM Henry Sloyan (caused by Joey Szabo).|
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Paralyzed lacrosse player sues Davidson high school, coachThe Fenderson family
Last May in the final period of a high school lacrosse playoff game, Lance Fenderson found himself between a bigger, onrushing opponent and his own team’s goal.
Fenderson held his ground. Just before impact, however, he also lowered his head.
The resulting collision sent the Davidson Day School student crumpling to the turf, his neck broken in three places, the feeling in his legs and arms draining away under the lights.
Ten months after his May 10 injury in the lacrosse game against Asheville School, Fenderson remains paralyzed from the chest down.
This week — in a legal action that targets two of North Carolina’s toniest college-preparatory schools — Fenderson and his parents sued a long list of parties whom they say should have prevented Lance’s injury, including both schools and the opposing player.
“Lance is permanently paralyzed from the chest down and will spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair, requiring total care and support,” the lawsuit says. “(His parents) were present throughout Lance’s entire ordeal. They watched in horror as their son was needlessly driven into the ground, changing his life forever.”Lance Fenderson of Davidson Day School was a varsity lacrosse player left paralyzed by a collision during a game last May. Now he and his family are suing those who they believe could have prevented Lance’s injuries, including his school and his coach. The Fenderson family
The complaint, filed in Mecklenburg County, also names:
▪ Davidson Day’s lacrosse coach and athletic director.
▪ The Asheville School medical trainer who first responded to Fenderson and may have worsened his injury by improperly removing the youth’s helmet, the suit says.
▪ The Asheville player who, they say, unnecessarily collided with Fenderson.
The complaint alleges negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress against all of the defendants, and singles out the former Asheville player for the additional count of willful and wanton conduct.
The Fendersons’ Washington, D.C.-based attorneys have asked for more than $25,000 on each of the counts, along with punitive damages against the Asheville player.
Asked to respond to the complaint, Anthony Sgro, who became head of Asheville School after the Fenderson’s injury, sent condolences.
“Our hearts go out to Mr. Fenderson and his family,” he said in an email to the Observer. “This was such a tragic accident.“
Both Lance Fenderson and his younger brother Luke remain enrolled at Davidson Day.
“We are proud of the way that our school and our community continues to help the Fenderson family as they work through the challenges of Lance’s tragic accident,” Carrie Lott, Davidson Day’s director of marketing and communications, said in an email. “We remain committed to doing all that we can to provide high-quality education in a compassionate and supportive environment.”
After Lance Fenderson’s injury, the parents and supporters of the 500-student private school rallied around the Fenderson family. An exhibition soccer game at the school in late May raised $5,000 toward Lance’s medical expenses, according to WBTV, an Observer news partner. A Gofundme site in Lance Fenderson’s name has raised more than 75 percent of its $150,000 goal.
“It’s such a small community that it hurts like it is one of your kids,” Davidson Day faculty member Mat Saunders said at the time.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, slightly less than 10% of the neck fractures treated in U.S. emergencies rooms are sports-related.
Lacrosse is a fast-paced game played with a hard-rubber ball and webbed wooden or synthetic sticks. Physical contact is an intrinsic part of the sport. Players wear helmets, mouthpieces and protective pads on their arms, shoulders and hands. The American Journal of Sports Medicine says 41 percent of lacrosse injuries result from collisions between players, by far the most frequent cause.
According to the Fendersons, all nine defendants contributed to their son’s catastrophic injury.
Davidson Day, they allege, did not equip Fenderson with a certified helmet or make sure it fit properly, nor did the school hire an adequate number of experienced lacrosse coaches to properly train and protect the players.
School lacrosse coach Kyle McLaughlin, according to the complaint, did not properly train his players to keep their heads up during collisions. Nor, the suit claims, did he match Fenderson with a similarly sized Asheville player or properly substitute, leaving Fenderson exhausted and more susceptible to injury.
