• YMCA to Close Pool Indefinitely, Save $200K Per Year

    by Aly Van Dyke. May 2014

    Topekan Tom Dudley has swum five times a week at the Downtown YMCA for years. This Friday, he might swim his last lap. The pool at the Downtown YMCA, 421 S.W. Van Buren St., will close indefinitely starting Friday, the agency disclosed Monday. The decision should save the agency $200,000 a year - an attempt to combat dwindling funds and increasing operating costs. "It has a lot has to do with age of Downtown Y and the cost of operating a pool as large as the pool we have here," Charlie Lord, president and CEO, said Monday. "It just got to the point that we have to do something, and this was the most effective thing we could do to help our cash flow and finances."

  • High School to Hold 'Run for the Lights' 10K Fundraiser

    by Madhu Krishnamurthy May 2014

    Piece by piece, the South Elgin High School community hopes to equip the school's stadium to bring it up to the standard of modern athletic fields. Students have been using the stadium, which opened in 2011, only during daylight hours since it lacks the lighting needed for night games.

  • School Committee Rejects Pay-to-Play Sports Model

    by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer May 2014

    Lewiston High School athletes will not pay to play sports next year after the Lewiston School Committee Monday night rejected the proposal as a way to raise more money for sports.

  • Firm's 48 Percent Take of Fun Run Proceeds Criticized

    by TED STRONG May 2014

    Charity watchdog groups say the cut going to the company, Boosterthon, is far too high, but the PTA president and the company both defend the deal, saying the benefits of the arrangement, including the company's character education service, outweigh the costs.

  • Stadium Eying Rent Potential of Flag-Bearing Cell Tower

    by David Paschall May 2014

    Finley Stadium could have a new and patriotic revenue stream in the not-too-distant future. Paul Smith, the executive director of the 20,668-seat facility, said at Tuesday's Stadium Corp. board of directors meeting that he was approached in March by Wireless Properties about the installation of a 150-foot-high cell tower on stadium grounds. The cell tower would resemble a flag pole that would hold a 20-by-30-foot American flag, and it could generate $850 in monthly rent the first year with a rate increase of 3 percent per year. Smith added that the lease may be for as many as 23 years, at which time Wireless Properties could agree to pay $2,237 a month.

  • Civic Group Ties Bucks Arena Support to Rec Upgrades

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    The Milwaukee Bucks want a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center. A Milwaukee community group known as "Common Ground" wants better public athletic facilities, playgrounds and recreational spaces. Together, they might both get what they're asking for.

  • Wisconsin Students OK Rec Facility Overhaul in Landslide

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    A $223 million plan to upgrade the University of Wisconsin-Madison's lagging recreational sports facilities passed in a landslide student vote that ended Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

  • 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. 

  • 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.