Emily Attwood
Emily (emily@athleticbusiness.com) joined the Athletic Business team in 2011, a natural transition from her previous work at PFP (Personal Fitness Professional), a B2B fitness industry brand, and Inside Wisconsin Sports, a consumer sports publication. AB’s managing editor by day, Emily spends her nights typing away at what she hopes will someday turn into a novel that other people will find worth reading. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emily continues to enjoy living in the city with her husband, Derek, and biking to work, except during winter, when she doesn't enjoy much of anything.
  • Wednesday, November, 26, 2014
    Youth Football Coach Stabbed During Sideline Fight

    A youth football tournament in Eastman, Ga. on Monday was briefly interrupted after a fight broke out between two coaches, landing both in jail for the night.

    The incident happened during the annual Turkey Bowl, a 22-team tournament coordinated by the Eastman-Dodge County Recreation Department. Christopher McDowell and Kerry Williams, two of the three coaches of the Wheeler County football team comprised of 7- and 8-year-olds, got into a fight over McDowell’s handling of a player’s request to sit out. 

    “One of (the Wheeler) kids came over and said he was tired and wanted to come out. The coach who was stabbed told him the game was almost over and to go back in,” Dodge Sheriff Lynn Sheffield told The Telegraph. “The other coach took issue with that and said, ‘I’m tired of your crap.’”

    The two coaches began fighting, and McDowell was stabbed in his side by Williams. McDowell was taken to a local hospital, treated and released. Both men were cited for the fight and spent the night in jail.  

    County recreation director Travis Niblett helped break up the fight, and also prevented Williams from fleeing the scene. “It may not have been smart, but I grabbed him and pretty much restrained him till the sheriff showed up,” Niblett said.

    After order was restored, the game between Wheeler County and Telfair County for third place in the Turkey Bowl continued. According to Niblett, the parents and officials decided, “the idiots are gone, let’s play ball.”

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  • Tuesday, November, 18, 2014
    New Projects: Campus Crossroads | Xavier University | Southlake Community Rec

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Notre Dame begins construction this month on Campus Crossroads (pictured), a $400 million project that will add three academic buildings and premium seating onto Notre Dame Stadium.


  • Tuesday, November, 11, 2014
    Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes

    The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present. 

    Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.

    According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”

    Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.

    "Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."

    Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”

     


  • Wednesday, November, 05, 2014
    Designing the Modern College Football Practice Facility

    Recruiting the best athletes is only part of staying ahead of the competition in college athletics; schools also need to have the resources to train the best athletes.


  • Monday, November, 03, 2014
    New Projects: Anderson University | Kent Recreation Center | Mesa High School

    Breaking Ground


  • Friday, October, 31, 2014
    Flood-Ruined Pauley Pavilion Court Restored

    When there are nine inches of water on your hardwood court, who do you call first?

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014: A water main burst under Sunset Boulevard, near the University of California-Los Angeles, spewing an estimated 20 million gallons of water across the campus and flooding numerous buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, J.D. Morgan Center and John Wooden Center. Emergency response was immediate, though it took city workers several hours to contain the leak.


  • Friday, October, 31, 2014
    What to Consider When Adding Outdoor Fitness to a Park

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Working out at a health club isn't for everyone.


  • Wednesday, October, 29, 2014
    New Trends and Standards in Playground Safety Surfacing

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    Playground safety surfacing has come a long way since the asphalt days of the mid-twentieth century. Operators have a variety of surfacing options, from sand, wood fiber and pea gravel to more complex surfaces such as poured-in-place surfacing and even synthetic turf.


  • Tuesday, October, 28, 2014
    Study: College Concussion Protocols Need Improvement

    In September, University of Michigan coach Brady Hoke drew a firestorm of criticism (including calls for his firing) for leaving a player in the game despite what many considered obvious signs of concussion. 


  • Monday, September, 29, 2014
    New Projects: Colorado Springs Rec | Beverly Morgan Park Gymnastics Center and Ice Arena

    Breaking Ground

    Construction is under way on Beverly Morgan Park Gymnastics Center and Ice Arena in Chicago.


  • Monday, June, 16, 2014
    AB's Architectural Showcase a Yearlong Affair

    The Architectural Showcase in June is the one issue of Athletic Business I look forward to most each year. It's also the issue I spend most of each year working on.


  • Friday, April, 04, 2014
    Blog: Wine at the Gym? I’ll Drink to That

    Cardio equipment? Check. Towel service? Check. Group exercise schedule? Check. Liquor license? Pending.


  • Thursday, February, 27, 2014
    Blog: Let Them Eat Cake, If They So Choose

    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. 


  • Monday, January, 13, 2014
    Blog: Women-Only Fitness Zones Perpetuate Stereotypes

    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. 


  • Thursday, October, 10, 2013
    Blog: If You Can't Beat 'Em… Beat 'Em Up!

    I was sitting in a hotel lobby surrounded by other people when I opened up my morning news alerts and saw an article announcing the Kentucky High School Athletic Associations' decision to suspend post-game handshakes, so I had to keep my disgust to a minimum - a casual eye roll and understated sigh. Seriously? These athletes are displaying poor sportsmanship, and the solution to that is to do away with the concept? That's like dropping math from the curriculum because the students aren't getting it.


  • Friday, September, 20, 2013
    Blog: Defending "The Slowest Generation"

    Friday afternoon, when I should have been hard at work on AB's November issue, I instead found myself fuming over an article from Thursday's Wall Street Journal sent to me by our company owner. The article deemed younger athletes "The Slowest Generation," and accused my generation of being too apathetic about performance and competition.