The complaint cites the Asheville School for failing to teach its players to avoid targeting opponents. The Asheville player, they allege, recklessly collided with Fenderson, the lawsuit says. “Instead of turning to avoid Lance, (he) lowered his shoulder, accelerated … driving Lance’s (lowered) head into the base of his neck.”
Afterward, according to the complaint, the Asheville player celebrated with his teammates while Fenderson fell to the ground, and did not get up.
Michael Gordon has been the Observer’s legal affairs writer since 2013. He has been an editor and reporter at the paper since 1992, occasionally writing about schools, religion, politics and sports. He spent two summers as “Bikin Mike,” filing stories as he pedaled across the Carolinas.
Charlotte Dale – Women’s Lacrosse2021
• Played in all 10 games for the Titans.
• Recorded two goals and two assists for four points, adding one ground ball.
• Made collegiate debut in season opener at Central Michigan (3/7).
• Scored first collegiate goal against Youngstown State (3/13), also scoring in next game at Akron (4/13).
• Added assists at Youngstown State (4/17) and against Akron (4/24).
• Received Women’s Lacrosse Academic All-MAC Team honors.
• Earned Detroit Mercy Athletic Director Honor Roll accolades (3.0 GPA+).
• Missed the season due to an injury.
• Earned Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll laurels (3.0 GPA+).
• Earned Detroit Mercy Athletic Director’s Honor Roll accolades (3.0 GPA+).
• A 2019 graduate of Lamar High School in Texas.
• Lettered in all four seasons for the Texans and coach Kristin Marchese.
• Played four sports in high school, also lettering four seasons in field hockey and three seasons in soccer as well as playing volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years.
• Earned All-State honors as a senior, helping lead her team to the state tournament.
• Named Offensive MVP in three seasons on varsity.
• Earned All-District honors as a junior and senior in lacrosse and was All-District First Team twice in soccer.
• Across her four-year career, scored 187 goals and notched 51 assists for 238 points, adding 55 draw controls and 42 ground balls.
• As a senior, totaled 52 goals, 12 assists, 11 caused turnovers and nine draw controls, scoring 14 free-position goals.
• Played club lacrosse with Tenacity Elite for six years.
• Graduated in the top-10 percent in her graduating class and also graduated with honors.
• Daughter of Kimberly & Brian Dale.
• Has an older sibling, Hayden.
• Born in Evanston, Illinois.
• First player from the state of Texas to play women’s lacrosse at the University.
• Major is Political Science / Pre-Law.
North Carolina, also known as the International Gateway to the South, Charlotte is a metropolis with a stable quality of life. Newcomers looking to improve their English skills or prepare to study in the United States can enroll in one of the many local ESL (English as a Second Language) programs.
North Carolina’s largest city is the cultural, economic and transportation center of the state.Charlotte got the name “The Royal City” due to its convenient location – from the city you can easily reach the mountains and beaches of North Carolina, as well as the neighboring states of the East Coast. The city is home to a number of large universities and colleges, chief among which is the campus of the University of North Carolina. The city’s cultural attractions include the Charlotte Museum, the Mint Museum and other venues, performances at Belk Theater, galleries and shops in the North Davidson Arts District.
Charlotte has long been considered the banking and financial center of the southeastern United States. However, the city means much more than just business; English learners will find many cultural attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment options here. Visitors can stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens or Orchid Conservatory. The Carowinds Amusement Park features roller coasters, a water park and a variety of live performances.The Carolina Revival Festival takes place every fall and is one of the nation’s largest revival events, and the June Annual Convention of Heroes is one of the oldest and largest comic book conventions in the United States.
With mild winters and warm summers, there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation and sports in Charlotte and the Mecklenburg region. The National Whitewater Center USA offers over 30 different recreational activities including rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, paddle surfing and mountain biking.Hiking along the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachians is a short distance from the city. Beach lovers need to travel more than 100 miles to reach the Brunswick Islands, North Carolina’s Outer Banks or the coastal resort of Myrtle Beach, as well as famous resorts such as Sugar Mountain, Sapphire Valley, Beach Mountain and Wolf Ridge. For those who prefer to watch sports, rather than participate in them, Charlotte also has professional sports teams: the NFL Panthers, the NBA Hornets and Minor League Knights (baseball), Independence (football) and also “The Hounds” (lacrosse).
