Nicholas Fainlight

A young professional interested in sports and fitness.

Soccer’s Rise in Popularity in the US

Soccer’s Rise in Popularity in the US

Major League Soccer (MLS) is the name of the men’s professional soccer league for both the United States and Canada. It was created by the United States Soccer Federation and founded in 1993. There are currently 22 major league soccer teams, with 19 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league has plans to expand to 28 teams by the end of 2020. 

While American football continues to be the number one most viewed professional sport, soccer has been gaining a rapid following since this North American debut. As far as viewership goes, American football continues to dominate the sports scene, but there have been a number of factors that have increased Americans’ interest in soccer. Celebrity David Beckham first made headlines when he moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. This resulted in an overnight boost in popularity. Currently, soccer is in the top five most-viewed sports, alongside American football, basketball, baseball, and boxing.

Another factor that has made the sport more popular is the increase in the Hispanic population in the US. Soccer is a very popular sport in Latin cultures and they account for almost 70% of soccer viewership alone. Another factor is the ability to globally televise matches that were previously unavailable to Americans.

For people who are not familiar with the sport, there are many acronyms associated with American soccer. In addition to leagues, there are also divisions and sanctioned affiliate groups. 

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the governing body for international soccer. Countries that are members are also required to have memberships with at least one of the following regional confederations: Europe, the Caribbean, Oceania, Asia, Africa, North & Central America, and South America. The US is a member of CONCACAF, which is a combination of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. This also covers Mexico.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is a nonprofit organization that is the official governing body of US soccer. This FIFA member governs all of the U.S. amateur and professional soccer matches. United Soccer Coaches (NSCAA) is an organization founded by soccer coaches around the world. With over 30,000 members, it is the largest soccer coaches’ organization worldwide.


Running Guide for Beginners – Additional tips

Running Guide for Beginners – Additional tips

There is a reason that running is officially ranked as the most popular activity around the world. It’s hard to believe that when it first originated it was just for practical reasons. Our ancestors relied on this skill in order to hunt for food millions of years ago, but it was never used for recreation. It became more sport-like in Ireland in the early 19th century when it was introduced as one of the events for a fitness challenge. After that, the modern-day Olympics embraced the sport of running in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t done outdoors for fun until the 1960s. Before people found pleasure in the sport of running, there were only indoor treadmills and they were used as a punishment for prison inmates.

Now that running has entered mainstream society, people can easily see all of its benefits. Some people run in order to lose extra weight, while some people do it in order to increase levels of “feel good” endorphins that provide more energy, wakefulness, and feelings of happiness. Participating in races or setting new running milestones can help you set personal goals. It can be very satisfying to achieve a goal. When you feel better, both physically and mentally, your self-esteem is naturally increased, which helps you with all other aspects of your life. In addition, despite it seeming like a solo activity, the running community can be a very social group of peers who can offer support and encouragement.

It is very important to keep a few things in mind before you begin a running regime. One of the biggest mistakes you can do is too much too quickly. Somebody who is starting out learning how to run should maintain a ratio of 4:1 at first – walking for four minutes, then running for one minute. This ratio will change as you further improve your workout routine. 

Another issue that can not only impede your progress but also cause injuries, is wearing incorrect attire and shoes. It is very important to buy the right shoes for your gait. Your strides and form are the other issues that need to be evaluated before you begin to start running on a regular basis. There are several different schools of thought regarding proper running form, but the consensus seems to be avoiding landing on your heel. The shock of directly and repeatedly landing on it can cause plantar fasciitis or shin splints. 

In addition to the lower body, the upper part is important as well. Holding your head high and keeping your shoulders down and relaxed will keep your spine aligned.  


Running Tips For Beginners

Running Tips For Beginners

Although running may appear simple, it isn’t exactly easy. Running is both a mental and physical sport that requires some amount of thought before you begin. Check out a few tips for beginner runners; it all starts with the first step. 


