- Playground Head Injuries on the Rise
by The Virginian - Pilot May 2016
Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious, and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns.
- Pickleball Tourney Brings Millions in Economic Impact
by Laura Layden April 2016
Collier County is scoring big as the chosen spot for the first U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Hundreds of athletes will compete in the tournament, and thousands of spectators will watch. Events kicked off Tuesday at East Naples Community Park off Thomasson Drive and will run through May 1. Athletes and attendees started filling hotel rooms and RV parks as early as last week. They’ll eat, shop and visit attractions while they’re here, giving the local economy a boost on what the hotel industry refers to as “need dates,” when business is winding down from the busy winter season.
- Youth Football Organization Mulls Small Florida Stadium
by Brent Batten April 2016
The latest big idea for sports tourism in Collier County involves thinking small. All American Games, the outfit that puts on the Football University National Championship tournament for middle school players, is floating an idea for a stadium in Collier County to serve as the permanent home for the event. What Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is to Little League Baseball and Portland, Oregon, is to Little League softball, Naples would be to youth football, in the vision laid out by Doug Berman, president of the company.
- Group Looks to Add Dugouts to Little League Parks
by Jonathan Scholles April 2016
Dalton Youth Athletic Association is looking to add dugouts to the ballparks at Village Green Park, but village officials say all structures need to be completed per county specifications.
- Opinion: Teach Kids to Love Physical Activity Early
by Jean Murphy April 2016
No one questions the wisdom of parents reading to their children to further their intellectual development. That is a well-established parental responsibility. One's duty to prepare tots for a lifetime of healthy movement and a physically active future through careful attention to their physical development, however, is less clear cut, but no less vital, according to Brian Schulz, owner of CrossFit Rise, 1207 Remington Road, Suite 107, Schaumburg. "Fitness is a lifelong adventure and developing good movement patterns early in life will accelerate the development of a child's neuromuscular system and help to enhance their kinesthetic awareness," explained Schulz.
- Philly Mayor Launches Citywide Soccer Tournament
by Jack Tomczuk April 2016
It was one of Mayor Kenney's first ideas in office: Bring people together with a large-scale soccer competition - a Philadelphia World Cup. "Probably Day Two of my job, I was told to organize a soccer tournament with 32 teams," said Miriam Enriquez, director of the city's Office for Immigrant Affairs. "He [Kenney] wanted it to be just like the World Cup."
- Cost of Rec Programs on the Rise
by Jane Ford-Stewart April 2016
Several New Berlin recreation offerings will cost about $20 more than they did only two years ago, under the 2016 recreation fees the common council approved recently. While fees for many recreation programs will stay the same, the swimming and community playground are particularly hard hit.
- Club, District Partner for Flag Football Program
by Bangor Daily News April 2016
Aroostook Huskies Football and SAD 1 have announced that they've partnered to start a flag football program for youth in grades 1-6 in central Aroostook County.
- Soccer Program Provides Training for Kids with Disabilities
by AB Staff April 2016
A soccer program designed to provide kids ages 5-14 with disabilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer is again available this spring in the area.
- Older Women Turn to Basketball Leagues to Stay Active
by Adam Woodard April 2016
In a small gym at the Langston Brown Community Center, the air filled with the squeak of sneakers and the good-natured heckling of pickup basketball, women ranging in age from 40 to 75-plus sit on the sidelines. They're here to play, not watch.