The population of the megalopolis Charlotte increased by 20% from 2010 to 2020 and reached 885,000 people. Almost 17 percent of the local residents are foreigners, which provides a variety of cultural opportunities and a good attitude towards both immigrants and visitors to the city.
Programs ESL Colleges and Universities
ESL or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs help participants improve their English skills, as well as acquire new skills before going to college, finding a job, or moving from the United States for a long time.ESL programs have a different focus – from classes for beginners to revision courses for those who already speak English (with an emphasis on American catchphrases and pronunciation features). There are also courses that prepare students for the TOEFL (test of knowledge of English as a foreign language), the passing of which is a prerequisite for many educational institutions in the United States. Some schools also offer online tuition, which allows international students to learn English before arriving.
Many public and private colleges and universities in North Carolina offer ESL and ESOL classes, including schools in Charlotte, Raleigh / Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wilmington. Some of them are intended for students enrolled in the programs of these institutions, while others are available for students who do not plan to pursue a degree.
The University of North Carolina (UNK) is the first university in the United States and offers ESL classes in 16 of its buildings, including the Charlotte building (https: // www.applyesl.com/school.asp?sid=0106400&lid=0). The English Language Studies Institute (ELTI) offers intensive English classes for international students who are planning to study at an American college or university, as well as those who need to learn the language professionally. UNC Corpus Charlotte also offers an undergraduate degree program in Teaching English as a Second Language. The campus of the university is located on a 400 hectare site nestled among the picturesque hills, forests and streams on the border of Charlotte.
Other higher education institutions offering ESL programs:
- The Community College of Central Piedmont (CPCC) offers free ESL non-credit classes (https://www.cpcc.edu/programs/english-second-language-esl). Through these activities, students can prepare for college, earn a high school diploma or general education, and improve communication skills at work and in the community. CPCC also runs academic / English as a foreign language credit courses (https: // www.cpcc.edu/programs/foreign-languages). The college has six buildings in the Charlotte / Mecklenburg area.
- Queen Charlotte University (https://www.queens.edu) provides training at national ESL centers (https://www.els.edu).
- Johnson and Wales University (JWU) usually conducts ESL classes at its language center in downtown Charlotte (https://www.els.edu/destinations/charlotte). The center has been temporarily closed for the duration of the pandemic, please check the website for information on its reopening.
Programs ESL from private companies
There are several private and non-profit organizations in the Charlotte area that also provide training. Some of them conduct classes online, but a large number of programs have already resumed full-time education after the pandemic.
- Private ESL programs include:
- The Carolina Language Academy conducts classes in three of its buildings in Charlotte (https: // www.carolinalanguage.com/learn-to-speak-english). The academy conducts individual, group and online classes with the ability to sign up for different times. All classes are held exclusively in English to ensure that students have the best possible experience.
- Borealis Language Academy offers interactive small group classes (http://www.borealislanguage.com/info/english-classes) in three of its institutions for students aged 13 and over. Classes are organized by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced).Each course is designed for six to eight months of study. Their method is to learn quickly through the use of repetitive phrases and helpful grammar tips.
- The Metrolin Baptist Association is partnering with Edge International Institute to provide ESL classes in nine churches in North and South Carolina. (https://metrolina.org/esl-english-as-second-language). These classes foster intercultural exchange between the Americas and other countries by teaching English and educating professionals in Western business methods.Participants from Charlotte include Calvary Church (https://www.calvarychurch.com/esl) and Forest Hill Church.
- Central Avenue International House Charlotte offers ESL classes in conjunction with Piedmont Central State College. (https://www.nld.org/beginner-intermediate-and-advanced-english-esl-classes?student=1. Classes are aimed at expanding vocabulary, improving grammar, reading and writing skills, as well as valuable life skills , including sections on community resources.
