Publishers Letter

Love Sports?

Kendra Akers, publisher of Healthy Living magazine
Written by Kendra Akers

If you love sports, you live in the right place, and you are going to love this issue. I have lived in Lake County most of my life and until just recently, I had no idea that there were so many opportunities to get involved in local sports activities, or that there are so many opportunities to watch sporting events.

Lake County is home to a multitude of facilities, such as Florida’s largest sand volleyball complex in Tavares, championship-level disc golf courses, and the National Training Center in Clermont.

With the help of Steven Clenney, Lake County’s sports development and tourism coordinator, this month we’re providing a closer look at some of the local sports facilities, as well as some of the exciting sporting events coming this year.

That’s not all—we also have engaged several local sports professionals for advice on how to improve your game. For example, we share insight from Brady Singer, the Florida Gators’ star pitcher and the projected top pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. Did you know he was born and raised right here in Lake County? I have to be honest, we have the advantage on the inside scoop, as Brady’s mother, Jacquelyn Singer, is a member of the Akers Media Group team.

Also, be sure to look for the advertisements that list dates and times of city industrial leagues and opportunities to get involved. Even if you don’t play, sponsoring a local team is a great way to give back and promote your business while encouraging a healthy community.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue and even learn something new. Our team, particularly one of our longtime, multi-award-winning writers, James Combs, has worked really hard to assemble this guide about Lake County sports. He has been covering topics in Healthy Living for almost 10 years and, as always, has over-delivered.

Until next month,




Kendra Akers

About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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