The Top 5 One-On-One Sports Adventures You Can Experience With The Pros – Forbes
My friends at the charity auction site IfOnly have put together some of the most amazing one-on-one adventures for sports fans ever offered. IfOnly offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the world’s most famous people. They provide access to an amazing selection of bucket list experiences that benefit worthy causes around the world. Here are their top 5 best legendary sports experiences currently available:
Spend two nights in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Resort and enjoy a private tennis clinic with legendary tennis champions, Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. The private tennis clinic will take place at their local training courts, followed by a private lunch. This is a bucket list opportunity to refine your game from two tennis legends. Later that evening, you can relive stories from the afternoon over dinner at the award-winning Michael Mina restaurant.
This private experience will benefit the Children for Tomorrow Charity to help mentally and emotionally traumatized children.
You will drive an authentic race car on the track of your choice where Michel Jourdain will personally give you advice from his years of pro racing. Choose your track from any road course in Mexico City and within the State of Mexico, pending availability. Once confirmed you are set for an experience of a lifetime.
Jourdain is one of the most famous names in motorsports. With over 20 years of racing, including three times at the Indianapolis 500, he closed his career with nine winning stands. This is an opportunity for him to personally teach you his driving secrets to make you feel like a champion.
At 19, Jourdain was one of the youngest riders to compete in the Champ Car World Series (now called IndyCar) and to drive in the Indianapolis 500 at the age of 20. In 2001, he earned his first podium victory with the Bettenhausen Racing team. In 2003, driving for team Rahal Letterman Lanigan, he earned his f first two victories, finishing third in the championship. His career in Champ Car ended with a total of nine podium appearances. Jourdain surprised fans in 2012 by racing in the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal, along with Japanese Indycar driver Takuma Sato. Transportation is not included in this offer. This experience will benefit the Origen Foundation for women.
Here is your chance to get in the ring with legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, and spend an entire day with the champ at his home in Pacific Palisades, California.
You will experience a day in the life of a boxing legend as Sugar Ray takes you under his wing and provides you with personalized training, demonstrating his perfect techniques that led him to seven world titles and worldwide fame. You will have the chance to tour his trophy room, where he will relive the history of his long career, starting with his Olympic victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic games and ending with his Hall of Fame induction in 1997. That evening you will sit with Sugar Ray and watch a prize fight live in his living room. His personal insights will be an experience you will never forget.
The experience for up to 10 of your friends will benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation towards helping Juvenile Diabetes Research.
Here is your chance to hang out with famed motocross champion Jeremy McGrath on his huge ranch for the perfect day of motorsports, guns, and great conversation.
You and up to two guests will experience a day in the dirt with the motocross champion at his sprawling 700-acre ranch near San Diego. The outdoor adventure includes riding dirt bikes and ATVs. Jeremy will also show off his signature move, the “Nac Nac,” on his private track or on the surrounding hills, all of which is available for the experience. You can also hit golf balls, shoot guns, go car racing, or do some fishing.
This amazing day will include lunch with Jeremy, which will give you an opportunity to talk with him about his life as a seven-time motocycle racing champion. At the end of the day, you will walk away with three signed jerseys for you and your two guests. A portion of this sale with benefit Be the Match, an organization that helps patients find life-saving transplants.
Dennis Conner is one of the world’s most famous sailing champions. Having won 28 World Championships and the America’s Cup four times, he was voted America’s Greatest Sailor by his peers. Now you can have the unique opportunity to take a voyage with him aboard the famed STARS & STRIPES America’s Cup yacht or the AMERICA in San Diego.
I was lucky to have recently experienced a day on the beautiful AMERICA yacht in San Diego. It is one of the best sailing experiences for small groups or private outings on the 139-foot yacht. Reaching 12 knots, it sails very fast considering its size. Sailing out to Coronado Islands is the perfect adventure for a two-day ocean run with an overnight for six guests, or you can sail up the California coast to the Channel Islands and Catalina Island for a five-day ultimate sailing experience.
The AMERICA recently returned from a 20,000-mile voyage to the East Coast & Bermuda, so you know she is a comfortable and seaworthy vessel. Her journey was to help promote the 2017 America’s Cup and included stops at many of the famous Eastern seaboard yacht clubs.
According to AMERICA owner Captain Troy Sears, “The AMERICA was designed to cruise the world….in style…to be the center-of-attention at yacht racing’s most expensive event, for the most coveted trophy. There is only one AMERICA….and we are excited that we can offer this unique and luxury cruising experience to our guests. Today I look forward to nothing more than taking private charter guests for extended periods on my beautiful AMERICA, allowing them to experience the passion which I am so lucky to enjoy every day”.
To have Dennis Connor as your personal guide for the day is a spectacular opportunity in both San Diego or San Francisco. In San Francisco, the USA76 yacht with speeds up to 20 knots, is the most modern America’s Cup yacht anywhere in the world. Owned by 2-time America’s Cup winner Brad Webb, the longest member of Larry Ellison’s “Oracle Team USA”. Dennis Conner & Brad Webb are also available as a celebrity host on board this yacht.
On San Diego Bay, you and your guests will receive personal instruction from Dennis. Board his immaculate IACC yacht, the same one he raced in the 1992 America’s Cup, and get a taste of the teamwork and precision it requires to helm this state-of-the-art vessel. Individuals can also privately charter the yacht separately for $3,750 for three hours.
This private experience with Dennis Connor will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fighting childhood cancer.
The America experience up close:
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