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  • Building a Safer Baseball Bat

    by Jon Saraceno August 2016

    For decades, the thwack of a ball smacking the sweet spot on a wooden bat left Kent "Hawk" Williamson with a satisfying feeling. Although the benefits were countless during his seasons playing Little League, college and semipro baseball, the bats sometimes produced grave, unintended consequences. When he was a 4-year-old batboy for his brother's Little League team, Williamson had 10 teeth knocked out when a player warming up in the on-deck circle swung his bat and cracked the boy's tiny mouth. At 15, a player lost the grip on his bat and accidentally smashed it into Williamson's face. That time he lost three front teeth. "There is not a day that goes by that I don't get up, take out the partial plate (in his mouth) and don't remember that day. You could say I have a personal vendetta against baseball bats," Williamson said from his home near Erie, Pa., where he scored the first run in program history in 1973 at Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University). Revenge will be sweet, if the fledgling Williamson Baseball Bat Co. in northwestern Pennsylvania can begin manufacturing on a large scale a recently patented invention designed to help thwart potential injuries from exploding wooden bats.

  • Playground Equipment to Be Donated to Global Nonprofit

    by Jessica Cannady July 2016

    A playground in Oak Brook Park District that opened in 1994 in Central Park has an international future. The equipment, located at 1500 Forest Gate Road, will be donated to Kids around the World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to repurposing used playgrounds to impact the lives of children in countries affected by war, poverty, famine and disease.

  • Product Spotlight: Locker Room | Laundry Components

    by Paul Steinbach July 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Integrated Locking Systems Benefit Facility Users, Owners

    by Emily Attwood July 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • New Product Roundup: Lighting, Video Displays and More

    by AB Staff July 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Schutt Nearing Deal for Padded Youth Football Helmets

    by Josh Kosman July 2016

    Amid declining long-term participation in both youth and high school football, the country's biggest football helmet maker is nearing a deal that could bring widespread distribution to padded safety helmet coverings by 2017, sources close to the deal said last week.

  • Businessman's Gift Bolsters HS Training Facility

    by Marc Pendleton July 2016

    The only thing Ron Hemelgarn would turn down from Ponitz High School head football coach Jim Place is a request to join the coaching staff. That's because the commute route would include his Michigan residence.

  • Columnist: Team Gear Represents Need to Belong

    by Gordon Monson June 2016

    It's funny how much money people spend connecting themselves to sports teams, buying all kinds of merchandise, especially apparel, by which they wear a club's gear and fly its colors. Think about it: Do you own a Utah Utes hat or a BYU jersey or Utah State shorts or a Jazz T-shirt? Or some other bit of clothing with some other team's logo on it? You're not alone.

  • New Park Play Equipment Brighter, Safer

    by Tony Biasotti June 2016

    Nearly half of the parks in Ventura are getting new play equipment this summer, in a half-million-dollar effort to bring the city's oldest playgrounds into the 21st century.

  • New Product Roundup: Full Body Press, Technology and More

    by AB Staff June 2016

    This article appeared in the June issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.