• Crowdfunding Basics for Athletic & Recreation Organizations

    by Emily Attwood February 2014

    Last spring, the City of Philadelphia launched its first crowdfunding project, raising $2,000 to plant a community garden at one of the city’s recreation centers. 

    Over the summer, 474 donors contributed more than $15,000 to help purchase a new mascot costume as part of Michigan State University’s Extreme Makeover: Sparty Edition crowdfunding initiative. A more recent MSU campaign raised more than $5,000 to create a softball scholarship in memory of a university employee and passionate softball fan who had lost a battle with cancer. 

  • Fundraising Trend Features Actual Miles in Virtual Races

    by Samantha Melamed; Inquirer Staff Writer February 2014

    A couple of years and 130 pounds ago, Andy Aubin had reached his tipping point. The 36-year-old Hatboro resident, known to friends as "Big Andy" for his 330-pound heft, knew he had to make a drastic lifestyle change. He decided to document his progress in that most public of venues: the Internet. He picked up two hobbies - running and blogging - and found a new, virtual fitness community along the way.

  • Video: Augie Nieto Prepares to Walk on IHRSA Stage

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    They told him it would never happen. As the paralysis gripped Augie Nieto's body and the awful effects of ALS took away his ability to move, doctors told him he would never walk again.

    But Augie refused to listen.

  • Sustainable Renovation: A Question of Return on Investment

    by Andrew Barnard February 2014

    The decision to renovate an existing building can be driven by many factors. Its age, location, relationship to other buildings, or historical significance may each exert enough influence to call for renovation rather than replacement. However, as with most building projects, cost and schedule considerations likely outweigh all others. 

  • U. of Wisconsin Students to Vote on $223M Rec Expansion

    by KAREN HERZOG, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel February 2014

    Madison - The state's flagship campus is at the bottom of the Big 10 in space devoted to student fitness, but that could change if students agree next month to pay higher fees toward what campus officials say is a much-needed $223 million expansion of recreational facilities. University of Wisconsin System Regent David Walsh noted during a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday that raising segregated fees is a hot-button issue, as rising tuition and fees have been blamed for escalating student debt. Student fees pay for recreational facilities, residence halls, dining facilities and student activities.

  • UNH President Defends Plans for Stadium Expense

    by John DiStaso February 2014

    $25 million: But Gov. Hassan's spokesman said the governor questioned whether it was "the best use of limited resources." DURHAM -- University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston said Tuesday the university plans to pay the projected $25 million cost of a major renovation of its outdoor athletic complex through borrowing and private fund-raising, and he stressed that it will have no effect on student tuition. Huddleston told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview that his prime goal is the same as that of Gov. Maggie Hassan and several top state lawmakers who questioned the stadium financing plan on Monday. That goal is, Huddleston said, to keep tuition as low as possible. "State dollars are not implicated here at all," he said. "Every state dollar that we get goes to exactly the purpose that we talk to the state about, and that is to buy down the cost of tuition for New Hampshire resident students. It goes into scholarship aid and other direct costs of educating New Hampshire kids."

  • Parking Near Spring Training Stadium No Longer Free

    by Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer February 2014

    There will be no more free parking for spring training games in the four-story parking garage across from Roger Dean Stadium when the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals start playing later this month.

  • Tourism Board: Military Bowl Had $1M Economic Impact

    by JACK LAMBERT February 2014

    The Military Bowl had an economic impact of $1 million on Anne Arundel County, according to the county's tourism board. The Dec. 27 game between the University of Maryland and Marshall University brought more than 30,000 fans to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the Military Bowl's first year in Annapolis. The game was previously held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

  • Firm Seeks to Build $225M Arena Without Public Funds

    by Kathy Adams, The Virginian-Pilot February 2014

    By Kathy Adams | The Virginian-Pilot RICHMOND A Virginia Beach development company expected to submit a proposal to build an entertainment and sports arena near the Oceanfront will not ask for public funding. The proposal from The ESG Cos., expected to come within the next two weeks, will call for building the arena with private financing and likely with backing from partners overseas, Virginia Beach Del. Ron Villanueva said. An 18,000-seat facility, envisioned to house sporting events, religious conferences and shows, will cost about $225 million to build, city lobbyist Bob Matthias said.

  • Taxpayers to Be Updated on Braves Stadium Progress

    by Dan Klepal; Staff February 2014

    Cobb County political leaders, who last year kept secret for months their negotiations to build the Atlanta Braves a new stadium in the Cumberland area, on Friday released a plan to keep the public informed about the construction, expenses and effects of building the $672 million ballpark over the next three years.