- Charlotte Country Independent Day School on Carmel Road (https://www.charlottecountryday.org/a-country-day-education/english-as-a-second-language) offers ESL for elementary, middle and high school students. as well as preparation for TOEFL. High school classes include ESL for Beginners, ESL Intermediate, ESL in American History, and ESL in World History.
Private Tutors can be found at https://www.thumbtack.com/nc/charlotte/esl-classes or similar sites.Other community outreach groups, churches, and government agencies also offer ELS classes, which can be found online or in community resources. These classes, some of which are free, provide an opportunity for North Carolina students and other newcomers to improve their English skills.
If you are interested in learning English in Charlotte or have questions about Charlotte, please email Michael at michael @ visasupply.com.
90,000 Mamin has grown to the first line of the Panthers
26-year-old striker Maxim Mamin entered the same river for the second time.
He was already in the NHL in 2017-18 with 26 appearances and 4 (3 + 1) points for Florida. The next season there were seven more games without points, after which Mamin returned to CSKA, with which he won the Gagarin Cup (2019), received gold medals in the Russian Championship (2020) and reached the final of the KHL playoffs (2021).
Mamin developed into a forward of the first link of the army club, who not only scored points, but also showed himself in power hockey. In addition, he became three years older. And now Maxim left for the NHL again, signing a one-year contract.
Tweet from @NHL: Maxim Mamin lets it fly and now it’s tied. pic.twitter.com/zrvg1zcvAA
He started the season for Charlotte Checkers (AHL) with 5 (2 + 3) points in seven games. And then the new Panthers head coach Andrew Brunett brought him up to the main squad.Now the coach was asked to evaluate Mamin – how he is using his capabilities in North America, and what his potential is.
“I saw Maxim Mamin in action before, watched him in a training camp,” Brunett said. “Unfortunately, he was injured there, so he played little in test matches. But I had a great idea of how he works in training and what does during matches. In order to win a lot, we have to have a deep line-up, so I tried to find a place in the base for Mamin. “
And this is valuable when you see that Mamin is playing on the left flank of the first link, where Carter Verhegi is on the right, and Alexander Barkov, who has returned to the squad after an injury, is in the center. In the match against St. Louis (3: 4 OT), Mamin assisted partners twice, giving his first assists of the season.
“We give Mamin an opportunity, and in the last three matches he plays really impressive,” Brunett continues. “You can see his advantages yourself – he is big, he skates well. So he has a lot of potential.”
Yes, on Saturday, Maxim even broke out with a double at the gates of “St. Louis”. At the eighth minute, he rolled onto the goal and delivered a well-aimed wrist shot. And at the very end of the third period he evened the score when he again sharply threw from the brushes. As a result, the game went into overtime, and there “Florida” won the shootout.
In that match, Mamin played in the top three with Verhegi and Anton Lundell, a Finnish newcomer who replaced his fellow countryman Barkov. Of course, moments like the first double in an NHL career give a lot of confidence.
Brunett trusts Mamin, and the Russian forward thanks the coach for scoring goals and making a result.90,000 Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Arts and Museums District has evolved over the years into a vibrant center for contemporary art. With a cluster of high-quality galleries located in the Railyard complex, Santa Fe presents many cutting-edge exhibitions for both emerging and significant blue-chip artists. These ten contemporary art galleries put Santa Fe on the map as a key destination for respected art in New Mexico.
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Center for Contemporary Art
Center for Contemporary Art is a center for contemporary art of all forms, including film, visual arts and performance. Founded in 1979, this vibrant and constantly evolving site is one of the oldest art-oriented organizations in the area. It provides an interdisciplinary exhibition and educational program that addresses current issues, encourages critical discourse on contemporary art topics, and community engagement.The center focuses on multifaceted collaborative exhibitions that represent the region with a range of provocative, conceptual works. For example, its interior design space, the Spector Ripps Project, is dedicated to showcasing new exhibitions about risk, by New Mexico artists such as Zoe Blackwell, Brandon Sauder, and Betsy Emil, in addition to exploring spatial experimentation, Specificity and Scale.
