Source: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. May 21, 2013 : PASADENA, CALIF. - Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today that, together with Texas Medical Center's National Center for Human Performance (TNCHP), it is participating in a research study designed to evaluate and enhance safety factors affecting youth athletes. The Jacobs-sponsored study was conducted through a Jacobs Space Act Agreement with the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC), and involved the evaluation of various means for reducing the momentum transferred by a soccer ball to the head of a youth soccer player. Students from Rice University and The Kinkaid School (both located in Houston, Texas) were involved in the study as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) internship program. Jacobs personnel worked with TNCHP to set up experiments in the NASA JSC Vibration & Acoustic Test Facility; operating the test facility equipment and helping the students acquire the necessary data. In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Terry Hagen said, "We are very pleased to sponsor The National Center for Human Performance and to be instrumental in these studies focusing on youth sports safety. Jacobs is committed to providing STEM educational opportunities and to investing in activities and education programs that interest students in the possibilities of future careers in our industry." "Athletics provide opportunities for young people to prepare for real life by learning to deal with adversity, work with others toward a common goal, overcome obstacles, fail, be defeated, and to win," said Texas Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. Robbins, M.D. "That being said, at least one in 15 of all youth sports participants goes to the emergency room each year for a sports injury. I believe this research is critical in finding answers and solutions for injury prevention." TNCHP's mission is to maintain and enhance human performance in the arts, sports, space exploration, the military, and the general public, through appropriate applications of research and education in medicine and related sciences. Jacobs provides engineering, scientific, and technical services to the Engineering and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorates at NASA JSC.
Source: USA Swimming
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming today announced a new partnership with Competitor Swim, the leading manufacturer of lane lines and other swim products for competitions around the world. The company will serve as the “Official lane line of USA Swimming” through 2016.
Competitor Swim will provide lane lines and the associated hardware for major USA Swimming championship events in 2014, 2015, and 2016, including the U.S. Olympic Trials for Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska.
”We’ve worked with Competitor Swim for many years and we couldn’t be more excited to make this partnership official,” said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. “Their products are world-class and are a perfect fit for USA Swimming as we always aim to provide the best conditions for our athletes at our events.”
“We like to pride ourselves on building quality lane lines in a timely manner, while providing excellent customer service,” said Brad Underwood, President of Competitor Swim. “Our lane lines have historically been used at so many USA Swimming events through the years. It just made sense to forge an official partnership. We are so excited to have a relationship with the organization responsible for growing our sport.”
As part of the partnership, USA Swimming will provide Competitor Swim marketing rights such as ads in Splash Magazine and marketing opportunities with Deck Pass, USA Swimming’s official mobile application.
About USA Swimming :
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.read more
Source: Recreonics, Inc.
Louisville, Kentucky, April 4, 2014 — Recreonics, Inc., a global supplier of commercial swimming pool equipment, is proud to announce their entire national sales team recently achieved re-certification through the prestigious Certified
Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program created by the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®).
The sales team members completed the course through the blended FusionTM program offered by NSPF. Each participant enrolled in the online NSPF Pool Operator PrimerTM course and upon achieving a successful record of completion, they completed a one-day CPO Certification classroom course and test.
“We believe it is so important for our sales consultants to have the same high level of training as our customers, providing assurance that our team has the depth of knowledge and background to effectively assist them in every way,” explained Michael Garland, Executive Vice President of Recreonics, Inc. “The average tenure of our sales team is over 20 years; for many of them, this is the fourth or fifth time they have been re-certified,” he added. “Our greatest resource as a company is the knowledge base and dedication of our sales consultants.”
“By earning a CPO certification, industry professionals gain exposure to a spectrum of issues and solutions to protect users and improve the aquatic experience,” commented Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D, CEO of the NSPF. “We commend Recreonics for taking a leadership role to champion the importance of training, elevating our industry through education,” he added.
The Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification program is taught by an NSPF Certified Instructor and includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government regulations including the most current information on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), American Disability Act (ADA) regulations and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).
The CPO certification program is the leading international education and certification program for pool and spa service professionals, pool and spa operators and health officials, protecting the public from illness and injury. More than 350,000 professionals have been trained worldwide and the NSPF materials have been used in 81 countries.
Source: No Fault Sport Group
Baton Rouge, LA, March 26, 2014 - Mark Chittock joins No Fault Sport Group, LLC as National Sales Director after more than 28 years in the playground industry. Mark began his career with Paris Playground Equipment, Inc. in 1986, initially selling wooden play structures for parks, schools and daycares throughout Canada. Mark later became National Sales Manager with Paris Playground Equipment which was eventually purchased by Rubbermaid and later sold to PlayPower, Inc. in 2004. PlayPower, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial playground equipment with commercial brands including Little Tikes Commercial, Miracle Recreation, HAGS, and Soft Play. Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position.
Mark is originally from Paris, Ontario and more recently from Farmington, Mo. Mark and Linda Chittock will soon be proud “Cajuns” as they migrate to Louisiana, as many Canadians have done before.
About No Fault Sport Group:
Founded in 1974, No Fault Sport Group has grown to become one of the most experienced companies in the sport and recreational industry. As proven experts in our field, we have a great deal of experience in providing safety surfacing for a wide range of industries – from some of the nation’s largest theme parks to major restaurant chains, pro sports venues, hotels, hospitals, municipal playgrounds, U.S. military installations and much more. We also have the capabilities to handle any size project – from a huge sports arena to a backyard playground. No Fault’s mission is to provide our customers with premium quality athletic playground surfacing products as well as superior customer service. Learn more at www.nofault.com.