Entries by Jonathan Kendall

Florida Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad to Gay Athletes Scared of Coming Out: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

The world of hockey is ultra-masculine. Big egos, macho attitudes and “boys will be boys” aggression all come with the sport. That said, when 21-year-old Aaron Ekblad, the 6’4” defenseman and alternate captain for the Florida Panthers, appeared in a Nike commercial promoting LGBT pride in June, it, of course, got people talking. Was his […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

Tortuga Time! Lilly Pulitzer Designs Print Inspired by Local Sea Turtle

Sometimes, one special animal can inspire true artistry. Think of William Wegman and his first wiemaraner Man Ray that inspired the most well-known work from the artist. Lilly, a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, had that special something. It had been a long journey for Lilly—named after the fashion house Lilly Pulitzer. Last October she was […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

Florida Panthers Aim to Teach, Make Hockey Accessible to Local Youth

The Florida Panthers’ Michael Haley helped initiate kids into the world of ice hockey last weekend. Haley was part of the team’s Learn To Play program, which invites local children to get fitted into gear and sign mock contracts to join the big leagues. During Sunday’s event, which took place at the BB&T Center, Haley donned […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

How You Can Help Loggerheads During Sea Turtle Awareness Month

March is Sea Turtle Awareness Month, and the staff at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center are working hard to educate the public about the dangers of single-use plastics on our beaches. Out in the open ocean many sea turtles struggle to survive amid the plastic that pollutes the water—the churning cloud of […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

Why Crowds Flock to Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Releases

With a crowd of more than 400 people cheering around them, Mayor Mort and Reilly scuttled across the warm powder-like sand of Juno Beach. As they drew closer to the ocean, the briny foam of the ocean teased their beaks. With an abrupt toss of the waves—and roar of applause from the spectators—the loggerhead sea […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

The Eagle That Ended the 2017 Allianz Championship

How Scott McCarron Won This Year’s Top Prize As the golfers roved along the sprawling green, they were followed by a whispering legion of pastel fans resembling Easter eggs—women dressed in pink and green Lilly Pulitzer wrap dresses, men in varying shades of blue T-shirts and khaki shorts. Swing after swing, applause after applause (and […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

How Coach Karli Heimbecker is Strengthening Lynn’s Golf Program

It’s a family away from home When Helen Kreuzer arrived in Florida in early January she was stunned. Instead of snow falling through the air like it was in Bensheim, her hometown in Germany,  palm fronds swayed in the breeze. The 18-year-old was in a new city, Boca Raton, and embarking on new chapter of […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.

Why FAU’s Basketball Team Will No Longer Wear Headphones at the Airport

Coach knows best. Michael Curry was working in his office in the basketball arena when he heard the news. A gunman had opened fire in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Five people were killed; a dozen more were injured. The mass shooting on January 6 stunned people across the nation, but for Curry, the men’s […]

Jonathan Kendall is an editor and writer based in South Florida. He writes for several award-winning publications, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied journalism under several Nieman fellows. His byline appears in Atlas Obscura, Bal Harbour Magazine, bocamag.com, Cultured, Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and more.