Source: Good Sports Quincy, MA, May 22, 2013 - In the past decade, more than 500,000 kids have hit the country's fields and courts with donated uniforms, shoes, balls and other equipment, thanks to Good Sports, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit dedicated to partnering with manufacturers to provide youth with sporting goods. Now, the organization is celebrating the donation of $8.8 million in sports and fitness equipment over 10 years, as well as more than a half-million kids outfitted for physical activity. An inaugural donation of 500 basketballs from Spalding, donated to local Boston-area sports organizations, kicked the program off in 2003. Since then, Good Sports has expanded from Massachusetts to 41 states across the country, serving youth in 22 diverse sports - from volleyball to boating, soccer to gymnastics. To date, the nonprofit has helped more than 1,000 youth sports teams, leagues and clubs, channeling donated sports equipment from top-of-the-line manufacturers to organizations in need. As a result, 69 percent of recipient organizations reported serving more youth, while 68 percent dropped participation costs for families; 64 percent started new athletic programs. Melissa Harper and Christy Keswick, the organization's executive duo and members of the founding team behind Good Sports, believe all kids deserve the chance to play, and receive the vast health and social benefits of regular activity, regardless of where they live and family income. Looking ahead, Harper and Keswick hope to build on the nonprofit's impressive first decade of growth, as they believe at least five million more kids need help getting on the field. "Physical activity is critical for child development, not only physically but academically and emotionally," Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper said. "Kids from advantaged backgrounds should not be the only ones to benefit from sports and fitness. All kids should have the opportunity to play, and we are committed to making that a reality." Good Sports' success stems from its mutually-beneficial partnership model, which since inception has included 114 relationships with sporting goods manufacturers and corporations. Partners benefit from channeling donation requests through Good Sports, generating a strong return on investment, in addition to the positive marketing and public relations benefits. Equipment partners, like New Balance, Easton-Bell Sports, Reebok and Wilson, further benefit through significant operational efficiencies gained through a donation partnership with the organization, as it allows them to easily shed surplus products. Good Sports also collaborates with numerous corporate partners, including several Fortune 500 companies. Professional athletes and teams also partner to deliver donations and serve as role models; pro partners include Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, Carl Landry of the Golden State Warriors and Corey Wooten of the Chicago Bears, as well as pro sports teams, including the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia Eagles. Good Sports' model works because all parties recognize the pressing need to support American sports and fitness programs. Children benefit from constructive outlets and physical activity, and today's kids are in dire need of healthy opportunities. One in three American children are overweight or obese, a number that has more than tripled since 1980, even as fitness and athletic opportunities decline, particularly in urban areas. The 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least one hour of daily activity for youth, but research shows only 42 percent of children between 6 and 11, and only 8 percent of teens, accomplish this. In fact, more than 50 percent of kids stop playing sports by 12 years old. Good Sports serves youth up to 18 years old in diverse communities - from 16,000 kids at a popular Boston community center to small teams in Iowa farmland - in a cohesive, passionate effort to counteract these negative and unhealthy trends. About Good SportsGood Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $8 million worth of equipment to 1,000 youth programs, impacting more than 500,000 kids.
- by Emily Attwood
- May 2013
Source: Kings Public Relations
–Kings become 15th NBA Team to Own an NBA D-League Affiliate
Sacramento, Calif.—The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate.
ST. LOUIS, MO (10.19.16) - Foundry St. Louis and CannonDesign, an integrated global design firm, officially unveiled initial renderings for a potential Major League Soccer (MLS) Stadium that could help bring MLS soccer to the city. The unveiling was part of a public engagement forum to collect feedback and discuss ideas from St. Louis community members and local soccer fans. It also comes in the wake of an announcement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber that St. Louis is one of three leading candidates for the league’s next round of expansion.read more
Source: Brinkley Sargent Wigington Architects
Jim Browne’s planning and programming work has won more than 75 awards
HOUSTON — Jim Browne, with more than 40 years of experience in the public parks and recreation sector, joined Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, a Texas-based firm with offices in Dallas, Waco, and Austin, in September.read more
Source: Life Fitness
Life Fitness restructures manufacturing operations to better support Company growth
Rosemont, Ill., Oct. 20, 2016 – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, today announced a restructuring plan for its Cybex manufacturing operations that results in the transition of production and support operations now at the Company’s Medway, Massachusetts, facility to existing facilities in Minnesota and Illinois.
Source: Sports Turf Managers Association
Open from October 21 through November 18; Winner Announced December 2
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – kicks off the fourth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest” tomorrow, October 21.
Source: Escape Fitness
Interactive, cloud-based, multi-device solution brings challenges, gamification and personalization to functional fitness
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 20, 2016—Global functional fitness market leader Escape Fitness, in partnership with Dutch distributor FunXtion, is launching the FunXtion Interactive Platform—a cloud-based, multi-device solution that makes functional training safe, effective, accessible, motivational and fun inside and outside of the club environment for exercisers of all skill levels.read more
Source: AtmosAir Solutions
We spend 90% of our lives inside - Shouldn’t we enjoy it?
Leading indoor air purification company, AtmosAir™, (www.atmosair.com) has quietly been taking over the air we breathe in sports arenas (Dallas Cowboys, University of Southern California, Atlanta Braves), commercial buildings, hospitals (Yale New Haven, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), casinos (Philadelphia Sugarhouse Casino, Pittsburgh Rivers Casino), hotels (Hilton, Loews) and our very own homes!read more
Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association
Up to 150 grants to be Awarded to Eligible High Schools in Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Oregon
The NFL Foundation, in collaboration with Gatorade, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), today announced the launch of a pilot program to provide funding to public high schools with football programs that have limited or no access to an athletic trainer. This program is an expansion of the athletic trainer initiatives developed and implemented by the NFL Foundation and its partners over the past two years.read more
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