Leadership: Featured Writer Blogs
Tuesday Takedown: Lawsuits Over Life Lessons
by Dennis Van Milligen March 2014
There is a disturbing trend that is showing no signs of slowing down: The rise of lawsuits in youth sports. Rather than focus on the important life lessons their children are learning, parents are focusing on who's to blame. Their targets are numerous: It's the referee or official not foreseeing potential player injury risks on the field; the coach that is not playing their child or is making poor decisions that are hurting the team; the league for not providing the type of venue and services expected… The list goes on and on.
News and Notes From the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show Floor
by Michael Gaio March 2014
There’s nothing like attending a good trade show, especially in the fitness industry. The equipment, the innovation, the music, the energy, the people… Whether it’s our show or IHRSA, I consider attending these shows to be one of the perks of my job.
Blog: Let Them Eat Cake, If They So Choose
by Emily Attwood February 2014
On Tuesday, the White House announced a series of new initiatives as part of the fourth anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” program. Many of them are a great step forward in the battle against childhood obesity and inactivity, including an expansion of the school breakfast program and a five-year partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will provide 5 million children with healthy snacks and physical activity opportunities after school.
A Look Inside Prominent Collegiate Sustainability Efforts
by Dennis Van Milligen February 2014
In the December 2013 issue of AB, senior editor Paul Steinbach examined the growing interest in stadium and arena sustainability, citing a groundbreaking new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The report, “Collegiate Game Changers,” represents the first time that sustainability efforts currently under way at collegiate sports departments have been documented. According to the report, more than 200 college sports programs (including both intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation programs) are prioritizing a greener approach, prompting Alice Henly, coordinator of NRDC’s collegiate sports work and author of the report, to declare in an NRDC press release: “College athletics and recreation programs are leading the sustainability charge.”
Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam
by Michael Gaio February 2014
"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."
Blog: Prioritizing The Student-Athlete a Must for ADs
by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014
Since I have been a member of the AB team, I have had the fortunate opportunity to chronicle the challenges high school athletic administrators are facing in today's high-pressure, win-at-all-costs environment. We hear about all the steps that are being taken to protect the student-athlete from a physical standpoint, but what about from an emotional and psychological standpoint?
Blog: Best Athletic Feats Come After Olympic Games End
by Andrew Barnard January 2014
As the Olympic Games quickly approach, it’s a time of great excitement for the athletes and the countries that they represent. Many of us will organize our schedules around broadcasts of must-see events. Others will maximize DVR use to catch every second of the sports that appeal to them from the first time-trials to the final medals.
Blog: Women-Only Fitness Zones Perpetuate Stereotypes
by Emily Attwood January 2014
Here at AB, it’s the editors’ job to stay on top of what’s happening in the industries we serve. As such, last Friday I came across an article about a gym in Vancouver getting some flak for its decision to close its women-only section.
Blog: Stadium Fan Experience vs. Man Cave
by Andrew Barnard January 2014
I went to a Denver Broncos football game for the first time this season. Usually, I’m watching from the comfort of my man cave. As many before me have discovered, however, a stadium is the ultimate man cave, though for very different reasons.
RG3's Best Qualities Transcend Football
by Michael Gaio December 2013
A man best known for his athletic accomplishments does his best work off the field.