  • Get motivated. Getting motivated is an essential part of a runner’s psyche. It’s hard to start any new hobby or sport when you have no desire to. Get motivated by making a plan and making that plan attainable. Start by running 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. From there, add on more days and longer sessions. Make sure your goals are realistic and attainable, especially when you first begin running. 
  • Get accountability. It’s far easier to stick to a new hobby when you have people holding you accountable. Try to seek out friends that can keep you accountable for running. When you feel comfortable, try seeking out a running club or group that you can exercise alongside. 
  • Reward yourself. Treat yourself to a reward immediately after you finish running. It’s essential to associate running with a positive bonus, so you can teach your brain to enjoy the experience. 
  • Start with simply moving. The goal is to get moving first and foremost. Before you get into full speed running, try just walking. Get your body into the habit of moving before you change your pace and begin running.
  • Take it slow. You don’t want to overwork your body by running too much, too quickly. Try intermixing jogging or walking with your running session to better ease your body into the task. 
  • Be consistent. The most critical part of becoming a regular runner is consistency. Running on a regular schedule creates a habit that then turns into a lifestyle. Carve out space in your weekly schedule to run, and try to keep that time for just running.


Running is a fantastic hobby to get in to. It is a process and requires more than just strapping on sneakers and going for a jog. Be patient with yourself as you go through the process of becoming a runner. Remember, it all starts with the first step. 


About Nicholas Fainlight

image of nicholas fainlight and brother on a baseball fiield

A young Nicholas Fainlight with his brother, Ben


Nicholas Fainlight has played a number of sports throughout his life, such as football, basketball, baseball and water polo. He has always enjoyed being active, but swimming is his biggest passion.

Swimming was not always his favorite sport. In fact, he started off with baseball. When he was young, he would always stay in the batting cages working to tweak his technique.He believes that baseball is a great way to focus yourself. Playing baseball and working on tuning his technique was extremely important to Fainlight. It allowed him to control his mind and keep it in tune with his body.


image of nicholas fainlight posing with the loomis chaffee basebal team

Nicholas with the Loomis Chaffee Baseball Team.

It was this precision and fine-tuning that allowed Nicholas Fainlight to fall in love with swimming as well. He got involved with swimming when he was a freshman in high school. He had been playing football, but had grown tired of it and wanted to change things up. His advisor suggested that he try out water polo since he had good arms from playing baseball. Fainlight took up the sport and it immediately clicked. Once the water polo season ended, he noticed that most of the water polo team stayed in the water by participating in the swim team during swim season. He figured he’d join in and do swimming as well. He did not yet know how important swimming would be to him.

The swim team was a close-knit group of guys that were like a family. They all worked hard and supported each other, pushing each other to succeed. Fainlight realized what a beautiful sport swimming is and it got him through high school.

Nicholas Fainlight loves everything about swimming. He loves how smooth and fluid it is. Just like baseball, swimming allows you to keep your body and mind in sync with one another. Swimming is a personal sport but a team sport at the same time. Fainlight loves being in the water and thinking about how to be as streamlined as possible. The smallest technical things can make or break a swimmer, and he is fascinated by this. Swimming is a sport that pushes you to work harder to be faster than the person next to you. Fainlight likes to use this drive to get better throughout all aspects of his life.

Image of Nicholas Fainlight posing with the Loomis Chaffee Baseball Team

Nicholas with the Loomis Chaffee Swim Team

Sports are very important to one’s development, as Nicholas Fainlight learned in a class about associating, leading, and serving. In this class, he learned that athletics allows a kid to learn at an early age whether he or she is a leading personality or an aiding personality. Sports allow kids to build camaraderie at a young age and also build respect for adults. When a young person joins a sports team, he or she is given people to look up to and a team to go to for support. Athletic kids can also learn that there is not one way to do things right.

Nicholas Fainlight believes that the most important thing to get out of athletics is confidence. As a young child, he was quiet and shy, but he was able to relax once he got into baseball. From then on, he enjoyed sports as a way to stay active and to be around people. He remains passionate about swimming and also golf as a hobby.