Contemporary Art Center, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA + 1 505 982 1338
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Turner Carroll Gallery
Turner Carroll Gallery has a global perspective in the selection of artists to present.Since its founding in 1991, the gallery, owned by experienced gallerists Michael Carroll and Tona Turner, has displayed works by artists from Romania, Ireland, France, Russia, Mexico, Korea, China and Japan. Several renowned Turner Carroll artists, including Michael Coleman, Josh Garber, Rupert Garcia and Hong Liu, also exhibit internationally in prestigious museums. The gallery is an active member of the local community, regularly raising funds for arts education in partnership with arts charities in Santa Fe.In addition to the gallery’s main program, Turner Carroll Gallery also organizes exhibitions and charity events as part of its contemporary Mexican art project ArteMita.
Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, +1 505 986 9800
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Zane Bennett Gallery
Housed in one of the most unique architectural spaces in the Railyard complex, the Zane Bennett Gallery has a strong presence on the national contemporary art scene.The cutting-edge interiors combine with a stimulating exhibition program of renowned artists, emerging and emerging artists, and a range of unique names. Notable artists include Mary Schaffer, Roger Atkins, Rachel Stevens, and Joshua Rose. The Zane Bennett Gallery presents work in a variety of traditional media, including painting, graphics, sculpture and photography, as well as new media and video installations. Visually appealing, but also accessible, screenings take place in the gallery’s many exhibition spaces, surrounding its stunning atrium and glass staircase.
Zane Bennett Gallery, The Railyard, 435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM, +1 505 982 8111
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, founded by gallery owner Charlotte Jackson in 1998, is internationally recognized for its focus on monochrome art, light and space, and Californian modernists. The gallery has a clear and unique vision that is presented internationally through a series of visually stimulating, high quality exhibitions throughout the year.Charlotte Jackson represents renowned artists such as Charles Arnoldi, James Turrell and Anne Truitt, among many others. Charlotte Jackson’s other projects include the creation of the non-profit art organization Art Santa Fe Presents, the organization behind the 2003 Art Santa Fe art fair. Over the years, Jackson has elevated the fair’s status from a regional to an important event for the international community. art community.
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, The Railyard 554 S.Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, +1 505 989 8688
Charles Arnoldi Possession Image Courtesy of Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
James Kelly Contemporary
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James Kelly Contemporary is a unique location in Santa Fe and the Southwest region of the United States. With a focus on museum quality exhibitions created by national and foreign emerging and recognized post-war artists, the gallery is renowned for its high standard of exhibition content and presentation.Founded in 1997, James Kelly’s first exhibition in 1998 featured internationally renowned artists Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg and Richard Tuttle, who were living in the Santa Fe region at the time. Since then, the gallery has maintained close ties with the region, featuring local artists as well as bringing in the latest international talent. James Kelly Contemporary has also been instrumental in the ongoing development of the Ryyard District, which is the hub for contemporary art in Santa Fe.
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Gallery Karan Rulen
Karan Rulen is a key contemporary art site for renowned New Mexico artists.Often cited as one of the most prominent art sites in Santa Fe, the gallery is owned and operated by painting veteran and arts advocate Karan Roulin. For over 20 years, the gallery has featured some of the finest contemporary paintings and sculptures inspired by nature, but the range of works exhibited at Karan-Roulin is very varied, depicting different styles from realistic to minimalist and abstract. The gallery focuses on paintings, drawings and sculptures exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the year.Notable artists include Pauline Siegen and Stephen Pentak.
Karan Rulen Gallery, 225 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, +1 505 820 0807
Pauline Siegen, departure hour Image Courtesy of Karan Ruhlen Gallery
David Richard Gallery
David Richard Gallery is one of the premier art galleries in Santa Fe. Here you will find many important contemporary and historical works of art, especially those related to post-war and contemporary abstract art.The David Richard Gallery presents works in a variety of media, focusing on works of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Geometry, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism.