Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Georgia Bill Would Allow Religious Messages on Uniforms
by Ty Tagami March 2016
Legislation that allows high school athletes to put religious expressions on their uniforms in certain circumstances is moving quickly through the Georgia General Assembly after approval by a House committee Wednesday.
- Law Sets Physical Activity Requirements for Schools
by Mike Connors March 2016
Casey Conger, principal at Creeds Elementary School in Virginia Beach, sees a number of reasons to get students up and moving during the school day. Physical education classes can free up classroom teachers, giving them much-needed planning time. Lessons in sports also can incorporate critical thinking and strategy skills that translate to other subjects, like math and science, Conger said. And they can help fight childhood obesity, which is a problem for children across the country. “If you have that foundation of skills at a young age, you’re going to be much more likely” to continue to be active, Conger said.
- Public Input Sought for Proposed Skate Park
by Thomas J. Barton March 2016
The City of Dubuque will host three public input meetings this month to gather additional input on the potential locations of a proposed new skate park. Meetings are set for: * 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Hempstead High School Cafeteria/Commons, 3715 Pennsylvania Ave. * 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Comiskey Park Building, 255 E. 24th St. * 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Irving Elementary School Multi-purpose/Lunch Room, 2520 Pennsylvania Ave. Those unable to attend a meeting can provide input through an online form on the city's website at www.cityofdubuque.org\skatepark. Two sample concepts of the skate park will be available for viewing at the meetings. No decisions regarding a location will be made during the meetings, according to Steve Fehsal, the city's park division manager. Beginning next week, Dubuque residents will be able weigh in on the location for a proposed new skate park.
- Homeschooled Athletes Still Banned from Public Teams
by Graham Moomaw March 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of a bill to let home-schooled students play sports at public schools will stand for another year after the House of Delegates failed to override the veto.
- Council Approves Plan for $8.5M Rec Facility
by John Reinan March 2016
St. Louis Park wants you to know that while the city may be building a new ice rink, it's not just about hockey. The City Council this week approved an $8.5 million plan for a covered, multiuse sports and community facility adjacent to the city's Rec Center. The facility is expected to open in early 2017.
- St. Paul Approves $18.4M for Soccer Stadium Costs
by Jessie Van Berkel March 2016
Soccer supporters packed St. Paul City Hall Wednesday night and urged the City Council to approve $18.4 million for infrastructure improvements around the proposed Minnesota United stadium. After extensive debate and community input, council members voted 5-2 to support the spending, and approved development and other agreements for the site. Some officials and residents expressed concerns about the fast pace of the project and future returns on the city's investment - but the majority of council members said the opportunity was too important to pass up. The $150 million Major League Soccer stadium is planned near Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94 in the Midway area. It would be the key piece of a larger redevelopment plan for a 34.5-acre site that includes a strip mall, parking lot and Metro Transit bus storage site.
- NHL’s Coyotes, Arizona State Could Share New Venue
by Jason Scott February 2016
Could a partnership between the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and the Arizona State hockey program help to bolster the sport in the desert?
- Ex-Teacher Secretly Videotaped Nude Athletes
by Stuart Goldman February 2016
Editor's Note: A previous headline on this story inaccurately referred to the man as an athletic trainer. We have since made the correction and apologize for the mistake.
A former teacher and volunteer at a middle school and high school pleaded guilty Monday to sexual exploitation of a minor after he secretly recorded nude athletes with a camera pen.
- Cal Admits Negligence Led to Football Player’s Death
by Stuart Goldman February 2016
The University of California Berkeley admitted negligence played a role in the 2014 death of a football player who died after a team conditioning drill.
- Ex-Coaches Seek $18M in Discrimination Suit Damages
by Stuart Goldman January 2016
Three former coaches at the University of Minnesota Duluth are seeking $18 million in damages in a lawsuit filed against The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.